Other Need-to-Know Information about Lapland
Lapland is the area comprising the far north of Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Russia.The Laponian area, specifically in the Swedish province of Lapland, was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996. The geography of the overall Lapland area is actually quite varied. The western portion of the region contain fjords, deep valleys, glaciers, and mountains, as well as the highest point in the region - Mount Kebnekaise at 2,111 m. The part of Lapland falling on the Swedish border is characterized by several mighty rivers, while the terrain from the Norwegian province of Finnmark and eastwards is that of a low plateau and contains many marshes and lakes. The farthest northeastern section even lies within the tundra region.
The people living in Lapland are an eclectic mix of Swedes, Finns, Norwegians, Russians, and several ethnic groups, including the Sami. Traditionally, the cuisine in this region has been based on what’s locally available. This would include items like fish, game, reindeer, and whatever berries, fruits, and plants could be gathered. Smoking and drying are common ways of preserving these meats to help them last through the harsh winters.
You likely know the capitals of these countries but you may not have heard of the smaller towns and cities throughout Lapland. A significant Sami population resides in Deatnu; Gaivuotna is important to the coastal Sami peoples; Giron is the seat of the Swedish Sami parliament; Johkamohkki hosts a large Sami festival and market each February; and Karasjohka is home to both the Norwegian Sami parliament and a number of other important Sami institutions. There are dozens of other towns and important places, including further to the east and south of Lapland.
The capitals of Norway, Sweden, and Finland are all great for arriving international flights, but you’ll still have some distance to travel before making it to Lapland. Most of our Lapland snowmobile safaris start in Kittila or Ivalo. Make sure to check the visa rules for whichever country you’ll be landing in, and if your particular Lapland adventures cross multiple borders, double-check the rules for those countries as well!
Why Planet Ride will be your best choice for a snowmobile adventure in Lapland
If you are looking for any sort of Lapland adventures, Planet Ride will certainly satisfy all your needs! We offer a variety of Lapland snowmobile safaris that range from five to eight day treks through the remote, snow-covered landscape. Our raids cover the vast, empty tundra, mountains, and even the fjords overlooking the frigid Barents Sea. Aside from a couple of travel days, you’ll spend nearly all of that time on your sled! Daily ride times last anywhere from two to six hours, depending on how much ground we have to cover. We still make sure to leave plenty of time for you to take in the sights and relax each day. Our snowmobile adventures employ only top notch sleds with plenty of comfort and power. After each hard day of riding, you’ll spend the night in excellent accommodations. This might include cozy cottages or lodges, larger guesthouses, or even a Kota - the traditional dwelling used by the Sami people.
No matter which of the Lapland safaris you decide to choose, Planet Ride will provide you a unique experience and unrivaled quality. We partner with local guides that will help you discover the hidden gems of Lapland, while immersing in the Scandinavian culture, and even offering any technical assistance you may need along the way. You’ll experience things like fireside picnic lunches in national parks, retracing the routes previously used by smugglers, or seeing what life is like in remote trappers’ camps. Take a look at our tours, choose the route that speaks to you, and get your adrenaline pumping on the back of a snowmobile in the snowy Lapland wilderness!
For even the most demanding Lapland snowmobile safaris, you can trust Planet Ride to deliver a fantastic experience!