Frequently asked questions about Lapland
Here are just a few of our most frequently asked questions as well as general information you may find useful if your thinking of taking a trip to Lapland.
Where is Lapland?
Lapland is a vast region located in north of the Arctic circle which stretches across areas of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. During the winter months’ temperatures can reach as low as -35.
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During the winter months temperatures in Lapland drop as low as -35 but tend to average at around -10. Snow boots and thermal suits can be hired to make your winter break to Lapland as enjoyable as possible.
Dress warm and use layers. Hats and gloves are essential. Ski gloves are best, not woollen ones as they tend to get wet in the snow. Depending on your package or trip you may be provided with a thermal suit and boots to protect you against the freezing temperatures – or these may be available to hire ask during booking to be sure.
The Euro is the main currency in Lapland.
A flight to Lapland from the UK takes approximately 3 and a half hours depending on your departure airport.
Generally flights will depart between 07:00 and 08:00 and will return (landing) between 22:15 and 23:10, this will vary.
During December there is an average of 4-5 hours of ‘grey light’ per day. This is normally between 10am and 2:30pm. Outside of these times it is as dark as night. However this does not effect your trip as the locations used are lit with candles and log fires – adding to the magic!
Due to the extreme weather conditions in Lapland, we do not recommend our trips for infants under 2 years of age.
Yes. However be aware you will probably need a flash due to the low light levels. Also because of the cold in Lapland batteries do run out quicker than normal.
Adults who are in possession of a full, clean driving license. You will need to bring this with you when you travel (Use of snowmobiles varies between itineraries).
Yes – adults are more than welcome on the trips. There is plenty for everyone to do and see.
Lapland is 2 hours ahead of the United Kingdom
You can expect various accommodation types in Lapland, the most popular being log cabins, lodges and hotels. There are also Ice Hotels and Igloos available.
Yes, you can spend Christmas day in Lapland, we provide special trips to cater for staying over the Christmas period. These trips sell out fast so book early.
Only some of Lapland is commercialised, Lapland caters for all types of trips. You can visit Santa in commercialised area around Santa’s village or in private log cabins for a more traditional experience. Ask when booking for availability.
You are not always part of a group, many of our trips offer private family visits to see Santa. Please check the itinerary of the individual trip to see how much time is spent with Santa and his helpers. This depends on what you choose when you book.
Rovaniemi airport to Lapland is approximately 2 hrs 20 minutes by car
Lapland has some of Finland’s best skiing in Levi. Levi Fell was recently awarded best ski resort in Finland for 2016. Ask about skiing when you enquire if this is what you are looking for.
You will be taken by organised transfer from the airport to the hotel or resort. Transfers can be booked upon request.
Transfers can be included on our package holidays and tours. This will vary depending on your booking. Ask when booking if you require transfers.
November – 5 hours 45 minutes, December 3 hours 45 minutes, January 2 hours 44 minutes
You can see the Northern Lights in Lapland on most nights from September to March
The Northern Lights are bright dancing lights caused by the collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that then enter the earth’s atmosphere.
Finnish cuisine is generally traditional with contemporary style cooking of fish and meats usually pork and beef and vegetables and mushrooms.
There are plenty of restaurants around the village of Levi and most hotels will provide entertainment. Levi also has a few night clubs including Club Deiavu which has various acts such as exotic dancers and fire eating shows.
There are many activities you can enjoy in Lapland including, hiking, downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoe trekking, cross country skiing, ice fishing, nature watching, canoeing, walking, golf, white water rafting, fishing, kayaking, cycling and of course visiting Santa. Activities included depend on what you choose to book. Ask when booking about what activities you wish to book.
Temperatures within ice hotels generally never drop below -5 and some hotels will provide expedition sleeping bags suitable for temperatures up to -25. Ask when booking about what will be provided or what you need to bring.