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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 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, I welcome you to Lapland and Ivalo Airport. Look out for one or more of my elves, often casing mischief, but 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 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, go tobogganing, or just relax in a fragrant Finnish sauna – the choice is yours!

 

  • For our guests a wonderful first Lapland night dinner sets the scene for tomorrow’s excitement!

* Toboggans are available from my partner hotels and a small deposit is usually payable locally.

 

 

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. And don’t forget that early bookings can save £££’s with my 50% discount off children’s prices!

 

  • 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 will enjoy a dinner in their hotel and share stories 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.

 

  • My Elves and Igloo Fantasia is hidden away in the woods 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 Bar.

 

  • 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, finish the day with a wonderful Gala Dinner while you re-live every unforgettable moment of your biggest ever Christmas adventure!

* local charge for drinks applies

 

 

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!

 

  • The amount of time allowed to do these activities depends on the actual flight departure time

 

* On the Christmas departures Days 2 & 3 are reversed.

 

Accommodation

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 - 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 - 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 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

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.

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.

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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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