Experience the magical winter wonderland in the Finnish Lapland. Lapland is an ordinary destination with unique natural phenomenon such as Polar nights, autumn colors, Northern Lights, Arctic cities nestled among Ice Age fells. Here you can experience lots of fun activities with for example huskies, snowmobiles, reindeer, Santa Claus, Ice-breakers, and snowshoes.
The contrast between the summer and winter in Lapland is immense; in the winter time the days are short and you have a great chance of spotting Northern Lights, while in the summer you can experience all day around sunlight.
Enjoy the quietness and calm lifestyle of Lapland, or spend some time in a busy ski resort. Once you’ve visited Lapland, you will want to come back.
Want to be adventurous and sleep in a room where the temperatures are kept between 0ºC and -5ºC? If yes, a snow igloo may be just what you’re looking for. It is perhaps one of the most exotic places to spend a night in.
If you want to sleep in an igloo but you don’t like the cold, then perhaps a glass igloo would be the better choice for you. Both the snow igloos and glass igloos have proven to be very popular in Lapland for visitors to stay at.
The outside temperatures can drop below -30º Celsius. Even though it’s cold outside, you can rest assured that your bed in a snow igloo will be snug and warm. Depending on location, the snow igloos are a bit different, but in general, you sleep on a reindeer skin wrapped inside a comfy sleeping bag. Thanks to the insulating properties of snow the temperature will stay stable inside the igloo.
It is estimated that there are two million saunas in Finland. The population of Finland is about 5.3 million so you can imagine how important the saunas are for the locals.
Back in the days, the sauna was used, not when it was heated, during childbirth as it was the most sterile place with hot water available. You can still find people in Finland who were born in the sauna. During the long winters when there was no running hot water, saunas were the most practical places to get washed.
Saunas can be found for example in city apartments, detached houses, country cottages, public swimming halls. The president and prime minister of Finland both have an official sauna.
Don’t you just love Christmas? We do also! In Rovaniemi, Finland, you can experience Christmas every single day of the year. What makes it even more amazing is that you can meet Santa Claus in person at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi.
Santa’s village is located in Rovaniemi, right at the border of the Arctic Circle. Here you can experience the magic and goodwill of Christmas. You can meet Santa Claus, have a chat with him and get a photo with him.
Santa Claus is an important person for the Finnish people and on Christmas Eve he visits the homes of thousands of families all around Finland.
The Midnight Sun has a unique light and during Finland’s summers, you can admire this light on a photography tour, while riding a mountain bike, when floating on a wilderness lake, while sitting on the rocks in Suomenlinna… you name it!
The period of the Midnight Sun is a long midnight sun festival when the sun does not set. The days and nights are the same, no matter what the time.
Midnight Sun is so much more than normal sunlight. Imagine walking in a forest at 3 in the morning without needing any other light to guide your way because the Midnight Sun will be there to light your way. The sun doesn’t burn you and the tone of the light is softer compared to the sun during day time. No wonder it is called magical.
Dog mushing is definitely one of the coolest ways to get around in Lapland! You can drive the sledge by yourself or let your friend do it while you sit back and relax in the sledge.
You can meet husky dogs and try dog sledding year-round. The main season for husky rides is in the winter time, but in the summer time, if it’s less than +15C, a few husky farms provide husky safaris on a sledge with wheels. No matter on the season, you can visit sled dog farms and learn more of the daily life of a sledge dog.
Duration of a wintry dog sleigh ride varies from a few minutes to several hours or even days!
Want to experience city life in Finland and combine it with Lapland’s winter wonderland or midsummer sun dream? In that case, we highly recommend making a stopover in Helsinki before or after going to Lapland.
Helsinki is the Capital of Finland, where you will feel the closeness of nature while being in the largest city of Finland. From Helsinki-Vantaa airport, there are daily flights to different destinations in Lapland such as Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Kittilä and Ivalo airports. By air, the travel time is about an hour.
If you’re eager to see more of the countryside and want to travel in a more sustainable way, taking the night train between Helsinki and Rovaniemi is a great option. On this 12-13h trip, you get to see how nature changes from south to north.
As Lapland is one of the best places in the world to see Northern Lights, local entrepreneurs have come up with an imaginative way to enjoy the natural phenomenon without having to be outside in the cold.
Glass igloos or aurora cabins allows you to admire the nature around you and the sky. You have a possibility to spot some Northern Lights from the comfort of your own bed.
Most glass igloos in Finland are located within the Aurora Zone, around or to the north of the Arctic Circle. Similar structures have been built in more southern parts of Finland too with the idea to enjoy the nature around you.
Some igloo resorts are located in Levi, Luosto, Pyhä, Saariselkä or near the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi. Muotka and Lake Inari Mobile Cabins are located in more remote areas.
Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights as we also know them, are a natural phenomenon and the result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by the solar wind. You can never know when they appear, but there are various apps that forecast them.
The light show is spectacular and many people have it in their bucket list to see them at least once in their lives. One of the best places to see them is in Lapland; northern parts of Finland, Sweden, and Norway.
In order to see the Northern Lights, you need to be in a place with less light. You can hunt for them by car, snowmobile or a reindeer. If you are staying a night in an Aurora cabin or glass igloo, you may be one of the lucky ones who spot them from the comfort of your own bed.
The Aurora Borealis are visible in Lapland from late August until mid-April.