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Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Lapland

By Viator, March 2018

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The official home of Santa Claus, Lapland is the ultimate festive holiday getaway. The northernmost region of Finland is a winter wonderland, with snowy forests, frosty fields, star-speckled skies, and herds of free-roaming reindeer. Here’s how to celebrate Christmas in Lapland. 

Visit Santa Claus Village
No visit to Lapland would be complete without a visit to the man who put the region on the map: Father Christmas. Stationed in Santa’s Grotto in Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, he wishes visitors a Merry Christmas year-round. After you meet Father Christmas, head to the Santa Claus Main Post Office where you can mail Christmas cards to loved ones back home. The complex also features souvenir shops, ice sculptures, and Christmas-themed restaurants. 

Go to a Reindeer Farm
Finland’s Arctic Circle is home turf for reindeers, and while Rudolph and friends may be busy preparing for their Christmas Eve odyssey, there are still have plenty of other opportunities to view these magnificent creatures up close during the holiday season. Take a trip from Rovaniemi to a functioning reindeer farm, where you can meet herders who will tell you all about these Arctic animals and the integral role they have played in rural life in the region. 

Try Traditional Modes of Transportation 
A white Christmas is pretty much guaranteed in Lapland, and the snowy surfaces are well suited to an array of thrilling modes of transportation. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can zip around the Christmas tree–dotted terrain during a Lapland safari by snowmobile. For something a little slower paced, consider a husky sled ride or a reindeer sleigh ride through the snow-sprinkled forest. Some tours depart at night, giving passengers the opportunity to scan the night skies for the Northern Lights. 

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Rovaniemi Snowmobile Tour: Visit a Reindeer Farm and Meet Santa, Rovaniemi, null
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Rovaniemi Snowmobile Tour: Visit a Reindeer Farm and Meet Santa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This snowmobile safari will give you a chance to ride your own snowmobile on the forest trails around the Santa Claus Village area. You will get to enjoy the ...  Read more

Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $224.44
SantaPark Admission Ticket, Rovaniemi, Ski & Snow
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SantaPark Admission Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Visit Santa Claus’ home cavern SantaPark with this 2-day entrance ticket. SantaPark is located deep within the bowels of the earth, 50 metres below the Arctic ...  Read more

Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $20.67
Rovaniemi Guided Tour and Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi, Attraction Tickets
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Rovaniemi Guided Tour and Santa Claus Village

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Embark on a city tour around Rovaniemi and visit the Santa Claus Village where Santa Claus spends his time every day of the year to take care of his mission in ...  Read more

Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.13
Lapland Snowmobile Safari To Reindeer Farm from Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, City Tours
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Lapland Snowmobile Safari To Reindeer Farm from Rovaniemi

Enjoy outdoor adventure in the wilds of Lapland on this 3-hour snowmobile safari and reindeer farm visit from Rovaniemi. Zoom along winding trails to a ...  Read more

Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.01
Visit to Santa Claus Village and Snowmobiling to Reindeer Farm from Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Ski & Snow
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Visit to Santa Claus Village and Snowmobiling to Reindeer Farm from Rovaniemi

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Zoom through the Arctic Circle by reindeer sleigh and make unforgettable memories in the Santa Claus Village on this 6-hour snowmobile safari from Rovaniemi. ...  Read more

Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $226.81
Santa Claus Sleigh Ride around Arctic Circle from Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Ski & Snow
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Santa Claus Sleigh Ride around Arctic Circle from Rovaniemi

This 1-hour sleigh ride starting and finishing at Santa Claus Village in the Arctic Circle takes you on a forest sightseeing tour to enjoy beautiful wintry ...  Read more

Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.70
Northern Lights Sleigh Ride, Rovaniemi, Ski & Snow
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Northern Lights Sleigh Ride

This evening sightseeing tour takes you to enjoy beautiful wintery forest scenery of the Arctic Circle area in the darkness.

Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $96.87
Santa's Sleigh Ride in the Arctic Circle from Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Ski & Snow
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Santa's Sleigh Ride in the Arctic Circle from Rovaniemi

This forest sightseeing tour takes you to enjoy beautiful wintery forest scenery and landscapes around the Arctic Circle forest area. You will travel in a ...  Read more

Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $81.51
Private Rovaniemi Snowmobile Tour: Visit a Reindeer Farm and Meet Santa, Rovaniemi, Nature & ... 
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Private Rovaniemi Snowmobile Tour: Visit a Reindeer Farm and Meet Santa

This family safari will give you a chance to ride your own snowmobile on the forest trails around the area surrounding Santa Claus Village. You will have an ...  Read more

Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $2,350.77
Privat Christmas is Here! 5 hours, Rovaniemi, Ski & Snow
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Privat Christmas is Here! 5 hours

Experience a traditional Finnish Christmas with rice porridge, side dishes and Christmas sauna and Santa Claus.

Location: Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $2,055.44

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