Flights to Lapland Ivalo

Escape to Ivalo, a village in Finnish Lapland – and the gateway to the popular Arctic resort of Saariselka – for a winter adventure with added magic. If you've been dreaming of a white Christmas, the rugged wilderness of northern Finland is the ideal spot for chasing the northern lights, riding snowmobiles and even meeting Santa himself.

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Discover magical Lapland this winter

Fly direct from London Gatwick to Lapland Ivalo with British Airways and you’ll be touching down in a snow-covered winter wonderland.

Thrill-seekers will love snowboarding and skiing down the slopes at Saariselka, where you can also enjoy Finland’s longest toboggan ride from the summit of the Kaunispaa Fell.

If you want to venture further out, book a guided hike around the frozen lakes of Inari or through the pine forests of Urho Kekkonen National Park. This remote region of ancient wilderness has been home to Sami populations for thousands of years.

Then of course, there’s Santa. Meet his elves and reindeer, bake gingerbread and lose yourself in the wonder of it all at Santa’s Creek in the Northern Lights Village – a highlight for kids of all ages. Book your flight to Lapland Ivalo today.

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Flight time

4 hours

Time zone

GMT +2

Currency

Euro

Lapland Ivalo flight FAQs

Flights from London Gatwick to Lapland’s Ivalo Airport take around four hours. 

We fly to Lapland Ivalo from December to February, and while prices will vary throughout this period, you may find it’s cheaper to fly outside of the peak Christmas and New Year dates.

Prices in Finland can be high – especially if you visit the main ski resorts and holiday villages of Lapland. However, you’ll find a variety of restaurants, bars and activities to suit every budget and you may save on your trip by visiting outside of the peak Christmas dates. Santa sticks around all year round so any little ones travelling with you won’t miss out. 

You’ll need to pay for any sledding or winter sports activities, but much of Lapland’s appeal is in its wild, natural beauty. And of course, the northern lights are one of nature’s most spectacular sights. If the skies are clear, you’ll have an excellent chance of spotting them – and you won’t pay a penny. 

Ivalo Airport is just 10 minutes from Ivalo’s village centre, so it’s a straightforward journey by taxi once you land in Finland. If you’re heading straight to Saariselka from the airport, you can take a taxi or a bus, which both take around 30 minutes. 

Once you’re in Saariselka, you can walk between the main attractions. If you're heading further afield, taxis are available – and you can always book a sledding tour or go cross-country skiing to explore the countryside.

You can also hire a car with British Airways if you want to see more of what Finland has to offer. You’ll receive great benefits, with all mandatory charges included and 24-hour customer support, plus you’ll collect Avios points on every rental.

While Ivalo and northern Finland offer visitors plenty to do and see all year round, winter is when Lapland truly sparkles. A blanket of snow covers the region from late October until at least March and you’ll find scenes worth of a fairy tale in every direction. The festive period also coincides with the Polar Night, when the sun sets in late November and doesn’t reappear fully until early January. During this time the cool blue light of the afternoon has an otherworldly quality, illuminating the snow-tipped forests. It’s also the best time of year – and one of the best spots – to watch the northern lights in all their glory. Combined with a trip to deliver wish lists to Santa in person, Lapland sets the scene for a winter break to remember.

Citizens of the UK and Ireland and EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit Finland. If you hold a passport from a country or territory outside of these areas, you may need to apply for a visa before you travel. You can find out more about visa requirements for all the countries we fly to at the IATA Travel Centre.

You can book a hand baggage-only ticket or make the most of our generous baggage allowance. If you choose economy standard or one of our British Airways Holidays’ packages, each passenger can check in a bag weighing up to 23kg – in addition to a handbag, laptop case or other small bag. Families travelling in any cabin with younger children can also check in one car seat and one fully collapsible pushchair. Read more about baggage allowances for children.

If you’re flying in our business cabin, you can check in two bags weighing up to 32kg each. Read our baggage guide for full details.

Discover outstanding service from the moment you book. Enjoy free seat selection 24 hours before departure, free hand baggage and a generous checked bag allowance. Onboard you’ll find HEPA-filtered air, quality on-board catering and a warm, uniquely British welcome.

Simply relax and let us take care of you, every step of the way.

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All our cabins offer the same great – and uniquely British – experience. Choose your perfect way to fly, from economy to business.

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Our Euro Traveller cabin offers all the touches you need to enjoy your flight at an affordable price.

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Work or relax in our Club Europe cabin and enjoy lounge access, a dedicated check-in area and more personal space.

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