Santa's Sleigh Day Trip 2018/2019
A magical, unforgettable experience for families and adults alike, just inside the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi. The day is packed with fun activities, hearty food and folklore, and of course Santa Claus himself! Look what's packed into your day:
- In-flight meals and lunch with drinks
- Thrilling reindeer sleigh rides and husky rides through the snowy woodland
- Join the mystical Shaman for the 'Ceremony of Crossing the Arctic Circle'
- Meet Father Christmas - and of course he has gifts for all the children (ages 2-12 years)
- See the sights of the enchanting Santa's Village
- Playtime in the snow
Please note: this day trip does not include any accommodation.
Lapland Holiday Itinerary
Start your day as soon as you reach Lapland: You will be greeted at the airport by an English-speaking guide (one of Santa's elves) who you will travel with to get your thermal suits and boots to keep you warm. Then you'll be whisked off to begin your Lapland adventure.
Experience the 'Ceremony of Crossing the Arctic Circle': Enjoy an enthralling traditional Lappish story whilst relaxing in a cosy kota tepee.
Travel through Lapland like Santa: Take a reindeer sleigh ride through the beautiful snow, and then enjoy an exhilarating ride on a sled pulled by a team of huskies.
Meet Santa Claus: In December Santa is extremely busy, but he is more than happy to meet all of the boys and girls who wish to tell him what they would most like for Christmas - he even has a gift ready for every child (ages 2-12 years) that visit him.
Dine amidst a winter wonderland: After your escapades in the snow you'll enjoy a satisfying lunch with drinks to warm you up.
Explore Santa's Village: During your day you will visit Santa's very own village, where you can wander around the various gift shops or stop for a warming drink in one of the bars or restaurants. Don't forget to send a letter at Santa Claus' Post Office, where your letter will be stamped with the Arctic Circle postmark. You can't leave without having your photo taken - crossing the Arctic Circle!
Play in the snow: You will have free time in the village where you can venture out to play in the abundant snow, during this time you can enjoy tobogganing, throw snowballs and build snowmen.
Tips for your trip: Meeting Santa in his winter wonderland is very thirsty work and even though inflight meals and lunch with drinks is included, you may wish to pick up additional drinks and snacks for your day at your UK departure airport as access to shops during the trip is limited.
Please note: the activities will not necessarily run in this order.
Need To Know
What should I pack?
If you're coming to Lapland for the day, we recommend you wear warm clothes and only take hand luggage on the plane, as we'll lend you a cosy all-in-one thermal suit, as well as boots, gloves, socks and a hat. If you're on a 3 or 4-night trip, we'll still kit you out with all the necessary gear - which is yours for the duration of your holiday - but it's a good idea to bring lots of layers, too.
What’s the weather like?
In December, daytime temperatures generally range from 0 to -20 degrees, but it can fall as low as -40 during a particularly cold spell. You’ll get four to five hours of ‘grey light’ between about 10am and 3pm. The rest of the time it’s dark, but still quite bright because of all the snow. What’s more, all the activity areas are well lit.
What’s the food like?
It depends on where you stay, but most hotels in Lapland put on international buffet spreads. Usually, there’ll be a selection of meat, fish and pasta dishes to choose from, as well as a variety of vegetables and salad. You’ll also find children’s favourites, like chips, meatballs, and burgers on offer. And some places serve Finnish specialities, like smoked reindeer pizza.
Is Lapland suitable for young children?
We don’t recommend our Lapland trips for children under 4-years-old. That’s because the chilly temperatures and types of activities aren’t suited to really little ones. If you do bring toddlers along, though, you’ll need to provide their own thermal clothing.
Do I need insurance?
It’s essential you and your family have the protection you need in case the unexpected happens. What’s more, if you want to take part in any snow sports when you’re away, you’ll need a policy that covers you for these.
Can I drive a snowmobile?
If you want to get behind the wheel of a snowmobile, make sure you bring your full UK driving licence with you. As long as local guides agree, children aged 12 and over can ride as a passenger on your snowmobile. Younger children have to travel in a sleigh pulled by one instead.