Discover Lapland in Finland
When you visit Finnish Lapland you will forget all about the busy life, agreements, pollution and annoying noises.
Finnish Lapland is situated in the northern part of Finland and occupies 30% of the country land area, but only 3 % represents the population.
Rovaniemi - the hometown of Santa Claus
Rovaniemi is known as the hometown of Santa Claus and the biggest city in Finnish Lapland, and of course, the Santa Claus Village is a must see here. Rovaniemi area has a population of around 60.000. You'll find a lot more to do besides looking for Santa Claus. The Northern Lights are a big attraction here and Rovaniemi has some good spots to explore it.
Arktikum Museum presents and provides information on Arctic issues and tells stories about Lapland. An Arktikum exhibition you will find an enormous information package of what's going on today in the evolving Arctic region. The Arktikum is a 10-minute walk from the centre. Rovaniemi also offers all kind of adventures, restaurants, cafes and so on.
Sami - the indigenous people
The Sami were recognized as an indigenous people in the Finnish Constitution in 1995. The Sami here got their right to maintain and develop their language, culture and traditional livelihood.
Since 1996, the Sami have had constitutional self-government concerning their language and culture in their homelands. According to Finnish law, the Sámi are entitled to service in their own language in official matters.
The Sammies have their own parliament building in the city Inari, where you also can experience the Siida Museum about the Sammies.
Winter in Lapland
Snow is nearly a guaranteed in Finnish Lapland, and it stays on the ground for up to six months a year. On clear winter nights, the Northern Lights dance across the sky in green waves, lighting up the silent snowy landscape. Several ski resorts boast well-maintained slopes and snow parks, as well as extensive cross-country trails. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, husky tours and reindeer sleigh rides are a taste of other activities available.
Summer in Lapland
In the summer, the Midnight Sun provides warmth and energy for activities in the white night. Fly fishing, white-water rafting or golf and gold-panning are only a hint of everything on offer. In September, autumn leaf colours see Lappish nature burst into shades of yellow, orange and red, making it an ideal time for outdoor sports, such as hiking, trekking and mountain biking.
How to get to Lapland
Easily to reach Lapland, where you will find more airports, but the the biggest one is located in Rovaniemi. Here you will be in the nature element right away after arrival.