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Lapland Holidays

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Although famous the world over, little is known about this mysterious region that takes in not just one but three European countries – the far northern reaches of Norway, Sweden and Finland. Silent forests and crystal-clear lakes transform by winter into a vast snow-whipped wilderness. This in the land to experience two of the world’s most thrilling phenomena: the northern lights and the midnight sun.


Lapland Holiday Ideas

Whether a night at the world-famous Icehotel is on your bucket list, or you want to spend nights snuggled up in a cosy glass igloo for two, we can plan the trip of a lifetime to this enchanting destination. Below you'll find a selection of our favourite Lapland holiday ideas for inspiration.

With direct flights from London and Manchester to Lapland during the winter months, you can reach the glittering wilderness in Finland, Sweden and Norway in just a few hours.


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Thought as of a fictional land by many, even those who know Lapland does exist would find it hard to pinpoint on a map, yet those who visit are astounded by the sheer variety of its landscapes. From Norway's jagged peaks and Sweden's sweeping forests to Finland - a destination as close as you’ll come to a real life Narnia.

Visit in summer and you might be surprised by the balmy temperatures and breathtaking nature. Hike through forests of lichen-clad firs, kayak along lazy rivers and swim in lakes glistening with the midnight sun. This is home of the indigenous Sámi, who roam with their reindeer through verdant valleys and across frozen fells.

The landscape might be wild but you won’t have to rough it, for here you’ll find hotels of world-class calibre. Stay at the magnificent Arctic Treehouse Hotel, cosy up in a glass igloo or escape to silence in a remote lakeside cabin. And who could forget the architectural masterpiece crafted entirely from frozen water -  Swedish Lapland's Icehotel features on the bucket-list of many adventurous travellers from all corners of the globe.


Map of Lapland & Northern Norway

FINNISH LAPLAND

Stretching hundreds of kilometres above the Arctic Circle is Finland's true wilderness. A frozen landscape in winter and endless daylight in summer.

A snow covered hut nestled between trees in the Finnish countryside in winter

SWEDISH LAPLAND

NORTHERN NORWAY

Northern Norway
Snow covered trees under the Northern Lights in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland

Finnish Lapland

Capital of Lapland and hometown of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi feels Christmassy all year round – even the streets are laid out like a reindeer. But the real draw is the surrounding wilderness where stunning glass igloos make a stylish base for Arctic activities. Ski down the slopes of Levi and Ylläs or venture north to peaceful Lake Inari to experience the traditional Sámi way of life. From snowshoeing and floating saunas to husky-sledding through ancient forests, Finnish Lapland is the ultimate Arctic escape. 

A herd of reindeer on a snowy hillside in Swedish Lapland in winter

Swedish Lapland

With rolling hills and roaring rivers, sparkling lakes and pristine forests, Swedish Lapland is a giant wilderness playground with some incredible places to stay. From the Icehotel with its ephemeral sculptures to the suspended pods of the Treehotel or the floating Arctic Bath, you’ll be fully immersed in nature. Skidoo up frozen rivers, learn to cross-country ski and visit the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko National Park – one of the best places in the world to experience the Northern Lights.

Snowy mountains overlooking a fjord at dusk in Norwegian Lapland

Northern Norway

Far above the Arctic Circle, northern Norway is a place of wild, empty beauty. Craggy peaks and steep-sided fjords, windswept archipelagos and majestic glaciers bask in the glow of the midnight sun or the ethereal Northern Lights. Gateway to the north, Tromsø, is a hive of polar activity, while remote Alta and Kirkenes feel like the end of the earth. Take a sea voyage along the stunning coast, discover the dramatic cliffs of North Cape and explore the untouched interior by snowmobile, dog sled or snowshoe.  


Highlights of Lapland

Northern Lights swirling over the snowy landscape below in winter

Mother Nature's most famous light show

Each year from autumn to early spring, the shimmering curtains of the Northern Lights can be spotted in the Arctic skies. Caused by streams of charged particles from the sun colliding with nitrogen and oxygen atoms in the upper atmosphere, the result is quite possibly the greatest natural show on Earth. It's comes as no surprise that catching a glimpse of this incredible phenomena tops many a bucket-list. Mesmerising, tantalising and awe-inspiring, they leave an unforgettable impression on all who see them.

Northern Lights Holidays

Blue-eyed husky ready for dog sledding in Lapland in winter

Born to run

Husky dogs are perfectly suited to the conditions found in Lapland and have been used for centuries to pull sleds for hunting and travel. Renowned for speed and endurance, they were born to pull, so grab the reins and embark upon an exhilarating husky safari into the untouched wildness of the Arctic with your own trusty team of dogs to guide you. Cross vast frozen lakes, charge through dense forest and appreciate the silence broken only by the patter of paws and the sled gliding across the snow. 

We'll send you a complimentary copy of Bradt's Travel Guide Book when you book your Lapland trip with us

Traditional Sami boots made from reindeer skin and fur in Finnish Lapland

The indigenous people of the north

The Sami are the northernmost indigenous people of Europe, with a population of around 100,000 across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. In Northern Norway, where almost half of the population resides, Sami culture is enjoying something of a renaissance. Visit Inga Sami Siida, a traditional farm on the island of Hinnoya where Laila and Arild Inga offer a wonderful insight into their family's reindeer farming heritage. In Finnish Lapland, a visit to the village of Inari, the heart of the Sami homeland, and to the museum of the Finnish Sami, is an absolute must.

