Your thermal suits are a key item in your Santa’s Lapland inclusions. Think of a snug, outdoor onesie! Whilst you won’t win any glamour competitions, your thermal suits are vital for helping you make the most of your time in Saariselkä.
Under your suit, make sure to wear LAYERS – we can’t stress this enough! Layers are the best way to help you control your body temperature, rather than just one bulky jumper. That goes for the bottom half as well, thermal base layers under comfortable trousers are essential.
Layers of socks also to go underneath the woollen socks provided is the best way to keep your tootsies toasty, and we will finish that off with thermal boots so that you can frolic in the snow as much as you like. Please also wear sensible shoes on arrival as it can be very icy at the airport, and bring some comfortable indoor shoes to wear in your hotel.
Gloves with liners are also a sensible option to wear underneath your provided thermal mittens, and a balaclava or buff is a great way to keep the wind chill off your face. Don’t forget a bright cosy lined hat!
Children do get cold quickly so please ensure you wrap them well in layers, and our Lapland Rangers will keep them busy at the Arctic Circle Centre with songs and games to keep them moving. A family game of snow hockey is great way to keep you all warm!
Seeing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis as they are officially known, is a must-do on bucket lists all around the world. In fact, it’s right up there with meeting Santa!
This spectacular event draws people to Lapland all year round, year after year. Their unpredictability makes them all the more special…and all the more frustrating!
So what exactly are the Northern Lights?
The Northern Lights are caused by the interaction of the solar wind – a stream of charged particles escaping the Sun – and our planet’s magnetic field and atmosphere. As the solar wind approaches, it distorts the Earth’s magnetic field and allows some charged particles from the Sun to enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Then, as these charged particles interact with gases in our atmosphere, they make them light up!
The colours and patterns are from the types of ions or atoms being energised as they collide with the atmosphere and are affected by lines of magnetic force. (Very scientific!!) Displays may take many forms, including rippling curtains, pulsating globs, travelling pulses, or steady glows – this is what makes them so beautiful!
****FUN FACT! You can actually see the Northern Lights anywhere – although more frequent at higher latitudes, they have been seen closer to the equator as far south as Mexico!****
Remember, on your Santa’s Lapland holiday, you can add a Northern Lights Adventure to your itinerary! Unfortunately even Santa can’t guarantee them appearing, but as the further North you are the better chance you have to see them, Lapland is a pretty good bet!
May your visit to Lapland be full of both Christmas magic and the magic of the skies!
Everybody knows that I need to speak every language in the world, so it’s nice to come home and speak my native Suomi (Finnish). Here is a short introduction to some basic Finnish words and phrases that you can try out when you come to Lapland.
Hyvää huomenta (good morning)
Hyvää päivää (good afternoon)
How are you?
Reply to ‘How are you?’
Hyvää kiits, entä teille? (this is the formal version for people you don’t know)
And if the first child is ages 6-11 then pay from just £389!Plus, parking at Exeter Airport for the duration of your trip is completely FREE! Ask our reservations team for details once you’ve booked.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Free child places are available for when staying at hotels Kieppi, Holiday Club, Tunturi and Riekonlinna only, and apply to the youngest child between 2 and 5 years old, limited to one per family.
All available discounts are based on sharing with two full-paying guests and will be automatically applied when booking online.
Book now while we still have availability!
See you soon!
Just a quick reminder that we still have a limited number of free child places available for ‘Santa’s Magic’ 3-day breaks this Christmas!
Offer applies to the following departures:
Sunday 29th November
From Manchester or Stansted
Monday 30th November
From Gatwick or Leeds Bradford
Tuesday 1st December
From Manchester or Birmingham
Wednesday 2nd December
Departing Gatwick or Bristol
Monday 7th December
Departing Gatwick or East Midlands
Tuesday 8th December
Departing Manchester or Southampton
Wednesday 9th December
Departing Gatwick or Leeds Bradford
PLUS! Fly from Exeter on 15th December for our Santa’s Spectacular 4-day trip, for the same Free Child Place offer.
The free child places are available for when staying at hotels Kieppi, Holiday Club, Tunturi and Riekonlinna only, and apply to the youngest child between 2 and 5 years old, limited to one per family.
All available discounts are based on sharing with two full-paying guests and will be automatically applied when booking online. Flight supplements may apply.
Book now to take advantage of this offer – once they’re gone, they’re gone!
For more info, click here.
See you soon!
A magical trip to Lapland to meet Santa is truly the experience of a life time. Make sure you and your family make the most of your trip with our handy tips:
Make telling your children they’re going to meet Santa a moment they’ll never forget! We have heard of many different ways, for example, Santa can send the invitations down the chimney so your children can find them in the fireplace or Santa leaving them hidden somewhere in the house so it turns into a treasure hunt. You can really get as creative as you like. A lot of parents reveal the surprise only the day before, or even on the way to the airport – this just adds to the magic!
Wrap up warm!
