Lapland - The home of Santa Claus and his reindeer!
What to see
of Lapland lies above the Arctic
Circle and winters in Lapland are long and snow generally arrives in
November and lasts until May. Lapland is the land of the Midnight Sun
in summer and the home of the Northern Lights in
winter. Lapland is also where Santa
Claus lives with his elves and semi-wild reindeers, side by side with the
indigenous Sami people, who have lived in the region for
thousands of years. The population density in Lapland is just 2.2
persons per square km, so you will find that this region offers vast
areas of untouched wilderness, pristine forests and huge national parks
in addition to ski resorts that cater from beginners to the most
Pyhä has 10 varied
ski slopes that range from family slopes
suitable for beginners to demanding slopes that are strictly for
experienced skiers only. A ski school and a ski rental shop are provided,
while snowmobile, husky and reindeer safaris are also available. Genuine,
uncommercial ski resort in beautiful surroundings within an easy reach
Lively Levi has 45 ski slopes, 5
slopes for snowboarders, 26 ski lifts, a cable car,
230km of cross-country skiing tracks, 4 ski hire shops, a ski school, 25 restaurants
and cafes, 3 supermarkets, an off-licence, post office, chemist and a spa complex. Well established resort with good child care
facilities and safaris near Kittila Airport.
Atmospheric Saariselkä is formed of two fells where you will find 11
ski slopes, snowboarding, 6 ski lifts,
230km of cross-country skiing tracks, snowmobiling tracks, a ski rental
shop and a ski school. The resort village has a supermarket, chapel, restaurants and
snowmobile, husky and reindeer safaris. Magical ski resort within a
short distance from Ivalo Airport.
Popular Ruka has 28 ski slopes for downhill
skiing and snowboarding, 18 ski lifts and 200km of cross-country skiing tracks.
The resort has a ski school, ski rental shops, restaurants, supermarkets
and bars. Snowmobile, husky and reindeer safaris in winter. Canoeing,
hiking and white water rafting in summer in Oulanka National Park.
Ylläs is formed of two villages; Ylläsjärvi and Äkäslompolo. The
resort has 43 varied ski slopes for downhill skiing and snowboarding, 320km of cross-country skiing
tracks, a ski
school and a ski rental shop. The 'Snow Village' made of snow and ice, as well
as snowmobile, reindeer and husky safaris offer fun for the whole family
near Kittila Airport.
Hetta Ski Resort is located in the genuine Lapp village of Hetta and has
6 ski slopes (5 for adults and 1 for children), a street for snowboarding,
2 ski lifts,
toboggan hills, 100km of cross-country ski tracks, a ski hire shop, ski school
and a cafe. The resort is ideal for beginners and children, as the
slopes are small (only 105m at their highest).
Luosto has 7 ski slopes, a street for snowboarding, 3 ski lifts,
toboggan hills, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling tracks, a ski rental shop, ski school,
restaurants, bars, a
supermarket, spa and swimming pools. Enjoy a meal in the world's largest
log restaurant and join a snowmobile, husky or a reindeer safari. Easy
access from Rovaniemi Airport.
Claus Village and
The Santa Claus Village in the Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi is open all year and consists of Santa's Office, where you can meet the man
himself, Santa's Post Office from where you can send a post card stamped
with the official Santa's postmark and a small number of gift shops.
Santa Park in the Arctic Circle celebrates Christmas spirit 150 days a
year. The artificial caves house amusement park rides and an elf school
that will appeal particularly to the youngest members in your party.
Santa Claus himself can also be spotted in the Park.
- Sami Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre
See how the Sami people
of Lapland have lived for centuries and how they have adapted to the harsh
living conditions in the Arctic. Siida
Museum in Inari includes permanent and
temporary exhibitions covering a range of topics from Sami culture and history
to nature photography and conservation.
fascinating glimpse of history, culture, traditions and modern life in
the Arctic region, visit the unique Arktikum Centre in Rovaniemi.
Walk through the 172m long glass main corridor and enjoy the permanent
and temporary exhibitions taking place all year round.
Ranua Wildlife Park
See over 50 Northern and Arctic animals in
the Ranua Wildlife Park, that also acts as an Animal Hospital for injured
wildlife in the area. The animals in the park include bears,
lynxes, otters, beavers, moose, wolves, wolverines and polar bears. A
Fazer sweet shop, horse riding, mini car track and a restaurant are also
Snowmobile and Husky Safaris
snowmobile and husky safaris are offered in the many ski resorts that scatter the region. Professional guides speak English and will often
provide you with all necessary equipment and snowsuits. Sitting on a
sledge drawn by a reindeer or a team of huskies can be great fun, while
snowmobiling lets you explore areas usually out of bounds
due to thick walls of snow!
The 1000m² Snow
Village in Ylläs allows you to enjoy a drink in the Ice Bar, that has been
constructed from pure snow and ice. The village features magnificent snow art and sculptures,
an ice maze and the world's largest igloo. The Village is open daily from 1st of
Visit the Snow Castle
in Hetta where you can wander in
different rooms made of snow and admire beautiful sculptures made of
ice. The Castle also has a cafe where you can enjoy hot drinks and
snacks during your visit.
A large area of wilderness, that is popular particularly amongst hikers,
who come to complete the famous 83km ' Bear's Trail'. The ravines, fells and primeval forests
are rich in flora and wildlife including 30
species of mammals, 120 species of birds and over 7000
species of insects.
national park that
was created to conserve nature, preserve indigenous people’s culture and to
serve as a visitor destination particularly for hiking. Some of the trees in the
park are 400 years old and the park is well known for its majestic old pine
forests, interesting geology and the fascinating Sámi history. The park and its
fells consists of treeless peaks, deep ravines, lush forests and small rivers.
Kekkonen National Park
A huge 2550 sq.km
park that consists of majestic fells,
large swamps, dense woods and untouched wilderness. Reindeer herding is common and you may
spot reindeers and local herdsmen
in their daily work during your visit. Other inhabitants in the park
wolverines, wolves, lynxes, rabbits, moose, foxes, pine martens,
stoats, otters and 130 species of birds. Hiking, mountain biking and
horse-riding are popular.
Pallas-Ylläs Fells National Park
largest national park in Finland (1020 sq.km) is a varied mixture of fells,
woods, swamps and the cleanest air in Europe! The
signposted hiking trails cover 320km and most routes allow you to admire the majestic fells in the horizon.
Reindeers, bears and moose are common, while wolves, wolverines and lynxes are occasional visitors.
Korouoma Canyon in
Posio was formed
hundreds of millions of years ago when the earth split in this
particular spot. The canyon is well known particularly for its pretty
frozen waterfalls in winter, when cross-country
skiing and snowshoe trekking are popular ways of getting around the
area. Nature expeditions and rock climbing are organised year round.
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