Journeying to the North Pole is a thing of childhood imagination. Finnish Lapland offers a one-of-a-kind vacation that brings youthful Christmas fantasies to life. Situated largely in the Arctic Circle, this winter wonderland is the official residence of Santa Claus and the northernmost region of Finland. Enjoy this postcard-perfect landscape and travel to Finnish Lapland.
Lapland Tours – Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus has his very own village, filled with elves, reindeer, and mesmerized tourists. Located in Rovaniemi, capital of Lapland, there exists a place where it’s Christmas year-round. Blanketed by snow and Scandinavian Christmas decorations, this small village grants guests the opportunity to meet the official Santa Claus, participate in workshops, and tour the wintry oasis by sleigh. Hotels and other accommodations are offered if you prefer to stay directly in the village. [Visit the Santa Claus Village website for more information]
A True Northern Lights Vacation
Experience Finland’s enchanting night sky as streams of color dance over the glistening white terrain. Finland’s Northern Lights are best seen at the Kakslauttanen Resort. The resort rents private glass igloos and teepees, equipped with beds, heating, and electricity. From the transparent confines of your bedroom observatory, you can comfortably enjoy a panoramic view of nature’s light show. For a more intimate encounter with this metaphysical phenomenon, take a guided snowshoe tour through snow barren plains while under the stars.
Nordic Skiing and Activities
Expansive in all directions, the mountains of Lapland offer unsurpassed ski country. Beyond the rich arctic scenery and well-groomed mountainsides, Finnish ski resorts are high-quality. With comfortable lodging burrowed into the sweeping mountain ranges, Lapland’s resorts grant picturesque views and professional-quality skiing. [Locate a ski resort in Finnish Lapland here]
Dogsledding is a prime way to escape the mountainside. From the back of a sled tugged by Huskies, you can enjoy the snow-covered pines and endless white landscape. Want a more strenuous trek through miles of untouched wilderness? Reserve a snowshoe tour. Both activities grant skiers and non-skiers the opportunity to enjoy the snowy peaks and amazing views at a not-so-fast pace.
Directions to the North Pole
Though remote, reaching Lapland is not as difficult as you might think. You initially land in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. From there, you have three ways of arriving to your destination:
- Plane: Upon your arrival in Helsinki, you fly directly into Lapland. This is the quickest and easiest way.
- Car: If you choose to drive from Helsinki to Lapland, don’t be anxious. English is widely spoken and Finns are never hesitant in offering assistance to lost travelers. Just have a GPS and concise directions. Finland’s roads are well kept and highly developed.
- Train: The most scenic and comfortable route. Trains are reliable and offer private cabins to passengers.
Finland is Calling
To fully experience the Finnish winter, optimal travel dates are from early December to late February. In addition to the esoteric adventures offered by this vast northern area, Lapland is known for its rich history, authentic saunas, far-reaching forests, and midnight sun, which is when the sun does not set for 60 days.
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