Lapland 5 Day Santa Clause Village Tour

Celebrate Christmas in a magical setting, staying at the Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos located in pristine nature outside of Rovaniemi city centre. Your accommodation includes stays in the beautiful Glass Igloos

A 5 day tour to visit the Santa Clause Village

Highlights

  • Visit Santa Claus Village and experience the spirit of Christmas
  • Get up close and personal with some huskies
  • Have a chance to glimpse the colourful northern lights in the night sky from your Glass Igloo cabin
  • A night staying in a snow room
  • A traditional Finnish sauna session
  • A Lappish lunch at Santamus Restaurant
  • Celebrate Christmas with dinner
Outline

A 5 day holiday tour in Lapland in the Santa Clause Village

Play Video about Santa Clause in his village

The Santa Claus Village is located in Rovaniemi, Finland, the official hometown of Santa Claus. Santa Claus has made Lapland in Northern Finland his home for centuries, and the Arctic Circle is close to his heart because many Christmas secrets are rooted in this magical place. 

Santa Claus Village is a family destination with plenty to see and do for all ages. You can meet Santa Claus every day of the year at the Santa Claus Village. Meeting Santa is a unique experience, no matter what time of year you visit us. Santa’s gift sack is always filled with good cheer, warmth, and friendship. He reminds us of a world of fairy tales and stories where everyone is welcome, not just the children.

Santamus restaurant serves delicious brunches lunches dinners

Celebrate Christmas in a magical setting, staying at the Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos located in pristine nature outside of Rovaniemi city centre. Your accommodation includes stays in the beautiful Glass Igloos where you can lie on your bed and watch the sky where hopefully, the Aurora Borealis will appear. 

Also overnight in a snow room where the room and your bed frame is made of ice! Your days are filled with fun and adventure with visits to Santa Claus Village to meet Santa, Snowman World and a husky farm where some gorgeous huskies will take you on a safari. Experience the Finnish culture with a traditional sauna, and like the Finns, your celebrations begin on Christmas Eve with a festive dinner and special guest. Hyvaa Joulua!

Its the ultimate festive getaway with a tailor-made tour that promises an unforgettable holiday experience in the heart of Finnish Lapland. This five-day adventure is centred around the Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos, located in the pristine wilderness outside Rovaniemi. Your journey begins with a transfer from Rovaniemi airport, leading you away from the city’s lights to a winter wonderland where your accommodation includes a stay in a luxurious Glass Igloo. Here, you can lie in comfort and gaze at the night sky, hoping to catch a glimpse of the mesmerising Northern Lights.

Upon arrival, you’ll be awed by the hotel’s stunning architecture, with rooms carved entirely from ice and snow each winter. The first evening invites you to relax with a drink at the Ice Bar, where everything, including the glassware, is made of ice, or enjoy a cosy atmosphere at the Sky Bar. Dinner at the Kota Restaurant by the lake features local delicacies like glow-fried salmon, setting the tone for a culinary adventure.

Christmas Eve in Rovaniemi is a magical affair. After a hearty breakfast, you’ll visit the Santa Claus Village, where the festive spirit is palpable. Wander through the village, marvel at the decorations, and visit Santa’s post office and gift shops. The highlight is meeting Santa Claus himself. You will also have access to Snowman World, where winter activities abound, from ice skating to ice slides. Lunch at the Santamus Restaurant offers a taste of authentic Lapland. The evening is capped off with a traditional Finnish Christmas Eve dinner, complete with a potential visit from a special guest.

Christmas Day brings more excitement with a visit to a local husky farm. Here, you can play with the adorable huskies before embarking on a thrilling sleigh ride through the Finnish forest. The day also includes leisure time to enjoy the serene winter landscape and a festive Christmas dinner at the Ice Restaurant, where everything, from the walls to the tableware, is made of intricately carved ice and snow. For the adventurous, an optional electric snowmobile tour is available, offering a silent and eco-friendly way to explore the snowy terrain and possibly see the Northern Lights.

