Lapland Finland The Perfect Family Getaway

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.

Getting There

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


Accommodation in Lapland runs the gamut from luxury ski resorts to glass igloos, where you can watch the northern lights through your roof. For an experience you won’t soon forget, visit the spectacular SnowCastle in the village of Kemi. It has a SnowHotel, a SnowChapel, and a SnowRestaurant. Prefer something more traditional? Try the Hotel Snow Princess, just steps from the village of Yllas. It has a warm, welcoming atmosphere, beautiful picture windows overlooking the pine forest, and lots of activities to keep the kids entertained.

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.


  1. DARLENE W July 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    One of my sister-in-laws was born and had lived in Finland most of her life. Last year she returned for her mom’s 90th birthday and they were actually at the Artic Circle. You have so many beautiful pictures and I would surely like to tick this country off my bucket list

    1. Jodi - Site Author July 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      Oh me too for sure Darlene. It’s so gorgeous there, it’s definitely a place worth visiting and experiencing 🙂

  2. Joseff May 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Wow! Lapland, Finland is indeed a wonderland. The photos you posted are so beautiful and all I can think of is to visit that place soon. I would love to experience that cool feeling in that place especially with my kids. They would be greateful to explore this wonderland. I can’t wait to plan a trip soon in this amazing place and pack up all our bags to a great experience. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jodi - Site Author May 12, 2014 at 9:15 am

      I want to see a real reindeer. I know it looks so beautiful doesn’t it? Well I hope you get to vacation with your family somewhere like this really soon. Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

  3. Kara Fiesta April 5, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Like you, since my childhood days, i have been dreaming to see snow! It is my ultimate dream. Though I haven’t seen it yet until now, I am not losing hope. Finland is listed on my “must-see” places.


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