Let's discuss Christmas
Lapland in Northern Finland is considered the home of Father Christmas. This large area is by far the lease populated in the country and due to its wild and beautiful landscape can be the perfect place for the family to enjoy a true winter wonderland experience. Activities range from visits to see Father Christmas himself to traditional Finnish Christmas activities. Outdoor activities include visiting reindeer farms to dog sled safaris.
One of the most popular hotels in Lapland is the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort which is a stunning luxury hotel glass igloos, kelo-glass igloos (a mix between igloos and traditional log cabins) and log chalets. Each one offers different experiences but all truly magical. They even have authentic snow igloos which offer guests a truly unforgettable experience. The hotel also offers outstanding food, husky safaris, reindeer safaris and gorse riding through the endless miles of wilderness. The hotel is also a five minute drive from Father Christmas’s house in Kakslauttanen. This new area is deep in the forest and offers a truly wonderful Christmas experience for all the family to enjoy and includes a beautiful wooden walking bridge across a narrow river.
The Arctic Treehouse hotel just outside the town of Rovaniemi offers a truly unique opportunity to guests. These cutting edge and modern tree houses are a combination of the natural Arctic surroundings, the fairytale world of Father Christmas and the rich and diverse Lappish culture. The warm and friendly atmosphere of the hotel works in perfect harmony with the calm surroundings. As you would expect at the Arctic Treehouse hotel Christmas is done in a truly outstanding style and it offers unforgettable meetings with Father Christmas, learning the secrets of elves and the exploring Father Christmas’s secret forest. They even offer a gingerbread making masterclasses in the elves forest hut.
The Arctic light hotel in the heart of Rovaniemi is an award winning hotel which offers guests an opportunity to stay in cutting edge architecturally designed hotel and to also enjoy the delights that this area has to offer. The hotel includes a Christmas cabin which is a warm and traditional cabin close to the main hotel and with a Christmas theme throughout. The hotel is also home to an excellent Arctic restaurant which use ingredients of the purist nature and combines them with the arctic traditional ways. High quality Finnish beef, king crab and salmon are all on the menu and add to a truly memorable stay.
Torassieppi Hotel is in mid lapland and offers a remote glass igloo experience. On the edge of the Pallas-Yllastunturi national park this small and boutique hotel offers a magical winter experience. There are many activities on offer such as horse riding, walking, huskies and fishing however for many at Christmas time a visit to the reindeer farm is a truly unforgettable experience. The farm which is long established and has been practising reindeer herding for many generations and is the ideal way for the whole family to get up close and personal with these wonderful animals. From here hiking trips and reindeer sleigh trips can also be arranged.