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Holidays To Lapland Cancelled Because There Hasn't Been Any Snow Yet

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Holidays To Lapland Cancelled Because There Hasn't Been Any Snow Yet

Hate to be the bringer of bad news, but if you were planning on having a Christmas adventure to Lapland this winter, you could be straight out of luck as there is no snow.

Yep, the historical home of Santa Claus in Finland is struggling because - unusually for this time of the year - there is none of the traditional snow to create the usual winter wonderland that attracts so many tourists.

More than 100,000 people are expected to travel out to the area in the hope of enjoying some lovely cold weather and snow. It looks like they could be disappointed.

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In fact, the area has been experiencing warmer weather all year so far. That could be set to continue until mid December and might ruin the usual tourism rush for the locals.

Here's what Lapland is SUPPOSED to look like. Credit: PA
Here's what Lapland is SUPPOSED to look like. Credit: PA

One tour operator, Transun, has already cancelled flights and offered customers alternative dates.

A travel source told the Sun: "It's a crisis. No snow by now is pretty much unheard of and, without it, it's unsafe to run huskies, snowmobiles or reindeer sleds. Some excursions depend on the country's lakes freezing over. They haven't.

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"Rovaniemi, which is the capital of Lapland and is used by the big UK firms like TUI and Thomas Cook, has no snow on the ground whatsoever right now, just mud and sand.

"Following the record-breaking heat of the summer, it has been an unseasonably mild autumn in Lapland and the snow has simply not fallen yet.

"Whilst conventional weather forecasts may not look promising, with no imminent snow currently expected, the weather is unpredictable in Lapland and can change suddenly, so we remain hopeful."

Here is what Lapland ACTUALLY looks like. Credit: Rovaneimi.fi
Here is what Lapland ACTUALLY looks like. Credit: Rovaneimi.fi
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The Sun also interviewed a dad who is hoping to take his kids to see Santa at the beginning of December - he said: "We are just praying for snow.

"We haven't told the children yet that it might not quite be what they were expecting. They'll be so disappointed if there's no snow and they can't have a husky ride or build a snowman. They've been looking forward to this for months.

"We keep checking the forecast and constantly looking on the Rovaniemi webcam, but there is just no sign of snow whatsoever. It's quite cold, but dry. The whole thing is so dispiriting. Lapland is the one place we thought snow would be guaranteed.

"All we can do is keep everything crossed, but it isn't looking good."

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Lapland is ordinarily a winter wonderland at this time of year. Credit: PA
Lapland is ordinarily a winter wonderland at this time of year. Credit: PA

At the minute, you're more likely to see snow in the UK. Some areas awoke to find snow this morning, and more is forecast for the coming days.

Perhaps Lapland could ship Ol' Saint Nick across?

Featured Image Credit: VisitFinland / rovaniemi.fi

Topics: Weather, Christmas, World News, News

Tom Wood
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