Specially designed for families that wish to experience something truly different, our Christmas Adventure will introduce you to some unique arctic activities, and take you on a journey in search of Santa Claus and celebrate Christmas in authentic arctic style in Finnish Lapland. From husky sledding, reindeer sleigh rides, snowmobile safaris, and even mini snowmobile adventures for the children, our Christmas Adventure promises you a unique and magical experience that you will remember for years to come. And the highlight of the trip will be the smiles of joy on everyone’s face when you visit Father Christmas himself, in his secret forest hideaway.
Arrive Rovaniemi Airport, and you get your first glimpse of the winter wonderland where you’ll spend the next few days.
As you step off the plane, you catch your first breath of the cold, clean air as you are welcomed by your personal host, who will look after you during your stay. You will make your first stop at our airport-based private lounge to get your winter clothing that will keep you warm and dry the coming days. You’ll emerge into the cold air, wearing our comfortable, arctic-proofed gear, ready for adventure.
After leaving the airport, one of our exclusive cars will whisk you away on a 15-minute drive into the arctic wilderness, where the warm fire of your Christmas wooden chalet awaits. During your three nights stay, your meals will be prepared by your very own private chef, so you can relax and enjoy the Christmas spirit.
The chalets are located on the top of a fell nearby Rovaniemi centre. Here you have direct access to winter hiking routes, cross county ski tracks,
After a welcome meal, your guide will take you out to introduce you to the region. The children will learn to make snow lanterns and build a snowman to decorate your chalet. We’ll get on the snowshows and toboggans, that will be available for you to use for the entire duration of your stay. Once we’re confortable with our Arctic transport, your host will take you out in hunt of the Northern Lights, and show you the best places to spot the phenomenon. During your stay your host will also keep an eye on the Northern Lights activity, and alert you at any time, should our skies be dancing.
Husky Ride & Snowmobile Adventure
After tasty breakfast, your guide knocks on the door, ready to take you out for dog sledding. At the husky kennels, you’ll meet the dogs, their excited barks filling the air. You are provided with all the necessary equipment, and taught how to drive a team of dogs. With the rest of the family safely wrapped up in warm furs in the sleigh, you set off!
As you slide through the snow and into the wilderness, the barking of the dogs subsides, and all you can hear is the pounding of paws and the sound of the sledge on the snow. With a shout and a pull of the reins, the dogs turn, and you are entirely in the moment.
The white and magical landscape slips by as the dogs pick up speed. Their joy at pulling the sleigh is contagious, and you see broad, happy smiles on everyone’s faces. Afterwards you will have time at the kennel to visit the dogs and their puppies, while your chef is preparing you a forest meal that you will enjoy by a camp fire in a cosy, Lappish ‘kota’ building.
Leaving the eager sled dogs behind, we set of for the next adventure – snowmobiling. A snowmobile ride is a highlight of any arctic adventure, and not to be missed. After a brief introduction to safety and the controls of the snowmobiles, it’s time to set off on our state-or-art snowmobiles for your tailor-made excursion into the wild. Through forests and over hills packed with snow, you’ll drive deep into the wilderness where not many have been. You’ll get the chance to let rip across a frozen lake and experience the speed, the freedom, and the adrenaline rush that can only be had when these thrilling machines roar over the snow.
While a driving licence is needed to operate a snowmobile, children and those without licences get to enjoy being pulled along in a sleigh. Adults and older children can also share a snowmobile with the driver as you ride through the beautiful snowy landscapes. The snowmobile safari will take about 2 to 3 hours, depending on the weather conditions. We will also have mini-skidoos available for children, so they can try out driving themselves, while adults can enjoy warms snacks over the campfire.
During or after the snowmobile ride there is an opportunity to make a stop at the Santa Claus Village to cross the Arctic Circle in the Santa Claus Village, where’s also various design & hand craft shops. Here’s also the office of Santa Claus, as well as his official post office.
After all day outdoors, you are surely happy to return to your chalet where your chef is waiting for you with the dinner.
The Life of a Reindeer and in the Search of Santa
You wake up to another snow-white morning and the inviting smell of fresh breakfast prepared by your chef.
