skiLapland FAQs

Why travel with skiLapland?

Your skiLapland specialists. With over 15 years of experience creating holidays throughout Scandinavia, the team at skiLapland will help you discover your ideal holiday whatever you are after. We can cater for families, groups, couples, single travellers, corporate/incentive groups and schools.

Tailored to you. Choose your departure airport, transfer type and let your skiLapland specialists recommend one of our hand-picked accommodation choices. As well as our high-standard accommodation we have a selection of luxury accommodation options that can be complimented by private transfers and fantastic catering options.

Peace of mind. Our AITO and ABTA memberships assure you of 100% financial protection. While our Scandinavian office are on hand to offer advice and assistance 24 hours a day.

Exclusive ski schools & activity packages. We work closely with the resorts to offer you our exclusive ski schools: funSki Academy and vipSki Coaching. Whether you are an experienced skier or new to the snow, our ski schools are an ideal way to study and improve in a sociable atmosphere. Most importantly they are always synchronised so that you and your family can share time together during your busy holiday. In addition we can organise and tailor a huge range of activities to suit your holiday needs. Our experienced staff are always available to ensure you have a fun filled and relaxing holiday.

How do I make a holiday booking with skiLapland?

Because our holidays are all bespoke and designed especially for you, we don’t have an online booking system.

To make a booking, ask us a question about skiing in Lapland and to receive your tailor made proposal you can either contact us on 0207 199 6012, email us at enquiries@ski-lapland.co.uk or fill in our online form. One of the skiLapland specialists will get back to you as soon as they can, usually by the end of the day, or within 24 hours if it is after our office has closed.

Where is Lapland?

Lapland is a distinct cultural region that spans the far northern areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and North West Russia. The area that lies mostly above the Arctic Circle was historically inhabited by the indigenous Sami people. Lapland is also a region in northern Finland, our skiLapland programme operates in this unique area of Finnish Lapland.

How long and cold are the days?

Finnish Lapland lies on or above the Arctic Circle which means that between the beginning and end of the season there is enormous variations in temperature and the length of the days. The winter season that we operate in can be split into 3 distinct periods:

  • December and January is the coldest and has the shortest days but is the time of the magical blue polar light. Days are 0.75 – 3.75 hours long, the average temperature is -12 to -14oC and there is around 30 – 40cm of snow.
  • February and early March are similar in terms of day length to what we are used to in the UK at that time while the temperatures remain low. Days are 6 – 10 hours long, the average temperature is around -13 to -8oC and there is approximately 90cm of snow.
  • The second half of March and April offer increasingly long days of blue sky and sunshine and rapidly warming temperatures. You can expect 10 – 15.75 hour days, an average temperature of -8 to -2oC and around 90cm of snow.

 

Day length, temperature and snow depth data are taken from the Finnish Meteorological Institute for the area of Sodankyla and Kittila (Lapland).

I/we don't ski, are there other things for us to do?

Lapland offers fantastic holiday experiences to non-skiers. In the UK Lapland is better known as an activity destination rather than a ski destination and has a long history of providing unique holidays that do not include skiing. There are many things for you to enjoy, including beautiful accommodation, driving a team of huskies, driving a snowmobile to the Russian border, meeting a local reindeer herder or relaxing in a sauna. With a host of options whatever your interests, Lapland is far more than just a ski destination.

For more information visit our Experiences section or contact a skiLapland specialist today.

Can I ski and see the Northern Lights?

Lapland is one of the most reliable destinations for viewing the Northern Lights and can definitely be combined with time of the slopes and trails. Viewing chances are highest during the winter when the nights are longest, December to March. We organise a number of activities and excursions across our different ski resorts with an aim to see the Aurora. We can suggest particular accommodations that also increase your chances of spotting the lights based on their location.

If seeing the Northern lights is a priority of yours please contact us and one of or skiLapland specialists will advise you.

What are your opening hours?

