Apukka - Father Christmas and Snow Fun Short Break
- Flights: return direct flights from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi. Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change).
- Transfers: return airport transfers and return transfers to Santa Park
- Accommodation: 3 nights in a 3 bedroom holiday home. Upgrades available for the duration of your stay at an extra charge.
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
- Activities: Snow fun and entrance to Santa Park
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Free use of cross-country skis, snowshoes and fat bikes
Just 15 minutes from Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland and Father Christmas’ official hometown but in true Finnish winter wonderland surroundings, the Apukka Resort is a brilliant family-friendly introduction to the Arctic.
Though easily accessible, the resort sits far enough away from the city to feel like a wilderness retreat, complete with frozen lake and snow-capped trees. During this 3 night stay, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the snowy surroundings with free use of the fat bikes, snowshoes and cross-country skis. We’ve also included a snow fun day to make the most out of the wintery conditions. You’ll meet the much-loved animals of Lapland, reindeer and huskies, for short safari rides across the snow. You can also try mini snowmobiles and ice sculpting to really complete your winter experience.
As you are so close to Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Father Christmas, your time in Lapland wouldn’t be complete without meeting the man himself. We’ve included a trip to the Santa Park where elves will greet you, Ice Princesses will show you around their frozen home and Father Christmas is waiting to hear all of your wishes!
What makes this location even more special is its Northern Lights potential. If conditions are favourable, walk down to the resort’s frozen lake and look to the skies. There are also plenty of dedicated Aurora activities to choose from to increase your chances - see our ‘Personalise’ tab for more information.
For a family-friendly introduction to Lapland in Finnish wilderness surroundings, the Apukka Resort is an ideal location for a festive family break.
Image credits: Apukka Resort, Santa Park - Arctic World, Jani KäRppä, Flatlight Films And Visit Finland
Day 1 Arrival
You will arrive at Rovaniemi airport and be met and transferred just 15 minutes to reach the Apukka resort.
Get settled into your new surroundings when you check into your holiday home or apartment accommodation before dinner in the restaurant this evening. Don’t forget, you are now in prime Northern Lights territory, so keep an eye on the sky for a potential display.Included Meals: Dinner
Day 2 Santa Park
Enjoy breakfast in the restaurant then it’s time to get festive with a visit to Santa Park in Rovaniemi. After a short transfer (approx 15 minutes) you will reach the park where a whole host of Christmas fun awaits. You will meet with elves and earn your diploma at elf school. You’ll also travel underground to cross the magical Arctic Circle line and then meet the Ice Princess in her frozen home. The main event, however, is meeting Father Christmas in his official hometown - a memorable encounter for the whole family!
If you prefer, you can upgrade your Father Christmas experience to the Dream of Joulukka activity - details of which can be found in our ‘personalise’ tab.
Following your festive day, you will return to the hotel to relax as you please. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant as usual.
Santa Park is open from 10 am to 6 pm. As we want your family to decide how much time you want to spend there, transfer times haven’t been arranged. Please speak to the reception the day before to arrange your preferred drop-off and pick up times.
If you wish to visit Santa Park in the late afternoon - additional activities can be found in our ‘Personalise’ tab.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Fun in the Snow
Today following breakfast, it’s time to make the most out of the snowy surroundings with a taste of all the must-do winter activities in the company of your local expert guide. From short reindeer sleigh rides and dog sledding (each approximately 500 metres. Please note that you will need to cross a road, but a guide will be with you at all times to help you cross) to learning how to cross-country ski and snowshoe, you’ll travel how the locals do and get a fun insight into life in Lapland. You’ll also get creative when you try ice sculpting and see who is the fastest when you race in toboggans. There’s also the brilliant opportunity to let the children take to the driver’s seat on mini snowmobiles. Finally, with all the materials around you, you’ll also be in store for a fantastic snowball fight! The total duration of the activity is four hours and lunch will be served in the restaurant.
Enjoy dinner in the restaurant tonight ahead of an evening free to spend as you please.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Departure
Unfortunately, today it is time for your short break in Lapland to come to an end.
Enjoy your last afternoon before being transferred to the airport ahead of your flight home. Your luggage can be stored at the reception.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Apukka Aurora Borealis Resort
The Apukka Resort’s modern style apartments and holiday homes are the perfect place to shake the snow off your shoes and relax after a day exploring the Arctic.
With plenty of space for the whole family and within walking distance of the main hotel building and restaurant, the Apukka Resort is all about creating your home away from home.
- Fuel up on breakfast in the hotel restaurant before each Arctic activity and return for your evening meal to discuss the day’s epic adventures.
- Take some of your holiday of a lifetime home with you when you visit the Apukka souvenir shop which is full of Finnish treasures.
