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The region of Finland above the Arctic Circle is an exciting place to be in June, when the sun never sets and the Finns are enjoying every minute of the sunshine they missed all winter. Plants, too, take advantage of the long days, covering the landscape with bright wildflowers. Temperatures are moderate all summer, usually in the 70s, with July somewhat warmer. Begin in Rovaniemi, Lapland's capital, at the stunning modern Arktikum museum, to learn about Lapland's semi-nomadic Sami peoples and their reindeer herds. A visit to a Sami village can include lunch cooked over a fire in a traditional pelt-covered Sami house. Ounasvaara is a ...

The region of Finland above the Arctic Circle is an exciting place to be in June, when the sun never sets and the Finns are enjoying every minute of the sunshine they missed all winter. Plants, too, take advantage of the long days, covering the landscape with bright wildflowers. Temperatures are moderate all summer, usually in the 70s, with July somewhat warmer. Begin in Rovaniemi, Lapland's capital, at the stunning modern Arktikum museum, to learn about Lapland's semi-nomadic Sami peoples and their reindeer herds. A visit to a Sami village can include lunch cooked over a fire in a traditional pelt-covered Sami house. Ounasvaara is a four-season park with summer bobsledding, golf under the midnight sun and hiking trails. Day trips include amethyst mine tours and Ranua Wildlife Zoo, with 60 species of northern animals. Farther north at Kittila is Levi, a popular outdoor sports and spa center with saunas and a swimming pool with waterfalls. Fishing, hiking, canoeing, cycling and other outdoor adventures can be arranged from Rovaniemi and other centers. The rivers of Lapland are famed for their canoeing (although the craft is what North Americans would call a kayak), with several rivers challenging even the most experienced paddlers. Europe’s longest open river, the Tornio-Muoniojoki, has long stretches of flatwater paddling.

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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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  • Location: It borders the Province of Oulu and the region of North Ostrobothnia in the south. It also borders to the Gulf of Bothnia, Norrbotten County in Sweden, Finnmark County in Norway and to Murmansk Oblast in Russia.
  • Language: Finnish, Swedish
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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    Spring is muddy as the accumulated snows melt, and it’s when the arctic mosquitoes are their most voracious. June, July and August are the warmest, and September is beautiful for the fall colors.