Fly & See Santa 2023

9th December
17:00z - 23:00z

VATSIM Scandinavia welcomes you to fly and see the original Santa Claus and his home just before the Christmas Holiday.

Fly and See Santa is the biggest annual Christmas event in VATSIM skies and is held at three airports in the northernmost part of Europe. Snowy landscapes and slippery runways greet you during this magical event at Rovaniemi, Tromsø and Kiruna, which we hope you will enjoy as well. All three airports are located in the beautiful nature and wilderness of northern Europe. During December, the airspace is crowded with santa flights with passengers excited to visit the North.


Generate your route by selecting your departure FIR, airport and destination airport.

If your airport or FIR is not listed, but you know that you are going to pass a FIR listed below, please select the FIR to you will pass first, then select [other] as the airport of departure and plan your routing thereafter to join with the suggested route.

This year's booking system is set up so the pilot can book an arrival slot into either of the event airports, departing from anywhere on the planet.

Departure FIR:
Departure airport:
Destination airport:



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Rovaniemi - EFRO

Rovaniemi airport started operations in 1940. Having been destroyed during the war, reconstruction started and operations resumed in 1948. By the early 1980's, the airport had become home to Lapland Air Command's Fighter Squadron 11 and the runway extended to its current length. A new terminal building was completed in the year 2000.

The airport's scheduled traffic consists mostly of domestic flights, but in addition there are a number of charter flights (especially during the winter season), general aviation activity, Border Guard helicopters and naturally lots of military aircraft.

Charts and documents

Kiruna - ESNQ

Kiruna Airport is Sweden’s northernmost airport and is situated around 9 km from the city centre. On a regular basis SAS and Norwegian flies daily, connecting Kiruna with Stockholm. During the winter the airport sees numerous charter flights with passengers wanting to see the northern lights and most likely the famous Ice Hotel as well.

Due to its location in northern Sweden with its cold climate and the fact that the airspace around is quite calm, it makes it a popular airport for scientific research. NASA, Boeing and Airbus are some of the regular visitors when testing new airframes or technology.

Charts and documents

Tromsø - ENTC

Welcome to Tromsø! Tromsø is the biggest city in Northern Norway and is often called as “the Nordic answer to Paris”. The airport is located 3 kilometres from the city centre and is an important hub for the commuter network in Northern Norway. It also has international destinations within Europe. The surrounding area is spectacular and the approach into Tromsø is known for its steep approach down to the runway.

Are you up for the challenge?

Charts and documents