It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
The weeks leading up to Christmas are filled with anticipation and excitement, and nowhere more so than in Lapland. The freshly fallen snow is soft and deep, the wintry air is crisp and clean, and pilgrims from all over the world arrive in search of a man dressed in red – but there is more to this part of the world than Santa, and Lapland is not just for children.
The coming of the festive season is heralded by the annual reappearance of the fabled Northern Lights – a celestial spectacle older than Christmas itself. As the nights get longer, the mighty Aurora emerges from its summer slumber and returns to the Arctic skies in bursts of incandescent colour, illuminating the blankets of snow that lay beneath. Winter has returned to Lapland.
So what better way to combine the annual reappearance of nature’s greatest light show and the countdown to Christmas, than a short stay in the epicentre of it all: Lapland itself. Our 3 or 4-nights Festive Lights holiday includes a host of exhilarating winter activities and is based in an uncommercial, wilderness resort, where Northern Lights sightings are not impaired by city light pollution.
Our Festive Lights holiday is an adults-based tour suitable for those aged 12 or above. For families looking to visit Santa, please see our Snow is Falling holiday.
- Full-board accommodation at the Davvi Arctic Star
- Return flights with 18kg luggage
- In-flight meals
- Airport transfers
- Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
- Reindeer Camp
- Call of the Wild Husky Safari
- Loan of thermal suits and boots
- All taxes and government air passenger duty
What we love
- Staying within sight of Sweden’s picture-perfect northernmost church
- Dashing across the frozen tundra pulled by a team of eager huskies
- The chance to witness an unforgettable Aurora Borealis performance
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Singles, Groups, Couples
Your Festive Lights holiday begins with Transun’s direct charter flight from your chosen regional airport to Enontekio, in the far northwestern corner of Finnish Lapland. From there, you will make a 50-minute transfer to the Davvi Arctic Star hotel, in Swedish Karesuando. On your first evening, you will collect your thermal suit and snow boots, which are yours to keep for the duration of your holiday.
Karesuando is a small, quaint border village which crosses Sweden and Finland – the two countries being divided by a frozen river which cuts through the village. The Davvi Arctic Star, located on the edge of the Swedish side of the village, offers simple and comfortable accommodation – a perfect base from which to explore the wonders of this area, by snowmobile, husky sled, or reindeer sleigh! The hotel operates a full-board plan, and meals are provided on a buffet service.
Upon arrival in resort, you will be presented with an itinerary of winter activities which are included in the holiday. Although sightings of the Northern Lights can never be guaranteed, you will still have an enjoyable holiday, thanks to the once-in-a-lifetime excursions which are included on this tour:
Call of the Wild Husky Safari
Duration: 1 hour
No Lapland holiday would be complete without mushing your own team of huskies through snow-capped forests and over frozen lakes – a must do! Your four-legged friends are eager for the off! Two adults share a sled.
Northern Lights Snowmobiles
Duration: 2 hours
An evening excursion when, with the Arctic night sky overhead, you head out into the wilderness to a vantage point in the hope of seeing the fabled Northern Lights. Two adults share a snowmobile; a driving licence is required.
Duration: 2 hours
Learn about Lapland’s most famous residents from the experts! This excursion includes a talk on the reindeer and their importance in Lapland culture, and is followed by a sleigh ride through the snow.
Optional Excursions & Extras
This was an amazing holiday for us. Everything was perfect. The activities were out of this world.
- Kathy Shannon
Enjoyed It. Great value for the price, food enjoyable too!
- Stuart Adams
Wow. Thank you so much to every single person involved in making this a magical Christmas we will never forget. The warm, cosy friendly hotel was a perfect home from home, and all excursions were extremely...Read More
Wow. Thank you so much to every single person involved in making this a magical Christmas we will never forget. The warm, cosy friendly hotel was a perfect home from home, and all excursions were extremely well organised.Read Less
- Lorna Grover
The trips were amazing especially the husky ride. Amazing, out of this world experience
- Carol Mumby
Really Enjoyed our tour. All activities were well run & very organised. The food was fantastic.
- Kaitlin Clinch
A fabulous well organised holiday. Thoroughly enjoyed!
- Joy Carson
This has been an excellent holiday. The staff have done everything they could to make this holiday as special as possible.
- Lyn Banks
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this tour suitable for children?
Due to the extreme weather conditions in Lapland, we don’t recommend this tour for children under the age of twelve since a great deal of time will be spent outdoors in Arctic conditions. A full driving licence is required for the snowmobiles, so children may not be able to participate in this activity.
What is the deposit?
To confirm the holiday, the deposit is £200 per person. The final balance is due ten weeks before departure, though these terms may differ if you have booked through a travel agent.
What currency should I take?
The currency in Sweden is the Krona. Many hotels and establishments in the Nordic countries will not accept cash and only accept card payments (the Davvi Arctic Star hotel only accepts card payments, not cash). All Transun optional excursions are advertised in Sterling; credit and debit cards are accepted as payment for excursions booked in resort.
Will I see Father Christmas?
A visit to see Santa is not included in this tour. We do offer holidays which include a visit to see Father Christmas as part of our ‘Santa’s Lapland’ collection.
Can anyone drive a snowmobile?
Driving a snowmobile in Finland is like driving a car, and similar laws apply. A full valid driving licence is required - please ensure you bring this with you as it must be presented in resort. Normal traffic laws apply on snowmobile routes. A damage waiver must be signed before commencing the activity. Credit card verification is taken and a €980 excess is payable for any damage, irrespective of severity, prior to leaving resort. The guide’s safety instructions must be followed, and safety helmets must be worn at all times.
Can I add on additional excursions and activities when in Lapland?
If you wanted to make your holiday extra special, it is possible to add on additional activities to your tour after arriving in Lapland. However, availability of activities and excursions is limited and so we recommend that you book your place before you travel to guarantee your place. Some of the most popular excursions added to the Festive Lights tour are the igloo, and ice fishing, and these are likely to sell out first.