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Lapland Santa Holidays

Make dreams come true with a trip to Lapland, where you can meet Santa Claus in his homeland. Experience Christmas wonders with your loved ones on a Santa holiday in Lapland, organised by the regional travel experts at Nordic Visitor.

Visit Santa in Lapland

Looking for Santa trips to Lapland? We can help!

Head to the home of Santa Claus for an unforgettable trip to this winter wonderland. Expect magical experiences galore when you visit Lapland in winter . As well as meeting Father Christmas, you can marvel at stunning white scenery, chase the northern lights, and enjoy fun excursions like dog sledding.

Choose between visiting Swedish or Finnish Lapland for your Santa tour. Read on to find out more about each region and see which one would suit you best.

When you book a trip to Lapland with Nordic Visitor, you get handpicked accommodation, airport transfers, access to our 24/7 helpline, and many other benefits. You also enjoy personal service from your own dedicated travel consultant.

Get in touch via our contact form, live chat or toll-free numbers and we'll gladly plan your Lapland getaway.


Why book with nordic visitor.

  • All bookings protected by our package travel insurance
  • Accommodation, activities, transfers & breakfasts included
  • Professional service from Scandinavian-based travel experts
  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options

Santa Trips to Lapland

Meet Santa in Lapland with one of these expert-curated tours. Your package includes accommodation, excursions, return airport transfers, and daily breakfast.

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As a travel agency based in the Scandinavia region, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Lapland. Choose from a variety of tours that include the must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights, all handpicked by our own Scandinavian travel experts. 

To ensure a stress-free Lapland trip, Nordic Visitor handles all the local details for you: accommodation, activities, airport transfers and other services.

Oh, and we can customise your itinerary! For example, you might decide you want to add extra nights at a certain location. In that case, your personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be happy to make suggestions and modify your itinerary.

What do our customers say?

The reviews speak for themselves. See what Nordic Visitor travellers said about their experience with us.

Camilla Thom, Spain

Icehotel winter adventure, january 2017, i will never forget this experience.

The tour guides were excellent. Especially Emile and Maurice. This was a huge adventure for us both, starting with the dog sled picking us up , going to the Ice Hotel and then the fabulous evening on the snowmobile. Even though we weren't lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, it was still wonderful. What good cooks all the guides were too! I will never forget this experience.

George, United States

Best of lapland classic - rovaniemi, march 2017, experience of a lifetime.

Everything was wonderful. It was the experience of a lifetime. My daughter and I had a blast!

Nilima, India

Lapland - land of the midnight sun, june 2015, lapland is beautiful.

Day tours were excellent, guide and service was excellent

Lapland is beautiful.  We were able to see the midnight sun because of nordic visitor they have planned our tour very well and the local guides were very co operative.

Vandana, United States

Classic lapland adventure & icehotel, february 2015, everything went smoothly.

Cicci Erikson customized our trip exactly the way we wanted, every thing went smoothly, the employees at Kiruna tours were very friendly and cordial, I would recommend Nordic Visitor to my friends and will use them in the future.

Arkadiusz, Singapore

Classic lapland adventure & icehotel, december 2014, worked perfectly well without any glitches.

My Travel Consultant, Cecilia, was extremely helpful and professional in all aspects of dealing with the customer. Her invaluable assistance allowed me to choose, modify, and combine the existing tours to fulfill all my needs. The hotel locations were excellent and the arrangements made by Cecilia ensured that everything worked perfectly well without any glitches. I would strongly recommend such excellent services to anyone who would like to have an unforgettably pleasant holiday.

Christy, United States

Icehotel winter adventure, january 2015, overall a great experience.

Overall a great experience. Cecilia was very helpful and responsive.

Mariana, Hong Kong, SAR

Classic lapland adventure & icehotel, january 2017, excellent time in kiruna.

My daughter and I had an excellent time in Kiruna during the Chinese New Year. I would like to thank Sofia Sundkvist who assisted us throughout the trip. She is very responsive and accomodating. We slightly changed our plans and she always quickly responded to me by email and helped us with what we needed.  Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to meet her in person, but all the people (from Nordic Visitor) whom we met throughout this trip are excellent people. They always carry a smile, happy with what they are doing, experienced and knowledgeable.  

Carla, United States

Lapland - land of the midnight sun, june 2017, outstanding in every way.

Your company is outstanding in every way. The booking agents were responsive when we had questions. The information provided was excellent. The tour guides and the company's you contracted with are without exception outstanding. I would recommend your company to anyone who is planning a Scandinavian trip

Olga, Israel

Husky tour in the wilderness of lapland, march 2015, beyond my expectations.

Thank you so much for being there and helping people to discover those incredible places around the Scandinavia. I've met so many great people and had such a splendid time, that I will never forget. My main purpose was to see the Northen Lights, but I've got so much more and everything was just beyond my expectations!  I would like to thank our Nordic Visitor agent Jennie Elofsson for a great assistance, she's been very helpful and super quick giving us all the answers we need.  Also I would like to thank our amazing guides, who made our tour so very special and intimate: Emil and Jenny.

Lapland Adventure - Aurora Sky Station, February 2015

Made every experience unforgettable.

Genuinely - one of the best trips we have ever undertaken. We received a great welcome in Kiruna, our guides were excellent - and made every experience unforgettable! The Aurora... was glorious!

Sue, Australia

Classic lapland adventure & icehotel, january 2014, suggestions were all great for limited time.

Jennie, our agent, was fantastic. She sorted everything out in the limited time we had in Kiruna and her suggestions to fit in as much as we did in three days were all great.

Hwee Hwee, Singapore

Best of lapland classic - rovaniemi, january 2017, enjoyable beyond our expectations.

Our experience with Nordic Visitor is absolutely delightful! We are very impressed by the professionalism of the staff and the seamless organisation of the tour. Our holiday was enjoyable beyond our expectations! 

Gianguido and Romana

Service was impeccable under all aspects.

A long sought after vacation resulted in a fascinating experience, and this result must also be credited to the careful preparation and to the friendly professional assistance of your consultants. On site, the service was impeccable under all aspects. 

Cold, silence and nature conjure in suggesting me to summarize what we have lived through with words from Sweden’s national anthem. "TYSTA, GLÄDJERIKA, SKÖNA".

Annette, Australia

Custom booking, march 2015, i am very glad to have chosen nordic visitor.

Everything went very smoothly and with great ease! Being greeted by the chauffer and shiny black Mercedes in Copenhagen and driven to the Scandic Palace Hotel right in the city centre was a real treat. Thank you. I am very glad to have chosen Nordic Visitor because you are based in these wonderful Nordic Countries and I wanted to experience local culture. Many thanks to Cecilia for helping us to achieve this.

Icehotel Winter Adventure, February 2015

One of the most amazing trips I've ever done and one of the best in regards of organization.

Geoff and Maria, Australia

Icehotel winter adventure, december 2013, a must for something completely different.

The Ice Hotel was AMAZING, what a concept. The dogsled from the airport was a fun experience. The Scandic Ferrum for the rest of the stay was fantastic. The staff at both places were exceptional. The snowmobile tour, although eventful, was just a hoot. The most fun we have had in ages. All the meals in all locations were just great and good value. Kiruna is a lovely town and the people are terrific. There aren't enough adjectives to describe it all. Just a load of fun. A must for something completely different. Everything was organised beyond expectation. Just do it!!!

Icehotel Winter Adventure, December 2016

Exceeded our expectations.

The overall experience exceeded our expectations and was a truly wonderful experience. The husky sled transfer from the airport was amazing. Every trip we did had helpful, happy and informative staff. 

Irene and Sarah

Lapland adventure - aurora sky station & icehotel, january 2013, a more beautiful place would be hard to find.

We have just got back home after probably the best holiday we have ever had! Everything was superbly planned and the guys at Kiruna Guidetur were fantastic. In fact everyone we met was friendly and so helpful. The hotels were excellent and the food really great - especially at the Abisko Tourist Station and when we went up to the Aurora Sky Station the girl who did the dinner there was world class, especially when she had to prepare the meal in such cramped conditions,

The activities were wonderful - the snowmobiles, the husky sleds, the horse and sleigh ride, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The Ice Hotel was fantastic too. It is such a magical place - the snow, the clear air - all absolutely wonderful. A more beautiful place would be hard to find. Thank you so much for organising the holiday for us. I have been on the phone this morning urging all my friends to go there!

Adam, Italy

Would definitely recommend nordic visitor.

Everything was great. The tour guides and employees were extremely friendly and professional. They accommodated us as best they could whenever we needed something. I would definitely recommend Nordic Visitor and this package to anyone. Dress warm! 

Once in a lifetime experience! Thank you! It couldn't have gone better.

Paddy, New Zealand

Lapland adventure - aurora sky station & icehotel, january 2015, inside the artic circle at kiruna.

We booked through Nordic Visitor and they organised the activities with Kiruna Tourism and we had an amazing trip, meet at the airport -23 C, deck out in clothing which we kept for the 4 days, transported around, good hotel and had great guides who were welcoming, knowledgeable and communicative. Couldn't ask for anything more, Went snow walking, dog sledding, visited Abisko viewing station, Ice hotel and Sami Village.

C S, Australia

Icehotel winter adventure, february 2013, friendly efficient and very helpful.

We would like to say that our consultant Cecilia was fantastic, we travel widely and she is the best consultant we have dealt with, friendly efficient and very helpful.

Getting to Lapland

Nordic Visitor tours of Lapland begin in either Kiruna, for Sweden itineraries, or Kemi or Rovaniemi for Finland trips. You can find some direct flights from airports across Europe.

Otherwise, you can reach Lapland with connecting flights from Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, or Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Another option is to fly to Copenhagen in Denmark and travel to Lapland from there.

Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the main gateway for international air travel in Sweden. From Stockholm, you can fly to Kiruna with SAS or Norwegian. The journey takes around 1 hour 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is Finland’s main air travel hub. From here, you’ll be able to take a direct flight to either Kemi or Rovaniemi with Finnair or Norwegian. Both journeys take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

We recommend checking airline websites directly for flight availability and timetables. You can also use an airfare search engine, such as Skyscanner, Dohop or Kayak, for example.

Flights are not included in Nordic Visitor packages. However, all of our itineraries can be customised with extra nights in your arrival city if you’d like to rest up after your flight.

Different ways you can experience Lapland

We have tours for all varieties of travel styles and interests. See our options for exploring Lapland below.


Santa claus, snowmobile adventures, culture & history, reindeer & sami culture, winter tours, frequently asked questions about lapland santa holidays.

