Traditional Santa Family Break

from £1420
including flights
3–4, 7 nights Dec

Overview

Immerse in to the festive spirit on this winter wonderland break. Fill your days with exciting snow activities, specially designed for the whole family. Visit Santa in his home, meet the reindeers and huskies, bake gingerbread and master the art of snowshoeing. Evening visit to the Aurora Camp gives you the best chance to view the magnificent northern lights and afterwards warm up in the relaxing heat of the Finnish sauna.

Highlights

  • Family-time in the stunning winter wonderland
  • Private visit to meet Santa
  • Festive spirit for the whole family
  • Family-fun activities in the snow
  • Search for the northern lights
  • Direct flight to Finnish Lapland

What's Included

  • Special Christmas activities in the snow
  • Private time with Santa
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals at Nellim
  • Return direct flights between London and Ivalo

Full description

Over 350km north of the Arctic Circle, in the heart of taiga forest and the home of the Santa Claus, the location of Nellim sets it apart with its spectacular views overlooking Lake Inari. This is pure wilderness territory, just a few kilometres from the Russian border and under an hour from Ivalo airport.

Surrounded by beautiful winter wilderness, Nellim Wilderness Hotel offers a quiet and remote festive break with comfortable accommodation and magnificent views of Finnish Lapland. This fully inclusive experience has everything you need to capture a true winter wonderland - with a range of activities suitable for all ages, traditional cuisine and a chance to witness the northern lights, this special Santa break has proved an instant hit!

A range of family activities including husky sledging, visit to the reindeer farm, gingerbread baking, snowshoeing in search of Santa, Aurora hunts and evenings at the Aurora Camp. And of course not forgetting the very important part of traditional Finnish life, the sauna, which is available to warm up after the day's events.

The definite highlight and the most eagerly expected event is the private visit to Santa’s cabin. By now Santa would have received his letters from the children and have them handy to discuss the wishes and dreams of each child, and with a little help from the parents, Santa will also hand out a small present.

There are various accommodation options to choose from, suitable for families and include hotel rooms, apartments with 1 to 3 bedrooms, some with private sauna, 1-bedroom cabins and rustic style yet modern Log Cabins and Log Suites. Please refer to Nellim Wilderness Hotel in the accommodation section for more details.

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Prices & Dates

From prices per adult based on two sharing - minimum 1 adult & 1 child

Departure Duration Standard Room Log Suite Arctic Suite
12 December 2019 3 nights £1,420 £1,773 £1,789
15 December 2019 4 nights £1,553 £2,024 £2,045
12 December 2019 7 nights £2,177 £2,885 £2,916
17 December 2020 3 nights £1,436 £1,790 £1,805
20 December 2020 4 nights £1,572 £2,040 £2,063
17 December 2020 7 nights £2,187 £2,899 £2,932

From prices per child (4-14 years) based on two sharing - minimum 1 adult & 1 child

Departure Duration Standard Room Log Suite Arctic Suite
12 December 2019 3 nights £1,118 £1,367 £1,377
15 December 2019 4 nights £1,209 £1,539 £1,553
12 December 2019 7 nights £1,646 £2,142 £2,166
17 December 2020 3 nights £1,149 £1,397 £1,407
20 December 2020 4 nights £1,246 £1,572 £1,586
17 December 2020 7 nights £1,675 £2,171 £2,196

Child prices are valid when sharing with a minimum of one adult - children may be accommodated on a sofa bed, depending on the accommodation booked.

What's Included

  • Direct flights between London Gatwick and Ivalo with Finnair
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals at Nellim
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Winter clothing
  • Airport transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Flights

One piece of hold luggage (23kg) and airport transfers are included in the ATOL protected package prices

3-night trip

12 December 2019 – Depart London Gatwick on AY662 at 09:30, arrival to Ivalo at 15:00

15 December 2019 – Depart Ivalo on AY661 at 06:00, arrival to London Gatwick at 07:40

4-night trip

15 December 2019 – Depart London Gatwick on AY662 at 08:30, arrival to Ivalo at 14:00

19 December 2019 – Depart Ivalo on AY661 at 07:00, arrival to London Gatwick at 08:40

7-night trip

12 December 2019 – Depart London Gatwick on AY662 at 09:30, arrival to Ivalo at 15:00

19 December 2019 – Depart Ivalo on AY661 at 07:00, arrival to London Gatwick at 08:40

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Notes

All Inclusive Itineraries

All of our all-inclusive packages include return transfers from/to Ivalo airport; full board starting with dinner on the first day to breakfast on the departure day; accommodation in your chosen room type, winter activities as detailed below and winter clothing for the duration of your stay.

Activities included on 3- & 4-night holiday

Private Santa Visit undoubtedly the highlight of your holiday and the most eagerly awaited encounter. By now Santa would have received letters written by the children and have them handy to discuss the wishes and dreams of each child, and with a little help from the parents, Santa will also hand out a small present.

Visit to the Reindeer Farm travel in a snowmobile pulled sledge to the reindeer farm, where you will have time to meet the reindeers and the local herders. The transfer to the reindeer farm takes approximately 15-minutes. Total duration around 1-1.5 hours.

Snowshoeing in Search of Santa at this festive time of year, Santa is very busy and not always easy to find, so don the snowshoes and head to the snowy wilderness in search of Santa together with one of his elves. Duration around 1-2 hours.

Baking Gingerbread Christmas would not be Christmas without the lovely scent of gingerbread, fresh out of the oven. A fun way to learn how to bake this traditional festive delicacy. Duration around 1-2 hours.

Husky Sledging great fun for the whole family. With children comfortably sitting in the sledge, a parent can master their skills in this classic art of ‘mushing’ the eager team of huskies for approximately 1 hour. At the husky kennels take time to get to know your new friends and their playful puppies.

Aurora Camp an evening visit to the Aurora Camp where you can keep warm by the camp fire whilst waiting for the northern lights to appear. Hot drinks will be served during the evening. Duration around 2.5 hours.

Activities included on 7-night holiday

In addition to the Private Santa Visit, Visit to the Reindeer Farm, Snowshoeing in search of Santa, Baking Gingerbread and Husky Sledging, there will be 2 visits to the Aurora Camp, Cross Country Skiing with a lesson and hot drinks and Wilderness Snowmobiling with lunch.

Cross Country Skiing learn the art of cross country skiing. Begin with a short lesson before trying out a longer trail by yourself. There will be hot drinks by the campfire. You can keep the skis for the rest of the day and continue with this fun activity at leisure.

Wilderness Snowmobiling this 2 hour trip is great fun for parents and children alike. Whilst parents are mastering the technique of snowmobiling, children are tucked comfortably in the sledge pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. There will be a stop for lunch by the campfire before heading back to Nellim. Duration approximately 2 hours.

Please note that the duration of the activity is dependant on weather conditions and the guide may shorten the excursion.

 

Nellim Wilderness Hotel

Finland

Grade: Superior

Type: Luxury Lodge

In a beautiful wilderness location in Finnish Lapland, on the shores of Lake Inari, the hotel has a warm atmosphere and offers hotel rooms, apartments, traditional log cabins and log suites.

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