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Finland: Lapland Christmas at Harriniva

Experience a Lapland Christmas in the pristine countryside of Finland

Experience a Lapland Christmas in the pristine countryside of Finland

What Makes Me Mighty Fine

  • Week-long, festive break for families keen to experience a variety of outdoor activities
  • Savour the pretty riverside location and comfortable safari style hotel rooms
  • Experience daytime and evening snowmobile excursions, dog sledding, reindeer sleigh rides and snowshoeing
  • Make the most of this great Northern Lights location
  • Enjoy free time for independent exploration
  • Specialist Winter Clothing including thermal overalls, boots and balaclava are provided for the activities.

To give your children a truly magical festive break, Lapland is the ultimate holiday choice. Christmas fun and adventure awaits your family here and so does Santa!

From the moment you land at Kittilä airport, you and your children will be swept away by the breathtaking views of countryside blanketed in snow. You will be taken to your hotel where the enchanting atmosphere will uplift you and prepare you for the most exciting holiday imaginable. Activities such as tracking down the perfect Lapland Christmas tree, baking (and eating!) traditional Finnish gingerbread, reindeer feeding and so much more build you up for the main event – meeting Santa Claus himself!

Santa’s Elves lead you to his cabin in the woods where your family is guaranteed a private meeting with Father Christmas. After your special moment with the man in red, you will return to your hotel where you will be served a special Christmas buffet. And just when you thought you’d have to wait another year before seeing Santa again, he shows up for a surprise visit with a sack full of presents!

In Lapland, Christmas is the main event and this absolutely unmissable, action-packed week will ensure you have the best festive experience imaginable! This trip is a must for any family with young children!

Looking for a more intimate family setting in private apartments? Then try our Festive Family Adventure, complete with a meeting with Santa!

Still in need of guidance? Take a look at our Finnish holiday ideasor Lapland holiday ideasto find your perfect tour in these great destinations. If you're looking for an experience-led break, however, just check out our snowmobiling holiday ideas or our Santa holiday ideas! If you have any further questions, call our helpful travel team on 0333 800 2033.

  • Day 1 - Arrive at Harriniva

    Experience a Lapland Christmas in the pristine countryside of Finland - Arrive at Harriniva

    Arriving at Kittilä airport, you will be greeted by a guide who will show you to your hotel and explain what your extra special holiday adventure will entail. Your guide will then provide you and your family with essential thermal clothing to keep you nice and warm. Dinner will be served in the main hotel restaurant before you head off to bed to rest up for your Lapland Christmas adventure which begins tomorrow.

    Meals included:Dinner
  • Day 2 - Santa and his elves

    In the morning head out for a trip to the forest. Heading for a special Christmas tree to make your Christmas wishes before settling down in front of a real fire to toast marshmallows. Afterwards you will bake (and eat!) some traditional Finnish gingerbread. Then comes the main event – your search for Santa! Initially you will head out by sleigh pulled by snowmobile. Then met and guided by his Elves, who are hiding in the forest, you will make your way to his cabin for a private meeting. On your return you will have some free time to relax before dinner is then served in the main hotel restaurant.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Reindeer and the Winter Village

    Reindeer and the Winter Village

    The day begins with breakfast which is followed by a visit to the small reindeer museum. You will then embark on a 3km reindeer sleigh ride through a picturesque forest. Afterwards you will have the chance to feed the reindeer and bid them farewell as we visit our next destination – the winter village and it's snow hotel and ice restaurant! Christmas here just wouldn’t be the same without a visit to this astounding building where everything is made out of ice. After lunch in the ice restaurant you are free to spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the area. When you return to your hotel, not only will there be a delicious Christmas buffet but also a surprise second visit from Santa and his sack full of presents!

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Christmas Day Snowmobile Tour

    Christmas Day Snowmobile Tour

    You will wake to a hearty breakfast which will set you up for the fun-filled day ahead. Some leisure time will allow you the chance to see the area surrounding the hotel and, perhaps, catch a glimpse of some local wildlife. Lunch is then provided in the hotel’s main restaurant. In the afternoon, adults get the chance to ride their own snowmobile and children will get wrapped up cosily for a safe 20km ride-along with the guide. On returning to the hotel, you will be served a wholesome Lapland Christmas buffet.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Meet the Pack

    Meet the Pack

    Breakfast will be served before you head out to the local husky farm (you may even get the chance to cuddle some of the husky pups!) Adults are then offered the chance to lead their own husky-drawn sled whilst children are taken along with the guides. A special lunch is then served in a small traditional wooden restaurant with an open fire. Once safely back at the hotel, there’s more fun in the snow with snowshoeing, ice fishing, tobogganing and mini snowmobile rides for the kids. The whole experience is rounded off with a fabulous, farewell dinner.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Departure

    After breakfast, you will make your way to Kittilä airport for your flight home. As well as some great photographs, you are sure to be taking some magical memories home with you!

    Meals included:Breakfast


  • Return international flights from London Heathrow (details of regional departures on request)
  • Five nights' accommodation in a standard room at the Harriniva Holiday Centre
  • Escorted airport transfers
  • The following activities and excursions, as per the itinerary:
    • Visit to a reindeer farm and reindeer safari
    • Visit to the snow hotel
    • Christmas Eve programme
    • Snowmobile excursion
    • Husky safari
    • Snowshoeing tour
    • Ice fishing excursion
    • Tobaggning
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Specialist Winter Clothing including thermal overalls, boots and balaclava are provided for the activities.

Not Included...

  • Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)

Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.

Please note:

  • the order of holiday activities is subject to change
  • a full and valid driver's licence is required to drive a snowmobile.

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