Live out your childhood dream by visiting Santa in Lapland, his North Pole residence. Not only will you meet the “man in red” and his cheerful elves, but you’ll also soak up Lapland’s beautiful, snow-blanketed scenery.

Whether you’re coming with the family, your other half, or friends, Father Christmas won’t be the only highlight of your trip. Spend your Lapland holiday enjoying activities in the snow, learning about the native Sámi culture, and cosying up by the fireplace.

Read on to find the answers to frequently asked questions about Lapland Santa breaks and start planning your trip.


Lapland is situated in the far north of Sweden and Finland, within the Arctic Circle. It is a region characterised by beautiful forests, lakes and rivers. Here the dark night skies of winter light up with the shimmering colours of the aurora borealis.

If you’re looking for Santa’s hometown, you’ll find it in Rovaniemi, Finland. Head to Santa Claus Village, just outside town, to meet Father Christmas, send a postcard from the Santa Claus Post Office, and learn about Finnish Christmas traditions.

  • Visit Santa Claus Village in Finland to meet Father Christmas in his hometown
  • Discover fun activities and things to do at Santa Claus Village


Yes, you can see Father Christmas in Swedish Lapland. Although Santa Claus Village is located in Finland, that doesn’t mean that the “man in red” never visits Sweden!

On a winter break to Kiruna, you could have a Christmas-themed day to experience local festive customs. Bake delicious cookies, decorate the tree, and savour a traditional “Julbord” – a special Christmas buffet. The highlight, of course, will be visiting Santa Claus at his secret cabin in the forest.


Take your pick from visiting Swedish or Finnish Lapland for your Santa short break. If you want to explore his official hometown, head to Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Santa Claus Village is a Christmas-themed hub with plenty of fun activities to try, hearty festive food to tuck into, and elves to hang out with. Of course, it’s also where you’ll find Santa’s workshop. This is a great place to visit with kids, as you can all enjoy a private family meeting with Father Christmas.

Alternatively, travel to Kiruna in Swedish Lapland if you’d like to meet him in a peaceful setting. As part of a Christmas-themed experience, you’d be whisked off to a secret cabin in the woods. Here you’d get to chat with Santa Claus and spend the day enjoying Swedish Christmas traditions.


You can meet Father Christmas at any time of year in Lapland! But if you come between December and March, you’ll get to soak up the enchanting festive atmosphere.

During this period the whole region is covered in glistening snow, so you can enjoy exciting outdoor activities like dog sledding and snowmobiling. Winter is also the best time to hunt for the northern lights in Lapland .

  • Learn more about visiting Lapland in December or January
  • Check out Lapland tours in February or March


Absolutely! Spend Christmas in Lapland and you could attend a festive gala dinner on Christmas Eve, accompanied by Santa’s elves. Join in the fun and help to decorate the Christmas tree before you tuck into the big feast.

You could then have the ultimate Christmas Day in Santa’s homeland. Whizz through the snow in a reindeer sleigh, meet Santa in his workshop, and taste delicious Christmas food. Think freshly baked gingerbread biscuits and a warm glass of glögg (mulled wine).

Or visit Lapland at New Year for a celebration to remember. You could attend a New Year’s Eve party in a wooden hut in the middle of a Finnish forest, experiencing local customs and cuisine. And, of course, you’d get to watch a spectacular fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.

  • Explore these Lapland winter trips
  • Discover 7 reasons to visit Lapland in winter


Aside from visiting Santa’s workshop, there’s so much more fun to be had in Lapland. The region offers opportunities for adventure and indulgence in equal measure. This means that you can be as active or relaxed as you wish on your winter trip!

Here are the top things to do on Lapland holidays :

  • Meet Santa Claus in his homeland
  • Go mushing through the snow on a dog sled
  • Marvel at the otherworldly northern lights
  • Explore the countryside by snowmobile
  • Sleep in an ice room or a glass igloo
  • Enjoy reindeer sleigh rides in the snow
  • Experience local Sámi customs and cuisine
  • Celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve
  • See Arctic animals in their native habitat
  • Warm up in a traditional Finnish sauna

When you book a Lapland tour with Nordic Visitor, you can add optional activities and day trips to your itinerary. We recommend that you reserve any extras in advance to guarantee availability.

Speak to your personal travel consultant at Nordic Visitor about the excursions you’d like to incorporate into your Lapland itinerary. They will organise everything on your behalf, while you relax and look forward to your winter escape.

  • Browse these classic Lapland holidays to start planning your trip
  • If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our Lapland travel experts


Where you go in Lapland will largely depend on the activities and sights you want to enjoy. You can read Nordic Visitor’s Lapland travel guide to learn more about each area, which will help you decide where to visit.

Here are the best places to go in Finnish Lapland :

  • Santa Claus Village
  • Kemi  

These are the top places to visit in Swedish Lapland :

  • Abisko National Park
  • Aurora Sky Station


Day 1 - Arrival in Rovaniemi & snowmobile safari Upon arrival, a driver will meet you at Rovaniemi Airport for your transfer to your accommodation. You could rest after your journey or head into town to explore a little before your first Lapland adventure.

Come evening, it’s time to embark on a snowmobile safari and hunt for the northern lights. Enjoy an exhilarating ride through the snow, looking for the aurora borealis, as an expert guide leads you along the trails.

Round off your excursion with a hot drink and snack beside the campfire, then return to your hotel for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Spend the night in Rovaniemi.

Day 2 - Dog sledding and Finnish sauna Head into the snow-draped scenery outside Rovaniemi today with a guided dog sled excursion. Learn about this traditional mode of transport in Lapland, starting with a brief lesson at the kennel. Then mush through the woods with your own sled.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Rovaniemi. You could indulge in a sauna session, the typical way to relax and unwind here in Finland.

Day 3 - Reindeer farm and Santa Claus Village This morning, hop on a snowmobile and make your way to a traditional reindeer farm. Here you can learn about the culture of Lapland’s native people, the Sami, and go on a sleigh ride.

Next, prepare to meet the “man in red” with a visit to Santa Claus Village, just outside Rovaniemi.

Revel in the festive atmosphere of this Christmassy haven, which is open year-round. Enjoy a private meeting with Santa with the elves on hand, and send a postcard from the Santa Claus Post Office. Then why not browse for souvenirs at the craft shops?

Day 4 - Day at leisure and visit to the Arctic SnowHotel Learn more about the local history, nature and culture in Rovaniemi this morning by paying a visit to the Arktikum Museum. Here you can explore the intriguing exhibits about Finnish Lapland and the Arctic region.

Come evening, head to the Arctic SnowHotel in Lehtojärvi, just outside Rovaniemi. Take a guided tour of this fascinating frozen hotel, which is created anew each year. Check out the rooms, restaurant and bar, all sculpted from ice and snow.

After your tour sit down for a delicious 3-course meal at Restaurant Kota, inspired by traditional Sami architecture. Then, you’ll either return to your accommodation in Rovaniemi, or overnight in the Arctic SnowHotel for an unforgettable stay. Choose from sleeping in an ice room or a glass igloo.

Spend the night in Rovaniemi or the Arctic SnowHotel.

Day 5 - Departure Today you’ll be transferred back to Rovaniemi Airport where you’ll fly home from your Lapland holiday.

  • Visit Finland in winter with one of these Rovaniemi tours or Kemi packages
  • Read this guide to Finland in winter for more inspiration


Day 1 - Arrival in Kiruna and dog sledding After touching down at Kiruna Airport, a driver will meet you and take you to your hotel. Enjoy some free time to yourself, perhaps getting to know the town or simply relaxing before you head out later.

At dusk you’ll get to enjoy one of the most special activities and traditions in Lapland: husky sledding.

Head out onto the trails on a dog sled driven by an expert guide. Glide through the woods and across snowy plains, looking for the northern lights as you go. Afterwards, fuel up with a hot drink and a snack by the campfire.

Spend the night in Kiruna.

Day 2 - Experience a traditional Swedish Christmas Today is the day to enjoy some Santa magic, with a Christmas-themed experience to get you in the festive mood.

You’ll be whisked off to a secret cabin in the woods, where you’ll meet Santa. Here, children will receive little gifts from the “man in red” – if they’ve been good!.

Enjoy Swedish customs in this enchanting setting. Bake gingerbread biscuits, decorate the Christmas tree, and sample delicious Swedish specialities during a traditional Christmas lunch (“Julbord”).

The rest of your afternoon and evening can be spent at leisure.

Day 3 - Visit the ICEHOTEL This morning, discover the famous ICEHOTEL, situated in the village of Jukkasjärvi just outside Kiruna. This was the original ice hotel that set a trend for the many others that now exist around the world.

Begin with a guided tour of this extraordinary hotel, learning how artists build it using ice from the Torne River nearby. You’ll also get to explore the ICEHOTEL 365, a year-round structure that stays cold in the summer thanks to solar energy.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure. You could opt to enjoy more activities, including snowmobile safaris and visits to a Sámi reindeer farm.

Day 4 - Departure Today you’ll take a transfer to Kiruna Airport where you’ll fly home from your Lapland holiday.

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You’ll need to prepare for Lapland’s winter weather by packing plenty of warm clothing. We advise that you wear thermal layers and protective boots with good grip.

Outerwear is provided on outdoor excursions, but do bring an extra coat just in case you want another layer.

Check this recommended packing list for your Lapland trip :

  • Thick woollen socks
  • Thermal base layers
  • Warm woollen jumpers
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Snowproof jacket or coat
  • Thin wool or fleece gloves (ideal as a base layer under snowmobile gloves)
  • Thick gloves, scarf and hat
  • Small rucksack
  • Heat pads for hands and feet
  • Power adaptors with two round prongs (Europlug Type C and F)
  • Find out about spending 5 days or 6 days in Lapland
  • Take a look at these 3-day and 4-day Lapland tours


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About Nordic Visitor Tours

Nordic Visitor is a Lapland tour operator and has been creating incredible travel experiences for customers in the region since 2010. Our Scandinavian travel experts know Lapland inside out, and will use their knowledge to craft your perfect itinerary.

With your Nordic Visitor package, you can expect personal service from your own designated travel consultant and a tailor-made itinerary with quality travel documents. Furthermore, we have long-standing professional relationships with trusted local partners, which are carefully selected by our staff for their high standards of service.

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Welcome to Santa Claus Village & the Arctic Circle!

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Experience the magic of Christmas every day of the year!

