Budget tips: How expensive is (Finnish) Lapland?

Last Updated on by Charlotte van de Sande

How expensive is a trip through Lapland? A question that we often receive. We visited Finnish Lapland and to be honest, many prizes were not too bad! In this blog, we will tell you how much money we spend on our trip through Finnish Lapland and what a good budget for Lapland is!

Is (Finnish) Lapland expensive or can you travel here on a small budget?

First a disclaimer: we are not extreme budget backpackers. By this, I mean that we almost never sleep in a dormitory and do not cut back on activities. On the other hand, we certainly do not travel luxuriously either. Everyone travels in his own way and has different priorities. That is completely fine, but keep this in mind when you read through our expenses. It can always be more expensive or cheaper!

Our budget for travelling in Finnish Lapland!

Finland is certainly not cheap. Activities, accommodation and alcohol are expensive. We made this trip together with our friends Thomas and Christine. Because we were travelling with four, some things such as accommodation, car and gasoline were a lot cheaper. However, we were not budgeting as much as usual, this was a more luxurious holiday for us. Especially in terms of activities, we have not looked at prices at all.

During this trip, we had a number of collaborations with companies, which gave us discounts on activities or accommodation. I didn’t include these discounts in the calculation below since I want to give a representative picture of the actual prices in Finnish Lapland.lapland

What were our total spendings in Lapland?

Number of days: 5

Total spend: €2318/ $2628
Spendings per person: €1159/ $ 1314

 Activities: €728/ $825
Flight tickets: €632/ $716
Accommodation (4 nights): €490/ $555

These expenses include airline tickets and are based on two people. I have calculated the prices and exchange rates Euro / Dollar at the time of this trip. The currencies displayed are: Euro (€) and USA Dollar ($).reindeer

What do hotels and accommodations in Lapland cost? – 21,1% of the total

Total spend: €490 / $555
Number of nights: 4
Average price for 2 people per night : €122,50 / $138,85

Accommodation in Finnish Lapland is not cheap. Together with our friends, Thomas and Christine, we rented lodges, which cut the costs somewhat. The first two nights we stayed in the cozy holiday home Inarin Kalakenttä, in Inari, a 30-minute drive from Ivalo. Here we paid € 85 per couple.

Then we went to the luxury cabins of the Giellajohka holiday park. These beautiful lodges are surrounded by nature. This accommodation is slightly more expensive, it costs € 160 per night per couple. There are also budget options here. You can sleep here for as little as € 63 per couple.

Is transportation in Lapland expensive? – 35,2% of the total

Total spend: €816 / $925
Flight tickets : €632 / $716,40
Car rental:  €146 / $165,50
Gasoline: €38 / $43

It is not cheap to fly to Lapland. We flew at Ivalo airport with Finnair and paid € 316 per person for a return trip. There are also last minute deals where you can fly to Finnish Lapland for as little as € 160.

I divided the cost of the rental car and the gasoline by two because our friends Thomas and Christine were also with us. If you are not with friends, then these costs should be doubled.finnair

What do you budget for food in Lapland? – 12,3% of the total

Total spend: €284 / $321,90
Spendings in restaurants: €210 / $238
Spendings on groceries: €74 / $83,90

The costs of food were doable for Finnish Lapland. We thought in advance that food would probably be very expensive because Finland is a Scandinavian country. However, it soon became apparent that the prices for food are almost the same as in the Netherlands. Only alcohol is a lot more expensive. We have cooked ourselves a number of times in the lodges where we stayed. We went out for lunch twice and had dinner twice in a restaurant.

On our last evening, we went out for dinner to celebrate that Ries and I are engaged. The restaurant where we ate, Laanilan Kievari, had delicious dishes but was not cheap.Restaurant

What are the prices of activities in Lapland? – 31,4% of the total

Total spend: €728 / $825
Husky sledding: €338 / $383,15
Snowmobiling: €260 / $294,70
Aurora Chasing: €130 / $147,35

Well, this is the real reason why Lapland can be pricy: expensive activities. To a large extent, your trip to Lapland really revolves around these activities. The most expensive one was our four-hour Husky tour, with a price of € 169 euros per person (including lunch).

I found the snowmobile trip at Ivalo Trek Lapland by far the most fun. The price was not too bad, € 130 per person for a three-hour private trip. Read more about this experience here. The Aurora Chasing that we did at Polar Creek was also a great experience, we only paid € 65 per person for this.Snowmobiling Lapland Finland

What do things cost in Finland?

What is the price level in Finland? I answer that question below by displaying the prices of food and travel related expenses.

  • 1 Kilo apples: €2,19 / $2,48
  • 250 ml Olive oil: €4,49 / $5,09
  • 1 bag of potato chips: €1,89 / $2,14
  • 1 Kilo tomatoes: €2,29 / $2,60
  • Bowl of Yogurt (1L): €2,75 / $3,12
  • 1 loaf of Bread: €2,49 / $2,82
  • Oreo’s€1,95 / $2,21
  • Pack of milk (1L): €1,35 / $1,53
  • Bottle of Coca Cola (1,5L): €2,69 / $3,05

  • Bottle of water (1,5L): €1,25 / $1,42
  • Bottle of wine in the supermarket (750 ml): €8,90 / $10,10
  • Bottle of beer in the supermarket €1,69 / $1,92
  • Bottle of Shampoo: €3,39 / $3,85
  • Cappuccino: €3,20 / $3,63
  • Glass wine in restaurant : €7,50 / $8,50
  • Local beer in restaurant: €4,50 / $5,10
  • Simpel lunch/dinner (1 pers): €15 / $17,00
  • 1 Liter gasoline: €1,48 / $1,67

Conclusion: is a trip to Lapland expensive?

A trip to Lapland is certainly not cheap. The airline tickets are costly, the hotels are not cheap and well the activities really increase your spendings. Scandinavia is not a cheap destination, but in our opinion, Finland was not too bad. We expected that the costs for food and drinks would be higher.

Could we have done Lapland cheaper? Probably, if we had not been eating out, had not done any activities and had slept in cheaper hotels. Had I wanted that: absolutely not. This trip was perfect!

What should you budget for a trip to Finnish Lapland?

If you have a budget of +/- €180 per person per day, you should be more than fine (excluding flight tickets). That’s a lot of money, however, you won’t stay many days in Lapland. In case you travel with kids, lower this amount to €120 per kid. In case you do fewer activities and will cook every meal yourselves, you can definitly lower this amount. 

Looking back, I think Finnish Lapland is more than worth the money! It is an incredibly beautiful destination with special activities. A once-in-a-lifetime journey! And the best part is simply free: the northern lights!

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