Arctic Adventure: 5 Days in the Finnish Lapland

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  • Finland

  • Arctic Circle

  • Adventure Travel

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Winter

  • Skiing

  • Outdoors

A picture of a red wooden house amongst snow in Finland.
Fora’s Take

Don't let the Arctic Circle temperatures fool you. The Finnish Lapland welcomes visitors with warm hospitality and an adventurous spirit. Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, is the hub for winter wonderland adventures. Travelers can chase the incredible Aurora Borealis, hop on a dog sled, ride in a reindeer sleigh and much more. Or, wander deeper into the Arctic Circle to Pyhätunturi. This stunning place feels as if one has stumbled into a beautiful snow globe. Sleep in an igloo under the Aurora, snow surf through the trees, cross-country ski around a beautiful frozen lake or relax in a sauna. The Finnish Lapland is truly an experience unlike any other.

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Day 1: Arrive in Rovaniemi

Brown and white house in Rovaniemi, Lapland.

Welcome to the Arctic Circle!

Landing in Rovaniemi will truly feel as if you've landed in another world. You will likely arrive in the late afternoon or early evening. Enjoy downtown Rovaniemi and experience traditional Lappish cuisine for dinner. Lappish food is truly a taste of the Arctic. The local game, fish and berries are second to none. Check out Nili Restaurant.

After dinner, the hunt for the Aurora Borealis begins!

Day 2: Reindeer and pyhätunturi

Raitola Reindeer & Husky Farm offers an authentic Lapland experience, allowing visitors to interact with reindeer and huskies while enjoying the serene Arctic landscape.

One cannot visit Lapland without meeting the locals — and this is not in reference to the people. There are more reindeer than people in Lapland, making for a peaceful and traffic-free drive to Raitola Reindeer and Husky Farm. There you will not only have the chance to go on a sleigh ride, but you will also get to feed and learn about these wonderful animals and their huge significance to Finnish culture.

From there, it is a stunning drive to Pyhätunturi, where visitors will have a one-of-a-kind experience sleeping in a hand-built igloo and enjoying countless winter adventures with the best guides around.

Day 3: More Pyhätunturi adventures and back to Rovaniemi

Beautiful view of the Northern Lights.

After a restful night in a cozy little igloo or cabin, get ready for breakfast with the locals at one of the many cafes located on Pyhätunturi's cross-country skiing trails. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a Rahkapulla (a sweet Finnish bun) and maybe even hop on skis yourself!

Arrive back in Rovaniemi in the late afternoon with plenty of time to get settled into Santa Claus Village — the most charming resort. From there, the next adventure awaits. Ice floating under the Northern Lights!

Day 4: Dog sledding and Santa Claus village

Dog Sledding in Lapland offers a real taste of the wilderness and excitement.

All aboard the sled of what appears to be the world's happiest huskies. Tip: aim for one of the earlier rides when the Huskies are most eager to go! Afterwards, take some time playing with the adorable pups and cozying up in a hut with a snack and a warm drink.

Once back at the resort, there is much to explore. Shop around, relax in your private sauna and prepare for the journey home.

Day 5: Travel home

Lapland Restaurant Kotahovi is a Lappish-style restaurant that offers typical Lappish dishes in a very cozy atmosphere.

Enjoy one of the best hotel breakfasts out there — and travel home. Until next time!

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For more Lapland tips, check out Fora Advisor Rachel Anderson’s guide, Winter Wonderland: One Week in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland.