Finnish Lapland is as close as reality gets to those who dream of a winter wonderland. Contrasts are a key factor in the allure of Lapland where 24-hour sunlight in the summer replaces the dark winter days.
The hustle and bustle of towns and ski resorts is just minutes away from the peace and quiet of the northern wilderness. Fans of Northern Lights, sauna and Santa Claus won’t be surprised to hear Finland has been named the happiest place to live.
Either you are after an activity rich holiday or total relaxation you can have them both in Lapland. Enjoy the beautiful sceneries and the quietness of the nature. Lapland is easy to reach from Helsinki the capital city of Finland. You can either fly, catch a train or drive. The main airports in Lapland are Rovaniemi, Kittilä(Levi), Kuusamo, Kemi-Tornio, Ivalo and Enontekiö.
Rovaniemi is the gateway to Lapland. It's the biggest town and capital of Lapland, located right on the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi offers many quality and standard hotels in the town, as well more exotic accommodation at the arctic circle, Luxus Villas, Glass Igloos or even cabins on trees.
The Arctic Circle is also the home of Santa Claus as well hub for many Lapland activities, like Husky or snowmobile safaris. During your stay in Rovaniemi you are able to experience many exciting activities, enjoy the magical northern nature and taste delicious local food. Rovaniemi is a great destination to combine diverse nature activities with northern city experience. Rovaniemi and the Arctic Circle can be explored in all four seasons. Snowy winters, colorful autumns, cheerful spring and nightless summers are all worth experiencing!
Have you dreamed of snow covered trees, seeing the magical Northern Lights, snowshoeing in the winter wonderland, skiing in versatile slopes or just enjoying the beautiful nature? Levi is all that and much more. It is Finland´s largest ski and activity resort destination which offers something for everyone. In Levi there is a great variety of accommodation from hotels, cabins and holiday apartments to luxury glass igloos where you can watch the Northern Lights dancing across the Arctic sky while lying in a bed. In the village there are plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from. Not to forget to mention Levi´s legendary nightlife and Après-Ski which everyone has to experience!
Like said before Levi is not only a ski resort, it is a resort for everyone looking for a memorable experiences and enjoy the beautiful northern nature. During the summer months you can experience nightless nights when sun does not set at all. And hike and bike in this fascinating scenery.
Ruka-Kuusamo area has some of the most popular national parks in Finland
Ruka in Kuusamo is a versatile and year a round resort , East from Rovaniemi and next to the Russian border. Trails to one of the most popular national park in Finland, Oulanka starts from Ruka, as well the Riisitunturi National Park, Hossa National Park and Syöte National Park are less than one hour drive drive away. Together with a busy ski and activity resort, nearby lakes and rapids, Ruka offers something for everyone no matter what time of the year you decide to visit. Beside to normal Lapland experiences like Huskies and Aurora Borealis Safaris, one can e.g. float in rapids or experience bear watching. Kuusamo area is also the most snow secure areas in Finland. Normally the snow falls during October and landscape is white until May. Kuusamo has international airport, which is less than 30min drive from Ruka.
Inari-Saariselkä area offers unique destinations in authentic Finnish Lapland. This arctic area in the far north is perfect destination for a person looking for something unique and unspoiled, still with numerous activity options and quality services available. Inari-Saariselkä is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts as it is the home for Finland´s two largest national parks; The Lemmenjoki National Park and Urho Kekkonen National Park. There are multiple trails to choose from, from short day trips to multiday trekking.
In addition to unspoiled wilderness Inari-Saariselkä is the homeland of the Sámi, Europe’s only recognised indigenous people. The lively Sámi culture is part of everyday life and Inari-Saariselkä area is an excellent destination to get familiar with Sámi cultural heritage and traditions.
Kilpisjärvi is located in the remote corner of Finnish Lapland, close to the Norwegian border and only a 50km drive to the Arctic Ocean. This breathtaking landscape is truly unique as it´s home to the country´s highest fells and untouched wilderness. Tiny arctic village of Kilpisjärvi, located right at the foot of the Saana Fell attracts tourists throughout the year.
This enchanting and beautiful fell region offers plenty of activities and guided excursions. From hiking to canoeing and kayaking to fishing and boat trips. For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts Kilpisjärvi is a right choice! Kilpisjärvi is also one of the best places in Finland to see the Northern Lights because of its location in mountain ranges.