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- Christmas wonderland: a family trip to Lapland
Is it possible to believe in Christmas? As seen in the most beautiful pre-Christmas films, with the same fabulous atmosphere, kind Santa Claus, smiling elves, cute reindeer and other trappings of winter happiness? The fenix.info team travelled to Lapland and is ready to tell you about all the local wonders. And also about prices and personal stuff. In general, it will be interesting! The best time to visit Lapland is during the Christmas season. There are many reasons why you should go there during this time of the year, including: Northern Lights Husky Sledge Ride Reindeer Safari Snowmobile Safari Snow village Snow Igloo Santa Claus! When Is It Better to Go Celebrate Christmas in Lapland Officially, there is no country called Lapland. It is the name of a cultural region that today spreads across four countries: Finland, Norway, Sweden and even a little bit of Russia (on the Kola Peninsula). It was once a wilderness area inhabited by the Lapps. Today Lapland is known as a place of residence of the most famous person in the world, who every year gives thousands of children that very feeling of a holiday, beauty, cosiness and kindness. Officially, Santa Claus is domiciled here in Lapland. To be more precise, in its capital, Rovaniemi, Finland. All tourists in Lapland travel here without exception. Right away, almost from the plane. So did we. There are many reasons to visit Lapland around Christmastime. The most obvious one is that this is the best season to see Santa Claus and his helpers, who are dressed in their traditional costumes and will perform songs, dances and parades for you. The second reason is that it’s a great time of year to enjoy snow activities such as husky sledding on the snow-covered forest trails or reindeer safari in your own sleigh over frozen lakes with magnificent views around you. The third reason why you should go there during cold winter months is that this period transforms Lapland into a winter wonderland – making it look like something out of a fairytale book! Celebrate Christmas in Lapland Lapland is a great place to celebrate Christmas. The best time to go is between November and January, because this is when the Northern Lights are most visible. The most eventful period falls on December, especially from December 1-14th when Santa Claus himself visits Lapland! In addition to experiencing the magic of Christmas in its true form, you will also have an opportunity to explore some of the world’s most fascinating natural phenomena. You can enjoy a snowmobile ride on the open plains, visit Santa Claus’s home at Rovaniemi, see reindeer herds and ice caves. You can also go dog sledding through the mountains or just sit in front of your fireplace drinking hot cocoa while listening to Christmas carols! If you are planning a trip to Lapland, then you should keep in mind that it’s not just about experiencing the magic of Christmas. It's also an introduction to some of the world's most spectacular natural phenomena, the Aurora. You can enjoy snowmobile rides across the open plains, visit Father Christmas' house in Levi and Rovaniemi, see herds of reindeer, snow igloos and ice caves. Trip with children to Lapland The beautiful snow-covered landscape, the cosy log cabins, and the husky dogs will make everyone feel warm and cozy. Luckily, there are many ways to make sure that your trip with children is as pleasant as possible. Here are some tips on how to plan a trip to Lapland with kids: Contact Scandinavian Travel Group and ask them for advice on what to see in Lapland, which places are suitable for children, etc. You'll be surprised how helpful they can be! Book accommodation and activities well in advance for Christmas: most hotels have limited availability at Christmastime because of all the tourists who want to visit this magical place at this time of year. If you don't book your room or tour well in advance, there is a chance that there won't be availability for the dates you want. The best time to book tours and hotels in Lapand (Finland) is early October! What can a child do in Lapland? Any self-respecting family should consider a trip to Lapland for Christmas. But what can a child do in Lapland? What should he/she see? Where can you stay with a child? 1) The first stop on our itinerary might be Levi, Finland Levi is Finland's largest ski resort, and is situated in the village of Sirkka in northern Lapland. Well-developed infrastructure, compact architecture, convenient transport links and no queues complete the peaceful family-friendly spaces for recreation and winter fun. The ski resort of Levi is the only place in Finland with the Levi Gondola 2000 gondola lift. There are more than 140 family hotels in Levi, including: Northern Lights Village Levi Resort Hotel with a garden is located in Sirkka. The Northern Lights Huts resort hotel is located on an old reindeer farm that has been owned by members of the same family for more than 170 years. Hotel Golden Crown - Levin Iglut is situated on the Utsuvaara hills in the Finnish province of Lapland and is perfect for a quiet holiday. Featuring garden views, Raanakka House - Premium Villa at Levi offers accommodation with a terrace and a kettle, around 3 km from Spa Water World, Levi. Numerous cosy apartments close to the ski slopes and the lifts are at your disposal for a comfortable stay with children. The apartments offer a private sauna, a balcony and other facilities. Levi has everything you need for a great Christmas holiday with the kids: Several shops that sell all sorts of Christmas-related gifts Restaurants, including local ones serving Lappish specialities. Local Santa Claus in his secret hideaway! The highlight for a child might be meeting Santa himself in Levi! He is