Christmas or New Year 2020 in Lapland

“Embark on a family holiday with a difference, a Christmas or New Year trip featuring snowmobile safaris, husky sledding and the spectacular Northern Lights.”


Tankavaara Gold Village | Meet Father Christmas | Husky safari | Northern Lights snowmobile and sleigh tour | Self-guided snowshoeing | Saariselka Winterpark | Christmas Trail with elves |

Description of Christmas or New Year 2020 in Lapland

This family holiday in Lapland is a gem in more than one sense: travelling either at Christmas or New Year, you’ll be staying in Tankavaara, centre of gold-mining in the region during the summer. You’ll be accommodated in a lovely family-run hotel with a unique gold miner-themed restaurant, as you indulge in a series of classic Lapland experiences perfect for keeping the whole family enthralled and creating memories to last a lifetime.

Enjoy a thrilling sleigh ride, drawn by a team of huskies (adults can take the reins if they want); ride out into the wilderness at night by snowmobile (as passengers only) in search of the magnificent Northern Lights, one of the world’s great natural phenomena; and enjoy some snowshoeing, both guided and self-guided, the most fun way to explore the village and its majestic wintery surroundings.

In nearby Saariselka you’ll visit a winter park where there are plenty of entertaining activities available including tobogganing, ice skating and snow tubing, and plenty of restaurants.

And finally, if you’re travelling at Christmas, you don’t need to worry about missing Father Christmas back home because you’ll be going to visit him in person in his cabin. Stroke the reindeer, enjoy some gingerbread, and meet the elves – maybe you’ll even come away with a gift.

Other activities include meeting a fortune teller, if visiting at New Year, and a Sami workshop at a reindeer farm, for an interesting introduction to the local culture.

Will this be the most memorable family Christmas of all time? Who knows, but if it’s not, it will surely be pretty darn close.

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2021: 20 Dec, 21 Dec, 22 Dec, 23 Dec, 24 Dec, 25 Dec, 26 Dec, 27 Dec, 28 Dec, 29 Dec, 30 Dec

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.

Tankavaara is located next to the UKK National Park, which extends far east all the way to the Russian border. There are strict rules, how to behave in the national parks. No rubbish is to be thrown away. Snowmobiling is only allowed for authorised local guides and therefore visitors sit in sleighs on snowmobile tours.

We have included only ecological activities in this product: snowshoeing, husky sleigh ride starting from the hotel with no guest transfers, snowmobiling safari by sleigh and tobogganing at Saariselkä, where our guests will drive by a public bus. We'll try to combine transportations so that as many people as possible would share airport transfers for example. The timing of the tour has been designed for direct London flights.

The hotel restaurant offers original Lappish dishes using a lot of local ingredients like mushrooms, berries and reindeer meat. Recycling and sorting of waste is a national standard in Finland.

The Impacts of this Trip

Tankavaara is an authentic gate of the gold-mining district of Lapland. Here you can learn about gold panning and prospecting in Lapland. A visit of Gold Museum is included in the itinerary.

This is a small, family-run business, which has brought this nostalgic location to life again step by step. First, they updated their menus with an expert, now they have built two new hotel buildings, which suit well to the environment there.

We want to do our best in bringing guests there and supporting their business. All the service providers are local, small companies serving small groups. Tourism brings work in these remote areas of Lapland.

At Christmas and New Year we plan to bring up local traditions from rice porridge to Santa Claus and New Year's magic. As an additional activity, we also offer a Sámi workshop in Sámi cultural gallery provided by a local artist and an indigenous Sámi woman Tuula-Maija Magga-Hetta.


1 Reviews of Christmas or New Year 2020 in Lapland

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2020 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The husky sledding and seeing the northern lights

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Definitely use skafur tour. Also, buy your gear from decathlon.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think it benefited local people in that we went to visit the reindeer farm and provided out of season jobs for eg local fishermen

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was fantastic.

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