Rukatonttu - January

Start the New Year at Rukatonttu by enjoying experiences such as sledding through the snowy Lapland forests with husky dogs, meeting Santa Claus in person, or cruising the frozen lakes on powerful snowmobiles.

Approximate price per family:
5789 $

The Santa Claus in Lapland team offers you a wonderful trip to Lapland, a sensational experience that will awaken all your senses, a journey to the land of Christmas where you can live thrilling adventures in the Arctic Circle in contact with the most astonishing nature. Traveling to Lapland is much more than a trip, it is an adventure in search of happiness. We are experts in trips to Lapland with children, specialists in one of the most astonishing destinations on the planet, and we offer you the best service, the most comprehensive information, and the highest guarantees. Welcome to Lapland!

Day 1. Spain / Kuusamo / Ruka

Meeting 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 our guide and transfer to Ruka (approx. 30 min). Arrival. Upon arrival in Ruka, we will collect the thermal equipment that we can use throughout our stay in Lapland. Once settled, we will enjoy a delicious dinner at the resort's restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 2. Ruka. Ice Fishing and Snowshoeing

Buffet breakfast. We will begin our adventure in Lapland with an ice fishing excursion on the frozen lake. The experience starts with our arrival at a frozen lake where a fisherman will teach us how to fish on the ice. Each participant will have the opportunity to try their luck with the fishing rod through the ice. First, we will each need to drill our own hole in the ice and then attempt to catch fish. In this lake, we can find perch, pike, and lake herring. We will also enjoy a fun activity that is loved by both adults and children: a snowshoeing walk through the snowy Lappish forest. Light lunch will be provided during the excursion. In the afternoon, you will have free time to enjoy some downhill skiing or participate in an optional activity. Dinner at the resort's restaurant. Accommodation.

Optional Excursion: Karting and Mini Snowmobiles

Transfer to the karting circuit, where we will enjoy a completely new experience: driving special karts designed for snow or ice. Driving the karts is very easy, and this activity can be enjoyed by people of all ages (adults or children) with a minimum height of 150 cm (required to reach the accelerator and brake pedals). Children who are unable to drive the karts can take a ride in a special kart with a passenger seat driven by the guide and drive a mini snowmobile, an experience you won't forget. Important: A minimum of 10 people is required to participate in this excursion. Adult price: $90 // Children price: $60.

Day 3. Ruka. Arctic Animal Safari: Huskies and Reindeer

Buffet breakfast. We get ready for another amazing day in nature. In the morning, we will embark on an excursion that will stay in our memories for a long time, as we will have the opportunity to drive a sled pulled by a team of husky dogs, just like real mushers. Well-trained huskies can pull up to seven times their own weight. Their handlers will share many interesting facts with us before we embark on the ride. We will enjoy a light lunch during the excursion.

Next, we will transfer to a reindeer farm where Lapland's herders will talk to us about their way of life. We will take a reindeer sleigh ride and learn about the life of reindeer and their herders. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to enjoy some downhill skiing. In just a couple of hours, you can enjoy many runs as there are usually no queues at the lifts. Ruka usually has its slopes open from October until nearly the end of May, and most of them are illuminated. The little ones will find fun skiing at the Rosa & Rudolf Family Park playground located in Ruka Valley, which can be accessed by a scenic gondola from the village of Ruka. A ticket per person to ride the ski resort cable car and admire and photograph the views from the top is included. Dinner at the resort's restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 4. Ruka. Snowmobile Safari and Meeting Santa Claus

