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December 2018

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Lapland Magic

Lapland Winter Magic

Stunning, unspoiled scenery, snow clad pines and pinky skies; and fabulous fun in this snowy paradise – where better than Lapland for a truly magical winter break?

A once-in-a-lifetime holiday that will be remembered forever, Lapland really is the place where winter dreams are made.

We’ve a fun packed itinerary for this holiday – reindeer safaris, husky sleigh rides, tobogganing, ice and snow fun and of course a Christmas holiday simply wouldn’t be complete without a visit to see Santa too, in his very own home.

All of our excursions are custom arranged for our group so we’re guaranteed a personal, magical and totally non-commercial experience. No theme parks or big bus tours, instead Father Christmas welcomes our group to his home, spending time with the children and leaving them with memories to last a lifetime.

Where We're Staying

We’re heading to an are between Ruka and Kuusamo, an area of outstanding natural beauty just below the Arctic Circle. Known as the “Gateway to Lapland” , Ruka was recently voted as one of Finland’s best resort and is the ultimate place to experience a wide range of fantastic winter activities.

The scenery resembles Narnia – a real winter wonderland with an abundance of frozen lakes and snow-clad forests. Due to it’s northern location you may also be lucky enough to see the breath-taking Northern Lights.

The resort offers unmissable opportunities for reindeer, husky or snowmobile safaris through the forests.  In Lapland, even the darkness is unique, with blue polar light and the chance to experience the mystic Northern lights first hand.

Family Ages

Ruka/Kuusamo is a family friendly resort and we’ve chosen the perfect hotel for children, we’d suggest this holiday is best suited to families with children aged 4 or over.

Dates & Flights

Coming soon…

Your Holiday Protection

At Single With Kids we realise how important it is to have reassurance that your holiday money is safe.

Financial protection and ATOL bondingAll our overseas holidays are provided by My Holiday Tribe Ltd, who are bonded by the Travel Trust Association (Q5042), meaning your holiday payments are protected until you return from holiday.

All overseas packages are also protected by ATOL (no. 1300) ensuring you can book with full confidence.

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December 2018

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A fabulous resort and a great, child friendly hotel bursting with facilities

We’ve a fun packed itinerary for this holiday – reindeer safaris, husky sleigh rides, tobogganing, ice and snow fun and of course a Christmas holiday simply wouldn’t be complete without a visit to see Santa too, in his very own home.

Our Hotel

Located in a peaceful area on the outskirts of Kuusamo and Ruka on the banks of the frozen Lake Petajalampiour, our hotel is well positioned for some of the fantastic activities on offer, which leave directly from the hotel’s doorstep.

As well as its lovely location, the main attraction of this hotel is  the fantastic tropical pool and spa area within the hotel. If you wish to head to town, there is a bus stop is a few metres from the hotel, taking you to the resort centre, shops and supermarket.

· Tropical adventure pool and spa, gym and saunas (extra charge for spa & massage treatments)

· Indoor bowling alley,  table tennis (charges apply)

· Bar & lounge,  SportBar Café and restaurant

· Children’s play room

. Large ‘Angy Birds’ indoor play centre (charges apply)

· Free Wi-Fi

·  All bedrooms have radio, cable TV, minibar, hairdryer, safe.

· Hot and cold buffet breakfasts,  3 course evening dinners


Our 2018 Itinerary will follow the below itinerary;

2017 Itinerary!

21st December

Fly to Helsinki and stay over in a lovely airport hotel.

22nd December

After a short flight to Kuusammo, you’ll come out of the airport to be greeted by Narnia – or as close as you can get ! There’s a short transfer to the hotel after which you’ll be kitted out with thermal suits and boots (all provided with thermal socks, gloves and balaclavas)

An afternoon to play in the snow, toboggan and have fun in the pool. Evening dinner in the hotel.

23rd December

Today you’ll travel to Santa’s House – meet Father Christmas and Mrs Claus in their very own house in the forest!. Toboggan down the snowy slopes, eat in their ‘Kota’ (barbecue hut) until the elves ring a bell and you join Father Christmas indoors. The day follows with lots of stories, the chance for the children to chat to Father Christmas individually; baking with Mrs Claus and singing a Finnish song with the Chief Elf.

This is not a commercial and impersonal theme park, but instead a very personal experience and only our group will be there on the day. Do take tissues though, the adults always end up choked in tears as it’s such an amazing experience!

24th December

Today you’ll head off to the Husky Farm for an exhilarating sleigh ride around the tracks – each family has their own sleigh and you’re given instructions on how to manage your very own husky team (who you’ll find very friendly and bounding with energy). As an added bonus, after your sleigh ride, you’ll have a chance to see the husky puppies, often with the chance of a cuddle too.

After the trip, the group will return to the hotel, where we can then go  tobogganing and walk through the forest and frozen lake, heading back to the hotel late afternoon to help collect and decorate the Christmas tree. Father Christmas will come to the hotel late afternoon.   In the evening you will head to a ‘Wilderness Lodge’ for your Christmas Dinner (Lapp style!)

