Our Guide to Lapland

Most of Lapland is in Scandinavia, occupying a third of Finland and Norway and covering the northern reaches of Sweden, even parts of Russia. It’s synonymous with snow blanketed landscapes waiting to be explored by husky or reindeer drawn sled and delivers year round beauty and unique experiences.

Lapland

Europe’s last wilderness is best visited in December to April for an unforgettable festive experience and the chance to glimpse the Northern Lights and meet Father Christmas himself in Finnish Lapland. However, if you prefer longer days and midnight sun over a long lasting winter, April is considered the best time for sledding and skiing, and August is ideal for hiking trails with fewer visitors and warmer temperatures.

Whichever country you visit you'll be met with incredible nature and wilderness, trekking routes and remarkable experiences, from downhill and cross country skiing to reindeer rendezvous and meetings with the indigenous Sami people. Swedish Lapland provides sweeping pine forests, peaceful lakeside villages and is ideal for an off the beaten track journey and a heli-skiing adventure across stunning mountains, empty slopes and untouched snow. Norwegian Lapland or Finnmark is home to the towns of Alta and Kirkenes each with their own annually constructed Snow Hotel and is one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis.

Most visitors to Lapland are likely arrival by plane via city airports such as Helsinki or Stockholm. It's a popular option to combine Lapland with some time in one of Scandinavia’s exquisite cities such as Helsinki but our specialists can craft your perfect Lapland trip based on your specific interests.

Arctic Wildlife Safari by Snowmobile

Arctic Wildlife Safari by Snowmobile

Lapland, Sweden

With your expert local guide at your side, explore the Lappish wilderness in search of the region's native wildlife. Take in the breathtaking mountain scenery as you keep your eyes peeled for moose, reindeer and grouse.

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Discover Sami culture in Swedish Lapland

Discover Sami culture in Swedish Lapland

Lapland, Sweden

Visit the remote town of Flakaberg and discover the culture of the indigenous Sami people. Your host, Lars Eriksson, will tell you about his lifestyle as a reindeer herder, and his wife Annette will treat you to a delicious traditional lunch.

Couples Culture Off the beaten track
Husky dog sledding

Husky dog sledding

Finnish Lapland, Finland

Husky sledding is a unique and thrilling Finnish experience and an opportunity for a close encounter with the excitable Lappish husky dogs. You'll travel through the snowy wilderness on a comfortable sled pulled by a group of huskies.

Ice dining at Treehotel

Ice dining at Treehotel

Harads, Sweden

Venture out under the moonlight to a nearby lake, where you can spend an evening dining atop the frozen waters. After a three-course dinner in a heated tipi, you'll have the chance to spot the beautiful yet elusive Northern Lights.

Couples Adventure Off the beaten track
Kallo Package at Fjellborg Arctic Lodge - 3 days/2 nights

Kallo Package at Fjellborg Arctic Lodge - 3 days/2 nights

Swedish Lapland, Sweden

Embrace the Arctic lifestyle on a short break, indulging in a range of winter activities including dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowshoe trekking, at Fjellborg Arctic Lodge on Lake Väkkärä in Swedish Lapland.

Linkka Package at Fjellborg Arctic Lodge - 3 days/2 nights

Linkka Package at Fjellborg Arctic Lodge - 3 days/2 nights

Swedish Lapland, Sweden

Visit a Sámi camp and learn about the culture of Lapland’s reindeer-herding people and enjoy the chance for dog sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing and the thrill of snowmobiling in the Arctic wilderness on this exciting two-night winter break.

Luspa  Package at Fjellborg Arctic Lodge - 4 days/3 nights

Luspa Package at Fjellborg Arctic Lodge - 4 days/3 nights

Swedish Lapland, Sweden

Experience the magical Lapland lifestyle on this break which includes learning to mush your own team of huskies, meeting the reindeer-herding Sámi tribespeople and trying your hand at ice fishing, ice sculpting and snowshoe trekking.

