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 a holiday in Lapland – the magical experience for children and adults alike.
You’ll find Lapland tucked into the northernmost corner of Finland deep inside the Arctic Circle, a spectacular place that embodies the spirit of Christmas. Lapland offers a multitude of experiences that will tick off bucket list adventures for even the most intrepid explorer.
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 on your trip to Lapland.
Kids – They’ll meet Santa, go tobogganing, and adore the sleigh rides through the snowy wilderness.
Christmas treats – Come to the land of eternal Christmas, where it feels like a festive holiday every day of the year.
Animal lovers – Reindeers and huskies are an essential part of a Lapland experience.
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The capital city of Finnish Lapland is in the heart of the country, where modern shopping malls and a cool nightlife are just minutes away from the Arctic wilderness. Santa Claus Village is a quick 10-minute ride to the north of Rovaniemi, where visitors love to send cards and letters from the post office for that special festive stamp. Reindeer sleigh safaris are a stunning part of the Rovaniemi experience, too!
A holiday to Saariselka is a holiday to a festive winter funland, where Santa Claus lives in a cosy home tucked away in the woods, and the Urho Kekkonen national park offers you an expanse of Arctic beauty like no other. The village of Saariselka is over 150 miles above the Arctic Circle, meaning that it is one of the best places in the world from which to see the Northern Lights.
Levi is another remote but exciting holiday spot in Lapland, and a place to consider if your heart is set on skiing or snowboarding during your Christmassy visit. There are runs that are perfect for any level of experience, and Levi has two full snow parks. There is also, of course, the chance to meet Santa Claus, as well as unique experiences such as Finnish-style fishing through a hole in the ice, snowmobile rides across frozen lakes, plus reindeer and husky experiences.
At the picturesque centre of Pallas-Yllas National Park, the charming village of Yllas is perfect for a ski and snowboard holiday and a Santa break experience. There are almost 200 miles of downhill ski trails to be relished in Yllas, which are ideal for beginners and intermediates, or if you would prefer you can take an unforgettable sledge ride behind a snowmobile or pulled by a pack of graceful huskies.
You’ll discover the snow-glazed sights of Ruka at Lapland’s southern border, where the skiing continues through the night across 29 separate runs. At the bottom of the slopes, you’ll have the choice of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. As you would expect in Lapland, your family can meet and greet with Santa Claus during your stay, as well as snowmobile rides, dog sledding, and trip in a reindeer-pulled sleigh.
Pallas is one of the most naturally beautiful areas in Lapland – and that truly is saying something! The area sits inside an awe-inspiring national park in Lapland’s fell region, where the air is known to be purer than any other national park in the world. With just one hotel in Pallas, you’ll feel cosy and warm next to the fire in the centre of a frozen wilderness. You’ll never feel lonely though, as you can meet reindeer, huskies, and even Santa during your magical Arctic visit.
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