Destinations

Skua Nature Group is a global project dedicated to promoting sustainable wildlife tourism for more than a decade.

Book Your Trip

Discover the magic of the Arctic and the Northern Lights

Experiences

Every wish is an order, here you will find our rich offer of in day experiences.

Book Your Photo Hide

Experience nature at its best from one of our Photo Hides.

About Skua Nature

A leading company in the fields of conservation, nature, adventure and photographic travels

Subscribe now

Don’t miss any news from the nature, register to our newsletter.

Destinations

Lapland

69.18239, 27.21381
Where Arctic adventures and Sami secrets await
Welcome to the Enchantment of Lapland, nestled within the Arctic Circle, a land of wonder where nature’s untamed beauty and cultural heritage converge in harmony.

This captivating region, located in Northern Finland, is a treasure trove of natural wonders and cultural richness, but also Santa’s home, with its village just a few kilometres away from Rovaniemi.
Your journey begins in the charming towns of Ivalo and Inari, which serve as gateways to Lapland’s pristine Arctic wilderness.

In the heart of the Sami homeland, time seems to stand still, and nature’s grandeur reigns supreme.

Here, you’ll have the chance to embark on a photographic and culinary adventure at Neljän Tuulen Tupa restaurant, a place where the flavors of Lapland come alive. Delight in dishes like smoked salmon, reindeer stew and cloudberries while being immersed in the rich tapestry of Sami culture.

See more
The above are not just towns; they are portals to the Arctic’s wonders. In Ivalo, vast lakes mirror the ever-changing Arctic skies, creating stunning backdrops for your adventures with tens species of birds gracing the sky and swimming in the lakes. Inari, the cultural heart of the Sami people, beckons you to explore its museums and discover the traditions of the indigenous Sami culture.

One of the most enchanting experiences in Lapland is witnessing the Sami people and their reindeer herds coexisting in harmony and you could get a glimpse of it feeding them during winter time.

In this wild region you’ll have the chance to observe eurasian pygmy owls, hawk owls, capercaillies, black grouses, smews, bohemian waxwings, siberian jays, siberian tits and many more.

As the reindeer graze through the Arctic landscapes, you’ll have the unique opportunity to observe this centuries-old way of life. The Sami, indigenous people of Lapland, have preserved their traditions and deep connection to the land for generations. Their stories, art, and songs come to life in this corner of the world.

The region’s numerous lakes add to its serene charm. The glassy waters of Lake Inari, Finland’s third-largest lake, reflect the enchanting Northern Lights during winter and the endless Arctic sun in summer.

Each lake is a mirror to the heavens above, a serene oasis of calm amid the Arctic wilderness. But there’s more to Lapland than meets the eye; it’s a place where every day is an opportunity to create lasting memories, where you can embrace the magic of the Arctic, connect with nature, and experience the essence of local history. So, keep reading and discover the hidden charms and adventures that await you in this Arctic paradise with Skua.

“Lapland: Where the Arctic’s heart beats in rhythm with ancient traditions and pristine landscapes.”
Highlights & Facts
Habitats
Wildlife
Climate & Seasons

Highlights & Key Facts

0 square kilometres

Geographic size

Abundant Birdlife

With approximately 200 bird species, the Northern Finland is a special place for birdwatchers.

Diverse Mammals

There are around 60 species of mammals roaming in the Lapland’s expanse, but the most common are the reindeer of the Sami.

Year Round Wonder

Lapland is a wonderful destination year-round, making it a perfect place for travelers in search of wonders for the sight and heart.

Accessible Locations

You can access the natural beauty of this area through our extensive tours or with the nearby airports, including Ivalo (1 hour), Kirkenes (2 hours and 30 minutes) and Rovaniemi (4 hours and 15 minutes).

Habitats

Just as Norway also this area undergoes remarkable seasonal transformations and offers a diverse range of habitats capable of captivating visitors throughout the year; but the most characterising aspects surely are Taiga and the huge amount of water bodies.

Each of the main habitats in this stunning region is unique, just as the area itself and leads you toward a land of wonders, with its uniqueness well spread on all seasons; just as in a good painting.

Taiga

Explore Lapland’s expanse, where you can encounter Sami people and their herds of reindeers, full of lakes and pine trees forests, this biome is one of the most unique of the world.

Thousands’s Lakes Land

Experience the tranquility of wetlands as you observe an array of birdlife and other unique fauna that call these areas home. Bigger and smaller lakes of glacial origin awaits to be discovered.

