I’ve always imagined what it would be like to live like Santa Claus year round. Snuggled away in igloos, trekking through the snow and enjoying everything Christmas 24 hours a day. Well take a look and discover the wonders of Why Having a Family Vacation at Lapland, Finland is on this mom’s bucket list…
Imagine seeing magical northern lights, or sitting by a crackling fire in a log cabin surrounded by sparkling snow-covered forest; if this sounds like a dream vacation, Lapland is your destination. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime winter experience, where it’s Christmas all year, and your only worry will be what to do next!
Family Adventures Galore
This is the ideal choice if you’re looking for something less predictable. Lapland vacations can be so much fun and can offer an endless array of adventure activities. You can take a ride in a reindeer-drawn sleigh, or take a midnight snowmobile ride to see the Aurora Borealis.
Lapland is situated at the northernmost point of Finland, in the Arctic Circle; it’s roughly a 5-hour flight from Heathrow. The simplest way to get there is to take a flight into Helsinki, and a connecting flight to Rovaniemi. The capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi is known as The Official Home of Santa Claus. Of course, you can also choose other destinations, such as the ski resort of Levi, or Saariselka, a charming self-contained village where everything is within walking distance. From here, there are excellent connections to nearby resorts.
Cool Places to Stay
If it’s the wilderness experience you want, The Snowy Wilderness Lodge fits the bill. Located in the Pallas-Yllastuntari National Park, and surrounded by miles of forest, it has a classic lodge atmosphere, with wood beams and lots of fireplaces.
Then again, if winter is not an option, Lapland can be beautiful in the late summer, when you can experience the midnight sun. The Lonely Planet website describes the country as having a new lease on life, with miles of green forest and sparkling lakes. This is the time to get out and explore nature; see reindeer in their natural environment, and pick the coveted cloudberries.
It’s a win-win, Lapland has wonders to discover, winter or summer.