Being Prepared For Arctic Lapland

This time last year we were getting ourselves prepared for visiting the Arctic with Santa’s Lapland.  We’re not going quite as far this year, but it will still be chilly in Iceland so I need to be prepared again!

Finnish Lapland was an amazing place to be, especially at Christmas time when the kids were lucky enough to actually meet Santa.  It’s definitely a place where little (and big!!!) kids dreams come true!

Preparing For Lapland

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In the months prior to travelling you will need to start thinking about everything you are going to need.  Yes it will be cold, but no you won’t feel cold if you are dressed right.  So of course one of the first things about being prepared for Lapland is clothing.

What To Wear

If you are travelling to Lapland with Santa’s Lapland then you will be given a thermal suit, boots, socks and gloves.  The thermal suits are pretty amazing and keep you INCREDIBLY warm.   Underneath the suits you will want a thermal top and trousers (they get rather stinky after a day’s wear, so probably best to have a few), mid layer of long sleeved top and trousers and then a fleece, scarf, hat and gloves.  You can read more details of what we took to wear here.

The Big Reveal

Part of the preparation must include how to tell the kids that they’re going to lapland to see Santa!  You can come up with some pretty good ideas, from waiting until you wake them up at 3 in the morning to catch the plane, wait until you’re at the airport, a letter in the post or even in a birthday present.

How would you reveal the big news to your children?


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Visiting Lapland is likely to be a once in a lifetime experience, so you will want to have a whole host of amazing memories caught on camera.  Make sure you have a good camera that can cope with shots in darkness or twilight and practise using it in advance.  If you are lucky enough to see the Northern Lights then you will also need to check what settings to have your camera on too.

Camera batteries can run out of charge quickly when cold, so bring a spare battery and keep them dry.

Visiting Santa

Most children love writing letters to Santa and when you are heading North with Santa’s Lapland, the children would be thrilled to see the letters they wrote to Santa.  Letters can be written in advance and taken to Lapland with you in a special envelope to hand over just before you see Santa is in his cosy cottage.  The elves make sure that Santa receives the letter before the children arrive and will know exactly what the kids have asked for.

Get those letter writing skills sorted!

Extra Activities

Whilst in Lapland you may have time for some extra activities.  Extras can be paid for in advance or when you are in Lapland.  We weren’t sure whether we would have time to fit anything else in, but after the fun taster at husky sledding we decided to pay for a longer husky sled trip on our final day.  So make sure you save up a little extra so you don’t miss out on any fun adventures that are waiting for you in Lapland.

Have you been to Lapland?  How else would you prepare?

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* This post is in collaboration with Santa’s Lapland.


  1. September 20, 2017 / 9:33 am

    I love this, such an amazing thing to do with your children. How did you tell them that they were going in the end? I bet it was magical!

  2. September 20, 2017 / 11:48 am

    This is something we would love to do with the children, this company sounds really good and a great experience

  3. September 23, 2017 / 8:10 am

    This is so useful! We are going on the 3rd December and I can not wait!! I am hoping to tell the children when we wake them at 3am to take them to the airport!
    I need to start getting everything organised.

    • September 23, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      Ooooh, that will be the perfect way to tell them They’ll be so excited, are you going to film it? x

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