Finland's northernmost area, Lapland, is a popular outdoor vacation with year-round light phenomena, expansive polar landscapes, and Santa Claus.
Destinations To Visit In Winter
The capital of Lapland, located in northern Finland, is Rovaniemi. Almost completely destroyed during World War II, the city is now a modern one, well-known for both seeing the Northern Lights and being the "official" home town of Santa Claus. The museum and science center Arktikum, which explores the Arctic region and the history of Finnish Lapland, is located there.
Levi is an ideal resort for most groups, providing nearly all the amenities one could desire for a trip to Lapland. If you're ready to hit the slopes, Levi is a great option. It has a 44km ski area with 43 courses (18 Blue, 23 Red, 2 Black), 15 of which are floodlit from December until mid-February. There are numerous opportunities to explore the wilderness, including 230km of cross-country skiing trails, 800km of designated snowmobile routes, and an abundance of well-maintained walking paths. The Frozen Immeljarvi Lake, just a short stroll from the main town, is an ideal location to look for the Northern Lights.
In addition to being the northernmost ski resort in Europe, Saariselkä is a charming little village and an excellent location to see the Northern Lights. This is the resort to stay at if seeing the Northern Lights is your top priority. The newly constructed Star Arctic Hotel is about 2km from Saariselkä center and the excursion pick-up point, which can be reached by ski bus or a leisurely 30-minute walk.
The little, uncommercialized village of Pyhä, which is pronounced Poo-Ha, is home to a resort that provides a truly genuine Lapland experience. This resort has one of the lengthier journeys among those offered, taking two hours and thirty minutes to reach from Kuusamo airport. Pyhä has 14km of family-friendly slopes with 8 Blue lines, 4 Red runs, and 2 Black runs, making it an excellent spot to learn to ski. The quieter slopes contribute to the serene atmosphere because the ski area is smaller than that of most other resorts.
Families will find Salla to be an excellent choice because it's a tiny town with everything accessible within a 5-to 10-minute walking radius. Salla has a small ski area with 10km of slopes; it has lots of lovely, broad courses that make it an ideal spot to learn to ski. If cross-country skiing is your favorite activity, Salla is the resort for you. It boasts 160km of uncrowded cross-country trails, 43 of which are floodlit during the winter months, as well as plenty of camping areas and wilderness cabins to warm up in during your journey. Salla is also known for being the birthplace of cross-country skiing in Finland.