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Santa'sMagic

2 & 3 nights in Saariselka
Hotels & Apartments

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Overview

The magic never stops on this exciting search for Santa. Your own private family meeting in Santa’s secret cabin, “self drive” husky sled ride, reindeer sleigh ride, Elves and Igloo Fantasia, ice-fishing, snow-hockey, tobogganing and children’s mini-skidoo rides.

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£50 Grandparent Discount
This offer applies to bona fide grandparents travelling on the same booking (with minimum 2 adults and 2 children) on all Santa’s Magic trips, staying in partner hotels.

Itinerary

Overview

The most popular 2 or 3 night break from the UK to the small ski resort of Saariselka, in the north-east of Finnish Lapland.  Excellent for snow, fun and the Northern Lights*. Contains a purpose-built activity area in the middle of the woods with a private
meeting with Santa in his cabin.  The 3 night itinerary has an extra day on Day 2 where you can add Optional Extras.  Alternatively, the resort has an excellent toboggan run, an 'Angry Birds' play park and a pool at the Holiday Club hotel.

Day 1

 

Welcome

 

  • Having just flown across the Arctic Circle, the children will love being greeted at Ivalo Airport by my reindeer and friends, the Samis and one of my elves, presenting a delightful photo opportunity to capture your family’s first few minutes in my homeland!

  • A short, comfortable 25-minute coach-ride transfers you to your chosen hotel or cabin in Saariselkä – just enough time to see if the children can spot more reindeer or maybe my little log-cabin home through the forests bordering the road.

  • Time for your ‘Michelin-man’ impressions, as my helpers get you fitted with your complimentary thermal over-suits, boots, socks, gloves and hats.

  • Then it’s fun-time – a chance to explore and get your bearings on arrival in my winter wonderland, make snowmen, borrow the free toboggans from all my partner hotels or cabins, or just relax in a fragrant Finnish sauna – the choice is yours!

  • For hotel guests who have booked my great value half-board option, a wonderful first Lapland night dinner sets the scene for tomorrow’s excitement, whilst those in my Christmas Cabins will enjoy a home-cooked family meal!

Day 2  -  Not available on 2 night break

 

Adventure Day

 

  • This extra day on my 4 day break will normally be your second day, and gives you the chance to start building up the excitement, with your choice of my fantastic Optional Adventures.

  • Try a sensational daytime Snowmobile Safari, where parents take it in turns to drive the snowmobile and children will be towed in a special sled by the guide, or the evening snowmobile option, with my popular Northern Lights Adventure. Or perhaps enjoy a few hours downhill skiing, or Saariselkä’s toboggan run. Animal lovers may prefer to go for an extra, longer Husky Sled Ride or Reindeer Sleigh Ride – always a popular option with the children.

  • Families in my cabins will be welcomed back to dinner by their host, whilst half board hotel guests dine in the hotels. There will be lots of stories to tell about the day’s adventures, as the excitement mounts for tomorrow’s Big Day!

 

Day 3  -  Day 2 on 2 night break

 

Search for Santa

 

My helpers will pick you up for the ultimate Christmas adventure, enjoying all the following exciting activities at some point throughout the day, all of which are included in my prices!

 

  • Husky Sled Ride – where the children get to ride with a parent (and shout ‘mush mush!’ at every opportunity!), and grown-ups can all take a turn at actually ‘driving’ your own sled! Imagine your sled, drawn by five or six eager huskies, straining at the leash and eager to run, then released – and you’re off! Racing across the snow and through the woods is the most perfect way to experience Lapland’s winter wonderland.

  • Reindeer Sleigh Ride – meet your reindeer and your local Sami guide then take a wonderful 7-10 minute ride into the picturesque woods, with the ‘swish’ of the runners across the snow, and children and parents cuddled together under blankets in the sleigh, arriving at a very secret location.

  • My Elves and Igloo Fantasia is hidden away in the woods and only reached by reindeer sleigh and once there, join in the fun and games with my Elves in their Igloo Wonderland before visiting my Artistic Igloo and admiring the magnificent ice sculptures and enjoying a drink in my ice bar.*

  • My Reindeer centre is full of exciting reindeer based activities. Join in the fun and play on the Crazy Reindeer Golf, Try your hand and Reindeer Lasso or feed one of my reindeer friends, and find out what surprises are in store at my Special Reindeer Barn.

