Lapland offers adventures; you can hike on hills, enjoy your own peace in wilderness area, admire arctic waters and breath the cleanest air in the world. The whole region has only 200 000 inhabitants, therefore reindeers even more than that. Lapland offers year-around experiences – during summer the sun of nightless nights, and during autumn and winter the shine of northern lights. Not to forget, Europe’s only indigenous people, the Sami, who have a rich and interesting culture.
Home to the country’s highest fells, untouched wilderness, glassy lakes and ponds, freely roaming reindeer herds, and landscapes which you would never have thought you could find in Finland. You can find them all in Kilpisjärvi, a village of under one hundred permanent residents, which attracts tourists throughout the year. This fabled and inspiring fell region, located near the Arctic Ocean where three countries meet, gives you possibilities to do and see things that you’ve never been able to before. Finland’s only mountain resort!
The village of Inari is the heart of the Sámi culture in Finland. Authentic handicrafts and artisan shops, genuine small-village feel and astonishing surrounding nature make Inari an intriguing and interesting place to visit year-round. Inari is located along the main road E75, and less than 50 km away from the international airport of Ivalo
Approximately 250 kilometres North of the Arctic Circle is Europe’s northernmost outdoor resort, Saariselkä. A wide range of accommodation options and other services are nearby, yet the peace of the wilderness is only a few steps away. First and foremost, visitors come to Saariselkä to indulge in outdoor activities in the magnificent backdrop provided by the fells. Saariselkä serves as a gateway to Finland’s second-largest national park of the Urho Kekkonen National Park.
Have you dreamed of snow covered trees, seeing magical Northern Lights, snowmobile safari, skiing in versatile slopes or just enjoying beautiful scenery? Levi is all that and much more. Levi is an easily accessible destination with a lot of activity options. Levi offers great variety of accommodation from hotels, cabins and holiday apartments to luxury glass igloos where you can watch the Northern Lights dancing across the Arctic sky while lying in a bed.
Utsjoki is the northernmost Finland’s only municipality with a majority of Sámi population. Utsjoki offers an opportunity to experience modern, everyday Sámi culture: a culture you can live, see, hear, taste and feel. Utsjoki is a place where the traditional Lappish costume is still worn at many festivals and events. In the municipality of Utsjoki, there are three lively villages – Utsjoki, Karigasniemi and Nuorgam. Both the polar night and the midnight sun are the longest, and the Northern Lights are dancing on the sky often.
Magical winter nights, crystal clear waters, the midnight sun and the beautiful autumn colours. The Kuusamo region displays its natural beauty and offers unforgettable experiences all year round!
The nature of Posio offers amazing adventures all year round. If you are in search of easily accessible, safe and family-friendly nature destinations, Posio is the place for you. The magnificent Korouoma canyon, the snow-covered trees of Riisitunturi National Park, the white sandy beaches of Lake Livojärvi and the hiking routes of Kirintövaara take you to sceneries and adventures that you will never forget.
Muonio is a unique destination for nature lovers and enthusiastics throughout the year. Muonio is located in Northern Finland, Lapland, above the Arctic Circle on the Finland-Sweden border. You will find over 20 fells, over 200 lakes, cleanest air in the world and 8 seasons. In Muonio you can take a moment, relax and breath.
Nestled against Lake Ranuajärvi, Ranua in southern Lapland is home to a Wildlife Park and a cloudberry market every summer. The forests and lakes around Ranua are easily reached, and Ranua’s location south of Rovaniemi offers nearby production and service support.
At the northern end of the Gulf of Bothnia lies Kemi, home to the largest snow castle in the world. Only 90 minutes south of the Arctic Circle, this town is the port to the last great wilderness of Europe. With award-winning accommodations, historic wooden buildings by the seaside, regal attractions and convenient travel connections–whether you’re coming by plane, train or automobile, Kemi is truly the pearl of the Finland’s northernmost region.
Trek from hilltop to hilltop through the arctic fells along Finland's first hiking trail. Here you can enjoy hiking or skiing through the wilds, but still find welcoming lodgings for comfortable overnight stays in historic Lappish villages. This part of Lapland has the freshest air in the world. On dark nights look out for the amazing Northern Lights
Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
The adventure begins from Pyhä. Pyhä is known for it’s maintained slopes, great back-country, Pyhä-Luosto National Park and beautiful mountain scenery. The mountain landscape hides many stories and with a little effort you can find new places that you have never experienced before. Experience the peak of the Pyhä and other nearby fells, spend a moment with friends and sleep under the stars.
Welcome to Luosto! Enjoy the nature and admire the arctic sky. Enjoy your holiday in the small and peaceful center of Luosto. Visit the Amethyst Mine and hike in Pyhä-Luosto National Park.
Salla is located in the middle of the pure nature of Eastern Lapland, where you can experience both spectacular hiking as well as tangible military history. What is the Salla mindscape? Get to know Salla by looking below.
Rovaniemi is an urban oasis amidst the Arctic wilderness, where culture, wild activities and fairytales come together. Rovaniemi and its surroundings offers a wide range of activities for adventurers. You can explore the Arctic Circle and its pristine nature in all four seasons. Snowy winters, colorful autumns, spirit-lifting spring and nightless summers are all worth experiencing!
