This winter we were lucky to be able to spend quality time with family vacationing in Northern Finland. We flew all the way up to the Arctic Circle! It’s holiday season so we went to Lapland to enjoy the christmas holiday break in a winter wonderland white scenery. Lapland is truly a wonderful and magical place. I wanted to share with you ten very cool things we experienced on our Lapland trip.
You’ll notice most of the images don’t have much sunshine in them and the images are blue. This is due to the fact that the sun doesn’t rise very high above the horizon during winter months. In the northernmost parts of Lapland, inside the Arctic circle, they actually experience two entire months of darkness. In other words, there’s no sunrise at all during that whole period of time! But this only makes the place even more magical to me.
During the Finnish summer on the other hand, the situation turns upside down and the sun doesn’t set for two months, which is what we call the ‘Midnight Sun’ phenomenon. To discover the beauty of Finnish summer, read this post.
The constant darkness can also affect your mood. Days might seem to never start and then suddenly, they’ve ended because by lunchtime it’s dark again! I never understood how people cope up there during those loooong winters. At least the snow makes it white and creates more light. If the skies are clear at night, the moon reflects more light from the snow, making it surprisingly bright and easy to navigate outside.
Lapland is the place to be to watch the famous spectacular Northern Lights (Aurea Borealis). Unfortunately the skies were cloudy the entire week we were there and we didn’t get a chance to see the Northern Lights this time.
10 COOL Things from Lapland..
2. Meet the locals! This is what the Saami people, the original inhabitants of the Northernmost parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway traditionally wear. They use lots of reindeer fur in their clothing.
3. Natural snow sculptures. I love seeing all the different shapes that snowfall creates, especially on the trees it seems brings them alive. This one is definitely a bunny sitting on top of the tree!
4. Skiing, not only downhill but cross-country skiing is big and highly recommended in Lapland, the scenery is so serene and peaceful. All of the ski resorts in Lapland will rent cross country skiing equipment and even give you lessons how to do it. It’s possible to do up to 50 km of cross country skiing in the trails that go around the fjells.
5. Huge icicle formations can be seen everywhere. Here’s our cabin roof.
6. Husky sleigh rides are so much fun for the kids and adults too. You could even go on a overnight husky safaris and stay in a “laavu” or then just try it out for a short run. Some Husky farms will let you drive your own sleigh and dogs.
7. Visiting reindeer farms is one of the kids favorite things to do. there are plenty of farms that welcome visitors and do tours and reindeer sleigh rides. Reindeer are very cute but also quite shy natured.
10. And finally, it might sound very strange to you, but Finns LOVE to walk outside in any weather and we always take the babies with us. There have been studies which found that babies sleep much better and longer outside in the freezing temperatures! P.S Don’t worry, we dress the babies in clothes that insulate all the cold, they’re all snuggled up and comfy in there, remember that Finnish saying!