Santa Claus Village is located in Rovaniemi, Finland, the official hometown of Santa Claus. Santa Claus has made Lapland in Northern Finland his home for centuries, and the Arctic Circle is close to his heart because many Christmas secrets are rooted in this magical place. Santa Claus Village is a family destination with plenty to see and do for all ages. Here’s wishing you an unforgettable visit!

Greetings, the Santa Claus Village family

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Meet Santa Claus 

You can meet Santa Claus every day of the year at Santa Claus Village. Meeting Santa is a unique experience, no matter what time of year you visit us. Santa’s gift sack is always filled with good cheer, warmth, and friendship. He reminds us of a world of fairy tales and stories where everyone is welcome, not just the children. 

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Cross the magical Arctic Circle 

Did you know that the Arctic Circle runs right through the Santa Claus Village? As the Arctic Circle line is marked in Santa Claus Village’s central square, you can experience something uniquely exciting here – you get to cross the magical Arctic Circle! You can hop, step, jump or even do a cartwheel!

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Experience the wonder of the Northern Lights 

The colourful Northern Lights playing in the sky are one of the most beautiful phenomena in nature. The geographical location of Santa Claus Village and the surrounding area makes it a suitable area to encounter the Northern Lights. It’s important to remember that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon. This means that while there’s no guarantee you’ll see them, the search will be even more exciting!

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Be enchanted by Lapland’s nature 

Every season is different in Rovaniemi. In this Arctic nature wonderland, you can breathe in the silence of snow-covered forests, experience the magic of the midnight sun in summer, and admire the famously colourful autumnal hues of “Ruska” in Lapland. Explore the enchanting natural sites and landscapes of Santa Claus Village.

Outstanding flavours of the North

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Sky bar of Arctic SnowHotel

The coolest drink bar in town! Sky Bar is located in the shores of Lake Lehtojärvi, a 30-min drive from Santa Claus Village.

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Kota Restaurant of Arctic SnowHotel

Restaurant, located some 30 km from Santa Claus Village, serves lunch & 3-course dinner in a magical atmosphere by an open fire.

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Restaurant Arctic Eye

Restaurant in Santa’s Village offers tastes of Lapland with an international twist. Located in Santa’s Igloos area, with reclined glass windows, it seats up to 120 people.

Atmospheric accommodation

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Arctic Holiday Services

The perfect choice for you who are looking for a unique accommodation in the center of Rovaniemi and its surroundings. Apartments only some 8 km from Santa Claus Village.

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Arctic Aurora HideAway

Premium lakefront villa only 15 min drive from Santa Claus Village. Families & groups of traveling friends are welcome. Up to 6 adults. We also offer activities and excursions at additional cost.

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BestPark Arctic Circle Rovaniemi

A safe caravan park for camper vans and trailers next to Santa’s Village. All facilities needed included to the low parking fee; electricity, water, toilet, shower, waste disposal, terrace, barbecue area, sauna, etc..

Delightful souvenirs

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Santa Claus Office Gift Shop

Shop full of souvenirs, gifts & Christmas products. You can find the shop after visiting Santa or also come in from the Santa Claus Office lobby.

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Shopping in Santa Claus Main Post Office

An official, full-service post office, a world of unique stamps, special postcards & souvenirs with cozy Christmas feeling all year round.

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Souvenir and Gift Shop Sága Gifts

In shop you can find a wide selection of Lappish handicrafts, wool knitwear and high-quality souvenirs & gifts.

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Plan your stay

How to get to the Santa Claus Village? What should you know before visiting? We’ve put together some useful tips for you!

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Festive fun with Santa

Santa holidays in lapland.

Christmas is a time that many of us choose to immerse ourselves in traditions and wonder. For children the desire to meet Santa Claus in person is top of the list, while for adults evoking feel-good memories of times past is sure to bring a warm glow. Our trips have been thoughtfully designed to capture all the magic of a childhood Christmas whatever your age.

During winter, Lapland’s sprawling natural landscape of forests, lakes and fells is transformed into a magical snow-covered wilderness. And during December, as the daylight dwindles, an atmospheric light, known as ‘kaamos’ illuminates the landscape in hues of blue and purple. Welcome to Christmas in Lapland!

Watch the video below and browse our collection of Santa holidays and make Christmas 2024 one that your family will cherish forever.

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About the holidays

Watch our video and get a taste of what you can expect on a Santa holiday with Discover the World.

Where you stay

Quality accommodation and a wide choice of activities for different ages are the building blocks of our holidays. You can also maximise your chances of seeing the northern lights with custom-designed accommodation for viewing in comfort.

Wilderness Hotels

Further north, on the edge of Lake Inari, Nellim Wilderness Hotel and its sister properties Inari and Muotka, have a choice of accommodation from cosy hotel rooms to luxury log cabins amidst an authentic winter wonderland. As well as a private visit to Santa’s cabin, mush huskies, meet reindeer and learn the traditional way to bake gingerbread.

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Characterful Grand Arctic Hotel in Overkalix, is the base for an affordable, action-packed adventure in Swedish Lapland. Explore by snowmobile and husky sled, make traditional ornaments and meet Santa on a private visit.

Saunas and Aurora

While Santa’s presence (and presents) may be the highlight of the trip for your children, our holidays offer alternative delights for the senior members of your family. Untainted by light pollution, the aurora borealis can shine brightly in Lapland. All you need do, is step outside your cabin (or remain inside if in an aurora cabin) and look up…

Then there are saunas. The most intrinsic of Finnish traditions, the sauna is a way of life for Finns. Whether you choose to partake of the full invigorating ritual involving birch twigs and an ice plunge or simply unwind after a full day of snowbound activities, a sauna experience is not to be missed in Lapland.

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Christmas in Lapland: the best Santa experiences and holiday companies

Your guide to planning an unforgettable trip to a winter wonderland.

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W hether you’re a Santa believer or bah-humbug, you’re eternally five years old and fizzing with excitement on a trip to see St Nick in Lapland . When the Arctic gets its seasonal dump of snow in December, the region pulls out all the festive stops, with its Christmas card scene of snow-daubed fells and forests, flurry of winter activities (reindeer! huskies!) and northern lights shows.

Father Christmas and his tribe of twinkly elves draw thousands of wide-eyed, sugar-tanked kids and their parents to this real-life winter wonderland every year. Coming in December naturally cranks up the festive magic tenfold. Read on for more about what the Santa experience involves and why it is only the icing on Lapland’s Christmas cake.

Main photo: a sleigh ride in Ruka, Lapland (Getty Images)

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Which is the best Santa experience in Lapland?

Rovaniemi in Finland is Santa central, with a proper hit of festive sparkle at the Santa Claus Village , where you can meet Santa in his grotto, learn every elf trick in the book and dash across the Arctic Circle in a reindeer-driven sleigh. Kids also love the more Disneyfied Santa Park , with glitzy Christmas rides, elves baking gingerbread, ice sculptures and another Santa (spoiler: there’s more than one). Yes, it’s touristy, but within minutes you can give the crowds the slip and be out in the snowy wilderness, driving a husky sleigh or snowmobiling as the northern lights flash overhead. And Rovaniemi has the easy-to-reach edge, with airlines like easyJet* , Ryanair and Tui * running frequent direct flights from the UK (four and half hours). It’s a good pick if travelling with tots — get out and you’re there.

Authentic Scandinavia’s Rovaniemi Santa Claus Adventure is a cracker, with three nights at the Santa Claus Holiday Village.


If you need a bit more breathing space, Apukka Resort * , a 15-minute drive out of town, has a pretty location astride a frozen lake. Discover the World offers a three-night Santa Break which includes a private family visit to see Santa in his secret cabin, activities from reindeer rides to mini snowmobiling, all meals and warm-weather gear.

Making snow angels (Discover the World’s three-night Santa Adventure in Lapland)

Is Santa’s Lapland worth the money?

Lapland is high and comes with a price tag to match. But, let’s face it, you’ll probably only go once, so it’s worth it to see the look on kids’ faces when they meet Santa and are dropped into an Arctic scene straight out of Frozen. For the magic to work its charm, take them at an age when they still believe. You want them to be able to remember the experience, so four or five is the golden age, though older kids get more out of the Lapland activities, some of which are off limits to younger kids (snowmobiling, for instance).

Unless you plan to just hang out in Rovaniemi, a Lapland holiday is best organised as a package, both logistically and because it is cheaper. Do it independently and accommodation, meal and activity costs quickly snowball.

If you’re booking your own flights, you can reckon on around £300 per person or £550 at Christmas. The earlier you book, the better.

Elves in the snow (Christmas at Luosto package from Canterbury Travel)

How many days do you need in Lapland?

You’re going all the way to the Arctic, so why rush? Some companies offer day trips to Lapland, but they aren’t great for the environment and they are pretty tiring for kids. A three to four-night stay is the minimum if you want the trip to be reasonably relaxed, with time to do the whole Santa thing, throw in some snow fun and see the northern lights come out to play. Most Christmas packages include some festive activities, too, from reindeer rides to elf schools.

If you want to venture deeper into Lapland to a quieter resort or village, you’ll need longer: five days is great, a week is even better. Seeing Santa as the hook for a longer, more varied trip to the Arctic keeps both kids and parents happy.

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The northern lights seen from glass igloos in Saariselka, Lapland (Getty Images)

Where is the best place for Christmas in Lapland?

Beyond Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland has some snug, low-key resorts up its sleeve, such as Suomu, Levi* , Inari and Pyha-Luosto, where you can ski, hole up in a log cabin, aurora gaze and dive wholeheartedly into the Narnia–like surrounds of frozen forests, fells and deep downy snow. Santa pops up at all of them during the Christmas season, with packages to match.

Not only Finland is in on the act. Arctic Sweden is an enticing alternative, with plenty of Santa action and similar heart-stealing landscapes.

Tobogganing (Discover the World’s three-night Santa Adventure in Lapland)

How much does it cost to visit Santa in Lapland?

For a three-night stay including flights, transfers, activities, accommodation, some meals and cold-weather gear, you’re looking at roughly £1,500 per person, while a week will set you back around £2,500. Kids are only a fraction cheaper (bums on seats and all that), with a 10 to 20 per cent discount on adult prices.

Cool deals that deliver the perfect parcel of Santa and Arctic wilderness include the all-inclusive Muotka 7-Night Adventure with Inghams, staying at a rustic lodge on the edge of the Urho-Kekkonen National Park (nice and dark for the northern lights), far north of the Arctic Circle. During Christmas week, they ramp up the festive fun with gingerbread baking, tree decorating and a Santa visit on Christmas Eve.

Canterbury Travel drops you straight into a snow globe with its four-night Christmas at Luosto package, basing you on the felly fringes of Pyhä-Luosto National Park, with log cabin accommodation, meals, loads of activities, elf parties and a search for Santa on Christmas day.

Responsible Travel ups the sustainable game with its off-the-beaten-track, seven–night Northern Lights Family Christmas in Lapland trip, which whisks you to the silent white wilderness of Menesjarvi, right up near Lake Inari. This one is culturally immersive, with activities from wilderness skills workshops to an insight into a reindeer herder’s day at a Sami farm and an aurora dinner in a traditional kota hut. And yes, you’ll also see Santa.

Should Sweden appeal, try Discover the World’s three-night Santa Adventure in Lapland , staying at the Grand Arctic Hotel in Overkalix, or the Baltic Travel Company’s four-night Christmas in Swedish Lapland , based in Kiruna, with a torchlit procession to mass and a Christmas smorgasbord.

Husky sledding (Discover the World’s three-night Santa Adventure in Lapland)

What else is there to do in Lapland at Christmas?

Plenty. Pretty much every Lapland break covers some activities, from reindeer sleigh rides to dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, tobogganing and northern lights safaris. Bear in mind that some activities might be unsuitable for kids under eight (check with your operator). If you’re going it alone, expect to pay between £50 and £120 per activity.

Some companies let you upgrade to a glass igloo for maximum aurora-spotting potential for a surcharge and it’s worth it — seeing the northern lights dance overhead while snuggled up in bed really is special. Most companies also provide cold-weather gear and you’ll need it, with temperatures dipping as low as -25C.

In terms of the lights, there are no guarantees, but the remoter you go and the longer you stay, the better the chances.

A reindeer safari (Discover the World’s three-night Santa Break at Apukka Resort)

When should I book?

Right now. The best Lapland holidays fill up in the blink of Santa’s eye. Many winter trips are already sold out by summer, but the good news is you can jump to the front of the queue by booking now for next year.

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Magic of Lapland is a family owned and run company focused on delivering the very best personal service from start to finish. We are immensely proud of our product, and work with only the most like-minded partners to ensure that our trips are truly unforgettable.

For December we have created a select number of special breaks for families that include the classic Arctic activities of husky safaris, snowmobile safaris and reindeer safaris and of course a private meeting with Santa. Each of our breaks has a different feel to suit all tastes from Lodge 67̊N Nordic, festive ambience to Torassieppi’s more wild and secluded charm and the luxury cabins’ cosy privacy.

Magic of Lapland also offers a range of breaks between December and April with adults in mind. Step into the wild and immerse yourself in the Arctic with longer safaris that take you off the beaten track, through national forests and over majestic fells.

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12 Best Things To Do In Lapland At Christmas (12 Days Of Christmas)

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

Lapland is one of the most popular destinations in the world around Christmas time, especially for families with children.

However, unless you are making your trip as part of a package tour, many won’t have any idea of the incredible things that await you in the land of a thousand lakes..

In our list of the 12 Best things to do in Lapland at Christmas, we will help you build a full itinerary, to ensure every second of your visit is filled with fun and excitement.

So, whether you are planning a long weekend or staying for the full 12 days of Christmas, this article will have you covered.

Father Christmas walking through a snowy forest in Lapland

Lapland At Christmas

Lapland is a beautiful part of the world throughout the year, but it really comes into its own during the Winter. From late October, the nights get longer and darker, the temperature starts to drop, and the snow begins to pile up.

By the time the festive season rolls around, days feature only a few hours of sunlight and snow stands multiple feet deep, creating a magical, winter wonderland, perfect for a Christmas vacation.

From the natural beauty of the fells, forests, lakes, and wildlife, to man-made structures like log cabins and attractions like meeting Santa Claus, Lapland is perhaps the most wondrous place on the planet at this time of year.

With many unique traditions, delicacies, and locations, there isn’t a place on Earth like Lapland around Christmas and it is a destination everyone needs to experience at least once on their lifetime.

Snow covered trees in Lapland at Christmas

Best Things To Do In Lapland At Christmas

As we move on to our list of the 12 best things to do in Lapland at Christmas, I am going to suggest a broad range of options.

These will include things that appeal to travellers of all different interests, while ensuring you have something to cover everything that Lapland is known for at Christmas.

Go To The Santa Claus Village And Meet Father Christmas

The first stop on the itinerary for anyone visiting Lapland with children, as well as many of those that don’t, is the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi.

The official home of Father Christmas, this is the only place on Earth where you can meet the real Santa Claus in the flesh.

Regularly seen roaming around the main building in the village, kids and grown ups alike can stop for a photo with Santa in front of a roaring log fire and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.

Those who want a more intimate meeting with the big man can also book a trip off into the forest to meet him in his home and receive a personal gift. Can you imagine a more magical experience for a child to have at Christmas?

Elsewhere around the Santa Claus Village, you will also find a number of other attractions to enjoy.

The official Santa Claus Post Office receives letters from millions of children all over the world and is the perfect destination to take any children who want proof that Santa is real.

You also have Santa’s House Of Snowmobiles, where you can learn about the history and see the evolution of one of the premier modes of transportation within the Arctic Circle.

Speaking of which, the Santa Claus Village lies right on the Arctic Circle itself. Markings on the ground showing the exact boundary of the circle, as well as signs showing the distance and direction to many of the world’s major cities are a unique attraction in their own right.

There is even a location known as Santa Park adjacent to the village, where you can travel down inside a mountain to take lessons from elves, watch performances, and go on rides, to create one of the most magical Christmas experiences imaginable.

The main building of the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi

Go For A Scenic Ride On A Sleigh Pulled By A Horse Or Reindeer

Very few things are as synonymous with Christmas as a sleigh ride in the snow. From Santa and his reindeer to the one horse open sleigh in the famous carol, it appears to be the preferred mode of transportation during the festive season.

Luckily, Lapland has plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy both types of sleigh ride in abundance, each of which will see experienced local guides take you on a magical tour of the forest.

Sit and snuggle beneath the blankets as you slowly pass many of the natural wonders of the region. Those lucky enough to take their tour as the snow is falling will get to enjoy one of the most magical experiences in the world.

Depending on the company you choose to use, many will even get to pet or feed their horse or reindeer on completion of the ride, making the experience even more memorable than it already was.

A reindeer sleigh in the snow

Fly Through The Forests On A Snowmobile Safari

While there are plenty of exciting activities to do in Lapland at Christmas, perhaps none are as exhilarating as going for a ride on a snowmobile. Capable of reaching speeds over 70 miles an hour, they give you the opportunity to explore the forests in a completely new way.

Children or those who are less confident can sit on the back of an instructor or another driver. Meanwhile, everyone else will be given some short safety instructions and lessons and given control of their own machine.

The safaris will take you deeper into the woods than you could ever hope to go on any other form of transport, while you soak in all of your stunning surroundings.

Most good tours will see you stop around the midpoint of your safari at a Kota, a traditional Lappish structure similar to a tepee.

Here the instructors will build a log fire, give you fresh baked goods and sausages to roast over the fire, while preparing tea, coffee, or hot berry juice in the traditional fashion.

Those of an even more adventurous nature also have the option of a night safari. While the layout of the experience is almost identical to a day trip, the colder temperatures and more limited visibility create a slightly more exciting experience.

Being so far from civilisation at night also gives you the perfect opportunity to see the northern lights of you are lucky enough.

You even have the option of renting a snowmobile for a day without a guide. While this is usually best left to more experienced riders, it offers you the chance to go where you please and plan your own trip, giving you complete control of the entire experience.

Sunset over a pair of snowmobiles in a snowy forest

Take Control Of Your Own Team Of Huskies

If you like the idea of a sleigh ride but were hoping for something a little faster paced and more involved, going for a ride on a husky sled may be exactly what you are looking for.

You’ll still get to explore the natural beauty of the region, only this time on a mode of transport cable of reaching speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.

Most companies will even allow you to drive your own dog team if you choose, making it an incredibly personal experience.

Instructors will give you pointers about how to stop and start, as well as how to control the speed and direction of the sled.

With the dogs already trained on the rough route they should be following, this gives you the chance to have a little more control and freedom, without ever having to put yourself at risk.

You will again usually be able to meet the animals after your ride, only this time you could end up getting to experience a farm of more than one hundred huskies. This would be an experience many would pay for on its own.

A lucky few will even make their trip when there is a fresh litter of puppies on site. What could be more magical than getting to cuddle dozens of adorable husky puppies after an exhilarating day out?

A husky team pulling a sled through a snowy forest

Enjoy A Day Of Skiing Or Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding may be two of the most popular attractions in any snowy destination but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worthwhile additions to your stay in Lapland.

The region has countless ski resorts and slopes, with opportunities available for people of all abilities to rent equipment, have lessons, and enjoy their time on the snow. The exhilarating activity combines with the stunning surroundings to create a truly memorable experience.

Then, when you’re done on the slopes, why not relax in one of the many lodges and bars and enjoy a hot drink or bite to eat and turn your activity into an entire day out.

Lapland also has miles upon miles of cross-country skiing tracks weaving through the forests and circling the lakes and mountains.

So, even if you don’t want to fly down the fells at breakneck speed, you can still enjoy a leisurely spot of skiing and use it as a means of transportation.

A snowboarder taking a ski lift up a snowy mountain

Travel To A Village Made Entirely Of Ice

A unique attraction that is usually exclusive to only the coldest regions on Earth, Lapland is well known for erecting ice castles and villages across the region. Perhaps the best example of this can be found at the Lainio Snow Village, located between the resorts of Levi and Yllas.

Each year, the structures are built from scratch at the start of winter and are constructed entirely of giant blocks carved from ice and heavily compacted snow.

Visitors can stroll around the grounds and marvel at the stunning buildings, all beautifully styled and decorated with sculptures, carvings, lights, and candles.

Among the most popular buildings in the village is The Ice Bar, where everything from the walls and bar to the glasses themselves are made entirely of ice.

This even includes the seats and tables, although these are coated with reindeer fur, to make sure you stay as warm as possible.

A unique experience, this is one bar where you can guarantee your drink will always stay cold. Or perhaps you would prefer a hot beverage, alcoholic or otherwise, to warm you up?

Those who want to go for the full experience even have the option to spend a night in The Snow Hotel. Like the rest of the village, you will find your room beautifully carved in snow, complete with furniture made from blocks of ice.

Similarly to the seats in the bar, reindeer skins will keep you surprisingly warm during this unique adventure.

