Lapland, the true gem of the North with its breathtaking landscapes with thousands of lakes and rivers, is known for its pure nature and world-class hiking. But only some know that the allure also extends to the plates of visitors. Lapland offers exceptional dining experiences that blend local cuisine with the stunning Arctic surroundings. The region's culinary offerings rely heavily on locally foraged wild ingredients such as cloudberries, blueberries, and lingonberries used in desserts, jams, and sauces. While mushrooms in Lapland have traditionally been regarded as food for reindeer, they are now being widely used in delicious ways. The trendy herb spruce is foraged already in the early summer from ‘Christmas trees’ to bring distinctive tastes to savoury dishes and sweet desserts and even to local beer brewed in the Arctic Circle.
The culture of the indigenous Sámi people is ever present in the region’s cuisine. Sámi delicacies include delicacies such as gáffevuostá or leipäjuusto, the squeaky cheese often served with cloudberry jam, and suovas, the salty, cold-smoked reindeer meat. Reindeer meat in itself is one of the highlights of Lappish cuisine – it is lean, tender, and rich in flavour. While lichen, the main nourishment of a reindeer, is on the most beautiful plates of the fine dining restaurants in the region. And to top things off Lapland's numerous lakes and rivers are prominent with fish that have become a steady part of the local cuisine. Salmon, Arctic char, and whitefish are commonly enjoyed after being prepared using traditional methods such as smoking, grilling, or slow cooking.
The creative chefs of Lapland take pride in hunting and foraging themselves, ensuring the food enjoyed in this unique setting, such as a traditional hut on an open fire, is fresh. The northernmost region of Finland is a unique summer travel destination for all foodies looking to explore Lappish cuisine under the Midnight Sun. Whether in or above the Arctic Circle – one may taste and smell the pure nature on the plate!