Lapland: A Beginners Guide

Experience a journey to Lapland, the mystical Arctic region, can be an exhilarating adventure for beginners seeking to discover the magic of winter landscapes, indigenous cultures, and unique outdoor activities.

Where should I stay?


Levi, settled within the snow-laden landscapes of Finnish Lapland, stands as one of Lapland’s top resorts that beckons winter enthusiasts from around the globe. For those seeking adrenaline-fueled adventures, Levi offers a variety of activities, perfect for people of all ages. There’s a wide selection of cafes, shops and restaurants; outside of the main village you’ll be surrounded by frozen lakes and enchanting forests.


Located amidst the captivating landscapes, Ylläs, emerges as a serene and enchanting destination, inviting travelers to experience the authentic charm of the Arctic. With its vast expanses of snow-covered forests, glistening frozen lakes, and the mystical dance of the Northern Lights, Ylläs captures the essence of Lapland’s untouched wilderness and offers a unique blend of tranquility and exhilaration.


Nestled in the heart of Finnish Lapland, Saariselkä emerges as a pristine wilderness that captivates visitors with its untouched landscapes, authentic Sámi culture, and a wealth of winter adventures. This northern oasis is the least commercial, making it a sought-after destination for those seeking a genuine Lapland experience
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When should I visit?

Northern Lights Season:

(Between late September to early April) If witnessing the Northern Lights is a top priority, plan your visit during the dark winter months when the nights are longest and the skies are clear.

Winter Wonderland:

(December to March) This period offers the classic Lapland experience with snow-covered landscapes, winter sports, and the opportunity to witness the Northern Lights.


(June to August) Lapland experiences the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun during this season, with almost 24-hour daylight.
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Which accommodation is right for me?


Apartments in Lapland often come with a range of amenities that mimic the comfort of home. Having a living room, kitchen, and separate bedrooms allows you to relax in a cozy atmosphere after a day of outdoor activities. Equipped kitchens in apartments enable you to prepare your meals, giving you the flexibility to cook according to your preferences and dietary needs. They also provide a level of privacy, whether you’re a couple seeking a romantic getaway or a family wanting some quality time together, having your own space allows for more intimate and personal moments.


Choosing a hotel for your stay in Lapland offers several advantages that can enhance your overall experience in this Arctic wonderland. They’re often strategically located in the heart of popular destinations, providing easy access to key attractions, restaurants, and cultural hubs. Hotels offer a range of services that contribute to a comfortable stay, with a variety of room options to suit different preferences and budgets

Glass/ Log Cabins

As one of the most desired accommodations, they offer a unique and immersive experience. Glass cabins provide an unparalleled opportunity to witness the mesmerizing dance of the Northern Lights from the comfort and warmth of your own space. Log cabins are typically situated in scenic locations, surrounded by snow-covered landscapes, dense forests, or near frozen lakes; this closeness to nature allows guests to fully appreciate the serene beauty of Lapland
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How long will I need?

The ideal duration for a visit to Lapland depends on your interests, the activities you wish to engage in, and the specific season you plan to visit. If you’re aiming for a classic Lapland winter experience with activities like husky safaris, reindeer sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and witnessing the Northern Lights, a stay of 4 to 7 days is recommended. If you’re aiming for a classic Lapland winter experience with activities like husky safaris, reindeer sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and witnessing the Northern Lights, a stay of 2 to 4 days is recommended. While a day trip offers only a glimpse into Lapland’s wonders, it can be a magical and memorable adventure, leaving you with a desire to return for a more extended stay in the future. 

What should I pack?

Firstly, start by make sure you have a good base layer, look for long-sleeved tops and bottoms- preferably labelled ‘thermal’. Then you need to get your mid layer; jumpers made from wool, fleece or synthetic materials designed to trap warm air could be good options. Your final layer, the outer layer, should be waterproof and insulating. Most resorts offer places to rent Arctic thermal suits, which are designed for extremely cold weather. Arctic snow boots are also usually available to rent; these are a must with some warm, woolen socks. And don’t forget your gloves! Waterproof gloves with glove liners are definitely recommended. Top Tip: if you’re travelling with children then brightly coloured hats are a good idea, making them easier to see!
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What is there to do?

The Husky Safari

One of the most thrilling experiences this Arctic region offers is the Lapland Husky Safari, an exhilarating journey through the snowy wilderness, powered by a team of energetic and friendly huskies. They will take you through a variety of landscapes – from dense pine forests to wide-open snowy expanses. The pristine beauty of the Arctic scenery is accentuated by the serene silence interrupted only by the soft padding of husky paws and the occasional howl of the wind.

Reindeer Sleigh Ride

Among the myriad of experiences that this winter wonderland has to offer, a Lapland Reindeer Adventure stands out as a serene and magical journey into the Arctic wilderness. As the reindeer-drawn sled glides effortlessly over the pristine snow, a sense of calm envelops you, as the landscape unfolds like a storybook, with dense pine forests, frozen lakes, and expansive snowfields stretching as far as the eye can see.

Snowmobile Adventure

The snowmobile ride, a quintessential experience in this icy realm, promises a heady blend of speed, snow-covered landscapes, and the raw beauty of Lapland’s frosty expanses. As the snowmobile roars to life, the icy winds whip through your hair, and the scent of crisp winter air fills your lungs. The vast, untouched landscapes of Lapland unfold before you, blanketed in a layer of pristine snow.

Meet Santa and his Elf Crew!

Lapland’s Santa Claus Village sits right on the Arctic Circle, making it a truly magical destination. The moment you meet Santa is nothing short of enchanting. Santa’s helpers guide you through the snowy landscape to Santa’s cozy cabin, nestled in the heart of the village. This is a place where the spirit of Christmas comes alive, leaving everyone with memories that twinkle as brightly as the Northern Lights. 
From the mesmerizing Northern Lights to enchanting encounters with Santa Claus, Lapland promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family. 
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