Our Lapland vacations
Vacations in Lapland might usually take place in winter, but don’t expect environmentally damaging downhill skiing or tacky ‘Christmas villages’. Instead, these fantastic, family-friendly multi activity vacations lead you snowshoeing along pristine forest trails, on high-speed husky safaris, and in search of the Northern Lights, with evenings spent in cabins deep in the wilderness. They also provide insights into indigenous Sami culture, while supporting traditional ways of life in remote communities. All of this is set against Lapland’s wild natural scenery, which your vacation helps preserve, as our partners always follow strict ‘leave no trace’ principles.
Our top Lapland vacations
Husky safari in Finland
From £2445 to £32358 days inc UK flights
Sled with huskies through spectacular Finnish scenery
Small group2023: 26 Mar, 18 Dec, 2024: 14 Jan, 21 Jan, 28 Jan, 4 Feb, 11 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb, 3 Mar, 10 Mar, 17 Mar, 24 Mar
Northern lights family vacation, tailor made
From £1095 to £20104 days inc UK flights
A mix of Lapland family activities and a relaxing Spa hotel
Christmas or New Year 2023 in Lapland
From €1230 to €13705 days ex flights
Magical snow vacation in northern Lapland at reasonable cost
Small group2023: 17 Dec, 18 Dec, 19 Dec, 20 Dec, 21 Dec, 22 Dec, 23 Dec, 24 Dec, 25 Dec, 26 Dec, 27 Dec, 28 Dec, 29 Dec, 30 Dec, 31 Dec, 2024: 1 Jan, 2 Jan, 3 Jan, 4 Jan, 5 Jan, 6 Jan
Winter vacation in Finnish Lapland
From £2095 to £28958 days inc UK flights
Winter Cottage vacations, Finnish Lapland.
Small group2023: 26 Mar
New year Northern Lights vacation, Sweden
From €28008 days ex flights
Winter glamping, wildlife, dogsledding and Northern Lights!
Family winter adventure in Finland
From £1775 to £18754 days inc UK flights
Great range of activities in Lapland's winter wilderness.
Small group2023: 30 Nov, 7 Dec, 14 Dec, 17 Dec, 20 Dec
Lapland vacation, husky safari & log cottage
From €19505 days ex flights
Luxurious log suite,northern lights & overnight husky safari
Small group2023: 21 Mar, 22 Mar, 1 Apr, 2 Apr, 3 Apr
Northern Lights vacation in Nellim, Finland
From £1265 to £19454 days inc UK flights
Short Northern Lights break in Finland.
Northern Lights Family Christmas in Lapland
From £2255 to £25708 days inc UK flights
Winter 'Santa free' Lapland adventure for families
Small group2023: 19 Dec
About our Lapland vacations
Winter activity vacations in Lapland
Frosty snowbound landscapes provide an atmospheric backdrop for winter activity vacations in Lapland. As a measure of how well-organised these trips are, cold weather clothing is provided to minimise what you need to bring. Your days might be spent visiting Sámi reindeer farms, learning how to snowshoe, or fishing through a hole in the ice, and you’ll keep an eye out for the Northern Lights each night. Everyone has their favourite activity, but for many it’s an evening in a wilderness lodge waiting for the aurora borealis to appear, or an afternoon mushing a husky-drawn sledge along.
Family vacations in Lapland
Honestly, we have tried, but it is really difficult to picture a more exciting place for family vacations than Lapland. Kids of all ages and parents (and grandparents!) will love the Narnia landscapes of winter. Younger children have the chance to meet Father Christmas and sleep in an ice hotel, and there are endless opportunities to toboggan or build snowmen. Older kids, meanwhile, can enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Families can tap into their inner Ray Mears in summer, tracking wildlife through the forests, kayaking on wide rivers, and learning how to forage and build fires.
The Vikings thought them dancing maidens. Finnish legend has them as sparks falling from the tail of an Arctic fox. Due to its long Arctic nights and near-zero light pollution, Lapland is one of the best places to witness the aurora borealis – better known as the Northern Lights – as they flicker across the sky. No two appearances are the same and there’s never a guarantee of seeing nature’s great light show. But if you want to maximise your chances, travel between September and March, and join a trip that sets aside an evening in the wilderness specifically for seeing them.
The best Finnish Lapland vacations treat Rovaniemi as just a stepping stone to the wilderness. Most trips see you joining a small group to explore pristine national parks such as Oulanka, prime Northern Lights viewing territory, or Riisitunturi, where you can meet Sámi reindeer herding families between bouts of cross country skiing and husky sledding. Yes, Father Christmas is found in these parts, but Finnish Lapland is about as far from twee as you can get. And don’t forget the best-kept secret: summer vacations, with long days for hiking, biking and canoeing your heart out.
Swedish Lapland is inextricably linked to allemansrätten: the ‘right to roam’. Taking you practically as far north as Greenland, the services of expert guides are required throughout. That’s not only to navigate the wilderness, but to change up your route and activities depending on shifts in the weather, introduce you to Sámi reindeer herders and husky mushers, show you how to pluck a fish from a hole in an icy lake, or track moose by their hoof prints. Vacations in Swedish Lapland generally run in winter, when the nights are darkest and the snow is deepest on the ground.
Types of tours & vacations in Lapland
Winter vacations are all about the packing – by which we mean packing snow together for snowball fights and packing loads of fun activities into every day including snowmobiling, ice fishing and husky sledding. But not packing lots of heavy coats and boots; these are provided for you. It doesn’t require any stretch of the imagination to picture Lapland as a favourite for family vacations, with ice hotels, reindeer farms and Father Christmas all helping to create magic memories. And whether you’re going in winter or summer, the wilderness and sense of freedom in Lapland is ideal for adventure vacations.
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