Santa in Lapland
Take your children to the magical wintery wonderland of Lapland in December and find Santa in his home in the pine forests! A land of cosy log cabins, unspoilt snowy wilderness, reindeer and dog sleds.
Spend a short break or long weekend deep inside the Arctic Circle and let the magic of this wonderful christmas holiday surround you! Far from the mass market winter resorts and commercial hotels, is true Lapland on the edge of a massive wilderness area, full of legends and magic, where Father Christmas chose to make his home. This area is in the north west of Finland, 1000 km north of Helsinki and about 300km north of the Arctic Circle resort of Rovaniemi. This is the homeland of the Sami people of which there are around 2000 and they are surrounded by 20,000 reindeer!
Fly into the Arctic where you breath in some of the cleanest air on the planet. Darkness surrounds you most of the time in the northern winter days, but the reflection from the snow creates a magical lighting so you can still travel around by dog sled, reindeer sleigh or on cross country skis or snow shoes.
The Sami people have long believed in elves, Santa’s helpers in the run up to his busy Christmas travels and the elves sometimes whisper to the reindeer who will hear about where to find Santa. The reindeer will be your guides in your search for Santa in the forests of Lapland!
There are 2, 3 and 4 night breaks from late November to just before Christmas during which time you can search for Santa from a husky sled ride and from a Santa Safari where you have a snowmobile adventure then climb aboard a reindeer sleigh and find Father Christmas in the forest! All sorts of snow activities can be enjoyed during these festive holidays including husky mushing, snowmobiles, skating, building snowmen and of course snowball fights … Optional add ons include spending the night in an Igloo, Reindeer Herding, searching for the Northern Lights from a Husky safari at night or ice fishing.
Santa experiences … commercial or authentic?
Note that I do not like to book the commercial, large resorts and prefer to offer my clients a wilderness experience, packed full of winter activities with an authentic Santa visit in the forest. However, if you are on a restricted budget then the commercial charter flights might be the only option (especially on short trips). If you prefer a tailor made experience, then I will chat with you about the various resorts and lodges which offer a more personal experience such as small guesthouse style hotels such as Nellim and Harriniva but they do cost more than the commercial options who deal with larger groups.
The Northern Lights are frequently seen in Lapland in this region of clear lakes and rivers and huge forests. There are lots of other winter activity holidays in this area, take a look at what else Finland has to offer.
I wanted to thank you for your efforts in arranging our day trip to Lapland with my son at late notice – it really was magical and flawless from start to finish!