The run up to Christmas is a magical time in Lapland. Santa is getting ready for his mammoth journey across the world, the elves are busy making all the presents and the snow is falling softly outside in the forest. What better time to pay him a visit with your Christmas wishes for the year? The highlight of your holiday will be your private meeting with Santa himself. In Search of Santa is the perfect package for families who want to enjoy a great Christmas experience but cannot travel at Christmas time itself.
Day 1 Kittilä Arrival
Arrival at Kittilä Airport and transfer to your accommodation near Muonio. After check in, you will be fitted with the thermal outer clothes which are yours to use during your stay (or, if your arrival time tonight is late, you will be supplied with this clothing tomorrow morning). Dinner at the hotel.
Days 2 - 4 Winter Activities
The next two or three days are filled with some amazing winter fun! Details of the excursions are shown below - the timing for each of these activities will be provided to you at check-in. Meals are served each day at the hotel restaurant. A Christmas dinner will be served one evening.
Husky Safari: One of the greatest ways to experience Lapland is on a silent dog sledding tour! Meet the happy huskies and enjoy a 6km safari, two persons per sled.
Snowmobile Safari: Snowmobile through snowy forests and ice-covered lakes and enjoy beautiful Lappish landscapes. Snowmobile safaris are based on two persons sharing a snowmobile.
Reindeer Farm Visit: Meet Rudolphs friends at the 100-year-old unique Lappish farm and enjoy a ride in the forest with a reindeer sled. Stop by the Ice Restaurant to see the impressive snow wall carvings. *weather dependent.
Christmas Baking and Crafts: Bake traditional Finnish gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas decoration to take home as a souvenir.
Snow Fun: Test your skills at cross country skiing, tobogganing and other winter fun activities. Children have a chance to drive their own mini snowmobile under supervision.
Meeting with Santa: The highlight of the holiday is meeting the grand man himself in his little hideaway. The friendly elves will help you on the way as they are ones who know the secret path to Santa’s cabin.**
** 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.
Day 4 or Day 5 Kittilä Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Kittilä airport and end of arrangements.
4 day/3 night tour: 30 November; 07, 14, 17, 20 December
5 day/4 night tour: 03, 10, 17 December
Minimum 2 persons
Optional Overnight in Special Accommodation: stay in an AuroraHut Glass Igloo or at the Arctic Firefox Lodge on Day 1 or Day 3 (for 4 Day tour) and Day 1 or Day 4 (for 5 day tour) - please enquire.
AuroraHut Glass Igloo Overnight: a unique way to experience the natural scenery of Lappish forest and, fingers crossed, the magical Northern Lights. The clear wall offers views to the northern sky and lake. Double bed and private toilet. Breakfast included. Extra rollaway bed for 1 child on request. Hotel facilities (shower, sauna, toilet) are a 50m walking distance. Maximum 2 adults and 1 child (please note this is a small space and it will be very tight with the rollaway bed).
Arctic Firefox Lodge Overnight: Stay in privacy and luxury in a lodge with your own private sauna, and panoramic views across Lake Jeris and from your bed. 1 sofabed for 2 adults and 1 child included. Extra bed for 1 child on request. Breakfast, entry to Arctic Sauna World, bathrobes and slippers are included. Maximum 2 adults and 2 children.
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.