Only one man on Earth travels to Lapland by flying reindeer. Luckily for the rest of us, Lapland is connected to the world through flights, trains and highways.
Traveling by air
Flying to Lapland is simple. There are a number of daily flights from Helsinki to airports in Rovaniemi, Kittilä, Ivalo, Enontekiö, Kemi and Kuusamo. Flight times from Helsinki vary between 1–1,5 hours, just enough time for a cup of coffee and a quick bite.
Furthermore, there are direct, seasonal charter flights to Lapland from various cities around the world. In the winter season, there are direct flights from London, Manchester, Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Zurich. Flight time from London to Rovaniemi is 3 hours 20 minutes; from Berlin, it’s only 2 hours 40 minutes.
Check out these companies for your flight to Lapland:
Coming by train
Riding the rails? Lapland has you covered.
There are good rail connections to Lapland from all over Finland. Traveling from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes between 8 to 12 hours, depending on the train connection. There are also terminus train stations in Kemijärvi and Kolari.
Sleeping cabins in the night trains are a Finnish tradition, providing a comfortable and refreshing way to travel overnight. Some night trains also have car-carriers, so you can even take your own car along. When visiting some of the more remote destinations, your journey can then be easily continued from the railway stations by bus, car or taxi.
For timetables and tickets visit VR.
Exploring by car
Traveling by car or caravan? Finland has well-maintained and extensive highways to get you smoothly from Helsinki to Lapland. The most direct road route (E 75) from Helsinki to Lapland travels via Lahti, Jyväskylä and Oulu to reach Rovaniemi and continues all the way to the Arctic Ocean. Highway E75 is punctuated with towns, villages, fells, natural monuments and other amazing locations to experience. Other popular routes include the highways joining the coastal towns of West Finland (E 18, E 8 and E 75) heading north, and the eastern route that goes through the towns of e.g. Lappeenranta, Joensuu, Kajaani and Kuusamo (Highway 6, E 63).
Lapland also has plenty of rental car companies, ready to put you behind the driver’s seat.
Check these car rental companies: