• The Magical and Mythical Lapland

    Fox’s Fires

    Countless legends revolve around the Northern Lights. Sámi myth says they come about when the fox runs over the fells and whirls the snow with its tail, sending sparks up the heavens.

  • Tones to Remember

    Autumn leaf colour, “ruska”, paints Lapland in colourful splendour, evoking feelings of harmonious melancholy. It is a final display of nature’s power and beauty, before it, once again, prepares to succumb to the looming winter.

  • Healing Hut

    The “kota”, a Lappish version of the tepee, is a temporary dwelling, inside of which Sami medicine men used to perform their rituals. Contact with the spirit world was reached through a hole in the top.

  • Holy Mountain

    The Saana fell overlooking the village of Kilpisjärvi is holy to the Sámi, and sacrificial fires to the supreme god Ukkonen were burned at the top of it. Saana plays a central role in many Lappish tales.

  • Rays of Hope

    The return of sunlight in the spring awakens trees, plants, animals and people from their wintry slumber, and refills all souls and snowy landscapes with a fresh joie de vivre.

  • Here I Stand

    Dead trees, “kelo” in Finnish, are characteristic of Lapland’s nature and remind one of the passing of time and the harsh conditions nature puts the area and its inhabitants through.

  • Darkness Illuminated

    In the winter, ‘kaamos’ or the polar night, wraps Lapland in a veil of darkness and an eerie, yet comfortably peaceful stillness prevails. The Northern Lights illuminate the sky with their dance, bringing messages from a world beyond ours.

  • The Great Outdoors

    The reindeer is an icon of Lapland, and they outnumber people in the province. In the summer, reindeer head to the fells and graze in the wilderness.

  • Golden Goodness

    In the summer, the Arctic taiga basks in the rays of the Midnight Sun for as long as two months. Plants and berries strive towards bloom and the sun smiles whole-heartedly at the rugged wilderness it completely ignores in the winter.

  • Red Skies

    During kaamos, shades of red on the horizon create a gloomy, yet soothing atmosphere, inspiring hope of a new dawn when the sun returns in springtime.

  • Inner Excursion

    The vastness of Lapland makes a person feel small. Getting to roam large wilderness areas on your own is ideal for soul searching and finding your place in life. Nature works wonders for the weary and confused mind.

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The Magical and Mythical Lapland

In Finnish folklore, an element of mystery is associated with Lapland, the country’s northernmost province. Many a myth stems from the ancient animistic beliefs of the Sami, the Arctic tribe and Europe’s only indigenous people.

In Sami mythology, everything has a soul. Thus, every living and non-living being has a story of their own. Rocks and trees, foxes and reindeer, the Northern Lights in the sky and the knife in the reindeer herder’s hand all carry knowledge and wisdom within. Spirits are present in everything, wherever one wanders.

LAND OF THE SHAMANS

In the old days, Sami medicine men foretold one’s fate through visions. Healing, both spiritual and physical, was practised through shamanism and making contact with the spirit world.

In Lapland, ancient legends survive to this day through word of mouth. Old myths were inspired by the omnipresent entity that was here before man and will be here after man is gone – nature.

Life in Lapland follows the cycle of Mother Nature, and the stark contrasts between the four seasons dictate the pace.

THE ONENESS OF NATURE AND MAN

Being able to wander in the wildernesses with nothing but your thoughts is a key part of Lapland’s attraction. A feeling of being one with nature is still among one of the most empowering feelings humans can experience.

Like all spiritual experiences, Lapland needs to be seen and felt; describing states of mind never quite gets up there with the actual experience. Words fail to capture the feeling of actually standing on top of a fell gazing at the vast wilderness all around you… now that can send a tingle down the spine.

 

Lapland

In just a few minutes, you can leave behind the hustle and bustle of a ski resort or a city and arrive in the peace and quiet of the wilderness.