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Lapland Christmas Holidays 2017 / 2018

The lead up to Christmas is the perfect time to see Father Christmas in this fantastic & authentic setting, a land of legends and magic, where you and your family will enjoy the most enchanting of winter breaks!

The Magic of Lapland

Where else can you ride on reindeer-pulled sleighs, play with Husky dogs, toboggan, walk on a frozen ocean, float on an iceberg, meet Santa, marvel at the Northern lights and wake up in an igloo? This can only be Lapland – the magical experience for children and adults alike.

Awe-inspiring Finnish Lapland

You’ll find Lapland tucked in the Northernmost corner of Finland deep inside the Arctic Circle, a magical place, which embodies the spirit of Christmas. Lapland offers a multitude of experiences that will tick off bucket list adventures for even the most intrepid explorer.

A central hub for excursions, Rovaniemi, according to locals, is the home of Santa Claus, and while deep in Lapland and covered in snow, conveniently places you five minutes away from supermarkets and restaurants. It’s an ideal place to try Lappish Blini and many other fresh and seasonal Finnish delights – we recommend the joulutorttu, a star-shaped pastry filled with prune/damson plum jam, often eaten at Christmas time.

Time for adventure

From listening to Sami folk tales and seeking out the Northern lights to snowmobiling frozen rivers and driving through Arctic forests – there is a world of adventure to explore. If you’re an animal lover, you’re sure to enjoy all of the Husky encounters; as a traditional but still essential form of transport in Lapland: Huskies constitute an important part of life in the snow.

Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village

A childhood dream, you’ll find that Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village makes Christmas come to life, featuring the big man himself, Mrs Claus and an army of elves to deliver all of the presents on Christmas day.

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by festive carols and music, placing you in a magical mood from the moment you step into this dreamy village. Travelling by reindeer sleigh, your fairytale adventure will not disappoint, with lots of snow play, furry encounters, snowmobiling, helpful elves and of course the all-important moment where you get to meet Santa. Finally, you can warm up in a traditional Lappish wooden hut, where your cheeks will be as rosy as Santa’s, where you’ll drink berry juice and enjoying the tradition of cooking sausages over a roaring fire.

How long to go for?

From a one-day whistle-stop tour to two, three, four and five-night breaks, we can tailor your memorable trip to begin at your local airport, so you have more time for your action-packed adventure. You can often secure significant savings by booking your trip well in advance, so be sure to take a look at our Lapland package deals.

If you can’t find a deal to suit you, simply call us or search for flights to Rovaniemi, which depart from most major UK airports during December.

Booking Ahead - Lapland Holidays 2018

If you’re looking to gaurantee availability and save money, then you need to book ahead! Great holiday deals and packages are now available for Lapland holidays in 2018.

Booking ahead for your 2018 holiday to Lapland has many advantages. Especially for families who are looking to save money. Parents can book holidays in advance so they can reserve the time off forthcoming school half term and summer holidays.

Book a Christmas Lapland holiday for next year and save money now.

Book Lapland Holidays for 2017 / 2018

We've collated some fantastic deals for all the family to make the magical trip to see Santa at Christmas time - browse our Lapland offers below and call us now to book your special Xmas trip!

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Lapland - Holiday Destination Information

Key Information: Located in Northern Finland, Lapland is a magical and magnificent winter holiday destination. Within the winter wonderland, you can find a variety of family-friendly activities, entertainment and attractions; this includes Santa Claus and his faithful team of elves. A holiday in Lapland is the perfect treat for the little ones and adults as it provides the chance to experience something magical for all ages.

Ideal Time to Go: The climate in Finland is usually considered as a continental subarctic climate. This means that you can expect cool or very cold weather throughout the year. To fully experience this wonderland, we recommend visiting from December to February. These months are very magical as it can be dark, quiet and very snowy. Chistmas is peak time in Lapland with the many magical Santa holidays available, but if you're looking for a cheaper option, then avoid the two-three weeks in the lead up to Christmas. January is a great time to see the Northern Lights and Lapland is a great place to experience them.

Weather: The cold temperate climate of Lapland provides mild weather throughout the year. The coldest months are December to January with temperatures dropping to -51.5°C, whereas the hottest months are June to August with temperatures reaching 37.2°C.

Flight Time: Direct flights to Lapland from the UK take around 3.5 hours.

Time Difference: Lapland is 2 hours ahead of the UK time.

Currency: Euro (€)

Fun Fact: Lapland is home to a variety of old trees which are over 200 to 300 years old. One of the oldest trees in Lapland is 529 years old.

Top Tip: If you are visiting Lapland at Christmas, make sure you pack plenty of warm clothes as the weather gets very cold and temperatures will drop well below freezing.

How to Get There

Direct flights and connecting flights to Lapland are available all-year round at airports across the UK. As Finland is part of Europe, you should be able to find flights to Lapland relatively easily.

Places to Visit on Your Lapland Holiday

Lapland holidays offer great fun and entertainment for kids and adults. Experience something magical and unique by visiting a few of these recommended places:

  • Northern Lights – The Northern Lights (otherwise known as Aurora Borealis) are considered to be one of the most spectacular phenomenons in the natural world. On average, these beautiful lights can appear around 200 times per year and are especially more prominent in Finland around January to April.

  • Rovaniemi – This is the capital of Lapland and provides a great range of activities and attractions. One of the main attractions is the Santa Claus Village which welcomes its visitors with a unique and magical experience. You can also visit the Santa Park which is an underground amusement park. This popular attraction offers workshops, performances, shopping areas and much more.

  • Yllas Ski Resort – Yllas is a very popular ski resort which provides a great range accommodations and entertainment. Spanning across two villages, this big resort offers plenty of fun activities in the snow.

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