About Wake Up Santa - 4 Days


A fabulously authentic and more personalised trip to Finnish Lapland with an exciting array of activities and a private Santa visit!

RESORT =>>> Muonio

Duration: 4 Days

Wake up Santa is the perfect package for families wanting to experience the real Lapland, away from the mass-market, over-commercialised trips. This trip is a much more personalised experience.

The run up to Christmas is a magical time in Lapland. Santa is getting ready for his mammoth journey across the world, the elves are busy making all the presents. What better time to pay him a visit with your Christmas wishes for the year?

Staying in either Harriniva or Jeris you can guarantee that Santa’s reindeer and the elves are not far away.

The highlight of this holiday will be meeting the great man himself. During your stay you'll go out into the forest searching by snowmobile for Santa. Eyes peeled, as you look out for elves on the way. As you get closer you can see moving lanterns as the elves sneak up through the forest and greet you on your sleigh. They know the secret path to Santa’s cabin and will guide your family along the lantern-lit path straight to his door. As your children knock on his door will they wake him up from his little nap around the fire?

What's Included:

  • Flights (indirect scheduled flights via Helsinki)
  • Round trip transfers from Kittila airport
  • Accommodation for 3 nights on full board basis
  • Warm winter clothing: On arrival you will be provided with everything you need to stay snug and cosy - a thermal winter suit, winter boots, woollen socks, inner and outer gloves, winter hat and balaclava.
  • Christmas dinner
  • Lunch in an ice restaurant*
  • Private Santa meeting
  • Santa gift service **
  • 6 km husky safari
  • 20 km snowmobile safari
  • Reindeer ride & farm visit
  • Snow fun including children's snowmobiles, ice fishing, snowshoes, tobogganing
  • Cookie baking
  • All day tea and coffee for adults
  • Soft drinks for children
  • All taxes and government air passenger duty

*Lunch in the ice restaurant is weather dependent. Should the ice restaurant not be ready or the temperature be extremely cold lunch will be served around the fire in a traditional kota.

**Santa Service: bring with you your children’s letter to Santa along with a small gift from their wish list (maximum value €20) and they will be waiting in the cabin. Imagine your child’s eyes light up when they realise that not only has Santa received their letter but he already has one gift from their wish list ready for them!

Accommodation options:

  • Jeris Log Cabins - the Hotel Jeris has 32 log cabins which are beautifully set amongst nature. The Jerisranta log cabins are ideal for couples or families with 1-2 children (these tend to be closer to the main building). The Jeriskyla cabins are larger and can accommodate up to 7 persons (these are further away).
  • Harriniva Hotel - the Hotel Harriniva has 64 comfortable safari style rooms, all with private facilities. Rooms for 2-3 persons; larger rooms for up to 6 persons also have a private sauna; several two-storey apartments for up to 6 persons with kitchenette, TV and drying cupboard. Some of these rooms are suitable for disabled customers.

After an active day outdoors Jeris Spa is the perfect way to relax. Lie down in one of the heated pools and take in the view over the Jerisjarvi lake or towards the snow-covered forest and fells. You can warm up in the sauna (electric or Lappish wood-heated options). For the really adventurous there is a 25m illuminated ice-pool, which is kept open throughout the winter, (small charge applies for use of facilities).

Departure Airports:

  • London Heathrow or Manchester with Finnair via Helsinki

Holiday Prices

  • Please call or email for a full quote.


  • All the trips we offer to Lapland are fully protected by ATOL and the operators' ABTA as well as with us - we are fully bonded with the Travel Trust Association (T6816).
  • NO CREDIT CARD CHARGES (Visa & Mastercard).
  • We have chosen to offer only non-commercialised trips to Lapland. We have found over the years that the trips offered by some of the larger non-specialist tour operators are busier and more commercialised and, in our opinion, this is not the experience that our customers are looking for.
  • Dawn has also compiled a list of Hints and Tips, which will be sent out with every booking.

It's Easy to Book!

Contact us to check latest availability. Then if you wish to proceed we will need to know your chosen departure (UK airport and date) and preferred accommodation then make sure we have names as per passports, dates of birth for all and contact details for the "lead" traveller together with a deposit; all of which can be done over the phone or through our secure online payment page (powered by WorldPay).

NB. Full payment required if within 8 weeks of travel date.


  • Day One

    Arrival at Kittila airport and transfer to Muonio to either the Harriniva Hotel or the Jeris cabins. You will be issued with your warm winter clothes either tonight or tomorrow morning. Dinner and overnight in your cosy hotel room or cabin.

  • Day Two

    After breakfast you'll head off to a local reindeer farm to meet the reindeer. You will have a chance to feed them, learn how to throw a lasso and experience a short reindeer ride. Lunch will be served in the ice restaurant* before returning to the hotel.

    This afternoon you'll visit the husky farm where you will have a guided tour and meet some of the adorable husky pups! Learn a little about the dogs before enjoying a 6km safari. This evening enjoy a Christmas dinner before retiring to your hotel room or cabin

    *Lunch in the ice restaurant is weather dependent. Should the ice restaurant not be ready lunch will be served around the fire in a traditional kota.

  • Day Three

    After breakfast you'll head out on a 20km snowmobile safari, with two adults sharing a snowmobile and children sitting in a sled pulled by a local guide.

    After a short break for your included lunch you'll bake Finnish cookies & make a Christmas stocking. The afternoon continues with snow fun. Try your hand at snowshoeing, cross country ski or zooming down the toboggan slope (you are never too old to toboggan!). Children will also have a chance to drive their own mini snowmobile (under supervision). Then the highlight of the trip as you are whisked off into the forest by snowmobile sled in search of Santa's secret hideout. Dinner and overnight in your hotel room or cabin.

  • Day Four

    After breakfast departure to Kittila airport.

    This is a sample itinerary, a full itinerary will be given in resort. We hold the right for changes in the programme itinerary according to weather conditions.


Wake Up Santa - Tailor Made Lapland

Please contact us for up-to-date prices and special offers.

All prices are per person


"I just wanted to write to say what a fabulous trip we had. It had been the best family holiday we have ever been on!   The staff were excellent, they catered amazingly for my veganism, and we were all thoroughly stuffed!   The trips were also fantastic, well organized and just so much fun!   My children absolutely loved finding Santa, the highlight of the trip for them.   Thanks for all your help.   Merry Christmas   "

H Osmont, Luxembourg, Dec 2018


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