Santa's Festive Fun
From £1895 per person
27 DEC 2018: Fly to Finnish Lapland
Fly from London Heathrow to Kittila (via Helsinki). On arrival, you will be met by your local guide and transfer by coach to Harriniva, under an hour away. Children receive a small welcome pack and the adults an update on the programme. Check-in and head straight for your room, where your thermal clothing will be ready. A welcome drink is served with dinner in the main restaurant.
28 DEC 2018: Reindeer Encounter, Snow Fun and Father Christmas Surprise
After breakfast, it’s a short coach transfer to Toressieppi, a reindeer farm, dating back to 1847. Learn about the Sami Reindeer herders, visit the old house and museum, master the art of lasso throwing and feed the reindeer. You will also be taken on a short reindeer drive. Later you will receive a 'Crossing the Arctic Circle' certificate and receive a reindeer driving licence to mark the event. Lunch will be taken in the unique Ice Restaurant of Toressieppi’s small igloo hotel, complete with its sculpted bar and ice rooms.
Returning to Harriniva, head outside for snow fun. Try your hand at cross-country skiing or snow shoeing. There is the thrill of the toboggan ride and kick-sledding, enjoyed by people of all ages, as well as mini-skidoos for the children to try. Watch out for a possible stray snowball too!
Later, each family takes a once in a lifetime journey out into the forest and along a secret trail marked by lanterns hanging in the trees. Discover the Lady of the Woods, sheltering in her teepee with some of Father Christmas's elves. They will guide you to a giant log cabin where Father Christmas himself lives – the rest is a secret until you meet him. Whilst waiting for your sleigh to arrive, you help to decorate a gingerbread house, bake traditional gingerbread cookies and enjoy some traditional Christmas crafts. Christmas dinner will be served in the main restaurant.
29 DEC 2018: Snowmobiles and Huskies
After breakfast you will go on an exciting snowmobile journey through the frozen landscape. Adults drive in pairs and children are wrapped up under reindeer skin rugs on a special sleigh behind the guide. You will follow a trail through the winter landscape before stopping to play in the deep snow. It’s back to Harriniva for a warming buffet lunch.
In the afternoon, it is time to meet the 400-strong pack of Harriniva Huskies. The grown-ups will mush 2 per dog team, whilst children ride separately in husky sleds behind an experienced Lapp guide. As you journey through forest the silence is only broken by the panting dogs and eager shouts of the musher’s instructions.
On their return the children can meet the dogs and have the opportunity to be a musher, should they so wish. Afternoon cakes and hot drinks are served in a traditional Kota, where there is time to make wooden elves, make christmas wishes and toast marshmallows.
Dinner this evening will be served in the Aurora Borealis Kota. During dinner there will be a knock on the door – an ancient Sami spirit has told Father Christmas where you are and he is back to deliver a small present to everyone, grown-ups and children alike.
30 DEC 2018: UK
Breakfast at the lodge and perhaps a chance to have one last quick play in the snow before it is time to return your snow suits ready for your transfer back to Kittila airport.
Temperatures can vary at this time between 0°c and -30°c. as such local conditions can mean that the itinerary, location, duration and order of excursions may change. Any decision to do this is to ensure your comfort, enjoyment and safety at the resort.