20 Top Tips for Visiting Lapland with Kids!
Christmas treats for kids don’t get much better than going to Lapland and meeting the real Father Christmas – do they? They don’t, but you do need to think about a few things to get the best out of it! So here are 20 top tips for visiting Lapland with kids!
NB: We travelled to Lapland as guests of Santa’s Lapland.
Before you book
1. What’s the best age to take the kids to Lapland?
The best age for visiting Lapland with kids is when they’re as old as they can be without the magic having already disappeared. Most of the companies don’t recommend the trip for children under 4 and I can see why. The temperatures can drop (we experienced -32) and the kids need to be able to understand how to keep themselves warm. The huskies and reindeer rides can be lost on the younger ones too, and they are very much part of the overall experience. In my heart of hearts I’d say 6/7/8 are perfect ages.
2. How long should we stay in Lapland?
A 2-3 night trip seems to be the most popular way to do Lapland, but there are also week long trips and also day trips too. If you don’t want or need to do any of the additional activities then a 2 night trip is long enough, as you get the afternoon on the day you are arrive and the morning of the day you leave, in addition to your Search for Santa day. It is also cheaper to do the 2 night trip, as with a 3 night trip you get an adventure day and the additional activities can really start to add up.
If your kids are adventurous though and you fancy skiing and other additional activities go for the 3 night stay or even longer. The families we met who did the Northern Lights tour in Lapland really enjoyed it.
A day trip to Lapland is certainly cheaper, but you have to consider if it is worth it. The children are likely to be up at 3ish for an early morning flight, fly three and a half hours, spend the afternoon in Lapland, fly three and a half hours back and arrive home very late. I know my kids couldn’t really do that without probably being upset during the afternoon (key part of the day) and if there are any delays on your way out, you don’t have much slack in the schedule. How long to visit Lapland for is something to be considered really carefully and only you know your children’s limits.
3. Which company should we pick to go to Lapland with?
There are many companies out there but we found the experience with Santa’s Lapland fantastic and certainly comparable to trips friends have taken with TUI. The resort Santa’s Lapland use is a small village, which is very picturesque – Saariselka.
Want to travel to Lapland in 2018?
You can journey to magical Lapland for a once in a lifetime chance to meet Father Christmas from £929 per adult, reduced rates for children available. The price includes three nights at Saariselkä Inn with flights and transfers, departing in December 2018 from a choice of UK airports. This magical deal also includes all activities such as a private meeting with Santa, Elves and Igloo Fantasia and husky and reindeer sleigh-rides. Santa’s Lapland staff will also provide the whole family with thermal clothing so they’re fully equipped for the enchanting adventures that lie ahead! For more information please visit www.santaslapland.com or call 01483 791 915.
You can take a look at our video of our trip at the bottom of the post!
4. When during the season is best for visiting Lapland with kids?
To be honest I don’t think it matters too much which season you visit Lapland in. The temperature varies all the time (often between 0 and -32 degrees) and it isn’t warmer or colder at any time in the short six week season. Go whenever fits in with you and the kids school. We ended up heading there over Christmas which was very special but also involves more planning due to Christmas presents etc. at least returning those Santa delivers on Christmas morning.
5. Where should we stay in Lapland?
We stayed in a Travelodge-style room at the Saariselka Inn. It wasn’t fancy, but it was fine. If I’d have thought about it properly I would have chosen a room where you don’t have to get dressed for breakfast and dinner. We ate our breakfast in the pub attached to the Inn and our evening meals at the hotel a 5 minute walk away. It would be nicest to be able to simply leave the thermal suits in the room and walk downstairs for food, but that’s probably my only comment on the choice. Look carefully at the descriptions of rooms if style and luxury matters to you – but do remember that’s not really what this trip is all about!