Lapland : The Land of Stunning Arctic Wilderness
Located in the northernmost region of Finland, Lapland is the largest skiing getaway in the country. As a cultural area, Lapland stretches across Fennoscandia and into Norway, Sweden, and Russia. That said, the region offers stunning landscapes of sparsely dramatic wilderness and a perennial cover of soft snow. Therefore, it is not hard to see why Lapland receives thousands of ski enthusiasts and tourists each year, from around the world. In addition to the ski runs, Lapland also offers tourists the chance to experience the spectacular Northern Lights. Let us take a closer look at this sparsely populated, yet stunning land of Arctic wilderness and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Lapland Sleigh Ride
The capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi is the official home to Santa Claus, the mythical Father of Christmas. That said, it is one of the top tourist attractions in the region, with it’s subterranean Santa Park and Father Christmas Village. However, it is the exhilarating sleigh ride with huskies pulling at the front that steals the show. Imagine the thrill of exploring the icy wilderness with you in total control of the pack? It’s magical! You can also make your way up to the far northwest, and visit the quaint Kilpisjärvi village. This Finnish village is perched among highest peaks of the region and offers the perfect blend of calm and serendipity. Here, you can book a snowmobile and take a snow safari to explore the stunning frigid landscape. You can also meet the indigenous inhabitants of the northern reaches - the Sami people, and experience the pristine beauty of unspoiled vistas and relaxing evenings.
One of the most spectacular light shows that you can ever experience, the Northern Lights are another reason why you need to visit Lapland. This breathtaking wonder of nature, the Aurora Borealis is created by solar winds that carry electrically charged particles and interact with the Earth’s magnetic field. This phenomenon is particularly visible from autumn to February when you can see for yourself, the stunning swirls of blue and green lights in the sky overhead.
The pristine landscape of Lapland also features some truly unique and indigenous options for accommodation - the glass igloos. The Kakslauttanen Arctic resort, a glass igloo village, offers family accommodations where you can snugly recline in the outdoors and enjoy uninterrupted views of the night sky. Likewise, the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, located in Rovaniemi offers a collection of cubical chalets that offer wide, open northerly views of the Northern Lights. Bonus tip - it is best to opt for the Arctic Glass House here, which features a 2-bedroom set with a functioning fireplace.
Winter is the time when you can fly off to explore the Arctic wilderness of Lapland, one of the best ski resorts in the region. Here, you can explore its dramatic terrain, meet warm locals, and indulge in thrilling outdoor pursuits such as skiing, sled-riding, skin-dipping, and horse-riding. That said, you can also relive your childhood at the Father Christmas village, where Santa himself pays a visit with his hardworking reindeers.
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