• Photo: Saara Salama - Visit Finland

Where is Lapland?

Lapland is known for a few different things, some of them right, such as being the historic home of Father Christmas and his elves (who are presumably all taking a well-earned holiday right now), and some of them wrong, such as it always being cold and dark. But one question we get quite often is where actually is Lapland?

Lapland is the home of the Sami

One of the reasons the question comes up is because the region of Lapland is actually a cultural area which spans four countries. So if you sat at your Christmas table arguing over whether it’s Swedish or Finnish Lapland, you can now send that group text saying everyone was wrong, because it’s both, and you missed Norway and Russia.

The area often referred to as Lapland is a cultural region that is broadly the home of the Sami, the indigenous people of Scandinavia. It stretches from the west coast of Norway to the north shores of Russia and includes most of Arctic Sweden and Finland.


Our colleagues at skiLapland concentrate mostly on Finnish Lapland. This is because the best ski resorts in Finland are all found in or on the border of the Finnish Lapland area. If you’re interested in visiting Swedish Lapland then the friendly experts over at skiSweden can give you some advice, likewise with Norwegian Lapland and the specialists at skiNorway.

If you’d like more advice or recommendations then the best thing to do is get in touch, contact us here or give us a call on 0207 199 6015 and we’ll put you through to the best team based on what you’re after.

Book Your Dream Holiday Today