Great group trips to Lapland with SNO
Get a group together for an unforgettable Lapland experience – this magical part of the planet overflows with opportunity, from the magic of meeting Santa to snow-sure skiing and the chance to catch the Northern Lights.
Whether you want an activity-packed stay or free time to explore the wilderness together, calming spas, buzzing bars or a mix of everything, the winter resorts in Lapland work wonderfully for a range of group holidays.
As a bucket list destination for the ultimate Santa experience, with snow sure skiing to boot, Lapland is an awesome choice for a group holiday. There are more than enough things to do to keep groups of all tastes entertained... Your biggest problem may actually be working out how to fit it all in. Safaris can be taken into the pristine Lappish wilderness by snowmobile, reindeer and husky, or you can venture out with snowshoes or cross-country skis
if you fancy a bit more exercise. Ice karting is also a firm favourite with groups - you’ll need a calm head and nerves of steel if you want to come out on top! Of course there’s also the chance to hunt for the mysterious Northern Lights and you can’t come to Lapland without meeting the man himself! Sorting out activities for the whole group can turn any Christmas lover into the Grinch, so let us book things for you as part of your package to make things easier.
There’s a wide variety of après ski and nightlife in Lapland - if you like your nights long and wild, your first choice should probably be Ruka. There are a variety of bars and clubs here, with DJs often playing and the doors at club Tellu Night regularly stay open until 4am. Levi is also a good bet – the Areena has a huge dance floor with VIP areas and a whopping 10 bars! Most other Lapland resorts are better for a quieter, more relaxed vibe.
Pyha has a quirky bar made from ice (imaginatively named ‘Ice Bar’), as well as other bars and pubs that regularly host live music. No matter where you go, there should always be a bar or pub where you can chill out after a long day in the snow over a mug or two of Finnish glögi (similar to mulled wine) or locally made cloudberry liqueur.
The ski areas here are fairly compact, with gentle, cruisey slopes that are absolutely perfect for beginners and intermediates. There are usually a handful of challenging reds and blacks for experts, as well as other features like slalom runs and mogul courses.
The off piste is top notch here, too, with the very cold weather generally keeping the powder beautifully dry and light. If you’ve got a few park riders in your group they won’t be disappointed either -our favourite resorts for freestylers are Ruka, with its two parks and huge superpipe and Pyha, where the Finnish freestyle team are usually based.
Hotels and apartments are the main types of accommodation in this neck of the woods, and they come in shapes and sizes to suit all kinds of groups.
High end hotels have a bucket-load of facilities for all – spas for those who like pampering, bars for those who like partying, gyms for fitness freaks, pools for swimmers and everything else in between. You’ll also find a range of rooms, which individuals can choose depending on price and preference – and there are often rooms left over if anyone wants to join the trip later.
Self-catered apartments give groups their own space to relax in, uninterrupted by other guests. Cabin-style lodgings are self-contained, and often come with log fires and saunas as extra sweeteners. By taking turns at cooking, everyone gets a few nights off.