Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Lapland?
Did you know that Lapland is not actually a country in itself, but is in fact made up of regions in Northern Finland, Sweden and Norway, all located inside the Arctic Circle? Lapland is traditionally the home of nomadic reindeer herders and of course Lapland's most famous resident… Santa Claus!
How cold will it be in Lapland?
During the peak travel season, December to February, the region experiences an average temperature range of about - 16 °C (3 °F) to 3 °C (37 °F) depending on location, with occasional lows of about - 30 °C (-22 °F) or colder with wind chill. Thankfully, the dry, crisp air has a moderating effect on the temperatures
What is the weather like in Lapland?
Lapland only has an average of 5 hours of daylight a day known as "grey light" - this is generally between 10 am and 3 pm - The rest of the time is like nighttime. Daytime temperature is normally around 0 to -20 degrees but it can fall to -40 in extreme conditions.
Will we see Reindeer?
Throughout the year in Lapland, NOT spotting a reindeer is close to a miracle, as these animals often feed close to roads and dwellings. Spotting reindeer while skiing is not unusual, either. Even though they roam free, reindeer are semi-domesticated: half tame, half wild. Every animal you see in a Finnish forest is owned by a herder.
Is Lapland a good place to see the Northern Lights?
Lapland, Finland is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. This region sees the Northern Lights 200 out of 300 nights in a year! Those are pretty incredible odds! Sure, the probability is skewed more towards the winter months and depends on a few additional factors
What is the food like in Lapland?
The food in Lapland is based on the seasons and local delicacies. There are, of course, many reindeer meat dishes, fish like Perch and Arctic char and salmon. Numerous dishes with delicate sauces use local berries like cloudberries, lingonberries, blueberries, crowberries and cranberries. Whatever your dietary requirements Lapland has something to suit.
How much snow do you get in Lapland?
Short answer, a lot. In mid-March every year, most of Lapland has between 60-80 cm of snow depth, but a few places have even deeper snow. Kilpisjärvi regularly has 2 meters of snow in winter!
Where can we see Reindeer?
Though we don’t know the exact numbers, there are more reindeer here than there are people. Throughout Lapland, there are a number of reindeer ride operators and agritourism reindeer herders, and it’s not uncommon to see a half-wild reindeer herd enjoying a summer day in a field
Can I bring my drone and fly it in Lapland?
Yes! There are a few regulations and guidelines you must follow, but all relevant info can be found on drone info Finland
Can I see huskies
Yes! Wherever you go in Lapland you can be assured there are husky rides. These are usually organised through hotels or local service providers and last up to three hours.
What clothes should we bring?
The weather in Lapland varies over the winter season and temperatures can drop to -28 °F. That being said it is not a damp cold so layering is the best form of protection, good snow boots, hats and gloves are essential. Make sure socks are made from wool. There is no need to overpack clothes as on any activity you are usually supplied with high end gear to keep you warm when out with huskies or on snowmobiles.
When is the best time to go?
Depending on what you are looking for in your Lapland adventure will help you decide. For those wanting to experience the joy of Christmas and Santa-related experiences between November and December is the best time and imagine Christmas in Lapland. For those wanting more daylight and more settled conditions Late February to the end of Mar
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