WHY CONSIDER TRAVELLING TO LAPLAND
Lip-licking Lappish food
• Fans of Rudolph look away now — reindeer features heavily in the local cuisine. It’s fat free, healthy and wonderfully gamey, but if eating one of Santa’s beloved sleigh-pullers is a step too far, there are plenty of other Lappish delicacies to explore. There is reindeer food (lichen), which, when dried, makes a light, crisp garnish for all kinds of arctic fish, baby root vegetables, herbs, berries and even licorice. Salmon is also a huge local delicacy which is found in all the restaurants (Along with Reindeer) each with their own unique way of preparation and presentation
Gorgeous lakes filled with fish
• Lapland is home to hundreds of lakes, the biggest of which is Lake Inari, in the far north, which covers more than 1,000 square kilometers. Even when the lakes are frozen, Lappish fishermen can be found with their ice fishing augers drilling through the ice by hand to catch pike, perch, rainbow trout and whitefish.
Wildlife (and the not-so-wild life)
• Although not as common as seeing the majestic Elk, there are wolves, wolverines and brown bears roaming around the wilderness of Finnish Lapland. So it’s a good idea to whistle while you’re exploring to let them know you’re coming. Huskies and white Samoyed were brought in from Siberia too, as working dogs to pull sleds. These days they pull tourists, but it gets them out of their kennels. Bareing in mind that there are more reindeer (+- 220 000) than inhabitants (> 200 000) it isnt hard to picture the vast spaces filled with natural wonders and the wilderness beauty waiting to be explored and discovered.
Brag-worthy winter sport
• By far the most popular and fun way to get around from point “A” to point “B” is by snowmobile in Lapland. Not forgetting that a husky and reindeer sled ride should definately be on the “To do list” an this is truely a memorable experience.
• Since most of Lapland is situated within the Arctic Circle, it’s an ideal spot to watch the northern lights. According to ancient legend, an arctic fox, whose swishing tail sends sparkling lights into the sky, creates the aurora borealis. Dancing displays of green, red and blue lights can be seen on clear, dark nights when conditions are right. When the Auroras is on the display it can be seen almost every night in a clear sky from the correct position and right time.
• Not many places in Europe still have a thriving community of indigenous people. The Sami originated in the Sapmi region of Lapland — a far-northern area comprising parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia — making them Europe’s northernmost indigenous people. There are thought to be just under 6000 Sami living in Finnish Lapland and you can learn about their culture, customs, costumes and languages at the Arktikum museum and science center in Rovaniemi.
Awesome art and architecture
• Lapland isn’t all lakes, forests and wilderness. Rovaniemi, the capital city and gateway to the region, is a busy urban center packed with modern buildings, from the functional to the fascinating. Ninety percent of the old town was destroyed in World War II, but a redesign was led by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The new town plan followed a reindeer antler plan, and today’s Rovaniemi features many meticulously designed, environmentally friendly buildings that have inspired architects all over the world. One building that survived the war is a 1930s mail truck depot, which has been converted into theKorundi house of culture. This is where Rovaniemi’s heart turns into art, with exhibitions of local artists and a small but perfectly formed concert hall, playing host to the Lapland Chamber Orchestra.
Forests and huts
• The great swathes of birch, pine and spruce trees in Finnish Lapland are vitally important to the local economy. Exploring the forest is a Finnish Laplander’s favorite pastime. A network of open wilderness wood huts stretches across the national parks of the area. Like many buildings in Lapland the huts are made of wood, which is one reason sustainable forestry is so important to the region.
• There’s an old saying in Finnish Lapland: “If it’s a cold sauna, it’s a Swedish sauna.” Sauna has a very special place in the hearts of the local people, to the point of fierce rivalry. A real Finnish sauna is insanely hot, can last for hours and is most commonly enjoyed completely nude. They jump into frozen lakes after saunas. There are electric saunas, hot stone saunas, smoke saunas and even an ice sauna.
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The Arctic Incentives brand was born in 2008 when the two major DMC's of Lapland, Arctic Safaris and Lapland Safaris joined forces and amalgamated strengths and passions. Both DMC's have had an extensive experience in MICE industry since 1982, and it was decided that Arctic Incentives would focus on MICE while Lapland Safaris would focus on Leisure.
Each of our projects are tailor made according to our customers needs, wishes and budget, at the end of the day anything and everything is possible.
We handle groups of different sizes catering for their specific leisure, corporate or incentive needs.
The quality of our services is guaranteed by well-trained and multilingual guides, high-quality affiliates and the personal responsibility carried by project managers.
What can be more exotic for South Africans than:
• Traveling to the other side of the globe and still enjoy home time.
• Safaris in the white North, who said safaris are only happening in Africa?
• Moving by snowmobile, huskies, reindeer, rally car, ice karting, quad, ice breaker, ah yeah, we have coaches as well!
• We have more reindeer than inhabitants in Lapland, no stress.
• 5 million Finns, 2,5 million saunas, I think we can say that sauna is a must for every visitor!
• Dinner in Snow Restaurant, overnight in snow igloos or glass igloos, the waouah effect can be found everywhere.
When you want the best of Lapland, only one address, Arctic Incentives!.