Pre-Christmas in Iso Syöte

An incredible journey full of sensations, experiences, nature, and magic. Travel to Lapland, a magical destination where you can meet Santa Claus in person and enjoy incredible excursions in the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights.

Approximate price per family:
5479 $

Iso Syöte is located in a unique area, 150 km from the Arctic Circle... If you are looking for untouched nature, this is the place to visit in Lapland. Syöte, which means "blessed" in the ancient Sami language, is primarily known for its ski resort, famous worldwide for the massive amounts of snow you can find, to the point where it becomes difficult to distinguish the shapes of trees. Swamps are characteristic of the Syöte area, representing a quarter of the total surface area of the national park, even on hills 300 meters above sea level. You won't find anything like it anywhere else in Finland, and it's a perfect destination to experience the authentic Lapland. Santa Claus in Lapland, in collaboration with Catai Tours, invites you to travel to the "blessed" area of Iso Syöte in Lapland.

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Day 1. Spain / Kuusamo / Iso Syöte

Arrival at the airport. Meet with Catai staff who will assist you with the simple check-in procedures. Departure on a special direct flight to Kuusamo. Snack on board included. Meet your guide and transfer to the Iso Syöte resort (approx. 1h 25min). Arrival. Once settled, we will enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 2. Iso Syöte. Snowmobile Safari and Reindeer Farm

Buffet breakfast. Collection of thermal equipment that you can use throughout your stay in Lapland. We will start our adventure in Lapland with a snowmobile excursion. Local guides will explain how they work (it's very simple) and the basic safety rules before we begin our ride. Children will ride in a special sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile. We will enjoy landscapes of great natural beauty until we reach a nearby reindeer farm, where the Sámi herders will tell us about the way of life of these friendly animals. They will share various interesting facts, and we will take a reindeer sleigh ride. Each sleigh is pulled by a single reindeer, and each reindeer has its own name. The sleigh ride is ideal for enjoying the snowy scenery, taking photos, or capturing the moment on video. We will return to the hotel on snowmobiles. Light buffet lunch at the hotel's panoramic restaurant. Return to the resort, where we have access to the Arctic Spa with a pool, cold-water baths, Finnish sauna, Turkish sauna, and jacuzzi for free use. Dinner at the "Hilltop" Restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 3. Iso Syöte. Husky Sled Ride and Snowmobile Safari

Buffet breakfast. It's time to put on the thermal clothing again to enjoy an incredible day outdoors. Transfer by snowmobile to a husky farm. After visiting the farm, it's time to start the husky sled ride. These friendly animals will be waiting for us, jumping and barking, ready to pull the sleds. During this ride, each adult will have the opportunity to drive their own sled (2 people per sled, alternating the pilot position: while one person drives, the other sits in the sled). Children will sit in the sled. This is undoubtedly one of the best experiences to enjoy in Lapland. Light lunch at the farm around a campfire. After lunch, return to the Iso Syöte hotel on snowmobiles. In the afternoon, we can enjoy the different activities offered by the hotel. We will have a movie session in one of the hotel's theaters! You can also try "tobogganing" in Iso Syöte... Sliding down the natural slopes on snow sleds can be great fun for both children and adults. Dinner at the "Hilltop" Restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 4. Iso Syöte. Visit to Santa Claus

Buffet breakfast. Transfer to Ruka. The moment that all the children have been waiting for has arrived. We will be transferred to the secret home of the Claus family in the forest, where Santa will be waiting for us. Upon entering, we will be greeted by an elf, Santa's helper, who will lead us to the living room where we will meet Santa himself. We will spend a good time with him, listening to stories and learning a song or two. Light lunch at Santa Claus's house. After the visit, Santa will personally give each child a gift. With the unforgettable memories of this visit, we will say goodbye to the Claus family and head back to Iso Syöte. Special dinner at a restaurant where we will enjoy a cheese and reindeer meat fondue. Accommodation.

Day 5. Iso Syöte. Ice fishing and snowshoeing

Buffet breakfast. Departure to a frozen lake in the middle of the forest where you will try your luck at ice fishing. The guide will provide you with the fishing gear and instructions on how to make a hole in the ice and enjoy the experience. Return to the hotel and lunch at the restaurant. After lunch, the fun continues. We will take a snowshoe walk to enjoy the spectacular snow sculptures and discover the animal tracks on the ground. We will take a break during the tour to enjoy a hot drink and some cookies. Upon returning to the hotel, you can once again enjoy the Arctic Spa to relax after an active day in the outdoors. Dinner at the "Hilltop" restaurant and accommodation.

