Prepare for winter. In Lapland the winter starts earlier and finishes later than in the south. Even good driving conditions can change suddenly. In addition, far from all roads in Lapland are salted. Before you leave think about whether you might need winter tyres, and, if you’re not sure, contact the Tourist Information Office.
Prepare for the cold. Keep extra warm clothes in your car in winter in case your car breaks down and you need to wait for help. A portable charger or booster is a good piece of spare equipment to have when driving in the cold Lapland winter. In sub-zero temperatures, use the first gear instead of the handbrake, as the handbrake may freeze.
Do not stop in the road. Never stop anywhere where your car could cause a danger to other road users, including for photographs. The roads of Lapland are used by a lot of heavy vehicles with long braking distances. Even if there are reindeer by the roadside or the Northern Lights appear in the sky, only ever park your car in a safe place. If you don’t see a risk-free place to park, don’t stop.
Stay alert. A good aid for remaining cautious about reindeer is the Porokello reindeer bell app. It will not alert you about every reindeer, however, so the most important things are a moderate speed and that the driver is observant. In addition to reindeer, a lot of moose also travel on the roads in Lapland, and they can appear in front of your car very quickly. A moose is many times heavier and taller than a reindeer. Moose mostly move about in the morning and evening twilight.