Northern Lights Adventure with Santa’s Lapland

Seeing the Northern Lights is top of my bucket list, so when we discovered that you can take part in a Northern Lights Safari when we were staying at Santa’s Lapland we couldn’t pass up on the opportunity.

We booked it for after our Search for Santa Day which mean’t we had to leave that slightly earlier (3.30pm), but we had made sure we packed everything in that we wanted to do.

It is dark in Lapland by 3.30pm, so the tour departs by coach from the Holiday Club at 4.30pm. We did chuckle that the coach drove us two minutes up the road, where we disembarked to get our kit for the evening which included balaclava’s and helmets – it would have been quicker to walk!!

Santa's Lapland

Once we were kitted out, we walked around the corner to find our mode of transport for the evening – snowmobiles.

Northern Lights Tour

The excursion involves driving snowmobiles out in to the wilderness to find a good viewing place. You can pay a single rider premium to have your own snowmobile, or you can ride pillion and have one person driving on the way there and the other driving on the way back, which is what we decided to do.

Santa's Lapland

Whilst our guide was showing us you how to drive the snowmobile, the kids were entertained by other members of staff before getting onboard a sleigh and snuggling under warm blankets. The sleigh is pulled along by a guide’s snowmobile for safety.

We then set off in convoy in search of the Northern Lights. After driving for about half an hour you then make a stop in the forest, away from the bright lights of Saariselkä, and sit around a warming fire where everybody enjoys a hot drink and some traditional gingerbread biscuits whilst the guides tell you the local legends surrounding the Northern Lights.

Santas Lapland

The old local legend that says that the lights were caused by an Arctic fox as it ran along the fells, catching its busy tail in snowdrifts and sending a trail of sparks in to the sky. In Finnish the Northern Lights are called “revontulet” or “fox fires” as its name derives from this legend.


Frustratingly for us, it was too cloudy to see the Northern Lights, although it had finally stopped snowing, but we all enjoyed a chance to drive the Snowmobiles and get away from the bright lights of the town.


The clouds did part on the way back and we did get to see the super moon that was shining brightly in the sky. It looks like my wish to see the Northern Lights will just have to remain at the top of my bucketlist for a bit longer!!


The Northern Lights Adventure costs €129 per adult and €95 per child and the adventure lasts around 90 minutes. Driving a snowmobile is an experience in itself and we really appreciated the heated handlebars as we bounced around on the snow!!

Northern Lights Adventure

32 thoughts on “Northern Lights Adventure with Santa’s Lapland

  1. this sounds like such a fantastic evening. I love the idea of sitting about a fire, wrapped up warm and watching the lights. I’m just so sorry it was too cloudy to see the lights!

  2. I want to know who had the most fun on that snowmobile. It looks like mega fun. As a photographer, I really want to photograph the Northern Lights. Its on my bucket list. If it was as cold as it looked, you did right in wrapping up in all those layers. brrrrrrrrr. Thanks for sharing your amazing adventure.

    John M

  3. Snowmobiles I am so jealous, always wanted to see the Northern Lights and also ride the snowmobiles. I can not believe it gets dark at 3.30pm how crazy is that

  4. That is an amazing trip and on that has always been on my bucket list to see the Northern Lights! It’s such a shame it was too dark to see them properly but te price for the snowmobiles are reasonable as well giving how long you get them for.

  5. This looks amazing, shame you didn’t get to see the Northern Lights. I too went to Lapland for the day to Kusamo in Findland. It was ace, but my son was to young to appreciate it. Your trip looks fun. I didn’t know of the Northern Lights back then and it would have been amazing!

  6. What a shame that you didn’t get to see them. We went to Iceland a couple of years ago and were lucky to see them but it made me realise just how hard it is to see them.

  7. I went snowmobiling when i was there. Its really fun. I also tried looking for the northern lights but couldnt see them either. I heard a woman in the hotel saying she saw them out of her window at 4am

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