Travel challenge: Visiting Santa Claus in Finnish Lapland

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a short winter break in Finnish Lapland. Prices are for an early December departure for a family of two adults and one pre-school child.


£1,337: Hetta

Includes flights from Stansted departing 6 December, transfers and four nights' full board at the Hotel Jussantupa.

"Get a private family meeting with Santa, mush your own team of huskies and soar through snow covered landscapes on a snowmobile in the beautiful uncommercialised village of Hetta," says Nico Kostich of Transun (01865 265200;

Magic of Lapland

£2,700: Yllas

Includes flights from Gatwick departing 13 December, transfers and two nights' full board at a log-cabin hotel with a husky dog and snowmobile safari, plus a private visit to Santa.

"This trip offers authentic, traditional accommodation, superior service and activities with attention to detail," says Ivana Rizmal at Magic of Lapland (0845 812 1020;

First Choice

£1,593: Rovaniemi

Includes flights from Gatwick on 5 December, transfers and three nights' half board at the Winter Wonderland Hotel.

"In a woodland setting, this Santa Stars hotel comes with First Choice entertainers which means lots of festive fun, plus a visit from Santa on his sledge and also a trip to Santa Park in Rovaniemi," says Katharine Goring of First Choice (0871 200 4455;