As the ultimate winter wonderland, Lapland offers everything you could possibly imagine, in a setting so idyllic; falling in love with it is inevitable. The incredible landscapes, the soft blanket of immaculate snow that covers them and, of course, the home of Father Christmas and his magic reindeer!
But there’s much more to Lapland than just Santa and snow; there’s lots of culture to soak up too. The best way to dive into it all is with a selection of unforgettable excursions that capture the true magic of Lapland.
Reindeer and husky rides
My top pick for animal lovers. You’ll be taken to a nearby farm where you’ll get to meet the charming reindeer, beautiful Siberian huskies, native Arctic foxes and even some wolves (don’t worry they’re friendly!). After learning about how these wonderful animals are kept and looked after, you’ll head out into the snowy wilderness. If you’re looking for a rush, the racing huskies will whiz you around, while the reindeer will take you on a tour through the snow-laden forest.
Thrill-seekers will love the adventure of a snowmobile safari. You’ll leave the lights of Levi behind you as you drive off into the white canvas of the nearby wilderness. It’s a great experience for families and friends, and there’s nothing quite like speeding through the vast beauty of the region. You might even catch a glimpse of something truly spectacular, which leads me nicely onto…
…The Northern Lights
That’s right. You may get to witness one of the world’s most incredible natural phenomena. I can’t quite get across how mind-blowing this experience really is. Pictures and videos are incredible, but actually watching the sky morph, light up and dance in front of your very eyes is something that I’ll never forget. Lapland is one of the best places on earth to see the lights, with a high probability of seeing them on clear nights between September and March.
Santa’s Village and Grotto
A trip to Lapland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to jolly Saint Nick’s workshop. You’ll have the chance to visit Santa’s Village in the Arctic Circle and it’s absolutely not just for kids! Explore this idyllic village and visit the man behind the magic and ask him for that something special. You can even have Santa write you or a loved one a letter and have it signed, sealed and delivered from the Arctic Circle Post Office.
Now this might sound incredibly obvious, but I have to warn you that it’s cold up there. Really cold. Thankfully, you’ll be provided with a thermal snowsuit and boots to protect you against the freezing temperatures. You’ll definitely want to bring plenty of thermal layers of your own though. Usual winter temperatures range anywhere from 0°C to -20°C, but they can fall to a freezing -40°C. So please wrap up!
A trip to Lapland is all about special moments and creating memories that will stay with you forever. A life-enriching experience that, no matter how old you are, will gift you with a sense of wonder and magic that is hard to find anywhere else.
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? What would your first Lapland adventure be? Let me know in the comments below.