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The A-Z Of Lapland Holidays: F to M

In part 2 of our 4-part guide to Lapland, we cover off honeymoons, skiing and snowboarding, and that all-important question: what’s the best age to take the kids?

Fancy a trip to Lapland, but don’t have a clue when to go, where to stay or what to pack? Fear not – we’ve picked the brains of our Lapland team to find out the most commonly asked questions when it comes to Lapland holidays, and today we’re ticking off the letters F to M…

F is for… Father Christmas

Q: Where can I meet Santa?

A: There are loads of places where you can come face-to-face with Father Christmas – visits are included in all of our Lapland holidays, except for the Bare Essentials adults’ packages (although we can still arrange Santa visits if you fancy). Meet-and-greets with the big man are private for each family, so it’s a really magical experience, plus every child will get a gift from Santa’s sack.

G is for… Grandparents

Q: Can we take the grandparents?

A: Yes – the more the merrier. If you’re taking the kids to meet Father Christmas, it’s a great experience for them to be involved with. We’ve got cottages available with separate bedrooms, lounges and kitchenettes, so there’ll be plenty of room for everyone. Some even come with private saunas!

H is for… Honeymoons

Q: Can I have my honeymoon in Lapland?

A: Honeymoons in Lapland are ideal for outdoorsy couples. You can have a go at activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and downhill and cross-country skiing, warm up in traditional Finnish saunas, and go in search of the Northern Lights. Stay in Rovaniemi and you can add a city-break element, too.

I is for… ice hotels

Q: Can I stay in an ice hotel?

A: If you’re getting married at Snow Village, you’ll be able to spend a night in one of the hotel’s igloo-like ice rooms. And if you’re staying in Kittila, or are on a daytrip there, you’ll be able to visit the hotel and tour the ice bar and ice chapel.

J is for… January

Q: What’s the coldest time of the year in Lapland?

January and February are the coldest months, so they offer up great skiing conditions and fewer crowds. Snow is pretty much guaranteed between December and March, and although Lapland does sometimes see snow as early as October, you won’t usually get thick blankets of it like you would later in the year. Be prepared for the cold – temperatures of minus 10°C are common in December and January, and the mercury can sometimes fall as low as minus 40. If you want to have a look at the current weather in Lapland, take a look at websites like Holiday Weather and BBC Weather.

K is for… Kids

Q: What’s the best age to take children to Lapland?

A: Kids love the snow-and-Santa combo of Lapland. We recommend Lapland holidays for children over the age of 4 – younger ones will enjoy visits to Santa’s workshop and rides on reindeer-drawn sleighs, while teenagers can try out sports like snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

L is for… Learning To Ski

Q: Can I learn to ski or snowboard?

A: Yes – Levi and Yllas are two of the best places for skiing and snowboarding in Lapland, although you’ll find slopes or cross-country trails pretty much everywhere. If you’re on a Thomson trip, your Holiday Advisor can let you know the best places and help sort out lift passes.
Want to know what’s included in the price of a Lapland holiday? Or what kind of clothes you need to pack? Take look at The A-Z of Lapland Holidays: M to Q, tomorrow. 

Tempted? Book your holiday to Lapland.

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18 Responses to “The A-Z Of Lapland Holidays: F to M”

  1. stacywood79@hotmail.com' Stacy Woodhouse

    I am looking at Lapland and there are 2 packages, full & the Bare Essentials, it doesn’t tell you which is which on the pricing page, so I don’t know which one I am booking.

    • Elaine.lea@thomson.co.uk' Elaine @Thomson

      Hi Stacy, If you can please provide the full details of the hotel that you’re looking at and the date I can check this for you.

  2. rajesh.dorai@yahoo.co.in' rajesh dorai

    Just wanted to know should i check in or should i check in at the airport directly, also if there is a restaurant within the resort, can you please let me know the menu so that we can decide because everyone in the party is a vegetarian(no egg).

