Magical Christmas adventures for families in Finnish Lapland

November 20, 2019 | Activities Abroad

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Spotless snow-covered landscapes, thrilling winter activities, the opportunity to see the Northern Lights and Father Christmas make Finnish Lapland an exceptional location for families looking to make lasting Christmas memories. Family travel specialist, Activities Abroad, offers an array of itineraries to bring the magic of Christmas to children of all ages and to their parents, too.

For families with young children

NEW: Father Christmas and Snow Fun at Apukka

Situated close to capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi, yet far enough from the city to offer an authentic wilderness retreat, the Apukka resort provides a great introduction to the Arctic for families. This short break includes a snow fun day, with activities such as short reindeer sleigh rides, dog sledding, toboggan racing and ice-sculpting, allowing families to make the most of the winter wonderland surroundings. There’s also a visit to Rovaniemi’s Santa Park to meet elves, ice princesses and Father Christmas himself. Explore by snowshoe, fat bike and cross-country ski, with complimentary use of winter activity equipment throughout and, if conditions are favourable, why not head out on to the frozen lake nearby to look out for the Northern Lights?

The three-night trip costs from £1,095 per adult aged 13+/ £595 per child aged 4-12 (two adults sharing with one child; reductions apply for children aged 2-3 years), including flights (Gatwick), transfers, three nights’ half board, one lunch, guided activities, cold weather clothing and use of equipment. Departs 1, 8 & 15 December 2019 and 5 January 2020.

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Jani Kärppä

For families with believers

NEW: A white Christmas in Harriniva

Spend a magical Christmas surrounded by soft powdery snow in Harriniva, an idyllic resort in the heart of Finnish Lapland. On Christmas Eve, families can enjoy a personal meeting with Father Christmas and some of his elves after an activity-packed day spent traversing the landscape by snowshoe, cross-country ski, toboggan, mini snowmobile and on a 6km husky safari. The fun continues on Christmas Day with snowmobiling and a visit to a traditional Finnish kota to make keepsake elves to take home and, on Boxing Day, head to a nearby reindeer farm to try lasso-throwing and a sleigh ride through the winter forest, enjoy lunch in an ice restaurant and spend an afternoon baking cookies and craft-making.

The four-night trip costs from £1,845 per adult aged 13+/ £1,375 per child aged 5-12 (two adults and one child sharing), including flights (London), transfers, four nights’ full board, guided activities and cold weather clothing. Departs 23 December 2019.

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www.theaurorazone.com & Antti Pietikainen

For families with children of different ages

NEW RESORT FOR WINTER 2019/20: Activity pick & mix and Aurora Cabins in Levi

Design a bespoke winter family getaway, staying in an Aurora Cabin at the new Northern Lights Village in Levi, Finnish Lapland. The choice of activities provides something for everyone, with options such as dogsledding, snowshoeing, a reindeer farm visit and searching for Father Christmas. As night falls, families can take to the snow for Aurora-hunting activities such as a heated sleigh ride, snowmobiling and a photography workshop, or simply gaze at the skies from your bed – the accommodation features a partially-glassed roof. Families hoping to hit the slopes can also do so at nearby Levi Fell, the largest ski resort in Lapland.

The three-night trip costs from £1,115 per adult aged 15+/ £645 per child aged 4-14 (two adults and one child sharing), including flights (London), transfers, three nights’ half board and cold weather clothing. Guided activities and additional nights priced as extra. Departs 1 December 2019 – 11 April 2020. Introductory offer: Save £250 per booking when you travel between 1st December 2019 and 17th January 2020. Terms and conditions apply.

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Visit Levi

For families with non-believers

Pick & Mix Northern Lights adventure holiday at Muotka

For those looking for an action-packed winter break, this trip takes families high above the Arctic circle to Wilderness Hotel Muotka, tucked away amongst the snow-covered forests and fells of north east Finland, for a superb chance of seeing the Northern Lights. The flexible itinerary can include evening activities such as an Aurora camp, snowmobiling and snowshoeing, all designed to provide the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Why not upgrade to spend a night in an Aurora Kota, a part-cabin and part-glass tepee? Days can be spent simply playing in the snow or filled with activities such as cross-country skiing, ice fishing, a reindeer day or a husky safari.

The three-night trip costs from £995 per adult aged 15+/ £795 per child aged 4-14 (two adults and one child sharing), including flights (London), transfers, three nights’ full board and cold weather clothing. Guided activities and additional nights priced as extra. Departs 1 December 2019 – 11 April 2020.

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Anthony Oberlin

To speak to a Family Travel Expert for more information, or to book an authentic winter family holiday, contact Activities Abroad on 01670 789 991 (www.activitiesabroad.com).

20 November 2019

Note to editors:

Part of The Artisan Travel Company, award-winning Activities Abroad specialises in family travel and experiences for all the family to enjoy together. It is a sister company to adult holiday expert Artisan Travel and Northern Lights specialist The Aurora Zone.

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