Road through Lapland
Photo by: Reijo Nenonen | Visit Finland

Traveling around Lapland

Lapland has more than 100,000 square kilometers for you to explore. And whether it’s the comforts of a tour bus, the convenience of your own car or the thrill of a helicopter ride, we have the infrastructure and connections to get you there on time and with a smile on your face.

By bus

Traveling around Lapland is a breeze, with several daily bus connections available, local and regional transport, ski resort buses, and tour buses at your disposal. You can hop the city bus from Rovaniemi to Santa Claus Village (15 minutes) or you can take a five hour journey from Rovaniemi to Inari. Remember to take a good book, or enjoy Finland’s comprehensive cellular data network to Instagram your best pics of the cross-country skiers on the Tornio River in Pello or swans enjoying a warm summer day on the sparkling lakes of Sodankylä.

Wherever you’re going, Lapland has the bus connections to get you there in comfort.

Check out these companies for bus connections:

By car

Of course, it’s a little hard to stop a tourbus so you can snap some photos of roadside reindeer or grab a snack at ABC. If steering wheels and sunburnt elbows are more your speed, you can explore Lapland in your own car (or rental car).

Read more about driving in Finland from the Finnish Road Administration or from Visit Finland.

Check out these car rental companies:

Useful info

Taxis are available in Rovaniemi and most of the towns in Lapland.

Parking in many downtown areas is not free. Always check the signs before leaving your car on the street or in a parking garage. You might need to display a parking disc, which are on sale in many shops.

Gas stations are plentiful the farther south you are. When traveling in the north, be aware that there could be significant distances between villages and towns, and plan your fuel needs in advance.

Helicopters, huskies and the high seas

If your desires lead off the beaten path, to locales untouched by man, woman or child, Lapland can get you there. How about a helicopter sightseeing tour over Ruka? How about an 8 day husky adventure into the Arctic wilderness? If you yearn for the endless horizon of the frozen sea, come aboard the Icebreaker Sampo at Kemi.