Hotel Korpikartano


Christmas in Finnish Lapland and the Northern Lights Winter Holiday

Enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas with all the trimmings. Your stay in Finnish Lapland has all the cosiness without the commercials. This family run wilderness hotel offers a comfortable and warm atmosphere throughout the festive season. Its location near to the beautiful Lake Menesjärvi offers access to a range of outdoor activities as well as the chance to spot the elusive Aurora in the dark night skies.  





DAY 1:

Arrival in Finnish Lapland. You’ll be met by your hosts in the arrival hall at Ivalo airport and transferred to your accommodation. Settle into your cosy room.

You will be served dinner at your hotel before your chance to look to the night skies for possible glimpses of the Aurora Borealis.

Staying at: Menesjärvi - Hotel Korpikartano

DAY 2:

Today you’ll visit a husky farm where you’ll get to know an excitable pack of husky dogs! You’ll learn the art of dog mushing and drive your team of dogs through the wilderness on a two hour sled ride. You’ll share a sled and stop to switch places and enjoy a warming drink before returning to the hotel in the afternoon.

In the evening, you’ll hunt for the Northern Lights by snow shoe with your guide.

DAY 3:

Day at leisure to enjoy the hotel and its beautiful surroundings or choose to join an optional snow mobile safari.

OPTIONAL: Snow mobile safari and winter fishing
Today’s winter fishing safari will take you to the lake where you will learn the art of winter fishing with a guide. The guide will give you instructions for snowmobiling. You will drive yourself, be a co-pilot or ride by sledge. Enjoy a hot drink while catching fresh fish from the lake.

Following a traditional Finnish dinner, it is time to head out into the frozen landscapes under the night sky. With a little luck and weather permits you will get another chance to view the mesmerising northern lights.

DAY 4:

Hyvää joulua! Finnish people traditionally celebrate Christmas today. The hotel will be buzzing with activity as guests will be helping decorate the tree, baking Christmas cookies and gingerbread houses, reading Christmas stories and enjoying snow fun activities such as tobogganing in the snowy surrounds of the hotel. During the evening there is a special Christmas eve dinner and a lovely warm atmosphere as the excitement builds.

DAY 5:

The festivities continue after a lazy lie in and delicious Christmas brunch. After breakfast, you’ll have the option to join a Reindeer Herder Day. This tour visits the home of a local reindeer herder Petri and his family. On arrival to his nearby home, you’ll dress in warm clothing and board the snow mobile sledge, and be taken further into the wilderness. Eventually, Petri will stop in a forest clearing, where he’ll light a fire and make the call to his herd. It’s a magical moment when the reindeer appear one-by-one between the trees in response to his calls. You’ll help to distribute their feed whilst learning all about the life of a reindeer herder. Some warm drinks and snacks will be shared around the fire before you return.

Lunch will be at the hotel followed by a free afternoon. Enjoy a sauna in the evening at the hotel followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant and another chance to view the elusive and magical Northern Lights.

DAY 6:

Your Christmas holiday in Finnish Lapland comes to an end today. Not ready to leave? If you wish you can extend your trip with extra nights.

IMPORTANT: The order of activities may differ to the one shown here to make the most of local weather and aurora conditions.


From £1495 per adult based on two guests sharing a double or twin room, £1095 per child aged 7 to 14 years sharing with one or two adults. Prices exclude flights.

£1495.00 GBP roughly converts to: 1,645 EUR | 1,958 USD

Price conversions are indicative only, payment is in GBP.


Price Includes

  • Airport transfers from Ivalo Airport
  • Accommodation in a twin/double room
  • Half board
  • Christmas celebration
  • Warm clothing hire
  • All activities included in the programme
  • Free use of kick-sleds, snow shoes, toboggans and sleds


All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration 

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Ivalo
  • Optional excursions
  • Alcoholic beverages 

Additional Info


This trip has fixed departure dates

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.


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Traveller's Top Tips

Laura from Magnetic North Travel

This Christmas holiday is well suited to family groups. If the kids would like to have a private meeting with Santa in a cosy environment, we can arrange a tour to Santa's Resort which is an hour's drive from Hotel Korpikartano. Here a beautiful collection of log cabin buildings, reindeer and friendly elves create a magical authentic environment for the family to enjoy.

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