(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.

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Added value

Festive Feast Included

Private meeting with Santa and a full day of festive fun included

  • from£1028pp

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.

  • 10 rooms

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£849pp
  • 72 rooms

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

Your Itinerary

3 nights Sunday to Wednesday.

4 nights Wednesday to Sunday.

Santa Sleigh

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 resort, 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. Other activities such as horse-sleigh rides and visits to the SnowHotel (from mid-Dec) may also be available locally.

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 or have great fun tobogganing in the snow.

Husky Sleigh


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 - see details below. Or why not try a few hours skiing on the slopes? Ylläs is an excellent resorts to give downhill skiing a go if you haven’t tried it before. Alternatively, wander around the local shops collecting souvenirs or relax and enjoy a sauna at your accommodation in true Finnish style!

In the evening, get ready for a festive ‘Dinner with Santa’ including party games and disco. Tuck into a buffet of
traditional roast turkey Christmas dinner plus Lappish specialities. The evening gets into full swing with a visit
from Santa and his reindeer. All children will receive a small gift and certificate from Santa - souvenirs that can
be treasured for years. Please note that ‘Dinner with Santa’ 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 slopes. Perhaps you would prefer to wander around the local craft shops, relax at the hotel swimming pool (if staying at Akas Hotel and Alp Apartments) or simply play in the snow. Then get ready for a festive gala dinner in the evening (see Day 3 for details).

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.


Reindeer Safari

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. 
Prices from: £69 Adult / £39 Child

Snowmobile Safari TH


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.
Single Prices from: (1 Adult alone) £95 Adult
Double Prices from: (2 sharing) £69 Adult / £15 Child

Ski Taster TH


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
Prices from: £59 Adult or Child

Ski Taster Package is for guests 5yrs or older. Child excursion age is 4-12yrs incl. Children under 4yrs old are FREE but not allowed on snowmobile safari and will be required to pay locally for transportation to reindeer & husky safari. Children 8yrs or above must be at least 140cm tall to ride as a passenger on the snowmobile. On snowmobile excursions Inghams (and most other travel policies) will provide cover for personal and medical expenses but not for damage to the snowmobile etc. If the snowmobile is damaged then a compulsory insurance excess of approx. €850 in Levi and €550 in Ylläs will be payable direct to the excursion provider.

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

Santa Breaks 2019

Departure day To Depart from/Supplement
Sunday 1, 8 & 15 Dec for 3 nights or
Wednesday 4, 11 & 18 Dec for 4 nights

Gatwick (all dates)

Manchester (all dates)

Bristol (all dates)

Please note some flight supplements may apply.  Transfer Approx. 1 1/2hrs 

Car hire available: Yes

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: Yes

Resort Ski bus available: Yes

Good to know

  • Direct flights from Gatwick, Bristol or Manchester
  • Return coach transfer
  • Three or four nights in hotels or log cabins
  • Thermal suits and boots to keep you warm
  • A private meeting with Santa for every family
  • An afternoon of fun activities at Santa's workshop
  • Fun snow activities
  • Create Christmas decorations at Elf School
  • Bake gingerbread biscuits
  • Visit Comet the reindeer
  • Cook sausages on an open fire
  • Festive gala dinner and party with Santa
  • Each child receives a small gift and certificate following their private meeting
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