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If you want to experience a truly magical start to the new year, why not book a trip to Lapland with your partner? Located north of the Arctic Circle and covering areas of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia, this expanse of wilderness has an array of attractions to offer.  At this time of year, it is a true winter wonderland.

As long as you plan your travel itinerary carefully, you’ll be able to enjoy the perfect romantic couples break.

Step off the beaten track

The best way to experience Lapland is to get away from the typical tourist hotspots and venture out to see its forests and lakes. For example, to experience some of the area’s wildlife, you can book a hovercraft pack ice tour around the outer archipelago of Lulea in Swedish Lapland. These trips give you the chance to spot seals and soaring sea eagles.

It’s also worth testing your skills at the traditional sport of ice fishing. You can book excursions that take you to the perfect spots, usually by snowmobile. Tour firms typically provide overalls, warm clothes, food, fishing equipment and a special ice drill. Perch is the most common catch, but it’s also possible to land pike, burbot, whitefish and zander.

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Take a ride

No trip to this part of the world is complete without a ride through the frozen tundra. While on your Lapland holidays 2015, you can slide through the chilly terrain on reindeer sleigh rides. These smooth, quiet tours are one of the best ways to explore the landscapes.

For a faster and more exciting experience, you can hop on board a dog sled. Usually, three of four pairs of dogs pull a two-person sleigh, making for an exhilarating ride.

Experience the beauty of the Northern Lights

Many people book Christmas holidays to Lapland because of the wondrous natural show that is the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. Watching these delicate colors dance across the night sky is an experience unlike any other. The lights can be seen throughout the winter and they most commonly appear between 5pm and 2am. Special tours will take you away from artificial light sources to give you the best chance of spotting this awesome phenomenon.

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Why not experience a true winter with a sojourn to this snowy and beautiful expanse?

Images by Steve Sawyer and Visit Finland used under the Creative Commons license.

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