The official home of Santa Claus awaits you with magical natural spectacles, spectacular landscapes and unforgettable experiences. Close to the Arctic Circle, in the boundless expanse of Lapland, you can dive deep into the arctic winter.
Whether it's a fantastic musher feeling while dog sledding, breathtaking snowmobile tours, authentic ice fishing or skiing fun in spectacular nature. Watch the magical northern lights Aurora borealis - impressive grandiose and unforgettable moments.
Lapland is also worth a trip in summer: hike through the Bullerbü idyll of untouched nature, conquer the beautiful landscape by mountain bike or kayak and experience the Swedish midsummer.
You stay in extraordinary and incomparable hotels: ice hotel, glass igloo, futuristic tree house, glamping safari camp - nothing to be desired on a trip through Lapland!
Lapland is a region of Northern Europe, largely within the Arctic Circle, stretching across Northern Norway, Sweden and Finland to the Kola Peninsula of Russia. It is limited 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, is derived from Lapp, the Scandinavian name attributed to the Sami people who sparsely inhabited the region for several thousand years. Today the Sami regard Lapp as a derogatory term.
You name the region Sápmi.
Lapland borders on several national borders and does not exist as a single administrative unit.
Lapland is a region of great topographical diversity. To the west, it includes the northern part of the Kolen Mountains, which reach an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. On its Norwegian (western) side, this area drops off abruptly and is eaten up deep into fjords and headlands and breaks up into archipelagos.
The eastern flank of the mountains in Swedish Lapland (see Lapland) gradually falls into a broad 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.
Norwegian Lapland is largely open and windswept, the wood only grows in sheltered sections and in the sheltered interior. Southern and central Lapland lies in the zone of the 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 heather and the lichens of the tundra further north and at higher altitudes.
The Lapland region has a sub-arctic to continental climate, which is characterized by mild summers and cold, snowy winters.
During the main travel season from December to February, the region has an average temperature range of around - 16 ° C to 3 ° C, depending on the location, 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 to pack to stay warm and comfortable for your winter visit).
The amount and duration of the snowfall also varies depending on the location. The average number of days with snow between mid-October and mid-May is between 175 and 225 days per year. The long-lasting snow cover makes Lapland an ideal place for leisure activities such as dog sledding, skiing, snowmobiling, etc. (see our Lapland day tours).
In summer, temperatures are usually between 10 and 15 ° C and rainfall is moderate. Because of the abundance of rivers and lakes in Lapland, boating and fishing are particularly popular in summer, as is hiking.
Please note: weather conditions can change quickly and frequently, especially in winter. Therefore, we recommend that all visitors to Lapland take out travel insurance to secure their vacation plans.
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