One thing that will should remain reliable is the weather. During Lapland’s seven-month winter, a scant five hours of sunlight a day are normal, and the frozen landscapes are beautiful but frequently harsh: temperatures can run from -20 to -40C. Don’t be put off, however. Daylight hours are usually crisp and bright, with dry air and plenty of sunlight, making outdoor pursuits very pleasant. Dressing properly is imperative – bring plenty of warm clothes, and look for trips that include thermal gear and snow boots as part of their package.
How much will it cost?
Lower demand may mean that some bargains can be found to this usually very expensive destination. Many trips usually cost around £1,500 per person, but Tui is offering package holidays to Rovaniemi starting from £778pp (up from £639 this time last year).
Look out for ‘free child’ places too – Transun is offering December 2021 day trips to visit Santa Claus, starting from £559pp, and still have some available. This price includes return flights from the UK, transfers, thermal suits and boots, and, of course, the all-important meeting.
What is the best way to meet Father Christmas?
Sophie Butler, consumer expert, says:
“The trick is to examine every detail of the itinerary, from how long you spend with Santa, which activities are included and how the gifts are organised. Before unveiling the idea to your children, bear in mind that these holidays can be expensive. Pre-Covid, visitors would expect to pay at least £2,500 for a family of four on a two- or three-night stay in a log cabin or hotel, including flights, transfers and meals, though many trips cost around £1,500 per person.
“Specialist tour operators offering private meetings with Father Christmas and a more authentic experience generally base their itineraries in more remote parts of the region. Alongside the obligatory visit to Father Christmas, you can find Christmas-themed packages that usually include a variety of snow-based activities (sleigh rides, snowmobiling) either included in the price or as an extra.”