This is the arrival day to Rovaniemi, the Arctic Circle. The Christmas guide will meet you at the airport and bring you to our safari office and collect the winter gear you will need for your stay. Half board dinner is offered in your hotel.
Christmas Eve is an important day in Finland as Santa visits all families in the evening and brings presents.
We start with a trip to a reindeer farm. First we meet there reindeer herders wearing typical Lapp dresses. Then the herders organize us a reindeer safari in the snowy forests. Then we enter a large tepee with fire inside. Light lunch is offered in the tepee. We also decorate a real Christmas tree at this authentic reindeer farm.
In the evening traditional Finnish Christmas buffet will be catered in authentic Christmas atmosphere. After the dinner Santa will visit us. This is worth seeing! Santa will give each person a little present. Psst… if you want you can arrange some more presents with the sa- fari guide.
It is Christmas morning! Why not having a morning walk outdoors and admiring the snowy views.
Visit the Santa Claus Village program starts at 11:00. First there is a sight seeing in Rovaniemi that ends up to Santa Claus’ Village at the Arctic Circle. Then we cross the Arctic Circle and get certificates of crossing. Next we will meet Santa Claus in his lodge. There is a possibility to buy a picture or a video with Santa. This is also the best place for shopping souvenirs and han- dicrafts.
Afterwards we have and opportnity to fill and send cards in Santa’s Post Office. Only here you get a special Arctic Circle postmark on your cards. It is also possible to try all activities in San- ta village yourself. Santa’s village is the biggest tourist attraction in Lapland an unique place in the whole world.
In the evening after the Christmas dinner in your hotel we participate Lapland Welcome’s le- gendary Northern Lights program. With some luck you can admire this unique natural pheno- menon. Living fire in a tepee keeps you warm and you will experience some Finnish sha- manism, too.
Boxing day in Lapland is traditionally day for having fun and riding all kind of sleighs.
First we have a transfer to the husky farm where we meet and greet all happy huskies and owners. Then we have an opportunity to participate on their husky safari program in the sno- wy forest.
After the lunch break we have a briefing for snowmobile driving. Great safari is organized in snowy wilderness forest. You may drive yourself or sit as passenger. Small children sit safely in sleighs pulled by guide’s snowmobile.
Half board dinner in your hotel!
It is time to thank you for this Christmas and welcome you back in Rovaniemi. Breakfast and transfer to the airport is included. Good bye Lapland!