Lapland is one of the world’s truly magical places, where the snow lays deep, crisp and even; reflecting the shimmering wonders of the Northern Lights. This is where anything seems possible and childhood dreams become reality.
Way up north in the snowy Arctic Circle, Lapland is a wonderfully unique place. It doesn’t belong to any one nation and actually overlaps the borders of four countries but at the heart of this is Finnish Lapland. The ‘capital city’ is Rovaniemi but the best places to go are further north in the wilderness, particularly around Saariselkä and Ivalo.
Historically the Sami people of Lapland have traditionally roamed free, following their reindeer herds as they wander the fells and the forests all year round, finding the best places to graze. You can enjoy traditional Lapp cuisine and discover the way of life of these colourful people.
A visit to Lapland in December is one of the most perfect trips and full of fun for the whole family. Meeting Santa in his own Lapland home is every child’s dream and there is nothing more magical than taking a sleigh ride through the forest, looking for his hideaway log-cabin home – a special, secret place, which his cheeky elves and friendly helpers will help you find.
As you can imagine, the temperature can get very cold but thermal suits are provided so the cold is not a barrier to having fun. The suits are ‘Michelin Man’ style outfits and gloves, boots, socks and a hat are all included. Wear lots of thin layers underneath particularly thermal undies, shirt or roll-neck fleece and a jacket under your suit to keep you cosy and warm.
There are so many fun activities to do whilst in Lapland such as tobogganing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, husky sledding, reindeer sleigh rides, snowmobile rides and even other activities such as ice fishing or snow hockey.
The Northern Lights are one of the ‘must see’ things and December in Lapland is the best time to see them, especially as NASA say that they are shining at their brightest levels for over fifty years. Take a snowmobile in to the wilderness to witness the amazing phenomena.
A trip to Lapland wouldn’t be complete without trying some husky sledding. The dogs just love to run and get really excited with every trip. They are very easy to control and it is an incredibly fun and memorable experience.
If you want a quieter activity then a reindeer sleigh ride is highly recommended. Snuggle under blankets whilst the reindeer guide you through Lapland’s wonderful scenery. The sound of the snow crunching and the bells on the reindeer is all you will hear on this magical ride which is ideal for families or as a romantic sleigh ride for two.
Santa’s Lapland offers trips to Lapland in December from a choice of regional airports (including Edinburgh and new for 2015 from Glasgow) with 2 and 3 night trips to Saariselkä. Each visit includes a husky sled ride, reindeer sleigh ride, a visit to the Elves and Igloo Fantasia, and a snowmobile search for Santa in his log-cabin home including a private meeting with the ‘real’ Santa Claus.
Visit www.santaslapland.com for more information.