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5 days - Truly magical escorted Christmas tour in Northern Finland
Spend a magical Christmas surrounded by wilderness and pristine snow, with a plethora of outdoor experiences to fill your days. In the evenings, relax with your family in your own chalet with good food and maybe a Finnish sauna. Highlights include a visit to an authentic Reindeer Farm, a magical husky ride through the forests, a tour in the evening in an AURORA wagon and a drink at the ICE Bar each evening to unwind.
Ruka is located in the north of Kuusamo, a Finnish municipality that is renowned for its natural beauty and almost untouched wilderness. Ruka, one of the largest ski resorts in Finland, is among the country’s major holiday destinations, due to its excellent snow sports opportunities. Staying in a private resort away from the crowds, enjoy many included activities and a family day at Santa's Cottage on Christmas Eve and a special Christmas Dinner.
- Day 1
- Welcome to Lapland, transfer to Ruka village and make your first snow angel
- Day 2
- Christmas Eve - Fun Day at Santa's Cottage in the forest
- Day 3
- Christmas Day - sauna and AURORA-Wagon ride through the wilderness in the evening
- Day 4
- Action Packed Day with Reindeers and Huskies
- Day 5
- Departure Day
- Start/End Place
- Kuusamo, Finland tours
- Country Visited
- Finland tours
- 5 Days
- Easy Christmas tour - suits families with children of all ages.
- Airport transfers on day 1 & 5 (coinciding with scheduled flights)
- 4 nights' accommodation in your private log chalet or villa-apartment. Each chalet has different furniture and styles. The villa-apartment has glass windows on the roof.
- 50 Degrees North escort on hand - accompanies the group for the whole experience including dinners and activities, working alongside the local guides to make your holiday seamless
- 1 set of linen & towels per person for the 4 nights
- Final cleaning for cabin
- 2 x lunch during your activities
- 4 x dinner including festive Christmas meal
- Winter clothing hire: Overalls, boots, balaclava (for snowmobile ride), mittens and one large pair of woolen socks.
- All activities as per itinerary including: full day at Santa's Cottage, Northern Lights search by wagon, visit to reindeer farm and sleigh ride, sauna tour and 10 kilometre Husky Safari. These activities can vary depending on the weather conditions.
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It is possible to fly into Rovaneimi and we can individually quote for this.
Day 1 - Welcome to Lapland, transfer to Ruka village and make your first snow angel
Transfer from Kuusamo airport to Rukan Salonki. Free time for relaxing in your cabin: light the fire, make a cup of tea and watch the kids make their first snow angel. Your guide will be there on arrival to make sure you are settling in. Ready to get moving - head out to the huge tobogganing slope, grabbing some free toboggans and snowtubes along the way. You will get your outer winter gear and boots as well this afternoon.
In the evening, you will dine at the restaurant and you can meet your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner.
Enjoy your first evening in Lapland. With no light pollution and no noise you can truly feel the beauty of the Arctic night, admire the night sky and hopefully see the Northern Lights. Hear the silence of the wilderness and breathe in the cleanest air in Europe.
AccommodationRukan Salonki Chalets and Villas - each family will have a different accommodation option.
Day 2 - Christmas Eve - Fun Day at Santa's Cottage in the forest
After breakfast, enjoy some time outside before spending the rest of the day with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the elves! Santa’s Cottage is located about 30-minute drive away from Ruka and you will transfer there with your guide and group.
The program begins with tobogganing instructed by Santa’s elves, so remember to dress up warm! After having fun outdoors, we will enjoy grilled sausages, hot soup and hot juice in the kota-hut. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will soon invite you to the house, where Santa tells stories about his life.
All children will be nominated as Santa’s little helpers and their elf skills will be put into a test. We will see how well you master gingerbread and sweet bun baking and Christmas card making. You can enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, glögi or homemade berry juice in the buffet, and eat as many gingerbread cookies and chocolates as you like! Don’t forget to stop by in our small post office where you can buy souvenirs and post cards.
At the end of the program everyone will get together to sing Santa’s favorite Christmas carol to him in Finnish. Santa will reward his hard-working helpers with a small gift. All baked goods will be packed for you to take them with you.
AT 7.30pm, join the group for a special Christmas Eve dinner at Restaurant Kultala. You can also have a pre-dinner drink at the icebar outside to celebrate the season. One family will enjoy a sauna tour before dinner. After dinner, an elf will entertain the children and Santa will leave a small gift for the young children as well.
AccommodationRukan Salonki Chalets and Villas - each family will have a different accommodation option.
Day 3 - Christmas Day - sauna and AURORA-Wagon ride through the wilderness in the evening
At your leisure this Christmas morning, head to breakfast and then enjoy a quieter day with your family.
