KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC RESORT
This unique resort successfully blends what a child dreams of when thinking about visiting Santa with more grown-up and even luxurious elements. Set in Finnish Lapland, 250km north of the Arctic Circle, it's the perfect spot for magical family holidays, both in winter and summer.
In the colder months, think snowmobile safaris, sleigh-rides and skiing. You can also head out on the water on an ice-breaker, take a dip in the frozen lake (staff will cut a space for you to swim) and relax in one of the smoke saunas for an authentic Finnish experience. And you can visit Santa, too, in his woodland lodge.
Between May and early August, the sun doesn't set, meaning you can fill your days (and nights) with activities including hiking, gold-panning and whitewater-kayaking. You can even enjoy a husky safari on wheels rather than skis, or 'borrow' a husky to join the family on a hiking experience.
Nearest Airport: Ivalo Airport
Prices: From $350.00 per room per night - Halfboard
Choose between glass igloos, log chalets and snow igloos, among other options. Largely unencumbered by technology and mod cons, they are the perfect setting for some quality family time and for admiring the stunning scenery (keep your eyes peeled for the Northern Lights!).
sleep up to 4 in a double bed and extra beds. Available mid/late August–end of April.
sleep up to 6 (1 bedroom features a glass roof), with sauna, fireplace and kitchenette.
sleep up to 10, with fireplace and sauna.
sleep 2, with sleeping bags provided.
sleep 2, with sauna and outdoor hot tub.
sleep up to 10 in 3 bedrooms, with kitchen, fireplace and sauna.
(the big man will give up his home for you and your family to stay!)
Gold Diggers' chalets
sleep 4, with sauna and their own kick-sled.
Visit to Santa's home (pre-book).
Winter activities (bookable in resort): husky safari, reindeer safari, snowmobile safari, snow-tank safari, horse-riding, sleigh-rides, Aurora-hunting, ice-fishing, ski lessons, snowboarding, icebreaker cruises.
Summer activities (bookable in resort): gold-panning, husky safaris, horse-riding, hiking, riverboat cruises, visits to local national parks, museums and islands, midnight sun experiences, Norway excursions, Northern Lights viewing, ATV (all-terrain vehicle) safaris, foraging, canoeing and whitewater kayaking, fishing, mountain-biking.
2 restaurants (à la carte menus and local specialities) plus private dining (pre-book) at Santa Claus Celebration House 'Underground' restaurant or Smoke Sauna Restaurant.
3 smoke saunas (including the largest in the world; must be pre-booked to allow heating time).
Equipment hire (clothing, skis, boots, bikes).
The Northern Lights season runs from late-August through April each year and the Glass Igloos give you an unobstructed view of Finland’s sky and natural beauty. After dark is the greatest as not only more stars than you’re ever seen, but also the flowing colors of the northern lights shine above you. The dancing light show put on the aurora borealis in this arctic environment is second to none.