Winter in the north - Lapland to the North Cape
Published: Aug, 2020 | Travel Date: Dec - Jan 2019
This trip is for everyone who is tired of mild winters! But after hundreds of kilometers on icy roads, cycling and hiking at -20°C (-4°F) and snowmobile or dog sledding tours, everyone is looking forward to a cozy fireplace and the typical Finnish sauna!
Rovaniemi is the official hometown of Santa Claus. Accordingly, there are a few sights related to Santa Claus, such as the Santa Claus Village and Santa's Post Office. Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and it is located exactly on the Arctic Circle. If you want to learn something about the flora and fauna or the animal world of Lapland, you should not miss the natural science Arktikum Museum.
Arctic Light Hotel, Valtakatu, Rovaniemi, Finland
Fantastic hotel with an impressive breakfast buffet and excellent service. If you want to save money, you should look for another hotel.
Activities and Sights
Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi, Finland
In Santa's Post Office you can send a postcard with Santa's official postmark. The card can either be sent immediately or to be shipped right before next Christmas. The Santa Claus Village is open all year round, but let's be honest: with snow in winter you really eat it up it from Santa.
Arktikum, Pohjoisranta, Rovaniemi, Finland
The Arktikum is a natural history museum. Here you can learn a lot about Scandinavian nature and the traditional way of life. This could even be exciting for those who don't like museums.
Walk on Kemijoki
The Kemijoki River flows through Rovaniemi. The riverside is great for walking and watching snowmobiles drive over the frozen river.
Transportation to next station
Car | 03:30 Hours
You have to be careful when traveling by car, but you quickly gain confidence. The rental cars usually have spikes (just ask briefly) with which you can drive well over the icy road. Snow is far more dangerous. You should be particularly careful with oncoming trucks. You can really feel it on the steering wheel and you cannot see anything for 1-2 seconds through the whirled up snow.
- My Aurora Forecast - Aurora Alerts Northern Lights
- Google Maps
Looking back, the trip to the north was a fantastic experience. You get to know a completely different attitude towards life when you see the effort involved in everyday activities under the harsh conditions in the north. Incidentally, those who have a reasonable measure of common sense and respect for nature do not have to worry. Since the days are short and the nights long, it is very easy to come down and relax by the fire or in the sauna after strenuous excursions.