Christmas in Lapland: northern lights and outdoor fun

Christmas in Lapland lasts for two months. We are now booking tours for December 2019 – January 2020. Start dates and holiday duration are flexible.


Adventure by Design Christmas in Lapland combines our most loved experiences, customizable to match your dream holiday. It’s a combination of our favorite locations in Finland (Rovaniemi, Ylläs, Kilpisjärvi) and Northern Norway (Tromsø).

Meet Santa Claus at his village in Rovaniemi, spend an unforgettable Christmas evening with locals, experience a silent ride with the Huskies, visit a reindeer herder’s home and of course, search northern lights. We will naturally have plenty of outdoor fun, playing in the snow. If you are traveling with kids, we have a special Northern Lights Family Holiday here >>

Accommodate in 3* to 4* hotels (Rovaniemi, Ylläs, Tromso), self-catered cozy cabins with sauna services (Kilpisjärvi) and unique glass iglu (Kilpisjärvi)

With the assistance of your guide, you are guaranteed to get some very special Christmas photos this year.

Customize your Christmas in Lapland

See also our other exciting winter outdoor itinerary Northern lights route from Rovaniemi to Tromso or ask us to tailor make you a perfect holiday in Lapland. We include northern lights, skiing, snowshoeing and great outdoor fun.

See the examples below, contact us & let’s start planning your Christmas in Lapland holiday for 2019:

Here’s one way to plan your holiday from Rovaniemi to Tromso (or vice-versa). The length of your trip with us can be anything between 6-14 days (December – January), we are happy to tailor the perfect holiday for you!

We include 1-6 nights of northern lights search in the tour, your guide will choose the nights when the possibilities of seeing them are the greatest.

Day 1: Arrival at Rovaniemi, self-guided day
-Visit Santa’s village, ride a reindeer – the village is a must see also for adults!

Days 2-3: Ylläs with a guide
Husky safari, snowshoeing through the winter wonderland, winter biking, overnight in a traditional kota

Days 4-7: Kilpisjärvi with a guide

Visit the local reindeer herder, whose family has been herding reindeer in the region for 10 generations. We take part in their daily routines of feeding the animals, which allows us to get very close to the animals and enjoy a dinner with the family. Accommodate in a unique glass igloo.

Christmas Campfire Special: We have a special Christmas campfire night and if we are lucky, we can make memories of a lifetime under Northern lights.

Outdoor fun; your guide will take you out on skis or snowshoes, and enjoy the slopes and beautiful Lapland scenery. If you are adventurous you might wanna experience an overnight at wilderness hut.

Special Christmas and New Years programme available also in the village with husky safaris and snowmobile rides. Get to know the locals!

Days 7-9: Tromso self-guided
Transfer to Tromso. In Tromso, you can join an Arctic cruise to see the fjords and other beautiful landscape. Cruises include various options; daytime wildlife safari, catch-your-lunch safari or an arctic night safari with a possibility to see the northern lights over the fjords.


Days 1-2 Tromso city days. Stroll the streets of the Arctic city, visit museums, enjoy a hot cup of coffee with a traditional waffle. Take part on a fjord cruise and see the city lights from high above.

Days 3-5 Kilpisjärvi outdoor fun. Our guide will take you to snowshoe to the wilderness to admire the polar night twilight hour. Mush your team of huskies and travel by snowmobile to the tree countries’ border. Search for clear skies and northern lights with our guides and relax by a night time campfire under the stars.

Day 6 Return to Tromso, flight back home

To book your place, you will need to pay a 30% deposit. The rest of the trip will be paid 7 day prior, or on arrival to Kilpisjärvi.

The deposit is non-refundable. If you do need to cancel please notify us as soon as possible so we can notify our vendors. Cancellations are accepted in writing, by email or by phone. We reserve the right to change the tour itinerary due to altered circumstances and conditions. We will make alternative arrangements as required but no refunds will be given for services that are not utilized as a result.

Adventure by Design is registered in the Finnish register of package travel agencies and has has lodged security against e.g. advance payments for travel.

Reindeer smile
Aurora over Skibotn
Up close and personal with the reindeer
Christmas in Lapland
Winter in Lapland