Come prepared for the arctic conditions here in Lapland. We’ll provide everyone with a special all-in-one waterproof and thermal suit to keep you cosy, as well as boots, mittens and thermal socks. We recommend you also bring lots of layers to go under the suits, gloves to go inside the mittens and scarves or face masks to protect those little noses and cheeks. All of our flights include a good luggage allowance so it’s better to pack too many layers than to be chilly! Read our Comfort and Safety tips for more information.
Expect the unexpected!
We want you to look forward to all the experiences you’ll have on a trip to Lapland, but part of what makes this trip so special is not knowing exactly what to expect – but with us our experienced Lapland Rangers are always on hand to help so go with the flow and enjoy the surprises as much as your children!
Embrace every moment!
Maximise your time in the snow by exploring the beautiful resort of Saariselkä, try all the activities on offer on your “Search for Santa Day” and then relax in your warm cosy cabin or hotel in the evenings.
When should you take your children?
There are no age restrictions for Santa’s Lapland, the beautiful scenery and one-of-a-kind activities can be enjoyed by adults and children alike, but we would recommend that you leave your little ones younger than 2 years at home. This is because they cannot run around and warm up like the rest of us or tell you when they are really cold, so the extreme temperatures can be very dangerous for them. There is definitely no maximum age and all children up to the age of 12 receive a gift from Santa. Some activities also suit certain ages better than others, we have found that Nan and Granddad often find the Husky Sled-Ride a little bumpy but enjoy the Reindeer’s Sleigh-Ride and children under 4 years are not recommended on the Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari as this can be very cold. Speak to one of our helpers in the UK office or a Lapland Ranger in resort for more advice.
Part of what makes your stay really special are the magical activities in Lapland that are included in your fun-packed itinerary. Unlike other companies, you’ll experience a magical reindeer sleigh-ride through the snowy woods, and a sled-ride with the huskies at no extra cost. As well as a snowmobile sleigh-ride and fun and games with the elves.
However, believe it or not, there’s still time to try even more wonderful activities which can be added to your booking in advance. Have a look at some of the adventures you will have the opportunity to do and choose something the whole family will love.
Of course, the number one activity for all families is the chance to meet the big man himself, Santa! You and your family are guaranteed a private family meeting with him in his log-cabin.
“My Elves tell me that some families worry they may only see me amidst a crowd of strangers in a restaurant or hotel, so let me put your mind at rest straight away! On all my own Santa’s Magic and Santa’s Spectacular trips, I meet every single family personally and individually at my own log-cabin home, and that’s a promise!”
We have a lot of adorable pups and fully-grown dogs in Lapland. Fuzzy noses, cuddly warmth and the occasional lick is all part and parcel of living with these beautiful beings. Fun for Mums and Dads, as well as Grandparents, they can have a go at driving the sled if they want to. You children can sit back and enjoy the ride!
Need a bigger sleigh? You’ll need a bigger animal. We might keep Rudolf, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen busy training for Christmas duties, but they always have a moment to take you for a ride! A reindeer-drawn sled really is my all-time favourite way to travel.
We have seen many of the traditional Lappish folk taking part in tobogganing for years! It’s a real treat to have a go in its classic home. It’s not only a treat for the children, but we often see Mum and Dad having another go when you’re not looking! Keep an eye on them!
This activity is a lot noisier than the others, but with the skidoos being specially designed to be safe for younger visitors it is definitely a novel activity and something a little different.
We don’t get much television signal out here in the Arctic Circle, so we play many of the sports ourselves! It’s great when we have new visitors to Lapland who want to join in for a round of Snow Hockey. We’ll warn you though, we Elves are very competitive. Challenge us and let’s see who will be the ultimate winners!
We don’t keep the fish we catch, we let them go again! But have a go casting your line in the frozen lake we have here in Saariselkä. It’s a traditional Sami (the native Lapps) art. It requires much patience and can be a wonderful way to relax.
To find out more about what adventures we have here in Lapland, click on the link below!
Hi! Nokki the Elf here, with a great deal for you –
Fly from Exeter on 15th December for our 4-day Santa’s Spectacular break and you could save up to £355 per family.
Here are all the details:
• Stay in a Family Type A Room in Santa’s Hotel Kieppi or Santa’s Hotel Tunturi
• First child £199 (if 2-5 years). Reduced from £399
• First child £399 (if 6-11 years). Reduced from £529
• AND £50 per adult cash-back
• AND free half-board for children aged 2-5 years
When it comes to furry friends, Lapland isn’t all about reindeer!
I know, hard to believe isn’t it?!
And there are some fauna foes out there too… I’ve been hanging out with lots of crazy creatures so I can bring you my top 5 animals of Lapland! Look out for them when you visit, and tell them Rudolph says hi:
These pesky individuals eat ANYTHING. Such greedy gluttons! The wolverine looks like a cross between a bear and wolf, though I’m reliably informed they’re more closely related to otters and badgers. Definitely not as friendly as otters and badgers though!
They won’t cause you any bother, but if I had a carrot for every time a wolverine’s stolen my carrot…I’d have all my carrots back!
The brown bear is the most common of the big omnivores in Lapland (also found in these parts are wolves, lynx and the aforementioned wally wolverine). They are also the fuzziest.
