(age at the date of return)

Santa Breaks in Ylläs

3 & 4 night holidays to meet Santa in Lapland

Ylläs is an idyllic unspoiled Lappish village with marvellous scenery and high-quality cosy log cabins dotted around the woods. Äkäs Hotel is the main focus of entertainment but there is also a handful of colourful local bars and restaurants and an excellent large supermarket. With stunning unspoiled natural scenery, the skies here are especially clear, ideal for witnessing the magical Northern Lights. You may even spot reindeer roaming around.

All of our Santa Breaks include an amazing half day full of atmosphere and fun for the children. Visit Santa's Hideaway and make gingerbread with the elves, don’t miss the chance to meet Comet the reindeer and enjoy various snow games for youngsters - with tobogganing and snowballs always on the agenda. Plus of course, there's the highlight of the day - 

A private meeting with Santa Claus himself guaranteed for each family!

We also include arctic thermal suits and warm snow boots for all adults and children (3 years and older - as these breaks are not recommended for infants). Meaning you can 'come as you are' with your normal winter outdoor clothing, and we'll do the rest, so you can relax and enjoy the Lapland snow.

There is always time to join your choice of additional optional activities such as husky, reindeer and snowmobile safaris or perhaps try skiing or snowboarding.

Finally, to round off your break, enjoy a very special Farewell Feast full of festivities including, fun games, a disco and a small present and certificate for each child. For winter 2019/20 Santa Breaks children can expect a visit from Santa to say goodbye. For winter 2020/21 Santa will be exclusively met at his hideaway home! 

For the ultimate trip of festive fun, our 7 night Lapland holidays offer the opportunity to extend your stay. Many of the properties available for a Santa Break are also available for a 7 night stay and whilst the visit with Santa & thermals are not included as standard, simply add the 'Santa's Hideaway' excursion and thermal clothing to your holiday package at the time of booking.

Enoy an unforgettable short break in December to get the whole family well and truly into the festive spirit in the run up to Christmas!

Our Santa Breaks include:

  • Half day at Santa's Hideaway including private meeting with Santa and games and more with the Elves
  • Thermal Suits and Snow Boots (3yrs +)
  • Farewell Feast with gala meal, small gift, certificate and disco!
  • Option to add husky, reindeer & snowmobile safaris
  • Option to add ski/snowboard taster
  • Choice of 7 accommodations in Levi and Ylläs
  • Option of half board or self catered

See here for our Santa Break FAQs.

Added value

Festive Feast Included

Private meeting with Santa and festive fun included

Thermal Suits & Boots Included

  • from£799pp
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A choice of well-equipped, high quality, idyllic modern log cabins dotted around the woods in this traditional unspoiled Lappish village. Optional half board also available.

  • from£799pp
  • 10 rooms
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Conveniently located, excellent value, well-equipped  semi-detached cabins within easy walking distance of Äkäs Hotel (150-250m) where all Santa Break excursions depart from, and where guests have the option of taking pre-bookable half board meals or self-catering.

  • from£829pp
  • 72 rooms
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An atmospheric family-friendly hotel conveniently situated in the heart of this traditional unspoilt Lappish community, with a choice of hotel rooms or excellent studios and apartments.

Your Itinerary

3 nights Sunday to Wednesday. 

4 nights Wednesday to Sunday.

DAY 1

Your Inghams Santa Breaks Reps will be waiting at Kittilä airport to warmly welcome you to Lapland and bring you, by coach, to your accommodation. Shortly after arriving in Ylläs, you will collect your complimentary thermal suits and boots, which you will keep for the duration of your stay. There will be plenty of time to explore your snowy surroundings, build snowmen, find a toboggan and throw those mandatory snowballs. Join us for a welcome get-together to help you plan your activities for the next few days - see below for options.

DAY 2 

Today is the day! The time has come to meet the big man himself. A magical jaunt is in store with a visit to one of Santa’s enchanting workshops. Here each family will enjoy an exclusive private meeting with Santa- make sure you’ve written your letters! You can also take part in supervised festive games, cook sausages on an open fire, help the elves bake gingerbread biscuits and try making your own decorations in Elf School. Outdoors you can meet Comet the Reindeer, catch the snowmobile train (on the hunt to find Santa) or have great fun tobogganing in the snow.

DAY 3 

Make the most of your stay by booking our exciting and excellent-value optional excursions. Perhaps a combined husky and reindeer farm visit with sleigh rides in the morning, followed by an exhilarating family-friendly snowmobile safari in the afternoon. Alternatively, wander around the local shops collecting souvenirs or relax and enjoy a sauna at your accommodation in true Finnish style!

