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A Guide to Lapland  by Beth Wakelam

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Many people don't travel to Lapland as it is not the easiest place to get to as you first have to fly to Stockholm where you can get an internal flight to a closer destination. There is also the option of renting a car online with the car rentals specialistswho can offer you a great deal.

The History of Lapland 

Lapland is found in Northern Europe and is currently divided between Norway, Sweden, Russia and Finland but for the last 10,000 years the Sami people have populated the land. Formerly the Sami people were hunters of moose and game, and later hunted for reindeer whilst the Sami people located near the shore became specialist fisherman. Unfortunately during the 1600's the area was colonised by both Russia and Scandinavia which led to the Sami people doing forced labour. Nowadays people assume that Lapland is always covered with snow and create magical pictures due to traditional stories. In reality the snow season is from November to May which attracts a lot of visitors due to the range of snow activities available.


There is a lot of accommodation situated in the mountains surrounded by different ski resorts where you can get some great deals on offer. There are many different cosy apartments and chalets to rent if you would prefer slightly smaller accommodation than a hotel. It is essential to book in advance as the accommodation is taken up quickly especially around the holiday period.

Visiting the Attractions 

If you are going to Lapland during the Christmas period then you must go and visit Santa's park at Rovaniemi. This is where you can see the infamous Santa and his reindeer. There is also a magnificent ice bar in Jukkasjarvi which is always a magnificent sight to see. If you would like to learn a little about the Sami culture then you can go to the Inari's Siida Museum where you will learn all about the Sami way of life over the years.

Food and Drink

The most popular food in Lapland is a mixture of Russian and Scandinavian food however, food can be expensive here which is why most hotel visitors choose to eat in. There are many bars which you can go to in the evening which serve local beers and chilled vodka.

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About the Author - Beth Wakelam produced a guide to Lapland from the car rentals specialist and is a independant writer for the budget self catering rental site

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