Experience a magical Christmas at Aurora Village Ivalo. With four nights in a cosy Aurora Cabin, you can relax in bed and search the night sky through your panoramic glass roof. There’s no light pollution in this remote location, increasing your chance to spot the Northern Lights. The tour includes several excursions and experiences - a Reindeer Sled Ride, Snowmobiling, Husky Safari, Aurora Chase, Snowshoeing, Introduction to Cross Country Skiing and a Christmas program. A unique taste of Lapland's best in the festive season.
23 December Ivalo Arrival
On arrival into Ivalo Airport, transfer to Aurora Village Ivalo for 4 nights stay in a warm Aurora Glass Cabin with private facilities. Collect your thermal clothing rental. Dinner tonight at the Aurora Village restaurant.
24 – 26 December Winter and Festive Activities
The next three days are filled with some amazing winter fun and festive activities! Depending on your flight arrival time, you may have an excursion scheduled during the afternoon/evening of Day 1. Meals are served each day at the Aurora Village restaurant, including festive dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Christmas Eve celebrations include Meet Santa, decorate the Christmas tree and taste traditional Finnish rice porridge.
Christmas Day includes a Snow Fun Day with Finnish outdoor games, ice skates, cross-country skis and tobogganing.
Evening Aurora Chase: (choose ONE of the following, subject to availability): Aurora Sleigh Adventure OR Aurora Chase by Car OR Aurora Hunt by Snowmobile OR Aurora Chase on Showshoes.
Reindeer Activities: take a nice bag of lichen to feed the local reindeer. With a little patience they will eat from your hand. This is a good time to take photographs. Your reindeer sleigh will take you on a peaceful Winter adventure in a traditional ‘raito' form where the reindeer walk one after another each pulling a sleigh. Sit back and enjoy the 800m sleigh ride through the snowy forest.
Guided Snowmobiling: through the Arctic Winter forests across the frozen river while admiring the beauty of the Lappish nature. There are a couple of stops for taking amazing photos and chatting with your guide about life in Lapland. 2 persons share a snowmobile. Valid driver's license required.
Husky Safari: transfer to the nearby husky farm. You will be given instructions on how to control the husky sleds, which you will ride in pairs, one sitting in the sleigh and the other one mushing. Hot drinks at the half-way point and you may swap places before heading back.
Snowshoeing: Today you will put on a pair of snowshoes and follow the guide on the wintry forest paths. If we are lucky we might observe some animal tracks in the forest and maybe even see some arctic animals.
Introduction to Cross Country Skiing: learn basic skiing techniques with your guide. The tracks are easy enough for beginners and the length of the trip can be adjusted according to your skill level. Enjoy the nature and the silence.
Optional activity: Santa Meeting in Kota - An Elf will greet you and take a short walk together to a nearby kota teepee to meet Santa Claus by the campfire. You will have a chance to talk and take photos while enjoying some hot berry juice and cookies. Santa’s reindeer friends might also be hungry so it’s a great opportunity to give them some lichen to eat.
27 December Ivalo Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Ivalo Airport and end of arrangements.
2024 departure: 23 December
Minimum 2 adults
This tour is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
Itinerary is a guide only. Day-to-day activity scheduling will be arranged according to availability and weather conditions.
Some excursions subject to minimum age and height requirements.
Additional nights and optional excursions can be added.
Optional excursions - Ice Fishing; Horse Sleigh Ride; Fatbiking; Sauna & Jacuzzi access; Wood Sauna with Ice-Swimming; additional Aurora Hunting and many more - please enquire.