During the day, you will be assigned time to do a 'sauna tour'. Finnish sauna is an institution, something very essential in life and a must-have. But why do the Finns love their sauna baths so much, is it not just sitting in a hot room? Your authorized sauna guide will tell you about the Finnish sauna and its health benefits and traditions. The sauna guide will advise you on how to make the perfect "löyly" happen, that is the steam in the sauna and also advise you to the use of a body scrub made of Lappish wild herbs. Between the heats you can cool off by taking a dip in the refreshing lake, or ice-hole if winter or even rolling in the snow!
There is an optional snowmobile safari if you want to add an adventure to the day. You can also jump on the local bus and head to the down hill ski slopes.
After dinner, get dressed warming and feed the children some sweets to keep them up for the guided Northern Lights tour. Fasten your seatbelts, relax and enjoy warm, heated luxurious AURORA-Wagon ride. You will travel to the best location to see Aurora Borealis, over true frozen lakes, through misty forests and deep snow. With a little luck, you`ll travel under a bright sky lit by the moon and the stars. Perhaps the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights – will appear to show you the way. The best time to see Northern Lights is late evening, around midnight. We will enjoy warm drinks and small snacks under the northern sky around a fire.
Day 4 - Action Packed Day with Reindeers and Huskies
After breakfast, get ready for a full day of action. Start with a visit to a family owned traditional reindeer farm. One of the reindeer herders will greet you on arrival and take you to the corral with hundreds of reindeer, waiting for their breakfast. Together with the reindeer herders you get to feed the reindeer and also take pictures of the unique moment when being surrounded by a herd of reindeer.
The reindeer herder picks one reindeer to join you as you walk from the corral to the kota, where campfire coffee is served with Lappish cookies, “kampanisu”. While enjoying the coffee, the reindeer herder tells the story of the year of the reindeer, in short what it is to live with the reindeer here in the north.
Continue back to the reindeer, passing the little shop of the farm. In the shop only local handicrafts are presented, mostly made at the farm or in the area. As we come to the reindeer, it is time for a sleigh-ride in the gorgeous winter wonderland of the reindeer farm. The 1,5km long sleigh-ride follows the riverside to the old farm forest. Enjoy the relaxing ride around the farm and the fresh breath of air underneath the warm reindeer hides.
Then it is time to transfer to the husky farm. You will stop along the way for a soup lunch at a cozy lodge restaurant before walking the final kilometre to the huskies.
On your arrival at the lakeside husky camp you are greeted by the enthusiastic barking of the huskies. The small-scale husky camp is located in lovely forest terrain and after the careful instructions on driving and safety you will take off into the landscape with your own husky team. The team carries two persons, one musher and one passenger and you can change places during the safari. After the thrill and speed of the start, you soon start to relax and enjoy the surroundings and the co-operation with these lovely arctic runners. Once you return to the camp, you are invited to the kota for a strengthening snack and some information on huskies. You can also visit the huskies in the fenced area where they have their “homes”.
Return to your chalet for some down time before the last group dinner at Restaurant Kymppi. This is a special meal with 'glow fried' salmon made by the fire in the restaurant. Kids will be served a special salmon taster plate and meatballs.
Day 5 - Departure Day
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure. Why not consider having a longer stay with a day of downhill skiing at the local resorts.
Family quad total price applies when 2 adults and 2 children (between 4-12 years old) travelling together in a standard chalet. Please contact us for a quote for your family. Large cabins for up to 12 persons are available too for bigger families. Villa-apartments can also be arranged with sky facing windows in bedrooms with panaroma windows.
Children under 4 are free on meals and activities, note that for the day with Santa at his cottage, only children 0-3 are free of charge.
27 Dec 2021
Breakfast: Breakfast buffet includes a selection of breads, croissants, eggs, cheeses, cold cut meats and fish, bacon, sausages, fruits and vegetables, cereal and muesli, yogurt, jam, sweet cookies, juices and coffee/tea. Daily variations to the breakfast menu.
Dinner: Buffet dinner is made from local ingredients and made in Kultala’s own kitchen and includes selection of salads, fish and meat, soup, one main course, dessert, coffee/tea, still water, juice. Further beverages available on spot and charged by consumption.
There are four different accommodation options and price varies per family depending on which accommodation you choose. There are standard log chalets with twin bedrooms, lofts, fireplaces, wifi, living rooms, kitchens, several bathrooms and saunas. There are superior options of these chalets as well. You can also consider a Sky View Villa with bedrooms with sky facing windows, ideal of Northern Lights viewing from your bed.
Our Scandinavian experts can assist you with flight connections from North America to meet these tours as well as adding pre- and post- accommodation in Helsinki. Helsinki has many lovely Christmas markets to visit as well as activities such as ice-skating, city saunas and strolling through the Christmas shops during your stopover.