Lapland – a visit to see Father Christmas

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Lapland pulls out all the stops over the festive period, so there’s nowhere better to get into the Christmas spirit!  Young & older guests will love reindeer rides through the woods, story-telling around crackling fires & of course, meeting the real Father Christmas!

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Many tour operators offer 1 day trips, sampling the very best that Lapland has to offer.  These trips usually include snowmobiling, husky sledging & meet & greets with Santa.  They will include the hire of a cosy thermal suit, boots & often a hat, gloves & socks – be sure to wear warm layers underneath, as the weather can fall to as low as -40!  Average December daytime temperatures are a slightly warmer 0 to -20 degrees.

As the weather is so cold, trips to Lapland are better suited to families with children ages 4 & above – also a lot of the activities are not suited to younger children either so this may be a trip to wait for…

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Day trips are planned around the winters ‘grey light’; 4 or 5 hours between around 10am & 3pm, after this its dark.  Most outdoor activities are planned around these times, however because of the white snow even the darkness is quite bright!

Trips are usually tailored into options for those wanting more time in Santa’s Park, often including train rides to see what really happens behind the scenes at the toy factory, Elf School, a visit to Santa’s Post Office & then those wanting to make the most of the outdoor activities on offer – either way, you will find something to suit everyone in your family & you will all come away with a special memory to cherish.

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If you would prefer to take your time & enjoy everything Lapland has to offer then a 3 or 4 night stay is recommended.  Be sure to chose your accommodation wisely, a warm dip in a pool or hot tub is the perfect way to end your day (& to defrost those toes as well!).

Holidays to Lapland are certainly not cheap, average prices for a day trip are around £500 for an adult, but this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience & if you are able to go during that special time of ‘believing’ it is an experience that you & your children will never forget.


Specialist Lapland tour operators include Transun Holidays  & Canterbury Travel & Pack Your Bags even offer 1 night trips too – & most large tour operators also feature they own trips – see your local travel agent for advice.

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