Santastic! British Airways Launches Winter Lapland Flights

Snow covered Ivalo village in Lapland.
Photo Credit: British Airways

This winter, Brits can forget the drudgery of cold weather for a magical escape! British Airways is spreading Christmas cheer with some exciting new flight options.

The airline has announced flights to the heart of Lapland, the legendary home of Santa Claus. This may well be a great opportunity to prove to the kids one and for all that Santa really exists!

Prepare to be captivated by the beauty of Ivalo, Finland. Departing twice-weekly from London Gatwick starting December 3rd, 2024, British Airways whisks you to this charming village set in the Arctic Circle.

Ivalo: Gateway to Saariselkä

Ivalo boasts Finland’s most northerly airport and serves as the gateway to Saariselkä, a winter wonderland renowned for its stunning scenery and thrilling activities.

Saariselkä caters to every winter enthusiast’s desires. Imagine carving fresh tracks down pristine slopes, embarking on exhilarating snowmobile safaris through snow-covered forests.

Or perhaps try your hand at traditional activities like tobogganing and snowshoeing. The crisp winter air invigorates, while the breathtaking scenery fills you with a sense of wonder.

For those seeking a personal audience with the legendary Santa Claus, the Northern Lights Village in Saariselkä offers a delightful opportunity.

Imagine the excitement on your children’s faces as they meet Santa and share their Christmas wishes! And imagine your own satisfaction when you prove to the kids he’s real!

But Lapland’s magic extends beyond the festive cheer. Ivalo’s remote location provides a breathtaking backdrop for witnessing the awe-inspiring Northern Lights.

Picture yourself basking in the ethereal glow of this natural phenomenon – an unforgettable experience that will leave you speechless.

Santa Claus holding a lantern nearby a snowy mountain hut in the frozen forest at night, Lapland, Finland

BA Euroflyer via London Gatwick

British Airways understands the importance of convenience, especially when traveling with winter gear.

Flights are operated by BA Euroflyer, their short-haul subsidiary, departing from the conveniently located South Terminal at London Gatwick.

For added peace of mind, you can bring your skiing or snowboarding equipment as part of your checked baggage (restrictions apply: size must not exceed 190 x 75 x 65cm).

“We are thrilled to welcome Ivalo to our expanding winter schedule,” said Tom Stoddart, CEO of BA Euroflyer.

“Lapland is synonymous with winter, and Ivalo offers a quintessential winter experience. Whether you dream of snowy adventures or a magical encounter with Santa, Saariselkä promises an unforgettable escape.”

Looking to expand your winter travel horizons? Ivalo joins Tromsø, Norway, another exciting winter destination recently announced by British Airways.

And for those seeking a dose of winter sun, BA Euroflyer has also launched daily flights to Larnaca, Cyprus, departing from London Gatwick this November.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to create lasting memories! Book your Lapland adventure now and secure return flights from just £345.

Flights operate twice-weekly until February 14th, 2025. This winter, the family can experience the magic of Lapland with British Airways.

Close-up of a British Airways BA Euroflyer aircraft parked on the ramp.
Photo Credit: British Airways

About British Airways

As the UK’s national flag carrier, British Airways serves more than 190 destinations across more than 65 countries, including routes with its partnership airlines.

The airline proudly offers customers flights to more destination from London than any other carrier.

It operates out of three major London airports: London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London City, and serves up to 26 cities in the US alone.

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