For our UK office our opening hours are:

Monday - Friday

09:00 – 17:30

Saturday & Sunday  

Contact via email 

If you are on holiday with us you can contact your skiLapland representative 24 hours a day. You’ll find the number in your pre-departure information.

Why choose Lapland?

Quiet slopes & short lift queues, even in the holidays.

Excellent ski schools with passionate English speaking instructors, including our exclusive skiLapland ski schools.

Paradise for families. Quiet and gentle slopes, experienced ski instructors, fantastic on and off slope actives make Lapland an ideal destination for families.

Snow surety. Being on or above the Arctic Circle means excellent snow surety throughout the season so you can book with peace of mind.

Beautiful scenery. From the breathtaking landscape of the rolling fells to the stunning sights of the Northern Lights overhead and the crunch of snow beneath your husky team's paws, everything in Lapland will capture the imagination.

Choice on and off the slopes. Our skiLapland holidays can be about more than just skiing. Most resorts have an extensive selection of well-maintained cross country trails and at least one snow park. Off the slopes you have an wide choice of activities from husky sledding and reindeer safaris, to a taste of local Sami culture and chances to see the incredible Northern Lights.

A touch of luxury. Our bespoke services are designed to give you that something extra. The skiLapland specialists can advise you on everything from luxury accommodation to VIP transfers and exclusive private excursions.

Is Lapland a good destination for families?

Lapland is a great choice for families. Our exclusive ski schools are tailored especially towards families and all our resorts have passionate and experienced English speaking instructors. The alpine skiing terrain is excellent for the younger skier, with many suitable wide, un-crowded slopes. There are also a host of activities on offer from husky sledding, meeting a reindeer herder and taking a sleigh ride to visiting Father Christmas.

All of our Finnish resorts offer free lift passes to children under 6.

What are the snow conditions like?

Finnish Lapland is a snow-sure destination with a very reliable snow record as well as offering high quality snow-making facilities. Often, certain resorts can provide 200+ days of open ski slopes each year. The slopes and trails are prepared to a very high standard and are well maintained.

What are the ski areas like and is it busy in peak weeks?

Finnish ski areas are very well maintained and offer well-developed, modern infrastructures. They will not be as extensive as some resorts in other ski regions, but with few people on the wide, tree-line slopes or in the lift queues, you can ski or snowboard with freedom on snow sure conditions. All the resorts have excellent snow parks and extensive cross country trails.

If you are used to skiing in the Alps then you will find Finnish slopes surprisingly quiet, even during the main school holiday periods. This means that you will also be able to spend more of your time practicing and enjoying your skiing with very few lift queues.

What are the ski schools like in Finnish Lapland?

Focusing upon the key elements of safety and enjoyment, Finnish ski schools offer excellent tuition, no matter what your age or requirements. As well as a broad range of alpine ski and snowboard lessons, you can also enjoy a very high standard of tuition in Telemark skiing, cross-country skiing (both classic and skating styles) and adaptive skiing. Lessons are in English with qualified, patient and friendly instructors. For more information on our exclusive ski schools click here.

Is Lapland a good choice for first time skiers?

Lapland is a fantastic place to learn to ski or snowboard. With reliable snow, wide and quiet slopes and very few lift queues you can really concentrate on learning and enjoyment. Finnish ski schools are world-class and offer a Scandinavian style of tuition that focuses on the key elements of skiing technique whilst maintaining safety and enjoyment. Finnish Lapland is a great choice for your first ski or snowboard holiday.

How long are the flights from the UK to Finnish Lapland?

Approximately 3 hours from London or Manchester to Helsinki, and then 1hr 15 to 1hr 40 for the domestic flight up to Lapland. Around 5 hours is the shortest duration from the UK to Lapland for connecting flights. For this reason, where we can, we use resorts that are only 20 or 40 minutes from the airports, therefore your journey can be comparable to many other European destinations with longer transfers.

A direct charter flight is in the region of 4hrs.

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