Finland Lapland Auroris Borealis

Finland Lapland Reindeer

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Levi Resort is located in Kittilä, which is the city within Lapland where the SMS Special Conference Finland will be held. Also known as the land of the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis, Lapland is both the largest and northernmost province in Finland. Kittilä is located about 150 km north of the Polar Circle. Geographically, Kittilä is highland with many fells (small mountains, tunturi in Finnish) also large forest and bog areas are found here.

While March falls during winter in Lapland, the weather may not be as one would expect. Overall, Finland's weather is not as cold as many think - the Finnish average mean temperatures are higher than that of other regions in the same latitudes. The temperature is raised mainly by warm airflows from the Atlantic, and also by the Baltic Sea. During this time of year, one should expect sunlight and snow. The permanent snow cover usually begins in late December and the darkness the Finnish winter brings changes rapidly in February-March. March is around the time of the vernal equinox and the sun begins showing itself once again. The warming effect of the sun is considerable in March and this is particularly true in Lapland.

You shouldn’t leave Finland before taking a Sauna. While saunas have existed in other cultures it is in Finland that they have become entwined in the national culture. It is estimated that there are 2 million saunas in Finland, for a population of 5 million people. The temperatures in these “hot houses” averages between 80 to 100 degrees Celsius and can be found in private homes, businesses and hotels throughout Finland.

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Finland Lapland Forest in the snowOver 200,000 reindeer outnumber the less than 6,000 inhabitants of this region and are an inherent part of the Lapland’s culture. Reindeer are an essential source of livelihood for Lapland’s people.

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