The Guide to Lapland and Northern Norway in Winter was first published in December 2014, with a second edition following in both print and digital form in January 2016. This guide is designed to be a general primer for travel throughout the entire region instead of focusing on specific towns or areas. The goal is to provide travellers with the information they need to have a successful overall trip in a region that presents a number of logistical challenges due to the extremes it endures.
The Guide to Lapland and Northern Norway in Summer is a followup to the winter guide, to be published in April 2016. It will follow the same format as the winter guide but will help people learn more about what a trip to the region in summer will be like, seeking to dispel the myth that the region is under a thick blanket of snow year-round.
Take Me to Lapland was founded in 2016 as the new home for the Guide to Lapland and Northern Norway guidebook series. The site provides more destination-focused content to complement the general content of the guides in an effort to give potential travellers the most comprehensive resource possible.
While I am not a local to either Lapland or Northern Norway, I have had quite a bit of travel experience in the region. My four trips span more than three months across all three countries (Russia was excluded due to visa restrictions) and have been in the extremes of winter and summer.
My outsider’s perspective on the region also helps to put travellers at ease, since I am seen as someone that has been through the same experience that they will have (rather than being someone that is used to life in such an extreme climate).
Press Coverage for the Winter Guide
Described as a primer to traveling Lapland between October and April (the winter season), this is perhaps one of the most beautiful books I’ve had the privilege to review. The pictures make the book – I had to force myself to focus on the text.
Start from basic information about the area, from language guides to the three most common languages to a guide on the natives, the Sami. Learn about seeing the aurora borealis, or the Northern Lights, for yourself – along with some help on how to photograph them. Unless you’re familiar with the extreme cold the area offers, read the chapter on ‘Clothing’ carefully. The chapter on transportation breaks some of the beliefs you might have about getting around such a snowy, icy area.
From riding on an icebreaking ship to hovercrafting to snorkeling (you wear a thick suit to keep you warm), there’s plenty to see and do in this still-exotic area. It’s informative without trying to push anything on you, and is a pleasure to read even if you have no plans to visit. For other travel writers, I just found you a gold standard to shoot for.
Kristin has managed to craft a very thorough and specialized travel guide to Lapland in winter that is almost as much a work of art as it is guide book. Her high quality, inspirational imagery not only paints a beautiful picture of the region but it also proves that she’s been there, done that, and has the knowledge to help others do the same. Brilliant book!
Packed with useful travel know how from what adapter you need, to where you can sleep in a glass igloo, this book is an easy to read comprehensive resource for travel to Lapland. The photography tips and inspiring photos throughout this book really set it apart, and you’ll be busting to get there and get snapping.