Santa's Magic Optional Adventures
This is a chance to drive out into the snowy wilderness surrounding the village of Saariselkä. You are met at your hotel and then taken to the Safari centre, where you are provided with a helmet and balaclava. The snowmobiles are just outside and, before you get the chance to start up, there is a full safety brief along with instructions on how to drive. Children travel in a sleigh which is pulled by a separate snowmobile and adults can drive their own snowmobile (if booked with a single driver supplement). The convoy then starts, driving along recognised snowmobile tracks out in to the beautiful, snowy and natural environment of Lapland.
Total duration is 1- 1½ hours – Snowmobile ride time is 45 minutes – Finish with a drink of hot berry juice
Adults £79 (min 2 passengers, 1 adult £114) / Children 4-11 years £66
My toboggans are available in Saariselkä on free loan from outside of your hotel or cabin. There is also a lovely long purpose-built toboggan-run, as well as public areas used by younger children. – As long as you like! – Whenever you like! – Children and adults FREE!
Rudolph’s Reindeer Run
This is a relaxing and magical experience for families or even a romantic sleigh ride just for two. You are picked up from your hotel and then taken to the Reindeer Farm. Here you are introduced to the animals and the local farmer explains why they are so unique whilst you enjoy a drink of hot berry juice. Then you snuggle under blankets as reindeer pull your sleigh through the unspoilt beauty of the Lapland forest, with only the gliding off the sleigh and the occasional sounds of the reindeer disturbing the peace and quiet.
Total duration is 1- 1½ hours – Sleigh ride is 30 minutes
Adults £106 / Children 2-11 years £82
Northern Lights Adventure
This is an early evening snowmobile expedition in search of the mystical Northern Lights. It is a short transfer (or walk) from your hotel to the meeting place where you receive a balaclava and helmet. The snowmobiles are then all ready and waiting for you. Full instructions and a safety brief are given before starting off. Children travel in a sleigh which is pulled by a separate snowmobile and adults share a snowmobile unless a single driver supplement has been paid. You drive the snowmobiles off together in convoy, looking out for any colour and movement in the sky. There is a break for hot berry juice and cookies by an open fire and your leader will talk more about the phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis and the myths behind it before returning to Saariselkä.
Total duration is 2 hours – Includes driving the snowmobile for 1 hour – 30 minute midway stop for hot berry juice, cookies and a story Adults £101 (min 2 passengers, 1 adult £137) / Children 4-11 years £79
If our included husky sled-ride whets your appetite, this additional trip gives you longer to feel the thrill of driving your own team of huskies. You are picked up from your hotel and then driven to the husky farm where full instruction is given on how to drive the sled and command the huskies. The sleds are driven by one adult who controls the brake whilst another adult and child or 2 children sit in the sled. Hot berry juice is provided during the visit and if there are 2 adults who want to drive then there is a change to swap drivers.
Total duration is 2 hours – Husky drive time is 30 minutes
Adults £114 / Children 2-11 years £88
This is a lovely way to explore the tranquillity of Lapland’s pristine winter wonderland and perfect for families who love to be active and outdoors. Meet your activity leader at your hotel and then you are taken and fitted with the snowshoes which go over your boots. The snowshoes have a wide surface and small spikes to make walking on the snow easy and eve on soft snow away from the paths. The excursion is guided and full instructions are given so you can explore the local area.
Total duration is 1 hour – Snowshoeing 30 minutes
Adults £38 / Child 6-11years £25
Experience the beauty of Saariselkä’s surrounding landscape, skiing along well prepared tracks through the pure snowy whiteness of Lapland. Meet your leader at the hotel and then you are fitted with skis and poles before the explanation on how to cross-country ski. Learn the techniques on how to go up slopes as well as down them and how to glide along effortlessly along with your guide.
Total duration is 1 hour – Cross-country skiing 30 minutes
Adults £38 / Child 6-11 years £25
My wonderful trips already include a whole host of fantastic adventures and activities, but there’s always time for more. Choose from my selection here to make the absolute most of your trip and I would recommend booking in the UK in advance for extra savings and to make sure you don’t miss out on…
Dates & Times:
My helpers will not normally pre-arrange any Optional Lapland Adventures for your arrival afternoon or evening, in order to allow you time to settle in, get your bearings and perhaps go tobogganing or explore the resort together, but on subsequent days there is time to enjoy extra activities, as per the guidelines shown to the right.
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Santa’s Magic 3-day breaks:
If you pre-book your Northern Lights Adventure then it takes place on the first evening or if you book in Lapland then it takes place on the second evening. On your final morning you could enjoy one of the other adventures shown on these pages (except downhill skiing).
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Please note that Santa’s Lapland acts as the selling agent for the supplier of excursions and activities.
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