The most magical place in the world
In winter, daylight hours are few and far between. During the Kaamos, or ‘Polar Night’ darkness fall over Lapland for days at a time, but these periods of darkness are great opportunities for experiencing the natural phenomenon that is the Northern Lights. Seeing these incredible coloured swirls light up the star-strewn sky is a memory that will last a lifetime. Between March and April or September or October is the best time to see the Northern Lights, although they can appear during clear winter nights.
The area known as Lapland actually stretches across the northernmost regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, although most people choose to visit Finland. It is, after all, the home of Father Christmas. Historically, Lapland is home to the Sami people, who learnt to survive in these harsh conditions. Today, many Sami people live and work in Finnish Lapland. Their culture is fascinating and if there’s the chance to hear cultural tales over a hot chocolate, you’ll learn a lot.
Day trip and longer stays
There are plenty of options for visiting Lapland, from day trips to longer three or four night stays. Late deals to Lapland and flights are available from a number of regional UK airports, and fly into an airport just outside of the Finnish city of Rovaneimi. There’s a range of accommodation to choose from too, from traditional hotels to cosy log cabins, and you could even spend the night in an igloo.