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Christmas Adventure in Finnish Lapland

(4 days / 3 nights)

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Celebrate Christmas in Finnish Lapland

Come experience Christmas like you always imagined, with tasty food, good company, fun activities in the snow and, of course, Santa Claus. With a group of other travellers, you‘ll get to meet Santa in person at the famous Santa Claus Village, enjoy the thrill of a dog sled ride and learn about the local culture at a reindeer farm. If you‘re lucky, the northern lights may also shine for you at night!

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23 Dec


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A day-by-day plan to guide your northern adventure.

  • Day 1: Arrival to Kemi

    Arrive at Kemi Airport where you will be met by a driver and transferred to your hotel in Kemi. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the town or relax in a traditional Finnish sauna at the hotel. In the evening, you will meet your travel companions and tour leader for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

    Up for a little adventure this evening? If so, you can take part in a guided snowmobile excursion to experience the tranquil beauty of Lapland’s wilderness and, if conditions are favourable, the northern lights (optional; not included).

    Spend the night in Kemi.

    Helpful notes:
    • Transfer from Kemi Airport is included in this package. We can also arrange a transfer from Oulu Airport for an additional fee. See ‘Not Included List’ for details.
    • Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 2: Huskies, Wildlife & Christmas Eve Festivities

    This action-packed day is a treat for animal lovers! Start your special Christmas Eve with a visit to a husky kennel. Here you’ll enjoy a short (1.5 kilometre) but thrilling dog sled ride as well as a hot beverage and snacks in a traditional Sami tepee. You might even get a chance to feed the animals that dwell in the forest! Then your group will continue onwards to Ranua Wildlife Park to go on a guided walking tour through the park to observe arctic wildlife such as polar bears, lynx and wolves. You’ll then enjoy a lunch buffet of local specialties in the park’s restaurant. Before the ride back to Kemi, you’ll have a chance for some last-minute Christmas shopping at the park’s souvenir and candy shops.

    Back at the hotel, take some time to relax and dress up in your Christmas Eve outfit. Then your guide will meet you at the hotel for the short walk to the restaurant for tonight's celebration. Before dinner, you can help decorate the Christmas tree while enjoying some freshly baked gingerbread cookies and a warm mug of glögg, a mulled wine traditionally served at this time of year. Of course, you’ll want to save room for the festive Christmas Eve dinner buffet! Last but not least, Santa's elves will make a special appearance to spread Christmas cheer and give small gifts.

    Spend the night in Kemi.

    Helpful notes:
    • Two people will share one dog sled and take turns driving.
    • The ride to the husky kennel is 30 minutes and the ride to the wildlife park is 1.5 hours. Transportation is by comfortable coach bus.

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  • Day 3: Christmas Day with Santa & Reindeers

    Experience the magic of an arctic Christmas during an excursion to Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland. The first stop will be at the famous Santa Claus Village. There you’ll get to meet Santa himself at his workshop and do a bit of souvenir shopping if you wish. After, you'll travel back to Kemi to visit a reindeer farm and learn about reindeer herding and Sami culture. Here you'll enjoy a delicious Lappish lunch in a traditional Kota before going on a fun 1.5-kilometre reindeer sleigh ride through the woods, which will earn you a special “reindeer driver license”.

    Later, you'll have time to enjoy a stint in a Finnish sauna before having dinner at your hotel.

    Spend the night in Kemi.

    Helpful notes:
    • The ride between Kemi and Rovaniemi is about 1.5 hours each way. Transportation is by comfortable coach bus.

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  • Day 4: Departure

    After this exciting Christmas getaway in Finnish Lapland you will be transferred back to Kemi Airport for your departure flight.

    Helpful notes:
    • Transfer to Kemi Airport is included in this package. We can also arrange a transfer to Oulu Airport for an additional fee. See ‘Not Included List’ for details.

Optional extras

Customise your adventure with these Optional Extras.

We recommend adding your extra activities to the tour now for the best booking experience and to secure your spot, as activities are likely to sell out.


Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.


We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Thank you for the great experience!

This is the first package tour that we have ever booked, as I am used to arranging our travel myself and being more independent. Given the quality of the service and organisation, and how much less stress it was than to do that all myself, I would absolutely consider doing this again. Thank you for the great experience!


Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

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Tour Information

If you would like to book this tour with an arrival date 4 weeks or less from today, please contact us for assistance.

  • All tour packages in Lapland are subject to availability, so we advise not booking flights until we have confirmed your booking. In the event that accommodations are fully booked on your preferred dates, your travel consultant will be in touch with information about the next available dates.
  • Extra nights can be added on request.
  • You will be travelling in a bus with a group of other guests to all scheduled activities. All activities are with English-speaking guides.
  • Please note that the activities for each day may be done in a different order than stated in the itinerary and will be confirmed closer to arrival.
  • Due to safety reasons this package has a minimum age limit of 4 years old.

For more information about travelling in Lapland, such as what to pack and what to expect with the weather, check out our Lapland Travel Guide.

Adventure Packages
All of Nordic Visitor’s Lapland travel packages should be considered adventure travel on account of being operated in the Arctic during sometimes extreme weather conditions and with the use of live animals for many excursions. For this reason, those booking a travel package in Lapland (except for those considered family travel packages) should consider themselves at least moderately physically fit and comfortable engaging in activities that are considered adventurous or strenuous.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Please be advised that in peak winter months, daylight is limited to a few hours — usually between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. However, the light reflecting off the snow can make the days seem brighter.
  • There will be snow and ice on the ground, sometimes making it difficult to walk.
  • No luggage handling services will be available. You must be prepared and able to carry your own luggage in snowy conditions.
  • Accommodations will be simple in comparison to what you’d find in major urban centres.
  • WC facilities encountered during excursions may be unheated outhouses without running water.
  • During husky safaris where you share one team of huskies with another person, the person standing to drive the sled will need to kick to assist the dogs and may be required to run when sledding uphill.
  • Reindeer and huskies can run moderately fast and the terrain may be uneven in some spots, so the sled rides can be bumpy at times.

The safety of our travellers is our top priority at Nordic Visitor. We reserve the right to change or cancel departures if we feel the conditions will jeopardize the safety of our customers.

Starting with dinner on 23rd December and ending with breakfast on 26th December, all meals are included in this tour. The meals are a mix of traditional Finnish foods, Sami foods and international dishes. The dinners are either 3-course set menus or buffets. A typical 3-course dinner consists of: a starter of salad or soup, a main course such as meat or fish and a dessert such as cake and ice cream. The Christmas Eve dinner is normally served as a traditional Christmas buffet with a variety of dishes such as different salads and fish choices, a Finnish Christmas ham with potato casserole and carrot purée, dill potatoes, gingerbread biscuits, Christmas chocolates, plum mousse and other treats.

If you have any food allergies, please let your travel consultant know as soon as possible so we can inform the local suppliers and hotels.

Northern Lights
The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Evening excursions will operate according to the tour schedule, even in unfavourable viewing conditions, and our guides will do their utmost to determine the best possible location for sightings.

After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Before you travel, Nordic Visitor will provide you with a detailed personal itinerary and vouchers for all services and activities booked for your travel package. You will also be provided with Nordic Visitor’s 24/7 helpline phone number where you can always reach a Nordic Visitor representative during your time in Lapland.


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