After all, it has been a VERY long time since any of us have been able to enjoy the fun and beauty of a white Christmas. What’s more for those that host Christmas Day, there is another obvious drawback to celebrating at home – the effort!
Don’t get us wrong, it can be great serving a lavish banquet for the whole family but sometimes what you really need is an escape from it all, a chance to relax and unwind without the worries of hosting. That is where we come in. We have created a range of festive Northern Lights holidays to let you enjoy a truly magical experience searching for the Aurora Borealis, and avoiding all that dreaded washing up too!
So, in no particular order here are seven of our favourite festive escapes to Finnish Lapland!
If you are looking to make your Christmas escape a really special experience then it is hard to look past Wilderness Hotel Inari. Not only does this festive break offer you the chance to enjoy four Aurora hunting opportunities over the course of the week, but you will also get to experience some truly wonderful Arctic activities. Husky sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and a visit to a reindeer farm are all included in this seven-night break. However, the thing that tops it all off is the accommodation. Wilderness Hotel Inari is one of the most spectacular destinations we feature, making it the perfect location for a truly memorable Christmas holiday!
Now there is no denying that spending your Christmas in Lapland is always going to be a holiday to remember. However, if you are looking for one of the ultimate festive Northern Lights breaks then it’s fair to say that a stay at the Northern Lights Village in Saariselkä is going to be pretty hard to beat. Not only does this four-night holiday include the chance to chase after the elusive lights on three dedicated Aurora activities, but more importantly it also allows you to search for the Northern Lights every evening from the comfort of your own bed! This is because you will be staying in Saariselkä’s Aurora Cabins for the duration of your holiday, not a bad way to spend Christmas in Lapland!
If you are looking to escape to Finnish Lapland for Christmas but are hoping to avoid the crowds then Menesjärvi might be the place for you. Set in the remote wilderness, in a very picturesque part of Northern Finland, Menesjärvi is a destination that lets you enjoy the very best a winter in Lapland has to offer. Alongside some spectacular winter landscapes, this four-night break will give you the chance to enjoy a husky safari, snowmobiling, ice fishing, a visit to the fascinating Sámi Siida Museum and a morning with a reindeer herder. Of course, being an Aurora Zone holiday there is also the chance to chase after the Northern Lights on a snowmobile and via snowshoes. However, what makes this festive break particularly special is the opportunity to enjoy a Finnish Christmas dinner cooked on an open fire in a traditional kota before venturing out after desert to search for the Northern Lights! That is the type of after-dinner entertainment that simply can’t be found anywhere else!
Despite what some people might tell you, Christmas is not just for children. So, if you are one of those people looking to experience the festive season in an adult-only environment then we have the perfect destination for you – Nangu! Tucked away in a secluded spot on the shores of Finland’s third largest lake, Wilderness Hotel Nangu is a small adult-only, boutique hotel that is full of rustic charm and comfort. Not only does this four-night break offer you the chance to relax in fantastic adult-only accommodation but you will also have the chance to enjoy plenty of the Arctic’s most popular pastimes too! With snowmobiling, dog sledding, a visit to a reindeer farm and three Northern Lights hunts, this is the perfect adult-only festive escape!
If you are after a real festive adventure then Nellim is a pretty good place to start. Located in an incredibly scenic corner of Finnish Lapland, this seven-night break to Nellim is one of the most active Christmas holidays we offer. With cross-country skiing, a 40km snowmobiling adventure, snowshoeing trek, a husky safari and a visit to a reindeer farm this really is an adventure packed full of Arctic activities. What’s more, it isn’t just the daytime that will keep you busy. You will also have the chance to chase after the Northern Lights on four separate evenings, with each hunt utilising a different method to help you have the best chance of enjoying some Christmas Auroras.
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