• Our Lapland Santa holiday is exclusive to our customers
  • Enjoy authentic activities in small groups
  • Your choice of luxury or standard accommodation
  • Personalised suggestions from our experts
  • Spend a magical half day with Santa at his secret cottage

Exclusive Santa Holiday in Lapland

Tailor-made Father Christmas holiday
3 or 5-nights, Ruka, December 2019

Our exclusive Santa holiday in Finnish Lapland has been hand-crafted by the skiFinland experts to give you everything you expect, and more, from a luxury Father Christmas holiday.

Based in the resort of Ruka, a hidden gem of Finnish Lapland, we have created a seamless and magical Christmas holiday, to give your family the very best experience.

Photo: Visit Finland Juho Kuva

Visit Santa in his Secret Cottage in Lapland

We include a fantastic, four-hour programme at Father Christmas’s secret cottage, so your family can get to know Santa Claus, bake with Mrs Claus and go sledding with the elves. This is a small, intimate experience with just a few other families, and is one of the reasons why our Santa holiday is perfect if you are searching for something extra special.

Immersive husky sledding and reindeer experiences are both included in your exclusive holiday. As well as getting fully involved with husky sledding and your reindeer sleigh ride, you will have time to meet the animals and the people who work with them and learn about the culture and history of these traditional activities. Also included is family fun in the snow where you can try snowshoeing, ice fishing and tobogganing.

All our activities are run in small groups of a few families for an authentic and intimate experience of Lapland’s most popular activities. There is also time to ski should you wish to; Ruka is an international ski resort suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced skiers. You can also include an optional evening snowmobile ride, which gives you another great opportunity to see the Northern Lights.  

Personalised accommodation suggestions

We carefully personalise and coordinate every aspect of your holiday, from bespoke accommodation suggestions to efficient transfers. Our hand-picked selection of accommodation are suitable for families and groups, the largest sleeping up to 16, and range from cosy cabins to luxurious villas with flexible catering options.

Once you arrive on your scheduled flight via Helsinki you can make the most of your time in Lapland with short, exclusive skiFinland transfers that will be heading to your accommodation within minutes of your arrival; just another way of ensuring you have the best holiday with skiFinland.

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Your trusted experts on Finland

We have hosted our highly-regarded Father Christmas holidays in Ruka for many years, and as our consistent reviews show, we have a proven record of delivering the best Santa holidays. Our staff have spent a lot of time in Ruka—we even have a team member that has lived there—and this knowledge combined with our fantastic relationship with our local partners, allows us to guarantee that you will have the best Santa holiday in Lapland, where all you need to think about is having the time of your life.

Tailor-made & private holidays

We are experts in bespoke holidays and our exclusive Santa holiday in Finnish Lapland can be completely tailor-made to suit your needs. For groups we can offer the package privately, so you will experience the pinnacle of luxury Lapland holidays, with a completely authentic and personalised experience. Private experiences are subject to availability and we strongly suggest booking well in advance if you would like to book privately, we may offer alternative dates.

If you would like to stay longer in Lapland, or to add additional activities, or visit other destinations in Finland or across Scandinavia, we can help. Simply get in contact with us to discuss your needs and request a personalised proposal.

Your Father Christmas holiday in Lapland includes:

  • 3 or 5-nights in your choice of accommodation
  • 4-hour programme at Santa’s secret cottage
  • Husky sledding
  • Reindeer experience & sleigh ride
  • Fun in the snow activity: snow shoeing, ice fishing & tobogganing
  • Letter delivery service to Father Christmas
  • Winter clothing and snowboots
  • Concierge service
  • Flexible dining options
  • Grocery delivery service
  • Scheduled flights via Helsinki and exclusive transfers
  • The expertise of our skiFinland team


Please see below for an example itinerary and full details of all included activities

Please get in touch for your personalised holiday proposal

Accommodation Options

Ruka Log Cabins

Ruka Log Cabins

Ruka Forest Cabins

Ruka Forest Cabins

Ruka Village Apartments

Ruka Village Apartments

Ruka Cottages

Ruka Cottages

Luxury Ruka Villas

Luxury Ruka Villas

Example Itinerary

DAY 1

Fly from the UK to Kuusamo via Helsinki, and transfer to your accommodation in Ruka.

DAY 2

Husky and Reindeer Safari

You will be collected by vehicle for the journey to your start point, where you will spend some time meeting and getting to know the eager husky dogs before you head out on a 5km husky sledding trip through the rolling fells around Ruka. After a warm drink you will transfer to the start point of your reindeer experience where you will find out about the rich culture behind reindeer herding before you head off for your 3km ride in a reindeer pulled sleigh. Includes a tasty lunch of soup in an atmospheric setting. Duration approx. 4hrs.

Free Time or Ski or Relax

The afternoon is free and it is up to you whether you take the time to enjoy the world-class floodlit slopes and cross-country skiing trails on offer in Ruka, or choose to relax among the peaceful fells.

Evening Snowmobile ride (Optional extra)

Optional extra additional cost. In the evening you will transfer to the start point of your magical snowmobile ride. You will experience the magic of the polar night as you travel by snowmobile and snowmobile drawn sledge beneath the stars, and hopefully the Northern Lights as well. Led by an experienced guide you will stop part way round to enjoy the magical silence of the Lapland night. Duration approx. 2hrs.

DAY 3

Family Fun

You will be transfered from your accommodation to a meeting point where you will be collected by a snowmobile pulled sledge and taken into the pristine forests surrounding Ruka where you can try snowshoeing, ice fishing and tobogganing in a fun, family friendly environment. Includes a warming meal and hot drink in an atmospheric setting. Duration approx. 3hrs

Visit Father Christmas in his Secret Cottage

You will drive deep into the enchanted forest near Ruka, where you will find Mr and Mrs Claus’ Secret Cottage. Some of Santa’s elves will be waiting to meet you and will guide you to the frozen lake for tobogganing. Then it's time to enter Santa's cottage, where you will bake cookies or make Christmas cards with Mrs Claus before spending some time getting to know Santa, who will know whether you have been good or not. You will also enjoy a tasty 3 course, home-cooked buffet before heading back to your accommodation. Duration approx. 4hrs

DAY 4

Free morning to relax and enjoy Ruka before your transfer from your accommodation to Kuusamo Airport, fly from Kuusamo to the UK.

Please note that this is an example 3-night itinerary and your personalised holiday itinerary may be changed or reversed from that shown above. This allows us to make sure that your experience is of the highest standard.

Dates & Prices

3 nights:

14th December from London Heathrow, flying via Helsinki

From £1,693 per adult and £1,467 per child (4-11 years)
Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a 2-bedroom Ruka Village Apartment, including flights, transfers, the activities as per the example itinerary and some meals on activities as per the example itinerary.

5 nights:

21st December from London Heathrow, flying via Helsinki

From £2,204 per adult and £1,961 per child (4-11 years)
Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a 2-bedroom Ruka Village Apartment, including flights, transfers, the activities as per the example itinerary and some meals on activities as per the example itinerary.

Flights available from Manchester on request

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