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Santa in Lapland

Lapland Holidays in December

Become enchanted by the magic of Lapland at Christmastime. These holidays to Lapland in December are curated by local experts and include accommodation, airport transfers and thrilling winter excursions.

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Visiting Lapland in December

Want to know more about exploring Lapland in December? You’ve come to the right place!

December is a great time to visit Lapland. This is when you can enjoy magical white scenery, northern lights, and excursions in the snow. For example, on a winter getaway to Lapland, you have the chance to go dog sledding and stay in a hotel made of snow and ice.

Choose between Swedish or Finnish short breaks to Lapland in December. Read on to find out more about each region and see which one would suit you best.

When you book a trip to Lapland with Nordic Visitor, you get handpicked accommodation, airport transfers, access to our 24/7 helpline, and many other benefits. You also enjoy personal service from your own dedicated travel consultant.

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Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • All bookings protected by our package travel insurance
  • Accommodation, activities, transfers & breakfasts included
  • Professional service from Scandinavian-based travel experts
  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options


Celebrate the season’s festivities on an unforgettable trip to Lapland. Your expert-curated package includes accommodation, excursions, return airport transfers, and daily breakfast.

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Classic Lapland Adventure & ICEHOTEL



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Classic Lapland Adventure & ICEHOTEL



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4 days / 3 nights
Dec - Mar

Express Lapland Adventure & ICEHOTEL



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Dec - Mar

Express Lapland Adventure & ICEHOTEL



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Dec - Mar

Lapland Adventure - Aurora Sky Station & ICEHOTEL



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Lapland Adventure - Aurora Sky Station & ICEHOTEL



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5 days / 4 nights
Dec - Mar

Lapland Adventure - Aurora Sky Station



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Lapland Adventure - Aurora Sky Station



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Lapland Travel Experts

As a travel agency based in the Scandinavia region, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Lapland. Choose from a variety of tours that include the must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights, all handpicked by our own Scandinavian travel experts. 

To ensure a stress-free Lapland trip, Nordic Visitor handles all the local details for you: accommodation, activities, airport transfers and other services.

Oh, and we can customise your itinerary! For example, you might decide you want to add extra nights at a certain location. In that case, your personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be happy to make suggestions and modify your itinerary.

What do our customers say?

The reviews speak for themselves. See what Nordic Visitor travellers said about their experience with us.

Camilla Thom, Spain

Icehotel Winter Adventure, January 2017

I will never forget this experience

The tour guides were excellent. Especially Emile and Maurice. This was a huge adventure for us both, starting with the dog sled picking us up , going to the Ice Hotel and then the fabulous evening on the snowmobile. Even though we weren't lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, it was still wonderful. What good cooks all the guides were too! I will never forget this experience.

George, United States

Best of Lapland Classic - Rovaniemi, March 2017

Experience of a lifetime

Everything was wonderful. It was the experience of a lifetime. My daughter and I had a blast!

Mariana, Hong Kong, SAR

Classic Lapland Adventure & ICEHOTEL, January 2017

Excellent time in Kiruna

My daughter and I had an excellent time in Kiruna during the Chinese New Year. I would like to thank Sofia Sundkvist who assisted us throughout the trip. She is very responsive and accomodating. We slightly changed our plans and she always quickly responded to me by email and helped us with what we needed.  Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to meet her in person, but all the people (from Nordic Visitor) whom we met throughout this trip are excellent people. They always carry a smile, happy with what they are doing, experienced and knowledgeable.  

Carla, United States

Lapland - Land of the Midnight Sun, June 2017

Outstanding in every way

Your company is outstanding in every way. The booking agents were responsive when we had questions. The information provided was excellent. The tour guides and the company's you contracted with are without exception outstanding. I would recommend your company to anyone who is planning a Scandinavian trip

Hwee Hwee, Singapore

Best of Lapland Classic - Rovaniemi, January 2017

Enjoyable beyond our expectations!

Our experience with Nordic Visitor is absolutely delightful! We are very impressed by the professionalism of the staff and the seamless organisation of the tour. Our holiday was enjoyable beyond our expectations! 

Gianguido and Romana

Icehotel Winter Adventure, January 2015

Service was impeccable under all aspects

A long sought after vacation resulted in a fascinating experience, and this result must also be credited to the careful preparation and to the friendly professional assistance of your consultants. On site, the service was impeccable under all aspects. 

Cold, silence and nature conjure in suggesting me to summarize what we have lived through with words from Sweden’s national anthem. "TYSTA, GLÄDJERIKA, SKÖNA".


