Magical winter escapes for a festive family adventure with Activities Abroad

October 12, 2018 | Activities Abroad



A winter break in Finnish Lapland is just the ticket to an unforgettable Christmas for adults and children alike. Family travel specialist, Activities Abroad, offers an array of holiday itineraries featuring traditional Lappish experiences, action-packed activities and the chance to meet Mr and Mrs Claus and their wonderful elves. Staying in cosy lodges, friendly hotels and glass-roofed cabins, perfectly situated to catch a glimpse of the spectacular Northern Lights, each of these adventures is set within the most beautiful, snow-covered landscape – sure to make lasting memories for all the family.

Aurora Cabins and finding Father Christmas in Saariselkä

On this Christmas adventure holiday, Northern Lights seeking isn’t just an activity, it’s a nightly experience, as families can enjoy three nights gazing at the starry skies from an Aurora Cabin, surrounded by snow-covered landscapes. During the day, a magical elf will guide families through the forest by reindeer sleigh, searching for the twinkling lights of Father Christmas’ cabin for a personal meeting with the man himself. A further day can be spent exploring the nearby ski town of Saariselkä – or choose from optional activities (priced as extra), including a husky safari and a lakeside Aurora camp, to further enhance the magic.

The three-night trip is priced from £1,325 per adult (age 15+) / £855 per child (age 4-14), based on two adults and one child sharing, including flights (London), transfers, three nights’ half-board accommodation, guided activities and cold weather clothing. Departs 13 December 2018 – 3 January 2019.

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A Christmas Lakeland adventure in Vuokatti

The picture-perfect Lakeland region of Finland is relatively undiscovered and offers a wonderful location for a Christmas activity holiday. In Vuokatti, zoom off by snowmobile towards a frozen lake and discover the art of ice-fishing, roam the vast landscape on a husky safari with all the family and learn about local life on a visit to a traditional Finnish farmhouse. A shuttle service is available for access to nearby ski slopes, as well as Katinkulta spa, where families can make use of the pool, water slides and numerous Jacuzzis.

The five-night trip is priced from £1,815 per adult (age 13+) / £1,605 per child (age 4-12), based on two adults and two children sharing a Lake View Suite, including flights (London), transfers, five nights’ half-board accommodation, one lunch, guided activities and cold weather clothing. Departs 22 December 2018.

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Reindeer adventures and Aurora hunting in Jeris

This action-packed winter break in Jeris kicks off with a visit to a reindeer farm, where families can meet a local herder and learn the skill of lassoing, before experiencing a reindeer-led sleigh ride. Staying in a cosy cottage near the shores of Lake Jerisjärvi, families can enjoy dog-sledding, a snowmobile safari and a night exploring the beautiful snow-covered forest on snowshoes, searching for a glimpse of the magnificent Northern Lights, before spending the evening around a roaring fire.

The three-night trip is priced from £1,255 per adult (age 13+) / £885 per child (age 4-12), including flights (London), transfers, three nights’ full-board accommodation, guided activities and cold weather clothing. Departs 22 November – 27 December 2018.

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A magical meeting with Father Christmas in Kuusamo

Where better to get your family in the festive mood than in the home of Mr and Mrs Claus? The morning before the magical meeting will be spent hunting on snowshoes for signs of the big man in red, building excitement for the following afternoon when families will enjoy a delicious lunch with Father Christmas, his wife and their elves, alongside festive activities such as baking, card-making and storytelling. Experiences on this holiday are specifically tailored for young children and include a husky sleigh ride through snow-covered forests and fells to feed local wildlife, snow-sculpting and a day at a nearby activity park based on the popular Angry Birds videogame.

The four-night trip is priced from £1,955 per adult (age 12+) / £1,365 per child (age 4-11), based on two adults and two children sharing an apartment, including flights (London), transfers, four nights’ full-board accommodation, guided activities and cold weather clothing. Departs 8 – 15 December 2018.

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Father Christmas and Arctic animal encounters in Ranua

Spend an unforgettable Christmas Eve morning searching through woodland by snowmobile for the perfect Christmas tree, followed by warm drinks and cookies around a cosy fire before the tree decorating begins. Later, children will have the chance to tell Father Christmas their wishes and listen to his stories, before heading off for a delicious Christmas dinner. Christmas Day will be spent on a guided tour of Ranua Wildlife Park, catching a rare sight of animals including polar bears, golden eagles and Arctic foxes.

The five-night trip is priced from £1,595 per adult (age 15+) / £1,075 per child (age 4-14), based on a family of four sharing, including flights (London), transfers, five nights’ full-board accommodation, guided activities, access to Ranua Wildlife Park throughout stay and cold weather clothing. Departs 21 December 2018.

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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 experts Artisan Travel and Northern Lights specialists The Aurora Zone.

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