Arctic Resort in Saariselkä, Finland – Photo by Marko Forsten
Lapland is the number one place to visit if you want to get into the Christmas spirit. It’s the home of Santa Claus, reindeers and plenty of snow. It’s a beautiful place to visit with family and friends, and there’s no end of things to do there. Spending your Christmas in Lapland is an especially special event, as you’ll be at the heart of the festivities and celebrations. This how-to guide will help you create a fun filled itinerary for yourself and your loved ones, making it a Christmas to remember.
It may seem like an odd tip for you to follow, but it will make your holiday more unique. Of course you want to go see Santa Claus and his elves in a winter wonderland grotto. How does watching the Northern Lights at Christmas sound? You can book your group onto a tour or spend the night in an Aurora bubble pod. Sleeping under such a magnificent spectacle is something you won’t forget, especially if you do it on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.
Hotel Kakslauttanen, Saariselkä, Finland
Another incredible experience is going for a ride on a husky or reindeer sled. It’s a wonderful way to see more of Lapland, and you can sing Christmas Carols as you explore the landscape. Finish your adventure next to a roaring fire in a log cabin. Book these activities well in advance as they will all be busy this time of year.
Visit a local town
During your trip, you must take a day to wander around the local towns. Avoid the more popular tourist spots and visit smaller towns such as Kakslauttanen or Ylläs instead. Ylläs also has a fantastic ski resort you can stay at, which offers skiing and snowboarding training. The local towns are filled with shops full of local delicacies and gifts for you to enjoy. You can do your shopping here for some authentic toys and trinkets you won’t find anywhere else. Christmas day will be filled with presents that feel like they actually came from Santa’s workshop.
Stay for at least 3 nights
To make this a memorable trip you need to have enough time to do everything. The arctic circle only has a few hours of twilight during December. So you may find it darker than you think. To fit everything in you will need to book at least a 3 nights stay. You don’t want to spend your holiday being stressed out and rushing. Having a few extra days means you can fully enjoy the experience without constantly sticking to time restrictions. This extra time will also allow you to make suitable Christmas preparations such as gift wrapping and cooking the feast.
This how-to guide should now make you feel more eager to get to Lapland for your Christmas adventure. This is an incredibly magical place whether you stop off for the day or for a week. It will be an unforgettable experience no matter what you do. So enjoy it as much as possible.