A holiday in Lapland can be the most unforgettable experience for families and friends. With 73 days of untouched sunlight, a summer holiday offers glorious opportunities to enjoy unspoiled nature, exciting wilderness adventures, mind-blowing scenery, lakeside peacefulness and plentiful adrenaline hikes in the vast national parks, abundant with birdlife.
Did you know that the number of reindeer in the Lapland province roughly equals that of people? Each adorable reindeer also has an owner, and during the summer, they are happy to make your acquaintance at one of the local farms. No wonder they are the Finnish locals' best friend.
Here at Booknordics.com, we aim to give you the best intel on the most incredible adventure tours available to maximise your Lapland holiday during the summer.
The Untouched Lapland Region
Lapland offers beautiful landscapes to capture
From top to bottom, Finland offers incredible regions. The dynamic and exciting Capital and a countryside haven - Helsinki in the south, Rantasalmi in the interior and the mind-blowing Rovaniemi in the Lappish region. The country is covered from head to toe with scenery waiting to be seen, culture waiting to be explored and heritage waiting to be heard.
Focusing on the gorgeous Lapland region as a destination, we can inform you that the official home of the great Santa Claus covers ⅓ of the beautiful Finnish country while encompassing 21 municipalities.
Isn’t it incredible that a sparse total of only 3.6% of the Finnish population lives in Lapland? That’s around 184,000 people calling the region home.
Inviting travellers from across the globe, the pristine resorts of this fabulous region are impeccable choices for a summer holiday vacation.
The Finest Selection of Summer Tours
Pack your backpack and let's go - Summer adventures are awaits!
Wherever you go, go outdoors and seek the ever-lasting wilderness that our Lappish land has to offer. Whoever you travel with, whether it be alone, your family or your friends, this wonderful place and its adorable landscapes, will envelop you in excellence, lengthy hiking trails and an abundance of wildlife.
Venturing out on a spectacular Booknordics.com nature tour will imprint scenery to your holiday like no other in the world. From running rivers, gushing waterfalls, stretching fields and high-peaked mountains with embedded cosy lakes - an adventure in the Finnish region will leave you breathless.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your camping gear, fill up your backpack, put on your walking shoes and join us for an ultimate nordic nature adventure.
1. Finnish Sauna to Relax the Body and Soul
Rejuvenate by the lake after a well-deserved Finnish sauna
Located near the Pyhä-Luosto National park at Lake Pyhäjärv, is your chance at an evening of relaxational bliss and spectacular Finnish cuisine. Perfect for couples and newlyweds on their summer adventure, wishing to experience a unique Finnish-style evening.
Starting at the Lucky Ranch Saloon, you will learn all about the Finnish sauna culture and how to prepare the bathing water before unwinding together and enjoying the soothing heat of a traditional wood-heated Finnish sauna.
Afterwards, hand in hand, you can refresh yourselves with a beautiful dip in Lake Pyhäjärvi, surrounded by the enchanting scenery and finish off your wonderful experience with a deliciously prepared Finnish dinner.
Whoever said romance never dies is correct. This is an intimate experience for a romantic’s dream.
2. Summer Walking Trails and Hidden Waterfalls
Hidden trails, national parks, waterfalls and much more!
Take our advice when we tell you that this summer hiking trail beats any day at the gym! Auttiköngäs is a dream-come-true destination for avid adventurers seeking a unique, beautiful and incredible nature trail tour through the breathtaking Arctic Forest.
Indulge and enjoy a tasty Salmon meal, freshly prepared over a cosy campfire by an expert guide as the overhead birdlife sings you a dinner song.
For those that wish to venture even further and apply a challenge, you can opt to take it to the next level, visiting Auttiköngäs waterfalls and applying full steam ahead towards the Korouoma canyon. A fracture valley in the bedrock, over one million years old.
At the centre of the valley, it forms a magnificent gorge that drops over 100 meters below. Surrounded by high rocky walls, enlightening flora and fauna, impressive boulder soils and a serpentine river, Korouoma leaves you speechless.
We understand that a hike like this may tickle your tastebuds, and that’s why we are delighted to inform you a traditional BBQ or locally prepared sandwiches will be served and your energy restored.
3. Blue Berries from the Lappish Forest
Delicious fresh berries from the forest
Taste the gifts of the Lappish nature straight from the forest and become a delicious berry-picking expert. A perfect day outside and an ideal activity to enjoy with your family.
Lapland's enchanted Finnish forests are full of wild berries and with a local guide, it is easy to find the best berry spots. On a fabulous expertly guided tour, you'll learn all about the natural goods of the land, as well as the health benefits of its tasty berries and herbs.
Whilst tasting your hand-picked snacks, you will experience traditional Lappish instructions for preparing or conserving berries and enjoy a delightful berry pie, coffee, and tea served around a relaxing campfire picnic.
A tip-top activity to keep the kids busy whilst you learn all about the Finnish arctic nature during this genuine experience.
4. Fatbike Adventure and a Well-deserved Barbecue
If you dream of taking a trip away from the city, into the wild and witnessing the best of the natural landscapes, then a Fatbike adventure into the sleeping forest is perfect for you.
