Finland Lapland Symphony
During the winter season in Finland, Lapland presents itself as a sparkling clean white snowscape, with the glowing northern lights dancing through the dark skies. The silent and snowy nature can be reached on skis or snowshoes. Alternatively in a sleigh pulled by huskies or reindeer, or for those after some real speed, by snowmobile.
The Arctic Circle
The Arctic Circle is the imaginary line located at 66 32’ ‘35’’. The line of the Artic Cirlce runs through Rovaniemi where you can jump overr it and into the circle. Above the Arctic Circle the sun does not set in the summer for at least one night a year, giving us the chance to enjoy the midnight sun.
During the winter months, the sun does not rise at least one day a year. The winter darkness is called the kaamos, an extraordinary dark blue light from the sky reflected on the snow, and northern lights dancing in the sky.
Rovaniemi is the provincial centre of Lapland, located right on the Arctic Circle. The town lies at the confluence of the rivers Ounasjoki and Kemijoki. It is an historical meeting point for trade, people and cultures of the north.
Today, Rovaniemi is a lively university town and a popular travel destination, as well as the regional, commercial, administrative, educational, cultural and sports capital of Finnish Lapland.
In terms of geographic area, Rovaniemi (8 017 km²) is one of the largest towns in Europe. With approximately 60,000 inhabitants, it is the 15th biggest town in Finland.
Rovaniemi is a popular destination throughout the year. During the winter, highlights include snowmobile safaris, fun reindeer and husky rides and Northern Light hunting.
During summer, you can enjoy a beautiful and relaxing riverboat cruise on Rovaniemi’s two large rivers that flow through the city landscapes to the reindeer farm, or cruise under the midnight sun.
And of course, in Rovaniemi, whatever the time of year Santa Claus will always be always waiting to meet you!
In Santa Claus village you will have the chance to visit Santa Claus’ Official Post Office. From there you are able to send postcards and Christmas greetings to your loved ones whatever the time of the year.
Directly across the river from the town is the Ounasvaara ski centre. The top of the Ounasvaara hill bears the site of some of the earliest known human settlements in the area.
A phenomenon also attracting numerous tourists is the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. In Finnish Lapland the number of auroral displays can be as high as 200 a year whereas in southern Finland the number is usually fewer than 20, so there is plenty of opportunity to spot them if luck is on your side.
Luosto is a small village about 110 km North from Rovaniemi. It has a population of approximately 200 inhabitants in winter time and 73 in summer. This area had mountains as big as the Alps 2 billion years ago. Nowadays the highest peak is the Noitatunturi, at 540m high. Some of the pines in the area are 200 year-old or even older.
The Amethyst mine, located in the hill of Lampivaara, is one of the main attractions in Luosto. Climbing the hill will offer you some of the most amazing views in Lapland, over the immense forest and fells. In the Amethyst mine visitors get an introduction about this mineral and they all have the chance to dig for their own lucky stone.
In Luosto you will be able to enjoy memorable experiences and safaris in pure untouched surroundings. Drive your own snowmobile, become a real musher riding your own husky sledge, or feel like a Sámi riding your own reindeer pulled sledge, just like in the old days! Snowshoe excursions in the beautiful National Park are also highly recommended. As Luosto is a very small village with almost no light pollution Northern Lightsdisplays can be seen at their best.