About Santa's Spectacular


An excellent short break to the unspoilt Lapland village of Saariselka.


RESORT =>>>> Saariselka.

Duration: 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. Rugged nature and ancient mysticism go hand in hand here to magical effect. The native Sami, with their fascinating cultural heritage and hospitable charm, welcome and delight visitors with their tales and legends.

Merging fantasy with reality, enjoy a magical Christmas 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 Christmas holiday of a lifetime. Santa’s Special Elves will be there to help you in our search for the great man & the hard-working reindeer will help to guide the way.

A fabulous short break, with all the usual activities and benefits included in a lively and action-packed schedule and including a free day to enjoy your choice of optional activities. The cheeky, fun-loving Saari Elves will also be on hand, to ensure that magic and laughter are part and parcel of your time in Saariselkä.

What's included on this short break to Lapland:

  • Return flights
  • In-flight catering
  • Transfers
  • Thermal snow suits & boots
  • 3 nights half-board accommodation, including a festive Gala dinner
  • Lunch on activity day
  • Husky sledge experience
  • Reindeer experience
  • Children’s Snowmobiles
  • Snowmobile search for Santa
  • Private family meeting with Santa & special gift
  • Elves & Igloo Fantasia (unique show & surprises)
  • Ice bar with ice sculptures
  • Snow Games with Santa’s Special Elves
  • Tobogganing
  • Souvenir Licences & Arctic Circle Crossing Certificate

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 FOR 2017 (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. Then if you wish to proceed we will need to know your chosen departure (UK airport and date) and preferred accommodation then make sure we have names as per passports, dates of birth for all and contact details for the lead traveller together with a deposit of £200 per person; all of which can be done over the phone or through our secure online payment page (powered by WorldPay). NB. Full payment required if within 10 weeks of travel date.


  • Day One

    Upon arrival at Ivalo Airport you will be greeted by a reindeer with its Sami handler, presenting a delightful photo opportunity to capture your family's first few minutes in Santa's homeland. One of two cheeky elves may also be there to welcome you making mischief as only they can! 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 home 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. For guests on half board basis a wonderful first night dinner sets the scene for tomorrow's excitement.

  • 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, learn the Lappish reindeer names 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 under blankets on your knee, arriving at a very secret location...

    The Elves and Igloo Fantasia is hidden away in the woods and can only be reached by reindeer sleigh. Once there, join in the fun and games with the elves in their Igloo Wonderland before visiting the Artistic Igloo and admiring the magnificent ice sculptures. Enjoy a drink in the ice bar (local charge applies for the drinks. Meet the special huskies and reindeer in the Elves and Igloo Fantasia, guess their names and share a cuddle, don't forget your camera!)

    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!

    In addition to all of the above you can enjoy a host of snow and ice activities 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.

    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. 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 (included on the half board option), 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. Optional adventures include Snowmobile Safari, Northern Lights Adventure, Husky Sled Ride, Rudolph's Reindeer run, ice-driving and others (please ask for further details and prices). 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.


  • DepartAirportResort
  • Sat 24th Dec 2016 Glasgow (GLA) Saariselka
  • Fri 8th Dec 2017 Aberdeen (ABZ) Saariselka
  • Fri 8th Dec 2017 Bournemouth (BOH) Saariselka
  • Sat 9th Dec 2017 East Midlands (EMA) Saariselka
  • Sat 9th Dec 2017 London Gatwick (LGW) Saariselka
  • Sat 9th Dec 2017 London Stansted (STN) Saariselka
  • Wed 13th Dec 2017 London Gatwick (LGW) Saariselka
  • Wed 13th Dec 2017 Manchester (MAN) Saariselka
  • Wed 13th Dec 2017 Newcastle (NCL) Saariselka
  • Thu 14th Dec 2017 Leeds Bradford (LBA) Saariselka
  • Thu 14th Dec 2017 London Gatwick (LGW) Saariselka
  • Sat 23rd Dec 2017 Bristol (BRS) Saariselka
  • Sat 23rd Dec 2017 Manchester (MAN) Saariselka
  • Sun 24th Dec 2017 Birmingham (BHX) Saariselka
  • Sun 24th Dec 2017 Manchester (MAN) Saariselka
  • Fri 29th Dec 2017 London Gatwick (LGW) Saariselka
  • Fri 29th Dec 2017 Manchester (MAN) Saariselka


Santa's Spectacular fully-inclusive short break

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

All prices are per person


Independent Holidays for all budgets since 1998