We’ve just spent the past few days in a winter fantasy world, almost as if we had crossed centuries and continents into the world of Narnia. Streets here are blanketed in layers of fresh sparkling snow, pine tree forests sprawl across the region, and cosy wooden cabins dot the pristine white landscape. Santas and elves are just part of life (Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, happens to be the official hometown of Santa Claus!) and reindeers act as Lapland’s angels.
But once here, it’s easy to see that Lapland is more than just Santa Claus and Northern Lights. Over the past week, we swooshed through pine tree forests on husky sleighs, rode a snowmobile on a frozen lake, went ice fishing, met a reindeer herder and learned about Finland’s oldest tradition, and even dined in a snow restaurant. Lapland is truly out of this world and you have to see it for yourself to believe it. We’ll be back with more stories shortly, meanwhile here are some of Alberto’s shots of this region, moi moi!
The leader of our reindeer caravan: a beautiful white reindeer at Kopara
Another member of our reindeer caravan
Swooshing through the pine tree forest on a huskie sleigh
The huskies at Arctic Husky Farm can’t wait to go running
Ice-fishing on the frozen Karhulampi (Bear’s Lake)
Warming up by the open fire at Bear’s Lodge
Enjoying gourmet appetizers in a traditional kota (pyramid-shaped tent that nomadic Samis used to live)
Snowshoeing in the darkness in the outskirts of Rovaniemi
Snowmobiling on the frozen Ounas Lake with Lapland Safaris was tons of fun
Lunch at Snowland, a restaurant built entirely with snow
Disclaimer: This trip was made possible by Lapland – the North of Finland, but all opinions expressed are our own.