Finland/ Northern eastern Finland/Lapland
Finland can be divided into three main geographical areas; There is a low-lying coastal strip in the south and west, where the most important cities of the country are located. The coastal strip continues into a vast wooded inland plateau (the Finnish Lake Plane). There are around 60,000 lakes in this area, many of which are connected by short rivers, streams and canals. The 3rd region of the country is located in the north of the Arctic Circle and is part of Lapland. The area is sparsely forested or barren.
Northern Finland / Lapland
Northern Finland is a part of Lapland that stretches from Russia to Norway. It is located largely north of the Arctic Circle.
The climate in Northern Finland is a continental climate with very cold winters, in contrast to the Netherlands; where we know a maritime climate. However, this is not the only difference: while we have four seasons in the Netherlands, Lapland has eight, because the transition periods between spring, summer, fall and winter have also been given a name. The four additional seasons are summer-spring, fall-summer, winter-fall and spring-winter. The fact that the change in seasons has also been given names indicates that nature plays a major role in daily life. From September to the end of March, when the nights are clear and dark, it is possible to see one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena: the northern lights. Guarantees to see the northern lights cannot be given, it is also a matter of luck. In Finland, the northern lights are called revontulet, or fox fires. This refers to an ancient legend in which an arctic fox, while running over the Lapse hills, touches the snow with its tail. This makes snowflakes fly like sparks into the air and fox fires are created.
At the end of June, the sun does not set in the area above the polar circle. This is the period of the midnight sun, of the moonless nights. The more northerly compared to the polar circle, the longer this period lasts. In the whole of Finland, the midsummer festival Juhannus is celebrated every year on the first Saturday after June 19 with open-air parties and bonfires.