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Lapland - Christmas 2013

R M
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Lapland - Christmas 2013

We are a family of two adults and 2 children (age 14 & 5). We are thinking of going to Lapland for this Christmas. Have seen the 2, 3, 4, 5 day package tours sold online. These include everything from flight & hotels to clothing and other activities in Lapland.

Wanted to know if it is better to book a flight and hotel separately and go there and decide and book the activities we wish to do at that time? Obviously we would have to find our own clothing? Would this also be the cheaper option?

Looking forward to suggestions from people who have done these holidays.

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1. Re: Lapland - Christmas 2013

It depends... Christmas is a peak season, so prices of package trips (and DIY trips to some extent, too) are at their highest. For DIY especially flights migh turn out pricy during Christmas holidays. Independently booked accommodation maybe not, as for Finns Christmas is a very family centred holiday and many Finns prefer to spend it at home or at relatives. However, this is not the case for the days between Christmas and New Year when all school kids are on holidays. In bigger resorts you will be able to rent the outermost layer of clothing even if you are arranging everything by yourself. No matter which way you choose, you'll need your own thermal underwear and warming layers.

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2. Re: Lapland - Christmas 2013

Thanx zam72! Do u think its ok to book flights and hotels from uk itself, then book the activities and local sightseeing once we're in Rovenemie? That way we can decide wat we really want to do after seeing wat it really looks and feels like.

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3. Re: Lapland - Christmas 2013

Sure, just check the opening hours and booking deadlines for Christmas as there may be exceptions and limitations during the Christmas holidays 24 - 26 Dec. Notice that 24 Dec is the biggest day of Christmas here.

Edited: 22 August 2013, 21:44
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4. Re: Lapland - Christmas 2013

Christmas is a peak season here, so many of the services a tourist would need should be available throughout the holidays (for ie Santa Claus Village is open every day). But like Zam said on 24th Dec (after 12pm. when stores close) and 25th the town itself is pretty much shut down - as is any other town in Finland. But then 26th is the traditional day also for Finns to go for a "boxing day ride".

For activities for a DIY traveller Rovaniemi tourist info downtown Rovaniemi is a good help, but most of the safari companies also have their offices just nearby:

visitrovaniemi.fi/In-English/Good-to-Know/To…

Unofrtunately for accommodation there is no central booking service here, so you need to use either other centralized online services or contact hotels directly. As many tour companies prebook rooms well in advance, and as there are lots of individual travelers especially from Russia, many of the hotels will be fully booked during Christmas and days after. And it will be tight especially during weekends before Christmas.

For Christmas it's very limited what hotels need to put available on services like hotel.com and booking.com, so for that reason it would be a good idea to contact hotels directly. Also booking at least some safaries/activities not a bad choice.

But don't worry about hotels being fully booked. This place never gets that "touristy" or crowded. It's still peaceful and quiet. Just Santa Claus Village, and especially Santas own office, can occasionally get cramped on days before Christmas. But if you are going DIY, without tight schedule, you can easilly avoid peak hours.

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