THE MYTHICAL AND MAGICAL LAPLAND
They call their land Sápmi. Others decided to call their land Lapland. Experience the natural wonders and unique culture of Lapland designed by our own local travel experts.
WELCOME TO LAPLAND
Welcome to a magical land, which is famous for its dazzling natural phenomena, the northern lights, and the summer’s ever-present midnight sun. It’s a beautifully pure, untouched landscape, home to the nomadic Sami people and their large herds of reindeer.
Extremely diverse, it starts at sea level in the Norwegian fjords in the west and climbs to the mountainous inlands of northern Norway and Sweden with glaciers and large valleys in between. It even extends into the northern reaches of the Arctic Circle. The region stretches over four countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia.
The Sami people have a remarkably rich and lively culture. An estimated 70,000 Sami live in Lapland, although few live the traditional life of hunting and herding reindeer these days. However, the culture lives on, and the Sami welcome travellers.
Lapland is a fascinating destination for all ages. Owing to its location above the Arctic Circle, this region is best known for its magical winter landscapes and northern lights as well as outdoor activities like dog-sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and reindeer sleigh rides.
Here you’ll find some of Scandinavia’s most unique attractions, like the Santa Claus Village, the famous Icehotel and the Sampo icebreaker ship. There are also plenty of opportunities to experience the culture and traditions of the Sami, the native people of Lapland.
Sápmi is the name in North Sami, while the Julev Sami name is Sábme and the South Sami name is Saemie. In Norwegian and Swedish the term Sameland is often used. It is frequently mistaken for being exclusively synonymous with the Swedish province of Lapland.
DESTINATIONS IN LAPLAND
There are countless small towns and villages in Lapland, and on our website we have selected a few destinations that we believe to be the best according to our own experiences.
Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden, is surrounded by amazing landscapes, ranging from rivers and crystal-clear lakes to ancient boreal forests and snow-capped mountains. The most famous attractions here are the ICEHOTEL, located in the neighbouring village of Jukkasjärvi, and the Aurora Sky Station in nearby Abisko National Park.
Situated next to the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is considered the capital of Finnish Lapland. This town is best known as the hometown of Santa Claus, whom visitors can meet any day of the year at the Santa Claus Village.
Located in Finnish Lapland in the middle of the Bothnian Arc is Kemi, the site of the famous SnowCastle with its amazing SnowRestaurant, SnowChapel and Children’s Land. Other popular attractions in this area include cruises aboard the Sampo icebreaker ship, where you can go for an “Arctic swim” in thermal flotation suits.
Kakslauttanen in Finland is best known for the Igloo Village, located in the nearby Saariselkä fell area by Urho Kekkonen National Park. Here you can experience a cosy overnight in a warm glass igloo, perfect for star gazing and aurora viewing.
The winter resort town of Levi in Finnish Lapland offers excellent opportunities for downhill and cross-country skiing at its popular ski area. This area is also home to the Lainio Snow Village, where you can see some amazing structures sculpted from snow and ice.
All of our destinations in both Swedish and Finnish Lapland offer activities such as snowmobiling, dog-sledding, northern lights tours and more. To see what else you can do during your holiday, check out our Day Tours in Lapland, under Activities.
Seasons to travel in Lapland
High Season from 1 Nov. – 30 April
Low Season from 1 June – 31 August
Shoulder Season from 1 – 31 May,
& 1 September – 31 October
Come to Lapland and experience our magical and mythical land. Fly to Kiruna and stay at Icehotel. Rent a car or travel by train south to Lulea, crossing the Arctic Circle, to see Gammelstad. Then cross the border into Finland and take a trip on the Sampo icebreaker in Kemi. Then either head for Muonio for a few days dog-sledding or make straight for Rovaniemi to see Santa Claus and a chance to go snowmobiling.
We look forward to seeing You!
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HOW TO GET TO LAPLAND BY AIR
Lapland has six airports in northern Finland which have regular international flight services.
They are Rovaniemi, Kittila, Ivalo, Kemi-Tornio, Kuusamo and Enontekiö
Father Christmas's airport on the Arctic Circle, in the capital of Lapland. Rovaniemi is centre of Barents region located in the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi is a city in the middle of nature and there is wide variety of nature attractions in city surrounding. Airport Code RVN.
Kittilä airport is a gateway to the area, where six high quality, unique destinations are located within a one hour radius. Airport in the hub of tourist centres Levi and Ylläs. Airport Code KTT.
The airport for wilderness and trekking. Ivalo airport is the northernmost airport in Finland, and also the oldest passenger airport in Lapland. Ivalo has good connections to northern Norway and Murmansk. Airport Code IVL.
