Adult price from £1,925pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.

Key facts

  • Duration:4 nights
  • Suitable for: Anybody aged 4 years or over (younger children may join the holiday, but may not be able to participate in all the activities). Please see terms for details
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What's included?

  • Flights: return flights from London to Rovaniemi (via Helsinki). Flight routes subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights’ apartment accommodation
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • The following activities are included in your stay: meeting with Father Christmas, guided tour of the Wildlife Park with animal feeding. If you are travelling on our 22nd December 2022 departure date then you will also have included: snowmobile search for Christmas tree (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Access to Ranua Wildlife Park throughout your stay
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors for any activities

Celebrating Christmas in Lapland is always an enchanting experience. The picture-postcard landscapes and unique blue light create a very special backdrop for unforgettable family memories.

This four-night Father Christmas holiday features both set activities and the opportunity to choose your own. A highlight is a special private meeting with Father Christmas, which is a magical moment for families. Other festivities include a gala dinner, all-important Christmas cookies, a woodland search by snowmobile for a Christmas tree to decorate and of course, plenty of fun in the snow.

You will also have the chance to get up close to Arctic animals at the Ranua Wildlife Park, which is home to the likes of polar bears, moose, golden eagles, Arctic foxes, otters, lynx, elk and deer. Together, you can learn about the fascinating lives of these creatures and help feed them too!

During your free time you get to choose from our very own assortment of winter activities– see the ‘Personalise’ section for more details. Enjoy your very own reindeer sleigh ride, explore the wilderness by snowmobile or during a husky safari, and search for the Northern Lights on snowshoes – just a few of the many wonderful activities you can add to your holiday!

Ranua is one of our favourite family locations as it combines comfy, modern family apartments with welcoming hospitality and knowledgeable guides. Your apartment comes equipped with a kitchenette which makes it a perfect place to cook lunch or if you’d prefer, you can purchase it locally in the restaurant. In our experience, the restaurant can become busy during the festive lunchtimes, with outside visitors to the park, and we have found that most families prefer to make their own lunch arrangements in their wonderfully equipped apartment kitchens. One free taxi ride to the local supermarket is included in your stay, and reception can arrange this for you either at check-in or the following day, so you can easily stock up on supplies. Breakfast and dinner are included in all our holidays.

This is a delightful holiday packed full of experiences for children and adults alike. This holiday offers a real celebration of the Christmas spirit, with plenty of other highlights along the way.

Image credits: Hotel Gulo Gulo
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Included in price

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Our pick

  • Ice fishing via snowmobile

    Your guide will give full instructions before you set off via snowmobile heading towards a nearby frozen lake. Here you will learn more about the long history of ice fishing and try your hand at it too. Warm drinks will be served around the fire and there will be the chance to cook anything that you may catch!

    Duration: approximately 3 hours (30km)

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    Please note: the driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence. Children will travel in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile on selected safaris where this is offered. Older children may be able to travel as pillion on the snowmobile but this is at the discretion of the guide. Single driver supplement applies.

    From £136 per adult
    From £94 per child

Other options

  • Lappish workshop in Ranua: arts and crafts with Ms. Paula

    Join local handicraft artist Ms. Paula in her workshop, where you’ll make a traditional Lappish souvenir to take home with you.

    You can choose between different sessions depending on the item you want to make. From genuine reindeer leather shoulder bags and pouches to a unique piece of Lappish jewellery, the choice is yours! Children can also take part by making a red-nosed reindeer using a variety of materials.

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    The workshop is situated in Ranua’s traditional Lappish hut, located next to the information and ticket sales office.

    Minimum group size is 4 persons and maximum group size is 36 persons (excluding the round reindeer leather pouch or a small bag workshop where the minimum group size is 8 and the maximum is 38). 

    Duration: 1-1.5 hours in total 

     Image credit: Gulo Gulo Holiday Village
    From: £24 per adult
    From: £24 per child
  • Evening snowshoe

    On this exciting evening excursion, your guide will take you into the darkness of the forest on snowshoes allowing you to enjoy the deep snow and night-time scenery. Keep a watch on the sky for hopeful sightings of dancing Northern Lights whilst enjoying a hot drink.

    Duration: approximately 2.5 hours

    Image credit: Antti Pietikainen
    From: £63 per adult
    From: £58 per child
  • Wild night safari

    As darkness falls you will make your way to the wildlife park, using headlamps to seek out the gleaming eyes of the nocturnal animals. Your guide will lead the way to seek out those creatures who may be awake and there will be a chance to feed some of them.

    After the excursion, you will enjoy a hot berry juice and be able to chat about your exciting experiences with the animals. 

