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Visiting Lapland is the ultimate family holiday, with plenty on offer for adults and children alike! There’s really no better place for kids to experience the magic of Christmas than in this arctic wonderland characterised by snowy scenery and the northern lights. There are several resort towns to choose from, each with a different vibe, but whichever one you choose you can expect cosy log cabins, sleigh rides and snowy surroundings!

Things to Do

The Lapland region is well-known for having as many reindeer as people, so a reindeer sleigh ride is first on the itinerary for a lot of visitors! Another option is a husky dog sledding expedition, where you can be driven around by a guide or learn to drive the sled yourself. Many travel providers offer packages that include a range of recommended activities, so you won’t miss a thing on your Lapland holiday!

Family Fun

As the home of Santa, Lapland is all about fun for the kids! If you’re staying near Rovaniemi, Lapland’s regional capital, Santa Claus Village is the place to be – the attached Santa Park is one of Finland’s top amusement parks where kids can make attend elf school, make their own Christmas decorations and visit Mrs Claus’ Gingerbread Bakery. The main attraction is Santa Claus’ Office, where children can meet the man himself.

Outdoor Adventure

With its miles and miles of untouched countryside, Lapland is a nature-lover’s dream! In winter skiing, snowboarding, snowshoe trekking and snowmobile safaris are particularly popular, but there is plenty to do here year round. Snow remains throughout spring, so skiing is still possible as well as ice fishing and hiking, while summer and autumn are the best time to enjoy walking, cycling and white water rafting after the snow has thawed.

Location of Lapland

Key Facts

  • Language: Finnish
  • Currency: Euro
  • Time Difference from UK: 2
  • Flight time: 2.5 hours
  • When to go: December - March