Lapland, Sami - Sápmi, Finnish - Lapi or Lappi, Swedish - Lappland, is a region of northern Europe largely within the Arctic Circle, stretching across northern Norway, Sweden, and Finland and into the Kola Peninsula of Russia. Lapland has long winters (up to 8 months) with the summer time seeing (in some regions) 24 hours of sunlight.
It is bounded by the Norwegian Sea on the west, the Barents Sea on the north, and the White Sea on the east. Lapland, the conventional name for the region, is derived from Lapp, the name Scandinavians ascribed to the Sami people, who have sparsely inhabited the region for several thousand years. Today the Sami consider Lapp to be a derogatory term. They call the region Sápmi. Lapland straddles several national borders and does not exist as any unified administrative entity.
Lapland is a region of great topographical variety. To the west it embraces the northern part of the Kolen Mountains, which reach elevations of more than 6,500 feet (2,000 metres). On its Norwegian (western) side this range slopes abruptly and is deeply eroded into fjords. The eastern flank of the range, which is situated in Swedish Lapland, slopes more gradually with finger like lakes that feed the rivers flowing into the Gulf of Bothnia. Farther to the east, Finnish Lapland (Lappi) is a relatively low-lying region with many bogs and small lakes.
The region is still home to several hundred thousand reindeer. Those who practice reindeer herding have liberty of movement across the open boundaries of Finland, Norway, and Sweden.
Direct flights to Finnish and Swedish Lapland are very common especially in the winter time. These flights operate direct from numerous regional airports throughout the UK. With the average flight time being 3 hours 30 minutes.
A large number of options are available on your stay in Lapland. It is ideal for those with young families.
Day trips or short breaks (2 to 3 nights) are the most common types of visits to Lapland. If you wish to stay longer we can arrange breaks up to 7 nights.
There are a large number of accommodation options in Lapland. From a warm town hotel to an idyllic log cabin, an amazing glass iglu or an ice hotel.
Whatever you want we can find an accommodation to suit you. All accommodation offer a range of bed and breakfast all the way up to full board. Different resorts will offer many amenities from gyms and saunas to complete isolation.
If there is one thing synonymous with Lapland it is a magic of Christmas and a certain Mr Clause.
Search through the forest for his hidden grotto, find it and meet the man himself. We are reliably informed that he does know who is on their way and will offer a gift to those on the nice list.
One thing you are never short of in Lapland is magic whether that is seeing the joy in your children's eyes as they ride on an open sleigh, marvel at ice sculptures or as you relax and enjoy a warm cocoa by the fire surrounded by the idyllic Christmas setting.
Get the adrenaline flowing with a snowmobile ride through the forest, go skiing or snowboarding or take a more sedate snowmobile safari to take in the wildlife and search for the Aurora borealis. Try your hand at snow shoeing , take a whirlwind husky ride or meet Rudolph to tell him he is a good boy.
The family experience is synonymous with Lapland, the magic in our children at wintertime doesn't last as long as we would wish, but this marvellous place offers something even for the grinch in the family.
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