SANTA'S IGLOOS ARCTIC CIRCLE

Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi, Finland

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Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle is a luxurious glass igloo resort in Rovaniemi, next to the Santa Claus village on the Arctic Circle.

Resort is open all year round as well as Santa Claus office. Midnight sun can be enjoyed during summer season from an igloo. Snow activities and a chance to see the Northern Lights - during winter season.

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There are 71 stylish glass-roofed igloos. Some igloos have private sauna. Breakfast is served in the on site Restaurant Arctic Eye, located in the middle of the igloo area.

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1. Location

Finland - Lapland - Rovaniemi airport (4 km) - Santa Claus Village (600 m) - Rovaniemi city center (9 km).

Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle is located on the Arctic Circle, 600 m from Santa Claus Village and 5-minute drive from Rovaniemi Airport.

To get there by plane:
Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily flights. Flight time - 1h20m. Price from 35€ (Norwegian, Finnair).
Resort is located 4 km from Rovaniemi airport. For individual travellers (max 7 persons) complimentary shuttle service from/to Rovaniemi Airport included (valid 2019-2020).

To get there by train:
Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily trains by VR. Duration - 8-12h. Price from 68€ (Finnish railways VR).
Resort is located 9 km from Rovaniemi railway station. Free shuttle service twice a day between Santa's Hotel Santa Claus in Rovaniemi city center and Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle (valid 2019-2020). Also public bus between Rovaniemi city center and resort 5-7 times per day available.

2. Rating by Suomi-Holiday staff

Location: 5/5 4 km from Rovaniemi airport. Santa Claus village 600 m.
Facilities: 4/5 On site: Restaurant. Aurora Alarm service. Free airport transfer. Guided evening walk included into Activity Package. No own safaris and activities.
Comfort level: 4.5/5 Modern Scandinavian design.
Style: 5/5 Stylish and luxurious igloos.
Value for money: 3,7/5 Discounted igloo price from 280€/night during low season. Peak season price up to 990€/night!

3. Glass igloo types

  • Standard igloo, 2 persons
  • Superior igloo with sauna, 2 persons
  • Superior igloo with alcove, 2+2 persons

Standard igloo

2 persons glass igloo with heated glass roof and walls. 19,4 m2. Extra sleeping place possible for an additional fee.

Plan Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle standart igloo

Air-condition, flat-screen TV, private bathroom with rain shower.
Bathroom: Shower; Bathrobe; Bidet; Towels.
Room facilities: TV, iPad, fan, heating, private entrance, wardrobe or closet, hairdryer, slippers, tea/coffee maker, refrigerator, electric kettle, wake-up service, linen, free WiFi.

Superior igloo with sauna

2 persons glass igloo with heated glass roof and walls. 23,2 m2. Extra sleeping place possible for an additional fee.

Plan Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle Superior igloo with sauna

Air-condition, flat-screen TV, private bathroom with rain shower, electric sauna.
Bathroom: Shower; Bathrobe; Bidet; Towels; Own Sauna.
Room facilities: TV, iPad, fan, heating, private entrance, wardrobe or closet, hairdryer, slippers, tea/coffee maker, refrigerator, electric kettle, wake-up service, linen, free WiFi.

Superior igloo with alcove

2+2 persons glass igloo with heated glass roof and walls. 28,2 m2. Extra sleeping place possible for an additional fee.

Plan Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle Superior igloo with alcove

Main room with double bed + alcove with 2 sleeping places (2 beds or movable sofa). Suits for family accommodation.
Air-condition, flat-screen TV, private bathroom with rain shower.
Bathroom: Shower; Bathrobe; Bidet; Towels.
Room facilities: TV, iPad, fan, heating, private entrance, wardrobe or closet, hairdryer, slippers, tea/coffee maker, refrigerator, electric kettle, wake-up service, linen, free WiFi.

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4. Igloo price

Standard igloo price (price is given as a guide, valid in 2019):
- from 375€/night during Arctic Summer 1.5.-31.8.
- from 431€/night during Autumn Auroras 1.9.-30.11.
- from 675€/night during winter season.

