Santa Claus Village
Chilled cheeks are made rosy in Rovaniemi’s very own Christmas wonderland. Here the holiday spirit isn’t just reserved for Christmas day – it’s a year-round celebration.
Peek into Santa’s office and you’ll come face-to-face with the man himself. Kids will get the chance to sit with the big guy in red and tell him their Christmas wish. They can also feed Rudolph a carrot or go underground in the Santa Park and meet a few of Santa’s trusted elves. Trips to Lapland are the kind of fun that entire families can get on board with.
The Santa Claus Village is also a top spot to pick up Christmas gifts, as there’s no better place than the source itself – you might even meet the elf that made them! On offer here are local handicrafts, Finnish baubles and textiles, souvenirs and Christmas toys to help commemorate your visit.
The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights – also known as Aurora Borealis – are known for lighting up the night sky in Lapland, and many people take trips to Lapland just to see them. They’re a natural phenomenon that manifests itself as glittering ribbons of greens and pinks when electrically-charged particles collide.
The Northern Lights are best viewed between September and April, especially around the equinoxes – when the sun crosses the Earth’s equator. The winter might be the chilliest time of year in Lapland, but you’ll have a much better chance of the Northern Lights as there’s very limited daylight during this time.
Though weather conditions and other factors can affect how visible the Northern Lights are, there are a number of tour groups that’ll up your chances by taking you to top viewing spots.
Lappish treats and chilly nights out
Because of the long history of ice-fishing and the nature surrounding the snowy terrain of Lapland, the cuisine here often involves fresh, raw seafood. Reindeer is another popular item on the menu and is commonly served in steaks or in stew.
The kids will be happy that Lapland comes with its fair share of international restaurants and pizzerias too, but dining on smoked salmon in a traditional snow-covered hut at Santa’s Salmon Place is definitely postcard-worthy.
The fun doesn’t stop there as Lapland’s nightlife scene is alive and kicking, brought to you in the form of dance clubs, ice bars and pubs. There are even adult-only spots to ensure everyone has a holiday to remember.