Christmas or New Year 2023 in Lapland

A family holiday to treasure: Christmas or New Year 2022 in Lapland with the chance to meet Father Christmas himself. A range of enthralling experiences from snowmobile safaris to husky sledding is combined with an authentic introduction to Sami culture far from more touristy attractions.
Tankavaara Gold Village Meet Father Christmas Husky safari Northern Lights snowmobile and sleigh tour Guided snowshoeing Saariselka Winterpark Christmas Trail with elves Finnish sauna Visit a Sami reindeer farm
1230To1370 excluding flights
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5 Days
Finland, Lapland
Small group
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Single supplement +420€, children 1085€/child in a group of 2-4.
Note! There are only standard double/twin hotel rooms available.
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Description of Christmas or New Year 2023 in Lapland

This wonderful family holiday in Lapland is a gem in every sense. Spend Christmas or New Year 2022 in Lapland in the company of reindeer, huskies, Northern Lights and, of course, Father Christmas. Days are packed with adventure, while the night skies are often lit up by the spectacular aurora borealis. Keep looking up...

You'll stay in Tankavaara, a centre of gold-mining in the region during the summer, in a lovely family-run hotel with a unique gold miner-themed restaurant. However, responsible tourism has the potential to act as an economic counterweight to the destructive practises of mining, and there are few more enjoyable ways to explore Lapland as a family than on a trip such as this.

Indulge yourselves with an unforgettable range of classic Lapland experiences that will keep the whole family entertained, and enthralled, creating memories to last a lifetime.

One day you might take a thrilling sleigh ride, led by a team of huskies (adults can take the reins if they want); another you might enjoy some snowshoeing, both guided and self-guided, which is the most exciting way to explore the village and its beautiful wintery surrounds.

In nearby Saariselka there's a popular winter park where you can find plenty of family-friendly activities including tobogganing, ice skating and snow tubing, as well as restaurants.

And a major highlight of this trip is a snowmobile safari out into the wilderness one evening (as passengers only), in search of the iconic Northern Lights. Snowmobiles are a vital means of transportation in this region for Sami herders, and amazing fun to ride on.

Finally, if you’re travelling at Christmas, you can reassure the kids (and yourself!) that there's no worries about missing Father Christmas. Since you're in Lapland, you can go and visit him in person at his traditional cabin. Meet the friendly reindeer, enjoy some tasty gingerbread, and who knows, you may even come away with a special gift.

Other activities on this family Lapland tour include meeting a fortune teller, if you're travelling at New Year, and an interesting introduction to Sami culture at a working reindeer farm.

This is the kind of winter holiday your family will talk about for years to come.

Price information

1230To1370 excluding flights
Convert currency:
Single supplement +420€, children 1085€/child in a group of 2-4.
Note! There are only standard double/twin hotel rooms available.
Make enquiry

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2023: 17 Dec, 18 Dec, 19 Dec, 20 Dec, 21 Dec, 22 Dec, 23 Dec, 24 Dec, 25 Dec, 26 Dec, 27 Dec, 28 Dec, 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec
2024: 1 Jan, 2 Jan, 3 Jan, 4 Jan, 5 Jan, 6 Jan

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3 Reviews of Christmas or New Year 2023 in Lapland

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2023 by

Overall everyone was so friendly and helpful , I really felt they enjoyed what they were doing and wanted us to have a good time... It was magical Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2022 by

I would rate this holiday a 9.5 out of 10. It was incredible and I would encourage anyone to visit Finland. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2020 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the husky sledding and seeing the northern lights. Read full review

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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.


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.

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