#PolarNightMagic in Lapland: 10 travel images literally “out of this world”.

My memories of Lapland continue to put a spell on me. Despite being back at my desk for more than a week now, the magic of this immense, white winter wonderland and its absolute silence continues to work on me.

Magnificent. Such is the stage of northern Finland, or Lapland as it is. Along with its sheer endless, snow-covered forests, lakes and hills. For those of you with only the slightest inclination for winter magic, a trip to Lapland should definitely be on your list – bucket or else!


Today, let me take you down memory lane to some of the most bizarre and surreal images in the east of Lapland. We learn that …


1. No one ice is the same.

Ice is very, very relative. Sometimes pastel blue, then urine yellow, turquoise, grey, brownish or even rose-colored: Never before have I seen frozen water in such a spectrum of colours! All white up here in the high North of Europe? Prepare to be surprised.

Eisskulpturen sondergleichen bietet der spektakulär gefrorenen Wasserfall im Korouoma Nationalpark.

Ice sculptures of a kind are shaped and sculpted by nature at Korouoma National Park, inviting the most adventurous among us to ice-climb and abseil as well.


2. Frozen waterfalls are made for climbing.

As well as to be absolutely blown away by. If you really want to get a hands-on feeling of what Mother Nature is capable of, head to your local “Lapland Safari” agent and ask to be taken to places such as Korouoma National Park in the east of Lapland. Here, we get to watch a group of brave explorers abseil at immense, frozen waterfalls. Check this out.

Mächtig: Hier ist bei monatelangen Minusgraden gar der Stein gefroren und zeigt sich hellgrau unter dem gewaltigen, gefrorenen Wasserfall.

Mightily frozen: After many months of temperatures below 0°C, even the rocks appear in a light grey, frozen winter frock.


3. Steam is capable of building entire bridges.

Seen during our easy snowshoeing hike at Oulanka National Park in Lapland: Truly out of this world is the following image. If you look closely, you will realize the formation is entirely due to frozen steam from weeks and weeks of cold rapids passing underneath! Never seen anything quite like this.

Brückenbau zu Lappland: Im tiefsten Winter erstarrt gar der Atem des Flusses zu den wohl seltsamsten Eisskulpturen!

Building bridges in Lapland: Steam makes for the most bizarre bridge sculptures ever.


4. Huskies love it the snowy way round.

Huskies really are a dog breed of a kind. Even, or especially, at temperatures below -20°C or -30°C, they continue to run around happily. Their truly thick fur protects them from the biting cold even when they sleep! Such is the view of their sleeping quarters during our visit at Erä Susi’s husky farm.

Huskyschlafgehege in Lappland.

Husky dorms in Lapland.


5. People are similar – but rather spend the night inside ..!

Check out this magnificent mountain hut (lodge?), as seen high above the hill at Ruka-Kuusamo.

Schöne Aussichten im Winter Wonderland!

Mighty views across Lapland! My dream is to return here one day.


6. You will always be stopped in your tracks by those magnificent views.

Skiing in Lapland is a true experience of a kind: For me as a life-long snowboarder with more than 20 years of experience, the sport itself is nothing new. However, to rent equipment here and ski downhill at 60°C latitude North, with differences in climate, temperature, snowfall etc. is obviously different. Even, or especially, when “normal” lift facilities appear to be once more, “out of this world”!

Tief verschneit strecken sich unter diesen bizarren Schneeskulpturen zähe Bäume der Abendsonne in Lappland entgegen.

Tough trees hidden under what must be tons of snow bend and bow to greet Lapland’s afternoon sun.


7. Sunset is all afternoon here in Lapland.

Just another Polar circle fact! Even though the sun does indeed rise above the horizon, it does so taking hours and hours to rise and go down. Thus, we are treated to golden light and the famous “blue hour” for long, long stretches of time. Another (happy) distraction from skiing in Lapland. Check this out.

Langsam aber beständig schiebt sich die Sonne Mitte Februar gegen 16.00, 17.00 Uhr wieder hinter den Horizont.

Slowly but surely, the winter sun goes down over Lapland’s sheer endless horizons.


8. Evening time is Sauna time.

Each Finnish house I’m told has a sauna. But there is only one spot (in the whole wide world?) that owns a real ice sauna: “Rukan Salonki Chalets” near the adventure hotspot Ruka-Kuusamo have built an ice sauna from the very frozen lake it stands on! More about this spectacular phenomenon and how it works in another article here on the blog.

Lust auf die finnische Eissauna? Hier steht sie, aus Eisblöcken des gefrorenen Sees gebaut auf dem sie steht!

Fancy a Finnish ice sauna? Here it is, standing on the very lake it is made from – until it happily melts away again in early April …


9. Watching the Northern Lights is among the most beautiful sky phenomena I have ever seen in my whole life. Must-see-do-feel!

After watching seemingly millions of stars in the Atacama desert of Chile, gazing up at the Northern Lights in Lapland is another dream come true. Late winter nights are an especially good time, we are told. And man, have we been lucky to see them right at 7.00 p.m. already! Euphorically, we make our way to dinner in Ruka: Who would have thought that we’d see the famous Aurora Borealis even from the centre of a small town?

Nordlichter am Nachthimmel von Ruka-Kuusamo: Nach meiner allerersten Sichtung in Island vor zwei Jahren verspüre ich genau dieselbe Magie bzw. Euphorie beim Anblick dieser gewaltigen, Licht gewordenen Sonnenwinde in unserer Erdatmosphäre.

Northern Lights in the night sky of Ruka-Kuusamo: After seeing them for the first time in Iceland two years ago, the same spell captures me upon this visit in Finland.


10. The “morning after” is always pretty here in Lapland. No matter whether you’ve partied, watched Northern Lights or simply slept through the night.

Up here, you simply have to hold your breath. Feel and enjoy the silence: Nothing, absolutely nothing, penetrates this vast blanket of whiteness in front of the window. If you are looking for a spot, albeit a little cold, for meditation .. Lapland offers you plenty.

Just magical.

Morgenstund hat (rosa) Gold im Mund: Abschied aus Lappland mit genug Magie für eine hoffentlich baldige Wiederkehr!

Morning sunrise in Lapland.


Fancy watching even more Lapland photographs? Here they are. See you soon in Finland! 🙂


Disclaimer: We have been invited by VisitFinland on this trip to Lapland. All opinions are my own.

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