    • Adam.staite@thomson.co.uk' Adam @Thomson

      Hi Rajesh, Are you able to send your question and reference number to cares@thomson.co.uk please so we can look into this thoroughly for you.

  3. rajesh.dorai@yahoo.co.in' rajesh dorai

    Do i need special insurance for snowmobile and husky rides?


    • Elaine.lea@thomson.co.uk' Elaine @Thomson

      Hi Rajesh, We’re unable to give insurance advice. This would be best to discuss with your insurance provider. If you’ve got any further questions please let me know.

  4. tamsinruss13@gmail.com' T

    Hi! Me and my partner were thinking of booking Levi as we would like to try some skiing (as well as seeing Santa!) However, with no kids will we be out of place? Thanks 🙂

    • Leanne.myers@thomson.co.uk' Leanne @Thomson

      Hi Tasmin, There shouldn’t be any problem visiting Levi without children, we do have adults that want to visit Santa too. Why don’t you check out the Levi Cabins? http://bit.ly/1gkIC2Q.

  5. rajesh.dorai@yahoo.co.in' rajesh dorai

    Hi Thanks a lot, Is there a dress code for gala dinner, i.e can we wear black normal tops, fleece jackets etc, as we dont want to feel out of place.


    • Elaine.lea@thomson.co.uk' Elaine @Thomson

      Hi Rajesh, There isn’t a particular dress code for the gala dinner, I’d suggest something smart casual. I hope this helps.

  6. rajesh.dorai@yahoo.co.in' rajesh dorai

    Also, can i request santa to give gifts to my daughter personally when we come there at the gala dinner so that she feels the importance. I will get the gift from here, also is there a dress code for gala dinner.We are vegetarians(no egg) so i presume that should be ok.

    • Daniel.Doubleday@thomson.co.uk' Dan @Thomson

      Hi Rajesh, You’ll have a private family or group meeting with Santa, either during the activities or at the gala dinner. Santa will give all children a gift. We recommend you dress in your casual warm clothes for the gala dinner as you’ll usually end up outside at the end of the dinner. If you let the Holiday Advisors know on arrival that you just require a vegetarian meal for the gala dinner they can ensure this is catered for.

  7. rajesh.dorai@yahoo.co.in' rajesh dorai

    Do you give Salopettes,Ski Trousers, Jackets & All-in-Ones , Hats, Gloves, Scarves, boots,Face Masks & Balaclavas as a part of the package. I am due to be there from 22nd Dec – 26th Dec. with 4 adults and 3 children, with 2 children over 7 and 1 child is 5 year old


    • Daniel.Doubleday@thomson.co.uk' Dan @Thomson

      Hi Rajesh, We provide an all-in-one suit, along with boots, gloves, socks and a hat. You’ll need to take lots of layers with you to wear under your thermal clothing.

    • rajesh.dorai@yahoo.co.in' rajesh dorai

      Thanks a lot, We are staying in forest heights , is it a long walk from the where the bus stops on arrival, also do you provide all the things that you have said at the airport. Also can i pre-order stuff for grocery before i come in so that its ready in the resort and can be added to the overall bill? this will save lot of hassle.

    • Daniel.Doubleday@thomson.co.uk' Dan @Thomson

      Hi Rajesh, If you’ve booked your full stay with us then your transfer bus will drop you off at your hotel. Your thermal clothing will be provided when you arrive at your resort so we recommend you dress warm for the coach transfer. Unfortunately you’re unable to pre-order groceries before you arrive, you’ll need to purchase these once you’re at the hotel.

  8. lyndseyking21@hotmail.com' Lyndsey King

    Hello. Can you please help me. I don’t have the option to select next from this page. I am also not able to enter the website details either?
    Is there a problem with this page?

    Kind Regards,
    Lyndsey King

    • Daniel.Doubleday@thomson.co.uk' Dan @Thomson

      Hi Lyndsey, We haven’t published our next installment of the Lapland A-Z guide at the moment, keep your eye on the blog as it’ll be online soon.

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