Experience the eternal light at midnight, soak in the surrounding views, cross gravel terrain on the beaten path, prepare a campfire and enjoy sausage grilling while the night remains golden and the light moves us slowly into the morning.
An ideal adventure, suitable only to adults, as a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the crowds and into the peaceful and natural wilderness.
5. Quad Bike Tours Under the Midnight Sun
Tour with an ATV whole summer long
Take in the bright lights and the beautiful golden coloured surroundings on an ATV whirl-wind adventure through the glorious Lappish forests.
Hear the revving of your engine and the laughter of your company as you whizz past luscious green fields, curiously watching moose and towering trees as the Midnight sun casts spots through the openings.
As you use your energy through excitement and thrill, you will be rewarded for your efforts with a traditional Lappish BBQ consisting of tasty reindeer sausages and deliciously local blueberry juice. All while soaking in the most incredible views of the summer sun from one of the highest peaks of this fantastic adventure.
Are you ready for an adrenaline-filled evening on your perfect four-wheeler drive?
6. Santa’s Village Visit at the Arctic Circle
Visit Santa at his office during the summer
Would you believe us if we told you that you could visit Santa during the Summer months? Trust us when we say that you can!
The famous home of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi is open during the summer and we are delighted to share his excitement to meet you! Skip around Santa’s Village, wander through Santa’s post office, hop over the Arctic Circle and discover the wonder of Christmas time during the warm-hearted months.
To top off this incredible opportunity, it also includes a visit to the local Reindeer farm and Husky farm where you’ll meet and greet with an authentic reindeer herder and husky musher, who will inform you all about the adorable animals that our Lappish region depends on.
Be sure to bring your camera to capture these unforgettable moments with Santa and his animals. Who will be more excited - the adults or the kids?
7. Relaxing Kayak and Canoe Tours
Listen to the sound of the wavering lake
Whether above or below the water, an adventure like no other awaits. With an inland area that consists of 6,316 km² of fresh water and 1,383 km² of seawater, and being surrounded by the ocean - the masterpiece of Finnish Lapland creates a wave of incredible atmosphere destined to be explored.
Kayak or canoe down luscious rivers, test your fishing game in beautiful open lakes, sail across the distanced ocean, practise your balance during a SUP adventure or enjoy the underwater world on a snorkelling experience. A summer well spent in the heart of the Finnish Lapland has everything and more to offer.
Booknordics.com cannot wait for you to embark on one of our hand-picked quests out in the adoring landscapes.
8. Midnight Sun Canoe Adventure
Relax and enjoy the gifts of Lapland
Finland, otherwise known as the Land of a Thousand Lakes - and it is not a wonder why is covered by an astonishing 188,000 lakes. A significant amount of them are located in the gorgeous Lapland and offer, with the scenic fells and forests, wonderfully peaceful landscapes.
Canoeing is the perfect and most relaxing way to discover Lapland in the summer while respecting its untouched nature. Access the open waters and move silently through the peacefulness of its tranquil surroundings with the warm rays of the summer sun shining romantically in the middle of the night.
Relax around an open fire, lit purely from flint and steel, whilst learning all about the natural phenomena known as the Midnight Sun close to your loved one. No need to bring your own canoe - our tours are fully equipped!
If you're not too busy gazing into each other's eyes - you have the opportunity to capture a stunning backdrop photograph of the intense golden glow reflection upon the calm waters.
9. Fun-loving River-rafting
Go wild with your tribe!
Inhale the spirit of the Finnish Lapland while experiencing the thrill of river-rafting in the Arctic wilderness and surrounding natural river sceneries along your water adventure.
Heart-pumping and hand on the paddle, you’ll race the force of the river down some of Lapland's most gloriously scenic rivers, all whilst challenging yourself to keep up the speed.
A perfect activity for those wishing to view the ever-changing landscapes of Finnish nature whilst testing their skills and fitness in a challenging yet motivating activity.
Guaranteed to bring a few laughs and chuckles about your summer getaway.
10. Rod Fishing from the Lappish Shores
Get to know the local culture and passion towards nature
Did you know that you can find a variety of fish in almost all of the lakes in Finland? That’s 188,000 lakes full of fish to help you succeed in your catch of the day! How many fish do you think there are in total? Our guess is as good as yours!
Choosing the right Booknordics.com adventure for you will depend on your wishes. With our fishing adventures, there are ample opportunities to indulge in a fisherman's quest or on a light fishing activity with no prior experience.
If you are travelling as a family and want to have some fun, we have the perfect afternoon for you! Spend your summer holiday Rod Fishing from the shoreline in the fabulous Arctic Circle.
The Meltausjoki River runs freely in north-western Rovaniemi and is a perfect place for you to try a traditional Finnish activity designed to bring families together and test your patience and skill.
The most common fish in the area are Perch, Grayling, Pike, Burbot, Whitefish, Cyprinids, and Trout - and the greatest part - you get to keep all the fish that you catch!
Time to tag-team the family and see how many you can collect all together!
Let us plan your summer adventure in Lapland!
We hope our article has helped you discover new adventures available for you during your wonderful summer holiday in Lapland.
We can ensure you that our hand-picked adventures are quality assured and offer breathtakingly wonderful experiences that you will not forget.
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