Welcome to Lapland – Tervetuloa Lappiin

Road with reindeers in Lapland in winter time

by Tobias Schengber, exhange student in Environmental Engineering

Lapland is stretched across Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia, situated at most northern part of Europe around the Arctic Circle and the home of the Sami people. With its largest city Rovaniemi, the residence of Santa Claus, the Finnish part of Lapland (“Lappi”) is definitely a “must see” when travelling to Finland or staying there for an exchange year. Driving through Lapland shows a different world, which is hard to put into words.

Endless and slippery roads, lack of gas stations, reindeers on the streets surrounded by darkness and snow are challenges you have to struggle against. The only sign of civilisation is the slight discoloration of the sky due to the lights of some houses or street lights. You can hardly imagine of living there, as there are only few houses every 100 km and the bus that has to drive large distances goes approximately four times a day. The difficult living conditions in Lapland make it a very less inhabited place and many Finns just have a summer cottage in there, while they are living in bigger cities in the south of Finland the rest of the year.

A ridethought Lapland is definitely an adventure, especially by car and I would highly recommend for people that like nature, Northern lights (“revontulet”) and quite places.

Aurelia borealis above Tampere

Northern lights above Pinnish Lapland in March 2013