Getting to Lapland
Generally speaking, flights into Lapland go via the main transfer hubs of Oslo, Stockholm or Helsinki, however you can sometimes find direct charter flights into the region, depending on your starting point!
Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki international airports are all well serviced internationally with flights around the world arriving daily, however just be aware that some may involve a little time to walk between the international to the domestic terminal for your ongoing flights north.
If your flights don’t schedule neatly, there are plenty of options for hotels at the airport, or it may well be worth adding a day to explore these exciting cities – either way you are well catered for.
Once in Scandinavia, there are a range of domestic flight options to transfer north. Usually around 2 hours in length, it is well worth keeping an eye out of the window as the spectacular Arctic wilderness, your playground for Arctic activities, unfolds beneath you.
Flying into Finnish Lapland
A wide range of international operators fly into Helsinki from around the world, with new routes added on a regular basis. Carriers to take a look at include SAS, Finnair, Norwegian, British Airways, Icelandair, US Airways, United, Delta Airlines, KLM, Air France, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways.
Many of the domestic airlines cooperate with the international airlines so you should be able to complete your travel itinerary to Finnish Lapland in one booking.
Flying north, there are a number of operators, the choice of which will depend on your final destination.
- Rovaniemi: One of the region’s most popular destinations for Lapland activities, is serviced by Norwegian or Finnair.
- Kemi: A jump off point for Icebreaker and Arctic floating activities, has flights operated by FLYBE and Finnair.
- Ivalo: Has flights from Norwegian and Finnair
- Kittilä (for Levi): Known for Arctic skiing activities and Northern Lights tours, is serviced by SAS and Norwegian
- Kuusamu: is also serviced by Finnair
Flying into Norwegian Lapland
Most flights into Norwegian Lapland will go via Oslo with a few charter flights flying direct from select destinations.
A wide range of international operators fly into Oslo from around the world including those from SAS, Finnair, Norwegian, British Airways, Icelandair, US Airways, United, Delta Airlines, KLM, Air France, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways.
Although it is always worth checking, many of the international and domestic flight companies work together allowing you to arrange a journey on one booking.
From Oslo, there are a number of flight options into the Arctic region to start your Norwegian Lapland adventure holiday, options include:
- Tromso: know by many as the gateway to Arctic activities, is serviced by Norwegian and SAS
- Narvik (Harstad, Evenes): home to many cultural and Northern Lights Arctic Activities, has flights from Norwegian and SAS
- Bodo: is also serviced by Norwegian and SAS
- Alta: Is a perfect destination for dog sledding activities and Northern Lights tours, and is serviced on select dates by Norwegian and SAS
- Kirkenes: in the far North is serviced by Norwegian and SAS on select dates
Smaller destinations are serviced by onward internal flights with the Arctic region dotted with 20 small airports served by Wideroe, a regional carrier, most of which fly via Tromso.
If you are flying from the UK, at certain times of the year, Norwegian fly some limited direct international flights into the region from Gatwick to Tromso.
Flying into Swedish Lapland
Most flights into Swedish Lapland will go via Stockholm Arlanda Airport or Copenhagen with a few charter flights flying direct from select destinations.
A wide range of international operators fly into Stockholm from around the world including those from SAS, Finnair, Norwegian, British Airways, Icelandair, US Airways, United, Delta Airlines, KLM, Air France, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Thai Airways.
Often there are good links between international and domestic flights and both can be booked in one itinerary, however always check when booking.
When flying north on your Swedish Lapland adventure, there are a number of options and operators depending on your final destination, these are subject to change with additional routes being added – so it is worth looking around for the best options.
- Kiruna: The home of the Ice Hotel and jump off point for Abisko and Bjorkliden Arctic activities, is services by both SAS and Norwegian
- Lulea (Gällivare Airport): The capital of Swedish Lapland and the home to a range of classic arctic activities, has flights operated by SAS and Norwegian
There are also smaller airports that connect via Lulea and Kiruna including Skellefteå Airport (operated locally by SAS and Norwegian), Arvidsjaur Airport (operated locally by NextJet and FlyCar), Pajala Airport (operated by Jonair from Lulea), and Gällivare Airport (serviced by NextJet).