Christmas in Lapland: Santa Snowmobiling, Sledding, Sleigh Rides

Christmas in Lapland: Santa Snowmobiling, Sledding, Sleigh Rides

Lapland comprises the northernmost part of Sweden, Finland and Norway, receiving thousands of visitors from the UK each year, especially on the run up to Christmas. This is the home of the real Santa Claus after all. It’s a truly magical place for adults and children alike with unending views of snow-clad pine trees, frozen rivers, vast expanses of tundra and big enchanting skies - so it’s no surprise that the destination continues to grow in popularity each year.

In a nutshell… 

It is best to go further north with Transun for an authentic Lapland experience. They will transport you to the region of Enontekiö, the far-flung north-western arm of Finland, deep within the Arctic Circle, 1,000km north of Finland’s capital Helsinki and about 300km north of the overcrowded, commercialised Arctic resort of Rovaniemi. It’s an area of intense natural beauty, turned into a Narnia-esque Winter Wonderland in December as the landscape is blanketed in snow.

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You’ll have an early start at Southampton airport. But it’s totally worth it. The journey time to Lapland is around three and a half hours and you will land in Enontekio airport. You’ll then have a 50 minute transfer to the region of Karesuando, a quaint little Lappish village on the border of Sweden and Finland. Spend the day high above the Arctic Circle meeting the man in red, savouring a delicious two-course lunch and enjoying snow-filled activities before landing back in Southampton around 10pm.

Meeting Santa

Santa is obviously the number one highlight of the trip. With Transun, you’ll benefit from a private family meeting with Santa that doesn’t feel rushed, rather than with a crowd of strangers and a load of gimmicks. It starts with a search through the forest to find his traditional log cabin. The children also get given a small gift to open on Christmas Day.

What’s more?

Here you’ll find so much more than the big man himself as the endless expanse of wilderness is the perfect place for snowy activities, making it a Christmas dream come true. Travelling with a team of exuberant huskies across the arctic tundra and riding a snowmobile over a frozen river - which are included in the price - make the experience even more special and guaranteed to take your breath away. The limited hours of twilight make for an even more magical setting.

Reindeer sleigh rides

Reindeer are an integral part of the local culture (there are around 20,000 of them compared to just 2,000 people), providing transport, warmth and food to the indigenous Sami people for years. What better way to experience this magnificent creature than with a typical sleigh ride; get wrapped up in furs and be towed along in a wooden sleigh through the snow-covered landscape.

Sledding with huskies

A cacophony of husky sounds fills the air…they are over-enthused to go for a run across the snowy tundra as soon as they hear your command. After a brief introduction, the ‘musher’ will be positioned at your sled’s helm and will guide you through the breath-taking panoramic views of the glistening landscape.

Snowmobile safaris

This is an exhilarating way to explore your surroundings. After being taken through the basics, you’ll travel in pairs (with the opportunity to swap over) behind the guide on official snowmobile tracks. No previous experience is required, although you do need a driving licence and be over 18 years to drive one. Children under 15 will be pulled in a sled behind the guide.

About Transun 

Transun is an independent, specialist tour operator that provide Santa day trips, short breaks and Arctic adventures to awe-inspiring Lapland. They have been operating in the travel business for over three decades and have built up heaps of experience at designing and delivering specialist holidays for their loyal clients. They are ABTA and ATOL bonded, which means they adhere to the strictest standards in the industry. It also means you can book with them in complete confidence.

Did you know?

In Enontekiö, you will breathe in what is claimed to be the cleanest air in the world.

Package / Book early for the best deal

Transun offer their Winter Wonderland day trip from £489 per adult and £479 per child. Travelling on Saturday 10th December from Southampton, the price includes return flights and transfers, private family meeting with Santa, husky experience, snowmobile adventure, reindeer sleigh ride, gift for children, snow play and loan of thermal suits and boots.

Need to know / Top tips


Dress warm - temperatures can drop to as low as -40C. Transun provide your thermal suit and boots for the day but it is advisable to have decent layers for underneath. And bring a snug hat, scarf and cosy gloves. Hand warmers are a good idea too.
Insurance - Make sure your insurance covers you for winter sports - particularly snowmobiling and husky sledding.
Driving licence - Don’t forget this as you can’t drive a snowmobile without one!

SPECIAL OFFER - FREE child place*

 *Terms and conditions apply. Free child place is available with three full fare paying passengers. Places are limited.To book call 01865 265 200 or visit www.transun.co.uk