Huskies, Reindeers and Santa in the Finnish Lapland

Posted on December 17, 2012 by

For the first leg of our Ice Run journey, we’re exploring the Finnish Lapland, one of the coldest parts of Europe. Here’s the first of the month-long series. Enjoy!


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!

A white reindeer

The leader of our reindeer caravan: a beautiful white reindeer at Kopara

A reindeer caravan

Another member of our reindeer caravan

On a huskie sleigh

Swooshing through the pine tree forest on a huskie sleigh

Dog sledding

The huskies at Arctic Husky  Farm can’t wait to go running

Ice-fishing on a frozen lake

Ice-fishing on the frozen Karhulampi (Bear’s Lake)

Fire on ice

Warming up by the open fire at Bear’s Lodge

In a traditional kota

Enjoying gourmet appetizers in a traditional kota (pyramid-shaped tent that nomadic Samis used to live)

Snowshoeing at night

Snowshoeing in the darkness in the outskirts of Rovaniemi

Snowmobile on frozen river

Snowmobiling on the frozen Ounas Lake with Lapland Safaris was tons of fun

Snowland - a snow restaurant in Rovaniemi

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.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

15 Responses to “Huskies, Reindeers and Santa in the Finnish Lapland”

  1. Jeremy December 17, 2012 9:46 am #

    Wow this looks magical! I wonder where is the White Witch?

  2. Nellie Huang December 17, 2012 10:40 am #

    I was seriously looking out for her! Ha!

  3. loca 4 motion December 17, 2012 10:56 am #

    Stunning pics Nell! Makes me want to see snow again!

  4. A Montrealer Abroad December 17, 2012 12:00 pm #

    What an incredible set of photos!

  5. Jeremy Branham December 18, 2012 10:18 am #

    Beautiful photos! Love the reindeer and photos of the snow. Looks cold but so peaceful. Did you meet Santa? :)

  6. andiperullo December 19, 2012 6:01 pm #

    Oh my these pictures are just phenomenal!!!!

  7. Kara December 21, 2012 6:10 am #

    Extraordinary Photographs!!! Each one of the pic here attracts and produces a very great impression on mind. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Amanda December 22, 2012 12:26 am #

    Wow, looks amazing! This is one part of the world I would LOVE to visit sometime in the winter!

  9. Migration Expert January 6, 2013 7:22 pm #

    I am amazed how Snowland was built from snow!

  10. Eric Johnson April 28, 2013 8:34 pm #

    All that snow and a campfire in the middle of nowhere – that sure brings back memories. Just throw in a big RV instead of sled dogs, and that would be just like the winter camping trip we had a couple of years ago.


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