Plan Your Trip to Finnish Lapland

A Place to Meet Santa

There are a host of experiences to be had in Finnish Lapland that are unique even from the rest of Finland. For one, Santa is said to be from Korvatunturi (the “ear fell”) in Lapland’s Urho Kekkonen National Park, but he has now moved his official office to Lapland’s capital city of Rovaniemi. There aren’t many places in the world where you can meet the jolly old man himself!

A Place Where the Northern Lights Dance

Of course, one of the most popular activities in the winter months is watching the northern lights. Even though temperatures can drop south of -30ºC, a pair of Arctic overalls will keep you cozy as you watch the skies light up in green, pink, and purple. It’s an unforgettable experience, and since Lapland offers more stable weather than other popular winter destinations, it also offers a higher chance of having this experience on your trip.

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Check out the posts below for stories about travelling through Lapland in winter.

Inari, Ivalo, and Saariselka

The Inari Sami and Their Reindeer

Riverfront Saunas and Northern Lights at Hotel Kultahovi

Learning How to Cook Lappish Delicacies

Dashing Through the Snow…On a Saddled Finnish Horse

Dozing Off Under the Northern Lights — What Could Be Better?

Ice Karting: Channeling My Inner Yoshi

Rovaniemi

Officially Licensed to Drive a Reindeer Sled

Being a Big Kid at Santa Claus Village

Cross-Country Skiing…Without Falling Over!

Enjoying the Moment at the Arctic Snow Hotel

A Taste of Wilderness in the Middle of Rovaniemi

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day With the Aurora (And Knee-Deep Snow)

Kemi

Nearly Being Steamed to Death…in the SnowCastle?

Snowmobiling on the Icy Gulf of Bothnia

Bashing Through the Ice in a 3500-Ton Ship

General

Finland: Brought To You By The Angry Birds

Introducing the Guide to Lapland and Northern Norway in Winter

Are you more of a summer person? No worries! Check out the posts below to learn more about travelling the region under the midnight sun.

Great Ways To Spend Ruka’s Long Summer Days

Celebrating Midsummer in Rovaniemi

Becoming an Amethyst Miner in Pyhä-Luosto

Hitting the Trails in Ylläs

Swimming Away from my Comfort Zone in Saariselkä

Inari in Summer: Exploring the Lands of the Thunder God

Menesjärvi: Blissful Lapland at its Best

The Best Ways to Explore Utsjoki & Finland’s Remote North

The Huskies of Hetta

What You Should Know

Currency: Euro (€)
Time Zone: EET (Eastern European Time) – GMT+2.
Daylight Savings time from March-October – GMT+3
1 hour ahead of Norway & Sweden
Drives on: Right
Latitudes: 65 30′ ºN to 70º 05′ N
Size: 98,000 km2, almost 1/3 of Finland
Population: 185,000
Less than 2 people per km2 and only 3.5% of Finland’s population
Sámi Population: ~7,000, mostly in Utsjoki, Inari, and Enontekiö
Reindeer Population: Capped at 200,000 (so more reindeer than people!)
Capital City: Rovaniemi (~60,000 residents)
Northernmost Village: Nuorgam in Utsjoki municipality (~200 residents)
Borders: Sweden (west), Norway (north), Russia (east)
Visas: Standard Schengen visa regulations apply. Russian visa required to cross eastern border; application must be approved prior to arriving at border.
Seasons (names vary):

  • Polar night (Nov-Jan)
  • Midwinter (Jan-Feb)
  • Late Winter (Mar-Apr)
  • Spring (May)
  • Summer (June-July)
  • Harvest (August-Sept)
  • Autumn Colour (Sept-Oct)
  • First Snow/Early Winter (October-November)

Longest period of polar night (in Nuorgam): 25 November – 17 January (53 days)
Shortest period of polar night (on the Arctic Circle): 1 day, 21 December
Longest period of midnight sun (in Nuorgam): 16 May – 27 July
Shortest period of midnight sun (Rovaniemi): 1 day, 20 June