    Duration: approximately 3 hours

    From: £72 per adult
    From: £51 per child
  • Cross-country skiing

    Explore the Arctic the ancient way – on cross-country skis! Your guide will teach you the various techniques of this activity before you head out to put your skills into practice. The ski tracks reside close to the Ranua Wildlife Park and will cover around 3km.

    Duration: approximately 2 hours (3km)

    From: £62 per adult
    From: £52 per child
  • Snowshoeing

    One of the best ways to enjoy the wonderful forest neighbouring the wildlife park is to strap on a pair of snowshoes and head into the deep snow to explore. Your guide will offer lots of interesting information on the way on the local flora and fauna.

    Duration: approximately 2 hours

    From: £62 per adult
    From: £52 per child
  • Searching for the Aurora Borealis via Snowmobile

    Heading out into the darkness via snowmobile is a wonderful way to explore the night-time wilderness and your guide will lead the way along the dark forest trails. There will be breaks to enjoy a hot drink and keep a keen watch on the sky in anticipation of a potential Northern Lights display.

    Duration: approximately 3 hours

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    Please note: the driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence. Children will travel in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile on selected safaris where this is offered. Older children may be able to travel as pillion on the snowmobile but this is at the discretion of the guide. Single driver supplement applies.

    Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

    From: £136 per adult
    From: £94 per child
  • Snowmobile safaris

    Enjoy a thrilling snowmobile safari across Ranua’s surrounding wilderness. Your guide will give you full instructions before departure (two people per snowmobile) with a range of durations to choose from 30 minutes to 6 hours. The distance covered on each safari will vary and will be determined by the group’s ability.

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    Please note: The driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence. Children will travel in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile on selected safaris where this is offered. Older children may be able to travel as pillion on the snowmobile but this is at the discretion of the guide. Single driver supplement applies.

    Duration: approximately 30 minutes

    Adult price: from £71

    Child price (4-14): from £50


    Duration: approximately 1 hour

    Adult price: from £94

    Child price (4-14): from £66


    Duration: approximately 2 hours

    Adult price: from £116

    Child price: from £82


    Duration: approximately 4 hours

    Adult price: from £157

    Child price: from £112


    From: £71 per adult
    From: £50 per child
  • Northern Lights safari via horse-drawn sleigh

    Enjoy the opportunity to seek out the Northern Lights as well as enjoying a wonderful horse-drawn sleigh ride (6 to 8 people per sleigh) through the snowy night-time wilderness. Travelling through the neighbouring forest you can enjoy the night sky which will hopefully come alive with the dancing colours of the Aurora Borealis.

    Duration: approximately 2 hours

    Image credit: Visit Finland
    From: £83 per adult
    From: £74 per child
  • 3km reindeer sleigh ride

    Enjoy a short journey via reindeer-pulled sled, travelling the way people have done here for centuries! The ride will take you from the hotel out into the surrounding wilderness.

    Duration: approximately 40 minutes

    Child (2-3 years) price: £51 per child

    Child (4-14 years) price: £51 per child

    From: £51 per adult
    From: £51 per child
  • Snowmobile safari to the reindeer farm

    Following driving instructions, you will set out on snowmobile towards Laivala, a small authentic reindeer farm, which is approximately 15km from the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo. Here you will be welcomed by the herder and taken to see his reindeer, before enjoying a short reindeer sled ride (300m approximately).

    Back at the farm you will enjoy a hot snack and learn more about the life of the reindeer herders and their long history in this region. The activity will end with a snowmobile trip back to the hotel.

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    Duration: approximately 3 hours

    Please note: the driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence. Children will travel in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile on selected safaris where this is offered. Older children may be able to travel as pillion on the snowmobile but this is at the discretion of the guide. Single driver supplement applies.

    From: £140 per adult
    From: £94 per child
  • Day trip to Rovaniemi

    Following breakfast, your minibus will take you directly to Rovaniemi which is around an hour away. Your first stop will be the Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle where you can immerse yourself in festive cheer!

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    Here you can meet Father Christmas and enjoy shopping from a wide range of locally crafted souvenirs. After lunch at the Santa Claus Village, you will head towards Arktikum, a wonderful local museum exhibiting the unique culture of the Arctic. Alternatively, you can head to the city centre and explore independently.

    Duration: approximately 7 hours (transport 2 hours)

    Minimum group size is 3 people.

    From: £122 per adult
    From: £86 per child
  • Meet the polar bear

    Enjoy a close up look at a polar bear on this exciting activity!

