The best time of year to visit Lapland is during winter, in order to make the most of all the festive fun. Take the kids to meet Santa Claus and his elves, and get stuck into activities like craft-making and cookie decorating with Mrs Claus on our Elf Adventure excursion. Plus, you can try outdoor activities like quad biking before warming up with a hot drink. You can even stay over Christmas, with flights leaving up until Christmas Eve. Only got time for a quick visit? Try the Search For Santa Day Trip, to meet reindeers and huskies, or Santa’s Secret Grotto Day Trip. This excursion is tailored towards little ones and will see you visiting Santa’s underground grotto and enrolling in elf school.
During the winter months, darkness falls at around 3pm in Lapland – so, on a clear night, you can expect excellent visibility of the Northern Lights without having to stay up way past your bedtime. For the best chance of seeing them, book a three or four-night trip so you have plenty of time to explore and spot the colourful show in the sky. And, it’s not just about standing in awe and watching either. You can take a night-time snowmobile trip to get right into the heart of the forest. Don’t feel like braving the cold? Catch the Northern Lights at a special 3D screening at the Arktikum science museum.
The snow usually arrives as early as October and stays until around May, so you're likely to have a white Christmas. And there are loads of winter activities to try – snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, sleigh rides, and even snowshoe walks. You’ll get four to five hours of light a day during December and January – between 10am and 3pm – but all activity areas are well lit, so there’s nothing stopping you from getting stuck into outdoor fun.
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