From Santa Claus
to unspoiled nature
The capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi, looks like something out of a Hallmark movie. Christmas enthusiasts can meet Santa Claus and his reindeers all year-round. Plus, the Arctic Circle runs through Santa Claus Village, just a few kilometers outside the town center.
Here, unspoiled nature is the rule. You’ll be zipping through vast expanses of snow-covered mountains, swamps, and frozen forests. Once the engine of the snowmobile is off, the arctic silence sets in–with nothing but the sound of your breath and the snow crackling under your boots.
Due to its geographic positioning, Svalbard experiences periods of complete darkness during winter and prolonged light in summer. From April to mid-August, the sun stays up, coloring the vast landscape in reddish-yellow tones. The midnight sun bathes everything in a golden glow that makes the landscape even more dramatic and makes it possible to explore at night.
The weather is also mild, compared to other places at similar altitudes in Russia or Canada. Temperatures range from 4 to 10°C in summer, all the way down to −13°C in the peak of winter.