  • Lunch is also included, to ‘recharge your batteries’ for the afternoon. This will be a simple and warming 2-course meal, with plenty of hot berry juice, squash, tea and coffee also available.

  • A host of Snow and Ice Fun Activities are provided for you to enjoy, such as ice-fishing, snow-hockey, kick-sledding (a crazy Finnish cross between a scooter and a toboggan!), tandem skiing, mini-skidoo rides for the children, and my favourite – tobogganing.

  • See your children’s faces light up with wonder, as you fulfil your family’s Search for Santa, and meet me in an Exclusive Private Family Meeting in my hideaway log-cabin home, with my elves on hand to make you welcome and ensure there is magic in the air!

  • Refreshments are included too, and are available throughout the day, for those times when a few minutes warming up round a crackling log fire is welcomed.

  • Finally, back ‘home’ in your hotel, why not finish the day with a wonderful Gala Dinner (included on our half-board option). In my Christmas Cabins meanwhile, a special festive dinner rounds off the day, while you re-live every unforgettable moment of your biggest ever Christmas adventure!

 

Day 4  -  Day 3 on 2 night break

 

Grand Finale

 

  • Fun-time again, with the chance to thrill to another big adventure, whether pre-booked in the UK or chosen locally the day before from my range of Optional Adventures. You may have fallen in love with the huskies and want to enjoy an even longer Husky Sled Ride, or relax on Rudolph’s Reindeer Run, or perhaps take off on a Snowmobile Safari for high-octane thrills – there are plenty of options to choose from.

 

  • This morning also gives you a chance to browse the village’s souvenir shops, to choose from their range of traditional hand-made Lappish items and clothes, Christmas gifts and toys.

 

  • My helpful team will collect you from your doorstep by coach for the short ride to the airport to catch your flight home, to a chorus of fond farewells!

 

Accommodation

Hotel Tunturi - Kontio Building

A wonderfully atmospheric hotel cosy wood-panelled public areas and good cuisine. All hotel rooms and suites are in separate buildings 100m from the main reception and restaurants. The property is in a peaceful setting 2 minutes' walk (200m) from the village centre, next to the start of the cross-country ski tracks.

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Room Types

The hotel’s 'Kontio’ building has been newly renovated and is the nearest accommodation to the Tunturi reception and restaurants building.


Kontio Deluxe Bedrooms, sleep 2-3 – are spacious and newly renovated rooms in the Kontio building (close to the main Tunturi building) and have twin beds and a sofa-bed (for one child), sauna, private en suite shower, wc, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.


Kontio Suites, sleep 3-4 – are newly renovated and spacious suites (close to the main Tunturi building) with a twin bedroom and a sofa-bed (suitable for one adult or two children) in the lounge area, sauna, private en suite shower, wc, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.



Hotel Tunturi

A wonderfully atmospheric hotel cosy wood-panelled public areas and good cuisine. All hotel rooms and suites are in separate buildings 100m from the main reception and restaurants. The property is in a peaceful setting 2 minutes' walk (200m) from the village centre, next to the start of the cross-country ski tracks.

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Room Types

There is a super range of family rooms and suites available in different shapes and sizes, as follows, and larger apartments with 3 and 5 bedrooms are available on request. Most room types have a private sauna, and whilst all the bedrooms are comfortable, the Family Suites offer that extra bit of space if you want to spread out.


Type A Bedrooms, sleep 2-4 – with twin beds and a double sofa-bed (suitable for one adult or two children), private en suite shower, wc, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.


Type B Family Suites, sleep 3-4– Twin bedroom and a separate lounge with double sofa-bed, sharing private sauna/shower/wc, hairdryer and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.


Type C Family Suites, sleep 5-6 – Two twin bedrooms and a separate lounge with double sofa-bed, sharing private sauna/shower/wc, further separate wc, hairdryer and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities. These suites may be on two levels, with an internal staircase with stair-gates.


Type F 4-room apartments, sleep 6-8 – As type C but larger and with an additional bedroom.


5-Bedroom apartments, sleep 10-13 – A spacious 5-bedroom apartment with 5 twin bedrooms and sofa-beds for 3 in the lounge area. It has its own private sauna and jacuzzi.



