Have you heard of Lapland? It’s the northernmost region of Finland that connects the country to both Sweden and Norway. Every year, lots of tourists visit Lapland to experience a real Winter Wonderland. But what are some of the best things to do in Lapland?
1. Go dog sledding
Who needs a car when you have a pack of huskies ready to give you the ride of a lifetime? This form of transportation was originally invented by the Greenlandic Inuit people over a thousand years ago. Just sit back, hold tight, and experience the beautiful nature of Lapland!
2. Visit Santa Claus
Did you know that Santa Claus comes from Finland? He even has his own village in Rovaniemi, which is cut through by the Arctic Circle! Here, you will find many attractions, shops and restaurants, but the main attraction is of course Santa Claus himself. Make sure to bring him your wish list!
3. Do winter sports
Lapland is the ideal place for doing winter sports such as ice skating, snowboarding or skiing, both downhill and cross-country. There are many ski resorts to choose from, for example Levi or Ylläs, and you can rent all the equipment you need. If you prefer a slower pace, you can always go hiking in the hiking trails. Tip: find a real Finnish sauna to relax in after a day in the snow!
4. Spend a day in the Snow Village
The Snow Village is a village made of ice and snow. Around 20 million kilos of snow and 350 000 kilos of natural ice are used to build the village, and each year, it changes shape, size and design, so there is always something new to see. Apart from lots of snow art and ice sculptures, the Snow Village also has a restaurant, cocktail bar, and even a snow hotel with snow rooms and suites – if you like your bedroom to be on the cold side, you will LOVE this!
5. Go snowmobiling
If you are longing for more action, try snowmobiling! It is one of the fastest and most fun ways to explore Lapland. Many of the ski resorts have places that rent snowmobiles, and they will provide you with everything you need – the right gear, a map with all the trails and of course the keys – and then you’re ready to go. You can pack a lunch or visit a café on the way. Remember to watch out for the reindeer!
6. See the Northern lights
If you are lucky, you might be able to see the Northern lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. When the sky lights up with those beautiful colors, you cannot help but admire it! To see the Northern lights, the sky must be clear and dark, and the best time to catch a glimpse of them is from September to April.
The Finnish Lapland is truly a very special place with lots of things to do – so, is your ticket booked already?