5 things to do in Lapland during the winter

There’s some destinations that come alive during winter, and Lapland is one of them. Located in the northern areas of Finland and Sweden, this winter wonderland is well-known as the home of Father Christmas and his busy workshop. But aside from joyful festivities, there are also plenty of other things to see and do in this artic paradise. Here are some of our top recommendations when visiting Lapland during the winter months.

1. Take the children to Santa Claus Village

We can’t write a list of things to see in Lapland without mentioning Santa Claus! Meet the famous man himself and visit his personal office, the official Santa Claus post office and learn more about Finnish festive traditions in a Christmas themed museum!

2. Explore a national park

Lapland is not short of a national park…or five. In fact, you could visit one every day of your holiday and still not tick them all off. Choose between Ranua Wildlife Park, Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Urho Kekkonen National Park, Pyhä-Luosto National Park and Riisitunturi National Park.

3. Visit the Siida Museum

Found in Northern Lapland, Siida is a museum where visitors can learn more about the native Sámi people and their culture. If you decide to visit during the summer months the regular exhibits are complemented by an open-air museum.

4. Watch out for the Northern Lights

Lapland is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world to witness the northern lights. Look out for safaris and excursions that take you away from the electricity of the city into the clear night sky that provides an excellent backdrop to this natural wonder.

5. Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife

Lapland is home to many striking creatures that you rarely find elsewhere. Whether you opt for a snowmobile safari or book yourself an observation cabin, some of the beautiful native wildlife to look out for includes polar bears, huskies, foxes, reindeer, the Lapland owl (the tallest owl in the world) and wolverines.

Morag Lee

Morag is the resident blog writer at Barrhead Travel. Can usually be found exploring a cruise ship or on a city break.