Your host will pick you up for another day of adventure. Driving through the snowy landscape, surrounded by never ending wilderness, you arrive to a magical home of the reindeer. Here’s the reindeer waiting for you to hop on the sleight. Warmly wrapped and tucked in the sleigh, you start yet another journey in the forest. Until you arrival to a hidden hut, smoke coming out of the chimney, who may live in here, hidden away? And did we just see an elf, disappearing toward the hut? Let your children discover, who is keeping warm in the hut, perhaps you are invited in, for a story of your lifetime? Is it the Santa himself, waiting with the presents?
The reindeer will pull you through the forest, and introduce you to the life of a reindeer, until you arrive to a Lappish kota where the reindeer herder is waiting for you with a lunch and so many stories to tell. While you enjoy a delicious lunch cooked by an open fire, you will hear fascinating stories about the life in Lapland that evolves around the reindeer.
As you drive back towards your Christmas Chalet, the sun sets, the sky turns gold, but this day will live on forever.
For afternoon you will have time at leisure to enjoy many delights or Lapland; your host can take you out tobogganing, skiing or for a snow shoe walk in the forest, or perhaps you wish to visit Arktikum, and interactive science centre where you can learn everything about the life in the Arctic. Alternatively you can visit the city centre, local natural attractions or simply enjoy cosy family time in the chalet.
After the dinner your host will pick you up for another Northern Lights adventure – this time by snowmobiles. Warmly tucked in the sleigh, we’ll drive out in the darkness, away from the light pollution and the city noises. It is so quiet you can hear the silence, as we make a stop in the forest overlooking Northern sky. We’ll make a fire to keep us warm and enjoy some snacks and warm drinks, ready for the nature’s own show.
The sun hardly rises above the horizon on your final day in Lapland – but the fresh arctic air and the bountiful memories from your trip will put a smile on your face.
After your breakfast, it’s time to check out and your host is waiting to take you for your last adventure before your departure. Today we will visit an exclusive handcraft workshop in true Lappish settings. As you step inside the cosy red cottage, you’ll be welcomed by one of the region’s best handicraft artisans. After introducing you to some of the materials and methods she uses to make her delightful souvenirs, you’ll get a chance to make your own.
Using the shed reindeer horns that can be found lying in the Lapland wilderness, you’ll learn how to craft your own unique horn souvenir to take home with you, so you can impress your friends with your newly acquired skills.
As you work on your masterpiece, you might notice a delicious aroma wafting through the house. Your host is also an excellent cook, and likes to share her delicacies with a warm drink and a story from Lapland. The Handicraft Workshop is a unique opportunity to get a real taste of life in Lapland, and a chance to take something special home.
After your hand on Lapland experience and a delicious lunch, your transfer is waiting, ready to take you for the airport.
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Included in your experience, all activities guided & private
- Meet and greet at the airport by your host
- Protective winter outer clothing for your stay
- Airport transfers
- 3 nights accommodation in a Christmas Chalet decorated to celebrate authentic Finnish Christmas spirit
- All meals provided; served by your private chef
- Snacks, soft drinks and fruit available in the chalet at all times
- Snacks and water available during all transfers
- Daily house wine and a welcome drinks in the chalet
- Firewood & toiletries at your disposal in the chalet
- Toboggans and snowshoes at your disposal at all times
- Northern Lights alerts
- Rovaniemi sightseeing with your guide
- Northern Lights snowshoe experience
- Visit to reindeer herders and a lunch
- Reindeer sleigh ride (2km)
- Surprise visits from an elf
- Private meeting with Santa Claus in his secret hut and presents
- All meals provided; breakfast and dinner cooked and served by your private chef, lunch experiences en-route during activities
- Ice fishing, skiing, shopping and entries to science museums time allowing
- 1 day ski-equipment rental
- Northern Lights snowmobile adventure
- Husky sledding and required gear (2 hours)
- Lunch at the husky kennel
- Snowmobile adventure (2 – 4 hours)
- Mini-skidoos for children
- Visit to Santa Claus Village (on request)
- Exclusive visit to a handicraft studio and lunch
- Guide at your disposal at all times and all transfers