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Calling all parents – make the most of your trip to Lapland!

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:

 

  • Surprise them!

  • 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.

 

We can’t wait to see you here in Lapland soon!

Activities in Lapland

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!”

-Santa

Husky Sledding

Huskies pulling sled

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!

 

Sleigh Ride

Reindeer herder leading reindeer pulling sled

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.

 

 

Toboggan Fun

Toboggan

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!

 

 

Mini Skidoo

Mini Skidoo

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.

 

 

Snow Hockey

Ice Hockey

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!

 

 

Ice Fishing

Father and son ice fishing

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!

Santa’s Lapland Adventures

 

 

Special offer – save up to £355 per family!

nokki2 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
OR
• 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


For example:

  • 2 adults and 2 children aged 4 and 7 staying in a Type A Room in Santa’s Hotel Tunturi, half-board
  • Total £3,272.40
    Save £356.70


  • 2 adults and 1 child of 5 years staying in a Type A Room in Santa’s Hotel Kieppi, half-board
  • Total £2,276.70
    Save £356.70


See you soon!

Nokki   elf-prints


Valid for 15th December departure from Exeter Airport only. Book by 5pm on 31st August.

Rudolph’s Top 5 Animals of Lapland

rudolph2When 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:


5. Wolverines


wolverineThese 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!



4. Bears


brown bears at Whipsnade zooThe 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.




3. Eagles


eagleMy 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?!

2. Huskies


picture08Coming 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!

huskySanta’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!





1. Reindeer


Reindeer-in-LaplandAnd 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.

reindeer 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,

Rudolph

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Top 5 Christmas Apps

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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

NORAD Santa TrackerTraditionally 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.

 

Download – Apple | Android

 

Elf Yourself

Elf YourselfAn 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.

 

Download – Apple | Android

 

Christmas Colouring Book

Christmas Colouring BookWho doesn’t like colouring? It is entertaining, takes time and occupies children – even to the point where they will fall asleep on a journey. And with this app, you won’t run out of pages to colour!

 

Download – Apple | Android

 

Find the Scout Elves – Elf on the Shelf®

Find the Scout Elves - Elf on the Shelf®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!

 

Download – Apple | Android

 

Santa Cam Fx

Santa Cam FXChristmas 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.

 

Download – Apple | Android

 

We love to hear from you – have you got any suggestions for Apps that your children love? Let us know in the comments below, on Facebook or on Twitter.

Early booking offers

nokki2Hi everyone!

We have some great early-booking offers still available, but they come to an end very soon! To make sure you don’t miss out on upgrades, vouchers and more, book by 5pm on 30th June.

Here are all the details –

Accommodation upgrade:
Choose Hotel Tunturi for your holiday and get upgraded to a type B Family Suite (sleeps 2-4) – that’s a twin bedroom, including lounge with double sofa bed and a sauna. Call us and quote ‘upgrade room’ at the time of booking. Available on departures from 10th – 16th Dec, subject to availability.

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Or stay at Hotel Riekonlinna and be upgraded to a type D apartment (sleeps 3-4), comprising of a lounge with double sofa bed, kitchenette and twin bedroom. Call us and quote ‘upgrade room’ at the time of booking. Available for Santa’s Magic trips with departures on 29th, 30th November, and 1st, 7th, 8th, 9th December, and the Santa’s Spectacular trip departing on 15th December.

Hotel-Riekonlinna


Restaurant voucher:
Any bookings for Hotel Riekonlinna made before 30th June will receive a €30 restaurant voucher. This will be included in the ‘Welcome Pack’, waiting for you on arrival in Lapland!

Excursion Reductions:
Experience everything Lapland has to offer with a fantastic optional adventure. Book before 30th June for 50% off children’s prices for the Family Snowmobile Safari and Northern Lights Adventure.

Northern Lights over Lapland


Call our friendly team today, or book online. Remember, just one week left to take advantage of these offers.

See you soon!

Nokki the Elf x

Christmas Traditions from Around the World

We’ve been investigating how other countries celebrate Christmas, and have discovered lots of fun facts to share. Maybe you’ll be introducing some of these cultural, Christmas traditions to your celebrations this year?!

Australia
australiaChristmas in Australia is in the middle of the summer holidays! When he gets to Australia, Santa gives the reindeer a rest and uses kangaroos to deliver the presents…

Canada
canadaOn the south shore of Nova Scotia, there’s a tradition called ‘Belsnickeling’, where people dress up in funny Santa costumes and go from house to house until the home owners guess who you are!

Mexico
mexicoBetween 16th December and Christmas Eve, children often perform the ‘Posada’ processions. These celebrate the Christmas story when Joseph and Mary look for somewhere to stay.

France
franceIn some parts of France, it’s tradition for 13 different desserts to be eaten on Christmas Day! All the desserts are made from different types of fruit, nuts and pastries.

Poland
polandDuring Advent, people in Poland prepare their house for Christmas by doing a big clean! Windows are washed and carpets are cleaned – everything must be ship-shape for Christmas Day.

Greece
greeceOn Christmas Eve, children often go out into the streets singing ‘kalanda’ (carols). If the children sing well, they might be given money, nuts and sweets to eat.

Russia
russiaChristmas was not celebrated very much in the days of the Soviet Union. Now it is normally celebrated on 7th January.

China
chinaMost people in China don’t know much about the Christmas story and it is only often celebrated in the major cities. Santa is called ‘Shen Dan Lao Ren’.

Indonesia
indonesiaSanta is very popular in Indonesia and is called ‘Sinterklass’ (Indonesia used to be ruled by Holland). Exchanging gifts is very common.

Greenland
greenlandIn the villages of Polar Inuits, families like to visit each other and have parties. They drink coffee and eat cakes and exchange brightly wrapped parcels. Traditional presents include model sledges or sealskin mittens.

