8 Reasons Why Lapland’s Not Just For Kids
Thought Lapland was only for those who still leave out a mince pie and carrot on Christmas Eve? Think again. There’s loads for grown-ups to do, as leading lifestyle bloggers Hello Walls found on a recent Thomson trip to Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland. Here they reveal why this winter wonderland is perfect for all big kids…
1. It’s A Foodie Hotspot
From salmon roasted in a tepee to high end Finnish gastronomy, Lapland is a surprising culinary triumph. Fresh Arctic fish, herbs, berries and mushrooms are among the local specialities, and there’s exquisite venison on offer too – if you don’t feel too guilty about tucking into Rudolph’s pals.
2. Adrenaline Junkies Are Covered
Lapland might not be your usual byword for adventure, but it has all the snowy activities of other winter resorts, with some added extras. Snowmobiling, husky-riding, snowshoeing and ice fishing are all on the to-do list, as well as some seriously impressive sledding opportunities. We also got into a snowball fight with an elf, which was exhausting…
3. It’s Relaxing Too
Feeling wiped out after all that activity? Well, those Finns know a thing or two about saunas. The traditional wood-fired steam rooms are just the place to relax after a hard day in the white stuff, and many of the hotels and lodges are kitted out with them.
4. Scandi Design Is Awesome
If you’re a design-lover there’s plenty to take in – and buy – and you should prime your cameras for the spectacular curved glass atrium of the Arktikum science centre. Fans of Scandinavian style will also love the painted wooden clapboard houses, which were impeccably dressed for Christmas during our visit. The Finnish institution Marimekko (made famous by Jackie O) in Rovaniemi is the place to stock up on fabrics, clothes and homeware. You can also find stylish local design-ware in Javri in Saariselka and Mainoa in Rovaniemi.
5. The Scenery Is Breathtaking
The magic of Lapland isn’t reserved for Santa’s grotto. The snow-dusted forests have an ethereal beauty, especially in the wintery twilight, and it’s well worth venturing out for a walk. We stretched our legs in the picturesque Ranua Wildlife Park, and there are many other spots to choose from (don’t worry – you get kitted out with snowsuits and boots). If you’d rather see the wilderness without any exertion, you can take a relaxing reindeer safari through the Arctic landscape.
6. There’s Apres-Ski Nightlife (Without The Ski)
You might assume that nightlife in Lapland is low-key, but in Rovaniemi there’s everything from plush cocktail bars to local hangouts when you can sip Finnish beer with the regulars. Our favourites included the Arctic Boulevard –with furs, roaring fires and an impressive cocktail list, as well as Café & Bar 21, with its pillow-strewn nooks and tasty food. At Uitto, local beers and ciders are served, along with a warming almond-dusted ‘gloggi’ – a Finnish mulled berry drink.
7. Love Is In The Air
With falling snow, picture postcard scenery and fairy lights at every turn, Lapland makes the ideal destination for a romantic break with your other half. And if you really fall in love with it, you can even get married in the ice-carved Snowland wedding venue in Rovaniemi.
8. Adults Love Christmas Too
You’d have to be a hard-hearted Grinch not to be enamoured by the festive wonder of Lapland in December. We’re big kids at heart, so we revelled in meeting Santa (who gave us some top tips on reindeer driving), and found that Christmas here is for young and old alike. A visit to Lapland should definitely be on everyone’s wish list this year!
Thanks to Linda, Hollie, Laura, Ginger Elf and all the crew at Thomson for looking after us so well.