Tigerlilly Quinn: Lapland

Friday, 5 December 2014

Lapland


I don't think I've actually mentioned it on here yet but Wilf and I will be heading to Lapland this weekend to meet 'Santa Christmas'. I have never been to a country this cold before so I am a little wary of the unknown but I know it will be so magical that I can't wait to see Wilf's face!

When I started researching into the county I realised I actually hardly knew anything so this feature post is really fitting!

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Interesting Facts About Lapland

Synonymous with Santa Claus and all things Christmas, Lapland has become extremely popular among parents wanting their children to experience this magical winter wonderland. There are lots of things about this region of the world that make it appealing, even beyond its reputation as the home of Saint Nick. Here are some interesting facts and figures about Lapland, all of which make this region of world worth visiting.

Where is Lapland?

Lapland is in Finland, a country that borders Russia on the east and Sweden and Norway in the west. Lapland itself sits above the arctic circle and makes up about a third of Finland’s total land mass. It’s as big as Belgium, Holland and Switzerland put together!

The number of reindeer in Lapland roughly equals that of people

There are around 200,000 reindeers living in Lapland, and though that figure only makes up about 3.6% of the Finnish population in its entirety, in Lapland there is almost a 1:1 ratio of reindeer to people.
And it’s a good thing too, if you visit the area, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these endearing animals. Take a sleigh ride across the frozen landscape and see some of what Lapland has to offer in beautiful scenery.

Lapland experiences about eight different seasons

These times of the year are known as Christmas (deep winter), Frosty Winter (late winter), Crusty Snow (spring), Departure of Ice (early summer), Midnight Sun (summer), Harvest Season (late summer), Colourful Autumn (autumn), and First Snow (early winter). During these seasons, the landscape changes dramatically, as do the attractions and activities on offer.
In summer, the sun is visible around the clock for about 73 days. While this might make sleeping a little difficult, nature can be enjoyed to the fullest by going trekking, cycling, horse riding or canoeing. But when snow is on the ground, cross-country skiing is the sport of choice up north.

It is one of the last places you can pan for gold

Sure you can search for this elusive precious metal in other destinations around the world, but in Lapland there are still professional gold prospectors working. Therefore, you may be able to stumble upon a small fortune while on your travels.

But rather than getting your feet wet in the River Ivalojoki, visit the Tankavaara Gold Museum instead. You can even bring your pan inside to avoid the cold weather.
So for those planning Lapland holidays in 2015, there are numerous things to see and do, regardless of when you decide to visit. Some of which may come as an interesting surprise.

Images by Sami Keinänen and edweerdt used under the Creative Commons license. 

This post was written by a contributor to Tigerlilly Quinn 

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