magical memories in Lapland

A trip to Lapland truly is a magical and unforgettable experience for the whole family that is filled with incredible memories that you will treasure forever. This magical destination is the home to the reindeers, mountains of snow, husky sleigh rides and of course the main man himself, Mr Santa Clause.

Lapland is the perfect destination for everyone as it offers experiences that are suitable for families of all ages, couples and solo travellers. From reindeer rides, Santa visits to chasing the Aurora Borealis in the magical forests. Here are what Optimum Experience recommend and can offer as a Bespoke itinerary for you and your loved ones.

Visit Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi, the capital of Finland’s northernmost province, is only located a 10 minute drive from the their main airport. It is easy to get here from the UK as there are regular direct flights departing from Manchester and London Gatwick airport, taking approximately a 3-and-a-half-hours.

Rovaniemi is the perfect destination if you are looking for various experiences to take part in. You have the options of reindeers sleigh rides, snowmobiling, visit igloos and ice castles, skiing and much more! Plus, if you are travelling as a family, they have their own magical Santa Park where you have fun, family activities and the opportunity for you to met Santa in his cosy home with Mrs Claus. 

experiences that we can help to create

– Do you want to take a ride on Dasher, Dancer, Prancer or one of Santa’s other reindeers? Rovaniemi offers a selection of tours where you can cosy up on the back of a sleigh and see the beautiful views of Lapland in a truly unique way

– Witness the astronomical phenomena of the Northern Lights first hand on an enchanting ride through the snowy forests whilst being pulled by a team of huskies on your blanketed sled.

– Animal lovers, this one is for you! Enjoy a trip to Ranua Wildlife Park where you can visit the 50 arctic animal species such as polar bears, arctic foxes, and grey wolves. To make your trip extra special stop of in the chocolate or wine shop to buy yourself a personalised gift!

– What could be better than spending an evening in the bosom of nature, on the lake, surrounded by forest? A unique opportunity to enjoy Lapland cuisine cooked right on the fire, glass walls allow you to get in touch with nature, while being in the warmth and comfort of an unusual ball. And if you are lucky with the weather, then looking into the sky you can see not only the stars, but also flashes of the Northern Lights.

– You can’t travel all the way to Lapland without seeing Rovaniemi’s best known resident, Santa Clause! Spend the day exploring the magical village and meeting all of the elves in Santa’s workshop before going to visit the big man himself.


Family magical adventure

26th November 2023

3 Nights

London Gatwick Flights

Lapland Hotel Ounasvaara Chalets

Superior Chalet 

Bed & Breakfast

– Fast track in London Gatwick on departure included

– Airport Lounge in London Gatwick on departure included

– Return, luxury private chauffeur transfers included in the resort

Price from £3679 for a Family of Three

Three Experiences Included:

Private Santa Claus Village Tour

Santa Claus Village is a must when staying in Rovaniemi and it is located approximately only a 10 minute drive from your hotel. 

You will be collected from your hotel in a private vehicle and chauffeured to the village where you can visit Santa Claus in his office, send a postcard from there and enjoy the day at your own pace. 

Snowmobile Safari through the Lappish forest

Ride through the snowy Lappish forest on a snowmobile for half a day. Don’t worry about being cold, as you will be provided with all the snow gear to keep you warm and cosy. You will get to enjoy some hot Blueberry Tea and gingerbreads to help keep you warm too!

The ride itself is 15 miles through the Lappish Landscape.

Reindeer & Husky Safari

Looking for that magical, family experience? Then this is sure to put a smile on your child’s face and create those unforgettable memories. Enjoy the 2.5 hour tour where you will meet and learn about the friendly reindeers at their farm and enjoy a magical ride through the snowy woods. Once you have experienced this, then you will enjoy a hot drink before visiting the husky farm. These beautiful animals love to welcome you and take you on an exciting husky sled rid.

Finish the experience with a coffee or a berry juice before returning back to the hotel. 


Terms & conditions apply. Prices are based on 2 adults and 1 child (aged between 2-11) sharing one room. Offer subject to availability at the time of booking and the price may vary depending on the flight, hotel and experience availability and changes in the exchange rates. Manchester departures available, subject to availability and prices may vary. 



18th November 2023

3 Nights

Manchester Flights

Arctic Treehouse

Arctic Treehouse Double Suite  

Bed & Breakfast

– Fast track in Manchester on departure included

– Airport Lounge in Manchester on departure included

– Return, luxury private chauffeur transfers included in the resort


Price from £2193 per person


Four Experiences Included:


Private Dinner in a glass igloo

Enjoy a magical evening where you are surrounded by nature, on a lake and enjoying Lappish cuisine.

The food is cooked right on the fire and enjoy this inside the igloo where you will be nice and warm but have glass walls which will allow you to get in touch with nature

PLUS if luck is on your side then not only will you see the stars, but the flashes of the Northern Lights.


Northern lights Snowmobile Drive

Time to go on an adventure in search of the Northern lights on a snowmobile. You will travel out of the city, hop onto your snowmobile and then drive into the wilderness. You will enjoy BBQ snacks and hot drinks in a traditional tepee. 

Your guide will fascinate you with all the information that they know about the beautiful, starry night while sitting around an open fire. 


Reindeer Farm Experience

Why not learn more about the Sami culture and the beautiful animals that we all have loved since a child, the reindeers. 

On this experience you will spend time with the beautiful animals where you will feed them under supervision of your guide. Enjoy a reindeer sled ride and then finish this experience with a guide sharing stories over an open fire and a lovely warm drink. 

If you wish to have thermal overalls, these are available for an extra charge locally. 


Cross-Country Skiing Trip
If you have never done this activity but always wanted to try it, then this is the time t it. This experience is great for beginners can embark on a cross-country skiing adventure through the Rovaniemi’s wilderness.
This half-day experience will include a guide that will take you through the snowy landscapes and searching for animal tracks.
Your instructor will stay with you the whole time to ensure your comfort and safety.
All Ski gear is provided to keep you warm. 


Terms & conditions apply. Prices are based on 2 adults  sharing one room. Offer subject to availability at the time of booking and the price may vary depending on the flight , hotel and experiences availability and changes in the exchange rates. London departures available, subject to availability and prices may vary. 

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