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Saariselkä in northern Lapland sits inside the Urho Kekkonen national park. The scenery around here is unlike any other – a true wilderness home to fells and a lake district. It’s some 250 kilometres above the Arctic Circle – you can’t get much further north than this. But though it’s remote, you’ve still got restaurants, bars and an indoor pool complex.

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Itinerary

Itinerary

Fly Into Ivalo - 25 minute transfer to Saariselkä

 

Santa’s Wonderland 3 or 4-night Trip

Fly To Ivalo – Stay In Saariselka

Saariselkä is so far north, it’s one of the best places in Lapland for catching a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights. These dazzling natural flares light up the sky some 200 nights a year, so keep an eye out when the weather’s good.

 

Your flight: This itinerary includes in-flight meals to/from Lapland.

Day 1

After landing at Ivalo Airport, you’ll be given some thermal clothing and all the information needed for your Lapland experience, and then it's off to your Saariselka hotel. You can spend the rest of the day settling in and getting to know the town.

Day 2

The magical Santa’s Resort is on the agenda today. Get your wish-list at the ready, because you’ll meet the man himself in his traditional log cabin. Afterwards, the morning's yours to explore. While you’re here, you can try a taster session in snowmobiling, husky or reindeer sleigh ride. Lunch is part of the package, too.

Day 3

You’ve got a free day to do what you like today. Zoom down the hills on a toboggan, or book yourself on to an excursion and experience your favourite taster from yesterday in full.

Those of you on on 3-night trips will enjoy Day 4’s activities today instead.

Day 5

This is your last chance to play in the snow. Plus, you'll get to attend a special gala dinner.

Santa’s Wonderland can be teamed with any of our accommodation in Saariselka. The order of events may change slightly from trip to trip, but all the activities will be included at some point during your holiday.

If you want to celebrate Christmas Day in Saariselka, book our 4-night trip. Flights leave on the 23th of December.

Text courtesy of Thomson. Images courtesy of Thomson.

 

Accommodation

Accommodation

Celebration House

Just 15 minutes’ drive from Saariselka is Santa’s Resort. Father Christmas himself greets visitors in his traditional log cabin in the woodlands, where the elves serve hot berry juice and gingerbread. And next door is the reindeer pen, where you can pet the animals. Afterwards you can warm up at the coffee bar and souvenir shop. And better still, this is included as part of your holiday.

See the Northern Lights

Being so far north, you’re in one of the best spots to see the famous aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, a natural light show that sees the sky glow fluorescent green, red and yellow. The time to see them is between December and March between 8pm and 11pm, though there are no guarantees – sometimes the clouds get in the way.

Accommodation in Saariselkä

Holiday Club Saariselkä

The family-friendly Holiday Club Saariselka ticks off a huge indoor pool and an interactive play park.

This hotel is in the heart of Saariselka, with shops, restaurants and a big toboggan run nearby. Its convenient setting makes it great for families. Plus, it’s got an impressive swimming pool.

The complex is made up of low-rise buildings and log cabins. Interiors are cosy and traditional, and feature things like wooden rafters and open brick fireplaces.

Hotel Holiday Club
Hotel Holiday Club

Airport Transfer:

25mins

Building:

  • Official Rating: 3 star
  • Total Beds: 232
  • Hotel Rooms: 196, including 48 with sauna ↦ 72 rooms with internet access
  • Mini Suites: 4
  • Max room occupanct: 4

Accommodation:

Rooms are furnished in a simple Nordic style and come with a satellite TV. There's a kettle on hand for hot drinks and rooms come with bathrobes, too. Twin rooms sleep up to 3 with a sofa-bed and there are single rooms too.

Twin room

Sleeps: Varies - min 2, max 3

Twin room sleeps up to 3 kettle, bathrobes and an airing cupboard.

  • Wired internet connection
  • Hairdryer
  • Satellite TV
  • Shower
  • Sofa-bed

Facilities

There’s a huge pool* here, which comes with a slide, a river, a separate section for little ones, and two whirlpools. You’ll find a relaxing spa* set-up, too, complete with a traditional Finnish sauna.

