5 Must-Do Activities on a Lapland Holiday

Sunshine holiday’s are great fun and we love nothing more than exploring the destination we have visited, enjoying some water sports and sampling local delicacies, but nothing quite compares to experience the magic of winter in Lapland.

Living in the UK, the country grinds to a halt at the first sign of snow, but the Finnish people have living with the white stuff down to a fine art. Snow in Finland is not the wet slushy stuff that we are used to, but thick powder and although coaches ferry the tourists to and from the airport, it is not unusual to see the locals making their way around on ski’s and snowmobiles.

Many families go to Lapland to see Father Christmas, as we did, however there is so much more to do than just see the man in red and here are some of our favourite activities you must try in Lapland:

Must-Do Activities on a Lapland Holiday

Husky Sledding

No visit to Lapland would be without a chance to try Husky Sledding and you can literally feel the excitement in the air as the sight of passengers walking to the sleds gets the huskies into an excited frenzy – they love the chance to run!!

Husky Sled

We tried family sledding, which meant one adult got to sit in the sled with the kids, whilst the other took control of the driving.


When I say driving, you pretty much let the huskies run as they know where they are going, but you are expected to give them a hand when going uphill and apply the brake when needed.



Wear a scarf / snood over your face and nose. It does get chilly, but these dogs toilet on the run, so it saves you from any unwanted surprises.

Sebby Huskies

Take a Northern Lights Safari

It gets dark in Lapland by 3.30pm and although they cannot guarantee you will see the Northern Lights, putting a snowmobile through its paces is a brilliant experience in itself.

Snow Mobile

All the extra kit you need is provided for you and the kids got to travel in style in their own trailer, complete with snuggly blankets to ward off the freezing temperatures. We travelled about 30 minutes out-of-town to make sure there was no light pollution and sat around a roaring campfire with mulled wine and traditional ginger biscuits whilst we heard about the local legends of the Northern Lights.


The old local legend that says that the lights were caused by an Arctic fox as it ran along the fells, catching its busy tail in snowdrifts and sending a trail of sparks in to the sky. In Finnish the Northern Lights are called “revontulet” or “fox fires” as its name derives from this legend.

Northern Lights Lapland

It is then back onto the snowmobiles to head back to base and a nice warming dinner.


You are provided with all the thermal equipment you need with most Lapland holiday’s, however, although it was sufficient in the daytime when the kids were running around, they did find it particularly cold when doing the Northern Lights Safari, so add an extra layer.

Reindeer Sleigh Ride

You cannot go to Lapland with taking a Reindeer Sleigh Ride and whilst the Husky Dog rides is exhilarating, this is calm, gentle and serene.


Reindeer have large feet and to help them communicate in the dark conditions, their tendons slip over bones in the feet as they walk, producing a relaxing clicking sound, which helps them to stay together.

Reindeer Lapland

Go Tobogganing

The kids used toboggans as their way of getting around the town, however Lapland is home to some impressive toboggan runs too.


We stayed in Saariselkä which is home to the longest toboggan run in Northern Europe at 1.2 kilometers long and a vertical drop of 130 meters. We were determined to get to the top and do it all and best of all – its FREE!



Don’t just watch the kids having fun – have a go yourselves too!

Cross Country Skiing

Lapland residents get around using cross-country skis and you will see cross-country ski trails throughout the landscape with adults and children whizzing along, so why not take a lesson and try them for yourself.

Learn to ski

It is not only a great way to get around, but also takes you past some incredible, unspoilt scenery too.


Lapland is a stunning place to visit and there are plenty of resorts suitable for those not wanting a Santa experience. Many of these also offer snow shoeing, ice fishing, horse trekking and even the chance to stay in an Ice Hotel.

Check out activities abroad for a great range of options for your ideal holiday to Lapland!

Is a Lapland holiday on your bucket list?



20 thoughts on “5 Must-Do Activities on a Lapland Holiday”

  1. I love snow and with this heat, I would gladly take off for a holiday in Lapland right now. The husky ride must have been so exciting, that is something I would definitely try.

  2. This post brings back some memories! I went on a trip to Finland back in 2015 and did all of these activities there the other things I did were snow shoeing, snow mobiling and ice fishing x

  3. Love this – would love to go to Lapland! I saw the northern light’s in iceland and it was such an incredible experience x

  4. Gosh, what an amazing place to visit! I’d love to visit there one day. Fortunately, we live so far north we can see the northern lights in the winter from our living room window. 🙂

  5. I’m all for going somewhere to see the Northern Lights – that safari looks truly fabulous! I don’t have kids or I’d definitely be going to Lapland to see Father Christmas

  6. I’ve been to Lapland, but only for a day trip. Never got to see the Northern Lights, but I guess maybe we wouldn’t have anyway in a day. Yes, Lapland is a must visit, especially for a little older child.

  7. For me the northern lights has been the top of my list for as long as I can remember. That tome would be the trip of a life time. I love the idea of a husky ride and it’s cool how well trained they are.

  8. Oh wow it looks like you have all had an amazing time in Lapland. The holiday sounds like my dream! Riding with the huskies and reindeers must be such great experiences. I feel quite silly to admit I didn’t realise you can ski there too!


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