Some rooms even include see-through ceilings, giving you the wonderful chance to go to sleep at night looking up at the night sky, filled with stars and perhaps even the northern lights.

The outside of an ice village

Relax In Front Of A Roaring Log Fire

Sometimes the best things in life are free and occasionally you can even enjoy them without stepping foot outside. While there are plenty of exciting activities on offer in Lapland, make sure you don’t spend so much time rushing around that you forget to relax.

Whether you are seeking a romantic evening with your partner or simply a laid-back afternoon with your family, there is something extremely therapeutic about sitting in front of a roaring log fire.

Sip hot chocolate or a glass of traditional Finnish Glogi, curl up with a good book or movie, or simply gaze out at the winter wonderland surrounding you while you are all cosy and warm.

With many cabins and hotels in Lapland having their own fireplaces, you can relax, refresh yourself, and get into the Christmas spirit, without spending a penny.

An open log fire

Set Out On A Magical Adventure To Find The Northern Lights

Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights are a unique phenomenon where the solar winds and magnetic fields in the Earth combine to create stunning light shows in the nights sky.

Most commonly appearing in green but also displaying in blues, pinks, reds, and yellows, the northern lights are one of the most stunning natural beauties on the planet.

Both more prominent and frequently occurring in places that are colder, less built up, and further north, Lapland’s location within the Arctic Circle is the perfect destination to see them in all their glory.

Anyone who has always wanted to see the Aurora with their own eyes can take a drive or walk out into the wilderness in the hopes of spotting them to the picturesque backdrop of forests, lakes, and snow covered mountains, for an experience straight off of a postcard.

The Northern Lights in the night sky over a snowy forest

Sample Some Traditional Finnish Festive Delicacies And Join In With Their Traditions

Finland and Lapland have numerous wonderful delicacies and traditions, many of which are even more prominent around the festive season. As many haven’t really permeated into the outside world yet, this makes your visit the perfect opportunity to indulge in a few.

Among the savoury dining options you have choices such as a baked cheese called Leipajuusto, a salmon, leek, and potato soup known as Lohikeitto, and Karelian pastries filled with eggs, rice, cheese, potato, carrot or porridge.

That’s without even mentioning the national dish of sauteed reindeer, mashed potatoes, and lingonberries.

Those with a sweeter tooth can then enjoy tucking into baked goods like pepparakor (traditional Lappish gingerbread) or Joulutorttu, Christmas stars made from pastry and filled with creams or jams.

All of this can then be washed down with traditional Finnish beverages like lonkero, hot chocolate infused with rum, or Glogi, a traditional Finnish mulled wine served with almonds and sultanas.

As far as Finnish Christmas traditions go, you have a range of wonderful and unique carols to sing along with and enjoy, as well as traditional folk stories to hear.

In Finland, Christmas eve is also the most important day of the festive season.

Streets are lined with candles, beautiful meals are cooked, and people eat, drink, and enjoy themselves. For those from elsewhere, why not embrace the tradition and make Christmas a two-day event this year?

The Finnish Christmas Stars delicacy

Explore The Forests On Snowshoes

As beautiful as Lapland is when it’s covered in snow, it can make exploring a little difficult. With multiple feet of snow covering everything other than paths or roads, you won’t get more than a few paces without sinking in.

Luckily, there are plenty of places dotted around where you can either buy or rent a pair of snowshoes. These simple yet effective devices go over the top of your shoes and allow you to walk across the snow as if you were almost weightless.

Now no regions of the forests and wilds of Lapland are beyond your reach. You can explore to your hearts content, see natural wonders hidden from civilization, and get to walk on pristine snow that no human has ever stepped foot on before.

A person hiking through the wilderness on snowshoes

Embrace Finnish Culture And Take A Traditional Sauna

Many will have used a sauna at a gym or spa before but these simply don’t compare to the traditional Finnish variety.

Made from beautiful, locally sourced woods and often featuring oils from the trees and plants in the forests around you, this is the perfect opportunity to embrace the local culture, while relaxing and rejuvenating your body.

The question is, are you going to go for the full Finnish sauna experience?

For starters, the Finnish people traditionally sauna completely in the nude. While sitting with a group of naked strangers won’t be appealing to everybody, many rental cabins come with their own private sauna, allowing you to enjoy the experience in complete privacy.

The other Finnish sauna tradition is to leave the sauna and throw yourself directly in the snow. No, I’m not joking.

This is said to have a number of beneficial effects, most notably how it can cleanse your pores and improve the quality of your skin.

For most, the question isn’t whether they take a sauna or not while in Lapland. Instead, it is how close are they willing to go to the traditional experience.

Inside a traditional wooden sauna

Spend A Fun Filled Afternoon Tobogganing

Whether you plan everything yourself or come as part of a package, almost every person who comes to Lapland will use a toboggan during their stay. The Lappish name for a sledge, a toboggan is a cheap way to make the most of your icy surroundings.

No matter how old you are, adults and children alike will both find a toboggan one of the best investments they make during their stay. Wrap up warm and head to any local hill or mound of snow and prepare for hours of fun.

A relatively safe activity, tobogganing is a great way to keep the kids occupied and entertained when you want a little time for yourself to relax.

They also double up as a handy accessory to help with the groceries, as you can simply drag everything along behind you, instead of figuring out how to carry it.

Children tobogganing down a snowy hill

Best Hotel To Stay In Lapland At Christmas – Arctic Dreams

Why not treat yourself during your stay in Lapland and opt for a private log cabin, as opposed to a regular hotel?

Arctic Dreams is a picturesque log cabin, located in Akaslompolo, one of the beautiful villages in the forests surrounding the famous resort of Yllas.

A traditional cabin made from Kelo logs, Arctic Dreams is a family run and owned property, which boasts a blend of modern amenities and classical stylings, to create a comfortable, convenient, and homely experience.

All of the features synonymous with Lapland are included with your stay, such as a private sauna and log fire to help you relax. Meanwhile, inclusions like gaming consoles, iPod docks, TVs, and a library and karaoke machine will keep both kids and adults alike entertained.

With two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a mezzanine, lounge and dining areas, a double sofa bed, and a private terrace complete with a seating area and BBQ, there is plenty of space for up to 8 people to comfortably stay here together.

The cabin backs directly onto the woods, so you can enjoy stunning views and interactions with the local wildlife from the comfort of your accommodation.

Meanwhile, the village itself is comfortably within walking distance, allowing you to comfortably stroll back and forth.

A wood store is located in front of the cabin, where you can obtain free firewood for the duration of your stay.

The store also features a ski waxing room and ski storage, providing maximum convenience for anyone hoping to make the most of the miles of ski tracks surrounding the property.

The cabin also includes free allocated parking spots for the duration of your stay, ensuring you don’t have to walk too far in the cold if you don’t want to.

The outside of the Arctic Dreams cabin in Akaslompolo

So, there you have it, our list of the 12 best things to do in Lapland at Christmas.

While each person will have their own idea of what they hope to get out of the trip, as well as the festive season as a whole, this will hopefully have given you plenty of ideas to fill out your perfect Lapland itinerary.

All that’s left is to start getting things booked. That way, you won’t miss out on you favourite accommodation or attraction, and can look forward to a very merry Christmas in a magical winter wonderland.

For anyone who still hasn't decided exactly where to stay during their visit, why not check out our article on the best areas to stay in Lapland as well, to give yourself a better idea of what's on offer.

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As the summer holidays approach and temperatures rise, those who aren’t jet-setting for sandy toes and tan lines should look ahead to winter trips and the enchanting spell of the Northern Lights .

If a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Lapland is at the top of your Christmas list, now’s the time to book – the sell-out spot is at its most popular during the December festivities as children flock to meet Santa and grown-ups soak up midday sauna sessions.

From Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village to the warm aura of Kiruna, winter sunlight hours may be short during the polar night with temperatures often dipping below -9C, but Lapland days remain packed with unique activities and novel stays in ice palaces, glass igloos and tree houses.

With so many all-inclusive stays, snow sports tours and holiday options in the Santa-centric land, here’s  The Independent’s  pick of packages to transport you to the magic of the Arctic Circle this Christmas season.

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Best for: Luxury breaks

Swedish lapland experience.

Lapland crosses the utmost northern borders of Finland , Norway and Sweden’s dense forests, but the rural Scandinavian landscape is not without its luxuries. Tailored tours, wood-fired hot tubs and private chefs bring home comforts to the wilderness for travellers willing to splash the cash stress-free on a Christmas fairytale holiday.

Off the Map Travel  provides a four-night Swedish Lapland Experience for a unique luxury stay in the heart of Arctic Sweden, including accommodation in the Icehotel and Treehotel, transfers, excursions and half-board meals. From £1,699pp guests can enjoy ice sculpting or husky sledging in Kiruna and Lulea, and spend the night in a cosy Aurora Hideaway – the perfect vantage point to see the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights while indulging in traditional Swedish dishes.

Best for: Northern Lights hunters

Arctic aurora activity holiday in finnish lapland.

Viewing the Northern Lights is one of the most popular adventures to top a travel bucket list – after all, the natural world puts on few more spectacular shows. Travellers can hunt the aurora in chilling temperatures from paths off the beaten track, in the sky on a hot air balloon ride or from the comfort of a glass igloo and a lucky few will witness the clear and colourful skies during their Arctic adventure.

Discover the romance of the aurora borealis with  Aurora Zone  on a four-night Arctic Activity Holiday in Inari, Finnish Lapland. Trip excursions such as a snowmobile safari, dog sledding and shoeshoeing fill days in the Sámi culture’s capital, with nights spent searching for the vibrant hues of the Northern Lights. The holiday package costs £2,025pp, including return flights from London , transfers, accommodation, meals, all activities and cold-weather clothing for the duration of your Lapland stay.

Best for: Christmas festivities

Santa’s magic.

Santa’s holiday home, Lapland, is where you’ll find the picture-perfect scenes of Christmas cards; reindeer, igloos and snow-dusted trees. Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi even boasts Santa Claus’ Post Office, a husky park and boutiques ideal for last-minute present shopping right in the heart of the Arctic Circle.

Santa Claus Trips ’ Santa’s Magic holiday in the vibrant ski town of Saariselkä, priced from £1,239 per adult, includes return flights from the UK, half-board meals and accommodation in Tunturi Hotel for two nights. Festive highlights such as a private meeting with Santa, elves, igloos and reindeer sleigh rides dot the snowy break’s itinerary as the magic of Christmas takes hold of little and big ones alike.

Best for: Snowsports

Icehotel break.

