WHY LAPLAND and INARI?
CLEAR RIVERS & LAKES
UNIQUE & TRADITIONAL HANDICRAFTS
Most people do not know that the geographic area commonly known as "LAPLAND" is found in more than one country: it exists in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. It is the largest and more northern area of Finland where the Artic Circle begins. What is well-known is the climate where Winter temperatures descend as low as -50ºC (-60ºF) and the polar nights are long where no sun is seen. But the opposite occurs in Summer where the Midnight Sun emerges and temperatures range from 10-20ºC (50-70ºF) and in July may even reach 30ºC in some areas.
Although the local language in Finnish Lapland is predominantly Finnish and the 3 Sámi languages are common in the northern areas, English is spoken by practically everyone so international visitors can easily communicate.
In such a remote part of the planet, climate is very important in travel considerations. So although spending Christmas in Lapland may sound exciting, travelers need to keep in mind that Winter is the season of the Artic night where temperatures are often -30ºC or -25ºF. But if you are up for it, winter activities are great fun and as thrilling as any vacation can be: snowmobile or husky trips, witnessing the breathtaking Aurora Borealis, and other types of typical winter sports are possible in this spectacular wonderland. As the year progresses, February begins to yield nearly 12 hours of light a day and temperatures rise to -10ºC (or -15ºF). The real "heat wave" tends to set in around April and skiers abound dressed in T-shirts and with winter's snow accumulation melting away, one could ski until May.
With the advent of warmer temperatures and snow runoff also unfortunately come the infamous Lappish mosquitoes. They are mostly abundant in the non-urban areas and like most mosquitoes, their bite is annoying and itchy but not disease-ridden; a strong repellent is a must until August when they begin to dissipate. On the positive side Summer is the time of the "Midnight Sun" which is visible virtually everywhere in Lapland. Lapland culture and history still exist today when the equinox and Midnight Sun are celebrated by special events and days are longer the further north you travel....a phenomenon that most people from other parts of the world have never experienced. As Autumn arrives, the air is cooler and very agreeable - the perfect time for hiking and horseback riding in a colorful landscape.
Inari in our Finnish Lapland is a very special place in the world. Our indigenous people have a long and interesting history with its own special culture, much of which is still alive today. And unlike the other parts of Lapland, we are true Sami and invite you to join us at any time of year so you can experience a bit of our world.
We host a very good Saami museum - more information here: www.http://siida.fi/contents?set_language=en
In addition, you can visit our Finnish/Sami Parliament - Cultural Center - more information here:
Another site worth visiting for general information is:
How do you get to Inari? There are 4 main ways to arrive:
This is the most practical and quickets means although more remote destinations require special arrangements. The nearest commercial airport is in Ivalo, 40 km. from the village of Inari..you can find out more here: http://www.finavia.fi/en/ivalo/.
Trains will get you to the cities, most notably to the provincial capital Rovaniemi at the Arctic Circle, or to the northernmost railway station in Kolari. The overnight trains from the south have sleepers and also take cars. Most of Lapland is reachable only by bus or car. For train information, visit: https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage
There are bus connections from Helsinki to Rovaniemi (15 hours), which is the hub of most connections. The most common route is to first reach ROVANIEMI, then by bus to INARI. Timetables and more information at: https://matkahuolto.fi/en
There are good roads to and in Lapland, but instead of using a day for driving, you might want to get your car on an overnight train and wake up fresh in the morning to enjoy the landscape while driving only the remaining distance – which may certainly be long enough. In addition, having a car is more practical for traveling around.
If your arrival is at Ivalo airport, there are several major car rental companies represented... you can find more information here: http://www.ivaloairportcarrental.com/