There’s a reason why a trip to Lapland is firmly on the bucket list for so many of our travellers. This stunning northern region of Finland is one of Europe’s last true wildernesses, and is home to an incredible variety of unique day trips and experiences rooted in the magical, winter landscape.
Whether it’s an active excursion exploring the open fells and quiet pine forests, a Christmas adventure to remember for the kids in the official home of Santa, or an glimpse into the authentic culture of the Sami people, Lapland offers truly memorable experiences for all.
To help get you inspired for your next journey to this winter wonderland, we have put together a few of our favourite day trips in Lapland, so that you can get a flavour of what a holiday in Lapland might look like.
Active Day Trips in Lapland
With such a huge amount of pristine, untouched natural land, Lapland lends itself automatically to outdoor adventures. Whether it’s the snow-covered pine forest, the frozen lakes and rivers, or the vast fells, there is so much to explore here, and there are few places on earth you can feel as removed from civilisation so easily.
Clearly, moving about a landscape that’s carpeted in waste deep snow is a logistical challenge in itself. And it’s all the more difficult if you’re a part of a nomadic tribe hoping to hunt, or carry your belongings with you.
This challenge led the resourceful Sami people to develop snowshoes, spreading their bodyweight in order to walk on top of the snow, rather than through it, and this method is still the easiest way to walk through the parts of Lapland still untouched by human activity.
On a snowshoeing excursion with a local guide, you’ll be able to experience that true off the beaten track sensation, as you leave the human world behind and head to areas where you can reconnect with the natural world.
To get a little further off the beaten track and even deeper into the wilderness, it helps if you have a little extra energy to give you a helping hand. For millennia, the locals have used huskies and sleds to cover vast distances with ease, and now you too can experience the thrilling, and surprisingly physical activity of exploring Lapland’s wilderness behind a team of these beautiful dogs.
With boundless energy and friendly characters, you’ll probably find the huskies a touch loud and impatient to get going, but once moving, the sensation of gliding across snowdrifts and out into the wilderness is truly one to remember.
You’ll also have a chance to get up close and personal with the huskies, throwing in a little cuteness-factor into an active adventure that also provides a little insight into native life.
One for the adrenaline junkies now. In terms of the modern world, husky sledding has been very much overtaken by snowmobiles as the main way to get around.
On a snowmobile safari, you’ll get to enjoy the excitement of speeding through the magnificent landscape, drinking in the endless views of snow-covered trees from your saddle.
By the time you return from this most essential of Lapland day trips, you’ll feel satisfyingly windswept having enjoyed a bit of a thrill for those who find the idea of a spa day just a little too slow for them.