Sweeping landscapes all decked out in greenery and wildflowers or the silence of a sleeping land in snow, the Finnish region of Lapland is a wonderful place to visit for those who love outdoors. Read more...
The best way to experience the abundant nature that Finland is so famous for is out in the Finnish Lapland. Lapland is Finland's northernmost region and home to the indigenous Sami people, and in winter, is truly a wonderland and magical sights and almost mystical experiences to be had. In the summertime, 24 hours of sunlight makes it the perfect place for some hikes among the beautiful forests.
The capital of the region is Rovaniemi, also known as Santa Claus' hometown! As well as Santa Claus' Village, there are many activities you can participate in to make the most of Lapland such as a husky safari or a visit to the northernmost zoo in the world. Rovaniemi is known as the heart of Lapland and is a charming city in its own right to spend a couple of days. In the warmer months, a riverboat cruise is a popular way to soak up the quaint atmosphere. During winter, this city is a great base from which to see the Northern Lights, the natural phenomenon that creates green waves across the night sky. The contemporary Arktikum, an internationally renowned Arctic Museum, is also worth a look while in town.
Perhaps the best way to see Lapland is to do so on one of our ready-made packages, like Finland Fresh or Fabulous Winter Lapland (or we can tailor-make one for you!) These tours encompass the top sites of the region while allowing you to participate in unique activities such as a reindeer safari, learning about Sami culture or a snowmobile ride. They also make the most of the unique accommodation available. On the Lapland Circle Adventure package, enjoy a night in a heated glass igloo near Saariselka, the perfect place from which to watch the Northern Lights brighten the sky. Or stay in the famous Arctic Snow Hotel in Sinetta amongst the forest and the tame reindeer.
Lapland is also home to many great ski resorts such as Levi and Yllas. Yllas in particular is a 'true wonderland in any season', with stunning snowcapped mountains and two communities of Lappish people (the Sami) living in the area and welcoming visitors to learn about their culture. Yllas prides itself on having eight seasons and many reasons to visit in every one of these.
Whether you visit in deep winter or midsummer, there is always something to do in Lapland that will leave you feeling grounded and connected with nature.