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Family Short Break in Rovaniemi: Searching for Santa Claus

Family Short Break in Rovaniemi: Searching for Santa Claus

Christmas magic and Arctic animals! This tour is ideal for families with small children. Short winter adventures with huskies and reindeers. What else could a child wish? Oh yes, to meet with Santa Claus. 

Ranua Zoo  is an animal park where Arctic animals have been placed in environments as natural for these species as possible. The visitors are walking on wooden bridges appr. 2,5 kilometres. Alltogether there are 50 species of animals living in this zoo and 200 individual animals. You'll see for example a polar bear, an elk, a wolverin, a lynx, a bear, an otter, a beaver and an eagle owl.

The arrival date offers a big surprise. Late afternoon after having some lunch, check-in and some rest, you will climb in sleighs pulled by snowmobiles and drive in the winter forest. Suddenly the guise stops the snowmobile as he sees some light in the forest. There is a log cabin. You will look in the window and what the children see, is Santa Claus himeself. You have come to his hide-away cabin, where he escapes to relax, when there is too much hazzle around. Children are invited to meet Santa. (I moved the Santa programe partly to Ranua as Rovaniemi is so crowded at Christmas and I think your children could enjoy Santa Park indoor Christmas works as well so in thsi way we made time for that in Rovaniemi. In Santa's village you can then walk in to Santa's post office and see Santa at work. The programe takes only 45minutes so I felt it would be perfect for the afternoon).

Guided tour in the zoo  will follow in teh morning after a good night of sleep. You will meet for example the polar bear,  lynxes, wolves, elks and will get to feed some of  the animals.The English speaking guide will tell you a lot of interesting stories about the life of the Arctic animals. We'll use the blueish daylight of the polar day for this tour.

Reindeer farm  is located 8km from the holiday village. You will hear about reindeer herding, meet the reindeers and can feed them. We've included a short sleigh ride for you. 

Husky Safaris  in Ranua have been designed for family needs. They leave from the zoo and are short enough so the children won't freeze. We've selected a 1h sledge dog adventure to take you out from the zoo area to the Arctic nature. 

Gulo Gulo  is a new quality holiday village quite next to the zoo. The supeior chalets are 65m2 in two floors. As there are at he maximum 6 beds in each, you will need two apartments attached to each others (the other one for 5 and the other one for 2 people). Each chalet apartment also has their own kitchen and a very stylish and great sauna. You can order any catering to the apartment from the room service.  The houses are named after different animal species.

Rovaniemi  is the regional capital of Lapland and the home town of Santa Claus. You will arrive at Santa Claus village in the afternoon and have time time to look around on your own after leaving your luggage to the igloo hotel. You can visit Santa's post office and meet Santa Claus there at work.

Next day after check-out a guide will pick you up by car to Santa Park indoor Christmas World, where you can step under the polar circle and the children play and even bake. A few hours of playing before flights should make your life easier.

 

FAMILY SHORT BREAK IN ROVANIEMI: SEARCHING FOR SANTA CLAUS

Accommodation:

  • 2 nights in holiday apartment with 2 bedrooms in Gulo Gulo holiday village next to Ranua Zoo
  • 1 night in Santa's igloos in Santa's holiday village

Meals: full-pension

  • 3xbreakfast
  • 3xdinner
  • 3xlunch

Activities:

  • guided visit to the zoo
  • 2h reindeer farm visit incl. a 5-minute sleigh ride
  • 1h husky safari
  • looking for Santa Claus secret hideaway cabin
  • visit to Santa Park (guide +car 3h)

Transportation:  airport transfers and transfer from Ranua to Rovaniemi included

Flights: not included -> you need to fly VIA HELSINKI TO ROVANIEM AND BACK

We recommend to arrive in Helsinki in the evening of the 12th (or very early in the morning of te 13th), stay in an airport hotel (should cost appr. 140€) and take an early morning flight to Rovaniemi.

On the way back home, we would recommend 14.20 flight from Rovaniemie to Helsinki to giveb you time for a mroning activity before the long flights.

Itinerary:

1st day: 13.12. Arrival & zoo visit

  • 7.45 arrival in Rovaniemi 
  • 9.05 pick-up from the airport to Holiday Resort Gulo Gulo next to the Ranua Arctic Zoo
  • by 10.15 arrival to Gulo Gulo holiday resort
  • guided tour in the Arctic zoo
  • lunch 
  • getting your apartment, some rest 
  • 16.00 45-minute visit to the secret cabin of Santa Claus in sleighs pulled by snowmobiles (meeting the Santa)
  • night in a holiday apartment (very comfortable)
  • dinner
  • night in a holiday apartment

2nd day: 14.12. The Arctic zoo

  • Breakfast
  • 10.00-12 reindeer farm visit by taxi with a short 5min sleigh ride
  • lunch
  • 13.00 husky safari
  • dinner
  • night in holiday apartment

3rd day: 15.12. Reindeer farm & Santa's Village 

  • breakfast
  • CHECK-OUT
  • 11.00 hotel transfer to Santa's Village in Rovaniemi
  • 12.00 arrival in Santa's village 
  • check-in and lugagge to storage
  • lunch at Royal Reindeer restaurant
  • time to look around on your own in Santa's village until you get your igloo
  • dinner at the hotel
  • night in a family glass igloo in Santa's Village (best layout I've seen for families with a double bed + bunk bed and 1 extra bed for children)

4th day 16.12.: departure

  • breakfast
  • CHECK-OUT
  • 9.45 driver-guide to take you to Santa Park (luggage stays in car)
  • 10-12.30 visit to Santa Park (Santa's Cave on te way to the airport)
  • 12.30-12.40 airport transfer
  • 14.10 flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki 15.30 
Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 4197€ for a family of 2+3, 3665€ 2+2, 3167€ 2+1, 2520€ 1+1
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Group size max 5
Timing start date between 1.-21.12.
Duration 3 days
Meals Full pension
Accomodation superior apartment and igloo
Service Provider Skafur-Tour
Skafuuri Oy (=Skafur-Tour) tour operator
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