LAPLAND holidays are out of the question for most Brits this year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
But you don’t have to travel to the Arctic Circle to experience some of the best parts of a Lapland holiday.
The Northern Lights, Husky sledding, ice hotels and cross-country skiing can all be found here in the UK.
We’ve rounded up some of the best Lapland experiences, and you won’t even need to bring your passport.
Some activities may not be operating as usual due to Tier restrictions, so please contact the provider before making a booking.
Situated just outside Tewkesbury on the banks of the river Avon, Arctic Quest train you to take charge of a racing rig, with huskies as your lead.
They have dogs to suit all levels of riders, with prices starting from 30pp.
If you want to extend your adventure, you can stay the night in their traditional Sami Tipi or Herder’s Hut, complete with campfire, hides, furs and beds.
Sleep in a snow hotel
While Swedish Lapland has the famous IceHotel, Brits can help to build their own snow hotel in Scotland.
They then stay the night in the snow cave.
Huntly Nordic and Outdoor Centre is Britain’s only purpose-built all-weather facility for cross-country skiing and roller skiing, providing tuition at all levels from novice up to recreational skiers.
When there is good snow cover, skis are available to hire by the day and can be used on the high-level forest trails in the Clashindarroch Forest which is just 13 miles from the centre.
When they have no snow, visitors can still cross country ski on the all-weather track or go tubing on the downhill slope.
Watch the Northern Lights
According to Visit England, the skies above Northumberland are dark and clear in the winter months, the perfect time to see the Aurora Borealis.
The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers panoramic views across the North Sea.
While Aurora Borealis has been spotted in Northumberland before, it is not a reliable show, unlike in the Arctic Circle.
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Relax in a sauna
The Treetop sauna sits 10m high in the forest canopy at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest.
The sauna is part of six spa zones culminating 25 different spa experiences at the holiday park.
Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest is now available to book as part of a spa session during a Center Parcs short break, or as a spa day.