A Christmas experience with skiLapland is one you and your family will never forget. Our luxury Father Christmas holidays are designed to offer you the very best of magical Lapland. Your choice of bespoke activities include dog sledding and a reindeer sleigh ride through a winter wonderland landscape, and of course the meeting with Father Christmas himself.
A skiLapland exclusive
Our fantastic 3, 4 and 5 night holidays have been put together by our skiLapland experts. They include adventures in the snow, time for skiing and family fun, and a fantastic four hour programme at Father Christmas’ secret cottage, which includes fun with Santa’s elves, baking with Mrs Claus and lunch or dinner with the man himself.
Our programme is exclusive to skiLapland clients, allowing us to guarantee intimate group sizes and ensure a magical and unforgettable experience. Our Father Christmas holidays are based in and around the fantastic family resort of Ruka where we work closely with small, independent partners to ensure the highest quality of service.
Your holiday includes:
- Flights, choice of board options, accommodation and exclusive transfers
- Activities as shown
- Winter clothing and snowboots
- Concierge service
- The expertise of our skiLapland team
Please see below for an example itinerary and full details of all included activities.
Prices from £1,458 adult, £1,152 child (4-11yrs), £828 child (2-3yrs), £85 infant. The above prices are based on a fully occupied 2 bedroom Ruka Cottage (sleeps up to 6) for 2nd to 5th December, 3 nights. Tailor made packages are available on request. Contact your skiLapland experts today for more information and the best choices in accommodation.
Fly from the UK to Kuusamo and transfer to your accommodation in Ruka.
Husky and Reindeer Safari
Travel by vehicle to your starting point, where eager husky dogs will be waiting to guide you through the rolling fells around Ruka. You will travel in a sledge behind a team of huskies for 5 kilometers before pausing for lunch in a traditional wooden kota hut, complete with roaring fire, where you will enjoy a tasty lunch of hot soup. Now it is time to meet the reindeer where a small present from Santa will mark the start of your 3 kilometer ride in a reindeer pulled sleigh. Duration approx. 3hrs.
Free Time or Ski or Snowmobile Safari (Optional)
The rest of your day is free and it is up to you whether you take the time to enjoy the world-class floodlit slopes and cross country tracks on offer in Ruka, or join us for a snowmobile safari (additional cost).
When night falls and the stars begin to shine, we will start our engines and drive into the night. The peaceful Finnish wilderness will be hushed with the dark and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights. You will drive to a small hut where your guide will make a fire as you enjoy a hot drink and absorb the peaceful sounds of the wilderness. Duration approx. 2hrs, children under 12 will ride on a sledge behind the snowmobile. Adult 12+ £80, Child 4-11 years £40
Day three will begin with a morning of activities and family fun. You will have the opportunity to try curling, tobogganing, snowshoeing, forest skiing, snow-sculpting, hoijakka (a traditional Lappish sledge) and you can even try ice karting (children under 150cm can try this with a guide). Alongside the guide you will make a fire at the kota, where you will enjoy a lunch of soup and campfire sausages and refresh yourself with coffee and tea. Duration approx. 3hrs
Visit Father Christmas in his Secret Cottage
After lunch you will drive deep into the enchanted forest, where you will find Mr and Mrs Claus’s Secret Cottage. Some of Santa’s elves will be waiting to meet you and will guide you to the frozen lake for tobogganing. Then it's time to enter Santa's cottage, where the man himself will be waiting for you. You will bake cookies or make Christmas cards with Mrs Claus before spending some time with Santa, who will know whether you have been good or not. You will also enjoy a tasty 3 course, home-cooked buffet before heading back to your accommodation. Duration approx. 4hrs
Free morning to relax and enjoy Ruka before your transfer from your accommodation to Kuusamo Airport, fly from Kuusamo to the UK.
Please note that the itinerary can change or be reversed from that shown above. This allows us to make sure that your experience is of the highest standard. The 4 day and 5 day departures on the 18th and 22nd December itinerary are a variation of the above offering more time to relax, ski and enjoy other activities.
Departure dates for 2017
- 3 nights: Departures on the 2nd, 9th, and 16th December from London Heathrow and Manchester, and the 17th December from London Heathrow only.
- 4 nights: Departure on the 23rd December from London Heathrow.
- 5 nights: Departure on the 17th December from London Heathrow.