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An Overview of Lapland

July 1, 2010 by Travel Guide Lapland  
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Although Lapland is known for being a former Finnish province, the region of Lapland actually stretches across four countries; Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. The name ‘Lapland’ is derived from the term ‘Lapp’ used to describe the native people of the region, the Sami. Although the term ‘Lapp’ is now considered derogatory, the use of the term Lapland has survived, and to many, it is considered the home of Santa Claus! To fully explore the opportunities the region has to offer, it would be best to first take a look at an overview of Lapland.

Lapland is full of hidden treasures. The region is considered the true wilderness area of Finland, where the crisp Arctic air is coupled with the never-ending sun during the summer and what comes close to never-ending night in the winter. For those with families, a Christmas package booked with a reputable travel company should be considered. A visit with Santa Claus in his forest log cabin or grotto is an experience not to be forgotten.

river-scenery-LaplandLapland also has something for those not interested in winter activities. Those interested in the cultural history of Lapland would enjoy a visit to the Arktikum, a ‘cultural museum’ dedicated to exploring the long history of those native to the region. If music is your thing, the annual RuskaSwing music festival features jazz and swing musicians sourced from all over Finland, with a special ‘Northern Lights’ concert held out under the stars.

If freezing temperatures are your thing, you might enjoy a stay in one of Lapland’s ice hotels – hotels built out of nothing but ice. Only available during the winter months, the ice hotels have special instructions to those who sleep within their icy rooms, which never drop below -5º C in temperature. Think that’s cold? Think again – temperatures in Lapland can get down to -30º C. Soon enough, you’ll be thinking that the ice hotel must be heated.

Lapland has something for everyone. If you’re in Europe, Lapland is just a short hop over to Finland, something that can be achieved in just an hour or two. Lapland is a great place to go on holiday, no matter whether you are visiting with a family or just by yourself!

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