What could be more exhilarating than taking to the ice by day and sleeping on it by night? Lapland’s snowsports offerings, from skiing to ice skating and (slightly tamer) sleigh riding behind reindeer or huskies, come in abundance so the winter fun doesn’t have to stop at Santa and accommodation doesn’t need to be boring.

Discover the World  offers a three-night stay at the  Icehotel  in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden, from £733pp. Here, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and husky sledging excursions meet evenings spent eating and drinking in the Icebar, inside the hotel crafted each year using ice from the frozen River Torne. Return flights from London to Kiruna start from £204 in December.

Best for: Family fun

Santa breaks in yllas.

Santa trips, skiing holidays and nights spent seeking the bewitching Northern Lights are the perfect ingredients for a family winter holiday regardless of the Arctic temperatures. Kids of all ages will love the unique magic of the dynamic landscape and its snow-based activities, and visits to Father Christmas are bound to be a hit – even with the non-believers – so long as you wrap up warm and let imaginations run wild.

Inghams  provides a four-night holiday for two adults and two children from £1,059pp when travelling in November. The package includes return flights from Manchester and a half-board stay at the family-friendly Akäs (Snow Elf) Hotel & Alp Apartments. The hub of the Santa programme in Ylläs, all excursions depart from the hotel and the colourful village centre is just a five-minute walk away.

Best for: All-inclusive packages

New year lapland arctic adventure.

Over the Christmas holidays demand for Lapland holidays is high, and it gets the price tag to match. While it’s unlikely to find a truly budget break to the snowy scenery in winter, all-inclusive packages often slash the cost of high-paced activity days, and are well worth it to see the magic and charm of the secluded spot for yourself.

Canterbury Holidays  New Year Lapland Arctic Adventure is the ultimate seven-day activity holiday to Lapland. From £1,740pp, extend the magic of Christmas and experience the winter wonderland of Finnish Lapland – return flights, excursions, B&B accommodation and a New Year’s Eve dinner and party are all included in the stay. Visits to Europe’s only amethyst mine and a “white hike” through the frozen forests and fells also fill days of post-Christmas bliss on this NYE adventure.

Best for: Off-grid explorers

Finnish lapland in winter.

Enjoying the solitude of nature while coping with extreme temperatures is all part of being a Finn. To live like the locals, going off-grid on a Lapland holiday on snowshoe walks to remote farms and fighting the cold with a glass of salmari gets you even closer to the heart of the Sami culture.

Intrepid Travel  offers a journey through Finnish Lapland in winter from £2,745pp, so strap on your hiking boots and crunch through snow-dusted woodlands as you travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi across the pristine landscape. Dog sledging, reindeer herding and the famous “Santa Claus Express” overnight train are all highlights. Breakfasts, transport, accommodation and activities are included in the cost of this eight-day holiday. 

Best for: Romantic retreats

Finnish lapland and the arctic circle.

There’s a romance to the campfire cabins and snow-topped saunas of Lapland. Think charming traditions, pastel-hued skies and authentic natural landscapes in secluded woodlands – best enjoyed while riding a snowmobile for two, or a sligh pulled by reindeer – as a backdrop to long weekends for lovebirds.

Untold Story Travel  offers six-night private tours of Finnish Lapland and the Arctic Circle. Accommodation options include wilderness cabins and Arctic treehouses, and the holiday is tailored to every couple’s requirements. Potential holiday highlights include a personal host to monitor Northern Lights activity, enchanting reindeer sleigh rides and snowmobiling across a frozen lake before spending your final night in a private glass igloo.

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This trip was wonderful and empowering. The scenery was magical. The activities were fun and memorable. Elo and our drivers were excellent. I met some wonderful people. Christmas in Lapland was truly an experience I will cherish for a lifetime.

Finnish Lapland in Winter Tour

Finnish Lapland in Winter

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Tailor-Made Finland Adventure to Lapland Tour

Tailor-Made Finland Adventure to Lapland

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Rovaniemi (Apukka area): The northern lights -  7 days Tour

Rovaniemi (Apukka area): The northern lights - 7 days

Aurora Borealis in Inari, Lapland in Finland - 4 days Tour

Aurora Borealis in Inari, Lapland in Finland - 4 days

Swedish Lapland: The Northern Lights Tour

Swedish Lapland: The Northern Lights

I had a wonderful time on my trip to Sweden and really enjoyed all the activities!

Lapland Winter Adventure Tour

Lapland Winter Adventure

I had a wonderful time on my Lapland Winter Adventure, as arranged by Arif, out of Carisa Travel. He was organized, and made things very clear to me, which I appreciated because I was traveling alone.,

Finnish Lapland Winter Family Holiday Tour

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Finnish Lapland Winter Family Holiday

Tailor-Made Finland Northern Lights Private Tour Tour

Tailor-Made Finland Northern Lights Private Tour

Gold Prospecting Hike In Finnish Lapland Tour

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Gold Prospecting Hike In Finnish Lapland

3 Countries Wilderness Hike Tour

3 Countries Wilderness Hike

Aurora & Glass Igloo Explorer - 5 Days Tour

Aurora & Glass Igloo Explorer - 5 Days

I have no complaint except for one incident, which was taken care of. The reason I'm sharing it is so it doesn't happen to the next customer. We were scheduled for a 2h husky safari from 14:00-16:30. From your office we we're scheduled for a transfer at 16:45 to Arctic Snow Hotel. Their wasn't enough time between so we were without a transfer to our hotel. We called ahead but they didn't wait. Our sweet tour guide drove us to the hotel and helped us arrange a new dinner reservations for a later time. Other then that everything was great.

Lapland & Husky Highlights - 5 Days Tour

Lapland & Husky Highlights - 5 Days

Going to Lapland in winter was always a dream. This did not disappoint. Right from the start of organising this, the team were a great help. They did everything possible to try find availability and make it all work so that we could do this trip. Loved the day trips we did and the accommodation was amazing. Didn’t have to think about anything as it was all organised. 100% would recommend this trip.

Christmas Magic in Santa\'s Hometown Tour

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Christmas Magic in Santa's Hometown

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Our experience with Nordic Unique was great. As a little older group some tours did not appeal to us and they were great about rearranging the itinerary. There could have been a little more communication prior to the trip. I would also suggest some kayaks at the lake. Our guide Matthias (Niales) was awesome!! He was patient, kind, knowledgeable and a great cook.
Excellent trip in the wonderful outdoors!

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Tucked far away in northernmost Finland lies the magical place that Santa Claus calls home. This is a region deep inside the Arctic Circle; a land of wonder and enchantment that really comes alive with the spirit of Christmas. You never know just who you might see...

Whether you're looking to explore pretty snow-clad pine forests in a reindeer-drawn sleigh, search for Santa and his elves, or indulge in adrenaline-charged activities like snowmobile safaris, we can offer something that will tick most boxes. Lapland is a winter wonderland with a difference.

Book a break to Lapland next winter from under £1,000pp. Say hello to Santa, get cosy in a log cabin and spot the famous Northern Lights.

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privately chartered planes, flying from a regional airport near you, will touch down just beyond the Arctic Circle at A completely exclusive spot in Swedish Lapland.  

From here, you’ll set off to Santa’s village, where you’ll have the place completely to yourself, to kick-start the fun. Journey on husky rides, snowmobiles and reindeer-drawn sleighs through the forest or surrounding fields illuminated by red lanterns.  

Then pause for a hearty lunch and sip on steaming berry juice beneath the trees before following the secret path to Santa’s cabin for a private meeting with the jolly man himself – the perfect end to your authentic and intimate Lappish experience.  


Hidden in the snowy forest, are two enchanted igloos offering a  magical experience  for your  trip to Santa's Lapland . Admire the twinkling lights and ice sculptures, join in the fun and games with Santa's Elves and even enjoy a drink and snack in our ice bar.

Imagine the excitement of riding through the snowy forest by a snowmobile sleigh and watching your children's faces light up when they meet Santa. Plus, with lots of fun snow activities to enjoy too - there's no better place to celebrate the festive season than Santa's Lapland.

On a Santa's Lapland holiday you'll stay in the real winter wonderland, 200km above the Arctic Circle. With snow-sprinkled forests and lots of fun snow activities, including meeting Santa in his wooden cabin, Saariselkä is the perfect magical home for a three or four day festive break.

Mountains of snow to toboggan down, mini-skidoos for the kids to enjoy and as much cloud-berry juice and pancakes as you like… and there’s plenty more fun to have! Stay in hotels, hand-picked by Santa’s elves and enjoy a half-board stay, with lunch and refreshments on your Search for Santa day.


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Santa's Holiday Club

Santa's Holiday Club

A family favourite. An indoor pool with waterslides and chutes to keep the children entertained, whilst parents can watch from the pool bar.

Santa's Hotel Tunturi

Santa's Hotel Tunturi

An excellent choice of rooms and suites suitable for the whole family. Opposite a charming wooded area close-by to the village centre.

Iisakki Glass Village

Iisakki Glass Village

Staying at the Iisakki Glass Village is like camping under the stars in Lapland’s snowy, pine-cloaked countryside.

Crazy Reindeer Hotel

Crazy Reindeer Hotel

The Crazy & White Reindeer Complex is close to the slopes and full of pampering options, so it offers relaxation and get-up-and-go in equal measure.

Snowy Wilderness Lodge

Snowy Wilderness Lodge

The name says it all at the Snowy Wilderness Lodge. The property is surrounded by a winter wonderland of forest and fields.

Winter Wonderland Hotel and Log Cabins

Winter Wonderland Hotel and Log Cabins

The Winter Wonderland Hotel and Cabins are surrounded by wilderness scenery. The deluxe cabins come with luxury touches like hot tubs, too.

Lapland Day Trips

Search For Santa

Search For Santa

This trip is packed with outdoor adventures from start to finish. Your venue for the day is Kittila’s Snow Village, which is home to an ice hotel, an ice bar and an ice chapel. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the igloo-like hotel rooms and admire the impressive sculptures that have been carved from frozen water.

In December, take the kids on the trip of a lifetime, and watch their faces light up when they see Santa in a true Winter Wonderland.

Lapland Short Breaks

Classic Lapland

Classic Lapland

If this Lapland holiday doesn’t get you into the festive spirit, nothing will. It includes loads of great activities, from husky sledging to gingerbread decorating. What’s more, you’ll be based in Rovaniemi – the hub of all things Christmassy.

Lapland Explorer

Lapland Explorer

Looking for traditional holidays in Lapland? This trip goes off the beaten track in Levi, Pallas and Yllas – all packed with authentic Lappish atmosphere. Stay in and snuggle up by the fire, or try out activities like ice-fishing or snowmobiling.