Day 6. Iso Syöte / Kuusamo / Spain

Buffet breakfast. Free time until the indicated time for transfer. We can't leave Lapland without experiencing a relaxing sauna. Sauna is a tradition in Finland. Although the Finns didn't invent it, they are the country with the highest number of saunas per inhabitant, with almost one sauna for every 2 inhabitants, and they are the ones who use it most regularly. Departure to Kuusamo airport. Check-in procedures and departure on a direct flight to Spain. Snack on board included. Arrival and end of our adventure in Lapland.

Iso Syöte se encuentra ubicado en una zona única, a 150 Km. del Círculo Polar Ártico... si buscas naturaleza en estado puro, este es tu lugar para visitar Laponia. Syöte, que significa “bendita” en el antiguo idioma sami, se conoce principalmente por la estación de esquí, famosa en todo el planeta por las grandes cantidades de nieve que podrás encontrar, hasta el punto que resulta complicado distinguir las formas de los árboles. Los pantanos son característicos de la zona de Syöte, representado una cuarta parte de la superficie total del parque nacional, incluso en colinas a 300 metros por encima del nivel del mar. No encontrarás nada parecido en ningún otro lugar de Finlandia y es un destino perfecto para disfrutar de la Laponia más auténtica. Santa Claus in Lapland con la organización técnica y garantía de Catai Tours te invitan a viajar a Laponia hasta la zona "bendita" Iso Sÿote.

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Día 1. España / Kuusamo / Iso Syöte

Presentación en aeropuerto. Encuentro con personal de Catai que os ayudará con los sencillos trámites de facturación. Salida en vuelo especial directo a Kuusamo. Snack a bordo incluido. Encuentro con su guía y traslado al complejo de Iso Syöte (aprox. 1h. 25min). Llegada. Una vez instalados degustaremos una deliciosa cena en el restaurante del hotel. Alojamiento.

Día 2. Iso Syöte. Safari en motos de nieve y granja de renos

Desayuno buffet. Recogida de los equipos térmicos que podréis utilizar durante toda vuestra estancia en Laponia. Comenzaremos nuestra aventura en Laponia con una excursión en motos de nieve. Los guías locales nos explicarán su funcionamiento (es muy sencillo) y las reglas básicas de seguridad antes de comenzar nuestro paseo. Los niños viajan en un trineo especial que lleva la moto de nieve del guía. Podremos disfrutar de paisajes de una gran belleza natural hasta llegar a una granja de renos cercana donde sus criadores lapones nos hablarán del modo de vida de estos simpáticos animales. Nos contarán varias curiosidades y realizaremos un paseo en trineo de renos. Cada trineo está tirado por un solo reno y cada reno tiene su propio nombre. El paseo es ideal para disfrutar del paisaje nevado, hacer fotos o inmortalizar en un vídeo el momento. El regreso al hotel lo haremos motos de nieve. Ligero almuerzo buffet en el restaurante panorámico del hotel. Regreso al complejo donde disponemos del Arctic Spa con piscina, baños de agua fría, sauna finlandesa, sauna turca y jacuzzi de libre uso. Cena en el Restaurante “Hilltop”. Alojamiento.

Día 3. Iso Syöte. Safari en trineos de perros huskies y motos de nieve

Desayuno buffet. Toca ponerse de nuevo la ropa térmica para disfrutar de un día increíble al aire libre. Traslado en moto de nieve a una granja de huskies. Tras la visita de la granja ha llegado el momento de empezar el paseo en trineo de huskies. Estos amigables animales estarán esperándonos, saltando y ladrando, para empezar a tirar de los trineos. En este paseo cada adulto podrá conducir su propio trineo (2 personas por trineo que irán alternando la posición de piloto: mientras una conduce la otra persona va sentada en el trineo). Los niños van sentados en el trineo. Ésta es, sin duda, una de las mejores experiencias que se pueden disfrutar en Laponia. Ligero almuerzo en la granja entorno a una hoguera. Después del almuerzo regreso al hotel de Iso Syöte en motos de nieve. Por la tarde podremos disfrutar de las diferentes actividades que nos ofrece el hotel. ¡Disfrutaremos de una sesión de cine en una de las salas del hotel! También podéis utilizar el “tobogganing” en Iso Syöte… Tirarse con trineos de nieve por las grandes colinas naturales puede ser muy divertido tanto para los niños como para los mayores. Cena en el Restaurante “Hilltop”. Alojamiento.

