The home of Santa Claus is without snow and it has left families devastated that their Christmas holiday will not be picture perfect.
Lapland is experiencing unseasonably mild temperatures at a time when there would be 30cm of snow on the ground.
Webcams dotted around the region show conditions closer to a rainy day on UK high street rather than a festive wonderland that holidaymakers expect.
What Lapland looks like at the moment
What Lapland should look like
According to weather forecasters, tourists will have to wait until 11 December for a significant amount of snowfall – with 24.4cm expected in just one evening.
In a statement, holiday operator TUI announced that trips to resorts have been cancelled because of the mild weather.
“Unfortunately, as the temperature isn’t predicted to be cold enough to allow for the completion of the Snow Village in Kittila for the first weekend of the season we have taken the difficult decision to cancel just the 1st and 2nd December day trips to that resort. We have directly contacted any affected customers with alternative options.
“We would like to reassure anyone heading to Kittila for three or four nights at the beginning of December or later, or to anyone due to visit any of our other Lapland resorts over this period or at a later point in the season, that we are confident we’ll be able to offer them the full experience as planned.”
Holidaymakers, understandably, are now starting to panic.
@Transun any snow over there? Getting close to our trip and have a panicking wife 😳
— Chris Dunleavy (@lander6482) November 20, 2018
— Ape Ape (@Apeesssss) November 21, 2018
While others are finding the process of finding out more information frustrating.
@ThomasCookUK we have paid over £2000 for an overnight sleigh bell sleepover..how can it be described as sleigh with no snow! If you think I’m paying £2000 to decorate biscuits your out of your minds! @Transun are postponing trips, whilst your lining your pockets 😡
— Laura Hardy (@LauraJayne0212) November 21, 2018
@ThomasCookUK currently flying to Lapland on 2nd Dec. No snow!!! And none due!! All other travel providers have cancelled their trips. U can't expect children to go to lapland with no snow, to be told they can still do all the activities? How? Please clear this up !!!
— James Courtman (@CourtmanJ) November 20, 2018
I have tried to call the change team and they hung up on me as soon as I mentioned Lapland! Appalling! https://t.co/ZhfZFaGS7Q
— Celine Salisbury (@CelineSals) November 21, 2018
The tourist website for the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi, has even published an article on “amazing things to do” while waiting for the snow such as aurora hunting, winter swimming or visiting a reindeer farm.
And their optimism is also shared by others.
— Tom 🏴 (@Tom_Celt) November 20, 2018
We go to Lapland in 11 days and if there’s no snow there’s no snow I’ve been before with no snow years ago and it was still incredible! We’ve got some amazing plans and I’m still so excited 😁
— lindzze scott (@lindzzescott) November 21, 2018
But in a cruel twist of fate, there has been snowfall in parts of the United Kingdom today.
— Barnsley House & Spa (@Barnsley_House) November 21, 2018