Silent, snow-covered forests, vast fells offering wide open views of distant frozen lakes, iced over rivers shimmering in the glow of the Northern Lights, all this and more unique stays await you on a Christmas adventure in Lapland.
Throw in thrilling activities like husky sledding and snowmobiling in the midst of the largest wilderness in Europe, festive activities such as reindeer sleigh rides and visits to Santa in his own home, and unforgettable excursions into the pitch dark for viewings of the ethereal aurora borealis, and you are left with a truly unique holiday destination sure to leave you with unforgettable memories of this beautiful landscape.
To enhance your family holiday in Lapland or your bucket list adventure to the Arctic, Not In The Guidebooks have scoured the region for the most unique stays and magical accommodations we could find, all designed to compliment the natural environment whilst immersing you in the wilderness.
In this article, we’ll present some of our favourite places to stay in Lapland to provide you with inspiration for your own adventure in the Arctic Circle, from magical glass igloos to stunning snow hotels.
Our Top Lapland Accommodation
Choosing where to stay in Lapland can, at first, be a question that many visitors to the region don’t even consider. But once you start researching Lapland, we find that travellers can often become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of choice in terms of variety of accommodation, and even where to stay in Lapland.
From the official home of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi to the pristine wilderness of Saariselka and everywhere in between, you can find magical stays designed to enhance your Lapland family holiday.
1. Glass-Roofed Cabins
It’s no secret that one of Lapland’s major attractions is the fact that it is one of the best places in the world for spotting the Northern Lights. A combination of the perfect latitude and minimal light pollution makes northern Finland perfect for an witnessing the otherworldly sight of clouds of colour winding their way across the dark night sky, and draws in travellers from all over the globe.
One fairly obvious fact of travelling to see the Northern Lights in winter (the best time to see them thanks to the long nights), is that it’s going to cold outside. With the average temperature a seriously nippy -6°C in winter, a glass-roofed cabin gives you the opportunity to drink in the spectacle of the Northern Lights from the comfort and warmth of your own bed – not something you experience every day!
At Not In The Guidebooks, we have a number of packages that include not only Northern Lights spotting excursions and your very own glass-roofed cabin for the duration of your stay, but also husky safaris, visits to meet Santa and reindeer rides in Levi, Rovaniemi, and Saariselka.
2. Arctic Treehouses
Finland is one of the most forested countries in Europe, with a staggering 5 million hectares of trees covering over 60% of the country. Much of this forest lies in Lapland, one of the last true wilderness areas in the continent.
There are few better ways to make the most of this stunning nature than by staying nestled in the canopy, surrounded by branches bowing under the weight of snow, with panoramic views of the surrounding woodlands. A combination of plush furnishings and Scandinavian interior design allows you the ultimate feeling of ‘hygge’, all whilst reveling in the fact that you are relaxing right on the Arctic Circle.
Located in Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus, the treehouses make the perfect base for anyone on the hunt for a unique Christmas holiday in Lapland, or for those looking for an activity-filled romantic break where they can explore the wilderness by husky sled, or reindeer-drawn sleigh.