25th December

A leisurely start to the day and at mid day you’ll travel to the Reindeer Farm to meet Santa’s trust helpers. The farm has been in the same family for centuries and as well as learning about these lovely creatures, you can ride on a reindeer sleigh. The trip finishes off with hot juice (Glurgi) and sausages in their Kota, before we head back to the hotel.

In the evening there is a special Christmas buffet and you’ll finish off with 10 pin “Glow” Bowling.

26th December

Depart Kuusammo on the 13:35 flight.


Optional Excursions

If you want to squeeze extra excursions onto your itinerary, there are plenty of options.

The Snow Mobile Safari is an exhilarating way to see the beauty of Ruka’s varied terrain. During the safari a stop is made to marvel the magical wilderness of Kuusamo. Please note – the driver of the snow mobile must hold a valid driving licence.

Or what about a “Lapland Express Under a Starlit Sky”? When night falls you’ll start your journey in a sleigh pulled by a snowmobile over the snowy hills and into the evening light. During the trip you’re served coffee and can roast your own traditional Finnish “makkara” sausage by a campfire.

Previous trips

We’ve run this holiday for a number of years now, and Christmas has been an unforgettable experience for a number of families. See our testimonials page for details, or our photos from one of our holidays here.


Coming soon...

Prices & Booking

A holiday of a lifetime - with all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas!

Your Holiday Price Includes:

Flights and transfers to resort. Prices are based on Finnair flights from Heathrow. Regional flights are also available from some airports, please contact us for details. Please note, regional flight supplements are much lower if you book early!

* Flights from London to Kuusamo, via Helsinki with transfers to our resort

*  Overnight stay in Helsinki (dependant on flight times)

* Half board accommodation in Ruka with pool and water slide, steam room and sauna and spa facilities (ideal to thaw out after time in the snow!) Traditional Lapp Christmas buffet .

* Full thermal clothing – suit, hats, gloves, boots

* Activities: Santa Fun Day, Reindeer Farm, Husky Safari, toboganning at the hotel. Christmas dinner at the Wilderness Lodge.

Children's Ages

Children will be eligible for children’s prices up to and including the age of 17.


If you book this holiday at least 6 months before departure you can pay with a lower deposit and in monthly instalments. Please contact us for details.


2018 prices coming soon!!

Please email us to be alerted once the holiday has been released!

Please contact us if you wish to fly from an alternate airport – please note, options are limited on this and it may be cheaper to travel to Heathrow and extend your holiday in an airport hotel.


Jane & Lucy 7, William 5 - (Lapland 2015)

" A most memorable holiday filled with magical memories and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The thrill of husky riding, sledging and our snowmobile ride through the Finnish forest will stay with us forever. Claire was a great coordinator. We leave with memories and new friends. Thank you. "

Lucy 7 - (Lapland 2015)

" I liked the husky safari ride and the sledge ride. "

Daniela & Draek 3 - (Lapland 2015)

" This was the first Xmas of Draek and I away from the family. It was also one of the funniest of all. Claire was amazing and always on top of things. "

Anna, Bella 11, Alex 6 - (Lapland 2015)

" This holiday has been an amazing experience. It was the best decision I made booking this trip. I can't decide on my best trip, they have all been magical - huskies, Starlight and just playing in the snow. Claire has been amazing, including everyone. An experience the three of us will never forget. "

Paul & Bethany 5 - (Lapland 2015)

" Truly magical experience with memories to last a lifetime. "

Jacqui & Leonie 12 - (Lapland 2015)

" Wonderful memories, fabulous experience and so many new friends made. A holiday that we never, ever forget. "

Leonie 12 - (Lapland 2015)

" I enjoyed the whole holiday but my favourite part was meeting Santa at his house. It was so fun because we got to play in the snow and the pool and slide. "

Delphine & Brandon 6 - (Lapland 2015)

" Magical experience, the Lapland trip will leave long lasting fond memories for my son and I. We enjoyed the activities and the group and Claire coordinated excellently the whole trip. Many thanks for everything! "

Irena & Zinta 9 - (Lapland 2015)

" Absolutely great. Thank you Claire for being a lovely coordinator. The meal at the Wilderness Lodge was inspired. Loved the huskies. Loved the reindeer. Thank you everyone. "

Marcia & Ronnie 6 - (Lapland 2015)

" Far exceeded my expectations - it was magical & a fantastic experience for me and my son. Each trip excelled itself and Claire was fantastic. "

Ann & Ryan 7 - (Lapland 2015)

" We had an AMAZING time - it's not often the real things exceed the picture promise, but on this occasion it has. Everything has been very well organised. "

Lisa & Tegan 7 - (Lapland 2015)

" What a wonderful time - such lovely people and memories to last a lifetime. "

Anonymous - (Lapland 2014)

