As the home of Father Christmas, it’s easy to see why Finland is one of our top family holiday destinations. However, dig a little deeper under all of that powdery white snow and you’ll soon find that there’s more to Finnish Lapland than the jolly man in red, and we can arrange a whole host of Arctic adventures for your family, from dog-sledding to meeting local, indigenous Sami people.
As well as being the ultimate winter wonderland, with virtually
guaranteed snow covering the region in the winter months, Finnish Lapland also boasts some truly
original places to stay. Children (and let's face it, grown-ups)
will delight at the prospect of sleeping in a treehouse or a
glass-topped igloo - it will certainly make bedtime that bit more
exciting than at home.
Then onto some adventure, and there's plenty of that on offer
here. We can arrange dog sledding or snowmobile safaris through
snow-clad forests and across frozen lakes to take in the incredible
surroundings. You could also head out on a sleigh pulled by
reindeer at night in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights, which
will have the whole family's eyes glued to the skies, and isn't
something any of you will forget in a hurry.
Up in the north of the country, there is also the opportunity
for a spot of skiing in Levi. This is Finland's largest ski resort
and is fantastic for families; there are plenty of slopes suited to
beginners and you can look forward to much quieter slopes than
you'll find in parts of the Alps.
For Father Christmas experiences (we know, we said it's more
than just a festive destination, but it's pretty special to be in
the home of Saint Nick!) you can either fly directly to Rovaniemi
for the classic (if somewhat commercialised) experience, or head
further north for a more authentic (but also more expensive)
experience. Whichever you opt for, meeting the man himself is sure
to keep the magic of Christmas alive for believers and
non-believers alike. Plus, you'll be able to keep some serious
bargaining power in your back pocket with the promise of meeting
Father Christmas at the end of the year.