Buffet breakfast. Today we will embark on one of the most spectacular excursions of the trip, a snowmobile safari. We will be provided with helmets and gloves, and after receiving instructions from the guides, we will start our snowmobile ride. Adults will drive the snowmobiles (2 persons per snowmobile), and children will ride in a sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile. During the journey, we will experience the power of these machines and enjoy the snowy forests and frozen lakes. Light lunch during the excursion. In the afternoon, the moment that all the children have been waiting for will arrive. We will transfer to the village of Vuotunki, where Santa Claus's house is located, next to a large frozen lake. On the slopes of the lake, when it snows, large natural slides are formed where children, and even adults, can enjoy sledding. It's time to enter the house where Santa will be waiting for us. Upon entering, we will be greeted by an elf, Santa Claus's helper, who will lead us to the living room where we will meet Santa himself. We will spend a good time with him, he will tell us stories and teach us a song. Mrs. Claus is an expert cook, and today she will teach us her famous Christmas cookie recipe, which we will then be able to bake in the large wood-fired oven in the house. At the end of the visit, Santa will personally give each child a gift. With the unforgettable memory of this visit, we will say goodbye to the Claus family and return to our accommodation. Dinner at the resort's restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 5. Ruka. Snowshoeing in Oulanka National Park

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Today, we will enjoy an unforgettable experience. We will embark on an excursion to the nearby Oulanka National Park, known for its stunning landscapes and waterfalls. The guide will share stories about the area's flora and fauna, and we will see the beautiful Myllykoski rapids. We will have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic lunch by a campfire. We will also participate in an activity that is loved by both adults and children. We will hike with snowshoes through the snowy landscape of the National Park. We will return to our accommodation. In the afternoon, we will have free time which you can take advantage of at the ski resort. We propose an optional activity to learn how to glide on the snowy paths of Lapland, just as the locals have been doing for a long time, with cross-country skis. Cross-country skiing is a common practice in all Nordic countries. It is straightforward, and with the guidance of the instructors, you will be able to learn how to glide through the beautiful snowy landscapes in no time. If you prefer, in the vicinity of our accommodation, you can go shopping or enjoy a hot drink at one of the bars in the Village. Dinner at the resort's restaurant. Accommodation.

Day 6. Ruka / Kuusamo / Spain

Buffet breakfast. Free time until the indicated time for the transfer. You can do some last-minute shopping in the Village or perhaps enjoy some relaxation before the return journey. We cannot leave Lapland without experiencing a soothing sauna. Saunas are a tradition in Finland. Although the Finns did not invent them, they are the country with the highest number of saunas per capita, with almost one sauna for every 2 inhabitants, and they are the ones who use them most frequently. 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.

El equipo de Santa Claus in Lapland te propone un maravilloso viaje a Laponia, una sensacional experiencia que despertará todos tus sentidos, un viaje al país de la Navidad donde podrás vivir emocionantes aventuras en el Círculo Polar Ártico en contacto con la naturaleza más sorprendente. Viajar a Laponia es mucho más que un viaje, es una aventura en busca de la felicidad. Somos expertos en viajes a Laponia con niños, especialistas en uno de los destinos más sorprendentes del planeta y te ofrecemos el mejor servicio, la información más completa y las mayores garantías. ¡Bienvenidos a Laponia!

Día 1. España / Kuusamo / Ruka

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 nuestro guía y traslado a Ruka (aprox. 30 min). Llegada. A su llegada a Ruka recogeremos los equipos térmicos que podremos usar durante toda la estancia en Laponia. Una vez instalados degustaremos una deliciosa cena en el restaurante del complejo. Alojamiento.

Día 2. Ruka. Pesca en hielo y raquetas de nieve

Desayuno buffet. Comenzaremos nuestra aventura en Laponia con una excursión de pesca en el Lago helado. La experiencia empieza con la llegada a un lago helado donde un pescador nos enseñará como pescar en el hielo, cada participante tendrá tiempo para probar suerte con la caña a través del hielo. Primero cada uno tendrá que realizar su propio agujero en el hielo y a continuación intentar pescar. En este lago podremos encontrar percas, lucios y arenques de lago. Realizaremos una divertida actividad, que gusta tanto a mayores como a pequeños; un paseo en raquetas de nieve por el nevado bosque lapón. Almuerzo ligero durante la excursión. Por la tarde tiempo libre que podéis aprovechar para realizar algunas bajadas de esquí o realizar una actividad opcional. Cena en el restaurante del complejo. Alojamiento.

