Lapland is a region of northern Europe, largely within the Arctic Circle, extending across northern Norway, Sweden and Finland to the Kola Peninsula of Russia. It is bounded to the west by the Norwegian Sea, to the north by the Barents Sea and to the east by the White Sea. Lapland, the common name for the region, derives from Lapp, the name Scandinavian ascribed to the Sami people who have sparsely inhabited the area for several thousand years. Today, the Sami consider Lapp a derogatory term. They call the region Sápmi. Lapland borders several national borders and does not exist as a single administrative unit.
Lapland is a region of great topographical diversity. In the west it covers the northern part of the Kolen Mountains, which reaches an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. On its Norwegian (western) side, this area drops abruptly and is eaten away deep in fjords and headlands and shattered into archipelagos. The eastern flank of the Swedish Lapland (see Lapland) gradually turns into a wide Piedmont with large, finger-like lakes that feed the rivers in the Gulf of Bothnia. Finnish Lapland (Lappi) is a relatively low-lying region with many moors and small lakes.
The Norwegian Lapland is largely open and windswept, the wood grows only in sheltered sections and sheltered interior. Southern and central Lapland lies in the zone of taiga, the swampy coniferous forest, with its saturated land and many moors and swamps. Forests of pine and spruce give way to the dwarf birch, the heath and the lichens of the tundra further north and at higher elevations.
The Lapland region has a sub-arctic to continental climate characterized by mild summers and cold, snowy winters. Depending on the location, the region has an average temperature range of approximately -16 ° C to 3 ° C during the peak season, from December to February, with occasional lows of around -30 ° C (-22 ° F) or colder when the wind is cold. Fortunately, the dry, fresh air has a moderate effect on the temperatures. (See what you need to pack to stay warm and comfortable for your winter visit.) The amount and duration of the snowfall also varies by location. The average number of snowy days is between 175 and 225 days per year between mid-October and mid-May. The long-lasting snow cover makes Lapland an ideal place for leisure activities such as dog sledding, skiing, snowmobiling etc. (See our Lapland day trips.) In summer, temperatures are usually between 10 and 15 ° C and rainfall is moderate. Due to the abundance of rivers and lakes in Lapland, summer boating and fishing are especially popular, as is hiking. Please note: The weather conditions can change quickly and frequently, especially in winter. Therefore, we recommend all visitors to Lapland to take out travel insurance to secure their vacation plans.
Luxury Travel Lapland: wild & casual. Inspiration for world changers. Experience stories that reflect & enrich your personality. Unforgettable
WOW MOMENTS LAPLAND
The Arctic Icebreaker is a majestic ship that takes you on a truly unique cruise. The thunderous sound of more than 3,500 tons of steel crushing the thick ice of the Gulf of Bothnia impresses even the most experienced sailors. The icebreaker has been in operation since the early sixties and has opened the frozen seas of Finland for merchant ships for 25 years before becoming a tourist attraction in the northern port city of Kemi in 1987. How many “normal” people have the chance to climb an icebreaker and experience it in action? The colossal collision between the massive mass of steel and the thick layer of ice is an extreme experience and remains unforgotten.
STAY IN TREEHOUSE
Almost like over the clouds. Did not you want to be a kid again and disappear in a tree house? Then you should definitely do that. Here you can forget the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity and relax in a demanding, but familiar environment.
DOG SLED TOURS
Unforgettable and unique. Are you, like almost all humans, fascinated by huskies? Her white coat, her steel blue eyes and her incredible power amaze you? Take a breathtaking exploration of Lapland with these special animals. Enjoy the untouched wilderness and winter landscape of Finland on a sled
Sauna is not the same sauna. Surely your sauna has never been frozen in a lake, with a view of the Aurora Borealis and the total loneliness?
Are you looking for an unforgettable experience? Do you want to enjoy the true beauty of the archipelago and its nature? Or do you see driving itself as the main purpose of this extraordinary expedition? Whatever your reason, it will inspire you! Experience the snowy forests and the frozen Gulf of Finland. Take the snowmobile to the snowy Finnish wilderness. You roar through the forest in search of the Northern Lights. Stop at a picnic area to make a campfire. Set up a tripod to shoot the most extraordinary night sky photos. This snowmobile expedition will take you on an easy and beautiful route through forest trails and the frozen sea.
EXCEED THE NORTHERN POLAR CIRCLE
Do not miss the opportunity to cross the Arctic’s northern polar circle in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland. While you can do that in other places around the world and in every imaginable way, you can do this in a very unusual way. Namely underground. Rovaniemi is the only place in the world where the Arctic Circle can be crossed under the earth. 50 meters under the ground, in the caves of Santa Claus enter the Arctic.
ONCE IN THE ICE HOLDER …
In the Arctic, all accommodations are part of your adventure. When was the last time you slept in a hotel with wild reindeer walking around in front of your window, or in an old sea-ice frozen two-master or in a real snow castle with glowing ice sculptures? For adventurous travelers looking for something out of the ordinary, we will find for you a unique, exceptional accommodation that we have personally selected. No matter if something romantic for two or something family friendly. The magic of the Arctic does not stop when the sun goes down. Sleep well in a room that is art at the same time. At the Icehotel or another snow-covered accommodation. A true bucket list experience in Lapland! Do it!
BY SNOWMOBILE OVER THE NORTHERN POLAR CIRCLE
Thick packed by the powder snow chase and cheer like a child – your destination: the Arctic Circle! Complacent endorphins? Get on. Let’s go!
HUNTING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
The thrill of experiencing the Aurora Borealis is a unique experience for many. Some, however, become addicted and can never get enough of the bright colors in the sky. The northern light dancing above is such a powerful and unique natural phenomenon that it changes life on earth. Finland is one of the best places to see the Auroras. Here are some tips on how to become Northern Lights yourself.
BECOME A GOLDEN GRABER
Experience the exciting treasure hunt and a unique boat trip on the Ounasjoki River. Did you know that we had the Rold Rush in Lapland at the same time as in Klondyke? Now you have the opportunity to experience the excitement of finding hidden gold treasures of Lapland through traditional gold panning. If you’re lucky, you might find a gold nugget!
LODGES & LUXURIOUS ACCOMMODATION
Season / Weather / Climate
Lapland is always worth a visit. The short summer (July / August) is the high season for hikers. Winter is the time of the northern lights and the sauna. The best time for dog sledding tours and other activities starts from mid-February. Then it is already not so cold and the sun has been shining longer than in Central Europe.
The time difference compared to the Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour.
The Lapland region includes parts of Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia. In addition to these languages,various variants of the Sami languages (Sami / Lappish) still exist today, which today are used by around 24,000 speakers.
To eat and drink
The cuisine of Lapland follows the season, there is what nature gives: moose meat, partridge, salmon trout. The national dish in Lapland is the Palt, a potato flour dough dumpling filled with bacon. There are cranberries for that. Excellent tastes also “Souvas”, shredded reindeer meat. As a side dish you often get almond potatoes with mushrooms and for dessert hot waffles with compote from cloudberries. In the mountains, the Sami sell smoked fish, served with bread baked on stone.
In some regions of Lapland, there are more reindeer per square foot than people. The natives of Lapland, the Sami, have survived for centuries in the cold and barren landscape of the north, developing a unique culture that has been preserved to this day.