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Aviation Tour Of Lapland  
User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 493 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3993 times:

Hi all,

After receiving valuable information on my holiday some time ago, I decided to ask for some advice about traveling in the Lapland area.

Somewhere in January I want to take a tour through Lapland. I don't want to make use of any organized travel. For my flight in I'll probably be using Finnair in to one of the Finnish cities. What are the options of making some regional flights? Maybe also a trip to either TOS or LYR?

Next to that I wonder about the ground traveling options. I know there are trains going up North from Southern Scandinavia.

Any change of staying within a reasonable budget? I'm not expecting to find cheap flights, just some possibility's to save some money?

Thanks,

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User currently offlineHELyes From Finland, joined Oct 2010, 849 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3952 times:

Quoting vandenheuvel (Thread starter):
Finnair in to one of the Finnish cities. What are the options of making some regional flights?

Hi!

There are several airports in the Finnish Lapland, all connected to HEL. In winter Lapland gets a lot of tourists, especially the ski resorts offer a lot of services: ski sports, snow mobiles, husky rides, reindeer safaris... Lapland isn't cheap, better avoid the peak seasons. Traditionally January is a silent time, but it can get really cold then and not much sun light available. I would travel there around March/April, still full winter but sun would be back, less cold, possible to find ok prices, except around Easter. February is the local winter holiday season, so I would avoid that.

Often the cheapest way to fly from HEL to Lapland is Norwegian, they fly to RVN, KTT and IVL. I just checked the prices for next spring, looks like from 38e one way, the flying time is around 1,5h. RVN is the capital of Lapland, KTT has a large ski resort, IVL is the northernmost airport.

http://www.norwegian.com/nl/

Naturally Finnair serve Lapland (even widebodies occasionally), their partner FlyBe Nordic have a couple of destinations in north. Blue1 (SASFinland) serves KTT only, there seems to be an AMS-CPH-KTT connection on SAS/Blue1 (B717) if you want to skip HEL. You can take a train but it's a looong ride, the new sleeping cabins are quite cool though.

To get to northern Norway from northern Finland isn't easy by air, you may have to fly through OSL.

[Edited 2012-07-26 17:56:32]

User currently offlineMillwallSean From Singapore, joined Apr 2008, 1217 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

Lapland is divided between Finland, Sweden and Norway. Some say Russia too, depends on whats meant by Lappland. However transpoirt links between various parts of Lappland are limited. the vast wilderness and the lack of population density makes infrastructure rather uneconomical in many ways.

If you start in Finland, then the best bet is to make your way by bus-train to Luleå or Kiruna in the Swedish part of Lapland and get to Norway from there. For cheap transport Ill recommend the Malmbanan train from Luleå to the Norwegian city of Narvik via Kiruna. A fullservice ticket costs about 40 euros but discounts can often be found. From narvik you have plenty of bus and if you want to make youw ar yo harstad flights to several destination including Northern Norways main airlinehib tromso. Wideroe isnt to expensive to fly domestically.

if you take the train there are stunning views from Kiruna to Narvik while Luleå to Kiruna at best can be considered dull since all youll see is green pinetress and white snow.
A stop at the original Icehotel just outside Kiruna is a must.
Kiruna is, luckily enough, situated about 550 meters above sealevel and thus doesnt get as cold as some of the surrounding areas. Kiruna airport 10km or so from the city can often be 5 to10 degrees colder than Kiruna itself and often youll see temperatures thats 20 degrees colder compared in lowland villages in the lappland interior compared to Kiruna. With that said Kiruna in January is still a bloody cold place.

In my humble view, the Norweigian coastline is spectacular while the best inland scenery is to be found in Swedish Lapland around Abisko and Abisko South. However during the times your visiting itll be cold, very cold and you need to prepare accordingly. Views will also be less spectacular in winter unless white landscapes is what youre after. When the winter takes over it gets dark, very dark. However the sun reflects on the snow so its not dark as the night would be.
This has its own beauty but it takes sometime to get adjusted too. I must say that the coastline in norway gets cold bitterly cold in a less than pleasant way during January. Aurora Borealis should if the weather permits be visible at least in Sweden and Norway, not sure about Finland since I havent found Finnish lappland as enjoyable and rarely visit that part.

