A holiday to Lapland is the ultimate Christmas present. This is the one place in the world that little ones can spend time with Santa on his home turf.
Lapland is located in northernmost Finland, deep inside the Arctic Circle. Flights from London to Lapland are around three and a half hours long. Known as Santa Claus’ homeland, this country dishes up the stuff of fairytales – like snow-dusted forests, cosy log cabins, and a population that’s made up of more reindeer than people.
Lapland pulls out all the stops over the festive period, so there’s nowhere better to get into the Christmas spirit. Storytelling around crackling fires and meet-and-greets with Santa himself are all on the agenda, whether you’re visiting for the day or staying a bit longer. If you book our four-night trip departing on the 22nd of December, you’ll get to spend Christmas Day in this winter wonderland.
Santa and his elves are just half the story. Lapland’s snowy countryside was made for exploring and, wherever you stay, winter sports like snowmobiling are as easy to come by as Christmassy activities. Each resort has a different vibe, too, so whether you’re after an action-packed getaway or a relaxing retreat, you’ll find somewhere that suits.
In Rovaniemi, Lapland’s cosmopolitan capital, you’ve got international-name shops and restaurants, as well as an after-dark scene that rivals any European city. Levi, Pallas, Yllas and Kuusamo, meanwhile, are experts when it comes to snow activities. Then there’s Saariselka, a real winter wonderland, and Luosto and Hetta, secluded spots, which are real Northern Lights territory. Hotels with a SnowClub put on lots of activities and entertainment especially for little ones.