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Frequently Asked Questions

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Weather & Light Conditions
Will it be cold in Lapland?
What clothing should I bring?
Will it be bright out?
Will I be able to take photographs?
Will we see the Northern Lights?

Safety & Insurance
Is Finland safe?
Do I need insurance?
Can I drive a snowmobile during the trip?

Lapland for Children
Will we find Santa?
Will children receive a gift from Santa?
What will the food be like?
Are Lapland Holidays suitable for infants?
Are Lapland Holidays suitable for ill or disabled children?

Travel Questions
What's included in my trip?
What are the passport and other requirements for entry to Finland?
What is the time difference between Ireland and Lapland?
How long will the flights be and which airports will we be travelling to/from?

If you have any other questions regarding your Lapland Holiday, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

Weather & Light Conditions

Will it be cold in Lapland?
Average daily temperatures in Finland range from -5C to -25C, although lows of -45C are not unheard of. Late November and early December tend to be slightly warmer than the later trips.

What clothing should I bring?
Thermal clothing is provided on all of our Lapland holidays, but it is important to note that this is generally only during scheduled outdoor activities and excursions. You should also bring a reasonable amount of your own thermal garments and make sure to wrap up warmly in light layers at all times. It's also important to note that thermal clothing for infants is not available on most trips.

Will it be bright out?
Lapland receives four to five hours of daylight each day, much of which is a more greyish light than we are accustomed to in Ireland. However all parts of the resorts will be illuminated with lanterns, outdoor fires and candles when darkness falls, lending a flickering ambience to all activities.

Will I be able to take photographs?
As light conditions are different in Lapland you may require specific camera settings for clear photos to be taken. Make sure to bring spare batteries and ask at your local photography or camera shop for advice.

Will we see the Northern Lights?
The Northern Lights are a spectacular natural phenomenon often seen in Finland. While we can't guarantee they will appear during your trip, do keep an eye out just in case.

Safety & Insurance

Is Finland safe?
Finland is a perfectly safe destination and great care is taken to ensure the safety of all parties on our trips. Given that Finland is an Arctic country and weather conditions can be particularly icy, it is recommended that caution be exercised during activities and instructor's directions are adhered to at all times. Please make sure to keep a close eye on children throughout the trip.

Do I need insurance?
Yes. Travel insurance is essential for Lapland Holidays and you may not be permitted to travel without it. Please check with your insurer that you are covered specifically for the activities included in your trip, as snowmobiling and other rides/sports are generally not included in standard policies. You may be asked to produce evidence of insurance before travelling.

Can I drive a snowmobile during the trip?
The minimum age for operating a snowmobile in Finland is 15 years. However this is only the case on private land and on many tours a valid driving licence may be required. Children's snowmobiles carry a minimum age of four years, subject to height restrictions. Please also make sure that you are insured to drive a snowmobile while on holiday, as you may not be permitted to do so if not.

Lapland for Children

Will we find Santa?
It may take some searching, but you will most certainly get to meet Father Christmas during your trip.

Will children receive a gift from Santa?
All Visit Santa Holidays include either a small gift or a gift allowance for each child. Please see individual trip details for more information, as age restrictions determine eligibility for free gift and vary from package to package. For more information on gifts and gift allowances, please contact us.

What will the food be like?
All of our Lapland Holidays include meals during your stay, and every effort is made to keep food as close as possible to what you are used to eating at home. Breakfast and dinner is usually served in a buffet style, with children's favourites such as chips, chicken nuggets and pizzas available. Most packages will also have a vegetarian option at meal times.

Are Lapland Holidays suitable for infants?
Finland can reach severely cold temperatures, and it is essential that you bring adequate thermal clothing for any children less than two years of age as it is not included on most packages. It is recommended that you consult your doctor before booking and seek advice on the suitability of such harsh conditions for your child. It is also worth noting that buggies will not be suitable for use in the deep snow found in most areas.

Are Lapland Holidays suitable for ill or disabled children?
We realise that a trip to see Santa in Lapland is a dream come true for many children with an illness or disability. We will do everything we can to accommodate your individual needs, please contact us for more information.

Travel Questions

What's included in my trip?
All of our Lapland Holiday packages include your flights and transfers as standard. Packages which include one or more overnight stays also cover accommodation and meals for the duration of your trip. Please see individual trip itineraries for details of what else is included in your package of choice.

What are the passport and other requirements for entry to Finland?
All Irish citizens will require a full passport for travel to Finland. Children who are included on a parent's passport but not travelling with their parents (for example with grandparents, other relatives or friends) will need to get their own passport. Vaccinations are not deemed necessary for travel to Finland, but don't hesitate to contact your doctor if you have any concerns. If you have any further questions, please contact the Finnish Embassy on 01 478 3727.

What is the time difference between Ireland and Lapland?
Lapland is two hours ahead of Ireland.

How long will the flights be and which airports will we be travelling to/from?
Flight time from Ireland to Lapland is approximately 3-3 & a half hours. We fly into a number of airports in northern Finland, please see Getting to Lapland for more information on flight and transfer times.

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