Glass igloo with sauna (price is given as a guide, valid in 2019):
- from 525€/night during Arctic Summer 1.5.-31.8.
- from 610€/night during Autumn Auroras 1.9.-30.11.
- from 870€/night during winter season.

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Glass igloo with alcove (price is given as a guide, valid in 2019):
- from 600€/night during Arctic Summer 1.5.-31.8.
- from 690€/night during Autumn Auroras 1.9.-30.11.
- from 990€/night during winter season.

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Breakfast, aurora alarm, Wi-Fi included. Complimentary shuttle service from/to Rovaniemi Airport for individual guests up to 7 persons.

Extra Arctic Eye Package (additional fee from 120€/person) includes: Rovaniemi airport transfer, a guided evening walk (roughly 1h, staff will teach about the nature and the lifestyle of the local), complimentary welcome gifts, a dinner in the restaurant Arctic Eye.

5. Good to know

Check-in time from 16:00 on the day of arrival.
Check-out time before 11:00 on the day of departure.
Late or earlier arrival: inform in advance.

Restaurant Arctic Eye on-site open for breakfast and dinner 1.09 - 30.04. Outside this time (1.05 - 31.08) restaurant is closed and breakfast boxes will be delivered to igloo mini-bar.

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Half Board Dinner ~59-60€/adult; ~30€/child.
Christmas Eve/New Year Eve Gala Dinner order is obligatory 24.12./31.12. Includes an aperitif and two glasses of wine/soft drinks. Price ~95€/adult; ~35€/child.*
* Notice: Price is given as an estimation (valid in 2019). Check the current price when making a reservation.

Wi-fi is available in accommodations and resort area.
Mobile phones work well.

Drone free area. Santas igloos are located less than 5 km from the Rovaniemi International Airport. So you are NOT allowed to fly a drone there without permission of the air control authorities. For more information on flying drones in Finland, please visit: www.droneinfo.fi/en/no_drone_zones.

Northern Lights.
It is possible to see the Northern Lights in Lapland from mid-August to the end of April in a dark time.
The Northern Lights are not guaranteed as it is a natural phenomena and it always depends on the current weather.
Each glass igloo is equipped with a tablet through which guest can contact the reception and receive Northern Lights alarms.

Recommended warm winter clothing: thermal under-layer, warm mid-layer, winter jacket, trousers and winter boots. Hat, gloves and scarf are essential.

Typical daytime temperatures in the winter:
December: -20 to -10 degrees Celsius
January: -30 to -15 degrees Celsius
February: -20 to -15 degrees Celsius
March: -15 to -5 degrees Celsius

Activities.
Santa's Igloos resort does not offer any own safari/activities services. But it is located 600m from Santa Claus Village and 8 km from Rovaniemi, where all possible activities available. Here are some information about what kind of safaris Rovaniemi has to offer: Visit Rovaniemi - www.visitrovaniemi.fi/see-do/activities/; Santa Claus Village - santaclausvillage.info/activity-services/.

6. What's around Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle resort

  • Snowman World Winter Zone and ice restaurant (600 m)
  • Snowmobile safaris starting point (600 m)
  • Santa Claus office (600 m)
  • Short reindeer rides (650 m)
  • Santas Salmon restaurant (700 m)
  • Moomin Snowcastle Finland (500 m)
  • Husky Park (500 m)
  • Santa Park (3,2 km)
  • Santa Claus Secret Forest Joulukka (3,2 km)

Snowman World Winter Zone

Winter Zone consists of approx. 600m2 of snow and ice structures including Ice Bar, Ice Restaurant, ice & snow sculptures. With the same entrance ticket the guest can visit all of the above and also take part in the Snow Fun activities featuring big ice slides and ice skating. All necessary equipment for these activities are provided.

Entrance ticket is valid all day. Entrance tickets are not needed to book in advance. Available depending the weather conditions from mid December till end of March. Opening hours: 11am-5pm (except 24.12., 25.12., 1.1. - shorter working hours).