1 bedroom holiday home (sleeps up to 4): Each holiday home comes with a bedroom with a twin bed and two single convertible single sofas.
You can use the kitchenette and dining facilities equipped with a kettle, microwave, oven, electric stove and fridge.
Relax after your day’s adventure in front of the flat-screen TV and keep in touch with loved ones with free WiFi.
After a day playing in the snow, the Apukka Apartments are a relaxing home away from home for the whole family to unwind in.Read more about this accommodation
There is one bedroom with twin beds and three fold-out sofa beds, making it ideal for larger groups.
The apartments come equipped with dining and kitchenette facilities including a kettle, microwave, oven, electric stove and fridge. There is also a flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi. Some apartments have lakeside views.
Image Credit: Apukka Resort
Personalise this tour
Dream of Joulukka
Journey to the secret forest with Father Christmas’ very own elves leading the way. This enchanting experience starts with a short transfer to Santa Park, followed by a transfer deep into the snow-laden forest to immediately set the scene for your magical experience. Here you will meet with the elves, who are excited to show you around their wintery home. They will teach you all about what it takes to be Santa’s helper and after gingerbread making and some training, you will even receive your very own Santa’s helper diploma!Read more
After some outdoor fun in the snow, you will walk to find Father Christmas’ secret cabin in the woods. Then, one family at a time, you will have a private meeting with the famous man in red, who will tell you all about life in Lapland and you can tell him your Christmas wishes! Each child will also receive a small gift to have something to take home from this truly magical encounter.
Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours in total including transfers
Adults £134 per adult
Child (3-12) £104 per child
Child (2 years) £130 per child
Please note: This activity is not available for all of the departure dates. Please speak to a Family Travel Expert for more information.
Image credits: Santa Park - Arctic WorldFrom £134 per adult
From £104 per child
Aurora Hunt on the Snowtrain
All aboard the Snowtrain for a unique way to hunt for the Northern Lights.
Before the evening’s adventure, you will learn all about the Aurora during a presentation from your local expert guide. Then it’s time to head inside one of the cosy Snowtrain carriages and cross the stunning snowy landscape, searching the skies as you go.
You’ll arrive at a traditional Lappish ‘kota’ tepee in a beautiful wilderness setting, where your guide will teach you how to build a fire. Once lit, you will gather around to enjoy snacks and hot drinks, looking up at the skies to search for the Northern Lights. Your expert guide will also help you with your camera settings, should the Aurora start to appear.
Duration: 3 hours
Available: Daily from 8:30pm 1 Dec – 7 Apr
Credit Apukka ResortFrom: £87 per adult
From: £44 per child
Meet the Arctic Animals – Ranua Wildlife Park Visit
Get up close to some of the most famous Arctic animals during a visit to Ranua Wildlife Park.
After approximately an hour’s transfer, you’ll arrive at the wildlife park where over 50 different species live. See polar bears, moose, wolves, bears and much more in their snowy surroundings and learn all about how these animals live in Lapland.
Duration: 4.5 hours
Available: 9am Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 1 Sept – 7 Apr
Image Credit: Gulo Gulo Holiday VillageFrom: £90 per adult
From: £65 per child
Ice Fishing like a Finn
Ice fishing is a popular Finnish pastime and is a relaxing way to enjoy the wintery surroundings.
Help the local guide pack the fishing gear and choose the right lure to attract the fish. Then you and the family will make your way down to the frozen lake and help to drill a hole in the thick ice, before lowering the bait.
As you wait to see who might get the catch of the day, keep warm by the fire and enjoy the stunning environment around you.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Available: 10am Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 1 Dec – 7 Apr
Image Credit: Apukka ResortFrom: £79 per adult
From: £40 per child
Peek to the Wilderness by Snowmobile
Snowmobiles are widely used as a form of transport in these regions but for those of us who don’t use them day-to-day, they are a brilliant adventure to see more of the snowy surroundings.
This activity is the perfect introduction into snowmobiling, as adults get to experience driving and children ride in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile.
After full instructions and a safety briefing, you’ll set off along the trails. You’ll drive through the pine tree forests and across frozen marshlands, stopping along the way to enjoy a warm drink in the wilderness.
You will drive two per snowmobile. Please note, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Available: Daily 10am and 2pm 1 Dec – 7 Apr
Image Credit: Apukka ResortFrom: £88 per adult
From: £45 per child
Reindeer Night Safari
Ride through the Arctic night on a reindeer-pulled sleigh as you go in search of the Northern Lights.
This tranquil journey will take you through the wintery forest and to a traditional Lappish kota tepee. Here, you can enjoy warm drinks and snacks as your expert guide tells you all about the life of a reindeer herder and stories of the magical Auroras.
