Tired of waiting for Father Christmas to drop in for his annual, oh so fleeting visit? Then take the family to see him for yourself. Meet Santa, enjoy a husky safari, bake cookies, feed reindeers and more – all on this memorable festive holiday. This is truly a one-in-a-lifetime experience that you and your children will never forget. What's more, we've also included one free entry each to the Arctic Spa and a thrilling snowmobile safari! Your base for this four-day Santa break is the Jeris Hotel, a cosy timber retreat high up in the Arctic Circle, complete with jacuzzis on the riverbank and a private husky farm.
Santa in Lapland Harriniva Break, Finland
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » Arrival
Air traffic control prevents Santa from living near a major airport, so our flights take you via Helsinki before connecting to the tiny remote town of Kittilä, deep in the Arctic Circle. From here you’ll be transferred to Harriniva Hotel or Hotel Jeris, cosy wilderness retreats tucked away on the Finnish border.
Day 2 » Reindeers, huskies and the Arctic Spa
After breakfast, transfer to a local reindeer farm to meet the reindeer, where you will have an opportunity to feed them, learn how to lasso and experience a short reindeer sled ride. After lunch in the ice restaurant, head for the husky farm for a guided tour and a chance to meet the adorable puppies. Then, hop on a sled and enjoy an adrenaline-filled 6km husky safari!
Don't forget to take advantage of your free entrance to the Arctic Spa, where you can relax in one of the heated pools looking out over the beautiful Jerisjärvi lake, or in the traditional smoke sauna. Or, for the little more daring, take a plunge in the 25-metre illuminated ice pool, before darting towards one of the heated pools to recover! Come the evening, enjoy a Christmas dinner before settling in for a cosy evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 » Snowmobiles, cookie baking, snow fun and Santa
The surrounding wilderness is a magical expanse of fir trees, needles and branches hanging heavy with snow, a white blanket that muffles sound and creates an ambience unique to the Arctic. Pause for a short break to bake Finnish cookies and make a Christmas stocking, before continuing with adventures in the snow. Try your hand at snowshoeing, ice fishing or zooming down the toboggan slope. Children will also have a chance to drive their own mini snowmobile (under supervision).
On one evening, you’ll make your way on a sled through the forest to visit Santa Claus himself in his log cabin. Here, an elf will greet you and lead you to meet Santa, who will hear all your Christmas requests and maybe even hand out a few early presents to well-behaved guests. If you’re especially good, you might just be rewarded with a glimpse of the Northern Lights as you return to the hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 » Departure
Say a fond farewell to Santa, Rudolph and the elves as you head for home, filled with Christmas memories.
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