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Finnish Lapland is a largely unknown oasis of great art, from traditional crafts of the indigenous Sami people to modern masterpieces from all over the world. These are some of the best places in Lapland to take in all of this amazing art.
Lapland is a literal gold mine of rare gems and minerals, and you can see a huge collection of them at the Kemi Gemstone Gallery. Highlights of the collection include a replica of what would have been the crown of the King of Finland, a replica of the Imperial State Crown of Great Britain, and a necklace made with 647 diamonds for Marie Antoinette.
The beauty of Lapland makes it one of the best places in the world for nature photography. The Hannu Hautala centre in Kuusamo is Finland’s first museum for nature photography and is named after the country’s most famous nature photographer. As well as Hautala’s photos, works by Finnish and international photographers are displayed at the centre while the Kids’ Den area provides an interactive play space for small children.
This museum pays tribute to Reidar Särestöniemi, one of Finland’s most famous artists, and is partially built into the 19th century farmhouse where he lived and worked for most of his life. Against the timber walls, his colourful modernist artworks are displayed, inspired by the nature of Lapland, local prehistoric cave paintings, and the Russian art he saw during his studies in Leningrad. Exhibits of other contemporary Finnish artists and classical music concerts are also regularly hosted at the museum.