A winter holiday is still a relatively new concept for many. When the temperatures start to drop and the cold starts to set in, most people like to escape to warmer climates in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, however, embracing the cold isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Finnish Lapland in particular is a fascinating land during the winter months and here are a few reasons why you should consider visiting:
Fun winter activities
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to spend your time huddled up indoors. If you dress for the weather, you’ll enjoy taking part in many fun activities. A few of the things you can expect to try here include dog-sledding with a team of huskies who love the outdoors, cross-country skiing through beautiful snow-covered forests, ice-fishing on a frozen lake, snowmobile riding through the fresh powder, reindeer safaris led by Santa’s little helpers. (On that note, did you know that there are an estimated 200,000 reindeer in Lapland, but only 180,000 people!)
Of course, after a long day of enjoying the outdoors, you can warm up inside by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate in hand – or perhaps even some mulled wine. If that sounds good, you can get more ideas from Activities Abroad.
The chance to spot the Northern Lights
Seeing the Northern Lights can be a bit tricky and sometimes all you need is a bit of luck, however, in order to maximize your chances of seeing them at their absolute peak, there is a travel company that has launched something called “The Aurora Zone”. They offer a range of holidays designed to enhance your chances of seeing nature’s celestial light show, and their travel packages focus on ‘Northern Light hunting’ with local guides and Aurora experts.
When it comes to accommodations in Lapland, there are many unique choices. If you are craving something rustic, you can opt for a log cabin with a wood-burning fireplace. If you’re craving something a little adventurous and are not too put off by the cold, you can try one of the ice hotels which are built afresh every winter season. And lastly, if you want something a little more chic, there’s the option of spending the night in a glass igloo, where if conditions are right, you might just be able to see the Northern Lights while you’re snuggled up in bed at night. Does it get any better than that? You can read more about those options on The White Circle page.
And that’s just a little taste of what you can expect to find in Lapland. Then you have the hot saunas, polar bear dips in the icy waters, visits to Santa Claus’ home, unique Lappish cuisine, and you can also learn about Sami culture. As you can see there are plenty of reasons to give Lapland a try in the winter time.
Safe travels and bundle up!