This activity packed Christmas break is perfect for families looking for a magical getaway in the wilderness of Lapland. Enjoy some exciting family oriented winter fun, including safaris with huskies and snowmobiles, and a visit to a real reindeer farm. With snowshoeing, children's snowmobiles, cookie baking, a private visit with Santa and his elves and lunch in an ice restaurant, there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
Arrival at Kittila airport and transfer to your hotel in Muonio. Collect your outer thermal clothes for use during your stay - thermal winter suit, boots, woollen socks, inner and outer gloves, hat and balaclava. Dinner in the hotel. Spend 4 nights in a cosy hotel room.
This morning after breakfast we head to the husky farm, after a tour of the farm you will have a chance to cuddle some of the young pups. A 6km dog sled safari follows, with adults having the chance to "mush" their own team, whilst children sit snug and safe in a sled pulled by your guide. Lunch will be in the restaurant then we head to a nearby kota where we can make our own little keepsake elves to take home. We will also make Christmas wishes to throw on the fire while toasting marshmallows and enjoying hot chocolate. Later in the afternoon at the hotel we will bake Finnish traditional gingerbread cookies, make gingerbread houses and then the highlight of the day: searching for Santa in a sleigh pulled by guide’s snowmobile. A kota awaits us where we will have pancakes and hot drinks and then the Elves will lead you to Santa’s cabin for your private family visit. Bring with you your child's letter to Santa along with a small gift, and we will have it ready for the family's private visit with Santa.Tonight the festivities continue with a Christmas buffet. Watch out for the surprise guest of the evening, with a sack full of presents. There will be a little something in there for everyone.
After breakfast we head out to the local reindeer farm by bus. Here you can try your hand at lasso-throwing and learn about the local Sami life, and the importance and place of reindeer in traditional culture, in the small museum. After taking a short reindeer sled ride through the silent forest, it's time to pat and feed the reindeer before saying our goodbyes. Who knows, maybe Rudolph or Dasher will be there! Next we visit the Winter Village Snow Hotel for a lunch in the Ice Restaurant*, with its snow rooms, ice bar and ice sculptures. On return to the hotel it’s time for fun in the snow. Try your hand at snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or tobogganing, and for the children there is the chance to drive their own mini snowmobile (under supervision). Tonight enjoy a Christmas Day dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, we head out on the snowmobiles, adults driving their own machines, with two sharing and the chance to swap drivers half way through, while the little ones are pulled in a sleigh behind the guide's snowmobile, snuggled in blankets. The safari takes you 20km through the snowy landscapes, before returning to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon a snow train awaits to whisk you off for some traditional ice fishing and you will learn how to drill a hole in the ice. Will you be the one to make the first catch of the day? Hot drinks and cookies will be served around the fire. Dinner tonight in the hotel restaurant.
Breakfast, transfer to Kittilä airport and end of arrangements.
The excursions operate with a minimum of 2 persons - if you are a solo traveller and there is no second person booked on an excursion, you may be required to pay additional fees in order for the excursion to proceed.
The order of the excursions may alter. Some excursions subject to minimum age & height requirements.
*Lunch in the Ice Restaurant is weather dependant, alternatively lunch will be served around the fire in a traditional Kota.
Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid driving license and be 18 years of age or over. All single travellers must drive their own snowmobile solo. Children under 18 years sit in a sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile. Children under 4 are not permitted on snowmobile safaris. Please note in the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions small children may not be allowed to participate in safaris.
Husky Safaris: Older children may be able to drive a husky team themselves but this depends on the child's size and other factors. The guide has the discretion to decide who may or may not drive a husky sled and who must sit in the guide's sled. Children 4 –12 years sit in the guide's sled during safaris. Children under 4 are not permitted on husky safaris. Please note in the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions small children may not be allowed to participate in safaris