Lapland is a region that needs no introduction, as kids from around the world will know it as Santa’s official home. But it’s not just about a cheery old man with reindeer. Take a holiday to Lapland at Christmas time and discover a whole range of activities that both you and the kids will love.
Visit Salla Reindeer Park
Salla Reindeer Park is the perfect place to get involved in magical winter pastimes such as husky sledding and taking a ride with a reindeer. The guides are good, the activities are exhilarating and, above all, it’s a great way to see some stunning scenery. Make sure you wrap up warm with plenty of layers and waterproof outerwear, especially if you go at night time!
See the Northern Lights
One of nature’s most mysterious and elusive displays, the Northern Lights are an absolute must-see. Although the effects can vary, you’ll struggle to find a more uplifting experience than watching this nocturnal rainbow dance. The chance of viewing this amazing spectacle has become a major tourist draw and is responsible for the surge in holidayers making their way north in the winter time.
Drive your own snowmobile
OK, so it may be a little less romantic than a ride in a reindeer sled, but that doesn’t make driving a snowmobile any less enjoyable. After all, it’s basically a motorbike on skis. Take it across frozen lakes, over ridges caked in snow, through paths lined with husky hooves… Wherever you go, you won’t be disappointed. But you will need an extra layer or two, as temperatures can drop to twenty or thirty degrees below.
And, of course… meet Santa Claus
Santa can be found at a few of his venues in Lapland (or the North Pole to the kids!). Plan a visit to one of these villages and you can meet the man himself as well as his friendly elves and reindeer.
At night you can cosy around the fire with a hot cup of cocoa, just like a scene out of your kids’ favorite Christmas books. You’ll definitely need the rest after all of that fun.
Author’s bio: Miles Howard is a literature graduate currently traveling the world. He is currently enjoying South America and is looking forward to South East Asia next.