Visiting Lapland is number 37 on my 40 before 40 bucket list and although I haven’t been yet I have done a LOT of research into the holiday destination and everything that goes with booking a trip to Lapland. I have looked at the cost of package holidays and also at the cost of booking a DIY holiday. When the time comes I will be booking everything myself to save money and ensure I can tailor the holiday to my needs.
If you’re thinking about booking a holiday to Lapland I can offer a few tips that can help ensure it’s a holiday to remember. For most people, a holiday to Lapland is a once in a lifetime holiday so ensuring everything runs smoothly is essential.
Package holiday or DIY?
First things first, you will have to decide if you want to book a package holiday through a tour operator or if you would prefer to book everything independently.
If you choose to book a package holiday there are pros and cons to this, you won’t have to arrange everything yourself and there’s a lot to arrange when it comes to a trip to Lapland but of course, you will be paying a premium for the convenience.
You could choose to book a DIY trip and arrange everything yourself, this includes flights, accommodation, excursions, food, insurance, car hire, clothing etc and if anything goes wrong you will have to deal with that yourself but you will save a lot of money booking everything yourself. Easyjet have recently started offering direct flights to Rovaniemi which are really reasonably priced so if you’re looking to book your holiday it’s worth checking there first.
If you’re heading off to Lapland on a package holiday you might have ski clothing included in your package so do check with your tour operator if this is the case. If they are included check what items you will be issued in case you need to purchase any extras, these items will be loaned to you for the duration of your trip but some people prefer to take their own.
If thermal clothing isn’t part of your package or you’re booking a DIY trip then you will need to purchase your own items to take with you. To ensure you are warm and dry during your holiday you should look to purchase ski clothing which will protect you from the cold temperatures you will experience.
The cold temperatures you will experience in Lapland can affect your smartphone and camera. Exposure to the cold temperatures can drain your battery meaning you might miss exciting photo opportunities. It’s a good idea to have a backup on hand, take a battery pack for your phone and an extra battery for your camera so you have a spare if needed. It has also been recommended to keep your phone and camera in a warm pocket when outdoors so your items aren’t constantly exposed to the cold temperatures. When you go inside after being outdoors for a prolonged period it’s important to keep your items in their cases/in a pocket for at least 30 minutes to let them reach room temperature slowly. If they warm up too quickly this can cause condensation which could damage your items.
Ultimate Lapland Packing Checklist
- Hand warmers
- Base layers (long sleeved vest and trousers)
- Mid layers (this is what you’ll wear over your base layers and under your snowsuit so warm trousers and a fleece are ideal)
- Snowsuit/ski jacket and trousers (Check out Simply Hike for some great affordable ski items)
- Thermal underwear
- Balaclava (essential for reindeer/husky sledge ride)
- Snow boots (consider buying a larger size to accommodate thick winter socks)
- Ski gloves/mittens (mittens will keep your hands warmer than gloves but can be a little more restrictive)
- Thick woollen socks (enough for your entire stay plus a few spares just in case)
- Neck warmer/scarf
- A torch (during winter the days are very short so a torch is great for getting around)
- Swimming costume (Finland is home to a lot of saunas so taking your costume is a must)
- Hats (Pack a couple of warm hats with ear flaps which will keep your head and ears warm)
- Sunglasses/ski goggles
- First aid kit
- Thermal flask (great for filling up with a hot drink to enjoy)
- Smart gloves (These are great for wearing under ski gloves so you can still use your phone/camera)
I hope you have found the above tips and packing checklist useful. If you’re still on the lookout for more tips and advice then there’s a brilliant Lapland Holiday Chat Facebook Group which is brilliant for everything Lapland related.
Are you planning a trip to Lapland? Do you have any top tips or must pack item suggestions?