A Place of Magic
As soon as you land in Finnish Lapland, you’ll realise that it is a place truly like none other in the world. Nestled in Finland’s far north and encompassing all of the country’s lands north of the Arctic Circle, this region is said to be magical and it’s easy to see why, particularly in the winter months when it is coated in metres of glittering snow.
Lapland’s wide open spaces and seemingly endless wilderness completely transform between seasons, leaving return visitors wondering if they are even in the same place. Since Lapland varies so much — and the changes can happen in a matter of days — its seasons are divided into eight rather than the standard four.
A Place of Light
One thing that varies the most between seasons is the light. In the depths of winter, some parts of Finnish Lapland don’t see the sun peek over the horizon for more than two months. Rather than being pitch black, though, the land is lit in a deep blue twilight (also known as kaamos).
At midsummer, Lapland experiences the polar opposite in the midnight sun. Summer nights are never-ending — literally, since those places that get two months of darkness in winter experience the same amount of daylight in summer, with the sun circling around and around the fells without ever finding the horizon.