Hopefully each week you are adding some fun destinations to your bucket list.
Is Lapland already on your bucket list? If not, maybe it will be now!
Lapland, a Scandinavian retreat above the Arctic Circle, is a place that lends itself to cliches. It's almost impossible to resist describing the destination as a "winter wonderland" or, simply, "breathtaking."
Yes, we know you've heard similar descriptors when it comes to describing a beautiful area of the world, but Lapland, Finland is the real deal. The snowy scenery truly seems taken from a painting or movie set. And that's without even mentioning the gorgeous Northern Lights.
Lapland is a place worth visiting. This article will provide an overview of everything you need to know to get the most out of your trip.
Lapland is situated in Scandinavia, sometimes referred to as the northern area of Finland. It consists of innumerable small towns. The native Sami had a rich and distinct culture in the area. They have an iconic native style dress and are known for domesticating reindeer.
Exploring the Sami way of life and gallivanting through each village would take a lifetime. Therefore, we've selected some destinations that contain some of the best of what Lapland offers.
We'd be remiss if you missed out on the classic winter activities available in Lapland. Saariselka is the perfect place to visit if you want to have an excellent view of the Nothern Lights, hit the ski slopes, or hike through an idyllic mountain forest. Want to be less active? Not a problem. Saariselka is also known for peaceful activities, including spas and massage parlors.
Kiruna is home to some of the most iconic attractions in Lapland. The Icehotel is an art exhibit made entirely of ice and snow you can live in. Yes, the attraction seems gleaned from a children's book, but we assure you it truly exists! Other incredible places to visit in Kiruna include Abisko National Park and Aurora Sky Station.
Autti is a small village perfect for those who want to contact nature. It is famous for a gigantic gorge, scenic river canyons, and snowcapped forests. Not to mention, Autti hosts an annual Medival fair.
If you had to choose a town to shoot a Christmas card, Rovaniemi would be among the best choices in the world. The village is famous for Santa Claus village, the original home of Santa Claus, and an attraction that draws millions of people to Lapland yearly. This town is the most "touristy" on the list, but dealing with the crowds is worth it. You simply won't find a better place to enjoy winter anywhere else in the world.
Tips on Visiting Lapland
How to visit
Notably, there are no direct flights to Lapland, so you must first fly to the Finnish capital, Helinski, before proceeding to the area.
Lapland is a common destination, so it's easy to find packages that include airfare. In other words, you can simplify things, so you only need to make one purchase, and you'll be shuttled off to Lapland's scenic landscape.
Once you arrive, you'll be delighted to discover that most people can speak English well.
When to arrive?
We highly recommend visiting Lapland Finland during the winter. This is definitely when the area shines the most and when most activities are available.
Luckily, the weather in Lapland isn't as intense as in many Scandinavian areas. However, you should come with durable winter clothing to keep warm.
Things to Do
Here is a list of the best activities in Lapland, Finland:
- The Northern Lights
- See Santa Claus
- Dog and reindeer Sledding
- Ice fishing
- Driving a snowmobile
The time is coming soon for you to travel to Lapland. When you are ready, contact me. I am ready to help you plan an amazing vacation.