45 Days of Sunshine

Polar night and midnight sun create stunning visuals as the sun interacts with the horizon. Short-wavelength blue light illuminates the frozen landscape in arctic blue during the polar night. The midnight sun only shows red and orange wavelengths because the atmosphere attenuates short wavelengths.

Forests Bigger Than the UK or Italy

Finland has Europe's most forests. Finnish forests cover more than 75% of the country, larger than the UK or Italy. Finland's forests, canonized "Everyman's Rights" for land usage, and extensive backcountry hut system make it special. From Nationalpark.fi:

The Cleanest Air on Earth

With Europe's most forests, Finland should have clean air. You were right. After hiking, biking, or paddle rafting, it's pure and refreshing due to the cool weather and low humidity. Summer wildflowers and pine forests also smell. 

Downhill Mountain Biking

Downhill mountain biking is unique. Expect to ride the lift up and speed down the trails. You wear protective gear and a full-face helmet on beefier bikes. Advanced trails have banked turns and jumps on the way down.

Paddling the Lakes of Lapland

Before moving to Los Angeles, their basketball team was named after Minnesota's 10,000 lakes. Lakeland, Finland, has 187,888 lakes. Lapland still has plenty of paddling fun.

Summer Saunas at the Lake

A summer sauna at a Lapland lake is the most authentic way to enjoy them. Finns love saunas, with over 2 million in a country of 5.5 million. "When in Rome..." After showering, you sit naked in a 175-degree wet sauna. Jump into the lake when ready.

Delicious Food

With its iconic dishes, high-quality ingredients, and creative cooking, Lapland dining is a must. Poronkaristys and mustikkapiirakka are popular Lapland dishes. Restaurant Pihvipirtti, Lapland Hotels Sirkantähti, and Ravintola Rouhe in Levi and Ylläs serve them.

Winter Stars on Summer Holiday

Nature and people—real and fictional—make Lapland beautiful. Laplanders have a special relationship with nature and seasons. They welcome guests to their unique corner of the world with warmth and modesty. They care for Arctic-adapted animals like reindeer and wolf dogs.

Midsummer Festival

Midsummer has the whitest summer nights in Lapland. It's Finland's national holiday and springtime. Midsummer weddings, fertility spells, and bonfires to ward off evil spirits and ensure a good harvest were common. Like spring, wedding, and harvest festivals combined. In the Arctic, summer is the briefest season.

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