One of the most famous journeys in Finland is Lapland, and I think it is one of the best trips I have ever done.
I had the chance to go with the ESN-IAC organization, which made my trip better and more enjoyable. At the beginning, we spent the whole night in the bus (I didn’t expect that Finland was as big as I checked with this trip) and, although we spent in the bus so many hours, all of us were very excited and it made the trip shorter.
The first stop was the Snow Castle, which was really good! Tables, chairs, palace, sculptures.. everything made of ice and snow! After that we went to Santa Claus Village, where all of us had the chance to take a photo with the famous Santa Claus and we also could see reindeers (for me, it was the first time of my life).
We continue our trip until we arrive at our destination: Vasatokka (Inari). There were dorms or cottages (it depended on what you chose when you book the journey). It was a really good place to stay in Lapland, the days were very enjoyable there. Around the accommodation there were landscapes really beautiful, everything covered of snow, many trees and hills that were really nice to do sleeding. Moreover, it was a sauna and some of us made ice swimming, one of the most tipical finnish habits.
The trip was very complete, and there were so many activities we could join: visit Husky Safari, do skiing, spend a Sami day and know more about sami people, northern lights haunting at nights.. But many of these activities you can go also on your own!
One of the main points when you go to Lapland is the hope of watching Northern Lights, there were many people that went to Lapland and couldn’t see them, but we were very lucky and we could see them the first night! And yes, it is amazing! But, in my opinion, you can enjoy very much Lapland although you are not able to see them.
I recommend completely to do this journey and know the Northern Finland!
Text & photo: Marco Roldan