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Getting to Lapland is quite easy
Even if it is remote from many places in the world, you'll find getting to Lapland is still quite easy. Whether travelling by air, car, bus or boat, or perhaps a combination of all four, it is easy to get to Lapland.
Getting to Lapland by planeWe have many airports in the different parts of Lapland. Many of the major airlines have scheduled flights to Helsinki. Here you can plan your getting to Lapland by air from anywhere in the world
Through HelsinkiFlight times from Helsinki to Lapland airports are between 1 and 1.5 hours. The Finnish domestic airline, Finnair, offers daily flights to several destinations.Getting to Lapland through Helsinki is a fast choice.
The main airports in Finnish Lapland are Kemi, Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Kittilä and Enontekiö. Once you are in Finnish Lapland you can proceed from there both to Norwegian Lapland (Finnmark) and Swedish Lapland by bus or car.
Through OsloSASBraathens (Scandinavian) flies directly from Oslo to Alta and Kirkenes in Norwegian Lapland (Finnmark). The flight time is only about 2 hours. Alta is serviced by SAS, Norwegian and Wideroe. Kirkenes is serviced by SAS and Wideroe whereas the minor airports are serviced by Wideroe.
From these two airports there are flights to 9 smaller airports at Hasvik, Hammerfest, Honningsvåg, Lakselv, Mehamn, Berlevåg, Båtsfjord, Vardø and Vadsø.
Alta and Kirkenes are main airports with a well-developed network of flights to the outlying districts. The airports in Finnmark are serviced by Widerøe,Norwegian and SAS Braathens. You can go to Alta and Kirkenes in Norwegian Lapland by SAS/Braathens. Or you can choose Norwegian to the same destinies.
Another possibility is to go from Tromsø to Norwegian Lapland (Finnmark) by Widerøe.
Through StockholmGetting to Lapland is easy. You can fly from Stockholm/Arlanda to Kiruna in 90 minutes. All year round there are 2-3 daily direct flights from Arlanda. From Stockholm you can also go by plane to different airports in Swedish Lapland.
You can go to Luleå and proceed from there into Swedish Lapland by car, bus or plane. You'll find these airports i Swedish Lapland: Kiruna, Arvidsjaur, Storuman, Hemavan, Lycksele and Vihelmina with regular flights. You can choose several airlines for you Lapland flights.
SAS (Scandinavian) is one choice and Skyways is another choice
What about getting to Lapland on a sea voyage?An alternatively is to take the Norwegian Coastal Express (Hurtigruten) from Bergen to Kirkenes. Thus you can visit many ports along the Norwegian coast. Along the coast you'll have the most magnificent sights.
Hurtigruten stops at 11 ports on the Norwegian Lapland coast(northward bound) This sea voyage is called the worlds most beautiful voyage. Plan your trip here.
Getting to Lapland by train
Through FinlandThere are several day - and night trains with sleeper cabins between southern Finland and Lapland. You can even take your car with you on the train. This way you can sleep and rest as you are getting to Lapland. Here you'll find out how to go to Finnish Lapland by train
Through NorwayYou cannot go by train to Norwegian Lapland (Finnmark). But from Trondheim in Norway you can go by train to Ostersund in Sweden and proceed on Swedish trains into Lapland.
Through SwedenGoing to Lapland from Southern Sweden is quite simple. The night train departs from Stockholm in the afternoon. On board you can have a delicious meal. Then you sleep your way in a nice wagon.
After breakfast the following day, you are there to do yours things - whatever they may be. From Stockholm there several daily departures to Swedish Lapland. You can also go by train from Narvik in Norway to Swedish Lapland (only in Swedish).
Getting to Lapland by bus
Through FinlandThere are many bus companies that can bring you north from different parts of southern Finland. In Lapland several bus companies have a wide network of routes. At Matkahuolto travel services you will find your bus.
Through NorwayThe North Norway Bus Express is part of bus net Nor-Way Bus Express. These buses bring you to Norwegian Lapland.
Getting to Lapland by carGoing to new places by car also means new traffic regulations to learn. Here are a few tips to contribute to your safe driving in Lapland.
Through FinlandThe shortest road from Helsinki or Turku to Lapland is the E75 through Lahti, Jyväskylä and Oulu to Kemi and Rovaniemi. The E75 goes through Finnish Lapland to Utsjoki and across the Tana river. It ends at Vardoe in Norwegian Lapland.
You can also choose the popular west coast highway E18-E8 for your Lapland travel. Or you can take the nice eastern route E18-6-E63 through Lappeenranta, Joensuu, Kajaani and Kuusamo. This route brings you quite close to the Russian border. If you come by boat to Helsinki or Turku, you'll find the roads to Lapland in this map. If you come by boat to Helsinki or Turku, you'll find the roads to Lapland in this map.
Going to Lapland Through NorwayFrom Norway you can enter Finnish Lapland by the E8 from Tromsø. You can go from Norwegian Lapland (Finnmark) to Finnish Lapland by the 93 from Alta to Enontekiö and the E75 from Tana to Rovaniemi and Kemi.
You can do part of your Lapland travel on the E6 through Norway you will also get to Finnmark. Getting to Lapland on this road gives you the beautiful scenery along the Norwegin fiords as you go. And on road no 93 from Alta you can get into Finnish Lapland and vice versa. Here is a map of the E75 going through Finnish Lapland and into Norwegian Lapland (Finnmark).
Through SwedenYou get to Swedish Lapland and Finnish Lapland by coming up the Swedish coastal highway E4. Once in Northern Sweden you reach Lapland by many roads from the E4.
Or you can go by the E45 - the Inland Road - all the way to Karesuando in Northern Lapland. From there you can proceed into both Finnish and Norwegian Lapland. The E4 makes getting to Lapland from the south quite easy
Travels documents for LaplandYou'll also need to know what travels documents are need for your Lapland trip. There is one set of rules for citizens of the Nordic countries, and one set for citizens of the Schengen area. Finally ther is one set for nationals of the rest of the world. Please, check what travel documents are needed when travelling to Lapland.
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