Experience Inari-Saariselkä, Lapland, Finland, Like Nick Viall on 'The Bachelor'
Nowhere else in the world embodies Christmas spirit quite like Lapland, Finland. It is, after all, Santa Claus’ home base! Situated at the northern tip of Finland near the Swedish, Norwegian, and Russian borders, Lapland is a magical destination unlike anywhere else in the world. Where else can you meet Father Christmas and see the northern lights all in the same trip?
Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region, and Inari-Saariselkä should be one of your main stops when you visit the area. The city offers plenty of outdoor and nature-oriented activities for every season.
Nick Viall traveled to Inari-Saariselkä, Lapland, on Season 21 of “The Bachelor,” and here’s how you can have a similar experience when you visit this stunning area of Finland.
Where to Stay
Inari-Saariselkä offers plenty of lodging options, from small inns to ski chalets. To be like Nick and the ladies, book a room at Lapland Hotels Riekonlinna. This big resort features two restaurants, two saunas, over 200 rooms, and fresh Nordic breakfast served every morning. It’s the ultimate Lapland experience in one hotel!
When you arrive, set your bags down, put on a warm coat, and get exploring!
One-on-One Date: Love Trail
There’s much more to the Lapland region than merely skiing! Two major national parks are located in the area, so to be like Nick and charter a helicopter to make your way to Urho Kekkonen National Park. It’s one of the largest parks in the country and has hiking trails galore that take you through fells and into some of Finland’s most beautiful nature.
When your legs need a rest from all that walking (and hopefully no falling), head over to one of the pubs in the area and chat with locals over a game of darts. You’ve undoubtedly hit a bull’s-eye with this date!
One-on-One Date: Take the Reins
With nearly 200,000 reindeer in the region, it’s no wonder sleigh rides are a popular attraction. You and your date can build up a sweat beforehand as you cross-country ski and explore the area in the snow. Don’t forget to tell your date that your relationship can handle any terrain or weather that comes your way!
Once you’ve filled your skiing quota, make your way to a reindeer farm and get pulled along on a sleigh by the majestic creatures. Is your date on your Nice or Naughty list? Only you can decide.
One-on-One Date: A Winter Heat Wave
Are you ready to heat things up? It’s about to get steamy on this date!
Scandinavians embrace sauna culture, so you should do the same as you visit one at Lapland Safaris. You can try your own version of the polar bear plunge and dive in a cold river before running over and warming up in a hot sauna. This will be a literal and metaphorical test to see if your date has what it takes to handle all the elements with you.
Inari-Saariselkä is a must-see when you travel around Lapland, thanks to its bountiful outdoors opportunities and relaxing saunas. You’ll certainly be doing laps around the city during your stay to see how much you can experience in such a wonderful place.
During the summer months here, the sun shines for nearly 24 hours, so use that as your own metaphor for your relationship and the progress it made during your trip to Lapland.