    Your guide will take you to the polar bear enclosure and you will be able to view him from the other side of the fence. Your guide will give you lots of information about this beautiful animal as you watch from just a few metres away.

    Duration: approximately 45 minutes

    From: £56 per adult
    From: £42 per child
  • Husky safaris

    This is a truly wonderful way to journey across the snow-laden landscape of Lapland!

    You will travel in a sled pulled by your own eager team of huskies (up to two adults and one child per sled) with the chance for the adults to take it in turns to drive depending on which length of safari you book (3km - 45km available). After your adventure, there will usually be a chance to pet the dogs and take pictures, as well as asking the mushers any questions you may have.

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    Please note: All decisions are made on the day of the safari by the lead guide as to any guest’s suitability to drive their own dog sled. As a general rule, those aged 15 and over are normally able to drive their own team of huskies but the guide’s decision on the day will be final and in the interest of safety. On certain safaris, children under the age of 15 will either travel in a sledge driven by the guide or an accompanying adult. 

    Duration: approximately 15 minutes in total (approximately 3km of driving)

    Adult price: from £37

    Child price: from £24


    Duration: approximately 20-30 minutes in total (approximately 5km of driving)

    Adult price: from £57

    Child price: from £37


    Duration: approximately 60 minutes in total (approximately 10km of driving)

    Adult price: from £88

    Child price: from £47


    Duration: approximately 2 hours in total ( approximately 20km of driving)

    Adult price: from £117

    Child price: from £65


    From: £37 per adult
    From: £24 per child

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Adult (15+) price based on 2 adults sharing a two bedroom apartment with 2 children (aged 4-14)

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

Our dates and prices for 2022/23 are now available to book, so get in early and secure your places now. Our travel experts will happily provide you with a full quotation including any additional activities or accommodation upgrades. We will advise you of your flight details when they are confirmed. 

Sun 04 Dec 2022 Adult price (per person): £1925.00 Child (age 4 - 14): £1715.00 Enquire
Sun 11 Dec 2022 Adult price (per person): £1925.00 Child (age 4 - 14): £1715.00 Enquire
Sun 18 Dec 2022 Adult price (per person): £1925.00 Child (age 4 - 14): £1715.00 Enquire
Thu 22 Dec 2022 Adult price (per person): £1975.00 Child (age 4 - 14): £1765.00 Enquire

Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times. This only applies to holidays that include flights.

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

This holiday requires a minimum of 4 people to run, however, we require a minimum of 8 people for our flight allocation. Maximum 42 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.

Group Size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Minimum and maximum age

The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the holiday overview.

Younger family members may be able to participate but may not be able to take part in all activities. Please contact one of our Travel Experts if you have any questions.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

Medical History and Advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

It is vitally important that you advise us prior to departure of any medical or dietary condition relating to any member of your party so that we may notify our local staff before you arrive. We recommend only drinking bottled water from bottles with unbroken seals and be vigilant about the use of ice in drinks and ice cream.


Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

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.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade                                                   

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade                                                 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau                                                                                                     

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are correctly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc.) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights cancellation disclaimer

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.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website:


Traveller Reviews

  • A special holiday 23 December 2019 by Judith Dennis & Family

    The staff in the restaurant, reception and all guides were excellent. Very helpful, very knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile to make our holiday as special as it could be.

  • Husky Safari and the Santa Experience were both fantastic! 21 December 2018 by The Halldorson Family

    Husky Safari and the Santa Experience were both fantastic! We also really enjoyed the reindeer sleigh ride. The holiday village accommodations themselves are lovely and modern, we were pleasantly surprised at the amount of space and cosy layout.

  • Lapland is absolutely magical 21 December 2018 by The Ponzetta Family

    Lapland is absolutely magical I would thoroughly recommend visiting at Christmas time. The staff and guides were friendly and very accommodating,

  • The service from the activity guides was exceptional 21 December 2018 by Katie Hill

    The service from the activity guides was exceptional, they were supportive of adults and children and we felt safe on all the activities we did!

  • The overall trip was excellent... 02 January 2015 by Richard Abigail

    The overall trip was excellent, the accommodation was great and the staff very friendly. I choose the trip because it felt like a Lapland experience with a Santa trip (as opposed to other trips I saw which were all about the Santa visit) and it totally lived up to my expectations. I would highlight more the Lapland experience and the Exclusivity in your marketing as I don't think you are doing the
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    trip justice! All elements of the holiday were very good. The Santa visit was very well done and felt exclusive. A tip to pass onto future travellers is that there is only limited ability to buy snacks for the kids at the village so it would be a good idea to pack supplies. We had an absolutely fantastic time and I would recommend this trip to all my friends.
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