Midnight sun boat trip

Midnight sun boat trip

Swedish Lapland, Sweden

Discover the magic of the Midnight Sun in the depths of Swedish Lapland. Head out on a lake in a rowboat and take in the incredible views in endless light, stopping ashore to warm up by a campfire with traditional Swedish fika.

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Nordic Ski Touring

Nordic Ski Touring

Lapland, Sweden

The traditional way to explore the winter landscapes of Swedish Lapland, you'll traverse across the snow on wooden skis, led by your expert guide. Skiing across flat ground at a leisurely pace, you'll be able to admire the beautiful scenery as you pass.

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Nordic Ski Touring at Loggers Lodge

Nordic Ski Touring at Loggers Lodge

Lapland, Sweden

The traditional way to explore the winter landscapes of Swedish Lapland, you'll traverse across the snow on wooden skis, led by your expert guide. Skiing across flat ground at a leisurely pace, you'll be able to admire the beautiful scenery as you pass.

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Beana Laponia

Beana Laponia

Meltaus, Finland

Beana Laponia is an adults-only boutique hotel in the heart of Finnish Lapland. Surrounded by a mesmerising snowy landscape, Beana Laponia offers a wilderness hideaway with an abundance of winter activities on its doorstep.

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Treehotel

Treehotel

Harads, Sweden

The Treehotel is one of the most unique design-led hotels you will ever stay in; a choice of a treehouse ranging from a Bird's Nest to a UFO. Set in the stunning wilds of Swedish Lapland, it is a perfect destination for winter fun or summer adventures.

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Brandon Lodge

Brandon Lodge

Swedish Lapland, Sweden

Located on the Luleå archipelago, Brändön Lodge features 15 charming two-bedroom log cabins overlooking the sea. With a wealth of activities available, Brändön Lodge makes for an ideal base from which to explore the Lappish wilderness anytime of the year.

Adventure Off the beaten track
Loggers Lodge

Loggers Lodge

Harads, Swedish Lapland

In the heart of Swedish Lapland lies Loggers Lodge, a warm and welcoming cabin made for two, surrounded by trees, streams and breathtaking scenery. This is the perfect spot for those looking to really get away from it all.

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Rovaniemi Christmas Chalets

Rovaniemi Christmas Chalets

Rovaniemi, Finland

Our magical Christmas chalets offer an authentic winter wonderland experience for a memorable family stay. Despite feeling tucked away, the chalets are just a 5-minute drive to Rovaniemi, offering convenient access to Lapland's winter activities.

Off the beaten track Wildlife
Aurora Village

Aurora Village

Ivalo, Finnish Lapland

Aurora village offers cosy Aurora Cabins where you can relax in your bed and watch the sky above through a glass ceiling. With just 25 cabins there is plenty of privacy for you to enjoy excellent service and the surrounding Lapland winter wonderland.

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Ice Hotel

Ice Hotel

Lapland, Sweden

The original hotel made entirely from snow and ice, Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland is literally one of the coolest places to stay in the world. Built to a new design each winter, guests are able to experience sleeping in temperatures of -5 degrees.

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Arctic Retreat

Arctic Retreat

Swedish Lapland, Sweden

Arctic Retreat is a small, family-run property located in the tiny village of Gunnarsbyn in Swedish Lapland. The retreat is made up of a collection of traditional log cabins and offers an exclusive and inviting base from which to enjoy the wilderness.

Wilderness Hotel Nangu

Wilderness Hotel Nangu

Ivalo

Wilderness Hotel Nangu is located in a remote spot on the southern shore of Lake Inari, with breath-taking views, perfect for experiencing the Northern Lights! As an adults-only destination this is the perfect escape for couples or friends.

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Arctic Bath Hotel

Arctic Bath Hotel

Harads, Swedish Lapland, Sweden

The Arctic Bath Hotel in Harads, Swedish Lapland is a unique concept of a floating hotel, surrounded by water which freezes over in the winter. At the center of the main floating building is a plunge pool, carved into the ice during winter.

