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What to Pack for a Family Snow Adventure in Lapland

A reindeer ride in Lapland.A reindeer ride in Lapland.

It’s hard to resist the lure of a holiday to Lapland with the kids – as well as exciting activities including meeting Santa, reindeer sleigh-rides, downhill or cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, tobogganing, ice-fishing or snowshoeing, you might get to see the Northern Lights (perhaps on an evening safari) or spend a night in a thermal glass igloo. We asked our friends at Inghams for their tips on getting ready for one of their Arctic Circle snow adventures.

• Normal ski clothing is usually sufficient, but thermal suits and boots can also be hired locally (they’re included in the price of Inghams’ Santa breaks; for seven-night stays they cost about £20-29 for thermal suits, £10-19 for boots). Uncrowded ski slopes make Lapland a great place for introducing your kids to skiing, and most resorts offer ski tuition from the age of six. There’s plenty of snow even early in the season, and most slopes are illuminated (from mid-January onwards you can ski without floodlights until mid-afternoon).

• Other than that, think layers. Several light layers are best, including a fleece and long thermal underwear. 

• Warm socks and roomy thermal boots are also recommended, as well as warm hats (or a balaclava), snow-proof gloves/mittens (with some spares for kids) and a scarf/fleece neck-warmer.

• Don’t forget ski goggles and/or sunglasses against the dazzle of the sun on snow. 

• Grown-ups may also want to pack some swimwear for the sauna.

• Bring a camera – essential for capturing those magic moments. Note that camera batteries tend to discharge more quickly in the cold so a spare battery might be a good investment.

• Pack Vitamin D supplements (the lack of sunlight can reduce your vitamin D levels).

• Lip-balm.

• Hand warmers.

• High-energy snacks (there’s a supermarket in every resort but you might want to bring your favourite snacks as well).

It is safe to say that a trip to Lapland is one that your children will treasure forever – to make the most of your experience you may want to wait until the children are old enough to join in all the activities and remember the holiday. Babies and toddlers under the age of two are unlikely to be mobile enough to keep warm outdoors, and even with proper thermal clothing will get cold when carried around or in a pushchair. They are also unlikely to remember much – so it’s best to wait until they are a little bit older and out of nappies.

With so much to keep the whole family entertained, both the short Santa breaks and 7-night holidays are a great choice for those looking to bring grandparents along. Most Lappish ski resorts have plenty on offer for skiers and non-skiers too, so there is something for everyone.

Find out more about Inghams Lapland snow adventures and family ski holidays and find out more about Lapland’s three-season winter and about climate and daylight hours.


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