Travel Guide to Finnish Lapland
Here we tell you why you should visit the Finnish Lapland, and what to do in Summer and Winter.
Finnish Lapland is situated in the northern part of Finland and occupies 30% of the country land area, but only 3 % represents the population.
When you visit Finnish Lapland you will forget all about the busy life, agreements, pollution and annoying noises.
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 excellent spots to explore it.
Arktikum Museum presents and provides information on Arctic issues and tells stories about Lapland. In 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 kinds of adventures, restaurants, cafes and so on.
Sami - the indigenous people
The Sami were recognised 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 is entitled to service in their language in official matters.
The Sammies have their 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
The easiest way to access Finnish Lapland from Helsinki is by plane. There are flights to:
Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village, Arktikum
Rovaniemi has the biggest airport where Finnair and Norwegian have connections.
Also, TUI has connections from the UK.
See more: Airports in Finland
You can drive to Lapland from Helsinki, and it will take you from 11-15 hours depending on how far north you go in Finnish Lapland. We don´t recommend you to go there in winter, where the weather can be bad with snow.