Lapland is a magical region located in the northernmost part of Finland. Welcome to the land of the Northern Lights and the Midnight sun! This is a vast wilderness with only a few remote villages and towns scattered around. And it is the Adventure Capital of the country, with a big selection of activities, daytours, safaris and overnight excursions waiting to be explored.
In Southern Lapland, find Kemi and the Bothnian Gulf where you can go on icebreaker safaris, along with the regions of Ranua and Posio which are excellent for wildlife safaris and family activities. A bit further North is Rovaniemi, the Capital of Finnish Lapland. This is a paradise for adventure travelers and curios individuals alike. Try a genuine reindeer-sled safari, ride a dog-sled pulled by a team of eager huskies, maneuver speedy snowmobiles over icy lakes, sleep in glass igloos, have dinner and stay in an ice hotel if you like, or maybe in a Northern Lights cabin with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows facing north? Or spend your night in a treehouse hotel. Rovaniemi is also where you can visit Santa, either at the Santa Workshop in the local post office or in his Santa Quarters in the Santa Clause Village. He’s there all year round, waiting for you to climb onto his lap. We’re not kidding, we met him last August.
Then there is the region of Ylläs and Kittilä and the town Levi, which offer an abundance of nature-based activities all year-round. We especially recommend scenic late summer and early fall hikes, maybe from a comfortable hotel base? Landscapes here are hilly and the forest is endless. Go get lost in the wilderness for a day and come back regenerated and fresh. You are in the middle of a gigantic national park, so relax and feel reenergized. And beware of the brown bears and occasional wolves that are native to the region.
Do you feel more adventurous still? Then venture East, away from civilization as we know it, and into the remote Eastern regions of Sodankylä and Savukoski. Eastern Lapland traditionally has fewer tourists and a good selection of bespoke, wilderness-based adventures. Go explore the region by snowshoes, Nordic skis or by car with an experienced guide. Or join a survival expedition towards the Russian border in an old military truck, where you will learn all about how to get by in the wilderness based on what mother nature provides. In this region, especially the Pyhä-Luosto national park is a treasure. From here you can go ice-fishing or snowmobiling in Pelkosenniemi while spending the night in a fully transparent glass igloo where you fall asleep to the dazzling Aurora Borealis in the skies.
North of here lies what, you may ask? Travel north and see! Eventually you will reach Inari, in Northern Finnish Lapland. Tucked away between the remote regions of Eastern Finnish Lapland and the Northernmost Norwegian destinations of Kirkenes and The North Cape, lays our last but by no means least exotic Finnish destination. As with Eastern Lapland, Northern Lapland is a remote wilderness paradise waiting to be discovered. Go hunting for the Northern Lights on snowmobiles, sleds pulled by huskies, or even reindeer. Go hiking in the national park all year round. And sleep in wilderness Sami Kotas that are small tents which have been used by the aboriginal population for centuries already.
You are in Northern Lapland, the home of the Sami and the land of a thousand myths. Which ones are true and which ones are not, is not for us to say, and probably never for anyone to find out.
Northern Finland is waiting for you, unexplored.