Santas Wonderland

Santa's Wonderland

These Lapland holidays take you to our northernmost resort – Saariselka. It’s set amongst a snow-covered wilderness and is home to Santa Resort – where you’ll get to meet the big man himself. You might even be lucky enough to spot the mysterious Northern Lights.

Santas Sleigh Day

Lapland Discovery

Traditional log cabins, snow-dusted landscapes and forest-coated fells are all on the cards on holidays to Luosto.

Lapland Adventure

Lapland Adventure

Holidays to Hetta conjure up a taste of true Lapland – expect empty snowscapes, cute wooden villages and thrilling winter sports.

TUI Lapland Explorer

Kilometre-long frozen lakes, acres of snow-topped trees, and first-class ski slopes with the nightlife to match are all staples of holidays to Ruka. Holidays to Kuusamo serve up some stellar, snow-blanketed scenery – this peaceful town’s a great spot to see the best of Finland’s natural beauty.

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Scandinavia's magical Northern Lights occupy a very lofty spot on many people's travel goals, and with good reason. This stunning natural phenomenon is caused by collisions between electrically charged particles entering the earth's atmosphere from the sun, creating a captivating natural light show best seen within the Arctic Circle.

On this remarkable adventure, explore Norway and Swedish Lapland, journeying to the far north to seek out the magical Aurora while travelling on some of world's most scenic railways.

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We are taking you to  Kuusamo , which is known for its snow-blanketed scenery, ski slopes and hiking trails. This peaceful town also offers plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with the local wildlife, such as spending an afternoon visiting a reindeer farm where you'll get the chance to feed them and learn all about anta's sleigh-pullers. 

Lapland Holiday Hotels

Holiday Club Kuusamo

Holiday Club Kuusamo

Surrounded by lakes and pine trees, this place is on the outskirts of Kuusamo – a winter sports hub. Skiing, fishing and kayaking all take place right outside. And it’s a 10-minute drive into the centre of town.

Lapland Hotel Hetta

Lapland Hotel Hetta

This hotel is in a picturesque part of town, snuggled up to the shores of Lake Ounasjärvi. It’s right in the heart of Lapland’s snow-dusted wilderness, so it’s a popular base for hikers and skiers.

Santa's Aurora

Santa's Aurora

All of the rooms in the hotel's main building come with their own sauna as standard – or you can opt to stay in glass-walled igloos that sit just outside. Meanwhile, in the restaurant cosy settings are paired up with top-class cuisine.

Lapland Hotel Hetta

Luosto Hotel

The Luosto Hotel is nestled in the log cabin village of Luosto and cloaked in forested parkland. A neighbouring ski resort finishes the scene off with a flourish.

The Snow Elf Hotel

The Snow Elf Hotel & Apartments

This resort-style complex has a real fairytale setting – it’s bordered on all sides by snow-dusted pine forests. It’s a family-friendly spot, with an indoor pool and lots of activities on offer.

Scandic Rukahovi

Scandic Rukahovi

The Scandic Rukahovi's a winner when it comes to scenery. It sits at the bottom of Ruka's ski slopes, and the back of the property brushes shoulders with a pine forest. There's lots to do nearby, from hiking to reindeer safaris.

Lapland Hotel Sirkantähti

Lapland Hotel Sirkantähti

Ski slopes, snowshoe trails and ice-fishing lakes are right on your doorstep when you stay at the Lapland Hotel Sirkantähti – it’s in the heart of Levi village.

Lapland Hotel Saaga

Lapland Hotel Saaga

You’ll find it hard to beat the mountain scenery that surrounds the Lapland Hotel Saaga – drift-drenched slopes, frozen lakes and pine forests all put in appearances.

Lapland Hotel Saaga

Hotel Snowflake and Apartments

This place puts you within walking distance of the action. Stroll for a few minutes past the frost-covered trees on the hotel’s frozen forecourt, and you’ll reach a toboggan hill.

Lapland Hotel Saaga

Levi Panorama

If you haven’t already guessed by the name, cinematic views are what this place majors in. Everything from the restaurants to the seventh-floor saunas look out over the snow-dusted landscape.

Hotel Snow Princess

Hotel Snow Princess

This place looks out over a pine-cloaked fell, so wintery views are a permanent fixture. It’s in a handy location, too, with slopes nearby, and ski tracks leading from the doorstep to Äkäslompolo village, 5 minutes away.

Aurora Pyramids

Aurora Pyramids

The pyramids have got lots of write-home-about features. Like mechanised beds that move up and down at the touch of a button – perfect for looking up at the night sky. And underfloor heating, a sofa and a shower.

Levi Suites Levi Gold

Levi Suites Levi Gold

Balanced between the Chapel of St Mary and Levi Square, Levi Suites Levi Gold Apartments couldn’t get much more central. They neighbour the slopes, and are close to a selection of restaurants and bars.

Holiday Club Saariselka

Holiday Club Saariselka

This hotel is in the heart of Saariselka, with shops, restaurants and a big toboggan run nearby. Its convenient setting makes it great for families. Plus, it’s got an impressive swimming pool.

Holiday Club Saariselka

Santasport Hotel

Set in the heart of Ounasvaara, on the edge of Rovaniemi, the Santasport specialises in active holidays and wellbeing breaks. There’s something for all ages and fitness levels, so it’s a great choice for families.

Lapland Holidays

Make next Christmas a magical one and book a trip to Lapland!. Don't forget to take a look at our tour descriptions to help you plan for your magical Day/Stay trip to Lapland this Christmas.

Lapland trips top the listing of wonderful encounters for family members with youthful kids. After all, a trip to true home of Santa is the ideal method to keep the Christmas magic alive. The wonder on little faces as they take in reindeer, husky canines and, of course, a visit to the big guy himself is worth the trip alone!

While Christmas is a big component of Lapland's attraction, that's not to say that holidays to Lapland are just for children. This wintertime wonderland has activities for grownups to take pleasure in as well, including wonderful chances to ski, as well as a wide range of various other winter season tasks, adventures and also sports.

Visualize taking a snow safari via an icy forest, or snowboarding with a fairy-lit village at your feet? Whatever you decide to do in Lapland, it will have a wonderful touch.

In  Rovaniemi , Lapland’s cosmopolitan capital, you’ve got international-name shops and restaurants, as well as an after-dark scene that rivals any European city.  Levi, Pallas ,  Yllas  and  Kuusamo,  meanwhile, are experts when it comes to snow activities. Then there’s  Saariselka , a real winter wonderland, and  Luosto  and  Hetta , secluded spots, which are real Northern Lights territory. If you're looking for a hotel that’s goes the extra mile for families, keep your eyes peeled for our SnowClub tag. Hotels with a SnowClub put on lots of activities and entertainment especially for little ones.

Levi is one of the very best ski places in Lapland, with great conditions from November to May. Beginner skiers will certainly be in paradise in Levi, thanks to the uncrowded slopes, broad runs and excellent tuition centers. Those which are a little more experienced on their skis will certainly wish to explore off-piste as well as tackle the World Cup gondola pitch. Snowboarders will certainly also discover plenty to keep them occupied and also off-piste tasks include husky, reindeer as well as snowmobile safaris, sledging, tobogganing, snow shoeing, ice angling and far more!

For those whose Lapland visit is about the big jully guy in his red suit, Rovaniemi is the destination to select. In the heart of the magical Arctic Circle, the highlight of Rovaniemi is the Santa Claus Village. And also the Santa Claus Office and also the Main Post Office, you could also venture underground right into the ice cavern attraction, Santa Park, take a snowmobile or husky trip, or visit Dasher as well as Dancer at the reindeer ranch.

Lapland vacations are the excellent winter months treat for adventurers of any ages. Those with children won't find anywhere in the world as wonderful, while snow-loving adults could experience wonderful ski possibilities in one of the most charming of locations.

Santa Trips

If you're looking for Lapland holidays, look no further! Lapland is where Christmas dreams come true. It's not just a magical winter wonderland deep inside the Arctic Circle. It's also where you'll find Santa Claus and his trusty team of elves, whose mission is to spread happiness and fun. If you come on one of our Christmas trips you'll have a chance to drop in on Santa for a private meeting and he has a present for all the children.

Christmas is the most enchanting time of the year, and the excitement never truly fades, no matter your age. With our fantastic getaways, you can embrace the spirit of Christmas on an adventure like you’ve never experienced before. Which Lapland holiday is perfect for you? Whether you’d like to meet Santa and his furry woodland friends, go exploring on a sled or discover a secret village, there’s something for everyone. Maybe you’ll discover the natural wonder of the Northern Lights on Santa’s Sleigh-Bell Sleepover, after spending an afternoon playing in the snow with the family. Couples are invited too, on an adventure packed with exhilarating excursions and cosy meals by a roaring fire. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a perfect holiday for you to create the most magical Christmas yet.

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Visit Santa is a dedicated Lapland Holiday travel agency specialising in sending families to meet Father Christmas in his hometown. We are committed to providing you with the best experience possible. View our choice of Visit Santa experiences, ranging 3 day experiences to 4 day extended stays.

Holly Jolly Ruka (3 Day Trips)

From €1499.00*, enchanted escape (3 day trips), from €1549.00*, sleighbell spectacular (3 day trips), from €1769.00*, triple treat (4 day trips), from €1799.00*, holly jolly ruka (4 day trips), from €1849.00*, winter wonderland (4 day trips), from €1899.00*, low deposits*, book now & pay later, free presents*, christmas 2024, lapland activities.

We include endless magical activities on our Lapland trips. Meet Santa in his Grotto , go on a husky safari , try snowmobiling and much more.

Santa's Grotto

A visit to Santa’s Grotto forms an essential part to every one of our Lapland Holidays.

Elf Workshop

Each year, just a few lucky children are invited to Lapland’s secret Elf Workshop.

Reindeer & Husky Safari

All trips include the chance to meet Santa’s Reindeer & his brave team of huskies.

  • Lapland Snowmobiling

Lapland Snowmobiling take you through snowy crossings on the search for Santa.


Tobogganing is just one of the fun snowy pursuits you can enjoy on our Lapland Trips.

Northern Lights

A truly natural phenomenon seen only from a select few locations in the world.

Lapland Resorts

Those on the hunt for Santa Claus can choose from two main resorts, each of which offers a choice of authentic log cabin accommodation and elegant hotels.


Things to do in lapland.

