Friday, November 23rd, 2018
Christmas is almost here, and if you want to plan a winter holiday, it’s time to decide on your destination. When you begin your search, you will be bombarded with a bunch of very different offers. Our suggestion is to ditch the usual suspects and go somewhere quintessentially Christmassy – to Lapland.
And are you now wondering what you can do in Lapland? The great news is that the list of activities is long. From romantic escapes to incredible adventures, this Northern paradise offers all kinds of unforgettable surprises. If you want to learn a bit about the best attractions, continue reading.
Whether you feel adventurous enough to sleep surrounded by ice, or want to visit a unique hotel, the Finnish ice hotels are a must when visiting Lapland. Two of the best ones are Snowman World in Rovaniemi and Snow Village in Kittilä. Not only is the idea itself incredible, but both change their designs and add new interesting ice sculptures every year. Imagine the amount of work they put into building them every time! In case you don’t feel comfy enough to spend the night there, have a drink in their ice bar and admire the snow art.
In winter, snowmobiles are used by a majority of Lappish people, and you can surely imagine why. No matter where you choose to stay during your holiday, using a snowmobile to explore the surroundings is a fantastic idea. Not only will you feel like a local, you will also have the adventurous experience you dreamed of. There are plenty of safaris you can join and, even if it might seem difficult at first sight, driving a snowmobile is pretty easy. Whether you travel with your friends or plan a family vacation, this is one of those activities that can make everybody happy and be the talk of family get-together’s for years to come.
Lapland is famous for its snow, so the number of winter sports you can engage in while there should not surprise you. Skiing is one of the reasons adventurers choose to visit this white paradise in the first place. It doesn’t matter if you are a pro or a beginner who has “learn to ski” on the bucket list this year, because there are resorts that can satisfy both. And Saariselkä Sports Resort is an excellent choice. Expect to be welcomed by friendly people, to ski on exciting routes, and to indulge in delicious dishes in the cosy restaurant available at the resort.
The most popular town in Lapland is Rovaniemi, and there is a good reason for its fame. It is the official home of Santa Claus. Kids and adults from all over the world visit this enchanting place to meet their childhood hero and his dashing elves. Bring your cheerfulness along and prepare yourself for a magical visit to Santa Claus Village. Visit his office, the post office where all the letters arrive, greet Santa himself and ask a few pointed questions about your present, explore the Christmas theme park, and of course, enjoy a memorable reindeer ride.
If you are a nature lover, you are probably fascinated with the Northern Lights, which are considered by many the most spectacular natural phenomenon one can witness this side of the Atlantic. The great news is that if you plan to visit Lapland during the winter months, you have the opportunity to see this natural beauty. You cannot know for sure you will see the show, but a clear, dark night will increase your chances. There are a few great places to see the Aurora Borealis, all you have to do is head out in search of them!
If you are a foodie travelling to Lapland, you must have a local culinary experience. The only question is: are you ready to indulge in the famous sautéed reindeer (poronkäristys)? This might bring tears to a vegetarian’s face, but meat lovers are always thrilled to have a bite. It is a rich dish, served with mashed potatoes and pickled cucumber, and it’s a great choice after a long day in the cold. But in case you don’t want to eat reindeer meat, there are other options available. Indulge in game bird dishes such as capercaillie, willow grouse and black grouse, or order some tasty fresh fish. Yummy!
Less adventurous travellers who prefer relaxing holidays can spend memorable moments in the Finnish saunas. This part of the world is famous for using saunas to relax their bodies and minds. Many say they have more saunas than cars in Finland, so no matter where you stay, you can have this amazing experience. However, if you want something special, try the Ylläs’ sauna gondola. This two-hour experience will combine the relaxing moments you dream of with some truly spectacular views of the surroundings.