Winter Wonderland in Lapland, Finland

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Lapland is a region in northern Finland. It’s famous for its natural beauty and winter sports, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit Lapland.

Here are some tips for planning your trip

Book your flight early! The best time to go is between December and April when it’s not too cold or snowy.

Stay somewhere with activities like skiing or snowshoeing available nearby so that you can enjoy them during your stay without having to travel far away.

Getting There

You can fly to Lapland from Helsinki Airport, about an hour’s drive from Rovaniemi. The airport has many international flights and daily connections to cities such as London, Paris, and Amsterdam.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Lapland is during the summer when you can enjoy hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Winter is also a great time to see if you’re looking for snow sports like skiing and snowboarding.

The shoulder seasons are generally less crowded than the peak season (June-August) but still offer plenty of activities for travelers who want an off-the-beaten-path experience.

Luxurious Accommodations

There are many options when it comes to accommodations in Lapland, Finland. If you’re looking for something more traditional and luxurious, plenty of hotels offer all the amenities you need while keeping things cozy and rustic. 

  • Hotel Cahkal

Experience Finnish luxury at the new Hotel Cahkal, 400 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, the northwesternmost point of Finland, near the Arctic Ocean.

Hotel Cahkal - Cahkal Hotel Kilpisjarvi Facebook Page

Hotel Cahkal – Cahkal Hotel Kilpisjarvi Facebook Page


Hotel Cahkal Up Close - Cahkal Hotel Kilpisjarvi Facebook Page

Hotel Cahkal Up Close – Cahkal Hotel Kilpisjarvi Facebook Page


  • Lapland Aurora Private Cabin Stay

Would you like to spend your next holiday in Lapland in a snow-covered village where streetlights are turned off in the afternoon so that you can see the Northern Lights?

The village of Äkäslompolo is 200 km north of the Arctic Circle, deep in Finnish Lapland, surrounded by the peaceful old forests of the Pallas-Ylläs Nature Park. This beautiful small village is your home for the week; shop with the locals, feed reindeer outside the supermarket afterward and then pop into the pub or the cafe on your way back to your cabin.

You will stay in cozy log cabins, each with a fireplace and sauna. Enjoy getting to know the locals and join in some exhilarating winter activities like husky & reindeer sledding, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.


Lapland Aurora Private Cabin Stay - Virtuoso

Lapland Aurora Private Cabin Stay – Virtuoso


Things to Do in Lapland

Outdoor Activities: Lapland is known for its breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities. You can go skiing, snowshoeing, skating, or hiking in the winter months. In the summertime, you can go hiking or biking through nature reserves or along the coast of the Baltic Sea.

Shopping: If you’re looking for souvenirs from your trip to Finland, look no further than Rovaniemi! It’s home to Santa Claus Village, which has over 40 shops selling everything from traditional Finnish handicrafts like woolen hats and mittens to Christmas decorations made out of woodcarvings by local artists. Plenty of shops will also sell chocolate figurines based on characters from popular movies such as Frozen or Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (the newest installment).


Santa Claus Village of Rovaniemi

Santa Claus Village of Rovaniemi


Santa Claus Village

Santa Claus Village in Lapland


What to Eat in Lapland

Finnish cuisine is a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes. You can find fish and meat dishes, as well as reindeer stew.

Traditional Finnish cuisine includes the famous salmon soup with fresh salmon, cream, and potatoes. Other popular conventional dishes include meatballs, sausages (kiisseli), liver casserole (maksa), blood pudding (veriohukainen), and reindeer with mashed potatoes and lingonberries.

New Nordic Cuisine: This movement has been gaining popularity in recent years thanks to its focus on local ingredients from nature or nearby farms. 


Traditional Finnish Food: reindeer with mashed potatoes and lingonberries

Traditional Finnish Food: reindeer with mashed potatoes and lingonberries


Tips for Visiting

Pack accordingly. Finland is known for its cold weather, so pack accordingly.

Respect the culture. While visiting Lapland and Finland, respect their customs and traditions while you’re there! This will help make your trip an enjoyable one!

Learn some Finnish words before you go! Even if it’s just “hello” or “thank you” (hyvää päivää/päivän jatkoa), knowing these basic phrases will go a long way in helping you communicate with locals during your visit!

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? Look no further than Lapland, Finland! With its breathtaking landscapes, unique culture, and thrilling outdoor activities, Lapland is a destination that should be on everyone’s travel bucket list. 

And with Inspired Travel Designs, you can customize your dream trip to your preferences and budget. Whether you want to see the Northern Lights, ski on some of the best slopes in Europe, or meet Santa Claus himself, our team of experts will help make it happen. So why wait? Contact Inspired Travel Designs today and plan your dream trip to Lapland, Finland! House or ice fishing on Lake Inari, plenty of exciting things are happening year-round!

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