Día 4. Iso Syöte. Visita a Santa Claus

Desayuno buffet. Traslado a Ruka. Ha llegado el momento que todos los niños estaban esperando. Nos trasladaremos hasta la casa secreta de la familia Claus en el bosque, donde Santa nos estará esperando. Al entrar, nos recibe un elfo, ayudante de Santa Claus, y nos conduce hasta el salón en el que conoceremos al mismísimo Santa. Con él pasaremos un buen rato, nos contará historias y nos enseñará alguna canción. Ligero almuerzo en la casa de Santa Claus. Finalizada la visita, Santa entregará personalmente un regalo a cada niño. Con el recuerdo imborrable de esta visita nos despediremos de la familia Claus y nos dirigiremos de vuelta hacia Iso Syöte. Cena especial en restaurante en el que disfrutaremos de una fondue de queso y carne de reno. Alojamiento.

Día 5. Iso Syöte. Pesca en hielo y raquetas de nieve

Desayuno buffet. Salida hacia un lago helado en medio del bosque donde probarás tu suerte pescando en el hielo. El guía te proveerá de los artilugios para la pesca y te dará las instrucciones para hacer un agujero en el hielo y disfrutar de la experiencia. Regreso al hotel y almuerzo en el restaurante. Tras el almuerzo continua la diversión. Daremos un paseo con raquetas de nieve para disfrutar de las espectaculares esculturas que la nieve, descubriendo en el suelo las huellas que dejan los animales. Haremos un descanso durante el recorrido para disfrutar de una bebida caliente y unas galletas. De regreso al hotel puedes volver a disfrutar del Arctic Spa para relajaros después de un activo día al aire libre. Cena en el restaurante “Hilltop” y alojamiento.

Día 6. Iso Syöte / Kuusamo / España

Desayuno buffet. Tiempo libre hasta la hora indicada para el traslado. No nos podemos ir de Laponia sin practicar una relajante sauna. La sauna en Finlandia es toda una tradición. Aunque los fineses no la inventaron sí que son el país con mayor cantidad de saunas por habitante; casi una sauna por cada 2 habitantes y los que la practican con mayor asiduidad. Salida hacia el aeropuerto de Kuusamo. Trámites de facturación y salida en vuelo directo con destino España. Snack a bordo incluido. Llegada y fin de nuestra aventura en Laponia.

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Arctic Hilltop Boutique Iso-Syöte 4*

The renovated Hotel Iso Syöte combines the complete concept of accommodation, hospitality, activities, dining services, and unique programs, always taking advantage of the peace of its surroundings. It is located on the top of the southernmost hill in Lapland. It is the highest point in the area, creating a unique and picturesque environment with splendid views from our rooms of the northern sky, stunning sunrises, and the Northern Lights. In its main building, completely renovated in 2020, it has 20 double rooms, all with a splendid view of the forest and the valley, 12 superior rooms (Star), with Arctic design, spacious, and luxurious. In the vicinity, the hotel has 20 single-family log cabins, typical log cabins with a capacity of up to 4 people, called Kelo, and 16 large single-family wooden cabins, called Fjell top, with a capacity of up to 8 people. All cabins are fully equipped, and guests can enjoy the warm comfort of their own private sauna and fireplace in the cabins.

  • Reindeer Standard Rooms have 2 separate beds, bathroom with shower, television, telephone, a table, and chairs. Free Wi-Fi access and free access to the Arctic Spa (saunas and pools). Possibility of an extra bed.
  • Star Superior Rooms: New rooms with a capacity of up to 4 people. Double bed or two beds and a sofa bed. Television, minibar, hairdryer, Wi-Fi, and free access to the Arctic Spa (saunas and pools).
  • Kelo Cabins (Capacity 4 people - 40 m2). 20 cabins built in the traditional Finnish kelo style, made of mature pine logs. Each cabin has a living room with a fireplace, kitchen (with oven, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, dishes, etc.), table, sofa bed, 1 bedroom with 2 beds, wardrobe, bathroom with shower, and private sauna. Private balcony in front of the cabin. Free Wi-Fi access and free access to the Arctic Spa (saunas and pools). All cabins are close to the hotel, reception, and restaurant. Each cabin has its own parking space.
  • Aurora View Suites. 10 spacious and luxurious suites, built in the summer of 2016. Approximately 50m² divided into two floors. The glass roof and balcony offer stunning views of the sky for observing stars and the Northern Lights. On the first floor, there is a living room with a sofa bed, bathroom with shower, toilet, and private sauna. On the second floor, there is also a living room, with a bedroom, bathroom with shower, and toilet. Balcony with a private jacuzzi.