  • Santa’s Grotto
  • Reindeer & Husky Safaris
  • Lapland Tobogganing
  • The Northern Lights

Places To Stay In Lapland

Holidays to lapland.

  • Holly Jolly Ruka – 3 Day Trip
  • Enchanted Escape – 3 Day Trip
  • Sleighbell Spectacular – 3 Day Trip
  • Triple Treat – 4 Day Trip
  • Holly Jolly Ruka – 4 Day Trip
  • Winter Wonderland – 4 Day Trip

Useful Information

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  • 4 Day Trips
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  • All airports
  • London Gatwick
  • Birmingham Int.
  • Bournemouth
  • London Stansted
  • London Southend
  • Manchester Int.
  • London Luton
  • Leeds Bradford
  • Glasgow Int.
  • Belfast Int.
  • East Midlands
  • All durations
  • 2 night trips
  • 3 night trips
  • All Santa’s Lapland experiences
  • Santa's Aurora
  • Santa's Hotel Tunturi
  • Santa's Hotel Holiday Club
  • Santa's Hotel Riekonlinna
  • Santa's Saariselka Inn
  • Santa's Star Arctic Hotel
  • Santa's Glass Cube Cabins

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Our Santa’s Magic package is available to book for 2 or 3 nights. Below is a sample itinerary of what you can expect on our magical 2 night Lapland holiday.

  • What's Included
  • Sample Itinerary
  • Testimonials
  • Half Child Places

What's included in Santa's Magic?

Flights, transfers and half-board accommodation in your choice of four hotels.

A full day of activities including a husky and reindeer ride and a private meeting with Santa.

We'll provide you with a thermal suit, thermal outdoor boots, woolen socks and thermal mittens to keep warm in snowy Saariselkä.

It’s finally here, you’ll be heading 200km above the Arctic Circle to a land that feels like another world.

Want more time to enjoy Saariselkä?

All of our experiences are available as 3 night trips with 4 days to experience more magic. another day in the dreamworld of lapland, with a host of extraordinary adventures. .

Our optional adventures can be booked on our 2 and 3 night trips. On Santa’s Magic, the Northern Lights adventures, if pre-booked, will usually take place on the first evening, while most of our other adventures can be booked for your free day or the morning of your last day. In all cases, excursion dates and times will be confirmed locally once you’ve arrived.

  • An extra day for family time in the snow. Husky and reindeer rides, thrilling snowmobiles, a spot of skiing, or a hunt for the Northern Lights. The choice is yours. Optional Adventures

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  • Explore a little more, make magical memories in this other-worldly wilderness. You're spoilt for choice. See for yourself
Everything was so well organised. The whole trip although just ran so smoothly, reps were on hand to answer any questions. Hotel was lovely, good range of food and friendly staff. Rhys Santa's Holiday Club, Saariselka, Lapland, December 2022
Best holiday ever and I'm a hot holiday kind of person. Loved it! Laura Santa's Star Arctic Hotel, Saariselka, Lapland, December 2022
It was a magical experience would recommend to all please go there with the kids I want to go back again soon. Thank you. X Elin Santa's Hotel Tunturi, Saariselka, Lapland, December 2022

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Santa's Riekonlinna exterior


Half price child places 2024.

Enjoy half price child places on our Santa's Magic package for these selected dates in November and December 2024.

Call to book:  01483 944 822

Santa's aurora, explore our alternative package with santa’s lapland, no one knows how to make christmas more magical.

Flights, transfers, half-board accommodation, a fun-filled activity trip and snowsuits are all included.

A remote spot in the far north of Finland, 200km above the Arctic Circle among the snowy trees of Saariselkä.

If you are yet to book, and you find your Santa’s Lapland holiday cheaper elsewhere, we’ll price match it.

Terms and Conditions

Free child places apply to the youngest child, aged 11 and under at the time of travel and are limited to one per family (i.e. one place per two full-paying adult Guests). They are only available on selected 2023 Santa’s Magic departure dates on a first-come, first-served basis and can be combined with the £100 off per person promotion for selected hotels in 2023. Free child places apply to the basic holiday price only, does not include room or airport supplements, meals and other activities which are payable in full. The discounts are valid at the time of writing but are subject to availability and change and can be withdrawn at any time.

The half-price child places apply to the youngest child, aged 11 and under at the time of travel, and are limited to one per family (i.e. one place per two full-paying adult passengers). They are only available on selected 2024 Santa's Magic departure dates on a first-come, first-served basis. The half-price child place applies to the the basic holiday price only, not including room/airport supplements, meals, activities etc, which are payable in full. The discounts are valid at the time of writing but are subject to availability/change and can be withdrawn at any time. 


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Travel beyond the ordinary

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Lapland holidays as you always wished they could be

Your experience starts here.

When you travel to Lapland with Transun, you couldn’t be in more experienced hands. During our 40-year history, we’ve been designing and delivering exceptional holidays and day trips that have made memories to last for a lifetime. 

A longstanding specialist in Lapland holidays, we’re excited to journey deep inside the Arctic Circle and share some captivating breaks along the celebrated Northern Lights Route. From snowmobiling across the frozen tundra to mushing huskies through snow-capped forests; from gazing into the night skies at the Northern Lights, to visiting Father Christmas in his homeland, we have a Lapland holiday that will captivate you as much as it will inspire you.

But not any old Lapland holiday will do: we only operate in ‘True Lapland’, an area of unspoiled beauty and intrigue, far from the touristy, mass-market resorts. 

For us, travelling beyond the ordinary is a lifestyle. We’ve traversed unknown destinations, trialled the holidays that we offer and have stayed in the hotels that feature in our tours, creating a wealth of experiences, stories and knowledge that we use to craft the perfect winter getaway. Our team of experienced and passionate travel professionals are here to help on every step of the journey, and our team in resort are ready and waiting to welcome you on your next adventure.

We’re proud of the range of holidays that we offer and are pleased to have received many accolades over the years, and none more so than the British Travel Awards, which are voted for by those who have travelled with us.

We're bonded with ABTA and licensed with ATOL, so you can book your next adventure in complete confidence.

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Snowmobile Voyager

New for 2024! Our refreshed Snowmobile Voyager holiday takes you over the borders of Finland, Sweden and Norway in just 30 seconds!

Information about Transun, our holidays, and ATOL protection.

Favourite Tours

Discover europe's last unspoiled wilderness, northern lights, finnish lapland - swedish lapland.

Search for the spectacular Northern Lights in Lapland and enjoy a host of winter activities

3 or 4 nights from £949 per adult

Aurora Hunter

Search for the fabled Aurora Borealis on this week-long break deep inside the Arctic Circle

7 nights from £1439 per adult

Winter Wonderland

Finnish lapland.

Experience all the magic of Lapland in a single day and return home in time for supper!

Daybreak from £599 per adult

Festive Lights

Swedish lapland.

Combine nature’s most extraordinary Northern Lights show with the jollity of the festive period

3 or 4 nights from £1059 per adult

A short break in the very far north of Finnish Lapland for those who love snowmobiling. Journey...

3 or 4 nights from £1239 per adult

Snow is Falling

Visit Santa in his secret log cabin in the forest on this pre-Christmas short holiday

2, 3 or 4 nights from £1099 per adult

Dashing Through the Snow

A Lapland holiday in Kilpisjarvi, including snowmobiling, husky sledding, and a meeting with Santa...

3 or 4 nights from £1299 per adult

Santa's On His Way

Search for Santa in his magical homeland on our Lapland short break

3 or 4 nights from £1199 per adult

Out of this world experiences

Discover a land of myth & legend.

  • The Reindeer of Lapland

There’s more to Lapland than riding snowmobiles and hunting the Northern Lights. Reindeer are the undisputed icon of Lapland. From Father Christmas’ companions to the Sámi people’s livelihood, they are woven into the culture and way of life...

  • See the Northern Lights

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Northern Lights are a stunning display of swirling, other-worldly lights. It’s no surprise seeing this spectacle features high on many travellers’ wish-lists: the incredible hues of blues and greens dancing...

  • Visit Santa in Lapland

Make your children’s winter wonderland dreams a reality: enjoy a private family meeting with Father Christmas on your Lapland holiday. World-famous for being home to the festive icon and his gaggle of mischievous elves, Lapland will offer a festive holiday unlike...

  • Ski and Snowshoe

When visitors think of a holiday in Lapland, images of Father Christmas, husky-sledding and Northern Lights spring to mind. This region was made for cross-county skiing and snowshoeing too, however. The snow is pristine, you’ll find fewer crowds than mainland...

  • Glass Cabins

What a view! Lie back in the comfortable bed of your glass cabin and gaze up into the stars of infinite space. Maybe the evening skies will be blessed by the appearance of the fabled Aurora Borealis? This experience combines two of Lapland’s most iconic highlights:...

  • Real Snow Igloos

Ditch the modern ice hotels and glass-roofed igloos for a more traditional way to sleep in the snow. Cosy, snug and unforgettable, spending the night in an igloo is a must for your Lapland holiday. Quite literally one of Lapland’s coolest places to stay, these...

  • Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is an unmissable experience when visiting the Lappish wilderness on holiday, Europe’s last wilderness. This intensely beautiful landscape of frozen lakes and snow-bound forests feels like it was made for exploring by snowmobile. Developed in the 1930s,...

  • Husky Sledding

Before snowmobiles, huskies provided a fast, reliable way to travel vast distances and transport goods. They delivered an important line of communication and essential supply chain during the First World War. Today, dogsledding is a huge attraction for visitors and...

Why Transun?

With over forty years' experience - you're in good hands, regional flights.

Transun are proud to offer the widest selection of departure airports from the UK to Lapland - more than any other tour operator.

Hand-picked locations

We will transport you deep within the Arctic Circle, further north than over-crowded and commercialised resorts to the magic of True Lapland.

Knowledgeable team

Our dedicated team is on hand to use their first-hand experience to help you select an Arctic holiday to suit your needs and requirements.

40 years' experience

As pioneers for travel to Lapland with more than three decades of experience behind your Arctic adventure, we offer a truly memorable experience.

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  • Northern Lights 3 or 4 nights from £949
  • Festive Lights 3 or 4 nights from £1059
  • Aurora Hunter 7 nights from £1439
  • Snowmobile Voyager 3 or 4 nights from £1239
  • Santa's On His Way 3 or 4 nights from £1199
  • Winter Wonderland Daybreak from £599
  • Sleigh Bells Ringing 3 or 4 nights from £1399
  • Snow is Falling 2, 3 or 4 nights from £1099
  • Dashing Through the Snow 3 or 4 nights from £1299
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