Hotel Tunturi - Gielas Wing

The luxury Gielas Hotel offers highly recommended deluxe rooms and junior suites, which are located in the deluxe wing of the Tunturi Hotel. The whole property enjoys a peaceful setting, just 250m from the village centre and a few steps to the cross-country ski tracks. The Tunturi main building, with the main reception and restaurant, is a wonderfully atmospheric hotel with cosy wood-panelled public areas and good food. Tunturi Hotel is only 100m from the Gielas and the ski bus stops outside.

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Room Types

The hotel’s impressive 'Gielas’ wing provides the highest standards in Saariselkä, and is just 2-3 minutes walk from the main Tunturi building. The Gielas offers spacious and stylish family rooms, plus a small range of boutiques.


Gielas Type D Family Bedrooms, sleep 2-4 – two single beds and a double sofa-bed, (suitable for one adult or two children), private en suite bath/shower, wc, sauna, balcony, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities.


Gielas Type E Family Bedrooms, sleep 3-4 – more spacious than a Type D with two single beds and a double sofa-bed, (suitable for one adult or two children), private en suite bath/shower, wc, sauna, balcony, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, and tea/coffee/cocoa-making facilities. 



Holiday Club Spa Hotel

Located right in the heart of Saariselkä, this popular spa hotel offers a high standard of accommodation and an impressive range of facilities including a fabulous indoor pool complex with waterslide, water massages, waves and kids’ pool.

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Room Types

Type A Bedrooms, sleep 2-4 – twin beds and a double sofa-bed, shower, wc, satellite TV, hairdryer, minibar, and bathrobes for adults. Please note that if there are only two people then a room with just the twin beds may be provided.

 

Type B Family Suites, sleep 5-6 – as Type A but more spacious. The twin beds can be partitioned off from the lounge, where there is a double sofa-bed and two extra single sofa-beds. Each suite also has its own sauna. 

Holiday Club Apartments

Located right in the heart of Saariselkä, this popular spa hotel offers a high standard of accommodation and an impressive range of facilities including a fabulous indoor pool complex with waterslide, water massages, waves and kids’ pool.

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Room Types

Family Apartments are also available as follows, located a short walk from the main hotel, with extra space for you to spread out. All meals are taken in the main hotel. They can be apartments within Holiday Houses or modern and high quality 'Villas Apartments' located just next to the main hotel in the Holiday Club Villas or Kelotahti buildings.


Type C Apartments, sleep 3-4 – one twin bedroom, lounge/kitchenette with double sofa-bed, shower, private sauna, wc, satellite TV and hairdryer.


Type D Apartments, sleep 4-6 - Lounge with pull-out sofa for 1 adult or 2 children, twin or bunk bed room and separate twin bedroom. They are located in the Kelotahti Villas buildings, just 4 minutes' walk from the Holiday Club. The apartments are spacious with contemporary designed interiors. Each has a private sauna, shower and wc, lounge with flat screen TV and CD player and a well-equipped kitchen including washing machine and dryer. 

Type E Log Cabin Apartments, sleep 5-6 – in traditional Finnish style with one twin bedroom, dining area/kitchenette and shower/wc & sauna downstairs. Mezzanine loft area upstairs, with double sofa-bed, TV with DVD, and further twin room (under eaves).

Type F Apartments, sleep 5-8 – Larger apartments with open plan lounge/kitchen area with double sofa bed, shower/wc & sauna and three twin bedrooms.



Kelotahti Apartments

These recently built, luxury apartments benefit from a highly convenient central village location and offer excellent value. Several bars, restaurants and a large well-stocked supermartket are within easy walking distance. All apartments are fully equipped with ultra-modern appliances and private en suite saunas. The apartments are located in the very centre of the village, 100m from the ski bus stop, 200m from the Tunturi hotel where the optional half board is taken, and 250m from a well-stocked supermarket.

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Room Types

  • No. of rooms: 35

  • No. of buildings: 1

  • No. of floors: 5


Rooms

There are three types of high quality apartments which you could chose from for your stay in Kelotahti. All of which have sauna, shower, WC, fireplace, balcony, fully-equipped kitchen (with oven, microwave, fridge, kettle, coffee-maker, toaster, dishwasher) flat-screen TV, CD-player, hairdryer, drying closet, washing machine and a living/dining room. All linen, towels and final clean included.

