Northern lights, reindeer and Santa Claus all in one place
Lapland is a winter wonderland that everyone has to visit at least once in a lifetime! Expect Northern Lights, Reindeer, Santa Claus and everything Christmas!
It’s hard for me not to go straight into all the superlatives you can think of and clichéed lines to describe the beauty of Lapland, because during this time of year this area in the north of Finland can only be described as a white winter wonderland. While the whiteness of the broad, snowy landscapes and the clear blue skies dominate during the day, at night you’ll be able to enjoy the dreamy and beautiful Northern Lights in all their colour. Lapland is a paradise for snow sports lovers and those looking to enjoy a few days of relaxation and peace in a gorgeous location. I’ll tell you how you can get to Lapland, where the most beautiful accommodation is and what you can experience once you’re there!
The journey to Lapland isn’t one that’s done quickly, but the dreamlike landscapes will more than make up for the few extra costs. There are nonetheless many ways of getting to Lapland – as always flying is the quickest option. You’ll have to stop over in Helsinki, the Finnish capital. If you have sufficient time you could even split your trip up and spend two nights in Helsinki, discovering the city. After stopping here the trip continues to your dream destination: Lapland. You’ll more than likely be flying with Finnair, the official airline of Father Christmas, so this is definitely the right choice when travelling to this winter paradise! For the rest of the way to your hotel or apartment I recommend hiring a car so you can travel across the country flexibly. Travelling through Denmark and Sweden towards Lapland is also a good alternative, where you’ll be able to get a good impression of each country.
Things to do in Lapland’s winter landscape
There’s such a large choice of activities, especially in winter, that you probably won’t be able to decide what to do first! You’ll more than likely want to kick it off with the most important event that you have to see at least once when you’re in Lapland – the Northern Lights! Everyone knows about the unbelievably fascinating illuminations that snake their away across the night-time skies. The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is most commonly a bright green colour. However you can sometimes see red and violet light – it depends on the wavelengths of the lights. If you take the time to stand in the snow-covered expanses and look up at this spectacle, it’ll be an experience that is guaranteed to stay with you forever.
The nature here is simply fascinating and it’ll impress you time and time again with its endless beauty. One thing that always comes to mind when I think of Lapland are the huskies pulling sleds! This great experience can also be a reality for you too – book a sled tour with these energetic dogs and glide across Lapland’s winter landscapes at breakneck speeds. If you’re looking for something even quicker there’s also the opportunity to go on a snowmobile tour and watch as the scenery flies past you.
Once you’re in this winter paradise, you should strap your skis on and hit the pistes! The ski resort of Levi will get the hearts of ski and snowboard lovers racing! However snowshoe hiking and cross-country skiing are also popular in this region. In deep winter some of the lakes are frozen straight through which is great news for some of the Fins who just love to get their skates on! You can see how the days can just fly by… If you really want to feel like a proper Fin you should definitely try ice fishing and finish the day off by disappearing off into a sauna. But be warned: in Finland there’s an obligatory hop in a cold lake afterwards!
The most beautiful AirBnB accommodation in Lapland
Finland has the most beautiful places to stay on AirBnB? It’s easy to think that when you take a look at these gorgeous holiday homes I’ve found for you. The great thing about them is that there’s mostly space for up to 10 people. So, if you’re planning on bringing a few pals it’s possible to stay at some seriously luxurious accommodation for under €33 per person per night! The modern cottage in Lapland’s capital, Rovaniemi, is just bursting with an impressive and modern flair. The pictures are guaranteed to knock your socks off!
If you’re only travelling as a couple this smaller, but just as modern apartment is the perfect for you – this place comes with all the mod-cons. If you want something a little more quiet, rustic and a little more in touch with nature, I recommend this red log cabin in Levi that’s quite special. There are architectural details that have been carved from real wood and it’s quite normal to see reindeer trotting past your window. In Sirkka, roughly 6km further to the north, there are two more great AirBnB apartments that will whisk you away to the heart of Lapland’s gorgeous nature.
I’ve just shown you some beautiful places to stay in Lapland, but personally I already find a trip to Lapland a little extraordinary. So, if you really want to top everything off you should indulge in a place to stay that’s really out of this world. Besides spending nights in glass igloos, you can stay at Santa’s secret village! Finland really does offer lots of great opportunities to make your trip an unforgettable one!
Santa Claus Holiday Village
In Lapland there’s a unique opportunity to visit Father Christmas in his village. If you decide to stay at the Santa Claus Holiday Village you’ll be staying in a rustic little hut right in the middle of a Christmas landscape, the likes of which you’ve never seen before! Whether just going on a little stroll through the the snow-decked village, admiring the wonderful Christmas decorations, visiting the 400m²-large Christmas exhibition or going to meet with the big man himself, the Santa Claus Holiday Village is guaranteed to get everyone in a Christmassy mood.
How beautiful must it be to be sent to sleep by the smooth, green glow of the Northern Lights? That’s something that you can find out for yourself when you spend a night or more in a glass igloo in the middle of Lapland. In the Kakslauttanen Igloo West Village you’ll have a great view of the Northern Lights from your bed. Others will have to freeze as they stand out in the open to catch a glimpse of this spectacle, whereas you’ll be super snug tucked up in bed under all the blankets, enjoying the awesome views! During the day the area around Saariselkä will also keep you busy. You can rent cross-country skis and snow shoes from the Igloo Village, hike through the snowy landscapes or book a reindeer or husky tour. This is one unique experience that you’ll never forget!
Just a few kilometres away from Lapland’s most popular skiing resort is the Golden Crown Levin Igloos which will give you a unique view of the Northern Lights. Their glass roofs will allow you to enjoy the fascinating Northern Lights from the comfort of your own bed. Even if a night here is a little more expensive in comparison to other hotels in Finland I still really recommend it, because you won’t find experiences like this every day and you’ll be able to enjoy Finland’s beauty to its full extent.
Well, who’s already started packing their suitcase with thick winter coats, scarves, gloves, snow boots…? I’ll totally come with you! Let’s be honest, winters in the UK can be pretty disappointing and for most of the country it’s rare to see a good bit of snow. So, if you really want some guaranteed snow and getting that Christmassy feeling, it’s definitely worth heading over to Finland.
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