A herd of reindeer walking through a snowy forest in Lapland in winter

Meet Lapland's Iconic Reindeer

The heart and soul of a cultural identity, reindeer have been at the very centre of Sami life for thousands of years. Ideally adapted for life in the Arctic, they can roam wherever they please, but each one belongs to a reindeer herder and each herder is responsible for his stock, identifying them by small carvings made in the ears. All over Lapland, there are places where you can meet reindeer and learn more about them and their lives as told by reindeer-herding entrepreneurs. 

 

 

"For a place that doesn't officially exist, Lapland is famous the world over. First-time visitors are often astonished at the sheer variety of its landscapes".

James Proctor | Author | Bradt's Lapland Travel Guide Book

Wonderful places to stay in Lapland

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Arctic TreeHouse Hotel

The Grand Designs of Lapland holiday accommodation, each private suite, with its exclusive Scandinavian design, includes a glass feature wall providing unlimited views of the glittering forest and winter skies.

Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland

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An ice room at the world famous Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland

Icehotel

Sleep in frozen artworks reimagined every year at the world's most elaborate hotel. Created each year by a team of artists from around the globe, this Arctic masterpiece must be seen to be believed.

Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland

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Wilderness Hotel Inari

From log cabins and glass-roof domes to spacious wilderness hotel rooms, there is a great deal of choice in accommodation at this exceptional resort found perched on the edge of Lake Inari.

Inari, Finnish Lapland

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Aurora Village

At this secluded and elegant retreat, 25 glass cabins are tucked away in the Lappish wilderness, high above the Arctic Circle where wild reindeer wildly roam in the surrounding woodlands.

Inari, Finnish Lapland

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Muotka Wilderness Lodge

Set amidst the forested feels of Finland, this charming retreat is perfect for a honeymoon, anniversary or romantic getaway. Enjoy wholesome, locally-sourced food, cooked to perfection.

Inari, Finnish Lapland

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Arctic Snow Hotel

The glass igloos here are far enough from the light pollution of the city to enjoy fabulous displays of the magical Aurora Borealis. The Snow Hotel built each year offers guests the chance to spend a night on a bed of ice.

Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland

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The Dragonfly at the world-famous Treehotel in Harrads, Sweden

Treehotel

Every tree house here is made from environmentally friendly materials and construction techniques. Founded by Britta Jonsson-Lindvall and Kent Lindvall in 2010, it's the prefect place to unwind and return to nature.

Harads, Swedish Lapland

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Kirkenes Snowhotel & Cabins

Surrounded by beautiful, raw arctic landscapes, quirky hobbit-style wooden cabins open year round can also be combined with a night in a room made entirely of ice in winter at the annual snow hotel.

Kirkenes, Northern Norway

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Lyngen Lodge

Blending seamlessly with the landscape, this peaceful Norwegian chalet sits on the banks of the Lyngen Fjord against the dramatic backdrop of the Lyngen Alps

Lyngen, Norway

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Winter at Arctic Retreat in Swedish Lapland

Arctic Retreat

Sheltered by the deep forest of the Råne River valley, six traditional log cabins, each with an outdoor hot tub and fire pit, await those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of busy life.

Råne River, Swedish Lapland

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Lyngen Experience Lodge

There are just nine rooms at this low lying boutique lodge. Located on Norway's shoreline and set against the stunning backdrop of the Ulsfjord, discover the perfect way to experience the Norwegian wilderness

Nord Lenangen, Norway

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Outside in winter at Aurora Safari Camp, Swedish Lapland

Aurora Safari Camp

Inspired by African bushcamps, Aurora Safari Camp is an off-the-grid gem that brings off-roading to new heights by offering the world’s first Arctic winter glampsite.

Swedish Lapland

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Winter at Brandon Lodge, Swedish Lapland

Brandon Lodge

This long standing family-run property has hospitality high on the agenda. Set in a forest, overlooking the Luleå archipelago in Swedish Lapland, stay in cosy timber cabins that face the sea.

Luleå, Swedish Lapland

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Lapland in pictures

The Northern Lights swirling in the sky above the snow covered landscape below in winter in Lapland
The Northern Lights in Lapland
A reindeers at the Finnmark mountain plateau in snowy Lapland
Reindeer at the Finnmark mountain plateau
A colourful sunset over the snowy forest at Aurora Village in Finnish Lapland
Sunset over Aurora Village
Kettle and pot at the Lavas Forest Retreat in Swedish Lapland in winter
Kettle at the Lavas Forest Retreat
Snowy forest landscape in Lapland in winter
Snowy forest in Lapland
A team of hugging huskies ready for dog sledding in Lapland in a snowy forest
A team of huskies pulling a sled in Lapland
An aurora cabin under in a snowy forest under the Northern Lights sky in Lapland in winter
Aurora cabin under the Northern Lights

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