Icehotel Winter Adventure, December 2016

Exceeded our expectations

The overall experience exceeded our expectations and was a truly wonderful experience. The husky sled transfer from the airport was amazing. Every trip we did had helpful, happy and informative staff. 

Irene and Sarah

Lapland Adventure - Aurora Sky Station & ICEHOTEL, January 2013

A more beautiful place would be hard to find

We have just got back home after probably the best holiday we have ever had! Everything was superbly planned and the guys at Kiruna Guidetur were fantastic. In fact everyone we met was friendly and so helpful. The hotels were excellent and the food really great - especially at the Abisko Tourist Station and when we went up to the Aurora Sky Station the girl who did the dinner there was world class, especially when she had to prepare the meal in such cramped conditions,


The activities were wonderful - the snowmobiles, the husky sleds, the horse and sleigh ride, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. The Ice Hotel was fantastic too. It is such a magical place - the snow, the clear air - all absolutely wonderful. A more beautiful place would be hard to find. Thank you so much for organising the holiday for us. I have been on the phone this morning urging all my friends to go there!

Getting to Lapland

Nordic Visitor tours of Lapland begin in either Kiruna, for Sweden itineraries, or Kemi or Rovaniemi for Finland trips. You can find some direct flights from airports across Europe.

Otherwise, you can reach Lapland with connecting flights from Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, or Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Another option is to fly to Copenhagen in Denmark and travel to Lapland from there.

Stockholm Arlanda Airport is the main gateway for international air travel in Sweden. From Stockholm, you can fly to Kiruna with SAS or Norwegian. The journey takes around 1 hour 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is Finland’s main air travel hub. From here, you’ll be able to take a direct flight to either Kemi or Rovaniemi with Finnair or Norwegian. Both journeys take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

We recommend checking airline websites directly for flight availability and timetables. You can also use an airfare search engine, such as Skyscanner, Dohop or Kayak, for example.

Flights are not included in Nordic Visitor packages. However, all of our itineraries can be customised with extra nights in your arrival city if you’d like to rest up after your flight.

Different ways you can experience Lapland

We have tours for all varieties of travel styles and interests. See our options for exploring Lapland below.


You probably want to know more about what it’s like to go on a Lapland holiday in December. To help you decide if it’s the right time of year for you to visit, read on. Our regional travel experts have answered frequently asked questions about Lapland in December below.

You’ll also find itinerary suggestions for Finnish and Swedish Lapland for ideas on how to make the most of your December tour.


Lapland’s climate is subarctic to continental, with cold winters between December and March. This means that you’ll experience heavy snowfall and temperatures below freezing when you visit Lapland in December.

In general, temperatures in Lapland range from -7°C (20°F) to -12°C (10°F) at this time of year, but the dry, crisp air has a moderating effect on the cold. These weather conditions are prime for short winter breaks, with opportunities for exciting activities in the snow.


In Kiruna, Swedish Lapland, the average temperature in December is -9°C (16°F). In Finnish Lapland, Kemi also experiences average temperatures of -9°C (16°F), and if you visit Rovaniemi, it’s -7°C (20°F).


In the Nordics there is a saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes”.

This is especially true of Lapland in December, when you will experience low temperatures, northerly winds and snowfall. That said, if you wrap-up warm you can forget about any bad weather and enjoy the sights.

Be prepared for Lapland’s chilly December conditions by wearing an insulated jacket, warm thermals, a cosy hat and pair of gloves. You’ll also find a sturdy pair of walking boots with good grip indispensable for the snowy terrain.

Find a list of what to bring with you in the Lapland Travel Guide.


December, along with January, are the snowiest months of the year in Lapland. On average there’s 20 centimetres (8 inches) of snowfall in December. This creates perfect conditions for skiing holidays and winter activities like dog sledding and reindeer sleigh rides.


You’ll find that daylight hours are short in Lapland in December. The winter solstice takes place in mid-December, and at this time of year, the sun doesn’t rise at all in most parts of Lapland. This is because much of the region lies within and near the Arctic Circle.

You’ll have between 2.5 and 4 hours of daylight at the start of December. In Kiruna, Swedish Lapland, daylight hours are shorter because it is located further north than Kemi and Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland.

By the end of December, daylight hours decrease to 0 hours in Kiruna, 2 hours 40 minutes in Rovaniemi and 3 hours 20 minutes in Kemi.


Since December falls in the middle of winter in Lapland, when the nights are at their longest, you have a good chance of seeing the northern lights. The darkness provides the ideal backdrop for watching the aurora borealis.

