Lapland is the king of Christmas. It is the home of Santa and during the winter months it is basked in darkness. There is just no getting away from it! Unfortunately, due to this reason people don’t see the real Lapland and fill their heads with all the festive stuff. Yes, it is an amazing place to go for Christmas, but this one thing doesn’t define Lapland.
Check out these fantastic reasons to visit Lapland, other than to see a big, fat, jolly man with a white beard!
It turns out there is plenty of gold in the rivers of Lapland. When the rivers start to thaw out and die down a bit, tourists and locals alike descend on them in the hope they find a life changing nugget of metal. You might not get the nugget of gold you were looking for, but panning for gold is a great experience, especially when your surroundings are Finnish forests. There is no better place to find your fortune!
Or, if you are a pessimist you can go to the Tankavaara Gold Village Museum for a bit of history, as well as the Finnish Gold Panning Competition.
Due to its climate, Finland isn’t home to the sort of wildlife you would find anywhere else. But, the unique wildlife is what makes Lapland a great place to travel. There aren’t too many places where you can find bears, huskies and reindeers all in the same place. Plus, if you’re an adrenaline junkie you can also go searching for wolves. Just make sure you let them know you are coming!
It would be rude not to sample some of the delights of sport in Finland once you make the trip. As snow, hills and mountains cover the region , the extreme sports are some of the best in the world. The skiing and boarding are some of the best in the world, it lasts almost until the summer, and you can also go snowmobile racing.
The variety of resorts means there is something for everyone, from complete novices to professionals.
Indigenous is something foreign to the people of Europe. They tend to look to America and Australia for examples of the people whose home it has been for centuries. But, in Finland, the last remnant of Indigenous European culture is still alive. The Sami people have their language, costumes, and customs. You can learn more about them at the Arktikum museum in Rovaniemi.
Where saunas come from is up for discussion, but what isn’t up for debate is the fierce competition between the parties. A true, Finnish sauna, therefore, is scorching hot, lasts for hours and is full of nude people. So, don’t be surprised if you go in one and get an eye full. You know what they say, Lapland holiday are for adults!
If you get the chance, do not hesitate to visit Lapland. The media attention might revolve around Santa, but there is so much more waiting for you.