Argentina
argentinaIn Argentina, the main Christmas meal is eaten during the evening of Christmas Eve. At midnight, people let off fireworks and toast the start of Christmas day.

Egypt
egyptChristmas Day isn’t celebrated on 25th December, but on 7th January. For the 43 days before (Advent), many people will have a special fast where they eat a vegan diet.

Nigeria
nigeriaAs well as Turkey, a traditional Christmas dinner in Nigeria may include beef, goat, sheep, ram or chicken. Other dishes include yam, fried rice and some type of stew.

Democratic Republic of the Congo
congoChristmas Eve is very important, with churches hosting musical evenings and a nativity play. These plays last a very long time!

South Africa
south-africaBeing in the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa enjoys Christmas in the summer – you may be sitting by the pool in the sunshine while ‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas’ plays on the radio!

Latvia
latviaThe traditional Latvian Christmas Day meal is cooked brown peas with bacon sauce, small pies, cabbage and sausage, bacon rolls and gingerbread.

Vietnam
vietnamIn Ho Chi Minh city, people like to go into the city centre on Christmas Eve and crowd the streets. Cars are not allowed for the night. It can get a little warm for Santa in this hot country!


Do you have any unusual Christmas traditions you’d like to share with us?!

Festive Feasting!

Mrs Claus is pleased to present this sample menu of delicious treats – these are the kind of dishes you can expect to enjoy if staying in one of Santa’s Christmas Cabins! It’s never too early to look forward to Christmas food!


Breakfast
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A variety of local meats and cheeses, Natural Yoghurt, Local Breads with Jams and Honey
Porridge and Pancakes
‘Egg of the day’ with toast and beans

Afternoon Tea
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Christmas Yule Log or Mince Pies

mince-pies

Dinner
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Mini BLT canapés or Cheese Straws

Tomato and Basil Soup or Red Pepper and Mozzarella Bruschetta

Turkey, with honey roasted vegetables and roast potatoes
Or Pork Medallions Served with Balsamic Honey Sauce

Dessert

Christmas pudding served with Brandy Sauce or fruit jelly, or Sticky Toffee Pudding


Our mouths are watering! Is there anything you’re desperate to see on one of our menus?!

Poll: What is your favourite Christmas film?



Christmas films certainly make the run-up to that special time of the year enjoyable. Tell us which are your favourite Christmas films! You can select more than one answer, then click vote to see what everybody else has chosen. Remember to share it with your friends and family, too!

We’ll give you a hint, ours is from 2003 and features a really really big Elf!

Lots of love,

The Santa’s Lapland Elves

What is your favourite Christmas film? (You can select multiple answers)
 

If your favourite film isn’t there, or you have another suggestion, let us know in the comments below! We love new films and can’t wait to watch them in the few weeks before Christmas!


The Lapland Look – what to wear..

What an amazing time you’ll have in Santa’s Lapland! When you get into resort you will be provided with a thermal onesie, thermal outdoor boots, a pair of woollen socks and thermal mittens. But for the ulitmate Lapland look, you’ll need…

Thermal Base Layers – Long Sleeved tops and trousers. The key to keeping warm in the colder climate in Saariselkä is being able to layer up appropriately. It is easier to control your body temperature by adding or removing a layer. The layers also help to trap the air to keep you warmer, so think about packing more thin layers rather than one bulky jumper. Although it is cold outside, inside there is heating the same as any hotel around the world!

snowmobile


Balaclava/Buff – especially for children, these are great for keeping the wind chill off your face when going on the Huskies etc!

Warm Hat – A lot of heat is lost through your head so a nice warm hat is a definite. The crazier the design the better! With everyone wearing the same thermal suit, crazy hat designs are a great way to make sure you get on the coach with your own children!

ice hockey


Gloves (including liners) – These almost go without saying, cold hands are no good at taking pictures! One of the first things to go cold on your body are your extremities (hands and feet) so keeping these layered up are vital.

Socks – As with gloves, these are going to be really important to bring with you. You will need to wear these under the provided woollen socks to make sure that you go home with the same number of toes that you arrived with!

Santa Tobagganing


Swim Stuff (For the Sauna!) – It is most likely that your accommodation will have a sauna and it would be terrible for you to miss out on this Finnish Tradition! True Finns wouldn’t bother with the swim suits and some saunas in resort are clothing optional!


Sensible Shoes – With Saariselkä being completely iced over throughout December the stilettos can probably stay at home! The walk from the plane to the terminal is over the snow so have some sensible shoes on.

ice fishing


Camera –  Not necessarily a clothing item but one you should remember to ‘wear’. Ensure you have spare batteries and plenty of memory! You may only be in resort for a couple of days but there is plenty of opportunity to get pictures to take away as memories of your excellent holiday!

Finally, make sure you bring plenty of smiles and festive cheer to make your stay even more magical!
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My Special Lapland Check-List

Items to check
What I offer
What some other companies offer
Meeting Santa Guaranteed Private Family Meeting In a large group
Reindeer sleigh ride A magical sleigh ride in the snowy woods A short 'taster' ride
Husky sled-ride 15-minute ride driving yourselves 2-minutes around a small loop
Snowmobile sleigh-ride Included for everybody Not included
My Elves and Igloo Fantasia Fun and Games with my Elves in my Igloo Not included
My Artistic Igloo Admire my Elves ice sculptures and enjoy a drink Not included
The resort The magical, natural spirit of Lapland Commercialised and busy
Places to stay The best hotels and Christmas cabins Business hotels
Resort helpers My own helpers and Rangers Limited help or just agents
Child reductions FREE places and low low prices Small, token reductions
Airport Transfers Short 25-minute coach-ride Up to 3 hours in some cases!

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