Where is Lapland?
Lapland is a vast region located in north of the Arctic circle which stretches across areas of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. During the winter months’ temperatures can reach as low as -35.
Many people believe Lapland to be located in the northern region of Finland, Finnish Lapland. This is the most northern region which borders Sweden, Russia, Norway and the Baltic sea. This area is home to around 3.4% of Finland’s population. It is difficult to pin point the exact location of Lapland as the region is so vast and stretches past many borders.
Lapland is located in the north of the arctic circle. If you’re in search of Santa according to the legends and Folklore his original hometown was Korvantunturi located in Savukoaki a remote and isolated area of eastern Lapland. For the benefit of all the family’s looking to find St Nick, he can now be found in his slightly more modern location of Rovaniemi. The capital of Finnish Lapland and now home to Santa Claus and Santa Claus’s village. Santa Clauses village the more commercial of Lapland experiences is located about 8 miles for the Capital Rovaniemi and can be easily reached by bus, taxi or car. Santa Claus’s village is 3 kilometres from Rovaniemi airport this makes a trip to Lapland suitable for short breaks or and day trips.
The City of Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and the official home of Santa Claus, located in the centre of the arctic circle, after being nearly completely destroyed in 1944 Alver Alto rebuilt the town with the main streets in the shape of a reindeer’s head and antlers. Rovaniemi officially received status of the hometown of Santa Claus in 2010 and is now one of Finland’s most visited locations! You can visit Santa at Santa’s village every day of the year, however most visitors decide to take a trip to make the most of their festive season by visiting during the December months for a Christmas holiday and when flights to the region are more frequent. The cities name is believed to be derived from the word ‘rova’ meaning heap of stones or a group of rocks in a stretch of rapids, which helps paint a picture and describe Lapland’s landscape.
Lapland’s Weather & Landscape
During the winter season Lapland’s landscape is transformed into a winter wonderland of frozen lakes and white snow covered countryside. Snowfall can begin as early as October; however, the winter months are considered to last from December to March reaching temperatures from -15 to -5. Long dark nights are illuminated by Christmas lights making it the perfect location to enjoy a magical winter holiday.
Lapland is a hot spot for activities because of its abundance of unspoiled nature, natural beauty and ski resorts. It makes a perfect destination for family winter holidays or luxury Lapland holidays, whether you’re looking for a family adventure to visit Santa or a romantic break to unwind in the incredible snow coated scenery, Lapland is perfect for all winter breaks.