Meeting Santa for the day in Winter Wonderland
Have you ever had one of those bucket list items that you thought you were never going to do and then you finally tick it off your list? Flying to Lapland and meeting Santa for the day in Winter Wonderland is not your usual trip and it is definitely a treat for both children and adults. Children will love riding the reindeer and huskies in the snow to having a one on one with Santa in his cabin, while the Adults will also enjoy riding the snowmobiles, drinking hot chocolate in the ice bar.
If you’re fortunate enough to be planning a trip for you or your family to Lapland for the day, there are ways to make the most out of visiting Santa’s Winter Wonderland. There are various things to consider: how long to stay, which company to choose and where exactly to go. Here’s how to make seeing jolly red himself a little easier and also give you some much-needed tips for any Lapland experience:
How to get there & Location
The winter wonderland is located next to a lake near the town of Enontekiö, which is in the province of Lapland in the north-west tip of Finland.
My flight was chartered and part of my tour package for the day. It flew directly from Gatwick Airport (London) to Enontekiö Airport (Finland) and took roughly 3 hours and then it was an hours drive on the bus to Santas Winter Wonderland.
As I was on a chartered flight, I completed a search on the internet to see if you could purchase a separate flight to Enontekiö from London, but I could not find any.
I assume that if you want to fly to Enontekiö separately, you will need to fly to Helsinki first and then from there take a direct flight to Enontekiö with Finnair
Tips for Winter Wonderland
- Be aware that it can get very cold during winter and the temperature can range from -7C to -35C (It was -25C the day I was there)
- Even though you are supplied with Thermal suits and boots, please ensure that you bring additional items to keep warm. Scarves, beanies, thermals for under your clothes and waterproof gloves (also liners for inside your gloves for extra warmth).
- There is only a few hours daylight during the winter period in Lapland, so photos of your magical trip are going to be very difficult to get. By the time you get to do the Dogsledding, reindeer and Snowmobiling activities it will already be pitch dark.
- Make sure you bring A GOOD head torch, this was not made very clear in the notes at the time apart from bring a head-torch along.
- If you want to take pictures (as I suspect most people do), you will need to make sure that your equipment takes good night pictures and it can handle the very low temperatures. I have to admit I tried to use my phone but I only got a handful of good pictures because it froze in the cold. A very big rookie mistake on my part.
- Keep your eye out because you have a great chance of seeing the Northern lights and you definitely want to be able to take pictures of these colours dancing across the sky.
Would I recommend it
If you want to take pictures (as I suspect most people do), you will need to make sure that your equipment takes good night pictures and it can handle the very low temperatures. I have to admit I tried to use my phone but I only got a handful of good pictures because it froze in the cold. A very big rookie mistake on my part.
Keep your eye out because you have a great chance of seeing the Northern lights and you definitely want to be able to take pictures of these colours dancing across the sky.
From what I noticed, all the children around me looked like that they were having an amazing time, especially when catching the snowmobile to Santa’s cabin and waiting around the fire eating marshmallows. What a great experience for any child to do and be able to share it with their family and friends.
I would suggest is that if you can afford it and have the time, look at doing the overnight stay, as one day is definitely not enough time especially with children. It is a very long day and by the time you are waiting for your flight back to London, there were lots of tired children (and adults).
Read a few reviews about the different companies that offer the trip and weigh up the pros and cons before deciding because it is not a cheap trip. It will cost around £2000 for a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children), for the day and that does not include any extras like hot chocolate or souvenirs. Different companies fly to different areas of Lapland for this magical experience, so I would keep that in mind. I have heard that the Lapland experience to Rovaniemi is pretty good.
There is a saying by an unknown author, ‘It’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times’ which sums up my trip to Santas Winter Wonderland for the day. Yes, it was expensive and it had its faults but the experience alone was magical and if given the chance I would not hesitate to go back.
What’s included in the tour package
- Thermal suits and boots.
- Snowmobile trip
- Husky Sled Journey
- Reindeer sleigh ride
- Private meeting with Santa
- Hot lunch
- Snow activities: tobogganing, snowballing and snowman-making
- Return flights with meals on board
Have you been to Winter Wonderland Lapland before? I would love to hear your experiences in the comments below.
If you love the snow check out my post on the beautiful resort Les Gets, France
Disclaimer: All views are my own and based on my own experience.
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