In summer, on the other hand, there are long daylight hours in Lapland – a phenomenon called the “midnight sun”. With light skies all night long, it is too bright to see the aurora borealis.

Find out how to increase your chances of spotting the aurora borealis with these guides:

Best time and place to see the northern lights in Sweden

Best time and place to see the northern lights in Finland

What are the northern lights? Aurora borealis explained


Visit Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland, at any time of year to meet Santa. Magical festive landscapes covered in glistening snow make the middle of winter the best time to visit for soaking up the winter-wonderland atmosphere.

Meet Father Christmas and his elves in their workshop, visit Mrs Claus at her Christmas Cottage, and send a postcard from Santa’s main post office. You can also ride on a reindeer sleigh, go snowmobiling, or glide through the forest in a dog sled.

Discover more fun things to do at Santa Claus Village on our experts’ blog.


Lapland offers outdoor adventure and indulgent experiences in equal measure, such as meeting Santa, aurora hunting and sophisticated dining opportunities. This means that you can be as active or relaxed as you wish on your winter trip!

Here are the top things to do in Lapland in December:

  • Go mushing through the snow on a dog sled
  • Marvel at the otherworldly northern lights
  • Explore the countryside by snowmobile
  • Visit Santa Claus in his homeland
  • Sleep in an ice room or a glass igloo
  • Try cross-country skiing, ice fishing or snowshoeing
  • Experience local Sámi customs and cuisine
  • See Arctic animals in their native habitat
  • Warm up in a traditional Finnish sauna

When you book a Lapland deal in December with Nordic Visitor, you can add optional activities and day trips to your itinerary. We recommend that you reserve any extras in advance to guarantee availability.

Speak to your personal travel consultant at Nordic Visitor about the excursions you’d like to incorporate into your Lapland itinerary. They will organise everything on your behalf, while you relax and look forward to your winter escape.


Where you go in Lapland will largely depend on the activities and sights you want to enjoy. You can read Nordic Visitor’s Lapland travel guide to learn more about each area, which will help you decide where to visit.

Here are the best places to go in Finnish Lapland:

These are the top places to visit in Swedish Lapland:


Take your pick from visiting Swedish or Finnish Lapland for your December break. Both destinations offer similar experiences at this time of year, such as the chance to hunt for the northern lights, go snowmobiling, and ride in a dog sled.

However, Swedish and Finnish Lapland each have particular highlights that you should know about before you decide where to go. Take a look at these itinerary recommendations for a taste of what to expect in Sweden and Finland, respectively.


Day 1 - Arrival in Kiruna and snowmobile safari
After touching down at Kiruna Airport, a driver will meet you and take you to your hotel. Enjoy some free time to yourself, perhaps getting to know the town or simply relaxing before you head out later.

In the evening you’ll get to explore the countryside on a snowmobile excursion, searching for the northern lights. Follow your guide through the snow as they lead you to the best spots to look for the aurora. Feel the thrill of the ride as you go.

Then, sit beside the fireplace in a wooden hut and tuck into a rustic dinner of traditional local food. Afterwards, your guide will take you back to your accommodation.

Spend the night in Kiruna.

Day 2 - Dog sledding
Today you can enjoy one of the most special activities and traditions in Lapland: husky sledding.

Meet the huskies at the kennel and learn how to drive your sled from an expert guide. Head out onto the trails, gliding through the woods and across snowy plains, soaking up the views as you go. Afterwards, fuel up with a hot cup of coffee and a light lunch by the campfire.

In the evening, you could chase the northern lights again on a snowshoe excursion.

Spend the night in Kiruna.

Day 3 - Visit the ICEHOTEL and a Sami reindeer farm
This morning, discover the famous ICEHOTEL, situated in the village of Jukkasjärvi just outside Kiruna. This was the original ice hotel that set a trend for the many others that now exist around the world.

Begin with a guided tour of this extraordinary hotel, learning how artists build it using ice from the Torne River nearby. You’ll also get to explore the ICEHOTEL 365, a year-round structure that stays cold in the summer thanks to solar energy.

Once you’ve seen the stunning ice rooms, sculptures, church and bar, you’ll be collected from the ICEHOTEL for your next excursion. Get to know the Sami way of life by visiting a traditional reindeer farm. Drive a reindeer sled then enjoy some snacks in a lavvu, a typical Sami tent.

Then comes the highlight: sleeping in a room made entirely from ice and snow!

Spend the night in Kiruna or the ICEHOTEL.

Day 4 - Departure
Today you’ll take a transfer to Kiruna Airport where you’ll fly home from your Lapland holiday.


