While definitely cold, Finland is a great place to visit from mid December to mid January. Besides the chance to see the Northern Lights, there are several other neat things to do to enjoy the winter season. Read on to find out what some of those activities are.
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In December, head up to Rovaniemi in Lapland to see Santa and the reindeer in Santa Claus Village. This is also the home to the Santa Claus Post Office. 500,000 letters are delivered here year round from all around the world; and Santa answers them. From there head to Helsinki to celebrate Christmas in style with a lot of holiday spirit. The lights, the shops, and the decorations are amazing!
In January, there are other activities to be done. You can sail on an ice breaker boat, swim in the sea while wearing a full dry survival suit, and go snowshoeing. In Helsinki you can go ice fishing, kick sledding, and ice skating; meanwhile in Lapland you can go husky dog sledding, ice fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.
There are several accommodation options when staying in Finland. There are conventional hotels, ice hotels that utilize glass, and igloos. (But prepare for it to be cool inside igloos as they are kept a little below freezing so that the igloos won't melt.)
As you can see there is so much fun to be had in Finland during wintertime. Just make sure to pack appropriately with thermal socks, mittens, hats, ski boots, goggles, ski suits, and body warmers. Winter attire is sold there but it is often better to buy clothing before heading over.
Let me know if you go to Finland and do any of these activities.