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Lapland Holidays

The home of elves, reindeer and the big jolly fellow himself, there's no better place to get in the Christmas spirit than Lapland. So pack your woolly jumpers, bring some carrots for Rudolph and jingle all the way to this magical winter wonderland.

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Go in search of Santa

It gets pretty chilly in Lapland around Christmas time, so don't forget to pack you warmest winter woollies and favourite reindeer print jumper. The temperatures are coldest in December, where thermometers plunge into double minus figures. You'll be having too much fun to care though, especially once you've zipped up your toasty snow suit and put on your gloves and boots.

During the Christmas period, there's the once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit Santa Claus Village, where you can see inside Santa's grotto and take a tour of his workshop where elves are hard at work getting all of the toys ready for Christmas. Outside you'll find Prancer, Dancer and all of the other reindeer, so don't forget your carrots. And watch out for those cheeky elves, or you'll be amidst a snowball fight before you know it.

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. 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.

Location of Lapland

Average temperature
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Jan
JanuaryTemp: -8°C
Feb
FebruaryTemp: -9°C
Mar
MarchTemp: -3°C
Apr
AprilTemp: 2°C
May
MayTemp: 9°C
Jun
JuneTemp: 16°C
Jul
JulyTemp: 19°C
Aug
AugustTemp: 16°C
Sep
SeptemberTemp: 10°C
Oct
OctoberTemp: 2°C
Nov
NovemberTemp: -4°C
Dec
DecemberTemp: -6°C

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