In part 2 of our 4-part guide to Lapland, we cover off honeymoons, skiing and snowboarding, and that all-important question: what’s the best age to take the kids?
Fancy a trip to Lapland, but don’t have a clue when to go, where to stay or what to pack? Fear not – we’ve picked the brains of our Lapland team to find out the most commonly asked questions when it comes to Lapland holidays, and today we’re ticking off the letters F to M…
Q: Where can I meet Santa?
A: There are loads of places where you can come face-to-face with Father Christmas – visits are included in all of our Lapland holidays, except for the Bare Essentials adults’ packages (although we can still arrange Santa visits if you fancy). Meet-and-greets with the big man are private for each family, so it’s a really magical experience, plus every child will get a gift from Santa’s sack.
Q: Can we take the grandparents?
A: Yes – the more the merrier. If you’re taking the kids to meet Father Christmas, it’s a great experience for them to be involved with. We’ve got cottages available with separate bedrooms, lounges and kitchenettes, so there’ll be plenty of room for everyone. Some even come with private saunas!
Q: Can I have my honeymoon in Lapland?
A: Honeymoons in Lapland are ideal for outdoorsy couples. You can have a go at activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and downhill and cross-country skiing, warm up in traditional Finnish saunas, and go in search of the Northern Lights. Stay in Rovaniemi and you can add a city-break element, too.
Q: Can I stay in an ice hotel?
A: If you’re getting married at Snow Village, you’ll be able to spend a night in one of the hotel’s igloo-like ice rooms. And if you’re staying in Kittila, or are on a daytrip there, you’ll be able to visit the hotel and tour the ice bar and ice chapel.
Q: What’s the coldest time of the year in Lapland?
January and February are the coldest months, so they offer up great skiing conditions and fewer crowds. Snow is pretty much guaranteed between December and March, and although Lapland does sometimes see snow as early as October, you won’t usually get thick blankets of it like you would later in the year. Be prepared for the cold – temperatures of minus 10°C are common in December and January, and the mercury can sometimes fall as low as minus 40. If you want to have a look at the current weather in Lapland, take a look at websites like Holiday Weather and BBC Weather.
Q: What’s the best age to take children to Lapland?
A: Kids love the snow-and-Santa combo of Lapland. We recommend Lapland holidays for children over the age of 4 – younger ones will enjoy visits to Santa’s workshop and rides on reindeer-drawn sleighs, while teenagers can try out sports like snowmobiling and snowshoeing.
Q: Can I learn to ski or snowboard?
A: Yes – Levi and Yllas are two of the best places for skiing and snowboarding in Lapland, although you’ll find slopes or cross-country trails pretty much everywhere. If you’re on a Thomson trip, your Holiday Advisor can let you know the best places and help sort out lift passes.
Want to know what’s included in the price of a Lapland holiday? Or what kind of clothes you need to pack? Take look at The A-Z of Lapland Holidays: M to Q, tomorrow.
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