Finnish Lapland is a place of enchantment and wonder, especially during the festive season. Christmas in Lapland North Destinations is nothing short of magical, with its pristine snow-covered landscapes, traditional festivities, and the possibility of catching a glimpse of the northern lights. In this blog post, we will explore the unique Christmas time in Lapland North which makes us a dream destination for those seeking a truly extraordinary holiday experience.

  1. Snow-Covered everything: Finnish Lapland transforms into a winter wonderland during the Christmas season. The landscape is blanketed in pure, glistening snow, creating a serene and picturesque setting that embodies the essence of a traditional Christmas. The crisp, cold air and snow-laden trees set the stage for an unforgettable holiday atmosphere.
  2. Lively villages: Our region dresses up for Christmas time with twinkling lights and other decorations that are often made by locals. For example in Inari, Ivalo and Saariselkä you are able to find art pieces that are done by children in daycare and you can also contribute to them if you like.
  3. Reindeer sleigh rides: Reindeer are an integral part of Lapland’s culture and Christmas festivities. Visitors have the opportunity to take reindeer sleigh rides through the snowy landscapes, pulled by these local habitants of our region. Sleigh safaris are a popular activity, allowing guests to enjoy the arctic winter nature from the comfort of soft and warm sleigh.
  4. Northern lights extravaganza: Lapland is renowned for its breathtaking displays of the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis. Christmas makes it even more magical to witness this natural spectacle, with the snow-covered surroundings providing a stunning contrast to the dancing lights in the night sky. Many of our operators offer Northern Lights safaris, combining the thrill of the lights with the atmosphere of Christmas. You can join a hunt for the northern lights in many ways such as with huskies, reindeer, by car or by snowshoeing.
  5. Lappish gourmet and festive treats: Christmas in Lapland is a feast for the senses, and that includes the taste buds. Our Lappish cuisine, influenced by the Arctic environment, features hearty and delicious dishes. Traditional Christmas meals often include local delicacies such as smoked fish, reindeer in many forms, berries, root vegetables and of course gingerbread cookies. Sampling these treats is an essential part of embracing the holiday spirit in our region.
  6. Sleep under the northern sky: Lapland North Destinations offer accommodation experience under the northern sky right below the aurora oval which makes your chance of seeing the northern lights even higher. Spending a night in cozy glass-roofed cabin under the starry sky provides a surreal and romantic experience.
  7. Christmas Fairs with local crafts: In Ivalo there are a few Christmas fairs this year. Christmas markets are a treasure trove of local crafts, handmade gifts, and festive decorations. The market atmosphere is filled with joy, warmth, and the aroma of seasonal treats.
  8. Sauna and arctic wellness: The Finns are passionate about their saunas, and Lapland North Destinations is no exception. Embrace the Finnish tradition of sauna bathing, especially during the winter months. The contrast between the warmth of the sauna and the cold, snowy outdoors is invigorating and contributes to the overall sense of well-being and relaxation.

Christmas time in Lapland North Destinations in Finnish Lapland is a magical journey into a winter wonderland, where traditions come to life against the backdrop pure white snow and the magical northern lights. Whether you’re seeking the thrill of reindeer rides, the warmth of sauna, or the awe-inspiring beauty of the arctic landscape, Lapland North offers a holiday experience like no other. Embrace the spirit of Christmas in our extraordinary destinations, where each snowflake means a start of a magical journey.


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