Filming in Lapland, Finland
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8 Above Ordinary Lapland Ideas for Your Travel Show

Although you can’t travel to Lapland at the moment, now is a great time to get inspired and plan for the future. So here’s some food for thought for your travel show: there is much more to Lapland than our Arctic animals, Christmas and all the snow. While we’re all here for these attractions – who doesn’t love spotting wild-roaming reindeer or having a jolly chat with Santa Claus? – here are some of our suggestions for a fresh take on Lapland.

1. Hear the Sounds of Lapland

Absolute silence is something that many don’t get to experience in their everyday life. So how about venturing out into the Arctic wilderness and climbing to the top of one of our highest fells, where even the sounds of nature are absent? On especially still days, you won’t even hear the gush of the wind. Being surrounded by pure silence can be quite a powerful experience, and it offers a lot to explore.

The soundscape of Lapland is also snow squeaking under your feet, ripples in a calm summer river, and fire cracking comfortably in a log cabin. You can take a trip to these and many other of our sounds by listening to SCAPES by Only in Lapland, available on Spotify.

2. Dine in the Wilderness

Our nature is a remarkable source of food.  So, how’s this for your travel show: forage some edibles and prepare a true wilderness meal by the bonfire. Thanks to the Finnish concept of Everyman’s Right, you are free to head into the wild and gather as many berries, mushrooms and herbs your heart desires, but be sure to get the required permits if you want to go fishing or hunting. Some traditional and especially delicious Finnish bonfire foods include blazed fish, mushroom soup and bilberry pie. And don’t forget to enjoy your dessert with bonfire coffee or tea served in an authentic kuksa!

3. Stay Up under the Midnight Sun

The unique phenomenon of the Midnight Sun, also known as the polar day and the nightless night, keeps our sun above the horizon for weeks on end in the summer. The endless amount of daylight brings with it opportunities that haven’t received nearly as much coverage as they deserve. So, take your viewers on an Arctic summer adventure by pulling an all-nighter and enjoying some of our vast selection of summer activities under the Midnight Sun. Go fishing, canoeing, fat biking, horseback riding, standup paddleboarding, or hiking in the wilderness – the Arctic is your oyster, really. Round the clock.

Midnight Sun in Finnish Lapland
Photo by: Joonas Linkola | Lapland Material Bank
Mountain biking under the Midnight Sun in Lapland, Finland
Photo by: Visit Rovaniemi

4. Research the Arctic Conditions

Finnish universities maintain a few northern research stations that conduct scientific studies on the nature and culture of Lapland. For example, the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Enontekiö and the Kevo Subarctic Research Institute in Utsjoki collect valuable data on the local flora and fauna. Their teams are happy to welcome your production to learn more about their work for the better understanding of the Arctic conditions.

5. Try Unusual Winter Activities

When you think winter activities in Lapland, you most likely picture skiing, snowmobiling, and reindeer and husky sledding. But how about trying something less usual for a change, as there is lots of alternative winter fun to be had in Lapland? Participate in a lesson of snowga (yoga in the snow), go snow golfing, take the plunge in ice diving, test snow kiting, race the tracks of ice karting, or try something else altogether. The destination organizations of Lapland cities and municipalities generally offer comprehensive lists of the activities available in their areas, so get to exploring!

6. Discover Your Fortune

Lapland’s rich history with gold panning makes it a great place to discover the treasures of the earth yourself. The region was taken over by several gold rushes in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the tradition of gold panning is still alive and well by the rivers Lemmenjoki and Ivalojoki in Inari. The national championships of gold panning are held in Tankavaara in Sodankylä every summer, and the village has hosted the word championships several times. There are various gold activities and attractions available in Lapland, from gold museums to trying out panning yourself. And note – all the gold you find is yours to keep!

Gold panning in Lapland, Finland
Photo by: Juho Kuva | Visit Finland
Gold panning in Lapland, Finland
Photo by: Juho Kuva | Visit Finland

7. Get Inspired by the Arctic Nature

The nature of Lapland has been a great source of inspiration for artists for centuries, and continues to be so. A great example of this is Posio, known for its blooming ceramics culture. Each year, the municipality welcomes international ceramics artists to experience the Arctic nature and transform it into art. Our tip for you: take your show to the local artists and their guests, learn from them, and head into the wild yourself. Make ceramics, carve your own kuksa, paint or draw, do whatever you wish – just let your imagination run free and create.

8. Take Part in Unique Events

Lapland hosts various unique events throughout the year, offering fascinating content for any travel show. For example, the reindeer races fill the crowds with delight and excitement when the fastest of the reindeer compete for speed. The tradition goes back almost 90 years, and the races are held annually at various locations across the region.

Another interesting occurrence are the watercross competitions held each summer. Snowmobiling becomes a year-round sport when the vehicles glide over the waves of rivers and lakes, driving through a marked race track. And what happens when a snowmobile sinks, you ask? Well, the recovery operations just add to the excitement.

Reindeer race in Lapland, Finland
Photo by: Markus Kiili | Lapland Material Bank
Watercross competition in Lapland, Finland
Photo by: Terhi Tuovinen | Lapland Material Bank