Our top winter destinations 2024 couldn’t forget the opportunity to visit Santa Claus. We’re not joking, either. Lapland is considered the natural home of Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, and we can trace its tradition to this area of the globe. In the far north of Finland, the region offers unique experiences for its visitors and is widely sought by those in search of the most luxurious winter destinations in the world.
You have likely heard of the Aurora Borealis, and while all of Scandinavia invites you to such experiences, there’s something magical about Lapland and this natural phenomenon. Pick the right time of the year, and you’ll be treated to green waves dancing in the sky, which add a spectacular effect to your stay. Considering the destination appeals mainly to those with children, we can’t think of a more magical winter destination than this one.
If you want refinement and sophistication in the middle of nature this winter, the Haawe Boutique Apart Hotel is a fabulous choice. Its nearly perfect location, just 15 minutes by car from Rovaniemi airport, invites you to relax while surrounded by the region’s best restaurants and local stores. There are 14 distinct rooms, with names inspired by the Sami culture, the region’s native people.
Those willing to enjoy deeper contact with nature can place their feet in the snow and be surrounded by wildlife. If that’s the case, have a look at L7 Luxury Lodge. The lodge is a large rustic cabin, which leaves nothing to chance regarding the comforts and amenities found at most modern hotels. Its 50-minute drive from Kittilä International Airport and 10 minutes from Äkäslompolo village make it an adventure worthwhile.
No wonder this is one of the best winter destinations 2024 on our list. Don’t say you’ve read it here, but Lapland is also the right place for reindeer sleigh riding. We’d be wary of a particular one with a red nose, just in case…