very kind and generous, and will give your child the best time of his life! Be sure to visit Santa on your trip to Levi! Your child will be able to talk to Santa, see his reindeer and elves and ask him for something special... And after a hospitable evening, Santa Claus will give your child a gift from his bag of fairy dust! :) Believe us, it will be an unforgettable Christmas for him! 2) The second stop on your family itinerary could be Father Christmas Village, located near Rovaniemi This place is like an indoor theme park, but it's only open in summer. In winter, it turns into a hotel and conference centre with large queues... You can take a trip to Santa Claus Village and Santa Park on your own or use the Scandinavian Travel Group service. In this programme, they offer to visit Santa Claus and organise a transfer from Levi to Rovaniemi. The advantage of the latter option is the ability to avoid large queues, if any, as the company has its own arrangements. It's also convenient if you're holidaying in Levi, a popular ski resort in Finland, for example. In addition to meeting Father Christmas himself, there are plenty of activities for the child in Lapland, including: Husky Safari Reindeer Safari Snowmobile Safari Visit to the Snow City Construction of a snow igloo But let's take it one step at a time.... 1. Husky safari One of the unique aspects of Lapland is the husky safari. Your guide will take you out into nature with a pack of sled dogs, who will do all the work while you ride along in comfort. These programs provide an unforgettable experience and allow guests to see the huskies in their natural habitat as well as learn about them through the stories of local experts. If your children are interested in participating in this activity, Scandinavian Travel Group offers several packages that make it easy for them to enjoy this adventure as well! 2. Reindeer safari Reindeer safaris are one of the most popular activities in Lapland. These tours allow the whole family and children to take a trip to the fabulous forests of Lapland. Here you can see beautiful scenery and authentic reindeer farms. You can also go reindeer riding, which is a great way to spend time with family or friends. There are many other winter activities you can do in Lapland. There are guided snowmobile rides, husky sledding and more! Scandinavian Travel Group offers programs for children that include these exciting experiences too! 3. Snowmobiling (riding a snowmobile) If you want to explore the Lapland nature, a snowmobile is the best way to do it. The Scandinavian Travel Group offers snowmobiling programs for children as well as adults. When riding a snowmobile, you can see both animals and plants that live in this area of Finland. Furthermore, the nature will be beautiful around you! The best time for snowmobiling is from November to March. It is also easier to drive on your own than when it's warmer outside (May-September). 4. Snowshoeing The snowshoeing trip we took was excellent. It’s a good alternative to skiing, being suitable for all ages and abilities, but you need to be fit. You should wear warm clothes and boots and have a good sense of direction! The Scandinavian Travel Group offers exceptional winter Snowshoeing programs that include everything you need – snowshoes, poles and even hot drinks at the end of your walk! Discover one of the amazing programmes on snowshoes. A family trip to Lapland for Christmas While you're on the plane to Lapland, all excited, you're still a grown-up and fairly serious person. But as soon as you see... no, not even Santa Claus himself, but his elf helpers at Santa's Village in Rovaniemi (that's where we arrived), you become a child again with your eyes wide open, hunger for presents under the tree, desire to behave well at least until New Year and a strange naive smile. In general, you believe 100%, even when you realise with your head that elves work as, for example, acting students. It's hard to see how, but the Finns make the fairy tale come true. Fact! If you are looking for the best time to go to Lapland, it's better to fly in the winter. The airport is located in Rovaniemi, which is a popular place for tourists to visit. This city has unique attractions and events such as Santa Claus Village and Santa Claus's Post Office. The best time to go to Santa's village is from November to January, with the most eventful period falling on December. If you are planning a winter programme with a visit to Santa's Village, book your trip in October! The best time to book a Christmas tour to Lapland is early October, because that's when the best winter programmes are open and there are plenty of options to choose from. You can also check the rates online to see how much a per person or family Christmas tours to Lapland costs at Gostg.fi If you're looking for the best time to go to Lapland, it's better to fly in the winter. The airport is located in Rovaniemi, which is a popular place for tourists to visit. This city has unique attractions and events such as Santa Claus Village and Santa Claus's Post Office. Enjoy perfect Northern Lights and festive Christmas in Lapland If you are looking for the best time to enjoy perfect Northern Lights and festive Christmas in Lapland, then December is the right time for you. If you are interested in spending your holiday away from the city lights and jolly atmosphere, then consider visiting Levi (Finland) during Christmas! As we all know that Lapland has been known as Santa Claus' homeland since ages. This means that if you want your kids to experience something special this holiday season, then Levi is what they need! Lapland is the perfect destination for a family trip to celebrate Christmas. You can enjoy the winter wonderland with your loved ones, get ready for Santa's arrival, and make memories together.
- Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are one of nature's most spectacular light shows, and they're a real-life marvel worth experiencing. When conditions are right, the lights appear as curtains of colorful light that trick-or-treat across the sky in an ever-changing display. The Northern Lights are most visible from the Arctic region during winter months when there's little sun activity (September to March). We've prepared answers to the 10 most popular questions about the northern lights in this post: 1. Why Are the Northern Lights So Special? 2. What Causes the Northern Lights? 3. Where to See the Northern Lights? 4. When is the best time to see the Northern Lights? 5. How to take photos of the Northern Lights? 6. Is it truly possible to predict the Aurora Borealis Forecast? 7. Top places to watch the Northern Lights in Finland and Lapland. 8. The Best Places in the World to See the Northern Lights. 9. The top things to do under the Northern Lights in Finland and Lapland. 10. One of earth's most spectacular light shows. 1. Why Are the Northern Lights So Special? The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that occurs when charged particles from space hit our atmosphere. As these particles collide with gas molecules in our atmosphere, they excite them and cause them to glow. The lights you see in the sky are actually collisions between particles of solar wind and atoms in the air on Earth's upper atmosphere (the ionosphere). In short, this means that if you go outside on a clear night and look up at the sky, you will see light show— the most spectacular light show on earth! 2. What Causes the Northern Lights? The Northern Lights are created when solar winds collide with atoms in Earth's atmosphere. The sun emits a stream of charged particles, which are called the solar wind. When these particles reach Earth and collide with atoms in our atmosphere, they create a glow that we see as the Northern Lights. The aurora borealis is caused by electrons colliding with oxygen and nitrogen molecules in Earth's upper atmosphere (at altitudes between 100 km to 400 km). The collisions slow down electrons from solar winds and cause them to fall back toward space at high speeds or accelerate positive ions or both. This movement releases energy which creates an electromagnetic field — and you guessed it — the northern lights! 3. Where to See the Northern Lights? The Northern Lights are visible in the Northern Hemisphere and are best seen from Norway, Finland, Lapland and Greenland. In Canada, you can see them as far south as Alberta and Saskatchewan. The farther north you go, the better chance you have of seeing them; they're also more common between September and March when days are shorter than nights. 4. When is the best time to see the Northern Lights? If you want to witness the Northern Lights, winter is the best time. The sun remains low in the sky and doesn't interfere with viewing. The next best time is during a new moon when there's no moonlight at all. The further north you are located, the better your chances of seeing them as well as some places being more reliable than others. The aurora borealis (northern lights) have fascinated people for centuries and continue to do so today, but what exactly causes this spectacular phenomenon? 5. How to take photos of the Northern Lights? Taking photos of the Northern Lights is a tricky business, but with a few tips you can be sure to get some great shots. Use a tripod and remote shutter release. The Northern Lights move fast, so your camera needs to be steady if you want sharp images without any blurriness. A tripod will help ensure that it stays still as you shoot long exposures (typically longer than 30 seconds). If there’s someone with you who can take care of this task for you, even better! Use a wide angle lens and set it to f-stops around f/4 or lower (the higher the number, the narrower your aperture). This will allow in as much light as possible so that even though there are long exposures involved, your camera won't have problems with exposure during those moments when there's no activity with the aurora overhead, because our brains are used to seeing things quickly moving across our field of vision all day long: otherwise known as «fast motion». If something moves slowly enough for our eyes to see individual pixels rather than smooth motion between them then we perceive it as "slow motion." Because most Northern Lights photography involves extended periods where nothing is happening on screen but darkness or other elements from nature like sky stars clouds etc., having an open aperture will allow more light into each frame thus making sure none of those frames go dark due to lack thereof illumination! 