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.
This morning after breakfast, it's time for some snowfun! 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). Later we head off on our hunt for Father Christmas. By snowmobile sled, we zoom out into the forest to find his secret hide out. A warming kota, or spacious Lappish tent with open fire, awaits us, where we will feast on pancakes and hot drinks, before Santa's Elves lead us through the forest for your private family visit with Santa himself*. Then after a break for lunch, it's off to the husky farm, with a tour of the farm and a chance to have a cuddle with 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.
*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.
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. **Note: lunch in the Ice Restaurant is weather dependent. If the ice restaurant has not been completed or it is extremely cold, lunch will be served around a fire in a traditional kota instead. After lunch, we head to the nearby kota where you can make your own little keepsake elves to take home, then toast some marshmallows over the fire and enjoy a hot chocolate. At tonight's festive Christmas Eve dinner, watch out for a surprise guest with a sack full of presents! There will be a little something in there for everyone.
After breakfast, relax and enjoy some time at leisure. Then bake some traditional Finnish gingerbread cookies and make Christmas crafts. In the afternoon, 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 a festive Christmas dinner.
This morning after breakfast, a snow train awaits to whisk you off for some traditional ice fishing where you will learn how to drill a hole in the ice and hopefully make the first catch of the day! Hot drinks and cookies will be served around the fire. This afternoon after lunch time to relax, take a walk to the local town or take an optional activity.
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 in 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