Ice Restaurant is built entirely of snow and ice. It is decorated with snow and ice sculptures.
Ice Restaurant Lunch Experience includes Salmon Soup lunch + dessert. Lunch is available every day from mid December to end of March from 12pm to 3pm.
Ice Restaurant Dinner Experience includes 3 course menu of choice: Wild Lapland menu, Arctic Sea menu and Nordic Nature menu, also separate menu for children. Every day between mid December – 5th Jan. Wed and Sat between 6th Jan – end of March from 6:00PM onward.

Snowmobile safaris

snowmobile safari

There is Arctic Circle snowmobile park 600 m from igloo resort. It offers different activities: 30 minutes long snowmobile ride (price ~55-75€/person); Snowmobile Safari to Husky and Reindeer farms (Approximately 6 hours; price ~170€/person); Northern Light safari by snowmobile (Approximately 3-4 hours; price ~130€/person) and many other.*.

All snowmobile safaris include safari clothing and helmet, snowmobile driving instructions, fuel, insurance (personal liability applies), guide services in Finnish and in English. Please note, the driver of the snowmobile has to have a valid drivers license and minimum 18 years of age.

* Prices are ~ approximate (valid for winter season 2019).

Santa Claus village

Santa Claus office

Santa office open every day, both winter and summer. Entrance and meeting with Santa - free of charge. No advance reservation needed.

Using of own cameras while meeting Santa is prohibited; professional photos and videos available for a fee. Price in 2019 is from 30€ up to 40-45€ for 6 high resolution photos and a video clip you meeting Santa. No obligation to purchase anything however.

Reindeer safari

Reindeer safari

There is Santa Claus Reindeer Resort backyard of Santa Claus office. Santa’s reindeer safari track also is located there.

It is possible to start the ride right next to Santa Office (address: Joulumaantie 13, Rovaniemi). No advanced reservation needed. Path from 5 to 35 min (400m - 3km). Suitable for all ages.

Available: December - April. Price from 14€/child - 18€/adult (~5 minutes ride).
* Prices are ~ approximate (valid for winter season 2019).

Husky safari

Husky safari

Arctic Circle Husky Park is located next to Santa Claus village (left side), 500 m from Santas igloo resort. Open every day year round. Guided tour daily at 12.00 (duration about 0,5 h).

Husky park entrance fee: 10€/adult, 5€/child (4-12 years), family ticket 20€ (1-2 adults + 1-3 children)*. * Prices are valid for winter season 2019.

The short rides and safaris (500 m and 2 km) do not need any prior reservation. They are run non-stop during opening hours. Other safaris should be booked in advance.

Husky rides prices are from 30-45€/adult, 15-25€/child (short safaris up to 2 km) + Husky Park entrance fee.

Moomin Snowcastle

A huge Snow castle right in Santa Claus Village with residents of the Moominvalley. There are Moomin ice sculptures gallery - Moominmamma, Moominpappa and their friends - as five-meter snow and ice sculptures. 50-meter long slide, snow labyrinth, Moominvalley magic forest, fun zone with interactive wall, ice bar and souvenir shop.

Open every day from 9 to 19 throughout the winter season.
Price for 2019: 30€/adult; 18€/children (4–11 years old, 0-3 years old free of charge). All tickets are valid for one day.

Santa Park

Visiting SantaPark is a must-do activity for families with kids! This is an indoor Christmas theme park voted the top Christmas destination in the world. Plan a visit for at least 2-3 hours (usually kids want to stay there for a longer time).

There are Arctic Circle, Ice gallery and Ice bar, Angry birds activity park, gingerbread bakery, Elf workshop, Santa Claus office with real Santa, Magic train, Post office and Elf Show performances.

Open: Winter season - mid November - mid January. Summer season - end of June - mid August. Check our exact opening dates and hours from the SantaPark homepage.
Tickets are valid for 2 consecutive days. Price Christmas season 2018-2019: 34€/adult, 28€/child (3-12 y). Check our current prices from the SantaPark homepage.

