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A destination for each season

Winter
Discover Lapland

AURORA BOREALIS

The thrill of witnessing the Aurora Borealis is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. Finland is one of the best places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights – they appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland.

DOZE OFF UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

The more traditional ways to go Aurora spotting are snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snowmobile and sled dog touring. If gazing at the dark sky in crispy winter air is not your thing, you can simply add comfort. See the slideshow above for places that have made it very easy to keep cosy and sleep well under the Aurorae.

MIDNIGHT SUN

In the summer Finnish Lapland bathes in 24-hour sunlight for nearly three months. It is an incredible contrast to the darkest winter months when there is no sun at all. “Midnight sun”, as this phenomenon is called, calls for many activities such as hiking on the beautiful fells or visiting cultural events such as the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä.

MAGIC OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN

Two thirds of all of world’s people living in areas graced by the Midnight Sun reside in Finland. Above the Arctic Circle, in the northernmost parts of Finnish Lapland, the sun stays above the horizon for over 70 consecutive days.

SKIING

Lapland’s versatile ski resorts offer downhill enthusiasts everything from kids’ runs to black slopes, and snow parks to backcountry exploring. The season starts in late October, and high season spans from February until the snow melts in early May.

DOWN-HILL AND CROSS-COUNTRY

Finnish Lapland is a skier’s paradise. Whether you are into the thrill of downhill or prefer the more solitary experience of cross-country, the vast, silent fells and many ski resorts with their well-maintained ski tracks make sure you will find the ideal place for you.

HUSKIES AND REINDEERS

Lapland offers Finland’s best rides – would you be prefer to be shown around by a pack of happy hounds or Santa’s reindeer? Both are great ways to explore the snowy surroundings. Husky and reindeer rides can take from a few minutes to days long safaris.

THE SÁMI

The Sámi are the only indigenous people of the European Union, residing in the Northern parts of Finland, Norway and Sweden as well as in parts of North-Eastern Russia. In Finland, the Sámi population is approximately 6 000 strong, and the preservation of their endangered language and culture is governed by an autonomous parliament of Inari, Finland.

SOMBY – THE ROCKING SÁMI BAND

The Sámi people of Lapland, like the American Indians, are strongly associated with myths and legends, and the mention of their name conjures up stereotypical images of a simple indigenous folk, living in a rudimentary lean-to and always dressed in traditional Sámi costume. A Sámi rock band Somby aim to trash that image!

SANTA CLAUS

Everyone knows the one and only Santa Claus is Finnish and lives in Lapland. However, as the exact location of his hideaway is not known, it is best to head to his Rovaniemi office. This is where he greets visitors all year round.

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Credits:

Created with images by myeviajes - "chile easter island rapa nui" • RukaKuusamo.com - "Sunset In Lapland" • monicore - "snowboard man winter" • dualdflipflop - "No." • epredator - "Boarding View" • tanjamertke - "switzerland ski drive" • violetta - "huskies husky blue eye" • Moyan_Brenn - "Florence"

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