Want to travel to Lapland Finland in Winter this year? Here are some excellent reasons to make this your destination in the north. Lapland’s vast expanse of wilderness and welcoming small towns are the perfect place to experience winter, the cultural heritage of the Sami people, and the splendor of the Northern Lights. Read on to discover 7 reasons to travel to Lapland Finland in Winter.
If these reasons are enough to convince you, see the details of our Northern Lights in Lapland small group tour.
7 reasons to travel to Lapland Finland in Winter
The Northern Lights
This is one phenomenon you’ve got to experience once in your life. To see the dancing and morphing colors of the night sky is unlike anything else. You’ve seen the photos; now you’ve got to see it for yourself. But why is Lapland such a good place? It’s really far north and really dark. This gives you better chances from the start and a better-quality lights experience when they do show.
Experience Real Winter
In the north, people embrace winter. They face it head-on. It’s not a season to simply survive, but a season to thrive. In Lapland in winter, get outside and get active. You’ll experience a real winter at least once in your life.
There’s nothing better than getting outside in the winter to get moving. Hiking is no longer an option when the snow is deep. In Lapland in winter, hiking trails become snowshoeing trails. Put on a pair of snowshoes and trek on up above the village of Utsjoki. Warm up by the fire in a lakeside hut. Grill a hot dog over the fire. Now you’re starting to get the hang of winter in the north.
See (and eat) Reindeer
Yes, they are unbelievably cute, especially when trudging through the freshly fallen snow. But in the north country, reindeer are a way of life. They are a means of survival. The reindeer gives much to the people of Lapland: nutrition, warmth, and livelihood. Reindeer are everything to the Sami people and in Lapland you’ll get to try reindeer meat prepared in a number of different ways. It’s very nourishing and very delicious. You’ll see for yourself.
Northern Lights in LaplandWitness the fascinating phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis and the unique culture of the Sami in Northern Lapland.
Run with the Huskies
Dog mushing is a classic winter experience in the north. Husky dogs love running as much as you’ll love riding. Dress warm and experience the outdoors from a different perspective. This will give you a different appreciation for the landscape here and for these animals who have been crucial for many people’s survival in the north.
Get back to Quiet
Lapland is a giant wilderness with some of the most pristine nature in all of Europe. This is a land of snow-covered fells, endless evergreen forests, frozen lakes, and plenty of wildlife like bear, lynx, arctic fox, and numerous birds. Towns in Lapland are small and villages are sleepy. This is a place to disconnect from urban life and get your soul back.
Experience the Finnish Sauna
Finns are the ones who invented the sauna, and most are quick to point out the word sauna is actually Finnish. Nothing completes your Lapland Finland in winter experience like a nice long, relaxing evening in the sauna. If you’re feeling brave you can roll around in the snow in between sauna sessions.
We’ll Take Care of You
If you see Lapland Finland in winter with us, you’ll be well taken care of. Unquote Travel teams up with our partners at Aurora Holidays, who know this country well. They run a small and very personal travel outfit in Utsjoki, running Northern Lights tours all winter long. They’ve got lovely cottages by the riverside, a whole lot of reindeer, plenty of local knowledge, and a passion for hospitality and showing you the northern lights.
I spent a week there myself and absolutely loved it. Read about: My Week in Lapland Finland in Winter