Wildlife

Hawk Owl

Lapland's winter guardian, the Hawk Owl, graces the snowy landscapes with its majestic presence during the coldest months.

Eurasian Pygmy Owl

Lapland's resident year-round, the Eurasian Pygmy Owl, can be spotted among the spruce trees, no matter the season.

Siberian Tit

Lapland's winter wonderland becomes even more enchanting when the Siberian Tit visits from December to February.

Siberian Jay

Autumn in Lapland welcomes the sociable Siberian Jay, offering playful antics in the midst of seasonal change from September to October.

Bohemian Waxwing

Lapland's winter becomes a vibrant snowscape when the nomadic Bohemian Waxwing arrives from November to March.

Capercaillie

Lapland's boreal forests host the captivating courtship dances of the Capercaillie during early spring, from March to April.

Black Grouse

In Lapland from April to May, the Black Grouse showcases mesmerizing courtship rituals, including grand "lekking" gatherings.

Arctic Loon

Lapland's serene lakes come alive with the haunting calls and striking plumage of the Arctic Loon in summer, from June to August.

Arctic Redpoll

Lapland's winter landscape thrives with the resilient Arctic Redpoll from November to April.

Pine Grosbeak

Lapland's late spring brings the vibrant Pine Grosbeak, painting the forests with colorful plumage.

Smew

Lapland's winter scene includes the elegant Smew, donning its striking black-and-white attire with chestnut accents from November to April.

Climate & Seasons

Winter Season from -5°C to -15°C (23°F to 5°F), with negative peaks of -30°C (-22°F) or colder.

Summer Season from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F).


Winter (November - March)

Northern Lights Spectacle: Winter offers the best opportunity to witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights, painting the arctic skies with vibrant hues. The clear, dark nights provide optimal conditions for this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.

Dogs’s sledding: embark in this adventure with our trusted friends, bringing us all around above the snow, using their tiny paws to move as fast as a lightning bolt.
This unique experience will make you feel like in Balto’s animated movie.

Wildlife Observation and Photography: The snowy landscapes provide a stunning backdrop for wildlife photography. Reindeer, moose, mountain hare and other mammals are visible too; along with birds such as the Hawk Owl, the arctic redpoll or the capercaillie.

Spring (April - May)

Reindeer calving season: in this season, little furry snouts say hello to the world for the first time, it’s the calving season of reindeers; during this time they are going to amaze you and melt your hearts.

Migratory birds Return: different migratory species of geese, the tundra swans, horned and red necked grebes, pomarine and parasitic jeagers, white storks,great bitterns and several other make their comeback to this region in the spring season.

Summer (June - August)

Midnight Sun Magic: Experience the surreal phenomenon of the Midnight Sun, where the sun never fully sets. Enjoy long daylight hours for outdoor activities, wildlife spotting, and exploration.

Orchids and wildflowers: melting snow brings hues of color from the bloom of several wildflowers species, including orchids; they typically grow under the shade of the pine trees and in the open grasslands, discover the flora diversity of the Arctic.

Berries and hiking: from the end of the Summer discover the numerous species of local berries in dedicated hikes.
You will get to enjoy homemade jams, prepared with the berries that you harvested.

Autumn (September - October)

Wild Berries and Hiking: in a different concept of discovery, join unforgettable hikes with the autumn's shades, enjoy wild berries and especialy the famous cloudberries.

Vivid Fall Colors: The taiga, multiple lakes and forests transform into a symphony of autumn colors, with the foliage of all the non coniferous plants, creating a captivating setting for photography and sightseeing.

Aurora and Night Sky Photography: As the nights grow longer, the chances of witnessing the Northern Lights increase once again, providing ample opportunities for captivating night sky photography.

Journeys

Travel with Skua Nature

At SKUA Nature, we are dedicated to creating unforgettable and impactful experiences in Lapland that will leave an indelible mark on your memory and on the planet.

Tailored Adventures

Craft your own unique journey, whether it’s focused on birdwatching, photography, or thrilling adventure travel.

Exclusive Access

Enjoy privileged access to specialised facilities and hides, offering you unparalleled encounters with wildlife.

Arctic Oasis

Our lodge provides a cozy sanctuary within the untamed wilderness, ensuring your comfort and relaxation.

Personalized Care

Our committed team is here to ensure your every need is met, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction exceed your highest expectations.

Sign up for our newsletter and get 15% off your first journey.

Subscribe to receive the latest news, journeys and activities from Skua Nature. 

Thank you for subscribing!