Finnish Lapland is one of the sparsest populated regions in Europe: less than two inhabitants live there on one square kilometre. During the summer months, the country is immersed almost continuously in the light of the midnight sun. The long, dark winter days, on the other hand, are illuminated by the magical northern lights.
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 border triangle of Sweden, Norway and Finland.
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.
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.
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.