Rentierschlittenfahrt in Lappland
Reindeer in Lapland
Midnight sun in Lapland
Hiking in the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
Fell landscape in Lapland
Hiker in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
Attractions in Lapland
Fell landscape and reindeer tracks
Large parts of Lapland lie north of the Arctic Circle. The vegetation has developed accordingly: Huge coniferous forests, moors and barren plateaus with grasses, mosses and lichens characterise the landscape.
Typical for Lapland are the up to 800 m high island mountains, the so-called "Tunturi". The highest elevation in Lapland is the 1328 m high Halti in the remote Käsivarsi Wilderness area. Here you can also hike to the border triangle of Sweden, Norway and Finland situated in magnificent fell landscape.
Many animals feel at home in this pristine landscape. Reindeer are the most common, but with a bit of luck you may also come across a moose, eagle or snow grouse.
Cities and regions in Lapland
Activities up north
The unique nature of Lapland is ideal for hiking, trekking and cycling. Canoe trips lasting several days are among the most popular activities in Lapland. Another plus point is that you can be active around the clock during the summer months. The midnight sun bathes the nordic landscape in a particularly beautiful light.
The winters in Lapland are cold and long – but if you are well prepared, you can spend a unique time there. Be it skiing in one of the internationally renowned resorts, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or husky sledding. Or simply by looking at the picturesque northern lights, which can be seen in more than 200 nights.
Photo: Ruka Kuusamo
Discovering a unique culture
Photo: Visit Ylläs
The Sámi are the only indigenous people in the European Union. Some 6000 of them still live in northern Finland, Sweden, Norway and on the Russian peninsula of Kola.
Many of the Sámi earn their living from reindeer farming, preserving the old tradition. They also have their own language, music, costumes, jewellery and folk festivals. Their interests are represented by their own parliament in Inari.