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6 days - Magical winter tour for families with private Santa visit.

Would you like to spend your next holiday in Lapland in a snow-covered village where streetlights are turned off in the afternoon so that you can see the Northern Lights?

The village of Äkäslompolo is located 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, deep in Finnish Lapland surrounded by the peaceful old forests of the Pallas-Ylläs Nature Park. This beautiful small village is your home for the week; shop with the locals, feed reindeers outside the supermarket afterwards and then have hot chocolates in the cafe on your way back to your cabin.

You will stay in cosy log cabins, each with their own fireplace and sauna. Enjoy great local food and join in some exhilarating winter activities like husky & reindeer sledding, ice fishing and snowmobiling.

You will visit a Lapp Village where the day is spent enjoying winter activities. The highlight of the day is when each family receives an invite for a private visit to Santa's cabin, travelling through the snowy forest by sleigh.

Please note that the daily program may be slightly different for some departures.

Read here for reviews from families who have travelled at Christmas time with 50 Degrees North.

Day 1
Welcome to Lapland, transfer to Äkäslompolo village and build your first snowman
Day 2
Day at a Reindeer Farm
Day 3
Visiting Santa in Elämänluukku
Day 4
Dogsledding
Day 5
Ice Fishing Safari & Snowmobiling
Day 6
Good Bye Lapland
Start/End Place
Kittilä, Finland
Country Visited
Finland
Duration
6 Days
Suitability
Easy Christmas tour - suits families with children of all ages.
Code
LWM001

Details

Transportation

Bus transfers, snowmobiles & sleighs

Included
  • Airport transfers on day 1 & 6 (for scheduled flights to and from Kittilä)
  • 5 nights' accommodation in your private log cabin
  • 1 set of linen & towels per person for the 5 nights
  • final cleaning for cabin
  • 4 x lunch during your activities
  • 5 x dinners
  • Winter clothing hire: Overall, boots, balaclava (for snowmobile rides when helmets are necessary) & mittens
  • All activities as per itinerary including: visit to a reindeer farm incl. reindeer sleigh ride, husky safari (2 adults per sleigh, children in guide's sleigh), icefishing safari by snowmobiles (2 adults per snowmobile, children in guide's sled), private family visit to Santa's cabin by sleigh with snow activities (tandem skiing, snowshoe walking, kick sledding, tobogganing and children's snowmobiling), making Christmas decorations and decorating gingerbread. These activities can vary depending on the weather conditions.
  • 50 Degrees North Representative on hand.
Not Included

Flight tickets, meals other than described, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratuities and any other items of personal nature.The majority of the cabins don't have Wi-Fi but we will endeavour to organise some hot spotting in the cabins where possible.

Note that breakfast is not included. Each family will be able to purchase breakfast supplies at the local supermarket and that way you can enjoy breakfast in the comfort of your own cabin together with your family. The cabins have toasters, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Lapland, transfer to Äkäslompolo village and build your first snowman

Transfer from Kittilä airport to Äkäslompolo village. In the late afternoon go for a walk to the supermarket where you will be able to purchase breakfast supplies for your cabin (choose your own supplies and pay for these locally). You will then be able to enjoy a relaxing breakfast in the comfort of your own each morning with your family before the day's activities.

Free time for relaxing in your cabin: light the fire, make a cup of tea and watch the kids make their first snowman. You have kick sledges, snowshoes and cross-country skis at your disposal, too which you get when you pick up your winter clothing. Cross country skiing tracks crisscross the village and can be used even during the early evening as some are lit up.

In the evening dinner at a local restaurant.

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.

Meals
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Äkäslompolo Cabins

Day 2 - Day at a Reindeer Farm

After breakfast, bus transfer to a local reindeer farm. On our visit we will get close to these beautiful creatures. Your guide will tell you about reindeers, their indigenous Sami culture and life in the Arctic.

We will then have a short reindeer sleigh ride along a track through the forest. Afterwards, enjoy a warming soup lunch at the farm before heading back to Äkäslompolo.

In the evening dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Äkäslompolo Cabins

Day 3 - Visiting Santa in Elämänluukku

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and spend the morning in relaxing in your cabin or outside.

In the early evening, transfer to Elämänluukku and be greeted by an old shaman who will introduce us to the Arctic Circle Crossing Ceremony. Outside there is plenty of fun snow activities - tandem skiing, snowshoe walking, kick sledging, tobogganing and children's snowmobiling. Decorate gingerbread cookies and make Christmas decorations in Elämänluukku, where we will also enjoy a late lunch.

Each family will receive an invite from Santa with your scheduled time for a visit. Visit to Santa's cabin starts with short snowmobile sleigh ride, followed by a short reindeer ride. Santa's cabin is in the forest and secluded and each family has a guaranteed private visit. Santa reads children's letters and each child receives a small gift from Santa.

Meals
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Äkäslompolo Cabins

Day 4 - Dogsledding

Today we will meet our doggy friends, the huskies. Bus transfer to a nearby husky farm where we are greeted by a bunch of friendly barking and yapping dogs, eager to get going! After a very important safety briefing, children will be placed in the guides’ sleighs and the parents will share a dog team. And off we go mushing through the snowy forest!

Drive through snow-covered forests and over open plains. In this safari, snowmobiles are not used, the guides will also ride the Husky sledges. Driver can be changed in the half way of the safari. When we come back to the husky farm, we will have sausages and hot drink in a hut.

Meals
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Äkäslompolo Cabins

Day 5 - Ice Fishing Safari & Snowmobiling

Today we will have a go at ice fishing and snowmobiling. After a snowmobile drive to a frozen lake you get to experience the traditional way of winter fishing – through a hole in the ice. We will enjoy wilderness lunch, and hopefully you'll be lucky enough to catch your own fish.

Rest of the afternoon free: curl up by the fire with your favourite book and enjoy the view of the winter paradise outside, or take a toboggan or snowshoes and head outside.

It is our last night in Lapland. Enjoy a farewell dinner, share stories and say goodbye to our new friends.

Meals
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Äkäslompolo Cabins

Day 6 - Good Bye Lapland

After breakfast, transfer to Kittilä airport. Ask us about downhill skiing in near by resort, Levi.

Accommodation
Äkäslompolo Cabins
Dates & Prices
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Price
Status
Accommodation
17 Dec 2018
22 Dec 2018
17 Dec 2018
22 Dec 2018
USD 9,096
Fully booked
Family Quad Total

Important Information

  • To steer a husky team you need to be 18 years old.
  • To drive a snowmobile you need to have a valid driver's license. Please, remember to bring it with you.
  • Snowmobile safari organisers have insurance. In case of accident you personal liability is max EUR 500 per accident case.

This tour is based in a small village - the group dinners and daily activities are short walks from your accommodation. You will be provided local sleds & toboggans to commute between these places. In the case of extreme weather, the escorts can arrange ad hoc transfers when required.

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