The weeks leading up to Christmas are among those in which the breath-taking Northern Lights are at their most visible inside the Arctic Circle. We have a series of Festive Lights short breaks running from late November to the end of the Christmas holidays, with special departures from regional airports across the UK – perfect for combining nature’s most extraordinary light show with the atmosphere of the festive period. On these tours, you’ll search for the Aurora Borealis by snowmobile (or ‘skidoo’) in the hope of a spectacular Northern Lights sighting.
- 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
- Skimming through a snowy forest on a sled pulled by a team of eager huskies
- Staying within sight of Sweden’s picture-perfect northernmost church
Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Doncaster, East Midlands, Glasgow, Humberside, London Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted
Couples, Singles, Groups
Your three or four-night Festive Lights break begins with a flight from your chosen UK airport to Enontekio in Northern Finland. From there, you make the short transfer to the Arctic Star Hotel in Karesuando.
As well as three-or four-nights’ full board accommodation at the Arctic Star (including for those staying over Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, a special Christmas Dinner or New Year’s Eve Dinner) and loan of an all-in-one thermal suit and boots, your break includes all the activities detailed below. We’ll organise the running order according to the local conditions while you’re there. We can also give you the chance to choose from our programme of optional excursions – including one of the highlights of our Arctic Spirit programmes – the chance to spend the night in an igloo!
Call of the Wild Husky Safari
Duration: 1 hour
An unforgettable adventure into the wilderness, pulled by your own team of beautiful huskies. Two adults share a sled and dog team.
Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
Duration: 2 hours
An evening excursion when, with the night sky overhead, you head out through the wilderness to a vantage point in the hope of seeing the fabled and magical Northern Lights. Two adults share a snowmobile.
Duration: 2 hours
Learn about herding and lassoing reindeer from reindeer farmers. Then venture into the wilderness on a reindeer sleigh safari.
Optional Excursions & Extras
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.