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Understanding our Thermal Suits

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.

Thermal Suits


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!

For more information, take a peek at our handy Comfort PDF where you can find out additional information about the clothing you take to Lapland.


Understanding the Northern Lights

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?

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!


Lights Aurora Borealis


****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!


Learn some basic Finnish before you go!

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.

The phrases

Sounds like…

United Kingdom Hello
Finland Hyvää huomenta (good morning) hoo-vah hw-oh-mentah
Finland Hyvää päivää (good afternoon) hoo-vah pah-ee-vah
United Kingdom How are you?
Finland Mitä kuuluu? mi-tah cuuh-luuh?
United Kingdom Reply to ‘How are you?’
Finland Hyvää kiits, entä teille? (this is the formal version for people you don’t know) hoo-vah keeh-eets, en-tah deh-il-leh?
United Kingdom What is your name?
Finland Mikä sinun nimesi on? mee-kah sin-uhn ni-me-ssi own?
United Kingdom My name is…
Finland Minun nimeni on… Mee-nun nee-me-nee own
United Kingdom I’m from the United Kingdom
Finland Olen kotoisn Yhdistynyt kuningaskunta sta Oh-lehn kotoy-is-in oo-disht-enet kooning-askuntah stah
United Kingdom Good night
Finland Hyvää yötä hoo-vah yeuh-tah
United Kingdom Goodbye
Finland Näkemiin Nah-keh-meh-iin
United Kingdom How do you say … in Finnish?
Finland Miten sanotaan … suomeksi? Meet-ehn sah-no-tahn … su-oh-mek-si
United Kingdom Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Finland Hyvää joulua ja onnellista uutta vuotta hoo-vah yo-loo-ah yah oh-ney-lish-ta ooh-tah vw-oh-tta

I hope that you’ve enjoyed learning a few basic Finnish phrases. They’re a little bit harder than English so don’t expect to be a fluent speaker! I look forward to seeing you very soon in Lapland!



FREE Child Places and Parking from Exeter

nokki2 Hi!

News just in! Normally free child places are on selected Santa’s Magic 2 night/3 day breaks, but now they’re all available on our Santa’s Spectacular 3 night/4 day break from Exeter too!

  • Book to fly with us from Exeter on 15th December for our 4-day Santa’s Spectacular break and the first child aged 2 – 5 years is now completely FREE!
For example:

  • 2 adults and 1 child under 6 staying in a Type A Room in Santa’s Hotel Kieppi, half-board
  • Total £2,277.70
    Save £399.00
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!

Nokki   elf-prints

Free Child Places

nokki2 Hi everyone,

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!

    Nokki   elf-prints

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!”


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


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
• 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,



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.
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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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