I can almost guarantee you can find a busservice from Rovaniemi to northern Norway as well if you wanna bypass what in my view is the nicest parts of Lappland. However its bound to be a finnish company so google it...

Surprisingly enough Lappland doesnt have Scandinavias best skifields, those are found further south in Norway and Sweden.

for trains check www.sj.se



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User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3882 times:

Hi guys,

Thanks for the advice so far.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 1):
Traditionally January is a silent time, but it can get really cold then and not much sun light available.

I didn't really consider this. If even someone from Finland considers it 'really cold' it must be true. I also wonder about the sunlight going too far North.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 1):

Often the cheapest way to fly from HEL to Lapland is Norwegian, they fly to RVN, KTT and IVL. I just checked the prices for next spring, looks like from 38e one way, the flying time is around 1,5h. RVN is the capital of Lapland, KTT has a large ski resort, IVL is the northernmost airport.

I've found these flights too. Since getting to HEL isn't really a problem, it's probably the most economical option.

Quoting HELyes (Reply 1):
You can take a train but it's a looong ride, the new sleeping cabins are quite cool though.

I considered these train too. I think it takes too long to reach Lapland this way.

Quoting MillwallSean (Reply 2):
However transpoirt links between various parts of Lappland are limited

I found this out. Plenty of domestic flights. International travel seems complicated up there.

Quoting MillwallSean (Reply 2):
if you take the train there are stunning views from Kiruna to Narvik while Luleå to Kiruna at best can be considered dull since all youll see is green pinetress and white snow.

I will consider some rail travel. This might be the way to reach Norway.

Quoting MillwallSean (Reply 2):
When the winter takes over it gets dark, very dark.

Maybe I'll leave this trip for some time next summer. Some of the Canadian cities might also be worth a visit. Some of them are easy to reach and offer excellent travel opportunities throughout the country.

I appreciate your help. Considering Canada at the moment.


User currently offlineairevents From Germany, joined Jan 2002, 866 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3866 times:

I can recommend (from my own experience) Gällivare in Northern Sweden. The city itself is not stunningly beautiful (a mining town) but the surroundings are. Plus you have a flight on Next Jet´s BAe ATP from Stockholm, which is pretty exotic and very affordable with a bit of notice. From Gällivare, you can travel to Narvik and Lulea by train or to the interesting town of Jokkmokk with a very interesting museum of the Sami culture and a nice winter market if you hit the right date. I stayed at the Gällivare camping site. They rent out very nice cabins (think of a hotel room) that have all amenities (kitchen, TV, wifi, nice warm heating). Quite affordable and only a few minutes walk from the railway station. I enjoyed the area around Gällivare thoroughly and would recommend you go in February or so, when the daylight is back and there is still lots of snow!


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User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3800 times:

T.,
what exactly will be the purpose of this (intended) trip to be made in January ?

Quoting vandenheuvel (Thread starter):
Maybe also a trip to either TOS or LYR?

I have been to Tromsö in late November which qualifies for Arctic winter with the sun staying below horizon. The city itself is lively even then. Tourists are less frequent than in summer, but still hotels were selling fast on that very weekend.

As an appetizer:
The Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen) in Tromsdalen, Norway 11-2009


As from one who also has been to Spitsbergen, I would recommend to go there in the opposite season, i.e. head to LYR in summer and experience midnight sun.

I you want to fly around in Northern Norway on Wideroe do so between Spring and Autumn. Not that it can not be done in winter, but I prefer to look out of the window and see the landscape below me (or the destination of your flight while taking off from Kirkenes KKN).
-HT



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User currently offlinevandenheuvel From Netherlands, joined Dec 2008, 493 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3762 times:

Hi Airevent,

Thanks for your advice. Getting to this mining town on the ATP sounds great.

@HT,

Always great advice from your side. I don't really have a purpose for this trip. Just a one week getaway. I think Ive heard enough negative advice about going there in January. It's a lot of money which can better be spend going there in the right season.

I might look into Canada or the Caribbean. Thanks for the effort.


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