  • 3-room Apartment, 52m² (A4), can  52m² sleep 1-3 people in one twin bedroom, plus an additional smaller open door bedroom with no exterior window and a 120cm wide bed suitable for 1 adult or child. Apartment has all facilities as above and a separate WC

  • 3-room Apartment, 60m² (B5), can sleep 2-5 people in 2 bedrooms. One bedroom with twin beds and the other with twin beds or a double bed. Extra bed from sofa in living room if needed for the full occupancy

  • 4-room Apartment, 78m² (C6), can sleep 2-6 people in 3 bedrooms comprising of a master bedroom with double bed and en-suite shower and WC, plus 2 twin bedrooms, one of which has a sliding door with opaque glass and no exterior window. This apartment does not have a fireplace but has a washing machine and a total of 2 shower rooms and WCs.


  • Lift accessible: Yes

  • Lift serves all floors: Yes

  • Access ramp: Yes


Hotel Riekonlinna

The Hotel Riekonlinna is very popular with my visitors to Lapland. With its excellent range of facilities and a reputation for wonderful food. A favourite feature of mine is the Northern Lights Lounge. The Hotel Riekonlinna offers a range of family rooms, suites and stylish, well appointed family apartments set in the woods behind the main hotel building, approx. one minute’s walk away. All sofa-beds are suitable for two children under 10 or one older child or adult.

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Room Types

Type A Bedrooms, sleep 4 – comfortable bedrooms with twin beds and a sofa-bed suitable for one adult or two children. All rooms have private en suite shower, wc, balcony, TV, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer.


Twin Bedrooms, sleep 2 - Twin bedrooms  with en suite shower, wc, balcony, TV, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer.


Paired rooms: There rooms can be booked as a pair for families of 4-6 (in adjacent rooms) and with an additional put-up bed for children.

Type B Family Suites, sleep 4 – twin bedroom and separate lounge with a double sofa-bed suitable for 2 children, sharing private sauna, shower, wc, balcony, TV, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer. (One suite has a bath rather than a shower, but no sauna).


Type C Family Suites, sleep 4-5 – two interconnecting Type A rooms, one with private sauna, and each with own shower, wc, balcony, TV, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer.


New - Interconnecting Family Suites, sleep 4-6 - two interconnecting newly renovated superior rooms (with twin beds and a put-up bed for a child), one with private sauna, and each with own shower, wc, balcony, TV, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer.



Riekonlinna Apartments

The Hotel Riekonlinna offers a range of family apartments set in the woods behind the main hotel building, approx. one minute’s walk away. All sofa-beds are suitable for two children under 10 or one older child or adult.

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Room Types

Type D Family Apartments, sleep 3-4 – twin bedroom and separate lounge with double sofa-bed, sharing private sauna, shower, wc, balcony, TV, hairdryer and kitchenette. A short walk from the main Riekonlinna Hotel building.


Type E Family Apartments, sleep 5-6 – two twin bedroom and separate lounge with double sofa-bed, sharing private sauna, shower, wc, balcony, TV, hairdryer and kitchenette. A short walk from the main Riekonlinna Hotel building.



Saariselka Inn

This cosy and centrally situated property in Saariselkä is the smallest in my selection, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in facilities.

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Room Types

Type A Bedrooms, sleep 2-3 – with twin beds and a single put-up bed (suitable for under-12’s), private en suite shower, wc, TV and fridge.


Type B Family Suites, sleep 4-6 – two Type A bedrooms, with an interconnecting door. 


Type C Family Suites, sleep 4-5 – twin bedroom and separate lounge with double sofa-bed and single put-up bed (suitable for under 12s), sharing private bath (or shower and sauna), wc, TV and fridge. 


Type D Bedrooms, sleep 4-6 – two Type A bedrooms adjacent or opposite.



Resort

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Saariselka

Located in the wild mystical north of Lapland, close to Russia and just a few hours from the Arctic Ocean, Saariselkä is an exceptionally friendly uncommercialised resort with a unique frontier atmosphere. With magnificent Arctic wilderness scenery just on the doorstep, it makes an ideal resort for an all-round winter wonderland adventure. The skies are often a deep hue of pink and purple, the pine trees heavily laden with snow, and being so far north there is a good possibility of seeing the Northern Lights too. 

Dates & Prices 

Below we list ALL departures on the Santas Magic itinerary.
Adult & child prices are based on cheapest accommodation and child ages 2-5. 
Contact Reservations on 0161 298 7477 for price & availability for your family.