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Family Accommodation Price
1 adult + 1 child Reindeer Standard Rooms $5479
2 adults Reindeer Standard Rooms $5779
1 adult + 1 child Kelo Cabin $5569
1 adult + 2 children Kelo Cabin $8109
2 adults Kelo Cabin $5869
2 adults + 1 child Kelo Cabin $8399
2 adults + 2 children Kelo Cabin $10769
1 adult + 1 child Star Superior $5845
1 adult + 2 children Star Superior $8419
2 adults Star Superior $6145
2 adults + 1 child Star Superior $8715
2 adults + 2 children Star Superior $11139
1 adult + 1 child Aurora View Suite $6649
1 adult + 2 children Aurora View Suite $9429
2 adults Aurora View Suite $6949
2 adults + 1 child Aurora View Suite $9725
2 adults + 2 children Aurora View Suite $12219
Conditions of Cancelation
until August 31, free of charge
from September 1 to September 30, 15%
from October 1 to October 31, 25%
from November 1 to 22 days before, 50%
from 21 days before, 100%
Contact us for more information
This grand experience includes
Direct flight from Madrid 
Snack on board
English and Spanish-speaking escort guide during the trip
All transfers
Thermal suit throughout the stay
Includes boots and thermal overalls
Snowmobile helmet and gloves
5 nights stay in selected accommodation
Full board (according to the program)
Free access to the hotel's Arctic Spa
All activities, excursions and safaris
Snowmobiles
Husky sledding safari
Reindeer farm visit
Meeting and lunch with Santa Claus
1 gift per child aged 11 or under
Snowshoeing
Final cleaning of the cabin
Complete online documentation
Travel assistance insurance
Airport taxes
SCIL® experience
Flight schedule
12/18/2023 Madrid 09:00 Kuusamo 14:45
12/23/2023 Kuusamo 15:35 Madrid 19:25
It will interest you to know
Intermediate cleaning (not included in the price): Kelo cabin $80 / Fjell cabin: $105).
Full board (with jug of water included), except lunch on the last day as specified in the itinerary. One of the dinners will be special fondue.
The order (but not the content) of the excursions may vary from this itinerary.
Flight schedules may be subject to changes and will be confirmed prior to the departure date.
The prices for snowmobile and sled excursions are based on two people sharing the vehicle.
The minimum age for driving snowmobiles is 18 years old. Children below this age, depending on their weight and height, will ride in a sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile. It is mandatory to have a valid European driver's license for cars in order to drive the snowmobiles and to carry it during the excursion.
All snowmobiles have comprehensive insurance with a deductible of €1000, for which each participant is responsible in case of an accident.
Due to weather conditions (such as snow or accumulated ice) and for safety reasons, excursions may experience changes in itinerary, duration, or even cancellations without prior notice.
When the group size is very large, it may be divided into several smaller groups, making the operation simpler and more comfortable for the passengers. Therefore, the schedule or order of services on excursions may be altered for this reason, without modifying the overall content of the excursion. Your guides on-site will inform you in advance of the schedules for your excursions.
The organizer does not guarantee the weather conditions, snow, or accumulated ice necessary to carry out the offered excursions or safaris. In the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent the realization of an excursion, and it must be canceled, an alternative activity will be offered or the amount will be refunded upon return; either in full if the activity is canceled or partially if the conditions do not allow for its complete realization.
Smoking in accommodations where it is not permitted may result in high fines, which can reach up to 4500 euros per person.
The customer is responsible for the keys to the apartments, and in case of loss, compensation will be requested.

 

Iso Syöte

It is a very special place on the southern edge of Finnish Lapland. Given its unique location and altitude, it guarantees all visitors an amazing winter experience. It is situated atop a hill, offering panoramic views in all directions of the surrounding forests, lakes, and natural areas. The heavy snow covers the trees, transforming them into beautiful statues, each with a different shape. It's a great place to explore in different ways: on snowmobiles, husky sleighs, snowshoes, skiing, or simply relaxing in a cabin near the fireplace or rejuvenating in a sauna. Welcome to Iso Syöte!

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