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Laura Dickinson
Lapland Travel Specialist

The northernmost regions of Finland and Sweden – more often recognised as Lapland – are an arctic playground where the resident reindeers outnumber the people. Family memories are made here – visiting Santa Claus at his official home in Rovaniemi, staying in a hotel room made entirely of ice in Sweden’s ICEHOTEL, sleeping under the northern lights in an igloo topped with a glass roof for uninterrupted skyward views, mushing through the snow on a traditional dog sled or dashing through the glittering landscape on an adrenaline-packed snowmobile safari… The choice of exhilarating winter activities is extensive.

With a winter that lasts around 200 days, the northern lights can be seen painting ribbons of colour across the sky from late August until mid-April. Wrap up warm and hunt for them on an evening reindeer sled safari, head out through the woods on snowshoes to watch them from around a campfire or simply lie back in a glass-topped igloo, treehouse or log cabin and watch the starry night sky from the comfort of your own bed. For first-time visitors, our four-day Lapland Winter Escape is a popular holiday choice.

Rovaniemi, sitting directly on the Arctic Circle and crowned the capital of Lapland, has all the amenities of a city close to hand and an array of excursions available to get the full winter experience, making it an ideal choice for families. Those looking for a more remote experience or a wilderness escape should head further north; the barely-inhabited regions surrounding Ivalo and Kittlia in Finland, and Kiruna in Sweden, offer escapism and total immersion in beautiful natural surroundings, with plenty of potential for adventure too, of course.



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Rovaniemi
Top Destination
Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi, home of Santa Claus and the iconic home of Christmas holidays, is the perfect place for a family winter trip. Excursions in the snow-covered wilds just beyond the city limits keep kids and adults alike entertained, and all the amenities of the town make dining and daily activities easy. New regular direct flights connecting Rovaniemi with London set this city up as the perfect winter short-break destination.
Kittila
Top Destination
Kittila
Kittila is the gateway to the remote region of Northern Lapland where undisturbed miles of fields, lakes, alpine forests and stunning Arctic scenery await. In the winter, the region is ranked as one of the best in the world for northern lights spotting. With direct flights from London Gatwick each Friday & Tuesday operating in winter, it's a fantastic option for your short aurora-hunting break in Lapland.
Ivalo
Top Destination
Ivalo
Ivalo is another of the entry-points to Finland's far north, and also the stepping-off point for visitors spending a few nights in an igloo at the iconic Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. High above the Arctic Circle, the northern lights displays here are spectacular and the remoteness and isolation of accomodations play a part in providing the ideal conditions for aurora viewing and snowmobiling or dog sledding across untouched snowcovered wilderness.
Kiruna
Emma Brown's Recommendation
Kiruna
Kiruna is the northernmost town in Sweden, tucked up in the far reaches of Swedish Lapland, offering superb northern lights viewing opportunities. If you're heading to the famous ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi, this is your entry point.

Popular Destinations in Lapland

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   Rovaniemi
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   Kittila
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   Ivalo



Specialist Recommendations

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   Kiruna


Regent Lapland Specialist


Ida Marinova
If you're travelling to Lapland for the first time, at least one night spent in a glass-topped igloo or treehouse with a panoramic glass wall is a must - the experience of watching the northern lights dance from the warmth and comfort of your own bed is magical. Most visitors think that December and January are the best times to go, as snow and the northern lights are all but guaranteed. But these months are pricey, and actually, the aurora season lasts well into April each year - and so does the snow! Travel later in the season to make your trip more affordable, but without compromising on experience.

Ida's Tips
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Suit up in a warm rescue suit, take a dip into an ice hole in a frozen lake and lie back to watch the northern lights as you float.
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Don’t be alarmed if you see reindeer on the menu - in these barren winter landscapes, it’s a traditional local staple.
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Have dinner at the Arctic Snow Hotel's Ice Restaurant, where the entire restaurant, including the plates, is made from ice.




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