Holidays to Levi take you to a lively Lapland village. Here you’ve got all the winter sports and Christmas magic you could want, along with a thriving night-time scene.
A snowy wonderland
This Lapland village, in Finland’s northern fells, may be remote, but it certainly isn’t quiet. It’s one of Finland’s top places for skiing and snowboarding for a start, and the buzz continues off-piste in the bars and restaurants. There are also snowmobile safaris, reindeer rides, visits to Father Christmas – and chance to see the Northern Lights.
Skiing and snowboarding
Come October, when the permanent snow cover arrives, Levi kicks in as a world-class ski resort – the biggest in Finland, no less. There are 48 slopes, 18 of them floodlit, which are great for beginners and intermediates – and the 3 black runs should keep experts happy. Snowboarders, meanwhile, get a duo of snow parks, a superpipe and a halfpipe.
When it comes to activities, Levi doesn’t stop at skiing. You can go fishing Finnish-style – casting a line through a hole in the frozen ice – or speed across frozen lakes at 50 miles an hour on the back of a snowmobile. Another great way to see the fantastic scenery is on a reindeer safari or by taking a husky ride.
Visits to Santa
Of course Lapland is home to Father Christmas, so a visit to meet him is usually in order. You can also help the elves make gifts in his workshop, then write your list and give it the man himself. You can refuel on Mrs Santa's biscuits and buy some souvenirs.
Lapland Explorer 3 and 4-night Trip
Day 1 - The Warm Up
When you arrive at Kittila airport, Santa’s elves will greet you and take you to your accommodation. Then you’ve got a free afternoon to get a feel for the place.
Day 2 - Winter Wonderland
Indulge in Lappish culture with short taster sessions of husky sledge riding and snowmobiling in the morning. Then you’ll get to see a traditional Shaman storytelling session, followed by some free time in the afternoon.
Day 3 - Frosty Fun
Those of you on 3-night trips will enjoy Day 4’s activity list today instead.
You can take your pick of things to do today. Cruise through the countryside on a snowmobile or on the back of a husky or reindeer-driven sleigh. Or try out the traditional sport of ice fishing.
Day 4 - Festive Fun
These activities will be on day 3 for guests on a 3-night stay. Today you’ll head out to Santa’s activity area in the Kittila countryside for a day of festive fun. Try your hand at decorating cookies and making Christmas ornaments, zoom through the snow on a toboggan ride, and top your day off with a face-to-face meeting with Santa himself. Later, you’ll tuck into a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
For these trips, you can stay at any of our hotels in Levi, Yllas and Pallas. We try to pack as much fun as possible into these trips, so activities can differ from the order above. Everything will be included at some point, though. If you want to celebrate Christmas Day in Levi, book our 4-night trip departing on the 23rd December.
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After being given your snow clothes at the airport, Santa's elves will take you to your hotel in Levi, Pallas or Yllas. Then, you've got the afternoon free to get a feel for your surroundings. Grab a toboggan and head for the slopes or take a walk through the snowy countryside.
Get a crash course in Lappish culture in this taster session. You can take a short husky sleigh ride, and have a go on a snowmobile. One of Santa's elves will tell you a story around the fire, too. The rest of the day is yours to spend how you fancy - wrap up and play in the snow or relax in the warmth of your hotel.
Cruise through the countryside on a snowmobile, or sit back and relax on a sleigh as huskies or reindeer do the hard work. Or why not book the Snow Village excursion? It includes loads of outdoor activities.
Head to Santa's activity area for a day of festive fun. Try your hand at decorating cookies and making Christmas tree ornaments, take a ride on a reindeer-pulled sleigh, and top your day off with a face-to-face meeting with Santa himself. On a Lapland Explorer trip you'll tuck into a traditional Christmas dinner at the gala meal, too.
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