Filming in Filming on location in Lapland

Lapland straddles northern Finland, the north-eastern tip of Sweden and northern Norway, as well as a strip of western Russia. Snow guarantees are among its major international appeals as a filming location, with winter in Finnish Lapland running for around 200 days from late November to April.

Filming in Finnish Lapland often takes place near the various ski resorts, meaning access is easy and accommodation is straightforward and available for a range of budgets. A regional law known as Everyman’s Right means that permits are not needed on publicly-owned land. Each local municipality issues permits for urban filming and state enterprise Metsähallitus deals with national park shooting.

Lapland is easily accessible from across Europe via connecting flights through Helsinki or Stockholm, respectively. Lapland has five separate airports, plus a well-maintained network of highways. Most of the region’s international inquiries come from mainland Europe or sometimes from the US. In 2012 the region hosted two international feature shoots, as well as four international commercials. As a result local crew bases are also growing.

The Finland Film Commission and the Finnish Lapland Film Commission, as well as the Swedish Lapland Film Commission, can help on each side of the border. They can connect projects looking for local location managers, production co-ordinators, camera people and assistant directors.

North Star Rental is based on the Finland-Sweden border and has an extensive supply of filming equipment available for local use. Filmgården is available in Sweden. Some of the main servicing companies that also operate in Finnish Lapland include Oktober, Pure Scandinavia/Grillfilms, Woodpecker Film and 7th Heaven.

While winter is the main international appeal, Lapland also has a lot to offer when the weather warms. The light conditions are a major draw when the sun doesn’t set at the height of summer.

Photos: Pär Domeij and Visit Finland