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We are so excited about writing this one today! It’s 47 days to Christmas and we couldn’t let you live without knowing the best spots you can visit in Santa’s Town: Lapland! It’s finally time to talk about the magic of this holiday and show you what you can’t miss! Are you ready to see our top 10 favorite places to visit during Christmas Season? Then keep scrolling!
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In 10th place, we have Levin Lapinkyla
Levin Lapinkyla is a traditional farm in Lapland, where guests can immerse themselves in the enchanting Finnish culture and traditions. Attractions range from smoke saunas and reindeer rides to wonderful restaurants and cafés serving authentic Lapp delicacies in a charming, traditional atmosphere. This is the perfect place to have a full Lapland experience: everything you need this Christmas to make you feel cozy and warm inside out!
9th place goes to… Lainio Snow Village
Set amongst magnificent scenery, nearly 200 km above the Arctic Circle, it’s no wonder Lainio Snow Village offers visitors such an authentic Lappish experience. Built entirely of snow and ice, the village features a wonderful ice hotel, a stylish ice bar, and restaurant, stunningly lit snow and ice sculptures, as well as all kinds of snow slides for the delight of children… and for adults as well! It’s perfect for a weekend with your family!
In 8th place: Ice Music Festival
There’s a wonderful celebration going on in Lulea, Swedish Lapland these days. Gültzauudden, the city’s scenic park, hosts the Ice Music – a unique and magical event that pays tribute to the region’s winter wonderland. Everything happens inside a one-of-a-kind igloo-like concert hall where a professional orchestra plays classical music using some exceptional instruments carved out of ice. A result is a new form of art that blends music, color, and ice into one memorable experience for guests. And it can be enjoyed from December until the beginning of April, so it’s the perfect excuse to give it a visit during Christmas time.
7th Is For The Ultimate Sauna Experience
This place is often considered a landmark in Finland! Here, the sauna has always been used for bathing and relaxation in this part of the world. But while many countries have embraced and modernized this practice, for Finns, it has remained the same sacred custom deeply rooted in their culture. According to Wikipedia:
In Finland there are more saunas than personal vehicles, so, fortunately, you can experience them anywhere: in the local homes and cottages, in hotels, or in public places.
Near To The Top 5, We Have The 6th Place With Arktikum
Beautifully located on the bank of River Ounasjoki, Arktikum is not only one of Rovaniemi’s main cultural spots, but also the 4th best travel attraction in Finland. The attractive museum displays the history and culture of Finnish Lapland and the Arctic region, offering comprehensive information about the locals’ lifestyle, folklore, and traditions, from prehistoric times to the present day. Brimming with alpine vegetation, the scenic Arktikum Beach Park nearby makes for a great spot to observe the Aurora Borealis during the winter months, but we will get into that later on this top.
Made It To The Top 5: The 5th Place Goes to Ylläs Ski Resort
Home to the longest runs in Finland, Ylläs is a popular ski destination spread across two villages – Äkäslompolo and Yllasjarvi, and a paradise for both skiers and snowboarders. Tourists in search of dramatic alpine surroundings would probably be disappointed, but those looking for high-quality snowboarding, off-piste slopes, Telemark ski, and plenty of fun in the snow, will be surprised by the great variety of opportunities available.
Started From The Bottom Now We’re At The 4th Place: Santa Park
Situated within a mere walking distance from Santa Claus Village, Santa Park is an underground amusement park and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rovaniemi. The Christmassy theme park welcomes guests with fascinating attractions and activities, including entertaining sleigh rides, stunning ice galleries, and all kinds of family-friendly workshops and elf shows. Additionally, the facility plays host to an ice bar, a special Christmas carousel, and Mrs. Gingerbread’s famous kitchen, where the little ones can decorate cookies in a cozy, convivial atmosphere.
Finally Made It To The Podium: 3rd Place Goes To Santa Claus Village
Although many would call it a tourist trap, one thing is for sure, you cannot leave Lapland without paying a visit to Santa Claus Village. After all, this is Santa’s only official home and a unique experience in its own right. It lies on the Arctic Circle, 8 km north of Rovaniemi, and can be reached through a 30-min bus ride from the city. Highlights include the Santa Claus Post Office, where children are welcomed with tons of Christmas related items, as well as the official Santa Claus’ Office – the place where visitors can actually meet Santa. Another special attraction here is the white painted line that marks the Arctic Circle. This is the perfect Christmas time spot!
The 2nd Place Goes To Husky, Reindeer, and Snowmobile Safaris
Ever wondered how it feels like to be pulled on a sled by huskies or reindeers while enjoying the fairytale-like Lappish surroundings? Well, a winter trip to the land of Santa will certainly endow you with the greatest husky safaris, the best reindeer sleigh rides, and the most thrilling snowmobile adventures. A reindeer safari in Lapland will offer you the chance to explore the frozen wilderness and soak up a bit of the peculiar local culture, and so will do an exhilarating husky expedition.
The 1st Place Award Is Our Favorite: The Northern Lights
Often regarded as nature’s most spectacular show, the Northern Lights can be seen playing on the Arctic sky of Finnish Lapland between September and March. Unfortunately, the eerie phenomena cannot be predicted, but when the night is clear and dark, don’t forget to keep your eyes wide open! Some of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland include the resorts of Kittilä and Saariselkä. This is the best visual gift you can give to someone this Christmas Eve!
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