Trip reference number: 146028

Trip Operator: Best Served Scandinavia

Finnish Lapland: Santa In Rovaniemi

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Holiday overview

Staying in a cosy log cabin among Finland’s wintry wilds, this short break takes in all of Lapland’s most iconic activities. You’ll meet Santa and his elves, enjoy sleigh rides pulled by reindeer and plunge into the snowy wilderness on snowmobiles and dogsleds. And, given Rovaniemi’s location on the Arctic Circle, it’s ideally positioned for spectacular Northern Lights displays, taken in on optional expert-led excursions. In between, you’ll dine on hearty Lappish gastronomy, with plenty of opportunity to relax by your cabin’s log fire or head out tobogganing.  

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Holiday itinerary

Day 1: UK/Rovaniemi

Fly out to Rovaniemi in the Finnish north where a shared transfer will bring you to your delightful log-cabin home. All timber beams and roaring fires, it’s an idyllic contrast to the icy wilderness outside. This being Finland, it even features a private sauna. You’ll also have some time to make use of the next-door ski centre, or try out the toboggans provided in each cabins. You’ll then enjoy a taste of hearty Lappish cuisine with the first of your included dinners.  

Day 2: Rovaniemi

After a leisurely breakfast, you will enjoy one of the region’s most iconic activities – husky sledding. Departing from a nearby farm, you’ll get to meet the dogs and admire their boundless energy before striking out into the wilderness. Driving two per team, you’ll have the chance to have a go at mushing yourself; routes are tailored to the weather conditions and individual abilities. There’s also plenty of opportunity to just stop and take in the beauty of the wintry landscapes, its silence interrupted only by the enthusiastic yelp of the dogs. At the end of the tour, at an extra cost, there's the option to remain in Rovaniemi for a few hours. Perhaps take in its excellent, and educational, Arktikum Science Museum, where exhibits showcase Finnish Lapland's unique natural world, and the customs and history of the people that call it home.

Day 3: Rovaniemi

We have saved the best til last. Today you’ll head out to meet Santa at a hidden retreat in the snow-dusted woods. A short bus ride brings you to meet a Reindeer Herder, the Mother of the Woods, the Forest Queen, and – of course – Santa Claus, tucked away in a secret wooden house. While you're here, get into the Christmas spirit as you bake gingerbread cookies, take a magical reindeer sleigh ride, go mini snowmobiling and more. And when it's time to meet the man in red, you'll have plenty of time to take photos and let the children unwrap a very special gift. In the evening, for an extra cost, perhaps head out on a Northern Lights tour, joining an expert guide who’ll work out the ideal spot – based on up-to-the-minute forecasts – to catch the aurora. Keep warm with hot drinks and a traditional Lappish picnic while, luck-permitting, the inky skies fill with sweeping greens and dancing reds. Alternatively, relax at the hotel with your included dinner at the Royal Reindeer.

Day 4: Depart Rovaniemi

Following your last breakfast, make the 15 minutes’ transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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