Home to reindeer and subarctic wilderness, as well as the Northern Lights, a trip to Lapland can often seem like the ultimate winter getaway.
However, while many usually travel to Lapland in pursuit of an early white Christmas, this year could be a very different story.
Trips to Lapland in Finland usually begin in late November, giving travellers the chance to experience the so-called Santa season.
However, this year, the Finnish Meteorological Institute have warned that the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi, no snow has been forecast for the rest of the month.
Lapland is yet to see the heavy snowfall which would traditionally have fallen by now
According to reports, the city – which is home to one of a number of airports in Lapland – is set to see only rain.
Why is there no snow in Lapland?
It seems that rising temperatures which saw this summer’s scorching weather may have affected the amount of snow in the area this year.
In Finland, the first snowflakes in the country typically begin to fall in late August or early September in the higher peaks of Lapland.
The winter spans around seven months, with the Finnish snow cover usually being the thickest in mid March, while Lapland can see snow until early April.
A Visit Finland spokesperson told The Independent: “Following an unseasonably hot summer and autumn in Finland, Lapland is yet to see the heavy snowfall which would traditionally have fallen by now.”
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Lapland snow: Little to no snow has fallen in Lapland, Finland, this year
What festive activities can you do instead?
The lack of snow doesn’t automatically rule out your holiday to Lapland, but if the amount of snow has put you off travelling overseas, there’s plenty of festive things to see and do in the UK.
If you’re looking to meet Father Christmas in Lapland, there’s actually no need to travel abroad.
Thanks to Lapland UK, located in Ascot, Britons can experience the magic of Christmas without jetting off anywhere, during a four-hour immersive adventure.
Visit www.laplanduk.co.uk for more information.
Lapland snow: No snow has fallen in some areas of the usually very snowy Rovaniemi
Lapland snow: Rovaniemi usually sees a lot more snow than it has this month
Lotherton’s Christmas Experience
Situated in Leeds, Yorkshire, Lotherton Hall promises plenty of seasonal activities for you to enjoy with the family this winter.
With elves to meet at Santa’s North Pole as well as an enchanted fairy dell to explore, you and your youngsters really can step into Christmas.
Visit thechristmasexperience.co.uk/tickets for tickets and more information.
Hogwarts in the Snow
Just a stone’s throw from central London, in Watford, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has undergone a festive makeover.
With the Great Hall now featuring icicles and snow-covered Christmas trees, and the incredible Hogwarts castle model having seen a sprinkling of snow, your tour of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world will seem even more magical this winter.
Visit www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/hogwarts-in-the-snow for more information.