#WEDISCOVER: FINNISH LAPLAND

You’ve seen the glass igloos on Instagram, and you’ve probably seen a few home videos of some heart-warming huskies; but what sets Finland apart from its Nordic neighbours? And what or where is Lapland, exactly?

Posted On June 28, 2018 Posted By Platinum Travel

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You’ve seen the glass igloos on Instagram, and you’ve probably seen a few home videos of some heart-warming huskies; but what sets Finland apart from its Nordic neighbours? And what or where is Lapland, exactly?

Well, literally speaking not much separates them at all. In fact, depending on where you choose to stay in Finnish Lapland – Finland’s northernmost region – you’ll be hugging one of Finland’s borders (with Sweden, Norway or Russia). While the official gateway to the region is the city of Rovaniemi, you’ll find a lot of holiday packages and tours kick start from Kittila, which offers shorter transfers to many of the local arctic resorts and ski fields.

You can choose to stay in the lapland of luxury (pun intended) at properties like the 5-star Arctic Light Hotel, or try a lodge or guesthouse for a more local flavour. We’d liken the pace of a visit to Lapland as similar to that of an African safari: dedicated morning or afternoon activities are generally pre-organised and pretty physical; the rest of the day is yours to spend in the sauna, spa; reading or relaxing.

Some of the activities available to guests include husky and reindeers safaris (or sledding), snowmobile trips, cross country and downhill skiing, ice fishing and snowshoeing. Activities cater to varying levels of fitness, and there’s generally an adjusted version of each activity to cater for those with mobility issues. Snow gear (boots, socks, gloves and ‘snowveralls’) are included in most Lapland holiday packages, too, so your packing’s a breeze.

One of the obvious highlights of a visit to Lapland is the possibility of catching the Northern Lights; or Aurora Borealis. You’ll find yourself surrounded by eager visitors glued to geomagnetic activity reports by day, and, if you’re lucky, by the breathtaking green glow of the lights by night. One of the most magical (if fortuitous) ways to experience the phenomenon is from the warmth of your private igloo or ‘Aurora Dome’ on or near one of Lapland’s expansive lakes. Lights aside, though, these cosy retreats are a unique (and romantic!) way to enjoy the Finnish wilderness, and are definitely the right choice for those who don’t like the cold. (Don’t worry, genuine igloos and ice baths are available for those that do.)

Finnish Lapland is quickly becoming a new travel hot spot, and has as much to offer families as it does honeymooners and snow sport fanatics. It’s a special, otherworldly place to spend your holiday, and could be just the change of pace, place and temperature (!) you need.

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