Lapland Guide for the ordinary traveler

Wanderlust Wonderland brings you: a travel guide for ordinary travelers, with must-sees, tips and tricks and the most delicious food, for ordinary travelers, like you and me.

Winter does not want to appear in my little country, and I’m longing back to this time last year, when I was getting ready for our trip to Lapland. It was such an adventure! It really was the most amazing trip I ever took. Make sure to add it to your bucketlist, it’s the trip of a lifetime!

Must do

  • Go dogsledding!
  • Take a ride on a snowscooter
  • Visit a reindeer corral and feed the reindeer!
  • Return to your childhood and play in the snow
  • Relax in a hot jacuzzi and then dive into the snow

Best places to stay

  • A glass cabin from where you can see the stars and northern lights (If you’re lucky) like the aurora hideaway
  • An Icehotel. And even if you’re not staying there, it’s really cool to see so make sure to plan a visit.

Must Eat

  • Moose
  • Reindeer stew
  • Potato soup
  • Salmon

The absolute highlight: Northern Lights

You have to be lucky to see the this magic occuring. We had extreme luck because we saw it every single night. It has to be bright and dark enough outside. If it’s cloudy, you can’t see a thing. Plan your trip in the winter months to increase your chances, but I’d recommend to not count on seeing the lights. Don’t visit Lapland just for the lights, because you will be disappointed when you don’t get to see them. Visit Lapland for the winter wonderland that it is, for the awesome things you can do such as dogsledding and petting reindeer. See the Northern Lights as a bonus, not a must.

Tips and Tricks

  • There is no shame in booking an all in trip, especially for trips like this. It can be hard to arrange everything on your own, I for one would not want to think about driving in this snowy landscape. We booked an all in trip with a travel agency and I’m so glad we did, because we did not have to worry about a thing. Just look for agencies that have Lapland trips that you’re interested in.
  • Kinda obvious but make sure to pack the warmest clothing you can find, gloves, hats, scarfs and thermal underwear. You’re going to need it.

The traveling bookworm

What are the best books to get into the mood for your trip to Lapland?

  • Philip Reeve – Pugs of the frozen north (children’s literature)
  • Carole Matthews – Calling Mrs Christmas (romance)
  • Philip Pullman – The Northern Lights trilogy (Young Adult Fantasy)


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