Blanketed in snow from December through to May, Finland is the perfect destination for a unique winter holiday. Despite being a country without mountains, Finland does have a large number of hills, giving rise to over 75 ski resorts. With the added incentive of viewing the Northern Lights, plus experiencing the incredible unspoiled landscapes and variety of excursions and activities on offer, Finland truly has something to suit all ages and abilities.
Finland has a number of resorts, ideal for families, that are in Lapland, an area of Finland which is mostly north of the Arctic Circle. What could be better at Christmas than visiting Santa in his grotto? The main resorts in Finland include Levi, Ruka, Pyha and Ylläs. Levi in Lapland is one of the larger Finnish resorts, offering uncrowded slopes and plenty of winter activities. Phya combines beginner slopes with some fantastic off-piste skiing, whilst Ruka has a huge beginner area and numerous activities from dog sledding to snowmobiling and reindeer sleigh rides. Ylläs, the largest downhill resort in Lapland, offers 33 miles of slopes and is also one of the best places from which to see the Northern Lights.
Outdoor activities abound in Finland and Saariselkä is just one of the many resorts to offer a variety of snow-filled activities. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fat biking and tobogganing are all possible here. Besides the physical activities, Finland is also a destination where you can relax and recover from the rigours of daily life. The stunning wilderness is home to some superb luxury lodges where you can switch off and enjoy being close to nature.
Jávri Lodge is just one of several luxury lodges in Lapland offering true luxury within the Arctic Circle. Close to Saariselkä, the lodge provides a base for relaxation and a gateway to the Finnish wilderness. For further luxury in the wilderness, look no further than Octola, a secluded retreat where you can be at one with nature. Luxury Lodge L7, bordering the Pallas-Ylläs National Park, is another retreat with nature on its doorstep. From here you can snowshoe or cross-country ski straight into the peaceful surroundings.