Living and working under the Northern Lights – reindeer and husky guides and carers needed in Lapland

2018-09-06 15:00 - Marisa Crous
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Northern Lights in Lapland. (Photo: Eeva Mäkinen, Courtesy of House of Lapland)


This mystical, almost whimsical-sounding place is sparsely populated at best, with only 179 997 people inhabiting the entire 100 366 km² land and sea which make up this country bordering Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic Sea.  


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Quiet as a tomb, this is where nature dominates. And this winter-wonderland is expanding in terms of tourism, with more interest in its offering of resorts, skiing and other snowy activities, jobs are opening up in the tourism sector.

This might just be a great new opportunity for matrics to travel and make money after leaving school during their gap year. Instead of heading off to the US to work on a ski resort or on a kibbutz in Israel like before, now it's time for Lapland. 

And the work opportunities aren't exactly mediocre. With helpers needed to work as photography guides, 'Santa's elfs', Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) watch guides, husky or reindeer carers/guided, and as waiters, kitchen staff, etc., there might just be something for everyone, according to House of Lapland.   

EURES, the European Job Mobility Portal, has set up a digital platform where potential applicants can browse through interesting job opportunities and register as a job seeker. 

Photography tour operator, Beyond Arctic is looking for adventurous guides, and says "We are really looking forward to getting interesting applications. Our guides take photographers to the most picturesque spots in the beautiful Lapland. The dream would be to find reputated photographers, who are ready to share their passion with our clients. Lapland is an increasingly popular destination for Northern Lights and landscape photography, and we want to ensure visitors have the best possible guidance."   

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What to consider before you go  

  • Do you have experience working in Arctic conditions? During peak season the average temperature is about - 16 °C. But it gets even colder. Up to - 30 °C, that is. So, it's not exactly sweater weather. It's more like five-layer and a puffer jacket kind of weather.
  • And on the flip-side, during summer months the sun shines for 24-hours. Called ' Midnight Sun', this constant sunlight continues to shine for 3 months on end.  

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