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    5 days - Independent tour for families to visit Santa before Christmas

    This action packed independent Santa holiday is perfect for families looking for a magical experience in Finland. Taking part in safaris with huskies and snowmobiles and a visit to a real reindeer farm, you have got the main modes of transport covered.

    With snowshoeing, children's snowmobiles, cookie baking, a private visit with Santa and lunch in an ice restaurant there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Staying in intimate cosy cabins or a family hotel, this tour will give you wonderful family memories to last a life time.

    Highlights include

    • Toast marshmallows around the fire and bake traditional Finnish cookies together
    • Meet Santa on your own private family visit with personally delivered gift given
    • Lunch in a snow hotel and eat on tables and chairs made of ice
    • Adventure out in the the winter wonderland, snowmobiling, husky sledding and meet reindeers
    Day 1
    Arrive in Lapland
    Day 2
    Husky Sled Ride and Farm Visit
    Day 3
    Fall in love with the local reindeers before lunch at an ice restaurant
    Day 4
    Snowmobiles, snow fun and Santa
    Day 5
    Departure day
    Start/End Place
    Kittilä, Finland, Finland
    Country Visited
    Finland
    Duration
    5 Days
    Start Date
    Scheduled
    Group Size
    2
    Travel Style
    Independent
    Travel Style
    Independent
    Suitability
    Easy Christmas tour - check minimum age requirements.
    Code
    50DN0520

    Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

    As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.

    The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.

    Details

    Transportation

    Transfers from Kittilä airport (for scheduled flights).

    Included
    • Return transfers from Kittilä
    • Full board and unlimited tea/coffee for adults and soft drinks for children
    • 4 nights accommodation in a hotel. Cabin upgrades available.
    • Private family visit to see Santa and Santa present/letter service
    • 6km husky safari
    • 2hr snowmobile safari
    • Reindeer farm visit with reindeer ride and lunch in an ice restaurant
    • Snow fun session including tobogganing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mini snowmobile (for children) and ice-hockey
    • Christmas baking
    • Protective outer thermal clothing for the duration of your stay - Thermal winter suit, winter boots, woollen socks, inner and outer gloves, winter hat and balaclava
    • Traditional Christmas Dinner
    • Welcome pack for children
    • 24-hour emergency service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included

    International flight tickets, meals other than described, alcoholic beverages and adult soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratuities and any items of personal nature.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive in Lapland

    Arrival at Kittilä airport and transfer to your hotel (approx 45 minutes). After a meeting with the staff at the hotel to explain the days ahead you will collect the much needed thermal clothes (thermal winter suit, winter boots, woollen socks, inner and outer gloves, winter hat and balaclava).

    Head to the restaurant for the first of your included meals. The hearty buffet offering has a choice of local specialities and international favourites. Then, why not get your first taste of the frosty surrounds with some late-night tobogganing. Be sure to keep your eyes on the sky for the Northern Lights.

    Meals
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Overnight in cozy room. Upgrades to Jeri's cabins available at booking.
    Harriniva Hotel and Hotel Jeris

    Day 2 - Husky Sled Ride and Farm Visit

    This action packed day begins with a visit to husky farm, where you will meet some of our husky pups to have a cuddle with and enjoy an exhilarating dog sled ride.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Harriniva Hotel and Hotel Jeris

    Day 3 - Fall in love with the local reindeers before lunch at an ice restaurant

    Get ready to fall in love with the local reindeers. You will have a chance to feed them, learn how to throw a lasso and experience a short reindeer ride. Lunch will be served in the ice restaurant before returning to the hotel. This afternoon you will bake Finnish cookies and in the evening enjoy a traditional Finnish style Christmas dinner buffet.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Harriniva Hotel and Hotel Jeris

    Day 4 - Snowmobiles, snow fun and Santa

    After breakfast, head out on a 20km snowmobile safari, with two adults sharing a snowmobile and children sitting in a sled pulled by a guide.Lunch will be taken in the hotel on your return.

    The afternoon continues with snow fun. Test your skills at snowshoeing, cross country ski or zooming down the toboggan slope (you are never too old to toboggan!) Children will also have a chance to drive their own mini snowmobile, under supervision. Then the highlight of the trip as you are whisked off in to the forest by snowmobile sled in search of Santa’s secret hide out in the forest. Keep your eyes peeled as you look out for elves. As you drive near you can see moving lanterns held by the elves who sneak up to greet you. They know the secret path to Santa’s cabin and will guide your family through the lantern lit path straight to his cabin. As the children knock on his door will they wake him up from his little nap around the fire?

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Harriniva Hotel and Hotel Jeris

    Day 5 - Departure day

    After breakfast, independent transfer to Kittilä airport.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Price is per person in dbl/twin share.
    Family triple is for 2 adults & 1 child (4-11 years old) sharing a small cabin.

    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    1 Dec 2024
    14 Dec 2024
    1 Dec 2024
    14 Dec 2024
    USD 1,458
    On request
    Standard
    1 Dec 2024
    5 Dec 2024
    1 Dec 2024
    5 Dec 2024
    USD 4,346
    On request
    Family Triple Total
    8 Dec 2024
    12 Dec 2024
    8 Dec 2024
    12 Dec 2024
    USD 1,458
    On request
    Standard
    8 Dec 2024
    12 Dec 2024
    8 Dec 2024
    12 Dec 2024
    USD 4,581
    On request
    Family Triple Total
    15 Dec 2024
    19 Dec 2024
    15 Dec 2024
    19 Dec 2024
    USD 1,574
    On request
    Standard
    15 Dec 2024
    19 Dec 2024
    15 Dec 2024
    19 Dec 2024
    USD 4,581
    Fully booked
    Family Triple Total

    Important Information

    Remember to bring a gift for Santa to deliver. Please note that included lunches in Scandinavia are often hearty soups with bread.

    A full itinerary will be given in resort and changes to the program itinerary according to weather conditions may happen. Lunch in the ice restaurant is weather dependant. Should the ice restaurant not be ready or the temperature be extremely cold lunch will be served around the fire in a traditional kota.

    After your pre-Christmas tour, Helsinki is a lovely spot to spend Christmas, with magnificent Christmas lights, markets, and of course, the obligatory traditional Christmas buffets. Christmas across the Nordic Region is celebrated only from the late afternoon and evening of the 24 December until midday on the 25 December. Outdoor activities are plentiful on the morning of the 25 December such as ice skating in the heart of Helsinki. Local families all enjoy a sleep in and longer breakfast before heading outside to enjoy the time in nature.

    Our hotels and apartments are all filled with Christmas cheer including Christmas trees, music, and celebratory hospitality. Traditional Christmas buffets for the evening of the 24 December can be booked at your hotel or in local restaurants such as Restaurant Savotta in central Helsinki. Afterwards, you can join Christmas Mass at Midnight in one of the cities Cathedrals. Pamper packages are available at many of our hotels with spas and treatments for all the family. Alternatively, you can join the locals, such as spending their Christmas morning at the Löyly Sauna complex, ocean front in Helsinki.

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