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Seniors Head Far North

Land of the Midnight Sun

Years ago this retired senior former teacher had a student in my French class that lived north of the Arctic Circle in Denmark. I was always impressed that he would come this far to Minnesota (Shattuck School in Faribault) for an education. He lived with reindeer all around him as well as lack of sunshine and cold nights one after another.

Lapland is a region in northern Scandinavia called Fennoscandia, largely within the Arctic Circle. It stretches across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Lapland is the largest and northernmost of the regions of Finland. Summer in Lapland means the Land of the Midnight Sun.

There Aren’t Many Folks That Far North

Lapland is the home of about 3.4% of Finland’s population, the least densely populated area in the country and is called “Above Ordinary,” And indeed it is.

So why go there at all, seniors?  Because it’s there.  Kind of like mountain climbers climb mountains because they are there and divers dive deep because the ocean is deep.

Meaningful experiences that stimulate all the senses and feelings, leaving permanent memories for seniors to enjoy are very easy to find in Lapland.

Pull up those mukluks, put on a sturdy furry parka and brave the elements with the locals. Temperatures can plunge as low as -50°C in the winter. The sun is not seen for days on end during the polar night (kaamos). By contrast, summer brings out the Midnight Sun and temperatures can occasionally rise to 30°C, although summer temperatures in the 10-20°C are mostly the norm. July is the warmest month.

Finland is a mostly flat land, with more than 70% of it covered by thick forest. In the southern areas, water seems a more common sight than land with countless clear water lakes everywhere.

Aurora Borealis Attracts Seniors Attention

I found it interesting that most of the gold used to mint Finnish gold coins comes from Lapland. Here’s what the local language would look like to you: De ERUF-uppgifter som tidigare sköttes vid länsstyrelsernas bildningsavdelningar har överförts till landskapsförbunden, so you might want to hire a good guide. Of course Sweden, too, would welcome your visit to Swedish Lapland, a perfect spot for catching the Aurora Borealis.

Lapland is home to a flourishing indigenous people called the Sami, as well as a magnificent parade of scenic treats that truly come alive in the summer. Due to its location north of the Arctic Circle, Lapland is bathed in sunlight around the clock, non-stop for two precious months a year.

Seniors Investigate The Last Wilderness

Lapland is often called Europe’s “Last Wilderness”, a region of endless forests, fells (a high and barren landscape feature), and great silences. Settlers in Finnish Lapland walked gently and left the landscape almost unspoiled.

Senior explorers and adventurers will love Lapland. Now easily accessible by plane, train, or bus, this arctic outpost offers comfortable hotels and modern amenities. Enjoy your time in Lapland.  jeb




  1. judith v h says:

    I would be interested if there are any senior citizen who did some cross country skiing or snowshoeing in the Lappland more specifically around Rovaniemi.
    Thank you.

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