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Northern Lights over Rovaniemi - ©

Lapland Holidays in January

Prepare to fall for Lapland on a winter escape you’ll never forget. These holidays to Lapland in January are designed by regional travel experts and come with accommodation, excursions, and airport transfers included.

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Visiting Lapland in January

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

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

Choose between visiting Swedish or Finnish Lapland for your January tour. 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.

Get in touch via our contact form, live chat or toll-free numbers and we'll gladly plan your Lapland getaway.



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


Experience Lapland’s winter magic on one of these expert-curated tours. Your package includes accommodation, excursions, return airport transfers, and daily breakfast.

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Classic Lapland Adventure & ICEHOTEL



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Lapland Adventure - Aurora Sky Station & ICEHOTEL



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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.

Valerie, Malta
Best of Lapland Complete - Rovaniemi, December 2023

Super organised

Everything was super organised and detailed, there is nothing to complain well done Nordic Visitor. We enjoyed all tours that were organised for us.

Carolyn, United Kingdom
Classic Lapland Adventure & ICEHOTEL, March 2023

Amazing experience

Having not done a tour like this before, it was comforting to know that someone else had taken the reins and everything was double-checked. Liza was helpful with all my booking questions and all the team members we met on our trip were friendly and knowledgeable. We learnt so much about Swedish life and traditions on our stay, in addition to some amazing experiences.

Conrad, United Kingdom
Kiruna Cabin Getaway & Northern Lights, December 2023

Thanks Nordic Visitor!

Nordic Visitor made booking what could be a potentially complex trip (finding the right accommodation and day trips, etc.) really easy. We booked very last-minute and our consultant Ruzena could not have been more helpful - booking and arranging the package we wanted for the exact dates we requested at short-notice. Thanks!

Sandra, United States
Express Lapland Adventure & ICEHOTEL, March 2023

Unforgettable experience

It was the best decision to book with Nordic Visitor. Juliana, our travel agent, responded quickly and gave us great tips and service when we needed it. The excursion we took, snowmobiling and chasing the northern lights, was unforgettable, and the dog sledding was a wonderful experience. The stay at the seasonal ICEHOTEL - wow! Every detail was well planned and scheduled by Nordic Visitor. We are extremely grateful and it exceeded our expectations.

John, Australia
Best of Lapland Express - Rovaniemi, December 2023

We were well looked after

We had a fantastic time. We were well looked after. Our activities were well laid out. Liza our Nordic Visitor agent was really good keeping us informed as well.

Ranae, United States
Lapland Adventure - Aurora Sky Station & ICEHOTEL, March 2023

Trip of a lifetime!

We absolutely loved our experience with Nordic Visitor! From our first inquiry to our last goodbye, we had exceptional service and attention. It quite literally was everything we asked for and more! Our travel consultant worked diligently to accommodate our every wish, was always in communication with us, and was simply amazing! This was a trip of a lifetime!

Natasha, United States
Lapland Adventure - Aurora Sky Station & ICEHOTEL, December 2023

Nordic Visitor thought of everything

I can't say enough about Nordic Visitor. They really thought of everything and handled even real time unexpected issues promptly. We would have definitely not had such a good experience had I tried to plan this all on our own!

Kaushik, United States
Best of Lapland Classic - Rovaniemi, February 2023

Thrilling trip!

We were very pleased with our trip to Lapland, Finland. Quite honestly, we didn't know what to expect, because we had never been there before. The activities we experienced (snowmobiling, dog sledding, reindeer sledding) meant we were thrilled with our trip. Nordic Visitor made the travel very smooth and enjoyable.

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 January. 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 January below.

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

In general, temperatures in Lapland range from -6°C (21°F) to -18°C (0°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 thrilling activities in the snow.


In Kiruna, Swedish Lapland, the average temperature in January is -11°C (13°F). In Finnish Lapland, Kemi also experiences average temperatures of -11°C (13°F), and if you visit Rovaniemi, it’s -12°C (11°F).


January is one of the snowiest months of the year in Lapland. On average there’s 37 centimetres (14 inches) of snowfall in January, the perfect conditions for winter activities, like dog sledding, and ski holidays.


You’ll find that daylight hours are short in Lapland in January. 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.

In January there is more daylight than in December, particularly if you visit towards the end of the month.

You’ll have between 20 minutes and 3.5 hours of daylight at the start of January. 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 January, daylight hours increase to 6 hours in Kiruna, and 6.5 in Kemi and Rovaniemi.


Since January falls in the middle of winter in Lapland, when the nights are long, 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


You can meet Father Christmas at any time of year when you visit Santa Claus Village! But come to Lapland, Finland, in January and you’ll get to soak up the winter-wonderland atmosphere. As it’s the middle of winter, the whole region is covered in glistening snow.

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 opportunities for adventures and indulgent experiences in equal measure. 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 January:

  • 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 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 tour 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 January 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, January 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 January 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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With your Nordic Visitor package, you can expect personal service from your own designated travel consultant and a tailor-made itinerary with quality travel documents. Furthermore, we have long-standing professional relationships with trusted local partners, which are carefully selected by our staff for their high standards of service.

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