Lapland is one of the magical places in the world. It is the country of Santa, the Sami, and the reindeer. Temperatures in the winter are quickly going down to -15 and -25 degrees Celsius. The snow and the frozen lakes form the beautiful winter landscape. Lapland stretches out over the far north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and a small piece of Russia.
To many people, visiting Lapland is on their Bucket list. Introducing you to the top 10 places in this area in this article, we will convince you to book your trip to Lapland this year.
Number 7: Ice fishing
Many people in Lapland still live somewhat in a traditional way. For example, many people still catch their own fish, even during winter. Finland has about 188,000 lakes, so there is enough space to catch trout and salmon. This activity is super fun to do once yourself. It may seem very boring and easy, but it is even more difficult and heavier than you might think, especially when you choose to make the most of it yourself in the traditional way.
Number 6: Traditional snow sports
Due to the tons of snow that come down in Lapland each year, it has always been very difficult for the inhabitants to travel using regular transport. By making use of snowshoes and cross-country skiing, the inhabitants make it happen, however. That is one of the reasons why cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are the most favorite snow sports of the population. There are special cross-country trails that show the most beautiful places in the area. The most amazing thing about these sports is that you do not get to meet anyone for miles and miles and you can really enjoy nature and tranquility.
Number 5: Santa
Lapland is the country of Santa Claus. Everything is held in the name of Christmas throughout the year. Santa Claus Village is also really in the heart of Lapland, Rovaniemi. Here you can visit the Arctic Circle and get your picture taken with Santa Claus with his elves. You can even write a letter here and have it sent by Santa Claus. It will be delivered on the next Christmas.
Number 4: Reindeer
Thanks to Sami, reindeers are inseparable from Lapland. The Sami’s are a nomadic people who used to travel with the reindeer through the Lapland landscape. They also used the animals for their sleds for transport, due to the strong endurance of the animals. Nowadays all reindeer in Lapland are from the Sami. In the summer the reindeers run loose and you run into them everywhere, but in the winter they are picked up and brought to the reindeer farms, where they are cared for and fed. Reindeer safaris are also held on these reindeer farms during the winter. On the sleds, you can enjoy the beautiful snowy landscape.
Number 3: Snowmobile
One of the best and most fun ways to explore the Lapland landscape is by a snowmobile. It is really nice to race across the frozen lakes and through the snowy forests. There are about 188,000 lakes in Finland alone, so you do not have to worry that you will not see one on the snowmobile. You can drive around for hours on the paths without meeting any living soul. Dress well, because, at -25 degrees, the days get very cold!
Number 2: Husky tour
A trip with huskies is a truly unforgettable experience. This is one of the most booked excursions in Lapland. As soon as you arrive on the dog farm, hundreds of huskies start to cheer and bark at you. These four-legged friends are thrilled to go for a run and cannot wait to go on the trip. With a team of six or eight dogs, you explore the beautiful snowy landscape. Afterward, you can thank the animals by stroking them and cuddling with them and you can even visit the puppies.
Number 1: Northern Lights
Lapland is one of the few places where the Northern Lights can be seen regularly. On average, the so-called Aurora can be seen once a week. In the months of December and January, there is the greatest chance of seeing the Northern Lights. The days are mostly dark, with only 4 hours of light a day. The Aurora is one of the most incredible nature spectacles and is called the fireworks of nature. To see this properly, there are even glass igloos designed in Lapland so that you get to see the show from your bed at night. One of the places where you can rent such an igloo is, for example, the Kakslauttanen Iglo Resort, with an average price of 300 euros per night.