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Nestled in the far north of Finland and occupying part of the Arctic Circle, Lapland is a place filled with magic, beauty and wonder. Perfect for a winter break, when snow blankets drape over the mountains, forests and wilderness, Lapland package holidays will place holidaymakers within easy reach of frosty adventures. Whether your primary reason for visiting is to treat the kids to a skiing break, or to give them a chance to meet Santa Claus in a grotto, Lapland is a destination that dreams are made of. Breathtaking experiences are waiting for you in this magical destination, including the mesmerising Northern Lights.
Ranua Zoo With a vast selection of native species, Ranua Zoo is the most northernmost zoo in the world, and seeing the gracious creatures that reside here would be a great day out for you and your family. It¿s surprising to see just how many animals can survive in such bitter weather conditions, but they do. See moose, reindeer, polar bears and wolves ¿ animals that you¿re unlikely to see in UK zoos and wildlife parks. Rovaniemi As the capital of the Lapland region, Rovaniemi has a metropolitan feel. From the shopping opportunities to the restaurants serving authentic Lapp fare, a trip to the city would be a great addition to affordable Lapland holidays. Children will also find the city to be full of captivating sights, including many tributes to Santa Claus, twinkling Christmas trees, gloriously carved ice sculptures and, of course, the Santa Claus Village. Santa Park Ever fancied heading underground to see where Santa and his elves are hard at work? This magical grotto is packed with workshops, elf shows and ice sculptures that will leave you and your children spellbound. Simply hop aboard Santa¿s Express from Rovaniemi for a chance to visit an amusement park like no other. Levi If you plan to enjoy some thrills during your visit to Lapland, there¿s no better place to go than Levi. A world class ski resort that is home to Finland¿s only gondola system, Levi¿s pistes and runs are nothing short of awesome, and appeal to skiers and boarders of all abilities. Warm up after a stint on the slopes in one of the cosy traditional tepees or make the most of the après ski facilities in the resort - Levi has something for everyone.
Say Hello to Santa Claus Where better to introduce the children to the big man that in his Lapland home? Whether you choose to add a Santa break to your holiday or you prefer to head off to his enchanting workshop for the day, a visit to Lapland wouldn¿t be complete without fulfilling the ultimate childhood wish ¿ an audience with the big man himself! At the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi you¿ll find Santa¿s office and the post office where the handwritten wish-lists of children all over the world are sorted. Be Dazzled by the Northern Lights The mesmerising Aurora Borealis can be seen from many areas within the Arctic Circle and, with great value Lapland holidays, you will have a chance to see this breathtaking phenomenon for yourself. Cast your eyes to the skies as hues of green shimmer above you and try to capture the sight on your camera for a chance to relive the experience whenever you like. Get Whisked Away by Reindeer Snowmobile and husky safaris are incredibly popular activities in Lapland, but if you¿re planning to make the most of your Arctic holiday, a reindeer ride is a must. Put your trust into the Sami reindeer herders and let them take you on a magical journey through the unspoilt wilderness aboard Rudolph and his friends.
Levi As the most popular Lapland resort, Levi has been developed over the years to provide a huge range of accommodation, dining opportunities and off piste activities that appeal to all ski and boarding enthusiasts. Whether you¿re skilled on skis or you¿d prefer to keep the snow boots well and truly on, Levi has opportunities available that will leave your Lapland holidays busy, enjoyable and full of adventure. Boasting exceptional natural beauty, from pristinely calm frozen lakes to fir tree forests blanketed with untouched snow, you¿ll feel like you¿re in a true winter wonderland. Rovaniemi Lapland, as a whole, is relaxed, unassuming and incredibly tranquil, but that can¿t be said about Rovaniemi. If you like your Lapland holidays filled with energy, hubbub and vibrancy, basing yourself in the Lapland capital means you have it all. While the snow sports available are second to none, the city also boasts some incredible opportunities at every turn, including funky nightclubs, chic boutiques and, of course, Santa Claus! Don¿t worry though ¿ you¿re only about five minutes from the wild Arctic tundra, with snow-capped forests and dramatic landscapes begging to be explored. Head to Lapland with Direct Holidays and you¿ll feel like you¿re ¿walking in a winter wonderland¿.