Santa Claus Secret Forest Joulukka

Luxury and authentic Santa experience. Santa Claus Secret Forest is an exclusive destination where you can experience the magic of Christmas either privately or in small groups.

There are few weekly programs available: Dream of Joulukka, Gingerbread secret of Santa Claus, Search for the Northern Lights with Santa Claus. Prices are from 129-179€/adult; 103-139€/child (2-12 years old); free for children under 2 years old (* prices valid for winter 2019). Also exclusive private programs and meeting with Santa available.

Located 20km from Rovaniemi city center. Open by request all-year-round.
Santa Claus Secret Forest is a private destination located on private grounds, and is therefore only accessible if you have made a booking in advance.

Northern Lights flights

In case you come to Lapland from other side of the Earth to see the Northern Lights but clouds are blocking the sky - there is 1 solution. Check Northern Lights flights offered by Wild Nordic Finland (www.northernlightsflight.com).

Daily departures from Rovaniemi airport between December and March.
Pick you and return transfer to the airport. The air-plane is Piper PA-31 instrumental flight equipped with an anti-icing system and carries 7 passengers.
Flight time is around 1 hour, including take-off and landing preparations.

9. Suggested itinerary

DAY 1

Helsinki Tuomaan Markkinat Arrival to Helsinki.
1 day in Helsinki.
Hotels in Helsinki for layover.

DAY 2

Morning flight to Rovaniemi.
Arrival and Check in.
Visiting Snowman World Winter Zone, Santa Claus office or Santa Park, short reindeer ride.
Local dinner experience.

DAY 3 - ACTIVITY DAY

Husky farm visit and husky ride.
Nova Skyland restaurant lunch or Santas Salmon Restaurant.
Evening snowmobile safari or Aurora safari

DAY 3 - OPTIONAL

Visiting Rovaniemi / Arcticum museum.
or
Ranua Zoo Visit (85 km).
or
Snowshoeing or cross country skiing or downhill skiing.

What to do around? Events.

International Grand Market 2019.

Thu-Sun 5.-8.9. International Grand Market 2019. Rovakatu-street, Pedestrian street, Lordi’s Square

Date: 5 August 2019 - 8 August 2019
Address: Rovakatu-street, Pedestrian street, Lordi’s Square, 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland
Rovaniemi Autumn market.

Tue-Thu 17.-19.9. Rovaniemi Autumn Market. Market place.

Date: 17 August 2019 - 18 August 2019
Address: Market place , 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland
Snowmobile Fair 2019

Sat-Sun 2.-3.11. Snowmobile Fair 2019. Lappi Areena.

Date: 2 November 2019 - 3 November 2019
Address: Lappi Areena., 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland
The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season 2019. Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle

Sun 10.11. at 16 The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season 2019. Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle.

The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season is an annual and traditional, merry event that starts the Christmas season in Rovaniemi. The event begins at 4 pm at the central square of Santa Claus Village. In Rovaniemi, Christmas is every day, but the opening ceremony reminds us of the Christmas’ message of goodwill, sharing and caring – all of the three main characters that Santa Claus stands for. To cherish the event’s message, the elves and local artists put on a festive concert that culminates in Santa Claus’ speech – what he got in store for us this year?

Grand Opening brings together Rovaniemi citizens and tourists to celebrate all things Christmas. It’s known for being a warm-hearted and welcoming event, that’s also a reason to visiting Rovaniemi for many. The evening is rounded off with dancing to Christmassy disco tunes.

The event is free of charge. The celebration is organized by Visit Rovaniemi.

Date: 10 November 2019
Address: Santa Claus Village, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
Santa is on his way, Santa Claus Village.

Mon 23.12.2019 at 19.00 Santa is on his way, Santa Claus Village.

Santa starts his annual mission from Santa Claus Village, where the elves put on a festive show to send him off and wish him the best of luck on his adventure. Right before hopping in his reindeer-pulled sleigh, Santa Claus gives a speech and sends Christmas cheer to the people of the world.

Date: 23 December 2019
Address: Santa Claus Village, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
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