Helsinki and Rovaniemi Christmas holiday with Santa

“A magical Christmas family holiday awaits with a trip to the Arctic Circle, packed with fun activities including a chance to meet Santa himself. ”


Family Christmas holiday in Lapland | Helsinki | Christmas market | Night train to Lapland | Arctic Circle | See the Northern Lights from a glass igloo | Husky safari | Reindeer sleigh ride | Ice fishing | Snowmobiling | Cross country skiing | Snowshoeing | Sauna and outdoor hot tub | Visit Santa's Village |

Description of Helsinki and Rovaniemi Christmas holiday with Santa

Looking to do something a little different for Christmas this year? A family holiday in Finnish Lapland will enchant you.

Begin in the capital, Helsinki, when the city is at its prettiest, as you tour the Christmas market in search of traditional delicacies and handicrafts made by local artisans: the perfect stocking fillers.

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Helsinki, including a yummy confectionery factory, before you head further north to Lapland, aboard a night train with connected family cabins: this is a wonderful experience in itself. You’ll arrive in Kemijarvi in time for breakfast, then the group will split into two, with the first moving on to the Joosula guesthouse, and the other to Salla, swapping over a few days later.

At Joosula a raft of exciting winter activities includes snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing, with the promise of a sauna and outdoor hot tub afterwards!

In Salla, at Pan Village, you’ll have the opportunity to take a reindeer sleigh ride, a husky safari, and finally you will meet Santa Claus in his home for a very special present.

Add on to all of this the fact that you will stay the night in a family-sized glass igloo, and possibly see the Northern Lights dancing across the sky, and you have all the ingredients for a family Christmas holiday that will never be forgotten.

Small group tour: maximum 16 participants

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

In Finland the hotels as well as private people are recycling everything they can. Both the hotel entrepreneurs love their own neighborhood and try to keep it as clean as possible. Where-ever there is natural water, there are very strict regulations, how the waste management must take place. The other hotel is located by a lake and the other one on an island so both of them are carefully following environmental regulation.
In Helsinki our guests will visit a Christmas market, where products made by artisans out of natural ingredients as well as a lot food products made out of wild food are sold.
We'll use train for getting from Helsinki to Rovaniemi and collect these individual travelers as a small group of 8-16 people in order to be able to transfer them all together in a minibus. In Rovaniemi they will visit an exhibition telling about the effects of climate change and globalization to the Arctic nature.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our guests will experience Finnish Christmas traditions starting from the Christmas concert and Christmas market in Helsinki and ending in Christmas sauna, dinner buffet and visit of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. They will meet artisans and food producers from the country side and taste traditional delicacies. The hotels are small family-run hotels in a unique out-of-the-city location serving great Finnish food. The group will have local guides both in Helsinki and in Rovaniemi. In Helsinki they will listen to a Christmas concert in the Rock Church together with local people. A local well-known men's chorus will be performing in the concert.
In Rovaniemi they will visit the polar circle and get a certificate for crossing it. A visit to the Arktikum will give a chance to have a deeper loo and learn about the lifestyles of northern people and the new challenges facing the region such as climate change and globalization. Only local service providers are used also in Rovaniemi.


3 Reviews of Helsinki and Rovaniemi Christmas holiday with Santa

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2019 by

I rate it as one of the most memorable holidays of our family! Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2019 by

The most memorable part was definitely the husky Safari on Christmas Day - this was truly magical. I was quite nervous about driving the sleigh at the start but once I relaxed it was breath taking and something special Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2018 by

The whole holiday was simply magical from the husky and reindeer rides to meeting Santa Claus in Lapland. Staying a night in the Snow hotel was also an experience of a lifetime! Read full review

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