A question often asked by many is “Where is Lapland?”. Where in the earth is the home of the Santa Claus? Lapland is situated on the arctic circle, in Finland. The winter in Lapland is cold, but in the summer the sun won't set down for months. We’ll let you know where Lapland is exactly.
Lapland is located in Finland, northern Europe. Lapland takes about a third of Finland's total area. Finland is also part of the Scandinavian countries, along with Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. Many children wonder the location of Santa Claus. We can tell you that the real Santa comes from the Finnish Lapland. The exact location is a top secret but you'll probably find it once you visit Lapland.
How to travel to Lapland?
The most likely way for you to travel to Lapland is by plane. If you are coming from Asia, Africa, America, or some other place far away you will most likely change the plane at the capital city of Finland, Helsinki. There are also some direct flights to Lapland. These flights come mainly from the United Kingdom, Russia, or Sweden. These direct flights are usually available only in the Christmas time. You should take a look at our article Flights to Lapland.
Nature in Lapland
Lapland is well known for its amazing nature and wilderness. The nature of Lapland is unique and you can’t experience anything like that anywhere else. One of the best ways to relax is of course in the nature and in Lapland it’s easily possible.
There lives only 2,1 people per square kilometer in Lapland, so there are plenty of space for everyone to see and feel the magic of the Nature in Lapland.
For example midnight sun, northern lights, reindeers and hundreds of lakes are something that gives Lapland a unique nature.
Experience the nature
Some of best ways to experience the nature of Lapland are hiking, trekking, downhill skiing or snowboarding and cross-country skiing.
All the four seasons offer different aspect to the nature of Lapland. Long-lasting winter shows the rudeness and the uniqueness of the nature at the same time. In the summer you should definitely stay up late because of the midnight sun.
In the autumn (aka fall) the magical colors of Ruska will amaze you. Ruska is a Finnish word and in English the best description for the phenomenon is probably Autumn leaf colors. Ruska is time when the summer is over and leaves of the trees get a new color. The colors varies beautifully from shades of orange and yellow to green and brown.
In Lapland and Finland in general it’s possible to camp freely in the woods and in the mountains. The laws which make it possible are often called “Everyman’s Rights”. Everyman’s Rights allow you to freely pick up for example mushrooms, blueberries and lingonberries. You can as well hike, ski or bicycle freely in the nature.
Keep in mind that it’s nevertheless your responsibility to leave no trace of your actions. Don’t leave any garbage behind and when you leave the camp site make sure it looks as good as (if not even better) when you arrived there. Remember also that you are not allowed to break off any trees in the nature. Enjoy the nature of Lapland with Everyman’s rights but also respect the rules and the nature.
Lakes & Reindeers
Two well-known trademarks of Finland and especially Lapland are numerous lakes and reindeers. Finland is often called the Land of the Thousand Lakes, and there is a good reason for that. Indeed there are thousands of beautiful lakes in Finland and you can see a lot of these lakes also in Lapland. The view from the lakeside is certainly one of the most photographed views in Finland.
Actually in Finland there are almost 200 000 lakes which are larger than 5 hectares and just over 300 lakes with an area more than 10 square kilometers. The five largest lakes are Saimaa, Suur-Saimaa, Paijanne, Inari and Pielinen. Inari is located in Northern Lapland near Ivalo and Saariselka.
Around those amazingly beautiful lakes live estimate of two hundred thousand reindeers. So maybe Finland could be also called The Land of Hundred Thousand Reindeers.
One of the best ways to see the nature of Lapland is no doubt an exciting reindeer or husky safari. Or you could always grab your backpack and experience the nature by trekking around Lapland. Especially in Lapland there is a great hut network in the wilderness. So trekking around Lapland is made easy and comfortable.