Visit Santa Claus's hometown (Rovaniemi) and fall in love with winter sports haven Ylläs on this snow-dusted, winter wonderland adventure above the Arctic Circle! Snuggle a husky, pose for a selfie with a reindeer, snowshoe through the wilderness, participate in epic snowball fights, and — of course — go hunting for the elusive, magical Northern Lights.

Highlights

  • Visit Santa Claus's hometown
  • Ski above the Arctic Circle
  • Take a breathtaking, quiet husky safari through the Arctic wilderness
  • Hunt for the Northern Lights, camera in hand

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi
Day 2 Levi skiing day Levi
Day 3 Ylläs & winter fun Ylläs
Day 4 Huskies in Ylläs Ylläs
Day 5 Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village!

Sleigh rides!

Welcome to Lapland — a dreamy, snow-covered winter wonderland where you'll find reindeer, huskies, and plenty of snowball fights! Arrive early and make your way from the airport to Santa's Village at the Arctic Circle. Send postcards home with Santa's stamps. Take a photo with Santa himself. And if you're here in the winter season, take a ride on a sleigh pulled by one of his reindeer. 

Once you've had your fill of reindeer, sleighs, and village activities, spend the evening in your private sauna beside the frozen river. And if you're feeling particularly brave? Take a (supervised) polar plunge through a hole in the ice! As night falls, grab your camera and bundle up for a night trek outside town to hunt for the Northern Lights with your guide.

Day 2: Skiing in Levi 

A glass igloo under the stars

Grab your boots, hats, and scarves for another outdoor adventure on day two in Lapland. Start the day with a scenic drive to Levi, arriving in time for lunch and then gearing up for either downhill or cross-country skiing (your choice). After a full afternoon of skiing, make your way to the gorgeous glass igloo where you'll spend your night under the stars.

Day 3: Ylläs & Winter Fun

There are plenty of activities on offer in this winter wonderland

On your third day in Lapland, do as the locals do: snowshoe through the snowy forest, build a campfire, and warm yourself with hot chocolate, marshmallows, and sausages barbecued over the fire (vegetarian options also available). There are also nearby opportunities for snow-sliding, snowball fights, building snowmen, and ice fishing, depending on weather conditions. Overnight in a  snow hotel in Ylläs or an apartment with a private sauna.

Day 4: Huskies in Ylläs

Mushing with huskies
Mushing with huskies

On your last full day in Ylläs, enjoy the peace and quiet of the Arctic wilderness on a husky safari. Then head out on a snowmobile tour through another section of wilderness. And finally circle back to Ylläs where an apartment with a private sauna waits to warm you up. 

Day 5: Departure

Reindeer in Lapland
A reindeer in the Lapland forest

Wave farewell to Santa and his reindeer as you make your way to Kittilä or Rovaniemi airport for your departing flight.