On Your Last Night 

Get ready for a Festive Feast and an evening of party games and a disco. Tuck into a buffet of traditional roast turkey Christmas dinner plus Lappish specialities. All children will receive a small gift and certificate- souvenirs that can be treasured for years. For winter 2019/20 the evening gets into full swing with a visit from Santa and his reindeer. For winter 2020/21 Santa will be exclusively met on day 2 at his hideaway home. 

Please note that the Festive Feast takes place on Day 4 for guests staying 4 nights.

DAY 4 (for 4 night guests only!)

Today you can choose whether to book additional winter activities and safaris or try a few hours skiing on the wide, uncrowded Ylläs slopes. Pre-book our exclusive Inghams 'ski taster' package to give it a go. Perhaps you would prefer to wander around the local craft shops, relax at the hotel swimming pool (if staying at Akäs Hotel and Alp Apartments) or simply play in the snow. Then get ready for a Festive Feast in the evening (see Day 3 for details)After dinner, perhaps the Northern Lights will appear for that perfect end to your holiday.

DAY 5 (or DAY 4 for 3 night guests)

After a magical few days, it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends before being transferred by coach to the airport for your flight home.

Please note the above itinerary may vary according to arrival and departure times. Other activities such as horse-sleigh rides and visits to the SnowHotel (from mid-Dec) may also be available locally.

Excursions

Combined Husky & Reindeer Safari

An animal lover’s dream and a great value excursion that makes the most of your valuable holiday time. Meet some of Santa's reindeer deep in their silent forest hideaway. Learn about their way of life from colourful local Sámi herders and enjoy a romantic reindeer sleigh ride for 1½km across the snowy landscape. Delicious hot fruit juice and cake will be served. Next it’s time to visit the huskies in their nearby cosy wilderness home. Learn about their way of life while huddled around a campfire inside a traditional Lappish Kota hut. Visit the husky puppies and enjoy a 2km dog-sled ride through the sparkling winter landscape.

Total excursion duration approx 2½hrs. 

Snowmobile Safari

Experience an exhilarating 25km ride through beautiful scenery, snow-laden forests and frozen lakes. Snowmobiles are fun and easy to ride on your own or sharing with a passenger. Children either share with an adult (over 8yrs only, subject to height restrictions) or are towed in a sled behind the guide (sleds are not covered in Ylläs).

Total excursion duration approx 2½hrs.

Ski Taster Package

(For 4 night complete beginner guests only)
An opportunity for guests who have never skied before to try the wonderful world of skiing. Conditions are ideal for learning to ski with empty slopes and friendly English speaking instructors. 

But beware, you may enjoy yourself so much that you will want to return to experience one of our 7 night holidays.

  • Ski tuition for 1½ hours
  • Skis & boots hire all day
  • Free use of beginner lifts all day

Notes for all above excursions: 

Ski Taster Package is for guests 5yrs or older. We act as at all times as the selling agent for the supplier of excursions and activities. Times and distances are approximate and may vary due to weather conditions. Snowmobile, Husky and Reindeer Safaris child age is 4-12yrs. Children 0-3 years can take part in the husky and reindeer safari by paying a fixed charge for the transport but are not allowed on any Snowmobile safaris. On Inghams, and most other travel policies, cover is provided for personal and medical expenses but not for damage to the snowmobile itself. Snowmobile drivers must be 18yrs old and bring a full driver's license with them. Children 8yrs or above must be at least 140cm tall to ride as a passenger on the snowmobile. Insurance is included by the snowmobile company for damage to the snowmobile or to third parties and their property but please note there is an insurance excess of approximately 850 Euro in Levi and Ylläs payable directly to the excursion provider. 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.

Please note that we act at all times as the selling agent for the supplier of excursions and activities. See Terms & Conditions for further information.

Useful Information

Resort Code: FIYL

Languages spoken: Finnish and Sámi

Time difference: GMT+2

Currency: EUR

Travel and Transportation

Direct exclusive charter flights to Kittilä from:

  • Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • Bristol

3 night Santa Break departs Sunday

4 night Santa Break departs Wednesday

Transfer: approx. 55 minutes - 1¼ hours

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

Good to know

  • Sledges are donated and adopted constantly- find one during your stay and enjoy all the snow fun!
  • Beautiful log cabins dotted around the forest 
  • Visit the amazing Ice Hotel (arrange locally)
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