Excursión opcional: Karting y mini motos de nieve

Traslado al circuito de karting, donde disfrutaremos de una experiencia totalmente nueva; conducir karts especiales para desplazarse sobre la nieve o hielo. Conducir los karts es muy fácil y esta actividad la pueden realizar todas las personas (adultos o niños) con una altura mínima de 150 cm (necesaria para llegar a los pedales de acelerador y freno). Los niños que no puedan conducir los karts podrán dar un paseo en un kart especial con asiento de pasajero conducido por el guía y conducir una mini-motonieve, una experiencia que sin duda no olvidareis. Importante: se requiere un mínimo de 10 personas para realizar la excursión. Precio adulto: $90 // Precio niños: $60 

Día 3. Ruka. Safari de animales árticos: huskies y renos

Desayuno buffet. Nos preparamos para pasar otro día increíble en la naturaleza. Por la mañana realizaremos una excursión que perdurará en nuestra memoria durante mucho tiempo, ya que podremos conducir, como auténticos mushers un trineo tirado por un equipo de perros huskies. Los huskies bien entrenados pueden tirar de hasta siete veces su propio peso. Esto y muchas más curiosidades nos las explicarán sus preparadores antes de realizar el paseo. Degustaremos un almuerzo ligero durante la excursión.

A continuación, traslado a una granja de renos donde sus criadores lapones nos hablarán donde su modo de vida. Realizaremos un paseo en trineo y aprenderemos sobre la vida de los renos y sus pastores. Resto de la tarde libre que podéis aprovechar para realizar algunas bajadas de esquí. En tan sólo un par de horas podréis disfrutar de muchas bajadas ya que no suele haber colas en los remontes. Ruka suele tener sus pistas abiertas desde octubre hasta casi finales de mayo y la mayoría iluminadas. Los más pequeños encontraran diversión esquiando en el parque infantil Rosa & Rudolf Family Park situado en Ruka Valley al que se puede acceder con una góndola escénica desde el pueblo de Ruka. Está incluido un ticket por persona para subir al telecabina de la estación de esquí y poder admirar y fotografiar las vistas desde la cima. Cena en el restaurante del complejo. Alojamiento.

Día 4. Ruka. Safari en moto de nieve y encuentro con Santa Claus

Desayuno buffet. En el día de hoy realizaremos una de las excursiones más espectaculares del viaje, un safari en moto de nieve. Para ello, nos proveerán de cascos y guantes y tras las instrucciones de los guías, iniciaremos nuestro paseo en moto de nieve. Los adultos conduciremos las motos (2 personas por moto) y los niños viajan en un trineo que arrastra la moto de nieve del guía. Durante el trayecto podremos sentir la potencia de estas máquinas y disfrutar de los bosques nevados y lagos helados. Almuerzo ligero durante la excursión. Por la tarde llegará el momento que todos los niños estaban esperando. Nos trasladaremos al pueblo de Vuotunki donde se encuentra la casa de Santa Claus, al lado de un gran lago helado. En las laderas del lago, al caer la nieve, se forman grandes toboganes naturales en los que los niños, y no tan niños podrán disfrutar tirándose en trineos. Ha llegado el momento de entrar en la casa 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. La Sra. Claus es una experta cocinera y hoy nos enseñará su famosa receta de galletas navideñas, que una vez hechas, podremos hornear en el gran horno de leña de la casa. 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 emprenderemos el regreso a nuestro alojamiento. Cena en el restaurante del complejo. Alojamiento.

Día 5. Ruka. Raquetas de nieve en el Parque Nacional de Oulanka

Desayuno buffet en el hotel. Hoy disfrutaremos de una experiencia inolvidable. Realizaremos una excursión al cercano Parque Nacional de Oulanka, que es conocido por sus impresionantes paisajes y cascadas. El guía nos contará historias sobre la flora y fauna del área y veremos los hermosos rápidos de Myllykoski. Podremos disfrutar y saborear un almuerzo tipo picnic al lado de una hoguera. También realizaremos una de las actividades que gustan tanto a mayores como pequeños. Caminaremos con raquetas de nieve por el nevado paisaje del Parque Nacional. Regreso a nuestro alojamiento. Por la tarde tendremos tiempo libre que podéis aprovechar en la estación de esquí. Os proponemos opcionalmente aprender a deslizarse por los caminos nevados de Laponia como llevan tiempo haciéndolo los locales, con esquís de fondo. El esquí de fondo es una práctica muy habitual en todos los países nórdicos. Es muy sencillo y en poco rato, con el asesoramiento de los instructores, podréis aprender a deslizaros por los bonitos paisajes nevados. Si lo prefieres, en el entorno de nuestro alojamiento, podréis realizar compras o disfrutar de una bebida caliente en alguno de los bares del Village. Cena en el restaurante del complejo. Alojamiento.

Día 6. Ruka / Kuusamo / España

Desayuno buffet. Tiempo libre hasta la hora indicada para el traslado. Pueden realizar las últimas compras en el Village o quizás disfrutar de un rato de relax antes del regreso. 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.

Rukatonttu Apartments

Rukatonttu Apartments is a complex of attached apartments located in a privileged setting, surrounded by Lapland's nature, with incredible views over Ruka and an excellent location near the access points to the Ruka alpine ski resort and just 2 km from its main hub. It is possible to walk to the ski lifts and the Skibus, which regularly travels throughout the area. The complex has a restaurant where breakfasts and dinners are served.

  • Rukatonttu 43: With a capacity for 4 people, these apartments feature 1 double bedroom and a double sofa bed in the living room. They are equipped with heating, a private sauna, a fireplace, TV, Wi-Fi, balcony/terrace, clothes drying cabinet, fully equipped kitchen, 2 toilets, and a shower.
  • Rukatonttu 51: With a capacity for 6 people, these apartments are identical to the previous ones but feature 2 double bedrooms and a double sofa in the living room. Contact us for a quote without commitment.

Departure 02 January 2024 from Madrid

Prices Apartment Rukatonttu 43

Family Price
1 adult + 1 child $5789
1 adult + 2 children $7989
2 adults $6249
2 adults + 1 child $8439
2 adults + 2 children $10659
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 (including boots and jumpsuit)
Snowmobile helmet and gloves
5 nights in selected apartment Rukatonttu
Set of sheets and towels per person
Final cleaning of the apartment
Full board according to itinerary
Meeting with Santa Claus
A gift from Santa Claus for each child aged 11 and under
Husky sledding safari
Husky sledding safari
Ice fishing
Gondola pass
Complete online documentation
Travel assistance insurance
Airport taxes
SCIL® experience
Flight schedule
01/02/2024 Madrid 09:00 Kuusamo 14:45
01/07/2024 Kuusamo 15:45 Madrid 19:35
Optional excursions
Optional karting and mini motorcycle excursion: $90 per adult and $60 per child.
It will interest you to know
Full board (including water pitcher), except for lunch on the last day as specified in the itinerary: buffet breakfasts, light lunches during excursions, and dinners at the complex.
Gondola pass: Included is a pass for round-trip transportation to the top of the ski resort via cable car.
Intermediate cleaning in the apartments is not included in the price.
The order (but not the content) of the excursions may vary from this itinerary.
The prices for snowmobile and sled activities are based on two people sharing the vehicle.
The prices for optional activities are valid for bookings made up to 30 days before departure, subject to availability.
The minimum age to drive 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 possess a valid car driving license in Europe to drive the snowmobiles, and you must carry it during the excursion.
All snowmobiles are covered by comprehensive insurance with a deductible of €1000, for which each participant is responsible in the event of an accident.
Due to weather conditions (such as accumulated snow or ice) and for safety reasons, excursions may undergo changes in itineraries, duration, or even cancellations without prior notice.
When the group size is very large, it may be divided into smaller groups, which simplifies and improves the operation for passengers. Therefore, the schedule or order of services during 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 timings for your excursions.
The organizer does not guarantee weather conditions, accumulated snow or ice for the realization of the offered excursions or safaris. In the event that force majeure prevents the execution of any excursion and it must be canceled, an alternative activity will be provided, or the amount will be reimbursed upon return, either in full if the activity is canceled or partially if conditions do not allow its complete realization.
Smoking in accommodations where it is not allowed may result in high fines, which can amount up to 4500 euros per person.
The client is responsible for the keys to the cabins, and in case of loss, compensation will be requested.


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