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
190 000 reindeers
1 Santa Claus
- 1Rovaniemi-Ranua1 1
- 4Saariselkä-Ivalo-Inari4 4
- 6Sea Lapland6
- 10Muonio-Olos-Pallas10 10
Explore Lapland by Car
See below for some self-guided tours of Finland’s many natural attractions.
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.
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.