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Finnish Lapland

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Finnish Lapland

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Finnish Lapland (Finnish: Lappi) is the Arctic far north of Finland, strictly defined as the province of the same name but in practice starting near the Arctic Circle.

Temperatures can plunge as low as -50°C in the winter and the sun is not seen for days on end during kaamos. By contrast, summer brings out the Midnight Sun and temperatures can occasionally rise to above 20°C.


  • Rovaniemi -- province capital and the only city of any size, home to Santa Claus
  • Kemi - bleak paper industry town best known for icebreaker cruises
  • Tornio - the Finnish half of the Swedish town of Haparanda


  • Inari -- the center of aboriginal Sámi culture
  • Saariselkä -- a popular winter sports resort

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