Is the North Pole in Lapland?

Is the North Pole in Lapland?

For many it is not obvious where the real Lapland actually is. Some might even wonder whether the North Pole is in Lapland.

So, let’s start with some basic geography. Lapland is in Finland, which is in northern Europe. Did you know by the way, that there is also Lapland in Finland’s neighbouring country Sweden, but because this site is all about Lapland in Finland, we will now tell you that the real Lapland is in Finland. Those Swedes might tell you another story but let’s not go there right now.

The North Pole is the northernmost point on the Earth. Because Finland is not in the northernmost part of the world, we can come to a conclusion that no, North Pole is not in Lapland. Once you know where Finland and Lapland is located, you probably realize that North Pole is actually quite far away from Lapland!

If we continue the geographical theme then we can also say that most of Lapland’s area is on the northern side of the Arctic Circle. Rovaniemi, the biggest town in Lapland is actually quite close to the Arctic Circle.

Travelling from Finland to the North Pole

If you are visiting Lapland, you may wonder if you could visit the North Pole while you are pretty up north anyway.

Unfortunately, travelling straight from Lapland to the North Pole is not possible. It is actually quite a long way from Lapland to the North Pole. Usually the North Pole is reached by air or by a boat on an ice-breaker. There area some travel agencies offering trips starting from for example Helsinki, the capital of Finland, but they are pretty far from a cozy trip to the Lapland.

Even though the North Pole is not in Lapland, sometimes the weather in Lapland can be as cold as in the North Pole. It is not unusual that the temperatures in Lapland drop below -30˚ Celsius in the winter.

But don’t be scared, normally temperatures in the winter time are somewhere between -15 and 0˚ Celsius. When the temperature drops really low, the locals usually say that it is just a question of what clothing should be used. They will tell you that there are no such thing as too cold weather.

Did you know by the way that the North Pole is actually warmer place than the South Pole? That is indeed the case. The reason is that the North Pole is is basically above the sea, and the sea water has a warming effect over there. South Pole on the other hand is on solid ground on Antarctica which is at higher latitude and therefore much colder place.

Is Lapland in the North Pole?

You may also wonder if Lapland itself is in the North Pole. No, Lapland is not in the North Pole as you may already have concluded from this article.

Another question often asked is does the Father Christmas (or Santa Claus) live in the North Pole. The answer to this is easy. No, Father Christmas nor Santa Claus lives in the North Pole. The exact location is a bit of secret but you will find it once you travel to Lapland.

Does the Father Christmas live in Lapland?

So, here we have answered a couple of very relevant questions about the location of Lapland. We hope that you now have a clear picture on your mind about the connection between Lapland, the North Pole, and even the South Pole.

If you still have questions in mind related to this subject, please do not hesitate to post a comment!

5.0 (3 reviews)

Recommended For You

Welcome to your personal travel guide to Lapland Finland.

Our aim is to make your holiday in Lapland a huge success! Not really sure what are we talking about here? Start by finding about where is Lapland actually.


There are many stories about Santa Claus. Some say he is from Lapland, but there are also opposite opinions. Do you believe that the real Santa Claus is from Lapland Finland?

Did you know that…

Some might think that there are polar bears in Lapland. Well, that’s not true. You will have no fear of meeting a polar bear in Lapland, unless you are visiting the Ranua Zoo Wildlife Park, where you can see a real polar bear.


Sign up to our newsletter and be the first to get the latest news and articles. No spam, we promise.

No comments