Smaller guests will love the Angry Birds Activity Park*. The space-age adventure playground has climbing walls, mini zip-lines, a slide and a video games lounge.

Activity park* Opening Times: [12.00-19.00]
The Angry Birds have taken over the activity area, put your problem solving and construction skills to the test, as you build your track before zipping around. But if you prefer something more active, the interactive wall is set up for sports and dance challenges. Under 4s have free admittance and under 10s must have an adult with them.

 

3 restaurents for buffet meals plus waiter service lunch abd diner, Lounge, Bar area, Internet access, Money exchange & Souvenir shop.

Location

The Hotel Snowflake is located in the centre of Saariselkä with shops , bars and restaurants close by.

Activities

For Children:

Playground, Cots, Highchairs.

Health & Fitness:

Sauna, Massage (local charges apply).

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Santa's Hotel Tunturi:

Santa’s Hotel Tunturi & Tunturi Gielas push all the right buttons, with a close-to-the-action setting and a pick of bars and restaurants.

This place is right in the heart of Saariselka. It means you’ve got snow sports like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on your doorstep. Plus, there’s a huge toboggan run a short walk from the grounds.

Santa's Hotel Tunturi
Santa's Hotel Tunturi

Airport Transfer:

25mins

Building:

  • Official Rating: 3 star
  • Hotel Rooms: 96
  • Suites & Suite Apartments: 80
  • Max Room Occupancy: 4

Accommodation:

All rooms are in the buildings around the Hotel Tunturi complex, so there'll be a short walk to the main building. 1-bedroom apartments, family rooms and twin rooms all sleep 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. The twin can be sold as a single and studios sleep 2. You'll have heating, a flatscreen satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and a radio.

All rooms have heating, satellite TV, radio, telephone, minibar and hairdryer.

Twin rooms

Sleeps: Varies - min 1, max 4

Twin room sleeps 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children and have twin beds. Can also be sold as a single. Rooms with heating and a radio.

Family rooms

Sleeps: Varies - min 2, max 4

Family room sleeps 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children and have twin beds. Rooms with heating, kitchenette, a radio and a sauna

1-Bed Appartment

Sleeps: 3-4

Twin bedroom and a separate lounge with double sofa-bed, sharing private sauna/shower/wc, hairdryer and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.

Facilities

Saariselka’s popular toboggan run is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Here, you can race for 1,200 metres, and catch a bus back to the top. The pick-up point for husky sledges and reindeer safaris is nearby, too.

5 restaurants for buffet meals plus waiter service lunch and dinner, 2 lounges , 4 Bars areas, Games room, Table tenis, Darts, Billiards*, Internet Access, Money Exchange*

Location

Santa's Hotel Tunturi is 800m from the centre of the ski resort and 200m from the nearest shops.

Activities

For Children:

Playground, Children's menu, Early supper, Cots, Highchairs.

Entertainment:

Occasional karoke

Health & Fitness:

sauna.

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Tunturi Gielas

The Tunturi Gielas block is the newest addition to the Santa’s Hotel Tunturi complex. It’s fairly contemporary inside, although exposed brickwork and wood-panelling put a traditional spin on things.

Tunturi Gielas
Tunturi Gielas

Airport Transfer:

25mins

Building:

  • Official Rating: 4 star
  • Superior Rooms: 66
  • Max Room Occupancy: 4

Accommodation:

All Rooms have heating, satellite TV, radio, telephone, minibar and hairdryer.

Superior Twin rooms

Sleeps: Varies - min 2, max 4

Superior twin rooms sleep 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children with twin beds, a sofa bed, heating, a clothes drying cabinet, a sauna and balcony.

 

Location

TunturiGielas is 800m from the centre of the ski resort and 200m from the nearest shops.

Activities

For Children:

Playground, Children's menu, Early supper, Cots, Highchairs.

Health & Fitness:

Sauna.

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Saariselkä Inn

This hotel, formerly known as the Kieppi Hotel, is set in the heart of Saariselka, surrounded by a web of cross-country skiing tracks. It’s circled by nature trails, meaning you’ve got activities like husky and reindeer safaris on your doorstop.