3 Don’t forget about ISO settings too! While most photographers think about shutter speed first when setting up their cameras for low-light situations like this one here at Aurora Village Northland Adventures during winter months when temperatures drop below zero degrees Celsius (-18 °Fahrenheit), these settings can also impact how well they capture detail within their pictures while using longer exposure times too — so don’t forget about changing those too if necessary before pressing record button after adjusting focus point according! 6. Is it truly possible to predict the Aurora Borealis Forecast? It is not possible to predict the aurora borealis forecast with any certainty, but you can check the aurora forecast online. There are several sources for checking the aurora forecast. For example, on the Finnish Meteorological Institute website if you are in Finland and are going to catch the northern lights. 7. Top places to watch the Northern Lights in Lapland Where to see the Northern Lights: Lapland (Finland) is the best place to see the northern lights. There are many places in Finland where you can watch the Northern Lights, but Lapland is regarded as one of the best spots. The Aurora Sky Station offers visitors a chance to watch this natural phenomenon from a glass igloo, while in Abisko National Park there’s also an opportunity to stay overnight at a special cabin with windows that allow you to capture every moment of your experience on camera without leaving your bed. The Scandinavia Travel Group are definitely the best places and programmes to see the Northern Lights - they are veterans in this business, trust me! Cozy family and exclusive programs, group tours including overnight safaris and much more, just look at the incredible selection and all at the lowest prices in Finland! 8. The Best Places in the World to See the Northern Lights The best places in the world to see the Northern Lights are in the Arctic Circle, where they can be seen from September through March. 9. The top things to do under the Northern Lights in Lapland Reindeer sledding: This traditional winter sport is all about getting close to nature, and it’s great fun for families with kids. Dog sledding: Another way to experience Lapland’s unique wilderness is by riding through it on a dog sled, so you get to see everything from up close. Skiing/Snowmobiling: Whether you prefer skiing or snowmobiling, you can enjoy these activities day or night under the Northern Lights. Ice fishing: The best way to experience the Northern Lights is from a fishing cabin on the frozen sea — and that’s exactly what you can do in Finland. 10. One of earth's most spectacular light shows It occurs when electrically charged particles from earth's magnetosphere collide with atoms in our atmosphere. The natural phenomenon of northern lights (aurora borealis) is a light show put on by mother nature that creates curtains of colorful lights that trick-or-treat across the sky. Northern lights are the result of electrically charged particles from earth's magnetosphere colliding with atoms in our atmosphere. These collisions excite the atoms, causing them to emit light at specific wavelengths and temperatures. The resulting light shows take on different hues depending on how many electrons are present in an atom and what type of element it is. Northern lights occur when charged particles from solar wind collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms in our atmosphere. The interactions between these ions and electrons cause them to emit light at specific wavelengths and temperatures, which results in the colorful displays we see as northern lights. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that is truly one of nature's greatest shows. If you're looking for something to do while in Finland or Lapland, then look no further than booking yourself on a tour with Scandinavian Travel Group! Our experienced guides will take you on an adventure that will certainly be one unforgettable experience.
