Give the family a winter wonderland this Christmas with an unforgettable trip to Lapland!
Our expert Lapland ‘elves’ have a wealth of experience in helping Irish families plan the perfect winter getaway, and will go above and beyond to provide you with the experience of a lifetime!
With stunning forests, mountains, unspoilt rivers and of course lots of snow, Lapland is the perfect trip to get into the Christmas Spirit! You’ll see enchanting ice sculptures, see the inside of a real life igloo, enjoy tobogganing and sleigh rides and of course meet Santa in his hometown!
Thermal Suits & Boots
Reindeer sleigh rides
Ice and Snow Activities
A chance to meeting Santa in his hometown!
20kg Baggage Allowance
Many of our trips include even more, such as husky sleigh rides, snowmobiles, elves' workshops and more!
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Find out more about what you can do in Lapland!
Colm Kennelly, 2017
Justin Hughes, 2017
Whether you're planning to pop over for the day visit, spend a weekend away, or simply book a one night sleepover in Lapland, you can choose from seven different trip lengths to pick the best option for your family.
See above for information on deposits.
WHAT DOES THE COST INCLUDE?
The cost is inclusive of the following:
- Direct flights from the Republic of Ireland
- Services and activities as specified on your tour
- Transfers and overnight stays at your chosen accommodation
- Meals as per your itinerary
- Thermal Suits and Boots (not available for infants under 2 years)
ARE TOURS SUITABLE FOR ADULTS, OLDER CHILDREN & TEENS?
Yes! Older children, teens and adults really enjoy the outdoor activities such as snowmobiles, reindeer & husky safaris and many of the Lapland experiences!
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?
Generally breakfast, lunch and dinner are buffet style and will cater to both adults and children's tastes. Where possible, we do try to ensure meals are similar to home, however you are travelling to a foreign county so do not expect the same food. It is your responsibility to inform us of dietary requirements before travelling.
WILL MY GUIDES SPEAK ENGLISH?
All our Elf helpers speak English, and locals often speak both Finnish and English.
IS IT SAFE?
Lapland is perfectly safe provided you follow the instructions from your arctic guides. Arctic conditions prevail, so it is important to be sensible and accept guidance when given. Parents and guardians are responsible for supervising their own party for the duration of the tour, and it's important to note that your guide may alter the scheduled tour content in the interests if safety.
WILL YOU HELP US WITH ACTIVITES?
We have special safety regulations regarding every aspect of safaris. Technical instruction is provided before all safaris, so all participants have knowledge on how to manoeuver the vehicles. Guidance will be in English.
About your surroundings:
An average Lapland day will provide 4.5 hours of what is termed 'grey' light (generally between 10:00hrs and 14:30hrs daily Finnish time, although this will vary depending on location). Outside of these hours it will be like night time at home in Ireland but with the advantage of snow. Venues for our day visits to Lapland are accordingly lit naturally using roaring fires and Lappish outdoor candles providing an attractive setting for the events taking place.
IS LAPLAND SUITABLE FOR INFANTS?
Finland can reach severely cold temperatures, and it is essential that you bring adequate thermal clothing for any children less than two years of age. We would recommend that you purchase a thermal snow suit for children under 2 years of age and bring it with you. It is recommended that you consult your doctor before booking and seek advice on the suitability of such harsh conditions for your child. It is also worth noting that buggies will not be suitable for use in the deep snow found in most areas.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
All guests receive Thermal Suits on arrival, which are similar to Ski Suits and boots. You will need to pack a selection of warm clothing to layer underneath including thermal underwear and warm tights. It is advisable that you wear something comfortable underneath the suits as you are in these for the majority of the time spent in Lapland. Don’t forget to bring hats, waterproof gloves and scarves for extra warmth. Snow boots are provided for your own safety, it is essential that these are worn at all times. Wellington boots and denim jeans are unsuitable for Lapland weather conditions.
We have a range of suit and boot sizes available, so those looking for extra large sizes will find a suit to fit them. However, we do not provide thermal suits for Infants under 2 years of age.
WILL IT BE COLD?
Temperatures can vary year on year, but can regularly fall to -15 and have been known to go even lower, however you will be provided with Thermal Suits and Snow Boots, so you will be suitably dressed for the cold. If you are concerned about the cold, consider travelling in early December as it is often not as cold as late December.
Irish citizens must bring a valid Irish Passport, which must be valid for 6 months after your return date. Visas are not required for Irish Citizens.
Not an Irish Citizen? Contact the Finnish Embassy in Dublin on 01-4781344 to find out what travel documents you require.
For the most up to date advice, check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
DO I NEED INSURANCE?
It is a condition of booking with us that you and your travelling companions take out suitable Winter Sports Insurance. Your insurance policy should provide full Winter Sports coverage, and list the activities you will be participating in (e.g. Husky Tours, Snowmobiles, etc.) Travel Insurance can be purchased from Cassidy Travel, please enquire with your travel advisor.
WHAT IS THE LOCAL CURRENCY?
Euro is the local currency, but there are very few ATMs, so you may wish to bring cash with you. Most major credit cards are accepted.
Your flight will be approximately 3.5 hours, and each person is entitles to 20 kilos of checked luggage plus 5 kilos of hand luggage.
Santa is looking forward to meeting all the children! He has a small, token gift for each child.
CAN I BRING A GIFT FOR SANTA TO GIVE MY CHILD?
Our policy is that all children receive the same gift from Santa.
CAN I DRIVE A SNOWMOBILE?
You must be over 18 and in possession of a clean driving license to drive a snowmobile. Please ensure you bring your license with you as you may be asked to present this. Children aged 12 and over may travel as a passenger, at the guide's discretion.
Snowmobiles are insured as required by Finnish law. This insurance covers medical care for injuries for the driver and the passenger arising from accidents. The amount of personal liability is max €980 per snowmobile/instance of accident. We can not accept any liability for personal injuries or material damage arising from accidents during "Winter Funtastic Games" husky dog sledding, reindeer safaris, or other excursions .Personal travel insurance is recommended. People with certain medical conditions may not be able to participate in some actives due to the nature of the activity.
Low deposits are available on bookings for our Lapland holidays, meaning you can book now and pay in instalments, spreading the costs over the months before your trip!
The required deposit varies for each trip, and ranges between €100 - €150 per person. There are special family deposits for all overnight trips, as stated below:
2 adults and 1 child: €250 family deposit
2 adults and 2 children: €300 family deposit
2 adults and 3 children: €350 family deposit
Your deposit will be non-refundable and full payment will be required a minimum of 13 weeks before departure. Upon booking you will be notified of the exact date the balance is due.