Dream Design

Finnish Lapland

  • Sunrise over a river in winter near Levi, Finnish Lapland

During the deep winter, when the sun barely rises and the frozen landscape emits a mystical blue light, Finnish Lapland is a breath of fresh air fantasy.

During the deep winter, when the sun barely rises and the frozen landscape emits a mystical blue light, Finnish Lapland is a breath of fresh air fantasy.

In the realm of the Arctic Circle under a night sky illuminated by the bewitching Northern Lights, Finnish Lapland’s frozen Narnia landscapes demand exploration by all who visit them. But what these vistas keep secret is that it isn’t just the outdoors that are utterly enchanting. Rising from the ashes of World War Two, Rovaniemi has a history of revival built into its modernist façade.

And Europe’s largest wilderness isn’t just the time-honoured dwelling of Father Christmas, it’s also the proud home of its indigenous Sámi people. Traditionally known for their reindeer herding,  opportunities to explore their culture are as abundant as their horned wards.

Baby Reindeer with snow on its face
Winter Reindeer sled ride in Ruka in Lapland
Huskey dogs sledge safari ride at sunset in Levi, Lapland,
Baby Reindeer with snow on its face
Winter Reindeer sled ride in Ruka in Lapland
Huskey dogs sledge safari ride at sunset in Levi, Lapland,

In pursuit of…

A person sat on a wooden bench looking up at the northern lights
… a meeting to be remembered

As the reindeer-drawn sleigh glides down the tree-lined path deep in the woods, tingles of excitement start to replace those of the air chill. Time in these parts takes visitors away from the crowds for an utterly private experience as enchanting as any child (or parent) would wish for. It's here in this icy wilderness where the real magic happens. With no one else but an elf in sight, a secluded hut festooned with cosy festive cheer is where Father Christmas himself extends a warm (and gift filled) welcome.

Irene Kangasniemi, local artisan
“Trees are my friends without mouths, so I’m never lonely. When I’m happy I go to the forest, when I’m sad I go to the forest. The forest is very important for Finnish people. We can’t live without it.”
00
02

A sense of place

Get to know our favourite spots in Finnish Lapland, from the kaleidoscopic skies of Rovaniemi to Levi’s pistes.

  • Wooden snow covered hut in Santa Claus village of Rovaniemi, Finland
    Rovaniemi

    The capital of Lapland is where a fusion of adventure and culture exists. Sightings of the Aurora and Santa are almost a given, but the Arctic science centre and museum – Arktikum, Jätkänkynttilä Bridge and numerous design statements by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto make for more grown-up and sheltered pursuits.  

  • Young woman enjoying a view of the northern lights from a glass igloo
    Levi

    In the north west of the country lies Lapland’s largest ski resort, where 44km of snowy terrain offers challenges for everyone whether shaky-footed beginners or seasoned black runners. The wild side takes on a different meaning in this lively space with visitors roaming the apres-ski venues or sleeping under the stars in a glass igloo.

00
02

Its essence...

ENCHANTING
WILD
TRANSCENDENT

Extraordinary
experiences

    • Wooden snow covered hut in Santa Claus village of Rovaniemi, Finland
      Visit a Lappish couple in their little red woodland home and create an antler work of art.

      Reminiscent of a gingerbread house, the home and workshop of Irene and Ari Kangasniemi is the stage for all things Lappish. Artisans by trade, the couple invites visitors in with snacks and tales of the local area, before hosting a workshop where they teach their craft and how to make a keepsake to take home.

    • Huskey dogs sledge safari ride at sunset in Levi, Lapland,
      Fly through the pines on a husky-drawn sled.

      Practically a rite of passage in these parts, meet some new four-legged friends at a husky farm and learn the ropes of sled driving. Once the hang of it has been grasped, glide through the trees behind pounding paws to a Lappish ‘kota’ for warming drinks around a camp fire.

    • Winter Reindeer sled ride in Ruka in Lapland
      Visit Father Christmas in his cosy Christmas hut.

      Deep in the peaceful forest, there’s a very magical secret being kept. Pulling up to a hut in a reindeer-drawn sleigh, an elf comes bounding out in greeting, telling everyone that Father Christmas is inside waiting to say hello. He of course knows who has been good all year, handing out an early present that he gives special permission to be opened before the 25th.

Destination essentials
  • Dec
    COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS
  • Jan - Mar
    BEST FOR SNOW
  • Apr - Nov
    VERDENT SNOWLESS LANDSCAPES
WHEN TO VISIT
  • 3hrs 25min
    LGW - HEL - IVL
  • 3hrs 30min
    LGW - RVN
  • 4hrs
    LGW - HEL - KTT
Flight
  • +2hrs
    WINTER GMT
  • +3hrs
    SUMMER GMT
Time difference
  • EUR
    EUROS
  • Finnish
    OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Currency / Language
Get in touch your way…
We customise every trip to you and our quotes are bespoke. We’re here to offer advice, recommendations and answer your questions.
Snowy mountains

Luxury ski
& snow

Carrier features a selection of luxury lodges and chalets in the most glamorous resorts in Europe and North America. View our full collection of ski and snow holidays.

Explore ski & snow holidays
00
08

Luxury ski & snow destinations

For the serious slope-skimmers, dedicated après-skiers and the winter wonderland wanderers in-between.

  • Morning sunrise in Austrian mountains
    Austria ski ski holidays

    Birthplace of steel edged skis, the stem turn and even the first dedicated academy, skiing is in Austria’s blood, nourished by the throng of charming villages and invigorating aprés-ski.

    Explore
  • A skier off piste with a rocky snow covered mountain range behind and vast forest in the valley
    Canada ski holidays

    For the aficionados who have refined their bucket list and families seeking bundles of wintery fun, Canada rolls out its ice-dusted carpet of iconic resorts and high-octane experiences that are often the envy of all.

    Explore
  • Ski gondolas over Courchevel ski resort in winter
    France ski holidays

    For the serious slope-skimmers, dedicated après-skiers, and the winter wonderland wanderers in-between, France serves the ultimate recipe for on-and-off piste adventures.

    Explore
  • Northern lights over snowy Mount Kirkjufell Iceland
    Iceland

    With a short flight and zero time difference, you don’t need a golden compass to find the northern light-laden skies, picture-perfect municipals and ethereal dioramas of Iceland.

    Explore
  • Winter Day at Alpe di Siusi with view on Sassolungo and Sassopiatto, Dolomites, Italy
    Italy ski holidays

    Nowhere does a switch-up quite like Italy; seamlessly going from hefty-buckled footwear to the sleekest apres-ski ankle boots, sociable slopes to solitary Dolomites safari adventures, and making spaghetti-like tracks in the snow to tucking into a plate of the real thing slope-side.

    Explore
  • Red winter barn in between snowy trees
    Sweden ski & snow holidays

    A silent, pristine wilderness of enchanting forests, frozen lakes, an abundance of inquisitive fauna and otherworldly places to rest sleepy heads, Swedish Lapland is the place to walk on the wild side.

    Explore
  • A view of the town of Arosa with trees and snowy mountains
    Switzerland ski holidays

    Switzerland takes the crown when it comes to dramatic and picture-perfect winterscapes; sky-skimming mountains, glass-like lakes and chocolate box villages are what define this panorama.

    Explore
  • Colorado mountain peaks dotted with green trees in the winter
    USA ski holidays

    Big, bold, and outrageously beguiling, skiing in the USA is a superlative in itself; but with ‘champagne’ powder snow, seriously scaled-up landscapes, and a handful of Wild West traditional towns, we believe it’s for all the right reasons.

    Explore
00
08