Rooms are housed in traditional log cabins, and the lobby bar is kitted out with festive decorations and an open-fire centrepiece.

Hotel Kieppi
Saariselkä Inn

Airport Transfer:

25mins

Building:

  • Rooms: 56

Accommodation

All rooms have satellite TV, radio, telephone, fridge, hairdryer and heating. Double rooms and Twin rooms have an additional camp bed.

Twin rooms

Sleeps: Varies - min 1, max 3


Twin room sleeps up to 3, can be sold as a single. With an additional camp-bed, radio and heating.

Suit

Sleeps: Varies - min 3, max 5 /
Suites sleep up to 5 with a double bed, 2 sofa-beds, a camp-bed, radio and heating.

Facilities

Food & Drink

Buffet breakfasts are served in the cosy lobby bar each morning. You'll find porridge, cereals, breads, meats and cheeses to set you up for a day in the snow.

  • Panino snack bar* Offering buffet breakfast .
  • Bar* The bar area has comfy seating around a roaring fire. It also offers snacks for when you're a little peckish.
  • A la carte dining* An à la carte menu is available in the restaurant.
Health & Beauty

Two Saunas.

Other facilities
  • Lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi zones
  • TV room

Location

The Saariselka Inn is located in the centre of Saariselkä resort centre, with shops and the nearest bus stop just 50m away.

Please Note: Charges may be made for some facilities in addition to those highlighted as payable locally above.
* - payable locally

Optional Extras

Optional Extras

SNOW-FUELLED ADVENTURES

Optional Extras available on the Santas Wonderland trip

HUSKY TRAIL BLAZER

Long before snowmobiles came on to the scene, the residents of Lapland used husky-drawn sleds to get from A to B. On this trip, you'll sample this traditional mode of transport for yourself. Along with your elf guide and a pack of these speedy Arctic dogs, you'll whiz through the snow, before stopping at a farm to learn all about these animals.

Total time approximately 2-3 hours
Adult price £110 | Child Price £82


REINDEER SAFARI

You get to play Santa on this trip. As well as taking a ride in a reindeer-pulled sleigh, you'll be able to complete your reindeer driving test and earn your licence. You'll also pay a visit to a reindeer farm, where you'll get the lowdown on how these festive animals are herded. Later, there's time for a quick snack and some hot berry juice.

Total time approximately 2-3 hours

Adult price £99 | Child Price £65


SNOWMOBILE BY DAY

A snowmobile adventure is the best way to get off the beaten track and take in Lapland's snow-dusted scenery. Hop in your vehicle and you'll be zooming through fairytale forests and over frozen lakes in next to on time. It's up to you whether you brave it alone and drive solo, or share a skidoo with someone else. This trip is perfect for the little one's, too - they can sit in a special sleigh while one of Santa's elves drives the vehicle.

Total time approximately 2-3 hours

2 Adults £168 total | 1 Adult + 1 Child Price £142 total | Adult Single Ride £114


SNOWMOBILE BY NIGHT

This adults-only night-time tour is more than a little bit magical. You'll bundle up in snow gear and climb onboard your snowmobile, before speeding off into the night. Later, you'll stop to build a fire and have a drink under the moonlit shy,. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the spectacular Northern Lights.

Total time approximately 3 hours

2 Adults £201 total | Adult Single Ride £131


ELF ADVENTURE

This one will really get you in the festive spirit. After meeting Santa's Elves, you'll make your way into the forest and help a lumberjack pick out a Christmas tree. Then, it's a case of packing in as much fun as you can. Head out into the snow to get to grips with snow slides or snow tubing, as well as quads and cross-country skiing. Then warm up inside and help make decorations for the tree before refuelling with a spot of lunch. What's more, because this trip is slightly different in each destination, you can look forward to unique extras - in Rovaniemi (Classic Lapland) you'll spend time with Mrs Claus, and have a kick about with Santa's official football team - F.C. Santa Claus.

Total time approximately 3 hours

Adult price £94 | Child Price £65

 

* Prices may change at any time.