Nordic Winter Short Break

Spent a memorable holiday in the heart of Lapland

4 days

Ivalo Winter Short Break offers a memorable holiday in the heart of Lapland. You can easily get to Ivalo by plane or by car. Experience the unique and pure nature of Lapland and lose yourself in “Lapland madness”!

Enjoy lunch by the open fire during our outdoor excursions. Turn your eyes to the northern sky in the evening for a chance to see the mesmerizing Northern Lights.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Lapland!

Whether you arrive by coach or by plane, we will greet you in Ivalo. Let the holiday begin!

Whether you arrive by bus or plane, we will greet you in Ivalo. You will stay in a comfortable apartment located in the center of Ivalo. Depending on your arrival schedule, we have sledges, skis or snowshoes that you can borrow if you wish, so you can start enjoying winter activities in Lapland with your family and friends straight away.

We’ll assist with the Northern Lights forecasts from day one. Maybe you’ll be lucky and get to take awesome pictures of nature’s own light show tonight!

Day 2 – Husky safari, mountain views, smoke sauna and restaurant dinner

Your first morning in Lapland will begin with an exciting two-hour husky safari! We’ll pick you up at your front door and take you to the starting point. You will then ride your own dog sled through the wintry landscape across forests and lakes. This experience is one of the absolute highlights of the entire holiday. After the husky safari, you’ll warm up with a hot mug of traditional pan coffee in an atmospheric hut.

After an exciting start to the morning, we’ll continue to the rugged Kaunispää. On clear days, you can enjoy incredible views of up to 40 kilometers across Northern Finland and beyond, all the way up to Russia! While feasting our eyes on this view, we’ll have lunch at the on-site restaurant, after which you can enjoy the adrenaline-fuelled experience that is Northern Europe’s longest toboggan run. At 1,200 meters long, the Saariselkä sledding hill is a thrill for speed junkies of all ages!

No visit to Saariselkä is complete without ascending to the top of Kiilopää mountain where we can rest our eyes on the far horizon. Kiilopää is one of the highest fells in Urho Kekkonen National Park (546m), and no visitor in Lapland will ever get enough of this place.

What could be a more perfect end to a perfect day than a soothing smoke sauna followed by a dip in an icy lake. After your smoke sauna experience, you’ll definitely be hungry, and it’s time to move on to the atmospheric Laanila Kievari to enjoy a stylish 3-course menu. After the day’s activities, we’ll get to have a relaxing time together and enjoy the local culinary delights made from freshly prepared, pure arctic ingredients.

Bellies full, we’ll take you back to your apartment in the evening. You will certainly sleep well tonight!

Day 3 – Sámi culture and quality time with reindeer

As the indigenous people of Lapland, the cultural heritage of the Sámi is immeasurably valuable. Today, you can explore it in the middle of beautiful Inari with a guide.

You’ll get to have lots of fresh air while learning various survival skills with the help of a guide or by exploring the local terrain yourself. If the ice on the nearby lake is strong enough, we may also try ice fishing! We’ll have our mouth-watering, Lapland style lunch outdoors in a wilderness hut.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit a reindeer farm to get acquainted with these iconic animals of Lapland. The animals are very tame and they will allow you to pet and feed them. Take a picture with a reindeer to capture the uniqueness of your Lapland holiday!

We’ll return to Ivalo in the afternoon. You will have free time tonight to relax and take it easy!

Day 4 – The last day

Goodbyes are always hard! To make things a bit easier, we have arranged transportation to the airport or bus station for you. Of course, you may also choose to arrive in your own car.

If you want to extend your Lapland holiday by visiting Rovaniemi, Kirkenes or elsewhere, we will be happy to help you with planning, and can recommend places that we have already identified as good destinations.

We hope you have enjoyed your vacation with us, and look forward to welcoming you back again in the future!

Departure Days Available on 2022-2023:

  • November 24th -27th 2022
  • December 15th -18th 2022
  • January 5th-8th 2023
  • February 23rd-26th 2023
  • March 9th-12th 2023

What’s included?

We have arranged accommodation in Xwander Nordic’s apartments, conveniently located in the village of Ivalo. In addition to the cosy décor, the accommodation features a fully equipped kitchen, a private bathroom and a TV. Wi-Fi access is also provided. All apartments have two beds that can be separated and either a sofa bed or extra beds. In addition to the featured activities and excursions, you’ll find that there’s a lot more to experience in Lapland! If you’d like to spend a few extra days in Ivalo before or after your holiday, please let us know and we’ll extend the booking of your holiday home.

The Price includes:

  • Transfers from Ivalo Airport or bus station
  • Accommodation in a comfortable and spacious double apartment
  • All the aforementioned activities, meals and transfers to and from activities


What’s not included in the price?

  • Flights to and from destination
  • Meals not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance

Cancellation policy

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 21 days or less before the event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 31 days or less before the event

Booking and Tour Details