It seems that quite a few people in Britain weren’t paying attention in geography class.
A new survey of 2000 adults by travel company TUI – which even runs charter flights to Lapland airports during the festive season – found that 1-in-3 people had no idea it was a real region. And just 22% said they knew it encompassed parts of Finland as well as Sweden, Norway and Russia.
“Whilst TUI have been sending people to Lapland for a long time, you can understand why many Brits believe Lapland is a made up place, as much of the region is magical and if you haven’t visited, you might only think of it as the fictional home of Santa” said a spokesperson for the holiday operator.
This is the busiest time of year for charter flights arriving at Lapland’s four airports of Rovaniemi, Kittilä, Enontekiö and Ivalo as tourist come for a Christmas wonderland experience.
Many of those flights are day trips, with passengers packing in a visit to Santa Claus, some local food and excursions as well on a reindeer or husky sleigh ride, before flying back to their home countries at the end of the day.