Discover the magic and magnificence of Finnish Lapland – whether you’re on a quest to find the real Father Christmas, bask in the midnight sun, hit the slopes, or gaze up at the dancing Northern Lights.
For almost three months a year during summer, you can enjoy continuous daylight in Finnish Lapland, especially in the northern areas where the sun stays above the horizon for days at a time. It’s the best time of year to enjoy being outdoors, either on the ski slopes or hiking trails. The winters are cold and dark, and the skies perfect for viewing the Aurora Borealis.
Learn about the indigenous Sámi people and their ancient traditions, endangered language and culture. Their history stretches back to prehistoric times, and today’s community is working hard to ensure their customs, music and beliefs are not forgotten.
When to go
For fun in the snow and winter activities like snowmobiling, ice fishing on frozen lakes and riding on dog and reindeer sleds, then visit Finnish Lapland from December to March. If you're there during the summer months, from June to August you'll be able to spend your days hiking and following mountain trails.
What to do
- Young families should plan a visit to Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, to meet Father Christmas. Just make sure you're definitely on his nice list before you arrive.
- Spend extra time on the ski slopes and hiking trails during the summer months where some areas have up to 70 consecutive days of sun.
- Visit Finnish Lapland's magical boreal forests, lush and green in summer, coated in thick, heavy snow in winter.