8 reasons to work in Lapland
Photo by: Antti Pietikäinen | Lapland Material Bank

Top Eight Reasons to Work in Lapland for the Winter

Various companies in Lapland are looking for motivated workers from various backgrounds for upcoming winter season!

There are probably thousands of different reasons to work in Lapland for the winter, even if sitting down with Santa Claus is not at the top of your bucket list. We helped out a little by narrowing down the list to the top 8!

You’ll find links to available jobs from our Seasonal Work in Lapland FAQ!

1) Northern Lights

The science behind the Northern Lights is quite complicated. Or at least more complicated than people’s reaction when they see them for the first time.

You can see pictures of the Northern Lights all over the internet, but there is no way describe their movement and the feeling that hits you when they appear in the sky. And let’s be honest, they do not appear every night. Or even every week. But when you stay Lapland for the winter, there is no way you can miss the Northern Lights.

Snowboarder in Lapland
Photo by: Harri Tarvainen | Lapland Material Bank

2) Nature 

The Northern Lights are just a small part of our nature. Lapland’s winter is magical, and our capital Rovaniemi has approximately 160-175 days of snow per year. So you will definitely have time to enjoy it. And the more north you go, the longer winter lasts. In some parts of Lapland, there is snow over 225 days a year. Calming forests, frozen lakes next to hot saunas, fells and, as mentioned before, the Northern Lights are all part of the package.

Maybe the most underrated aspect of Lapland’s nature is that you do not have to drive hours to get there because it is everywhere. Even a five- to ten-minute walk from downtown and you will be surrounded by it. 

Reindeer race in Lapland
Photo by: Markus Kiili | Lapland Material Bank

3) Experience Above Ordinary

Visiting Lapland is spectacular, but there is no way you could experience the same things in a week that you could over three months.

Lapland is also lots of things beyond what people see on our holidays. It is wild, real, rough, creative, isolated, urban (in some places) and definitely above ordinary.  Snowshoeing in a group is one thing, but doing it by yourself under the pale moonlight in a completely silent forest… most likely you wouldn’t have a chance to the latter on your holiday here. Seeing Santa Claus is one thing but going to a local hip hop show with locals is another. 

4) Remember the magic

You can experience things for the first time in your life only once, but if you work as a guide (as many seasonal workers do), you can keep part of that magic within you when you witness people’s reactions day after day when they experience Northen Lights or snow for the first time! Trust us, you won’t get bored in Lapland.

Snowmobile safari amongst fells
Photo by: Lapland Safaris | Lapland Material Bank

5) Addition to your CV

Lapland has great possibilities for demanding jobs, which make great additions for your CV. Even if your work here in Lapland is totally different from your field of education or previous jobs at home, just going for it and working outside your comfort zone is a great CV-entry for your future employers back home.

6) Like-minded co-workers

If you are interested in the Arctic and nature, you will probably find like-minded co-workers here, which makes it a lot easier to adapt to the new environment. Even though Lapland is quite remote, things are a lot more international here than you might have thought in the first place. That means also the tight community of you and your co-workers is international. And as you have probably figured out, it is quite easy to stay in touch nowadays after your season ends. In some places even the customers are so nice that you can find friends among them as well!

Also, working in a multicultural environment means that a) your English skills will improve a lot, and b) if you are a native English speaker, you will learn to speak the language in slower and clearer manner, so that people with limited English can also understand you!

Moving above the Arctic Circle and far away from your comfort zone is an experience itself, and we are not going to sugarcoat it, the high season here is busy and full of hard work, possibly in an a harsh and cold environment. And if you do not grow during that, you were probably experienced and tough before you even got here, which means employers are almost fighting to get you.

Woman coming from sauna
Photo by: Janne Koskenniemi | Lapland Material Bank

7) Cleanest air in the world

Not keen on stuffy air on big cities? Well, neither are we. Therefore we are thrilled to let you know that Finland, and Lapland, has the cleanest air in the world. Even the stressful high season is more bearable when you can close your eyes and just fill your lungs with deep and clean breaths every now and then.

reindeer ride
Photo by: Visit Rovaniemi

8) Leaving here is super easy (if you feel like it)

We have to admit, we are slightly off the road compared to some other places. But is it hard to get here? Nope. Buses and trains from Southern Finland and daily flights from Helsinki and all over Europe are available, which means you can get to Lapland in just a few hours from every corner of Europe.

On the other hand, if you have realized by the end of your season that Lapland is not your thing, you can get back home exceedingly fast!


For more information about seasonal work in Lapland and links to available jobs, check out our Seasonal Work in Lapland FAQ and Living in Lapland FAQ.

If you want to go straight away to browse jobs, please go to Go On’s, the public employment agency’s or Lapland Staff’s websites!