Jeris Lakeside Resort

  • Lapland/Finland, Santa Breaks in Muonio

The Jeris Lakeside Resort is a family run resort, part of the Harriniva Hotels & Safari's, a collection of wilderness accommodation and activities. They're owned by the third generation Pietikäinen family who are descendants from the indigenous Sámi people of Lapland. Surrounded by the forests and fells of the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, and set next to Lake Jerisjärvi you will have unspoilt views of the Lappish landscape. With limited light pollution you may even spot the Northern Lights during your stay. Your inclusive package itinerary includes a special meeting with Santa, plus a variety of different activities including snowmobiling, a husky safari and a scenic reindeer sleigh ride. 

What's included?

  • Two or three days of activities including snowmobiling, husky tour, reindeer farm visit, crafts and baking and a meeting with Santa
  • Direct flights from Gatwick, Manchester or Bristol on Sundays to Kittilä 
  • Scenic airport coach transfers
  • 3 or 4 nights stay in a cosy log cabin
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Christmas dinner
  • Complimentary tea and coffee available throughout the day
  • Soft drinks wristband for children
  • Warm thermal clothing and boots

Cosy Cabins

The cabins at the Jeris Lakeside Resort add a touch of authenticity to your stay, built in a traditional Finnish style with wooden panelling throughout, these cabins offer a cosy retreat in the remote Lappish landscape. Situated between the lake and hotel, the cabins are a short walk to the main building where you will have meals and be picked up for the excursions. Each cabin includes a private sauna and a seating area with a fireplace, perfect for warming in front of after a day of adventures. 

Offered on a full board basis,  you will enjoy buffet style meals and complimentary tea and coffee in the main restaurant throughout the day - children also have soft drinks available. 

Search for Santa

Celebrate the holiday season with a variety of arctic activities. Get involved in a baking and crafts workshop, bake delicious gingerbread cookies, and design your own Christmas decoration as a special souvenir to remember your trip, or get involved in of the snow activities such as tobogganing and cross-country skiing - the children even have a chance to drive their own mini-snowmobile. A Christmas holiday in Muonio isn't complete without a special meeting with Santa. You'll be whisked off into the wilderness in search of Santa's secret hideout; he'll be waiting for you there!

Unforgettable Arctic Adventures

Staying at Jeris Lakeside Resort offers a variety of thrilling Arctic activities right on your doorstep, all included with your package . You will have the chance to explore the enchanting snowy scenery on a snowmobile, embark on a husky sled tour through the fells and forests and meet the reindeer one of Laplands oldest reindeer farms before heading on scenic sleigh ride around the Lappish landscape. For a small local fee, consider exploring the magnificent landscape on snowshoes or cross country skis while taking in the untouched forest. During the evenings, make sure to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights - due to the secluded setting of Muonio, this is the ideal spot for catching a glimpse of them.

Lappish lifestyle

This family-owned hotel offers guests an insight into the indigenous Sami culture of Lapland, respecting Lappish traditions and has a strong connection with local nature. The cosy accommodation is powered by renewable energy and geothermal heating.  Full-board meals include a variety of dishes made with local and organic produce.

During your stay you can visit one of the oldest reindeer farms in Lapland You can learn about the heritage of the Sámi people and explore the history of the farm through the original artefacts and stories. Animal welfare is central to all of the activities, the group are founding members of the ''Animal Welfare in Tourism'' service, a project which cooperates with the University of Lapland - this promotes a high standard of life for the animals through good living conditions, keeping them healthy and happy.

Being one of the few businesses operating in the unspoilt Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, you can learn about the surrounding fells and forests, and the natural resources available in the area- Harriniva is actively lobbying against large scale logging in Muonio. In support of the local community, the hotel sources products from businesses and smaller Finnish entrepreneurs, plus regularly contributes to the local youth and children's charity.

The group is Green Key accredited, demonstrating its commitment to environmental and sustainable development.

Santa Breaks in Muonio

  • Full board with complimentary soft drinks at the Harriniva Adventure Resort or Jeris Lakeside Resort
  • Package with excursions and a meeting with Santa included 
  • Stay above the Arctic Circle
  • Remote wilderness locations
  • On the Finnish-Swedish border

Muonio is the ideal resort if you are looking for a wilderness retreat in Lapland and the perfect place to meet Santa. This resort really allows you to appreciate the beauty Lapland has to offer. Given the remote location of Muonio, the skies are especially clear, giving you the chance to witness the magical Northern Lights. 

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Muonio

On an Ingham's Lapland holiday to Muonio you will have everything included for a magical break in Finland.

  • Full board with complimentary coffee and tea in the hotel main restaurant at the Harriniva Adventure Resort or Jeris Lakeside Resort
  • Excursions including Santa visit, snowmobiling, reindeer safari and husky safari
  • Flights 
  • Transfers to / from Kittila
  • Arctic thermal suits and boots (3 years and over - these breaks are not recommended for infants)
  • Inghams rep service

Winter wonderland

Muonio is set in the remote Finnish fells, next to the beautiful Muonionjoki River - Europes largest free-flowing river separating Finland and Sweden. Located 200 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, staying in the Muonio area allows you to fully embrace the peace and quiet of the real Finnish Lapland. The landscape is dominated by snow-covered forests, frozen lakes, and glistening fells, creating an authentic winter wonderland during the colder months. 

