Lapland conjures up all sorts of images, often to do with reindeer and Christmas; snow mobiles and dog sleds; but there is a lot more to see and do in this beautiful country at wintertime, and what better way to explore than on skis?
The Big Four
Finland is well known as the land of lakes and most of the 75 skiing resorts are based around small hills, specialising in cross country runs; but head north into Lapland and you will find the ‘Big Four,’ Levi, Yllas, Pyhä-Luosto and Ruka; with runs of up to three kilometers in length and altitudes up to 700 metres. The season lasts from late October through until the start of the thaw in May, with plenty of après ski activities that you will not find anywhere else. Lapland holidays 2014 are perfect for holidaymakers who want to enjoy ski vacations that are packed with endless fun.
As well as ultra modern, stylish hotels you could also choose to spend some time in a traditional log cabin, fully furnished with all your creature comforts. Virtually all accommodation comes with a sauna attached because Finnish people just love having a sauna, the ideal way to relax after a strenuous day in the fresh clean air. Having a sauna is a good to detoxify the body; rolling in the snow afterwards is not compulsory, but it does feel good. For the ultimate in cool places to stay you could even choose an igloo: layers of reindeer skins and plenty of blankets ensure a good, nights sleep.
As you would expect from the home of Father Christmas, you can be sure of a friendly welcome from the locals. The ski resorts are not as hectic as their central European counterparts; no fighting for your place in the queues for the chair lifts or hyper teenagers cutting you up on snow boards. For the ultimate get away experience you can grab a pair of cross country skis and head out through the forest trails. Do not worry about getting lost; there are plenty of little huts selling hot chocolate to guide you on your way.
Finally, don’t forget to look out for what many people travel to this part of the world especially to see; the Northern Lights are on show for around 200 nights, every year.