Boxing Day allows for a more relaxed pace, beginning with a sleep-in and breakfast at the Log Restaurant. A guided snowshoe hike lets you appreciate the untouched beauty of the winter wilderness, followed by a quintessentially Finnish sauna experience. At the Arctic SnowHotel, you can try a unique snow sauna where the benches are made of wood, but the walls are snow. An outdoor Jacuzzi session with massaging jets completes this relaxing day. That night, you’ll transfer to a snow room for a truly unique experience, sleeping in a room carved from snow at a constant minus 5 degrees Celsius, kept warm by high-quality sleeping bags.

Your Christmas adventure concludes with a final breakfast and a scheduled transfer to the airport, leaving you with memories of an enchanting holiday filled with unique experiences and festive joy. This exclusive tour includes four nights’ accommodation, meals, transfers, and a range of activities that showcase the best of Finnish Lapland during the festive season.

DECEMBER 23
ROVANIEMI

Your magical week of Christmas fun in Finland commences with a transfer from Rovaniemi airport to the Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos. Leave behind the lights and the city as you move further away from everyday life to the pristine nature and wilderness. On arrival check in to this unique property carved from snow and ice each winter and marvel at your accommodation for the next 3 nights, a modern Glass Igloo offering comfort and sky views from your bed!

Spend this afternoon settling in to your Glass Igloo or go out exploring the property located amongst the forest and shores of Lake Lehtojärvi. This evening, why not start with drinks at the Hotel’s Ice Bar, where the walls, seating and glassware are all made of ice! Or for a warmer option, relax at the lounge of the Sky Bar. Tonight, make your way to Kota restaurant located by the lake, where the glow fried salmon come highly recommended!

Stay at: Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos – Glass Igloo (3 star)
Meals included: Dinner

DECEMBER 24
CHRISTMAS EVE IN ROVANIEMI

This morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Log Restaurant before being transferred to Santa Claus Village for a fun filled day that will likely bring out the child still within. You will be able to wander around the village marvelling at the festive decorations, visiting Santa’s post office and the gift shops and no visit would be complete without meeting Santa Claus himself! You will also get to visit Snowman World where winter activities abound. You can enjoy ice skating and ice slides and then catch your breath with lunch at Santamus Restaurant, an unforgettable experience and a taste of authentic Lapland.

Hyvaa Joulua! Tonight, celebrate Christmas like the Finns – on Christmas Eve! Be ready to enjoy a festive Christmas Eve dinner at the restaurant. Who knows, maybe a special guest will appear this evening?

Please note that Snowman World closes at 15.00hrs on the 24th December.
Stay at: Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos – Glass Igloo (3 star)
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and Christmas Eve Dinner

DECEMBER 25
CHRISTMAS DAY IN ROVANIEMI

Merry Christmas! A memorable start to your day as you get rugged up to meet some new furry friends at a local family owned husky farm. Enjoy a play with these adorable dogs, before receiving a safety briefing and then setting off into the spectacular Finnish forest for a sleigh ride.

Afterwards, return to your accommodation to enjoy time at leisure and share with your loved ones and new friends on this special day. Tonight, enjoy a memorable festive dinner at the Ice Restaurant. Carved in a unique manner every year, admire the craftsmanship in snow and ice carving of the walls decorated with snow and ice art, your table and seat and your dessert that’s served on an ice plate!

Tonight there is an option to reserve a spot on an electric snowmobile tour. This is an exciting excursion as the snowmobiles are electric, free of noise and no odour of gasoline. A perfect way to finish Christmas day and hopefully the Northern Lights will also make an appearance tonight.

Please note due to availability this is highly recommended to be pre booked

Stay at: Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos – Glass Igloo (3 star)
Meals included: Breakfast and Christmas Dinner

DECEMBER 26
ROVANIEMI

Enjoy a sleep in this morning before breakfast at the Log Restaurant. Today, is a slower day where you will be able to enjoy the nature and wintery landscape on a guided snowshoe hike and on your return experience a favourite past time of all Finns, Sauna. Staying at the Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos this experience is made even more unique. 