Day 1 - Arrival in Rovaniemi & snowmobile safari
Upon arrival, a driver will meet you at Rovaniemi Airport for your transfer to your accommodation. You could rest after your journey or head into town to explore a little before your first Lapland adventure.

Come evening, it’s time to embark on a snowmobile safari and hunt for the northern lights. Enjoy an exhilarating ride through the snow, looking for the aurora borealis, as an expert guide leads you along the trails.

Round off your excursion with a hot drink and snack beside the campfire, then return to your hotel for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Spend the night in Rovaniemi.

Day 2 - Dog sledding and Finnish sauna
Head into the snow-draped scenery outside Rovaniemi today with a guided dog sled excursion. Learn about this traditional mode of transport in Lapland, starting with a brief lesson at the kennel. Then mush through the woods with your own sled.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Rovaniemi. You could indulge in a sauna session, the typical way to relax and unwind here in Finland.

Spend the night in Rovaniemi.

Day 3 - Reindeer farm and Santa Claus Village
This morning, hop on a snowmobile and make your way to a traditional reindeer farm. Here you can learn about the culture of Lapland’s native people, the Sami, and go on a sleigh ride.

Next, prepare to meet the “man in red” with a visit to Santa Claus Village, just outside Rovaniemi.

Soak up the festive atmosphere of this Christmassy haven, which is open year-round. Enjoy a private meeting with Santa with the elves on hand, and send a postcard from the Santa Claus Post Office. Then why not browse for souvenirs at the craft shops?

Spend the night in Rovaniemi.

Day 4 - Day at leisure and visit to the Arctic SnowHotel
Learn more about the local history, nature and culture in Rovaniemi this morning by paying a visit to the Arktikum Museum. Here you can explore the intriguing exhibits about Finnish Lapland and the Arctic region.

Come evening, head to the Arctic SnowHotel in Lehtojärvi, just outside Rovaniemi. Take a guided tour of this fascinating frozen hotel, which is created anew each year. Check out the rooms, restaurant and bar, all sculpted from ice and snow.

After your tour sit down for a delicious 3-course meal at Restaurant Kota, inspired by traditional Sami architecture. Then, you’ll either return to your accommodation in Rovaniemi, or overnight in the Arctic SnowHotel for an unforgettable stay. Choose from sleeping in an ice room or a glass igloo.

Spend the night in Rovaniemi or the Arctic SnowHotel.

Day 5 - Departure
Today you’ll be transferred back to Rovaniemi Airport where you’ll fly home from your Lapland holiday.


If you’re looking for a winter honeymoon in Lapland, December is one of the best months to visit. Highlights include husky sled rides, snowmobile adventures and northern lights safaris. After exploring in the day, come evening you can retreat to a romantic hideaway.

For the quintessential wintry experience, stay in cosy cottages or log cabins. Imagine sitting by the fireplace together, with views of the snow-laden scenery outside your window.

One of the “coolest” things you can do in Lapland is stay in an ice hotel. Marvel at the ice sculptures, imaginative themed rooms, and restaurants and bars crafted from frozen water. Since many of the hotels melt in the spring, artists start from scratch and rebuild them each winter.

Spending the night in an ice suite is an experience you’ll never forget. You are kept cosy thanks to thermal sleeping bags and reindeer hides, with the chance to step into a hot sauna in the morning. Or if you’d rather sleep in a warm room, you can take a guided tour of these ice hotels instead.

A great alternative is staying in a glass igloo in Lapland. Snuggle up in your heated dome, looking through the clear glass up to the night sky. You might even be treated to a northern lights show from your bed!

Here are the best ice hotels and glass igloos to visit in Lapland:

For Lapland honeymoon inspiration, find out why Lapland is so great for adults (and not just for kids) on our experts’ blog.


As December is a cold month in Lapland, you’ll need to prepare for the winter weather by packing plenty of warm clothing. We advise that you wear thermal layers and protective boots with good grip.

Outerwear is provided on outdoor excursions, but do bring an extra coat just in case you want another layer.

Check this recommended packing list for your Lapland trip:

  • Thick woollen socks
  • Thermal base layers
  • Warm woollen jumpers
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Snowproof jacket or coat
  • Thin wool or fleece gloves (ideal as a base layer under snowmobile gloves)
  • Thick gloves, scarf and hat
  • Camera
  • Small rucksack
  • Heat pads for hands and feet
  • Power adaptors with two round prongs (Europlug Type C and F)

Find out more about what to bring in this Lapland packing guide.



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