" The holiday was a fairytale come true for my then 5yo son. The pure rapture on his face when he met Santa - or Joulupukki as he's known in Finland - was amazing. It made me want to cry with happiness. Then Santa came to the hotel to deliver his present and he whooped for joy when he unwrapped his most wanted present. That experience was priceless and worth every penny. the memory will last a lifetime for me and for many years to come for my son. Sarah was an excellent co-ordinator. I don't know how she remains so cheerful, upbeat and in control all the time :) "

Kerry & Luke 11 - (Lapland 2014)

" The scenery was completely breathtaking and the hotel and excursions were superb. We all feel extremely lucky to have had such an amazing opportunity with SWK. "

Nicole & Theo 10 - (Lapland 2014)

" Overall a perfect holiday - Sarah was a really wonderful coordinator and the balance between activities and downtime was just right for this sort of trip. Loved the Santa trip and dinner on Christmas evening at the wilderness hut was great. "

Emer & Simone 6 - (Lapland 2014)

" Really lovely group of people and Sarah was a fantastic coordinator. She was so friendly and helpful all of the time. I'd highly recommend this holiday to other single parents. "

Sandra & Ananstasia 10 - (Lapland 2014)

" A holiday of a lifetime. I have to say that I was sceptical about Santa Claus before this holiday, but now I totally believe! "

Helen & Lauren 9 - (Lapland 2014)

" The 3 hours with Santa was worth the cost of the holiday - I believe now :-) He was amazing and the whole thing was totally magical. Sarah was wonderful and it was an amazing crowd. "

Jan and Nicole, 10 - (Lapland 2013)

" A magical holiday. Each day brought a new and fantastic experience. Great group of new friends. Completely chilled, and Nicole loved the husky ride. "

Gary and Emilia, 6 - (Lapland 2013)

" I echo the sentiments of the rest of the group. Absolutely fantastic experience, which will remain with both Emilia and I for so many years. Happy Xmas and looking forward to another holiday with SWK! "

Jordan, Georgia, 7 and Tallulah, 7 - (Lapland 2013)

" So wonderful to meet Santa and Mrs Claus, and the husky ride was the best ever! Thanks for the wonderful memories! "

Abi and Matilda, 5 - (Lapland 2013)

" Best holiday ever! I cried at Father Christmas' house, Tilly swam and huskies on Boxing Day was magical. "

Shaun and Paris, 7 - (Lapland 2013)

" Amazing holiday, fantastic group - a real magical Christmas! "

Amanda and Callum, 9 - (Lapland 2013)

" Lapland and the group surpassed all of my expectations. I've been overwhelmed so many times - peace and joy as well as laughter and singing. Absolutely the holiday of a lifetime - beautiful people who've given me beautiful memories. "

Fiona and Spencer, 6 - (Lapland 2013)

" What an amazing holiday - thank you SWK! A great group of people who helped to make this an experience Spencer and I will never forget - life long memories! Thank you to you all, both big and small. A magical very happy Christmas! "

Fiona, Ellen, Matthew and George - (Lapland 2012)

" Wow! what an amazing holiday. this has certainly been a Christmas to remember. the magical visit to see Father Christmas is one that will stay with us always. also the adventures with reindeer, huskies and snowmobiles. we've met some great people and have enjoyed having good company to share it all with. Hopefully we will manage another holiday with swk but it will take allot to beat this one! thank you. "

Ellen,8 - (Lapland 2012)

" I really enjoyed Going to Father Christmas' cottage and making bread and ginger bread with Mrs Christmas. we got a toy reindeer from Father Christmas. I liked seeing the husky puppies at the husky safari.Ii held a blonde one and a black one and he was the smallest and youngest. I liked playing in the snow and making new friends and there names where: Willow, Kiera, Ellen, Sophia, Matthew, Ellen and Ellie "

Willow, 12 - (Lapland 2012)

" It was a great Christmas thank you. "

Deborah - (Lapland 2012)

" Fabulous! lovely group, happy children. Memorable trips. Enjoyed them all especially the huskies. FC (Father Christmas) was just as I imagined him to be. Great Hotel Spa pool!Liked the hydro massages, slide and jacuzzi. Thank you for a wonderful week and your super company.

Sandy and Ellen - (Lapland 2012)

" What an absolutely amazing holiday. E very experience we have had has been truly magical-but the visit to Father Christmas and the husky ride tops it all. This is a holiday that we will remember forever. Lovely people and good company, very sad to leave. "

Ellen, 6 - (Lapland 2012)

" It was a brilynt holiday and met some new frends. They were Ellie, Willow, Ellen, Matthew, Keira and Sophiea. We visited a raindear farm we got a raindear driving licenc. I loved it! "

Victoria and Ellie - (Lapland 2012)

" Thank you so much for an amazing magical holiday. Its been the best holiday ever and I don't think we'll top this Xmas. Lots of memories and photos! See you soon for the next experience. "