Bears can be scary, but don’t worry – like the wolverine, they’re not dangerous to humans and are more afraid of you than you are of them! It’s me who has to watch out! Fortunately, I haven’t seen one for a while – unless you count the teddy bears being made in Santa’s workshop – they are WAY nicer.
My feathered friends the eagles are elusive to say the least! If you spot an eagle in Lapland…or anywhere for that matter, you should get a prize. However, I did manage to track one wise guy down recently and he gave me some interesting facts to share.
Eagles are different from most other birds of prey by their larger size, more powerful build, and heavier head and beak. As the phrase ‘eagle-eyed’ suggests, eagles have incredible eye site and while humans see just three basic colours, eagles see five! This enables them to spot even well-camouflaged potential prey from a very long distance – I’m impressed! Eagles are admired the world over as living symbols of power, freedom, and transcendence – that’s all very well, but it’s a lot better being symbol of Christmas, right?!
Coming in at number 2, are our faithful friends, the Huskies! Though often kept as pets today, Huskies have been used to pull sleds in northern regions of the world for hundreds of years – the perfect transport for your ‘Search for Santa’ day in Lapland then! You can also book the Husky Heaven adventure for your visit with us, for more husky hilarity.
Huskies are energetic and athletic, and usually have a thick double coat that can be gray, black, copper red, or white. Huskies are known for their pale blue eyes, although they may also have brown eyes, green eyes, blue eyes, or even different coloured eyes!
Santa’s favourite husky is the adventurous Hannes who is in charge of all the fantastic excursions we have in Saariselkä. He’s bold as brass but very friendly! I get on with him pretty well, but he’s soooo noisy and always running off. If you’re reading this, Hannes – chill out!
And at number 1, and officially the best animal of all time forever and always, is ME!
Well, all reindeer of course.
We are fun, friendly, hard-working, creatures who love to meet new friends – a lot of us are pretty handsome too. A big shout out to Dasher, Dancer, the rest of the sleigh gang – boy, do we have the greatest job! Most of our species migrate to the coast in Spring, but we stay close to Santa throughout the year training for our big night on Christmas Eve when we get to help deliver presents to children all over the world – it’s our favourite night of year and we always have fabulous time.
You’ll definitely meet some of us on your visit, but why not book my Reindeer Run – an extra-special, magical experience. You’ll love it!
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the animals of Lapland! What’s your favourite animal?
See you soon,
Christmas is not quite upon us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead to the busy festive period. Occupying children’s time is fast-becoming that little bit easier, thanks to many applications that are available to download across the Apple and Android stores. Here are our choice top five for your children’s entertainment.
Careful, they are highly addictive and should be saved for the run-up to Christmas.
NORAD Santa Tracker
Traditionally found at NORAD Santa Tracker, this app is the ‘future’ of the North American Aerospace Defence Command’s popular children’s (and adult’s!) Santa Tracker. Operational from 1st December every year, you can track Santa in ‘real-time’ as he prepares for Christmas through the Advent countdown, as well as on the night itself when he is busy trotting around the world.
An old favourite for all of the family. Take photos of yourself and your children then upload them into this app to see yourself doing the funky dance moves to a variety of different songs. Traditionally passed around by email in the office come winter, you can now enjoy the magic on the move whilst on holiday with the family.
Eye-spy is a classic, if not somewhat repetitive, game. For that reason, why not download this app? Designed for children and great for keeping them occupied, you can save yourself a bit of hassle trying to guess that word beginning with “S”. Christmas Tree!
Christmas magic is what makes this time of the year the best in younger children’s eyes. The way the carrots are magically eaten and the milk has been drunk. Even the cookies are gone! But, maybe the magic is dwindling. Surely filming your own home and seeing Santa Claus walking the steps of your lounge will fan the magical flames. After all, seeing is believing.
A Meeting with Santa (me)in my secret log-cabin home in the woods. I guarantee a private meeting for every family and not a meeting in a restaurant with a coach-load of other families.
My Elves & Igloo FantasiaI want to tell you about a very special Santa Secret. I have had my helpers build, just for you, two enchanting Igloos, hidden in the forest and never before seen by anyone.
Reindeer sleigh-ride I offer a magical sleigh-ride through the snowy winter woods, the perfect transportation to your Igloo Fantasia experience!
Husky-sled-ride.My unforgettable ride is approx. 15-minutes and is not a 2-minute ‘taster’ ride, being driven around a short circular route.
Snowmobile sleigh rideWhen you come to visit me, everyone gets to ride behind a snowmobile during our ‘Search for Santa’, and mini skidoos are available for the children.
The resort experienceI believe in the true spirit of a Lapland Christmas, with our full-length activities held in magical woodland wilderness locations. I am not so keen on commercialised centres where you may end up killing time in charmless gift-shops and grottos!
Places to stayI have chosen three and four-diamond hotels with excellent facilities and food, and also my own Santa’s Christmas Cabins. Beware of others that offer one or two-star business-style hotels.
Child PricesIt is the children that really want to see me so I have thousands of FREE Child Places and many other magically low prices for them.
Travel arrangementsSaariselkä is only 25 minutes from Ivalo Airport whereas other companies travel up to 2 hours by coach to and from the resort.