One of Europe’s northernmost borders, Lapland is a vast arctic wonderland where fairy-tales are interwoven with wild natural beauty – lit up by the emerald celestial wonder of the Northern Lights. A tale of two seasons, the sun never sets over Lapland during the summer months, while winter transforms the landscape into a snow-coated Christmas haven where you might even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus himself. Whenever you travel here, a Lapland holiday is certainly unique.
From the regional capital of Rovaniemi, you can set out to explore the spectacular scenery that Lapland has to offer, including visits to the Santa Claus Village as well as the nearby Snow Hotel. In the summer months there are plenty of green national parks and great lakes that you can experience either through guided tours or from a self-guided stroll. During winter, it’s possible to sign up for tours on either a sled drawn by huskies or reindeer. The Sami people have survived in the area for thousands of years, and reindeer have been essential to their survival. Visitors who venture to the Arctic Circle can try the local delicacy of dried reindeer meat, as well as other tasty treats like smoked salmon, cloudberry jam as well as the more modern invention of reindeer kebab.
If you are visiting Lapland between September and April, you might get lucky enough to gaze at the truly amazing natural wonder that is the Northern Lights. Rippling across the sky, this natural phenomena is truly one of a kind and a defining staple for any visit to this part of the world. Known as the Aurora Borealis, meaning ‘the dawn of the north’, the celestial phenomena is caused by collisions of particles from Earth and the Sun in the atmosphere. A clear night sky is required for the Northern Lights to be visible, which is why the winter months are the most likely time to experience this natural wonder, which can sometimes be unpredictable in its appearance.
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