Trek through this magnificent arctic fell country on foot or on skis, finding your way to a welcoming wilderness hut for the night. This vast park extends eastwards from the resort of Saariselkä through the wilderness of Finnish Lapland all the way to the Russian border. The remote fell of Korvatunturi is famous among Finns as the home of Father Christmas. The night sky is illuminated by the Aurora Borealis in winter and the Midnight Sun in summer.
Urho Kekkonen National Park
In the rugged landscape of the Karhunkierros Trail, you will observe the power of water. The many trail options and hanging bridges of the Oulanka National Park will take you to the most impressive waterfalls in Finland. The jumps of wild brown trout, the dives of European dippers, the unlimited beauty of the aapa mires and the lovely calypso will challenge even the experienced nature photographer.
Oulanka National Park
North of Inari by the main road E75, lies the village of Kaamanen. It is a traditional meeting point as from there the roads and snowmobile tracks lead to North, East, South and West. To the North lies Utsjoki, to the West Karigasniemi and Sevettijärvi and Näätämö are located in the East.
Karigasniemi ja Kaamanen
Nellim is called the meeting place for three cultures for a good reason. Indeed, in the 1920s and 1930s, the original inhabitants of the area, the Inari Sámi people, were joined by Finnish loggers. After the Second World War, it received the Skolt Sámi population.
Lemmenjoki boasts Finland’s largest national park, where breath-taking sceneries appeal to hikers and canoeists. Stretching over 70 kilometres, the River Lemmenjoki flows through the national park. Traditional riverboats are still in good use and take visitors to the national park and the legendary goldfields according to daily schedule. Lemmenjoki can be reached through the international airport of Ivalo and the village of Inari. Road 955 leads from Inari through the village of Pokka, towards the ski resort Levi and airport of Kittilä.
Lemmenjoki National Park
Explore the unexplored
East Lapland is an unexplored area for many, but in recent years the popularity of the eastern parts of Lapland has increased – and indeed not without reason! The eastern tour leads you from the town of Rovaniemi along the breathtaking so-called Landscape Road via Posio to Ruka, and from there you can return to Rovaniemi via Kemijärvi. Along the way you will discover fantastic nature sites, culture, quaint little villages, and stunning landscapes!
Inari-Saariselkä region has two of the biggest national parks in Finland, Strict Nature Reserve of Kevo, 6 wilderness areas and Inari hiking area. In Saariselkä alone there are 200 kilometers of marked routes to be explored. Get to know national parks and nature sights during your road trip in Northernmost Lapland.
Memorable North Lapland road trip
Start your trip in Saami from Inari. Get to know Sámi culture at the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre in Siida and the Sámi Cultural Centre in Sajos. Siida’s exhibitions provide a cultural experience for all the senses. Learn and understand the life and traditions of Europe’s only indigenous people, which are still present in Inari and throughout the region.
In the heart of the Sámi land
Resorts of Pyhä and Luosto with city of Rovaniemi at Arctic Circle is ideal combination to get most out Lapland when time for a visit is limited. Both Pyhä and Luosto are idyllic and authentic resorts less than two hours drive from Rovaniemi Airport or Railway Station. Pyhä-Luosto National Park offers magical landscape for different Lapland experiences no matter which time of year.
Arctic Circle Highlights
Perhaps it is the most traditional road trip in Lapland, which heads along the E75 highway northwards from Rovaniemi towards the North Cape. This time the trip is taken entirely in Finland, from southern Lapland up to the rugged fell highlands of Utsjoki and the Tenojoki River. Saariselkä, Utsjoki and Inari are great destinations for staying overnight on the trip. In Rovaniemi at Arktikum and in Inari at Siida, visitors are taken on a journey to experience the culture of the northern regions and the indigenous Sámi.
From the capital of Rovaniemi to the northernmost area!
The history of gold is strong in the Inari-Saariselkä region. Start your journey by exploring the history of gold in domestic and international culture at the world's only international Gold Museum in Tankavaara.
Sparkle of Gold in Northern Lapland
The mighty Saana fell in Kilpisjärvi is something to every Finn experiences at least once in a lifetime. However, many of them return over and over again. On a car trip from Rovaniemi towards the Arm of Finland, there are plenty of quaint villages and tourist attractions where you can stop for a little break. On your way there you can choose the route that travels via Levi and Muonio to Kilpisjärvi, with the return trip following the western border of Lapland along the great rivers Tornionjoki and Muonionjoki.
A tour of Käsivarsi Wilderness Area by car
What do the two largest national parks in Finland mean? It means a comprehensive network of marked and maintained routes throughout the year. It means an endless amount of untouched nature where you are completely equal to nature. You will travel at the pace of nature with your favorite hobby or you will rediscover or experience it for the first time. You can safely walk around the services under the guidance of a guide or travel for hours or days without seeing anyone but the animals and changing vegetation of northernmost Lapland.
National Parks and Wilderness Area
Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, is home to Santa Claus and most probably one of the most interesting cities out of all nordic countries. One of the reasons for that is Santa Claus Village which is suitable for everyone. The Arktikum and Korundi museums, which are already only from the outside enchanting and makes you want to visit and know more! For those seeking for endless white landscapes and activities, don't worry, you have plenty of it everywhere shortly outside of the urban city, for example Ounasvaara!
Winter Staycation in Rovaniemi
Experience the northern cities and meet the adorable animals of Ranua Zoo. Enjoy Lapland and its wonderful nature with the whole family! Visit Santa Claus, hop on a husky ride or admire the Northern Lights. There are multiple options to choose from!