Lapland Christmas Experience Essay

If you would like to book this tour with an arrival date 4 weeks or less from today, please contact us for assistance.

  • Lapland is a highly popular destination during the holiday season and often get fully booked. Therefore, we recommend you to book as early as possible and wait with booking your flights until you have received a written confirmation of your travel arrangements from your designated travel consultant. Extra nights can be added by request; contact us for details.
  • For families with more than 1 child please contact us for prices.
  • This is a group tour, so you will be transferred together with fellow travelers to the different activities in a bus.
  • Please note that the activities for each day might be done in different order than stated in the itinerary and will be confirmed closer to arrival.
  • Due to safety reasons this package has an age limit of 4 years. Feel free to contact us for details about booking another package with younger children.

Payment Policy

We charge a 30% non refundable deposit at time of booking. Due date for the rest is October 31, at the latest.

 

Cancellation 

Cancellation must be made by e-mail. In conformity with business practices within the Nordic travel industry and the cancellation policies set forth by our suppliers, we are obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s) for this package as follows:

 

Cancellation Policy

Before November 01, we charge 30%

After November 01, we charge 50%

After December 01, we charge 100%

 

Prices: 


Hotel Merihovi: 

Price per adult in single room: EUR  1354
Price per adult in double room: EUR 1178
Price per adult in double room with 1 extra bed : EUR 1147
Price for children (when sharing a room with 2 parents): EUR 730
Price for family room (2 adults + 2 children): EUR 3903 in total
Price for family room (2 adults + 3 children): EUR 4634 in total

 

Hotel Cumulus: 


Price per adult in single room: EUR 1445
Price per adult in double room: EUR 1266
Price per adult in double room with 1 extra bed: EUR 1212
Price for children (when sharing a room with 2 parents): EUR 782
Price for 2 connected twin rooms (2 adults + 2 children): EUR 4420 in total
Price for 2 connected twin rooms (2 adults + 3 children): EUR 5203 in total

 

Optional evening snowmobile safari 

  • The driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.
  • Drinking alcohol is not allowed before driving a snowmobile.
  • Children are seated in a sled pulled by the guides snowmobile during snowmobile safaris
  • To book the optional tour, please let your travel consultant know as soon as possible as the availability is limited. 

 

Adventure Packages

All of Nordic Visitor’s Lapland travel packages should be considered adventure travel on account of being operated in the Arctic during sometimes extreme weather conditions and with the use of live animals for many excursions. For this reason, those booking a travel package in Lapland should consider themselves at least moderately physically fit and comfortable engaging in activities that are considered adventurous or strenuous.

 

Some things to keep in mind:

  • There will be snow and ice on the ground, sometimes making it difficult to walk.
  • No luggage handling services will be available. You must be prepared and able to carry your own luggage in snowy conditions.
  • Accommodations will be simple in comparison to what you’d find in major urban centres.
  • WC facilities encountered during excursions may be unheated outhouses without running water.
  • During husky safaris where you share one team of huskies with another person, the person standing to drive the sled will need to kick to assist the dogs and may be required to run when sledding uphill.
  • Reindeer and huskies can run very fast. Those interested in participating in either a reindeer or husky safari should keep this in mind. In this specific package however the reindeer safari is a more relaxed slow paced tour while the husky tour is faster paced. 
  • Some snowmobile safaris may require you to drive in the dark. Those interested in participating in snowmobile safaris should keep this in mind.
  • By law, those interested in driving a snowmobile must be able to present a valid driver’s license.
  • The safety of our travellers is our top priority at Nordic Visitor. We reserve the right to change or cancel departures if we feel the conditions will jeopardize the safety of our customers.

 

 

Meals

Starting with dinner on the 23rd of December and ending with breakfast on the 26th of December all meals are included during the tour. The meals are a mix of traditional Finnish/Lappish food and international dishes. The dinners are either 3 course set menus or buffets. A typical 3 course dinner consists of salad or soup, main course such as meat or fish and dessert f.e. cakes, ice-cream and more. At the Christmas Eve festive dinner we normally serve a traditional Christmas buffet with a variety of dishes such as different salads and fish choices, Finnish Christmas ham with potato casserole and carrot puré, dill potatoes, gingerbread, Christmas chocolate, plum mousse and more.

 

If you have any food allergies, please let your travel consultant know as soon as possible so we can inform the local suppliers and hotels

 

Currency rate

All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

 

After booking with Nordic Visitor

After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

Take the festive trip of your child’s dreams – from Santa to snow, our experts have it covered. Sophie Butler, our consumer expert, explains the range of Father Christmas trips on the market, giving practical advice on everything from location to accommodation. And Sally Peck and Henry Druce put two of the best Lapland trips to meet Father Christmas to the test. Spots book up quickly, and most tours are full by mid-October.

What is the best way to meet Father Christmas?

Tony Slatter writes
I want to take my six-year-old daughter for a Father Christmas experience in Finland in December. Is it better to stay near Rovaniemi and visit Father Christmas Village or SantaPark, or go further north to Levi or Yllas for a traditional Finnish experience? My concern is that the first option will be too commercialised and busy because of all the day trips. But on the other hand, I am worried the Christmas experience further north won’t be full enough.

Sophie Butler, consumer expert, replies
Finnish Lapland is a good place to visit for a magical, festive atmosphere but you are right to be wary of over-commercialisation. There are new programmes introduced every year but some of these can suffer from being impersonal, so you need to book well in advance for the best, small-group trips (our experts test two of the best trips, below).

The trick is to examine every detail of the itinerary, from how long you spend with Santa, which activities are included and how the gifts are organised. Before unveiling the idea to your children, bear in mind that these holidays can be expensive. Expect to pay at least £2,000 for a family of four on a two- or three-night stay in a log cabin or hotel, including flights, transfers and meals.

Specialist tour operators offering private meetings with Father Christmas and a more authentic experience generally base their itineraries in more remote parts of the region. Alongside the obligatory visit to Father Christmas, you can find Christmas-themed packages that usually include a variety of snow-based activities (sleigh rides, snowmobiling) either included in the price or as an extra. Inghams has four-night Father Christmas breaks to Levi or Yllas, while Santa’s Lapland (reviewed below) uses family-friendly hotels or log cabins near Saariselkä (Europe’s northernmost holiday resort). Try also Nordic Experience, Transun and Canterbury Travel (reviewed below).

Remember that the climate can be harsh. Throughout the seven-month winter, you can expect little more than five hours of sunlight with temperatures dropping well below freezing and sometimes as low as -20 to -40C. But during daylight hours the sun often shines, the air is still and very dry, so as long as you dress properly, the cold is perfectly bearable.

Make sure your insurance covers you for winter sports - particularly riskier ones such as snowmobiling (if you decide to have a go) and, although operators will provide thermal over clothing, ensure you take plenty of warm layers.

For the most competitive prices, look at the programmes offered by the big tour operators. Thomson, Thomas Cook and Monarch offer Santa tours and often have deals available for specific departure dates, free child places or for last-minute availability.

Our experts' favourite trips to meet Father Christmas

Why every family must visit Father Christmas in Lapland - before it's too late: Sally Peck heads to Finnish Lapland with her daughter for a fairytale adventure involving mischievous elves, reindeer sleigh rides and lots of singing (read here for a full review of Canterbury Travel’s Magical Interlude trip).

How to combine a visit to Father Christmas with a family skiing trip:For slightly older children, or those more focused on the winter sports, follow Henry Druce’s family and opt for a Santa’s Lapland trip.

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