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5 nights
Ultimate Swedish Lapland

Ultimate Swedish Lapland

Swedish Lapland

Devour the magical wilderness of the snow-laden Swedish Lapland in ultimate style and sophistication whilst staying in two of the most luxurious retreats in the area. Stylish unique cabins with exquisite service and delicious food set you up perfectly to leap into the plethora of adrenaline-fuelled activities available.

Adventure Couples Off the beaten track Spa & health

$6,200pp

7 nights
Family Fun in Sweden

Family Fun in Sweden

Stockholm & Swedish Lapland

The ultimate winter wonderland and perfect playground to fuel the imaginations of the young and young at heart, Sweden ticks all the boxes for a fun-packed family adventure. Spend action-packed days whizzing through snow-draped pine forests on a sleigh led by huskies, mastering winter survival skills for life above the Arctic Circle and searching...

Adventure Culture Off the beaten track

$5,800pp

7 nights
Limitless Sweden

Limitless Sweden

Stockholm & Swedish Lapland

Have your breath stolen as you leap into the land of snowy wilderness and ultimate luxury. You will be submerged into stylish Stockholm before you venture into the magical landscape of Lapland, where all your dreams will come true. Remote seclusion in this frozen land, tucked away in the Arctic Circle with unique style and opulence all with...

6 nights
Epic Swedish Lapland

Epic Swedish Lapland

Swedish Lapland

An optimal bucket list itinerary for those looking to embrace adventure and remote escapism in the wilds of Swedish Lapland. Chic hotels, exhilarating experiences and the chance to witness the northern lights in all their glory, this fun and unique trip will see you staying in the world’s most extraordinary hotels from the original Ice Hotel, the...

Adventure Couples Off the beaten track

$6,100pp

4 nights
Extraordinary Finnish Lapland

Extraordinary Finnish Lapland

Finnish Lapland

A stylish, exquisite and magical trip to Lapland allowing you to get away from it all in this mesmerising remote snowy wilderness. Immersive winter wonderland activities await you at an adults-only boutique hotel before spending the night under the Northern Lights in your very own igloo hideaway. We can tailor this amazing itinerary for you with...

Couples Adventure

$4,000pp

3 nights
A magical trip to visit Santa

A magical trip to visit Santa

Lapland, Finland

A trip to Finnish Lapland is an unforgettable experience full of treasured memories you will keep for a lifetime. Here, we bring the fairy-tale stories of Lapland to life with enchanting encounters with elves, reindeer, huskies and of course, Santa.

Adventure

$9,300pp

7 nights
Honeymoon in Swedish Lapland

Honeymoon in Swedish Lapland

Stockholm & Swedish Lapland

Exploration and extravagance await you on this seven-night journey through Sweden, uncovering some of the most enchanting parts of the country’s breathtaking panoramas. From culture, cafes and chic restaurants in Stockholm to amorous hideaways and spectacular encounters in Swedish Lapland, this alternative honeymoon itinerary oozes luxury and...

Couples Adventure Culture Off the beaten track

$7,600pp

4 nights
Finnish Lapland with Kids

Finnish Lapland with Kids

Inari and Ivalo, Finnish Lapland

Magical from start to finish, this is every family's dream to stay amongst the wild beauty of Lapland and see the pure joy on your children’s faces. Immerse in the snowy winter wonderland of Finnish Lapland, spending three nights in a cosy log cabin next a frozen lake, visiting reindeer and dashing through the wilderness on a husky sled before...

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$3,700pp

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Guest testimonial

"The Lapland trip was fantastic and a huge success enjoyed by all. The Santa Claus experience was unbelievable and so exclusive. The kids thought it absolutely wonderful and the whole time we were at the reindeer farm we did not see another visitor so we were made to feel very special. Picking up a hitch-hiking elf on the way there was a wonderful and very unexpected touch. The adults really enjoyed the husky sled rides (especially the fact that we could drive them ourselves) and the snowmobiling. The two chalets together sharing a chef worked well and we were very well kitted out with warm clothing by Luxury Action and their guide was excellent. Having our own small bus and driver for the whole time we were there helped to make everything so easy and comfortable for us. So all-in-all a 5 star trip and to be highly recommended." Lerwill, December 2016

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