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Lapland - Summer

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Lapland - Summer

Hi,

I'm planning a summer trip to Finland, and have read all the interesting comments about how beautiful Lapland is in winter.

Possibly because I'm from South Africa, I'm really not keen on the cold, so don't plan on going during the winter, but now I'm starting to wonder whether it will still be worthwhile to travel far north in the summer.

I'd really like to experience an out of the way destination with beautiful scenery (was thinking of Rovaniemi/Yllas/Levi).

I'm not into snow sports, but would also love the experience of seeing reindeer and huskies - I'm assuming you can only go husky-sledding in winter, but would it still be possible to go to a farm and interact with these animals in summer?

any advice would be appreciated.

thanks

Andrew

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1. Re: Lapland - Summer

Hey Anfield,

There are plenty of 'safaris' available in the summer in Lapland. Try www.rovaniemi.fi for an idea of what you can do and the price. We were in Rovaniemi very briefly last august and unfortunately didn't have time to do one but there were loads of leaflets available at our hotel. Rovaniemi also has a fantastic Arctic Museum so even though you won't be there for the snow you can get a sense of it. The one thing we did do (because we're very very immature!) was go and meet Santa Claus - obviously he was the real one - it's a fantastically tacky thing to do but was worth it just to post Christmas cards in the Santa Post Office to arrive in December with Santa village stamps and Arctic circle post marks. If you get the urge it's a short bus ride from Rovaniemi and he's there every day. Other than that it was a very peaceful gentle place, beautiful sunsets, I'd wish we'd had time to see more.

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There's plenty to do in Lapland during summer! You can go canoeing, kayaking, rafting, riding, fishing, hiking, gold panning; learn about the Arctic(Sami culture and enjoy Lapland with much less tourists than peak winter season.

You can find information abut the summer activities in the local websites, such as:

http://matkailu.salla.fi/?deptid=16728 (specifically the Rendeer Park might interest you!)

www.levi.fi/pages/index.php…

www.laplandpyha.fi/winter/summeractivities/

http://www.saariselka.fi/index.php?la=en

http://www.yllas.fi/?deptid=8951

http://tourism.rovaniemi.fi/?deptid=6335

For an overview of Lapland as a destination, see

http://www.visitfinland.com/w5/index.nsf/(pages)/Lapland

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3. Re: Lapland - Summer

thanks for your responses - I went into all the websites you suggested, and found it all very interesting.

I'd love to go in winter just for the scenery - it must be stunning, and so beautiful to sit in a cabin or apartment and admire the surroundings.

...but I just don't know about how I'd handle the cold.

I think also a trip in spring/summer would allow me to go to places like Helsinki and the Lakeland regions, and enjoy the parks and lakes, and cruising.

Another question - if I'm going to go to only one town/village in Lapland for 3/4 days in summer, would you recommend any place in particular. I was thinking of Rovaniemi, Levi or Yllas - Rovaniemi might be the easiest to reach though.

thanks

Andrew

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Hi,

if you'd into more than just safaries, Rovaniemi might just be the place. There you can also do some shopping or go to a museum / art gallery, too. Levi / Ylläs areas are brilliant on wintertime and for outdoor activities, but Rovaniemi just has more possibilities.

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5. Re: Lapland - Summer

thanks Kirsi.

I think Rovaniemi might be the better optiion, considering the wider variety of activities in summer as you mentioned, and it seems easier to get there than some of the areas further north in Lapland.

I'm sure I'll have more questions closer to the time.

thanks again.

Andrew

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6. Re: Lapland - Summer

Hey Anfield,

If you do decide to go to Rovaniemi and then go on to Helsinki there's an excellent night train that does the trip between the two cities so you don't lose any sight-seeing time at all. http://www.vr.fi/heo/eng/ is the website and you can book on line. And you get to see a bit more of Finland en-route too. If you do make it down to Helsinki I'd thoroughly recommend the Seurasaari Open Air Museum out on one of the islands.

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7. Re: Lapland - Summer

thanks for your info.

I was thinking the night train would be a good option - it gives you the whole day in Rovaniemi, and an early arrival.

I'll make sure I spend enough time in Helsinki to see everything, and want to take day trips to Tallinn and Porvoo.

only thinking of doing it next year, but really keen on going ahead with my plans.

cheers

Andrew

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8. Re: Lapland - Summer

Hi Andrew,

I travelled all over Finnish Lapland a couple of years ago. It was great. We did have a car which was much easier but there are good bus services on the main routes. We were lucky with the weather.

Other places to consider visiting are Saariselka in the North East of Lapland. Nearest airport is Ivalo or you can get a bus from Rovaniemi and head north. It is a lot smaller than Rovaniemi. But a great base for hiking. There are husky and reindeer farms in the area. It is quiet.

The other area is Ruka just near Kuusamo. Again it has amazing hiking trails and is very well organised for summer visitors.

If you don't want the hassle of travelling much further than Rovaniemi but want to be out in the countryside and for something more personal there is a lovely cabin b&b place run by a really great family. The food is fab. It is on a lake and there are lots of activites in the area.

http://www.lomavietonen.com/ENG/etusivu.htm

You might want to hold off until early september to visit as Autumn colour in Lapland is meant to be stunning. Although i guess it will be getting colder.

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I would consider travelling in the last weeks of June, first weeks of July. Because of the light. Especially in Lapland, the sun hardly even sets and it won't get dark, you can for example read the whole night without any lamps. The weather in June i a bit unpredictable, but so is most of the Finnish summer anyway, :).

In late June the flowers are also blossoming everywhere and the whole country gets a tranquil vibe.

So, three first weeks of June, first to second week of July.

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