Top 10 Things to do in Lapland
Lapland covers the northern areas of Sweden, Finland, Norway and part of Russia’s Kola Peninsula. It’s a region of great natural beauty with an allure all of its own, whether you visit in summer or winter. Here are our top 10 recommended experiences in Lapland.
1. Witness the northern lights
You can see the northern lights anywhere in Lapland as the region sits within the ‘auroral oval’. Incredible to witness but impossible to guarantee, the seeing the aurora borealis is on many travellers’ bucket lists – fortunately the ongoing ‘solar max’ has produced some excellent displays in recent seasons. Our top locations for seeing the northern lights in Lapland are at the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko National Park, Swedish Lapland, and just outside Tromso in Norway.
2. Experience sleeping on ice at the Icehotel
The Icehotel in Swedish Lapland is one of the most unique and unusual hotels in the world. Every winter it’s rebuilt from ice taken from the River Torne, and offers guests the chance to sleep on ice at -5C in beautifully designed Art Suites. There’s comfortable warm accommodation too, and a range of winter activities to try over a long weekend break – including husky sledding, snowmobiling, ice sculpture and ice-driving. Our direct flight to Kiruna means that it’s just a 3½ hour flight away from London Heathrow.
3. Get cosy in log cabins and lodges
Log cabins are an important part of Finnish heritage and there’s no cosier place to stay, whether you’re a couple, a family or a group of friends. The cabins we use nestled in idyllic forests are equipped with modern comforts and conveniences, roaring fires and private saunas.
Suggested itinerary: Iso-Syöte Log Cabin Hideaway
4. Explore under the midnight sun
Experience the energising effect of the midnight sun phenomenon. During the height of summer, the sun doesn’t set in Lapland, meaning 24 hours of golden daylight for you to explore the Arctic wilderness around you.
5. Take a festive break in a winter wonderland
Celebrate the festive season in style with an escape to snowy Lapland. Guarantee yourself the chance to build a snowman, have a snow ball fight – or just go walking in a winter wonderland – with one of our Christmas or New Year departures to Lapland.
6. Ride a husky sled or mush your own dog team
Imagine whooshing across the snowy landscapes of Lapland behind an excited team of huskies. You can choose to learn the art of mushing a dog sled and taking care of your team – or relax as a passenger and watch the scenery unfold while an experienced guide drives on a shorter excursion.
Suggested itinerary: Wilderness Husky
7. Go snowmobiling
If horsepower is more to your taste than paw-power, head out to explore Lapland on a snowmobile. Whether you choose to explore by daylight or search out the northern lights, a snowmobiling excursion is sure to be one of the highlights of your holiday. Please note all drivers will need a valid driving licence to participate in these excursions.
8. Try a whole range of other winter activities
It’s not just husky sledding and snowmobiling, Lapland has a wide range of activities and excursions on offer from reindeer safaris to snow-shoeing, northern lights photography to ice-sculpture workshops. You’ll never be short of ways to enjoy your holiday in Lapland. We offer packages where a range of fantastic winter activities are included in the price of your holiday, as well as itineraries where you can just book the things you’d like to try. Contact our team of Travel Specialist to discuss which itinerary is right for you.
9. Discover the indigenous Sami culture
Lapland’s indigenous people are the Sami. Over 60,000 Sami live still live here, and their influence and customs very much evident throughout the region. The village of Inari near Lake Menesjarvi has been an important meeting place for the Sami for many generations – a visit here gives a fascinating insight into the Sami history and way of life.
Suggested itinerary: Lapland Adventure at Korpikartano
10. Sample a sauna
Saunas are absolutely integral to Finnish culture, but this wonderfully warming experience is important all over Lapland. Traditional ‘smoke’ saunas are wood-fired, but modern saunas can be powered by electricity – making them quicker to heat up and easier to control. It’s a great way to relax at the end of a day exploring the Scandinavian countryside.
See our range of Lapland holidays