Lapland is mostly known as the perfect winter wonderland destination, with a lot of unique experiences like snowmobiling, feeding reindeer and husky rides. But Lapland’s nature is so stunning that even in summer it should be the perfect destination for real nature lovers. So no matter what season you’re travelling, Lapland is always a good idea.
The best time to visit Finnish Lapland depends on what you want to do and see. For landscapes covered in a thick layer of snow, the best time is from November to March. Know that during this period you only get 4 to 5 hours of light a day (between 10am and 14pm), but there are plenty of activities possible when it’s already dark.
If you want to visit green Finnish Lapland the best time is from April to August. During spring there might be a lot of mud because of all the melted snow. Also note that there might be a lot of mosquitos during the summer months.
The official language in Finnish Lapland is Finnish and Sami. But people in Lapland do speak good English overall.
The official currency is Finnish Lapland is Euro (€) and you can pay by card almost anywhere. There aren’t many ATM’s in Finnish Lapland, only in the bigger cities. So remember to bring enough cash with you just in case.
Finland is a member of the European Union and Schengen Area, making it easy for travelers from other EU countries to visit without a visa.
This also means that the European roaming regulation applies here and you can therefore use your mobile data if you come from another EU country.
Tipping is not expected in Finland, not even in restaurants. Service is always included. But if you really appreciate the good service and like the food you can always give a tip (max 10%).
Tap water is completely safe in Finnish Lapland.
In Finnish Lapland there are two power plug types: Type C and F. They operate on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
The time zone in Finnish Lapland is in summer GMT+3 and in winter GMT+2
Euro – €
Finnish & Sami
C and F
Summer GMT +2
Winter GMT +3