- Safari Lapland
Safari in Lapland is a great excursion or activity during the Winter time. You can combine them with other winter activities, like dog sled tours, snowmobile safaris and skiing. The safari is a great experience for children as well. They can learn about Lapland’s nature and wildlife in a fun way. The Safari is a great way to see the Lapland nature and wildlife You will visit different natural environments of Northern Finland: swamps, forests, rivers, lakes and mountains. You will see all kinds of animals in their natural habitat. Likewise, you can ride with the reindeer, feed them and even touch them. Not only that, but you will also see other animals like foxes and bears. In addition to them, you can also spot wild deer, wolves, elks, eagles and many more! There are many options for a Safari in Lapland You can either go to the wilderness with just your own car or take a safari bus from Rovaniemi. The most popular option is to visit one of the many reindeer farms, where you can meet the animals and learn about their living conditions. There are also many safari operators in Lapland, but we recommend you to use the services of local tour operator — Scandinavian Travel Group (STG). STG will provide you with the best service, and they know the area better than anybody else. They have more than 25 years' experience in organising group tours in Lapland. Safari takes you through the beautiful snow-covered forests and meadows It is a great way to see Lapland from the back of a reindeer wagon. The driver will tell you about the history of Lapland, its nature and wildlife. He might even sing for you! The most popular safari activity is reindeer Safari in Lapland. Reindeer Safari in Lapland Reindeer safaris are popular activities in Lapland, and there is no shortage of companies offering them. You can go on a reindeer safari by yourself or with a guide, depending on your preferences. If you choose to go on a reindeer safari by yourself, it will be much more expensive than when you have the support of an expert guide. The cost of renting a car from Rovaniemi Airport to Levi (where many companies offer their services) is approximately €85-150 per day. If you need accommodation along the way, there are plenty of options available at reasonable prices (€150-200 per person). If you want something more luxurious, expect to pay quite a bit more money — but who wouldn't want luxury when visiting Lapland? If you want to stay in a quieter Finnish town with your family, we recommend the resort of Levi, where you can find the best accommodation options from Scandinavian Tavel Group. If you're interested in reindeer safaris, there are a lot of companies to select from. But STG include unique service with visiting old Reindeer Farm. This is a fun program for the whole family, from just 69 euros. You will visit an old reindeer farm that is over 150 years old. There is another exclusive family program from €89. Reindeer Safari in Lappish Village, Finland Super Reindeer Safari in Lapland (Finland) Transfer, guide service, hot drink (berry juice/coffee/tea). Book now and get the best deals on Reindeer Safari in Levi, Finland with Scandinavian Travel Group. Husky Safari in Lapland If you're interested in seeing the world from an unusual perspective, a Husky Safari could be for you. These dogs are highly active and energetic, and they love being around people. They're also social creatures who enjoy spending time with other dogs as well as humans. This makes them excellent pets for those who want companionship while still having some space to themselves! In addition to their friendly nature, huskies are known for their intelligence and loyalty — two qualities that make them great at sledding when trained appropriately. The huskies used on these tours are all trained by Lapland's famous Husky School located just outside Rovaniemi. The school has been running since 1949 when it was founded by two Finnish brothers who wanted to teach others how best utilize this amazing breed of dog during winter months (which lasts up until June). Not only do these specially-trained animals pull sleds over snow-covered landscapes, but they also help keep tourists safe along their trek through wild forests full of bears & wolves (not really though). This safari is perfect for those who love huskies, the wilderness and Lapland. Explore pure nature of Lapland and enjoy a 5 or 10 km track with Lapland huskies. You can choose your trip length between 45 min - 1 hour or more. The trip for 1 person is from €119, including guiding, gingerbread cookies, hot berry juice and winter clothing in case needed. Discover 2 family husky safari programs with unique service in Lapland. Husky Kennel & Safari Husky Riding Fin out more about huskies: 6 interesting facts about huskies. Snowmobile Safari in Lapland A snowmobile safari is an excellent way to enjoy the winter wonderland of Lapland. It's also a great option for those who want to do something outdoors but don't have a lot of time or money to spend on their vacation. Snowmobiles are used as transportation in the wintertime, when roads aren't safe to drive on due to ice and snow. They're also used for recreation during the warmer months as well—they can be rented at many outdoor activity centers throughout Finland, where they take tourists around remote parts of northern Finland on thrilling rides through forests and over lakes. A snowmobile safari is a great way to see the beautiful scenery of Lapland and get up close with its wildlife. It's also a fun activity for those who want to experience the thrill of driving their own vehicle at high speeds over snow-packed terrain. STG’s snowmobile safari is a safe and fun way to explore the nature of Lapland. They will transfer you to their snowmobile base in Levi, where they will collect warm clothing and boots, then begin the family safari. Scandinavian Travel Group’s experienced tour guides make sure everyone has an amazing time, with instructions on driving and safety. After an hour-long tour, you will return for hot drinks (small charge applies). Nearly 1000 km of snowmobile tracks. Family Travel Program from €100. Book now and get the best offer in Lapland with Scandinavian Travel Group. Snowmobile Safari in Lapland (Finland) Let's go Safari! To experience the wilderness of Lapland is a great way to see the wildlife and nature. The safari is a fun activity for all ages, including children. It is also a great way to get away from the city and relax in the wilderness. We hope that you will enjoy your safari in Lapland as much as we do. We have a lot of different activities and tours that you can choose from, so just let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and we will help you find it!
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