Sleigh Bell Sleepover 2019/2020
Two days in Santa's homeland jam-packed with excitement. Try out some of the many winter activities and see stunning frozen landscapes on traditional Lappish transport.
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Sleigh-bell Sleepover - WHAT'S INCLUDED:
Thermal suits and boots
Meet Rudolph and friends and ride in their sleighs
Sled dog/husky sled ride
Lunch with soft drinks on both days
Explore Santa's Village
Meet Santa (each child aged 2-12yrs receives a gift)
30-minute snowmobile ride
Lapland Holiday Itinerary
DAY 1 - LET THE MAGIC BEGIN
Once you've landed in the wintry wonderland look out for Santa's elves who'll meet you at the airport. It's very chilly so the elves will take you by coach to the locker room to get you into a thermal suit and comfy boots. You'll then head for lunch where you will enjoy a nice hot meal before you're whisked to the activity park where the fun really begins.
FAMILY FUN AT THE ACTIVITY PARK
Now's your chance to race against each other on toboggans down the slopes or simply explore the fantastic scenery. You could even try the kicksleds, a local form of transport and easy for everyone to use so you'll get the hang of them in no time. If it gets a little chilly then visit the shaman in his tent for a mystical tale. Next have a go at tandem skiing, it provides plenty of giggles, and try out snowshoes, they were invented to be able to walk on frosty ground. Have some hot berry juice before hopping aboard a short reindeer sled for a leisurely ride before a team of sled dogs/huskies will take you on a fast-paced ride.
The highlight of the day could be when you and your family have a private meeting with the man himself, Santa Claus!
OPTIONAL EVENING EXCURSION
After resting in your hotel for a while it's up to you if you want to fit in more. Fancy searching for the phenomenal Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)? You can with us.
DAY 2 - CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS COME EARLY
The morning begins with free time so it's up to you whether you relax in your hotel or take an optional excursion. You'll enjoy the hearty lunch at Forest Manor as you'll need energy for the excitement to come in magical Santa Claus Village. Send a letter from Santa Claus, stamped with the special postmark of the Santa Claus Post Office. Cross the Arctic Circle and receive a certificate for doing so. There's a lovely choice of bars and restaurants, the ice bar is a 'cool' place to take a break.
For one last blast of fun you'll be heading off on a snowmobile ride through the dense pine forest taking in the beautiful Lappish countryside.
Activities may not run in the order or day listed. Snowmobile trips are subject to change due to weather conditions. Pregnant women should not use snowmobiles or sledges pulled by snowmobiles as the vibrations and exhaust fumes may be harmful. You will not check into your hotel until the evening on Day 1 and your cases will remain locked in the coach hold from arrival at the airport until arrival at your hotel.
When three people are sharing, room space can be limited. We want to make sure our trips to Lapland are enjoyed by everyone but the snow and icy conditions along with the uneven natural terrain may mean some of the trips aren't suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us on 0800 1073 409 before you book.
*A local charge may apply to facilities and activities shown on this page, unless they're advertised as free or included in the description of an All Inclusive package (if applicable to the hotel/board basis you are choosing). All facilities and activities on this page are subject to change/withdrawal.
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City Hotel Rovaniemi
Shops, restaurants and bars are on your doorstep at the City Hotel Rovaniemi and its modern, trendy décor makes a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. Lappish specialities are served in Monte Rosa, it's one of the most popular restaurants in the town and lip-licking ribs can be enjoyed while watching sports in the American-style grill and bar. Staff provide personal service making sure you have the best time in this Arctic wonderland.
Snowman World Glass Resort
An unforgettable experience awaits at the Snowman World Glass Resort. Your sumptuous semi-detached Scandinavian villa has a relaxed ambiance for cosy evenings amongst enchanting surroundings. After magical days soaking up everything this winter wonderland has to offer, you can unwind and warm up in your private whirlpool before snuggling together to admire the stars twinkling against the backdrop of dramatic dark skies through the glass ceiling.
The traditional feeling Scandic Pohjanhovi is the oldest hotel in Rovaniemi and a great base for your Lapland experience as it's in the centre of Rovaniemi, close to Santa's Village. This hotel's restaurant has wonderful views of the Kemijoki River and is the perfect place to sample Lappish food. Show off your singing talent in the karaoke bar then dance to your favourite song as it turns into a nightclub. The family rooms can accommodate four of you so after a day of thrilling activities you'll be able to relax together.
Hotel Santa Claus
Hotel Santa Claus promises a comfortable stay in the heart of Rovaniemi. When you're weary after a busy day of festive fun in Santa's Village, the hotel's sauna is sure to warm you up. Afterwards, you can choose from something traditional or food straight from the grill in the restaurants on offer. There's also a great lounge bar where you can chill out with a drink or enjoy a game of billiards.
Santa Claus Holiday Village
Santa and his elves are waiting to welcome you to Santa Claus Holiday Village. As the official home of the big man himself, you'll stay right in the heart of where all the magic happens. In your free time on day two, why not try some sledging or visit the Christmas expedition before joining us in the afternoon for some festive fun. Your cosy cottage will feel like a home away from home where you can warm up in your own sauna and snuggle up ready for the adventure the next day will bring.
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.