We are excited to share news of direct flights and other exciting updates on Finnish Lapland, the unique destination that offers Santa Claus, the Northern Lights and the adrenaline-filled delights of Rovaniemi and Levi through our DMC partner Arctic Incentives by Lapland Safaris.

Flight news

Norwegian has announced direct flights to Lapland’s capital Rovaniemi – the official home of Santa Claus. Starting just in time for a Christmas incentive getaway on 19th December 2016, the service will run until the end of March 2017 and will operate on Mondays and Friday from London Gatwick, the schedule allowing for a quick trip to take in the Northern Lights and to try your hand at reindeer driving, snowmobiling, husky dog sledding and more!

In addition to the new flights Monarch are seeing great demand for their own direct Finnish Lapland service to Kittila from London Gatwick, operating from December 2016 to 17th February 2017. From there it is a 15 minute drive to the ski slopes, ice-driving tracks, dog-sledding, hotels and nightlife of Levi, one of Finland’s principal winter resorts, and of course here too you can experience the Northern Lights. Monarch have announced that they will operate the service again for the winter season of 2017/18.

Hotel news

Arctic Incentives by Lapland Safaris – our DMC partner on the ground – are pleased to share some hotel updates including new accommodation and renovations.

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, Rovaniemi – Luxury Comfort Suites

Set to open in December 2016, Arctic TreeHouse Hotel (watch video) is formed of 26 exclusive suites (78 beds in total) that combine Lappish heritage and modern Scandinavian design in the Arctic Circle.

The suites have spectacular views over the treetops next to SantaPark, one of Rovaniemi’s main Christmas draws only 10 minutes from the city centre. Arctic TreeHouse Hotel’s restaurant serves local and continental cuisine, and keeps the natural landscape present with panoramic views.

In Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, the Northern Lights can be viewed in the warmth and comfort of the suite.

Glass Igloos, Rovaniemi

Santa’s Hotels is planning to construct an entire glass igloo village close to Rovaniemi’s premier tourist attraction, Santa Claus Village. The intention is to build 30 new glass igloos with possible completion in autumn 2017. These complement the existing glass igloos and “ice hotel” to be found near Rovaniemi, as well as Arctic Incentives by Lapland Safaris own Snow Village within easy reach of Kittila Airport.

Finally the Sokos Hotel Vaakuna in Rovaniemi has renovated all of their rooms for the upcoming season and Scandic Hotel Rovaniemi has renovated 50% of their rooms, with the remaining 50% to be completed by the start of next winter season.

With these new developments an incentive to Finnish Lapland is now more accessible than ever before – if you’d like to find out more about the fun-filled options on offer with Arctic Incentives by Lapland Safaris please get in contact!