From grazing reindeer to the dancing Northern Lights, there's something magical about the region of Lapland, which occupies around 30 percent of Finland and is home to world-class museums and beautiful nature reserves. You can embark on husky safaris, bite into traditional Finnish cuisine and discover remote towns perched on the Arctic Circle.
Things to do in Lapland
Lapland offers some of Scandinavia's most exhilarating outdoor activities, including husky sledding, reindeer safaris and expeditions to view the Northern Lights. Foodies can sample local Finnish delicacies, including smoked reindeer heart, Inarijarvi lake trout and lingonberry sauce. Treat yourself to dinner at Aanaar, a fine-dining restaurant overlooking the crystalline River Juutua.
One of Finland's top museums, Siida is dedicated to the unique culture of the country's native Sámi people. Visit the state-of-the-art complex to explore its main exhibition hall filled with interactive displays and traditional Sámi artefacts.
Kids and adults alike will love the Ranua Zoo, where you can get face-to-face with Finnish animals. A boardwalk winds through the park, passing polar bears, minks, wild reindeer, bears, lynx and wolverines. After touring the zoo, enjoy lunch and ice-cream at the on-site cafe.
The Kevo Strict Nature Reserve cradles some of Finland's most dramatic scenery, including the cinematic Kevojoki gorge. A trail cuts through the canyon into the heart of the park. Hikers can embark on a day trip through the reserve or take a multi-day camping trip.
Getting around Lapland
Lapland is well-serviced by local buses that will get you to towns and cities across the region. Renting a car from cities like Rovaniemi, Levi and Saariselka is a good option for exploring Lapland independently. Rovaniemi Airport is 10 kilometres from the city centre and offers year-round flights to Helsinki.