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The Magical, Mythical Lapland

Finnish Lapland is as close as reality gets to those who dream of a winter wonderland. Contrasts are a key factor in the allure of Lapland where 24-hour sunlight in the summer replaces the dark winter days. The hustle and bustle of towns and ski resorts is just minutes away from the peace and quiet of the wild wilderness.

Lapland in figures

34 567 reindeers
749 fells
1 Santa Claus

Doze off under the northern lights

The more traditional ways to go Aurora spotting are snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snowmobile and sled dog touring. If gazing at the dark sky in crispy winter air is not your thing, you can simply add comfort. See the slideshow above for places that have made it very easy to keep cosy and sleep well under the Aurorae.

magic of the midnight sun

Two thirds of all of world’s people living in areas graced by the Midnight Sun reside in Finland. Above the Arctic Circle, in the northernmost parts of Finnish Lapland, the sun stays above the horizon for over 70 consecutive days.

ruska in lapland

Autumn leaf color occurs in all of Finland, but gets more vibrant the further north you go. We recommend hiking trips to Lapland in the autumn if you want to witness this spectacular natural phenomenon.

down-hill and cross-country

Finnish Lapland is a skier’s paradise. Whether you are into the thrill of downhill or prefer the more solitary experience of cross-country, the vast, silent fells and many ski resorts with their well-maintained ski tracks make sure you will find the ideal place for you.

 

 

REInDEER RIDE

Why did Santa choose reindeer as his means of transport? Why not find out!

somby – THE rocking SÁMI band

The Sámi people of Lapland, like the American Indians, are strongly associated with myths and legends, and the mention of their name conjures up stereotypical images of a simple indigenous folk, living in a rudimentary lean-to and always dressed in traditional Sámi costume. A Sámi rock band Somby aim to trash that image!

 

THE BEST OF LAPLAND ACCORDING TO SANTA

There is a reason why Santa has chosen Lapland as his home.

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Rovaniemi – a Northern Culture Hub The Magical and Mythical Lapland Five days hiking in Lapland Mad about arctic winters A Canine Case At the Top with the Snowmobile man Rovaniemi / Ranua Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland and the hometown of Santa Claus. 
Located on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi provides modern services and lots of 
activities year round. visitrovaniemi.fi Levi Levi offers a pace of life that will make your holiday an experience – it begins gently in the morning and throbs in the evening to the sound of dance music. There’s no risk of running out of things to do. levi.fi Ylläs Ylläs is a true wonderland in any season. Experience peace of mind, skiing cross country or on the slopes, culinary enjoyment, good company, fun and entertainment. It’s all arranged for you. yllas.fi Saariselkä / Ivalo / Inari Saariselkä–Ivalo–Inari is Europe’s northernmost holiday resort where travellers can experience the mystery of Lapp culture. Enjoy the fantastic outdoor activities with modern facilities and genuine hospitality. saariselka.fi Ruka / Kuusamo / Posio Ruka–Kuusamo–Posio is a new adventure every time. This is a region of abundant wildlife, outstanding nature and unique gourmet experiences. ruka.fiposio.fi Kemi / Tornio Kemi–Tornio invites you to experience exciting town life with the sea, history and modern conveniences nearby. See the archipelago, go rafting or sailing, or spend a day across the border in Sweden. visitsealapland.com Utsjoki Utsjoki offers a natural environment where you can slow down. The vibrant Sami culture, glowing in the northern light of the Arctic Ocean, is full of stories, things to see and experiences for everyone. saamivillage.fi Enontekiö Enontekiö is located at the intersection of three national borders close to the Arctic Ocean. Here you can conquer the great fells and enjoy the charm of the authentic Sami culture at your own pace. tosilappi.fi Kilpisjärvi Kilpisjärvi and its great fells are part of Finland’s national heritage. Even on the Lappish scale, 
this region offers something mystical that other areas can only dream about. 
Visit the only arctic village in Finland any season of the year. tosilappi.fi Muonio / Olos / Pallas Muonio–Olos–Pallas is a cluster of blue highlands in an area that has the cleanest environment in Europe. It is a splendid place to enjoy a relaxing holiday and explore nature in every season. tunturi-lappi.fi Salla Salla – the place to breathe the fresh air and see the beauty of the wilderness. Here you can swim in a crystal-clear lake, walk in the white forest, feel the magic of the polar night and enjoy an open fire. loma.salla.fi Pyhä / Luosto Pyhä–Luosto visitors can enjoy Finland’s southernmost fell range in a national park. It’s a diverse region that offers unhurried atmosphere, genuine Lapp culture and modern services for anybody ready for an adventure. pyhä.filuosto.fi Kemijärvi / Suomu Kemijärvi–Suomu, located in the heart of the wilderness, provides opportunities especially 
for country and downhill skiers. Traditionally the region is a reindeer husbandry area 
which makes it a popular place for families and animal lovers. visitkemijarvi.fi Syöte / Taivalkoski Syöte–Taivalkoski is the place for you whether you want to relax in the absolute silence and peace of nature, enjoy breathtaking views, or feel a rush of adrenaline on the well-groomed slopes. syote.fi