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    Winter Activity Holidays in Lapland

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    Getting around in Lapland

Finland Information

Population: 5.44 million

Access: It is a three hour flight from the UK to Helsinki and a then further hour up to Lapland. There are a handful of direct flights from Gatwick to Lapland. The airports in Lapland are in Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Kittilä and Enontekiö. Our representatives will transfer you to your accommodation.

Favourite hotels: Hotel Korpikartano, Aurora Hotel, Tonturi Log Cabins

Suggested Itineraries

For us, Finland is 'Lapland' – those parts of the country within (or, almost within) the Arctic Circle. This is Different Snow's pristine winter playground – an immense region, larger than the whole of Portugal. For several months, the temperatures plummet and the sun barely skims the horizon; deep water turns to glass and a deluge of snow swaddles the landscape and clings gently to the trees. There’s even sorcery up above, as the northern lights sometimes permeate the star-filled night skies with spectacular ethereal displays.

"The activities were great; we laughed so much with our guides, but the incredible scenery was our highlight."

Mary Kelly (Blewbury, Oxfordshire, UK)

Choose between the remote wilderness lodges, hotels and cabins we have found for you. Then use these cosy (and often romantic) lodgings as your base from which to explore the 'big white' of Lapland. Snowmobiles and huskies will take you out on a network of trails, extending hundreds of miles through forests, past frozen lakes and over fell highlands. Maintaining the stillness and tranquility, snow shoes and reindeer sleighs achieve the same but with a more limited range. Away from artificial light sources, evening safaris and excursions often take place below the Aurora Borealis, and overnight stays in a remote log cabin or glass-ceilinged igloo will allow you to gaze up at the night sky to your wintry heart's content.

Our snow season in Lapland begins in November and lasts, at least, until well in to May – over half the year. The thermometer often reads below -20°C ... but that's exactly why you're here! Dress warmly and enjoy it. The Finns are also used to this kind of weather, so everything runs smoothly and punctually. And, to warm up, they will make sure that you are never more than 20 minutes away from a sauna.

Getting There

Getting to Lapland from the UK is reasonably straightforward. We use scheduled flights from the UK, which more often than not requires a change of plane in the capital, Helsinki. It all depends on where you are basing yourself in Lapland – we use Kittilä or Enontekiö to access the west, Ivalo the east and sometimes Rovaniemi (more flights) for either. New for 2015, there are a few flights heading direct in to Lapland which we intend to make good use of, but they are infrequent and may not always suit. Otherwise, it takes just shy of three hours to get to Helsinki and a further hour to get up to the north. We can organise departures from London and a few other regional airports.

Your journey is not over once you arrive at the airport. Most of our accommodation is remote ... that's the whole point! You'll be met and transferred out in to the wilderness by road.

Finland Information

Population: 5.44 million

Access: It is a three hour flight from the UK to Helsinki and a then further hour up to Lapland. There are a handful of direct flights from Gatwick to Lapland. The airports in Lapland are in Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Kittilä and Enontekiö. Our representatives will transfer you to your accommodation.

Favourite hotels: Hotel Korpikartano, Aurora Hotel, Tonturi Log Cabins