Northern Lights Family Christmas in Lapland

“A week of winter activities over the Christmas vacation for grown ups who still want all the magic of Lapland, in a landcape that looks just like a Christmas card. All wrapped up in Sami culture.”


Menesjärvi village| Sami culture | Snowshoeing| Kick Sledding | Cross country skiing | Night time wilderness safaris | Sami reindeer farm | Winter fishing by snowmobile | Aurora kota dinner on Christmas Day | Husky safari | Sami Siida Museum | Northern Lights

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main source of employment and income, replacing traditional industries such as forestry. Working within this growth industry in rural and remote areas means that we must take a great deal of responsibility; socially, environmentally and economically. We fully appreciate the impact of tourist visits on local communities and their residents and strive to ensure that we are having a positive effect.

The wilderness hotel in Menesjarvi is owned and run by a local family, whose Sámi routes have been in this area for centuries. They have a strong sense of tradition and we encourage all of our clients to respect and embrace the lives and culture of all Menesjarvi’s local inhabitants by learning a few important words: hello, goodbye, please, thank you etc. We have also included activities with a cultural base. In addition, we always encourage our clients to get involved in local events and activities which help to sustain traditional values and customs.

In all of our destinations we ensure that we use local accommodation, transport and activity providers, enabling locally owned businesses and the economies in which they work to benefit directly. The hotel in Menesjarvi also serves as much local produce as possible and stocks locally made souvenirs. Through the tourism multiplier effect, this all helps to generate incomes and employment where the drift might otherwise be towards larger employment areas such as towns and cities. In a small and remote village such as Menesjarvi the effects of such a drift could be devastating.

The use of small family run hotels and businesses means that the tourism income, generated by our presence stays where it should, in the local economy. We firmly believe in paying a fair price for all the services provided by our suppliers regardless of where they are in the world.

Our vacations rely on visiting beautiful and un-spoilt areas, and they don’t come more un-spoilt than Menesjarvi. Naturally we wish to maintain the natural settings in which we work, not just for the future of our company, but also for future generations. We will always insist that our local providers are equally conscious of this need.

We do appreciate that some may feel that snowmobiles should not be included in such itineraries however in areas such as Menesjarvi they are a way of life. They are the only means of keeping in contact with remote reindeer herders and communities as the road infrastructure is not extensive. All trails are well managed. The alternatives to snowmobiles would in most cases be large, gas-guzzling off road vehicles. All snowmobiles are regularly serviced and kept as fuel efficient as possible. The snowmobile service industry is also another vital source of employment in these remote areas.

We always ensure that all litter is removed from any of our activity sites, we strongly encourage group transfers to reduce traffic volumes and we make our clients aware of their obligation to the environment.

1 Reviews of Northern Lights Family Christmas in Lapland

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 03 Feb 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The whole vacation was just amazing. I loved being able to explore the vast, white wilderness which was just the most quiet and peaceful place I have ever
been. Doing this via snowmobiles, skis, snowshoes and huskies was very special. Seeing the aurora twice during our stay, with a dancing, swirling light show on our last aurora camp, has to go down as one of our most memorable and special moments of our stay. I also need to mention the very friendly and knowledgeable guides, the welcoming, warm, cosy and comfortable hotel, and the very hardworking chefs who served us the most delicious food.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I would definitely recommend this vacation. My teenagers and I had the most special time. Read the pre-vacation information and 'what to pack' guides, which were very helpful. Take a merino balaclava as well as a hat; glove liners and gloves to wear under the mittens that are issued; plus some disposable hand warmers. A head torch is useful. Our clear (cycling) glasses proved very useful for our husky ride, in a blizzard! M&S 'maximum warmth thermals' were fine and toasty, if you don't like merino next to your body.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


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