LAPLAND ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS
Family Holiday Overview
Finnish Lapland has scenery so uplifting and spectacular that it feels like the backdrop for a mythical fairy-tale; your very own Narnia - just keep an eye out for the White Witch.
During the summer it’s a glorious vista of coniferous green broken only by the sapphire blue of lakes shimmering under the midnight sun. Explore thousands of islands, endless lakeshores and fragrant forests whose floors are covered in sumptuous sweet berries.
When winter blows in the lakes freeze and turn to crackled glass. Boreal forests of pine and birch are blanketed with fresh snow and cosy wooden cabins dot the pristine white landscape. In forest dens, brown bears settle in for the cold months ahead whilst excited huskies revel in the snowflakes that land like a feather on their nose. As the Snow Queen casts her spell, the landscape is magically transformed. Enchantment is everywhere from the picture perfect Christmas scenes to the mesmerising light shows of ethereal pink and luminous green.
Activity options are vast and plentiful. In winter swoosh through pine forests on husky sleds, join a magical search for Santa, ride snowmobiles, snowshoe through forests in search of the Northern Lights, go cross-country skiing or simply toboggan down fells until exhausted. In summer canoeing and rafting take precedence; search for brown bears in pristine national parks; go mountain biking down ski slopes or swimming in wild lakes. Spend your evenings indulging in exquisite local cuisine, hot saunas and traditional games.
Wandering Tribe offer true wilderness trips to the very heart of Finnish Lapland where the local people truly appreciate, respect and protect the land that surrounds them. This is the Lapland that appears in your hopes and dreams, where the level of tranquillity and silence burrows deep into the soul, all stresses of everyday life forgotten.
- One of the world's northernmost countries, a quarter of Finland’s territory lies within the Arctic Circle. At its northernmost point, the sun does not rise for 51 days during winter, while in summer, it doesn't set for 73 days
- Finland is shaped a bit like a woman wearing a long dress made out of fir trees. Finns call her Suomen Neito, the maiden of Finland
- Finland has some interesting and unique wildlife including the gray wolf, wolverine, elk, its national animal the brown bear and national bird the whooper swan
- According to the 2007 UNICEF report on child well-being in rich countries, Finland has the highest level of academic achievements of all surveyed countries for reading, mathematics and sciences
- Finland is well known for having one sauna for every two citizens. Sauna is actually a Finnish word and Finns have been sweating in ridiculous temperatures since as far back as the 5th century
- There is an annual ‘Day for Failure’ on October 13th. Starting in 2010, the ceremony celebrates bad news and ill-fortune as a way of learning for the future
- It’s affectionately referred to as the ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes’, but that number doesn’t even come close. There are a whopping 187,888 lakes within the territory of Finland.
- Finland has some of the world’s most bizarre sports. Strangest of all is the ‘Wife Carrying World Championship’, taking place in Sonkajärvi every July. Other esoteric sports that host their annual world championships in Finland include mosquito hunting, mobile phone throwing, swamp football and the Air Guitar World Championship
- The cost of traffic and speed violations is calculated by the offending driver’s annual income. One unfortunate guilty party was once fined 200,000 €s for a single speeding offense