Everyone will be keeping their eye on the sky and if conditions are favourable, you’ll get to witness a Northern Lights display out in the wilderness.
Duration: 3 hours
Available: Daily 8:30pm 1 Dec – 7 Apr
Image Credit: Apukka ResortFrom: £118 per adult
From: £60 per child
Apukka Reindeer Journey
Travel through the forests on a magical reindeer sleigh ride – a peaceful way to complete your Lapland experience.
Sitting in a cosy sleigh, the reindeer will take you out to a traditional Lappish hut in the wilderness to enjoy hot drinks and snacks.
Along the way, the local guide will tell you all about the life of a reindeer herder and their animals in Lapland.
Duration: 2 hours
Available: Daily 10am 1 Dec – 7 Apr
Image Credit: Apukka ResortFrom: £114 per adult
From: £57 per child
Aurora Husky Tour in Apukka
Combine your Northern Lights quest with an adventurous evening husky safari.
After full instructions and a safety briefing, you will mush through the wilderness and to a prime lookout location. Here, your guide will make a fire to sit around and enjoy some hot drinks and snacks.
As you wait for a potential display, the guide will tell you stories about the Northern Lights and life in Lapland.
Please note, adults will mush and children will ride in the sled as a passenger.
Duration: 3 hours
Available: Daily 8:30pm 15 Dec – 7 Apr
Image Credit: Apukka ResortFrom: £142 per adult
From: £68 per child
Meet with the Apukka pack and go on a dog sledding adventure to discover why this is one of the most sought-after winter experiences.
Upon arrival at the husky camp, you’ll meet with an expert musher, who will tell you all about the lives of the dogs and give you full instructions on how to drive a dog sled.
Then it’s time to step onto the sled and let the dogs lead the way as you embark on a 7-10km safari. The adults will mush with the children riding as a passenger in the sled, admiring the winter scenes as they unfold around you.
Upon your return, you’ll have time to thank the dogs and take some photos with your loyal team.
Duration: 2 hours
Available: Daily at 10am, 12pm and 2pm 15 Dec – 7 Apr
Image Credits: Apukka ResortFrom: £123 per adult
From: £62 per child
Snowtrain to Reindeer and Husky Farm
Experience three Arctic adventures in one during a Snowtrain journey to visit two of Lapland’s most-loved animals.
First, you’ll take the cosy Snowtrain through the wintery woods, admiring the snowy scenes all around you. Your destination is the local reindeer farm where you will have the wonderful opportunity for a short sleigh ride. You’ll learn all about life as a reindeer herder as you help feed the animals and also try lasso throwing. Not only will you gain a brilliant insight into the life of the herders and their animals, but you’ll also receive your very own International Reindeer Driver’s Licence.
Afterwards, it’s time to try another popular Arctic pastime when you go husky sledding. Upon arrival, you’ll probably find the dogs barking with excitement to get going but as soon as you take to the trails, your loyal pack will become almost silent as they concentrate on the job at hand. You’ll receive a full safety briefing and instructions before you dog sled out into the wilderness for approximately 7-10km, with the adults driving the sled and the children riding as passengers.
Duration: 4-5 hours
Available: 10am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and on request. 15 Dec – 7 Apr
Image Credit: Apukka ResortFrom: £219 per adult
From: £155 per child
Aurora Hunt by Car
Hop into a cosy warm car with a knowledgeable guide and go in search of the Northern Lights. Using the mobility of the car to your advantage, you can travel further distances which can help outrun any localised cloud cover.
Before you head out, your expert guide will give you a short presentation on the science and mythology behind the Northern Lights and help with your camera settings. Don’t worry if you don’t have a camera with you, your guide will share their photos of the night.
As you travel to a prime lookout location, your guide will tell you all about life in Finland and help you search the skies for a potential Aurora display.
Duration: 3 hours
Available: Daily from 8:30pm 1 Dec – 7 Apr
Image Credit: Apukka ResortFrom: £71 per adult
From: £36 per child
Dates & Prices
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Price based on - 2 adults (15+) sharing a 3 bedroom holiday home with 1 child (4-14yrs) on a sofa bed. Reductions apply for children aged 2-3 years. Please speak to our Travel Experts for a full quotation.
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Minimum 2 people; maximum 35 approximately. Please note the minimum group size for Joulukka is 4 people and maximum group size is 60 people (approximately)
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It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
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Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
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If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
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Cancellation terms - Apukka Christmas
Payment and cancellation terms
Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede in part those mentioned in sections 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.
- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)
- 63 to 43 days prior to departure - 40%
- 42 to 30 days prior to departure - 60%
- 29 to 15 days prior to departure - 80%
- 14 or less days - 100%
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