About Santa's Magic - 3 nights


An fun-packed short break above the Arctic Circle PLUS a day at leisure!

RESORT: Saariselka.

Duration: 3 nights/4 days

Saariselka is the most northerly of Lapland's resorts, nestling in the picturesque white wilderness of gentle hills and snow-laden forests 200km north of the Arctic Circle. Here rugged nature and ancient mysticism go hand in hand. The native Sami, with their fascinating cultural heritage and hospitable charm, welcome and delight visitors with their tales and legends. Here you can enjoy a magical short break in a picture-postcard setting.

Fir trees laden with crisp white snow, tireless husky dogs excitedly tugging at sleighs & snowmobiles speeding their way over icy tracks, all await you in this holiday of a lifetime and Santa’s Special Elves will be on hand to help you search for the great man!

What's included on this short break to Lapland:

  • Return flights
  • Transfers
  • Thermal snow suits & boots
  • 3 nights half-board accommodation, including a festive Gala dinner
  • Lunch on activity day
  • Husky sled ride
  • Reindeer sleigh ride
  • Sleigh ride search for Santa
  • Santa's Elves
  • Private family meeting with Santa & special gift
  • Elves & Igloo Fantasia (unique show & surprises)
  • Ice bar with ice sculptures * local charge for drinks*
  • Snow and Ice fun activities including ice-fishing, snow-hockey, kick-sledding, tandem skiing, mini-skidoo rides for the children and tobogganing.
  • Souvenir Licences

The Important Bits !

  • All the trips we offer to Lapland are fully protected by ATOL and the operators' ABTA as well as with us - we are fully bonded with the Travel Trust Association (T6816).
  • NO CREDIT CARD CHARGES (Visa & Mastercard).
  • We have chosen to offer only non-commercialised trips to Lapland. We have found over the years that the trips offered by some of the larger non-specialist tour operators are busier and more commercialised and, in our opinion, this is not the experience that our customers are looking for.
  • Dawn has also compiled a list of Hints and Tips, which will be sent out with every booking, along with our mini guide to Lapland.

It's Easy to Book!

Contact us to check latest availability and special offers and we will provide an up-to-date quote. Then if you wish to proceed we will need names as per passports, dates of birth for all and contact details for the lead traveller together with a deposit of £150 per person; all of which can be done over the phone or via our secure online payment page (powered by WorldPay).

Full payment required if within 10 weeks of travel date.

We also offer an easy payment facility whereby you can pay off a little here and there during the year in as many payments as you wish, as long as the trip is paid off by the due date. Some of our customers prefer to do it this way; others prefer to pay it off in one go when the balance is due - it's entirely up to you!


  • Day One

    Upon arrival at Ivalo Airport you will be greeted by a reindeer with its Sami handler and one of Santa's elves, presenting a delightful photo opportunity to capture your family's first few minutes in Santa's homeland. A short, comfortable 25-minute transfer to your chosen hotel in Saariselka - just enough time to see if the children can spot more reindeer or Santa's log cabin in the forest. Time for your 'Michelin-man' impersonations, as you are fitted with your special complimentary thermal over-suits and boots, socks, gloves and hats. Then it's fun time - a chance to explore, make snowmen, go tobogganing, or just relax in a fragrant Finnish sauna. A wonderful first night dinner sets the scene for tomorrow's excitement.

  • Day Two

    This extra day on the 4 day break will normally be your second day and gives you the chance to start building up the excitement, with your choice of fantastic Optional Adventures.

    Try a sensational daytime Snowmobile Safari, where parents take it in turns to drive the snowmobile and children will be towed in a special sled by the guide, or the evening snowmobile option (Northern Lights Adventure). Or perhaps enjoy a few hours downhill skiing or Saariselkä’s toboggan run. Animal lovers may prefer to go for an extra, longer Husky Sled ride or Reindeer Sleigh ride – always a popular option with the children. Please ask for further details and prices.

    During your evening meal there's bound to be lots of stories to tell about the day’s adventures, as the excitement mounts for tomorrow’s Big Day!!


  • Day Three

    You will be picked up from your doorstep for the ultimate Christmas adventure. The following exciting activities are all included in the price of your short break!

    Husky-sled ride where children get to ride with a parent (and shout 'mush, mush!') and grown-ups can all take a turn at actually 'driving' your sled! Imagine your sled, drawn by five or six eager huskies, straining at the leash and desperate to run, then released and they are off into the woods - the perfect way to experience Lapland's winter wonderland.

    Reindeer sleigh ride meet your reindeer and your local Sami guide then take a wonderful 7-10 minute ride into the picturesque woods, with the 'swish' of the runners on snow and the children & parents cuddled together under blankets in the sleigh.

    The Elves and Igloo Fantasia is hidden away in the woods and once there, join in the fun and games with the elves in their Igloo Wonderland before visiting the Artistic Igloo, admiring the magnificent ice sculptures and enjoying a drink in the ice bar *local charges apply for the drinks*.

    The Reindeer Centre is full of exciting reindeer-based activities. Join in the fun and play on the Crazy Reindeer Golf, try your hand at the Reindeer Lasso or feed one of the reindeer. Also, find out what surprises are in store at the Special Reindeer Barn!

    Lunch is included to 'recharge your batteries' for the afternoon. This will be a simple two course meal with plenty of hot berry juice, squash, tea and coffee also available.

    A host of Snow and Ice Fun Activities are provided for you to enjoy such as ice-fishing, snow-hockey, kick-sledding (a cross between a scooter and toboggan!) tandem skiing, mini skidoo rides for the children and tobogganing.

    See your children's faces light up with wonder as you depart on your Search for Santa. Meet Santa Claus himself in an exclusive family meeting his hideaway log-cabin home, with his elves on hand to make you welcome and ensure that there is magic in the air!

    Refreshments are included too and are available throughout the day, for those times when a few minutes warming up round a crackling fire is welcomed.

    Finally, back 'home' in your hotel, sit down as a family to enjoy a wonderful Gala Dinner, and relive every unforgettable moment of your biggest ever Christmas adventure!

  • Day Four

    Fun-time again, with the chance to thrill to another big adventure, either pre-booked in the UK or chosen the day before from the range of Optional Adventures.

    You may have fallen in love with the huskies and want to enjoy an even longer Husky Sled ride or relax on Rudolph's Reindeer Run or perhaps take off on a Snowmobile Safari for high-octane thrills – there are plenty of options to choose from.

    This morning also gives you the chance to browse the souvenir shops in the village. Choose from traditional hand made Lappish items and clothes, Christmas gifts and toys. You will then be collected by coach from your doorstep, and taken to the airport to catch your flight home to a chorus of fond farewells.

    *The amount of time allowed to do these activities depends on the actual flight departure time.*


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  • Fri 7th Dec 2018 Aberdeen (ABZ) Saariselka 
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  • Sat 29th Dec 2018 London Gatwick (LGW) Saariselka 
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Santa's Spectacular fully-inclusive short break

Please contact us for up-to-date prices and special offers.

All prices are per person


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