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Key points

  • Don't tell the kids, but there's more than one Santa Village experience in Lapland
  • The skiing in Lapland is great for beginners and less crowded than the Alps
  • The northern lights are another big reason to visit

Lapland is a magical place, a winter wonderland if you will. Home to Father Christmas and Rudolf... and Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen too. 

Santa's not the only reason to visit Lapland though. It’s also one of the best places to see the northern lights and one of the more unusual places to go skiing. Whatever you want to do here, we aim to cover it in our guide to Lapland holidays

Where is Lapland? 

Lapland is in the north of Finland for this guide and most of the activities we cover. But there's no exact border to Lapland… it's that magical a place.  

Where Lapland begins and ends is up for discussion - all we know is that a certain chap in a red suit calls it home... 

Lapland Santa holidays 

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Lapland is Father Christmas's backyard. And here you'll find the town of Rovaniemi in Finland, the official hometown of Santa Claus. Rovaniemi is also the gateway for many visitors to the Arctic Circle. It makes a great place to base yourself for a holiday to Lapland.  

Yet most British visitors come here for a once-in-a-lifetime meeting with Old Saint Nick. Expect the complete package with Lapland Christmas holidays. Guaranteed snow, red-nosed reindeers, husky sleigh rides, and of course a one-to-one with the big man himself. Most trips will also include food and drink as well as thermal suits for outdoor activities. 

Some UK travel agencies offer day trips to Lapland to see Father Christmas in December. These tend to be in Swedish Lapland, which is a little bit closer to the UK. But there's so much to do up here, you might want to think about staying for a few days if you've travelled all this way. 

However you want to experience Lapland, try a quick comparison to find the best deal for you. 

Lapland ski holidays 

Santa Claus might be the big draw up here, but there's plenty of thrills to be had too. The Telegraph includes Finland in its Coolest New Places for a Ski Holiday list. And many resorts in Lapland are ideal for beginner skiers. If you’re new to the slopes, consider catching the ski-lift to Ruka, Levi or Vuokatti.  

Prefer to do your sliding sitting down? Then Saariselkä is home to Northern Europe's longest toboggan run. Some hotels here will even lend you a free sled for the 1.2km course. 

Other winter sports and activities that you can do in Lapland include snowmobile safaris, husky tours and ice fishing.

Lapland holidays for the northern lights 

Lapland is one of the best places to see the aurora borealis outside of Principal Skinner's kitchen. You can experience the majesty of the northern lights on a clear night between September and March in Lapland. There's even special camps you can stay at far from any light pollution. 

Music fans might also want to combine the aurora borealis with a festival. The Polar Night Jazz Festival takes place in Inari-Saariselkä around November.  

Lapland log cabin holidays 

While there are swish hotels in Rovaniemi and the ski resorts, why not embrace the wilderness in a log cabin? These luxury lodges have all the mod cons inside and saunas are a common feature... it is Finland after all! There’s log cabins to stay in dotted all over Lapland, so you have plenty to choose from. Search and compare now to find your prefect winter accommodation. 

How do you get to Lapland? 

Most visitors will fly into a regional airport in Finland. Rovaniemi Airport is the most popular and the third busiest in Finland. Seasonal flights to Rovaniemi leave from:  

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  • Belfast International 
  • Birmingham 
  • Bristol 
  • Cardiff
  • Doncaster Sheffield 
  • East Midlands 
  • Edinburgh 
  • Glasgow 
  • Leeds Bradford 
  • London Gatwick  
  • Manchester 
  • and Newcastle 

Did you know...?

Avoid asking someone from Lapland how many reindeer they own. It's like asking how much they get paid

If the dates don't match, or you're an independent traveller, then Finnair flies all year from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. Check our guide on flights to Helsinki if this route appeals to you. The London to Rovaniemi flight time is just under five hours.  

How to find cheap Lapland holidays 

December is peak time for visits to Lapland despite the sub-zero temperatures and the darkness. Daylight lasts between 10am-3pm during winter. If you can be flexible with your dates and avoid the school Christmas holidays then you'll find lower rates. Travelling midweek rather than on the weekends can also be cheaper. And if you're coming for the winter sports instead of Santa Claus, then look to come in January or February. 

Whenever you choose to come, find the time to squeeze in an online search. Comparing prices can help you decide on the best Lapland holiday for you and your family.    

By Sam Easterbrook