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5 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Lapland in Summer

Published on April 2019

Mari Helin / Customer Experience director & Regional Accommodation Manager

Snow, ice and Northern Lights. These are probably the most common things people associate with Finland but there is so much more than that! Finland offers unforgettable experiences and activities 365 days of the year, not only in winter. We listed 5 reasons why you should travel to Lapland in summer. Take a look!

1. The Magic of Midnight Sun

Did you know that the sun does not set under the horizon in Lapland during summer months? You can experience these nightless nights in the north of the Arctic Circle. No matter if it’s 3 PM or 3 AM, it’s bright all day and all night.

One of the most unforgettable ways to experience the magic of Midnight Sun is to try Midnight Sun Floating, where you can float in one of Finland’s thousands lakes gazing in the sky, listening to the silence and just relax. This is something you should definitely give a try!

Travelling to Lapland in summer

2. Take the best out of Finnish Nature

More than 70% of Finland’s land area is covered in forest. It means that there are multiple choices to explore the magnificent nature of Lapland with its flora and fauna.

You are warmly welcome to our guided Go to Nature -activity, where you’ll be in harmony with the arctic environment, reduce your stress and take a piece of Lapland back home with you. We’ll take a break by the campfire and enjoy the smells and sounds of nature. Another great way to explore the nature is biking. In our Fatbike Day Trip we’ll ride about 5-20 km in the wild with special fatbikes and have a break by the campfire for sausage grilling.

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lapland in summer

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3. Spend a Berry Nice Day

In Finland we have this thing called Everyman’s Rights and it means that everyone can access the wild and enjoy the nature for free. Get a taste of nordic flavours by picking berries and mushrooms by yourself! The most delicious berries, blueberries, lingonberries and our Lappish speciality, cloudberries, can be picked from mid-July to the end of September.

Even though everyone can pick berries, it can be difficult to find the best places! In our Berry Nice Day you’ll discover the secrets of these arctic superfoods and learn how to make juice out of them by the campfire. If you are looking for a little adventure and would like to learn some arctic survival skills, we recommend our guided Arctic Survival -activity which is suitable for the whole family and offers you fun and quality time in the Finnish woods!

Summer in Lapland

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4. Lapland is the Best Place to Relax

If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, Lapland is definitely the right choice for you! Forget the hustle and bustle of big cities and get ready to calm down. Go to sauna, swim in the lake and enjoy the breathtaking nature around you. It’s a magnificent feeling when there is no hurry and you can just listen the birds singing. You’ll surely go back home relaxed!

Take a look at our accommodation in Ylläs and in Rovaniemi. Our cosy chalets and hotels are surrounded by the purest nature and guarantee that you’ll feel like home, but better.

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lapland in summer

5. Events, culture, music… what would you like to do?

Even the smallest cities come alive in summer time and we Finns love to spend time outdoors. That is why there is a lot to do in both our locations, Rovaniemi and Ylläs.

Here are our favourites:

Ylläs offers excellent circumstances for nature lovers and we recommend you to try canoeing, fishing, hiking in Pallas-Ylläs National Park or swimming in Lake Ylläs. There are also different kinds of events in Ylläs all year round, you’ll find them here!

Sunny summer day is a sign that there are lots of people outside enjoying the warmth! Last summer the exceptional heatwave forced even the reindeer cool off at the beach. If you’re visiting Rovaniemi in summer, go and have a picnic on the beach, have fun in a amusement park “Tivoli”, visit Huima Activity Park, get amazed in a science center and museum Arktikum or attend Simerock, which is a music festival in the beginning of August. If you want to see the best of Rovaniemi , come and enjoy us!

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… what about meeting the Santa Claus and his reindeer?

Even if you are coming to Finland in summer, there are lots of possibilities to do and see that most people want to experience in Lapland. Santa Claus Village is open daily and you’ll probably have a lot more space and time compared to winter which is the highest peak with thousands of other tourists around you.

Come to our Summer Delight where we visit local reindeer and husky farms. What would be holiday in Lapland without meeting the Santa himself? We’ll visit the Santa Claus Village with its various shops, Santa’s Post Office and of course, meet the Santa. You also have an opportunity to cross the Arctic Circle – it’s something you cannot miss!

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lapland in summer
Whether you’re looking for adventures and activities or silence and relaxation,Lapland is a great choice for your summer holiday! Take a look at our activities, locations, our Safartica team and more stories from Lapland. We’re looking forward meeting you!

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