Santa's Aurora - 3 nights


A fun-filled few days at the Star Arctic with a good choice of activities AND a day at leisure! 

RESORT: Saariselka

Duration: 3 nights/4 days

Lying 200km above the Arctic Circle Saariselka is the most northerly resort in Lapland. It is surrounded by gentle hills and snow-laden forests, it's where rugged nature and ancient mysticism go hand in hand. The native Sami, with their fascinating cultural heritage and hospitable charm, welcome and delight visitors with ancient tales and legends.

Your accommodation on this short break will be the Star Arctic Hotel. This hotel is the ideal location for hunting for the Northern Lights due to the lack of light pollution and prime position at the top of the fell. You will enjoy some stunning views of Saariselkä below.

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Contact us to check latest availability and special offers and we will provide an up-to-date quote. Then if you wish to proceed we will need names as per passports, dates of birth for all and contact details for the lead traveller together with a deposit of £150 per person; all of which can be done over the phone or via our secure online payment page (powered by WorldPay).

Full payment required if within 10 weeks of travel date.

We also offer an easy payment facility whereby you can pay off a little here and there during the year in as many payments as you wish, as long as the trip is paid off by the due date. Some of our customers prefer to do it this way; others prefer to pay it off in one go when the balance is due - it's entirely up to you!

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What's included on this short break to Lapland:

  • Return flights
  • Transfers
  • Thermal snow suits & boots
  • 3 nights half-board accommodation at the Star Arctic
  • Santa's Elves
  • Wilderness dinner & Aurora Hunt by huskies
  • Elves & Igloo Fantasia
  • Lunch on activity day
  • Ice bar with ice sculptures * local charge for drinks*
  • Snow and Ice fun activities including Crazy Reindeer golf, kick-sledding, tandem skiing, mini-skidoo rides for the children and tobogganing.
  • Private family meeting with Santa & gift
  • Snowmobile trip to a Reindeer Farm
  • Reindeer Sleigh ride


Upon arrival at Ivalo Airport you will be greeted by a reindeer with its Sami handler and one of Santa's elves, presenting a delightful photo opportunity to capture your family's first few minutes in Santa's homeland. A short, comfortable 25-minute transfer to Saariselka - just enough time to see if the children can spot more reindeer or elves in the forest.

Arrive at your beautiful accommodation, the Star Arctic, and collect your thermal suits and equipment from the downstairs room at the hotel. Spend some time settling into your accommodation & meet your representatives who will give you all the information you need to have the complete Lapland Experience. For the rest of the afternoon you can play in the snow or perhaps try some tobogganing.

Your first evening starts with the Wilderness Dinner and Aurora Hunt by Huskies. It's a short coach ride to the Wilderness Centre for dinner in the lodge, some fun in the snow outside and an exciting husky ride. The children can enjoy the thrilling ride from the comfort of the sled whilst the grown-ups have the opportunity to drive the husky sled themselves.

The Star Arctic Hotel is in an ideal location to watch out for the Northern Lights due to its prime position at the top of the fell, far away from any light pollution and boasting some stunning views of Saariselkä below.


This extra day on the longer 4 day break will normally be your second day, and gives you the chance to start building up the excitement, with your choice of fantastic Optional Adventures.

Try a daytime Snowmobile Safari where parents take it in turns to drive the snowmobile and children will be towed in a special sled by the guide, or the evening snowmobile option, the Northern Lights Adventure. Perhaps enjoy a few hours skiing or Saariselkä’s toboggan run. Or you may prefer a Reindeer Sleigh ride.

Back at the Star Arctic enjoy dinner, excitement mounting for tomorrow's Big Day.

A host of great adventures awaits so wrap up warmly and pack some snacks as you will be outside in the Lappish wilderness. There will be some fantastic camera moments for the whole family.

You will be taken to the Arctic Circle Centre where you can enjoy all the following activities at some point during the day for the ultimate Christmas Adventure.

  • The Elves & Igloo Fantasia is hidden away in the woods and once there, join in the fun and games with the Elves in their Igloo Wonderland before visiting the Artistic Igloo and admiring the magnificent ice sculptures and maybe enjoying a drink in the ice bar.* local charge applies
  • The Reindeer Centre is full of exciting reindeer based activities. Join in the fun and play some Crazy Reindeer Golf or try your hand at Reindeer Lasso and feed some of the reindeer.
  • Lunch is also included, to ‘recharge your batteries’ for the afternoon. This will be a simple and warming 2-course meal, with plenty of hot berry juice, squash, tea and coffee also available.
  • A host of Snow and Ice Fun Activities are provided for you to enjoy, such as ice-fishing, snow-hockey, kick-sledding (a crazy Finnish cross between a scooter and a toboggan!), tandem skiing, mini-skidoo rides for the children, and tobogganing.
  • See your children’s faces light up with wonder, as you fulfil your family’s Search for Santa, and enjoy an Exclusive Private Family Meeting in a hideaway log-cabin home, with Santa's Elves on hand to make you welcome and ensure there is magic in the air! 

Refreshments are included throughout the day, for those times when a few minutes warming up round a crackling log fire is welcomed. Finally, back ‘home’ in your hotel, finish the day with your Star Arctic dinner while you relive every unforgettable moment of your biggest ever Christmas adventure!

This morning after breakfast there will be the chance to enjoy another big adventure and high-octane thrills with a trip by snowmobile to the reindeer farm. Parents share a snowmobile with one driving and one riding pillion and children travel in a large sleigh behind the group leader. At the farm you will meet the reindeer and enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride before returning to the hotel by snowmobile.

Later in the morning you will be collected from your hotel by coach for the short ride to the airport to catch your flight home, to a chorus of fond farewells!

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Why consult our expert ?

  • Dawn started escorting trips to see Santa in 1993 & has been many, many times to various parts of Lapland since then.
  • We are confident that she is the most experienced Lapland consultant around. Please contact Dawn for impartial and knowledgeable advice prior to making your booking with us.
  • Dawn has also compiled a list of Hints and Tips, which will be sent out with every booking.