Discover a land of pure wonder where the midnight sun and white winters provide the stunning backdrop for aurora spotting, ice castles and encounters with Santa himself. What better way to celebrate Christmas than to spend it where Santa Claus lives, along with Rudolph and all his friends! Experience a traditional Lapland Christmas in Finland, where you will meet Santa in person at the world-famous Santa Claus Village. Partake in exhilarating experiences in this pristine wilderness and enjoy a thrilling dog sled ride with huskies leading the way. Soak in a traditional Finnish Sauna and immerse yourself into the unique Sami culture at the reindeer farm while enjoying a Yuletide Celebration like none other on the planet. Make a quest for the Northern Lights onboard a snowmobile outing and spend an evening at the Artic Snow Hotel in a glass igloo or stay at the legendary ICEHOTEL. The natural atmosphere is a key element for a true Finnish Christmas. White landscapes enshrouded in darkness, only lit by the stars in the sky and ice lanterns on driveways set the mood for a soothingly cozy festive season. As for most, Christmas preparations in Finland start by deciding where to spend it. The family home is often preferred, but occasionally some jazzing up is in order and a villa or a cottage might be rented in the countryside. Food plays a central part in Christmas celebrations in Finland, too. Pork roast is the main dish in most households and a variety of fish, casseroles and salads are served with it. The most authentic Christmas Eve breakfast is rice pudding. After a couple of Christmas ales, carols are sung with gusto. At the end of the night a Christmas sauna relaxes both body and soul. This magical holiday will surely create lasting memories for the entire family or the most unique romantic holiday escape for just the two of you.
Optional experience: Extend your stay to include the majestic Norwegian Fjords and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Geirangerfjord on a 4-night Coastal Voyage cruise.
Dates: Custom Request. Eligible season is December 1-31, 2018.
Trip Length: 3 nights/4 days (extension available)
Cost: Starting from $3795 per person
- 3 nights (minimum) accommodations
- Visiting Santa’s original secret hideaway tucked away in the evergreen woods
- Learn how to drive Santa’s sleigh of real reindeer
- Taste authentic Swedish holiday cuisine
- Experience Swedish yuletide traditions
- Encounter with the very unique culture of the Sami people
- Stay at the world-famous ICEHOTEL
- See the Northern Lights by dog-sled
- Optional extended trip versions to visit Finland, Sweden and Lapland