Local Insights: Where Locals Recommend You See and Do in Lapland
Even though Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland, is famous for its winter wonderland aesthetic, it holds a myriad of adventures and sights year-round. It's a place filled with astounding natural beauty, unique cultural activities, and remarkable experiences, and the best guidance you can receive is from the locals themselves.
Start your trip in Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus. Located in the heart of Lapland, this city caters to everyone from nature enthusiasts to children captivated by the magic of Christmas. Don't forget to visit Cityplanet to book an excursion you'll never forget.
Experience The Magic Of Northern Lights
Experience the Aurora Borealis, an awe-inspiring natural light phenomenon unique to the northern polar regions. The best time to witness the Northern Lights is between September and March. Several local businesses, including Cityplanet, offer exclusive Northern Lights tours that you won't want to miss.
Explore Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is Finland’s third-largest National Park and an exceptional spot to experience Lapland's untamed wilderness. The park offers a diverse range of activities including hiking, cross-country skiing, and bird watching.
Experience The Sami Culture
Travel to Inari, the center of Lapland’s indigenous Sami people, to discover their rich culture and history. Take a tour of the Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre, Siida, then stroll around the picturesque Lake Inari.
Immerse yourself in the Lapland experience by spending a night in an igloo hotel. This unique opportunity allows guests an unbroken view of the starry northern skies and, if you're lucky, the Northern Lights.
Delight in Lapland's Cuisine
Lapland's gastronomy is distinctive, with regional dishes showcasing reindeer, berries, mushrooms, and extraordinarily fresh fish. Don't leave without trying Sautéed Reindeer (Poronkäristys), a staple in Lappish cuisine.
Visit the Ice Hotel
Constructed annually, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi is a must-see attraction, an architectural marvel made entirely of ice that offers unique accommodation and the unforgettable Icebar.
Despite renowned for its winter activities, summer in Lapland is a realm of fishing, hiking, gold panning and foraging for cloudberries in the wilderness under the midnight sun.
Get To Know The Wildlife
From moose and wild reindeer to the large variety of birds, Lapland is a paradise for nature lovers. Ranua Zoo, located an hour’s drive from Rovaniemi, is home to 50 different species of Arctic animals, including the only polar bears living in Finland.
Lapland offers authentic and magical experiences that no other place can compare with. To ensure you get the best out of your visit, consult with Cityplanet to tailor your Lapland adventure to your preference.