Lapland holiday information
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As you plan your family holiday and everyone is getting excited about the prospect of meeting the man himself, Mr Claus, Iglu Ski have put together a list of useful Lapland holiday information, helpful tips and interesting facts to make sure you get the most from your trip. Choose from a variety of magical Lapland holidays and day trips, all available through Iglu Ski and discover this stunning winter wonderland.
Language: Finnish (English is widely spoken)
Currency: Euro. Purchase Euros in the UK as Lapland doesn’t have banks or exchange offices.
Remember to send a postcard to your friends back home, as all letters posted from Santa's own post office will have the genuine polar circle postmark!
Having trouble pronouncing the resort names?
Levi - pronounced levy
Rovaniemi - pronounced rov-a-nyemee
Saariselkä - pronounced sair-res-elke
Ylläs - pronounced u - llas
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How cold will it be in Lapland?
Lapland is above the Arctic Circle where temperatures are often well below freezing. In December daytime temperature is normally around 0 to -20 degrees. Please ensure that you bring suitable clothing, including hats, gloves, scarves, warm layers and thermals. Young children are particularly vulnerable to the cold weather conditions; therefore we do not recommend any of these trips for children under 3 years of age. Most trips come with thermal outer suits to protect you from the extreme temperatures – check you package when booking.
What is the weather like in Lapland?
Lapland only has an average of 5 hours of daylight a day known as "grey light" - this is generally between 10am and 3pm - The rest of the time is like night time. Daytime temperature is normally around 0 to -20 degrees but it can fall to -40 in extreme conditions.
Where is Lapland?
Did you know that Lapland is not actually a country in itself, but is in fact made up of regions in Northern Finland, Sweden and Norway, all located inside the Arctic Circle? Lapland is traditionally the home of nomadic reindeer herders and of course Lapland's most famous resident… Santa Claus!
Can I see the Northern Lights in Lapland?
During your Lapland holiday you may be lucky enough to see the spectacle that is the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Unique to the Arctic Circle, this is a natural display of red, green or blue lights flashing and shimmering across the sky, caused by distant solar activity. Find out more information on viewing the northen lights on a holiday to Lapland.
Can I ski in Lapland?
Yes. Skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing are available in the majority of our featured Lapland resorts. It is not only a great way to spend your free time, but also an opportunity to discover more of the local environment. Iglu Ski offers ski holidays to Lapland aswell as our Santa’s Lapland packages.
What airports can I fly from to Lapland?
There is a selection of flights from regional airports when you travel to Lapland on a 3 or 4 day trip. Flights are non-stop to Saariselkä’s own local airport of Ivalo which is a short and easy 25-minute transfer. Regional airports include London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Southampton, Bournemouth, Exeter, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Norwich, Liverpool, Newcastle, Belfast, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Regional flights outside of London Gatwick are subject to availability and may incur an additional cost. Please contact us for more information and to check availability.
How do I book a trip to Lapland?
If you would like more information or would like to book one of the trips to Lapland please speak to our expert team by calling 0208 544 6360 or enquiring above. Santa’s Lapland trips are in December or we have ski holidays to Lapland available throughout the ski season.