How do you know where to look? He must be around here somewhere. At first, the task can seem daunting: searching for Santa in the snow-capped forests of True Lapland. The picture-perfect, wintry snowscapes stretch to the horizon and beyond; the possibilities are endless. It seems an improbable home for an 800-year-old man – especially one as busy as Santa. But Lapland is full of surprises.
And what a pleasant surprise Jeris is! Surrounded by Lapland’s Pallas-Yllas National Park, this is Lapland just as you imagined it – with trees bowing under the weight of the snow and frozen lakes glistening in earnest. The crisp snowscapes are pristine and show no trace of the days filled with fun and excitement that are had here; each adventure is a new start. The deep, deep snow is a perfect playground for adults and children alike – snowmobiling and husky sledding are all part of the adventure. And the reindeer, oh the reindeer! Abundantly moseying through the snow at leisure, you’re at once reminded that you’re outnumbered here by Santa’s four-legged friends.
Perhaps it’s no wonder then, that Santa chose to make this his home or that he welcomes you to enjoy this very special corner of the world. Of course, no trip to Lapland is complete without a visit to see the Grand Old Man himself – you’ve travelled a long way to see him. But you need to find him first.
So, how do you know where to look? Don’t worry, he can’t be far away…
- Return flights with hot meals on board
- Airport and resort transfers
- Full-board cabin accommodation
- Private family meeting with Santa
- Husky sled safari
- Snowmobile safari
- Reindeer camp and sleigh ride
- Loan of thermal suits and boots
- Snow fun, including ice fishing and snowshoes
What we love
- Following the elves' directions to find Santa in his cabin in the forest!
- Looking for unusual footprints in the snow - is it a bird? A reindeer? An elf?
- The deafening silence of the forests surrounding Jeris. You could hear a pine needle drop!
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Situated in the Pallas-Yllas National Park, Lake Jeris is a jewel in Lapland’s crown. Surrounded by the pristine snowscapes of imagination, the breath-taking scenery perfectly compliment the activities included in the Sleigh Bells Ringing holiday.
Your Sleigh Bells Ringing holiday begins with a direct flight to Enontekio airport, far in the north of Finnish Lapland, saving valuable holiday time by avoiding rushed or lengthy connections in Helsinki. Upon arrival, there is a guided transfer to Jeris of approximately one hour and 15 minutes, after which you collect your thermal snow suits and boots that you can keep for the duration of your stay. Your accommodation is a traditional Finnish log cabin, which includes its own sauna and log burner. Based on a full-board basis, meals are served in the main hotel building (a short walk from the cabins) and are buffet style, with children’s options available.
This three or four-night holiday includes an array of exciting activities and excursions, on which you will make memories to last a lifetime. It is possible to add some optional experiences to make your time in Lapland extra special, but the activities below are already included in the holiday.
Places are strictly limited, however, to preserve the authenticity of this magical part of the world, so book early to avoid disappointment!
Husky Sled Safari
Duration: Full Length
A team of eager huskies await to transport you across the Arctic tundra on a 6km safari. On a guided tour of the husky camp, you will learn how your new best friends live and have the chance to cuddle a husky pup! Two adults share a husky sled and children follow on a guide’s sled.
Duration: Full Length
This staple Lapland activity is a must for all Lapland adventurers! Set off on a 20km exhilarating safari through the Lapland’s wintry wonderland, propelled by engine and excitement. Two adults share a snowmobile and children follow in a sled.
Reindeer Camp Visit
Duration: 2-3 hours
Santa’s four-legged friends can’t wait to meet you! On this tour of the Torassieppi reindeer camp, you’ll have the chance to feed the reindeer, practising lassoing, and enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride through the snow.
Family Meeting with Santa
Duration: Private Visit
No visit to Lapland is complete without a visit to see Santa – you’ve travelled a long way to see him! But where is he? Maybe some helpful elves could point you in the right direction as you are driven by snowmobile sled on your search!
Duration: 2-3 hours
As if building a snowman and having a snowball fight isn’t fun already, there are a host of traditional Lapland snow activities to try your hand at: snowshoeing, ice fishing and cross-country skiing are all great fun – as is tobogganing!
Cookie Baking and Crafts
Duration: 1-2 hours
A festive family favourite! In a warm interval from the fun in the snow, families enjoy baking traditional Finnish gingerbread cookies and getting artistic with some Christmas-themes crafts.
Optional Excursions & Extras
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pre-book seats on the plane?
It is not possible to pre-book seats on our flights, but our suppliers endeavour to seat families together.
What clothes should we take?
To re-iterate, temperatures can reach as low as -40˚C. It is the responsibility of the guest to bring adequate clothing for this weather. Our largest suit size is a 48” chest or approx. size 20 (women’s UK sizing); our smallest suit size is 34” in height. Our largest shoe size is 12 (UK); our smallest shoe size is 8 (UK child). Should a guest be outside the range of this sizing, they will need to purchase their own winter gear for use in Lapland. Thermal suits and boots should be worn at all times when outdoors in Lapland. Should a guest bring their own thermal suits and boots, the responsibility lies with them to ensure they are suitable for Arctic conditions. Advice on other clothing to bring is provided in the pre-departure information in the ‘My Booking’ section of the website.
What currency should I take?
The currency in Finland is the Euro. All Transun optional excursions are advertised in Sterling; credit and debit cards are accepted as payment for excursions booked in resort. Credit card payments do not incur a charge.
Is there any further information that is useful to know?
Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions, you'll find them on the website or in the brochure.