When you think of Lapland, it’s hard to not first envisage a round-bellied man with a big, white beard surrounded by a herd of merry elves, brightly wrapped gifts and a swarm of excited children. And, although Lapland is a wonderful place to visit for a magical family vacation, it’s also the perfect spot for a romantic private winter vacation too.
Winter is by far the best season to enjoy the glistening scenery of Finnish Lapland, so if you want to plan the ultimate couple’s retreat for the holidays, here is our guide to making it as delightful as can be...
Check in to a dreamy treehouse hotel
Set in a tranquil location on a steep, wooded slope surrounded by pine trees, The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is one of our favourite and most romantic spots to stay while in Lapland.
Strongly influenced by the Lappish nature around it, the hotel is designed into individual accommodations around the hillside – so you can be sure of total privacy and seclusion. All the buildings and interiors are made of Finnish wood, which creates a cosy environment and maintains healthy indoor air too.
Whether you opt for a Glasshouse Suite with its own fireplace and private sauna or an Executive Suite with luxurious living space and a special wellness area, you will get the same fairytale ambience, as well as breath-taking vistas from the panoramic windows as you wake up each snow-white morning.
Sip champagne beneath the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis as they are scientifically known, are an astronomical phenomenon casting curtains of coloured lights through the night sky. In northern Lapland the lights shine about every other clear night between September and March, so your chance of seeing them during the holiday period is very good.
To ensure you get the best views possible, we will arrange a private host will take you out in hunt of the Northern Lights and show you the best places to spot them. They will be sure to alert you at any time, should the skies be dancing. Then all that’s left to do is find a perfect spot to sit down and relax while toasting each other with an icy glass of champagne.
Warm up with a Christmas Eve Sauna
In Nordic countries, the biggest celebrations take part on Christmas Eve. It’s the night to spend with the ones you love as well as enjoy a festive meal with plenty of warm “glögi” (mulled wine).
Another quintessential custom of Finland is to enjoy a festive sauna on this night. Just picture a quaint, wooden sauna surrounded by snow and lit up by glistening candle lanterns.
Snuggle together in the warm festive heat of the sauna, and if you feel like a thrill, you can both jump into the deep snow outside to cool off and invigorate yourselves before supper! Alternatively, a cold shower will suffice, however, according to the Finnish folklore, rolling in the snow in between sauna sessions cleanses one’s body and soul.
Get your hearts racing
There are plenty of exhilarating activities to enjoy during your private Christmas vacation in Lapland.
From reindeer racing around snowy plains to high-speed snowmobile rides, you are in the right place if you are looking for an exclusive winter adventure with your partner.
You’ll get the chance to let rip across frozen lakes and experience speed, freedom and an adrenaline rush like never before.
Open gifts around an open fire
Although all the adventure and fast-paced activities can be extremely thrilling, sometimes it’s nice just to slow things down and make time to enjoy each other’s company. So, on Christmas Day, why not take a complete day of rest and relaxation.
Even simple things like toasting marshmallows around an open fire just feel so much more special in Lapland. The fresh winter air and glowing skies can’t fail to make you go all starry-eyed as you wrap up warm and embrace the snowy scenery together.
Exchanging gifts around the open fire will make the seasonal offerings all the more special, especially if there is the chance of a proposal on the cards!
Whether you are preparing to make the ultimate winter proposal or simply want to make time for the person you cherish the most, here at Untold Story we can help you plan a private Lapland vacation to remember forever.
Our speciality is incorporating all the small, but hugely important, details that make a trip to Lapland all the more romantic and exclusive. Get in touch with us today to start planning your bespoke romantic escape of dreams.