Northern Lights Family Christmas in Lapland
Child (7-11) from £1735; Child (12-14) from £1975.
Under 7s welcome but may not be able to take part in all activities.
Description of Northern Lights Family Christmas in Lapland
Christmas 2021 dates now available.
This magical Christmas holiday is in Finnish Lapland with all the seasonal excitement, but without the Santa element as we know this isn’t for everyone. Note, however, this is still a trip very much aimed at families, the age recommendation being eight plus, due to the nature of the wilderness activities. If you are keen to seek out Lapland’s other natural highlights, however, this one is for you, with the village of Menesjärvi’s an ideal location to see the Northern Lights. Remote and with little light pollution it is a definite Aurora Zone place to stay, and with several after dark activities included in the itinerary, we will try our utmost to help you spot them.
Some of the daytime adventures on this holiday include snowshoeing, kick sledding, cross country skilling and also sleighing. Not pulled by Rudolph, but by a snowmobile as you dash through the snow of a winter, wilderness wonderland. You will meet reindeer at the local Sami farm, however, just one of several activities where you can learn about the extraordinary cultural heritage of the indigenous Sami people who live here.
Menesjärvi is a traditional reindeer herding community and the hotel where you stay is in the former village school which is family run and offering a fine welcome. There is all the equipment you will need such as snowshoes, cross country skis, kick sleds and so on. There are books and board games, and the food is traditional, hearty fare which is perfect after a day out in the white wilderness all around. There are also saunas, which are free of charge. With only 27 rooms, all varying in style and size, they are all ensuite.
The price of this holiday includes return flights from London Heathrow to Ivalo (via Helsinki), transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, equipment, winter weather clothing, guides and instructors. Activities: Snowshoe hike, kick sledding, cross country skiing, Aurora workshop and Aurora snowshoe, morning with a reindeer herder, wilderness skills, winter fishing by snowmobile, husky safari, Christmas festivities
Photography: Ville Heimonen, Timo Halonen
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1 Reviews of Northern Lights Family Christmas in Lapland
Reviewed on 03 Feb 2019 by Angela Hancock
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The whole holiday was just amazing. I loved being able to explore the vast, white wilderness which was just the most quiet and peaceful place I have ever
been. Doing this via snowmobiles, skis, snowshoes and huskies was very special. Seeing the aurora twice during our stay, with a dancing, swirling light show on our last aurora camp, has to go down as one of our most memorable and special moments of our stay. I also need to mention the very friendly and knowledgeable guides, the welcoming, warm, cosy and comfortable hotel, and the very hardworking chefs who served us the most delicious food.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
I would definitely recommend this holiday. My teenagers and I had the most special time. Read the pre-holiday information and 'what to pack' guides, which were very helpful. Take a merino balaclava as well as a hat; glove liners and gloves to wear under the mittens that are issued; plus some disposable hand warmers. A head torch is useful. Our clear (cycling) glasses proved very useful for our husky ride, in a blizzard! M&S 'maximum warmth thermals' were fine and toasty, if you don't like merino next to your body.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
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