Arctic adventures

Experience the wonders of Lapland this winter season in the magical Muonio. Experience a world of enchantment with a variety of winter activities all included with your Ingham's Santa Break package. Feel the thrill as you slide down the slopes on a toboggan, race through the snowy fells on a snowmobile, embark on a magical husky safari through the magical untouched landscape or take a serene reindeer sleigh ride through the sparkling forests.  You can also bake traditional Finnish gingerbread cookies, or craft your very own Christmas decorations to remember your enchanting trip to Lapland. The highlight of the day is experiencing the magic of meeting Santa in his hidden cabin, nestled among snow-covered trees and glistening icicles.  Each family will have a special meeting with Santa, where the children will receive a small gift. With enough Christmas magic, you may even be lucky enough to encounter the mystical Northern Lights, a magical display of dancing colours that paint the night sky with hues of emerald green, sapphire blue, and fiery red, it really is the greatest light show on earth. 

Where to stay in Muonio

We offer two all inclusive packages in either the traditional Harriniva Wilderness Hotel, or the remote Jeris Lakeside Resort. The accommodation is furnished to a high standard, perfect for families looking for traditional Finnish accommodation, plus all of your excursions are included.  

Still got a question? See our Santa Break FAQs.



Jerisranta Cabin A sleeps up to four people. Located in between the lake and the hotel,  each cabin has a sleeping alcove with two beds, and a sofa bed suitable for one adult or two children. 


Cabin facilities

  • Fireplace with one bag of firewood
  • Seating area with fireplace
  • Kitchen with stove, fridge, microwave, kettle, coffee maker
  • Bathroom with shower and sauna
  • WC
  • Clothes drying cabinet


The Jeris Lakeside Resort is not recommended for those with reduced mobility as the cabins are a short walk from the main hotel building.

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No

The Jeris Lakeside Resort is not recommended for those with reduced mobility


  • 20 kilometres east of Muonio town centre 
  • Approximately 1 hour (80km) to/ from Kittilä by coach
  • On the edge of Lake Jerisjärvi
  • Next to the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park 
  • Pub Piilopaikka
  • Arctic Sauna World (pay locally, pre-booking recommended)
  • Massages and treatments (book and pay locally)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant 
  • Lappish kota
  • Souvenir shop
  • Luggage storage
  • Additional activities are available to book locally





The Jeris Adventure Resort is on a full board basis. Your first meal will be dinner on arrival day and last meal will be breakfast on departure day.

Meals are often made with local and regional produce. Each morning you can enjoy a varied breakfast buffet with an assortment of hot and cold options. In the evening, you can enjoy a three-course meal often combing modern flavours with a Lappish twist. Plus one evening, you will have a special Christmas dinner. 

Soft drinks and juice are included for children, a wristband will be provided on arrival. There is complimentary coffee and tea offered in the hotel's main restaurant throughout the opening hours.



Board basis options available

  • Full Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Vegans
  • Vegetarians

The Jeris Adventure Resort can cater for special dietary requirements on request. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking. It is advised that you speak to the restaurant staff on arrival regarding your dietary needs.


All excursions are included in the package price:

  • Private meeting with Santa
  • 6km husky safari
  • 20km snowmobile tour 
  • Reindeer farm visit and reindeer sled ride
  • Gingerbread baking 
  • Crafts 
  • Tobogganing
  • Mini-snowmobiles for children

Optional extras are available to book through the hotel reception the day before the activity takes place. Optional excursions can include Aurora snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoe rental. These excursions are payable locally. 

Please note

Husky Safari: Times and distances are approximate and may vary due to weather conditions. All children under 12 years must be driven by a guide (5-6 children per guide sleigh). Adults (aged 18+) drive their own sleigh, with 1 - 2 adults (aged 12+) in the sleigh. 

Reindeer Safari: Times and distances are approximate and may vary due to weather conditions. 

Snowmobile Safaris: Times and distances are approximate and may vary due to weather conditions. Children age 4-14 yrs and will be towed behind the guide in a sleigh or pod. Children must be aged 15 yrs or above and at least 140cm tall to ride as a passenger on a snowmobile. Snowmobile drivers must be 18yrs and bring a full, photographic driver's licence with them. Snowmobiles are shared as standard. Guests wishing to upgrade to a single riders can do so at reception on arrival (payable locally). Some customers may need to upgrade locally to a single driving snowmobile (payable locally), if sharing a snowmobile is not possible in their group. 

Travel insurance is a condition of booking with us, and you should ensure that your chosen policy covers the activities that you plan to take part in during your holiday. Your policy should provide cover for your own personal and medical expenses, however individual policies will not cover damage to snowmobiles or skidoos and a compulsory excess will be payable directly to the supplier of the snowmobile/skidoo excursion.

Total price from
per person from £1929
Includes £100pp discount
15/12/2024 - 3 nights
2 adults
From Manchester Int.
Full Board
Jeris Lakeside Resort
Santa Breaks in Muonio
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