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Enjoying Finnish Lapland


Some people might think that Lapland is some sort of magical or mystical place, and in many respects it is. But the largest region of Finland also makes for a fantastic holiday destination.

The natural terrain and landscape combined with ever-changing weather conditions and remarkably different seasons mean there are a plethora of activities and experiences on offer in Lapland.



Many people make a beeline to go and see Santa while they’re in Lapland, but one of the other popular activities is skiing.

Lapland’s extensive ski season runs from October right the way through to June, meaning there are numerous opportunities to pit your skills against the snow. The ‘Big Four’ snow resorts of Levi, Ylläs, Pyhä-Luosto and Ruka boast various slopes, trails and runs for all ages and abilities.

Skiing: a true destination holiday sport. Photo CC by Trysil.follow

But for something a bit different than downhill skiing, why not try a spot of cross-country instead? Beginners to this traditional sport should probably start with a laidback jaunt through a tree lined national park, but experienced skiers can embark upon more intense, vigorous routes that last several miles.



Seeing as a whopping 10% of Finland is covered by water, fishing is a well-liked activity here, which a third of the population enjoy in their spare time. Regardless of the weather or season, fishing in Lapland is an ever-present possibility.

Even if the lake is frozen over, all you have to do is cut a hole in the ice and drop your baited line into the water. While you’re waiting for a catch, which could be a perch, pike or roach, huddle round the campfire and appreciate the surrounding countryside.

Trekking and hiking


If you happen to go in winter when there’s plenty of the white stuff lying around, strap on a pair of snowshoes and go for a trek. This kind of footwear might resemble a tennis racquet, but is much easier to get the hang of compared to skis.

Lapland. Photo CC by

Lapland hiking. Photo CC by edweerd

But when summer rolls around, you can go on a more conventional hike. Pyhä-Luosto National Park is a beautiful area ripe for exploration.

No matter what the weather or conditions may be, there are various activities to capitalize on in Lapland. In the winter you can take to a pair of skis, go trekking or hiking, call in on Santa, or even go fishing, whereas in the summer you can do a spot of fishing or hiking. It’s all an experience to cherish.

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