Kemi-Tornio airport offers quick flight connections, which are vital to the region's major international companies and the travel sector. You can visit an icebreaker or snow castle right from the airport. Airport Code KEM.
The active holidaymaker's airport in nature's bosom. Kuusamo Lapland - exciting location at the Arctic Circle and near the Russian border, world-class quality tourist services and facilities within the heart of breathtakingly beautiful nature. Airport Code KAO.
The airport in Sámi land is located in the western part of North Calotte Region. Enontekiö is Europe´s last remaining Arctic wilderness at the intersection of three national borders; Finland, Sweden and Norway. Airport Code ENF.
The main gateway to Lapland is the Rovaniemi Airport. The northernmost airport is in Ivalo in Lapland, approximately 250 kilometres above the Arctic Circle.
Please use the code RVN in the search box below for the Rovaniemi Airport
The airport is operated by the state owned Finavia. You can find more information about the airport at the website Finavia.
Note: Booking international flights is not a service we provide as part of our vacation packages. Although can our travel consultants offer advice if needed.
BOOK A FLIGHT TO LAPLAND
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Popular Hotels in Rovaniemi (Main city in the Finnish Lapland)
Cozy cabins in Lapland
Choose a cabins with garden and outdoor porch or a close-to-everything house. Many home rentals are located on quiet areas with a beautiful nature.
Enjoy savings from your vacation home rental
Holiday rentals deliver some genuine savings and real comfort. You can prepare several home-cooked meals, while enjoying some of the diverse dining spots. With your home retreat, complete kitchen and family-friendly spaciousness, you’ll know in advance the fixed expense of accommodations and the budget available for dining and excursions - a real advantage for your vacation planning.
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What do I need to hire a car in Lapland?
To book your car, all you need is a credit or debit card. When you pick the car up, you’ll need:
- Your voucher / eVoucher, to show that you’ve paid for the car.
- The main driver’s credit / debit card, with enough available funds for the car’s deposit.
- Each driver’s full, valid driving licence, which they’ve held for at least 12 months (often 24).
- Your passport and any other ID the car hire company needs to see.
Different car hire companies have different requirements, so please make sure you check the car’s terms and conditions as well.
How old do I have to be to rent a car?
For most car hire companies in Finland, the age requirement is between 21 and 70 years old. If you’re under 25 or over 70, you might have to pay an additional fee.
What should I look for when I’m choosing a car?
- Space: You’ll enjoy your rental far more if you choose a car with plenty of room for your passengers and luggage.
- Fuel policy: Not planning on driving much? A Full to Full fuel policy can save you a lot of money.
- Location: You can’t beat an ‘on-airport’ pick-up for convenience, but an ‘off-airport’ pick-up with a shuttle bus can be much cheaper.
Are all fees included in the rental price?
The vast majority of Rentalcars.com rentals include Theft Protection, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), local taxes, airport surcharges and any road fees.
You’ll pay for any ‘extras’ when you pick your car up, along with any young driver, additional driver or one-way fees – but we’ll explain any additional costs before you book your car (and taking your own child seats or GPS can be an easy way to reduce your costs).
For more details on what’s included, just check the Ts&Cs of any car you’re looking at.
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HOW TO GET TO (FINNISH) LAPLAND BY TRAIN
The Lapland Express train
Train network in northern Finland
The connections between Helsinki and Rovaniemi
Traveling in a straight line, there are 704 kilometers between Helsinki and Rovaniemi. The shortest road route between these two cities is 827 kilometers. It is definitely a long distance to reach the capital of the Finnish Lapland from the capital of Finland, and we also have to take into account that there is a lot more Lapland north of Rovaniemi.
But in the north of Finland and Lapland is where the best places to see the Northern Lights are. Plus, each winter Rovaniemi turns into the World Capital of Christmas, since Santa Claus lives there.
So, when planning your trip to Lapland, besides the option of taking a flight, you can head there on take a high speed train between Rovaniemi and Helsinki.
The Lapland Express train
This train goes right to the Arctic Circle and is one of the fastest trains in Finland. it will cover the route between Rovaniemi and the capital of Finland in 8 hours, which is definitely an improvement over the 14 hours that the normal train takes.
These trains – Pendolino models – of the Lapland Express will reach 220 km/hour and at first there will only be one per week per route. The Helsinki - Rovaniemi train leaves on Saturday at 09:30 and arrives at 17:45. The train back, Rovaniemi - Helsinki, leaves on Sunday around 15:00 and reaches the capital at around midnight. In any case, and to be sure of the timetables and be aware of the possible changes, check out the VR trains website.
Perfect for a weekend visit to Joulupukki (the Finnish name for Father Christmas) and to head back to Helsinki, this new train link is definitely one of the many things to see on a trip to Finland.
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