Choose a Season

Birmingham

26-Nov-21

3 nights / 4 days

£1,449

Adult from

Child from

£819

Birmingham

29-Nov-21

2 nights / 3 days

£1,159

Adult from

Child from

£359

Birmingham

01-Dec-21

2 nights / 3 days

£1,279

Adult from

Child from

£439

Birmingham

06-Dec-21

2 nights / 3 days

£1,209

Adult from

Child from

£469

Birmingham

08-Dec-21

2 nights / 3 days

£1,289

Adult from

Child from

£509

Birmingham

13-Dec-21

3 nights / 4 days

£1,649

Adult from

Child from

£959

Birmingham

16-Dec-21

2 nights / 3 days

£1,619

Adult from

Child from

£859

Birmingham

23-Dec-21

3 nights / 4 days

£1,589

Adult from

Child from

£899

Birmingham

26-Nov-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,339

Adult from

Child from

£699

Birmingham

29-Nov-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,169

Adult from

Child from

£399

Birmingham

01-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,299

Adult from

Child from

£459

Birmingham

03-Dec-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,429

Adult from

Child from

£809

Birmingham

06-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,229

Adult from

Child from

£459

Birmingham

08-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,389

Adult from

Child from

£519

Birmingham

10-Dec-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,609

Adult from

Child from

£919

Birmingham

13-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,279

Adult from

Child from

£509

Birmingham

15-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,459

Adult from

Child from

£559

Birmingham

17-Dec-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,959

Adult from

Child from

£1,099

Birmingham

20-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,579

Adult from

Child from

£679

Birmingham

22-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,379

Adult from

Child from

£469

Birmingham

24-Dec-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,529

Adult from

Child from

£699

Bournemouth

27-Nov-21

3 nights / 4 days

£1,329

Adult from

Child from

£619

Bournemouth

15-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,459

Adult from

Child from

£559

Bristol

30-Nov-21

2 nights / 3 days

£1,139

Adult from

Child from

£319

Bristol

07-Dec-21

2 nights / 3 days

£1,169

Adult from

Child from

£409

Bristol

14-Dec-21

3 nights / 4 days

£1,539

Adult from

Child from

£839

Bristol

23-Dec-21

3 nights / 4 days

£1,449

Adult from

Child from

£759

Bristol

25-Nov-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,319

Adult from

Child from

£679

Bristol

28-Nov-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,209

Adult from

Child from

£459

Bristol

07-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,189

Adult from

Child from

£399

Bristol

13-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,279

Adult from

Child from

£509

Bristol

23-Dec-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,539

Adult from

Child from

£709

Cardiff

11-Dec-21

3 nights / 4 days

£1,409

Adult from

Child from

£719

Cardiff

10-Dec-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,529

Adult from

Child from

£839

East Midlands

12-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,249

Adult from

Child from

£489

East Midlands

14-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,299

Adult from

Child from

£519

Edinburgh

03-Dec-21

3 nights / 4 days

£1,549

Adult from

Child from

£969

Edinburgh

02-Dec-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,429

Adult from

Child from

£829

Edinburgh

16-Dec-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,489

Adult from

Child from

£529

Glasgow

10-Dec-21

3 nights / 4 days

£1,629

Adult from

Child from

£939

Glasgow

09-Dec-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,539

Adult from

Child from

£839

Leeds Bradford

26-Nov-21

3 nights / 4 days

£1,299

Adult from

Child from

£669

Leeds Bradford

29-Nov-21

2 nights / 3 days

£1,139

Adult from

Child from

£339

Leeds Bradford

06-Dec-21

2 nights / 3 days

£1,099

Adult from

Child from

£359

Leeds Bradford

08-Dec-21

2 nights / 3 days

£1,179

Adult from

Child from

£399

Leeds Bradford

16-Dec-21

2 nights / 3 days

£1,269

Adult from

Child from

£509

Leeds Bradford

25-Nov-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,259

Adult from

Child from

£619

Leeds Bradford

28-Nov-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,179

Adult from

Child from

£429

Leeds Bradford

30-Nov-22

2 nights / 3 days

£1,209

Adult from

Child from

£419

Leeds Bradford

02-Dec-22

3 nights / 4 days

£1,399

Adult from

Child from

£799

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Booking Details

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Payments Details

If outside 14 weeks of departure this holiday can be booked by paying a deposit of £150 per person. If within 14 weeks before the full balance is due. Call 0161 298 7477 to book.

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