Home to Father Christmas, Finnish Lapland is a place where reindeer outnumber humans, where untouched nature covers thousands of miles, and where the freezing climate separates the sturdier tourists from the less courageous. There are mountains, forests and lakes here: everything to make the nature-lover feel at ease!
This is the place where you can try out all sorts of different winter sports: there are numerous small family-oriented ski resorts, thousands of miles of cross-country skiing trails (lit up at night-time), huge open spaces for snow-scooters, reindeer and dog sledding; there is a wide choice for lovers of the great outdoors.
PS: Finnish Lapland is the part that is above the arctic circle, which passes through Rovaniemi, the capital city of the region and the most spread-out city in Europe (not the most densely populated though, unless you include the reindeer!).
There are numerous activities to do and there is always enough snow to do them. Whether you want to ride a snow-scooter, go fishing, reindeer sledding, downhill or cross-country skiing, etc.
Enjoy a night session of cross-country skiing or snowshoe excursions through the forests.
Spend the night in an igloo.
Enjoy a sauna after a long day spent in the blistering cold; if you're feeling brave you can try taking a dip in the freezing lake or rolling around in the snow. The hot-cold transition is said to be good for your skin.
Go for walks in the national parks, in the winter and the summer (mountain biking, excursions).
In the summer, you can take out the canoe or go fishing in the numerous lakes of the region.
Look for amethysts in the Lampivaara mine.
We sincerely hope that you get the opportunity to admire the Northern Lights.
Visit a Huskies farm and a reindeer farm.
Father Christmas' village is a little commercial, but it is a unique experience, even if you still doubt his existence. It is beautifully decorated and lit with a thousand lights, offering a journey into the magic of Christmas. You can even visit the post-office and get a Father Christmas stamp to make sure that your Christmas list goes straight to him.
The Arktikum museum of Rovaniemi, which traces the traditions of the peoples who inhabit these inhospitable lands.
The Same museum, to learn something of the Same people, in Inari.
Cover up well in the winter as temperatures can go down to 50 degrees below zero.
Protect yourself against mosquitoes in the summer.
Saying that there is nothing to do, as the tranquility and nature are the prime assets for the inhabitants of this region.
Reindeer meat is the most popular food in the region. It is served as steak, filet or mincemeat and should be eaten with red berry jam and mash. If it is well prepared, it is a very tender and succulent dish. Salmon comes with every meal and is served in every form under the sun (smoked, cooked in foil wrapping, marinated, raw, etc.). The berries that come with the meat and desserts are picked in the surrounding forests. Bear is served in some restaurants, but they are hunted in limited numbers per year.
This may seem self-evident, but you should try the local vodka; it is not particularly cheap, but it will warm you up.
The handicraft from Lapland primarily uses reindeer antlers. You can buy finely crafted knives with handles made of reindeer antler, or paper cutters made of reindeer bones. Silver jewellery with elaborate patterns. Fur Ushankas or reindeer skin (approximately ?60)