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Santa's Magic, Saariselkä, Lapland (Finland)

Husky sledding on Santa's Magic trip.Husky sledding on Santa's Magic trip.
Santa's Christmas Cabin.Santa's Christmas Cabin.
Mini Skidoo.Mini Skidoo.
Dining room in Santa's Christmas Cabin.Dining room in Santa's Christmas Cabin.
Star Arctic Hotel.Star Arctic Hotel.
Kieppi Hotel and ice sculptures.Kieppi Hotel and ice sculptures.
Sami costume and reindeer.Sami costume and reindeer.
Meet Santa.Meet Santa.
Snowmobile safari in Lapland.Snowmobile safari in Lapland.
What to Expect:
  • Activities
  • Sleigh ride
  • Visit Santa's cottage
  • Reindeer park
  • Snowshoe trek
  • 3 days
  • 4 days
  • Connecting rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for toddlers
  • Group trip
  • Husky safari
  • Indoor play
  • Indoor pool
  • Meet Santa
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Snow play
  • Skiing
  • Seasonal opening

Whisk your kids away on a magical trip to Saariselkä, Finland, to visit the big man himself. This three-day trip (with the option to add an additional day to make a 4-day short break) is jam-packed yet still leaves plenty of time to relax and savour the festive feel of Lapland, and you have the option to extend the trip to a fourth day, giving you even more time to try new adventures in the snow.

The fun starts at the airport, where you’re greeted by one of Santa’s helpers before heading to your choice of accommodation (half board options available). Once you’re decked out (outdoors wear is included so you can travel light), the action begins; tobogganing, reindeer sleigh-rides, husky-sledding and a hunt through the snow for Santa’s cabin are just some of the things to look forward to. If you start to flag, there’s a ready supply of hot chocolate, snacks and pancakes throughout the day to top up energy levels.

Stay in hotels or in one of Santa’s Christmas Cabins (four bedrooms), with a decorated tree, log fire and your own Santa's helper to cook and clean.


Regular departures in November and December from 19 UK airports. Flights depart around 6-7am, returning around 3-4pm at the end of your stay.


There's a choice of 6 places to stay:

Santa's Hotel Holiday Club – great facilities for kids.
Indoor pool, Jacuzzis, waterslide, kids' pool.
Spa, sauna and steam room.
Children's play area.
Family rooms, suites and apartments sleeping up to 6 in twin beds, double and single sofabeds. Apartments include kitchenettes.

Santa's Hotel Tunturi – with evening entertainment.
Indoor play area.
Family rooms and suites sleeping up to 6 in single beds and sofabeds.

Santa’s Hotel Riekonlinna – in village centre.
Northern Lights viewing room.
Childrens play area.
Family rooms and suites sleeping up to 5 in twin rooms and sofabeds.
Family apartments sleeping 4 in twin rooms, with private sauna and kitchenette.

Santa’s Saariselkä Inn – small hotel.
Children's play area.
Family rooms and suites sleeping up to 6 in single beds and put-up beds.

Santa's Star Arctic Hotel – luxury hotel in perfect spot to see the Northern Lights.
Spacious suites with large window to see the views.
Hot and cold buffet breakfast.
1km from the village, reached by public transport.

Santa's Christmas Cabins – cosy cabins for large families.
Open log fire.
Cabins sleeping up to 10 in 4 twin rooms and 2 extra beds in living area, with kitchen and sauna.
(Cabins are extremely popular so we advise you to book early!)


From £1039 per adult depending on accommodation chosen and departure date and airport. All prices are based on minimum occupancy and include return flights to Ivalo, transfers, activities, thermal clothing and taxes. Infants are charged at £150 and reduced rates for children. Book early to take advantage of the FREE child places.


Day One

You’ll be greeted at Ivalo airport by a reindeer with its Sami handler, before a 25-minute coach ride to your hotel or cabin in Saariselkä. Here you’ll get kitted out in complimentary thermal gear so you can head out and explore the winter wonderland on your doorstep. This is a chance for you to hone your snowman-building skills or grab a free toboggan and give it a go, building up an appetite for the welcome dinner that awaits you.

Day Two

This is a day full to the brim with outdoor adventures, including reindeer sleigh-rides, husky-sled rides, a traditional Arctic Circle ceremony and a host of other activities that include snow sculpturing and a fun hunt for Santa’s cabin in the snow. Lunch will keep you topped up before the gala dinner (for those on a half-board basis).

Day Three

Now you’ve sampled some of the activities, this is your chance to try them again with optional excursions. You’ll also have time to browse the souvenir shops before being collected from your door and taken to the airport.

Note: an optional fourth day can be booked for an additional cost, giving you more time to try new snow adventures and see more sights.

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Special offers

Free child places on Lapland family experiences

Deal includes: free child places, free child insurance when parents book an adult policy, special gift from Santa for all children under 13, free half board for children under 6 in selected hotels and free use of toboggans when you stay in a Christmas Cabin ... Book now

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Your base in Lapland is just 25-minute coach transfer from the airport.

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