Start with a traditional Finnish sauna, then try the snow sauna where only the benches are made from wood. The thick steam of the stove keeps the temperature high, even though the snowy walls radiate cold. Finish in an outdoor Jacuzzi with massaging jets.

Today you will also transfer rooms to experience a night in a snow room at the SnowHotel. The Arctic SnowHotel is one of the biggest snow hotels in the world which is carved each year. The room temperature is minus 5, but the sleeping bags will keep you snug and very warm, so enjoy this unique experience!

Enjoy your last evening at the resort with dinner at the Kota Restaurant and recall the amazing moments you have had these past few days.

Stay at: Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos – Snow room (3 star)
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DECEMBER 27
ROVANIEMI

Your Christmas adventure concludes after breakfast with a scheduled transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Meals included: Breakfast

Central plaza Santa Claus village Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

Why do people choose to visit Rovaniemi in Lapland for Christmas?

People choose to visit Lapland for Christmas for several captivating reasons:

  • Santa Claus Village: Located in Rovaniemi, this is considered Santa’s official home, offering a magical experience for children and adults alike, including meeting Santa, sending postcards from Santa’s post office, and exploring festive attractions.
 
  • Northern Lights: The aurora borealis is a major draw, with Lapland’s long, dark nights providing ideal conditions for witnessing this spectacular natural phenomenon.
 
  • Winter Activities: Lapland offers a plethora of winter activities such as husky sledding, reindeer sleigh rides, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowshoeing, providing adventure and fun for visitors of all ages.
 
  • Unique Accommodations: Visitors can stay in glass igloos, ice hotels, and cosy log cabins, enhancing the magical winter experience.
 
  • Finnish Sauna Culture: Experiencing a traditional Finnish sauna and then cooling off in the snow or an icy lake is a quintessential part of the Lapland experience.
 
  • Stunning Scenery: Lapland’s snow-covered landscapes, forests, and frozen lakes create a beautiful winter wonderland.
 
  • Festive Atmosphere: The whole region exudes a festive charm, with Christmas markets, traditional Lappish food, and holiday decorations adding to the magical ambiance.
 
  • Cultural Experiences: Learning about Sami culture, including their traditions and crafts, provides a rich cultural experience.
 

These elements combine to make Lapland an enchanting and unforgettable Christmas destination. People visiting Rovaniemi at Christmas can enjoy a wide range of festive activities and attractions, including:

  1. Santa Claus Village: Meet Santa Claus, explore Santa’s post office, and enjoy festive shops and activities.
  2. Northern Lights Tours: Embark on guided tours to see the aurora borealis.
  3. Winter Activities: Participate in husky sledding, reindeer sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.
  4. SantaPark: Experience the Christmas theme park with elves, workshops, and performances.
  5. Arktikum Science Museum: Learn about Arctic history and culture.
  6. Christmas Markets: Shop for local crafts and festive treats.
  7. Traditional Lappish Cuisine: Enjoy local dishes at various restaurants.
  8. Snowman World: Engage in winter fun like ice skating and ice slides.
  9. Reindeer Farms: Visit reindeer farms and learn about Sami culture.
  10. Glass Igloo Stays: Stay in unique accommodations and potentially view the Northern Lights from your bed.
  11. Finnish Sauna: Experience traditional Finnish sauna practices.
 

These activities, combined with the enchanting winter scenery, make Rovaniemi a perfect Christmas destination.

What is included on this tour?

  • 4 nights at the 3 star Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos staying 3 nights in a Glass Igloo and 1 night in a Snow Room

  • Shared arrival and departure airport transfers

  • 4 Breakfasts

  • 1 Lunch at Santamus

  • 4 Dinners including Christmas Eve and Ice restaurant dinner

  • Sightseeing includes;

    • Santa Claus Village

    • Visit Snowman World entrance

    • Husky Safari

    • Snowshoe Hike

    • Traditional Sauna Experience

    • Use of winter clothing during activities

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