Christmas For Older Children in Lapland

They grow up quickly but it is never too late to show your kids Santa's homeland.

Our range of Christmas in Lapland holidays include many options that would suit a family with older children. All of the following holidays are above the Arctic Circle and if the weather and conditions are right, the Northern Lights could be visible on any given night.

Here are our recommendations, with specific highlights & activities on offer for older children:

Christmas Adventure in Swedish Lapland

  • Ice Sculpting at the ICEHOTEL and predinner drinks in the icebar
  • Sámi Culture & Reindeer Excursion
  • Dogsledding, Snowmobiling and Snowshoeing tours
  • Kåppasjåkka cave visit, part of one of Sweden's longest cave system
  • Sleep overnight at ICEHOTEL
  • Local christmas church experience

Polar Bears and Father Christmas in Lapland

  • Sledding around the Arctic Ranua Zoo
  • See polar bears, lynxes, wolves, elk & more up close on private guided tours
  • Husky and Reindeer sledding
  • Snowmobiling on mini-skidoos
  • Stay in a big & modern log cabin with plenty of room for kids to move around, fend for themselves and free access to toboggans and sleds for snow play

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Santa, Elves & Glass Igloos

  • Visit a Reindeer farm by snow mobile, husky safari & evening Northern Lights chase on snowmobile
  • A stay in a glass igloo
  • Wilderness adventure staying in your own personal log cabin

Some of these included activities can be as long as 3 - 4 hours and involve campfire lunches and special destinations. When husky sledding, your kids will be amazed as your guide tells you stories about postmen, explorers and hunters who used to choose dog teams as a means of transport through the wilderness. Many of the excursions can be customised for your group to take into account your children's interests. Some of our tours and guided activities have age restrictions so please check with us for details.

Santa visits and 'Christmassy' activities are included but generally involve a search for Santa's log cabin & Christmas tree and are as genuine as possible. Our programs are based around having an intimate 'White Christmas' family experience - snow, log cabins with fires, board games, free time for family adventures and space to roam. Where possible, our Christmas program will include a visit to the local village for Christmas carols and a church visit.

Scandinavian outdoor winter culture such as saunas, hunting & reindeer farming, winter survival and Sami folklore is also something that can capture your children's imagination. It is an amazing resilient way of life living in such a harsh winter landscape - something that will blow your children's minds.

You might also like to visit one of the major Nordic capitals before your Lapland holiday and soak up that classic European Christmas atmosphere. There are beautiful Christmas markets, public outdoor ice skating rinks, pulsing art districts & note worthy children’s museums to visit.

Chrstmas for older children

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