Plus Winter Wonderland Lapland activity holidays for non-skiers
Snow Adventure Holidays Above the Arctic Circle
Lapland in winter is a magical experience, a scenic winter wonderland located deep inside the Arctic Circle and blanketed in snow from December to May. Imagine lying in a thermal glass igloo as the Northern Lights dance across a star-studded night sky, or mushing a husky-drawn sleigh across a frozen lake or along silent forest trails. This remote and untamed snowy wilderness rewards exploration via countless activities but you can be as active or relaxed as you want.
We offer 3 contrasting resorts, all located well north of the Arctic Circle at the optimum latitude for seeing the Northern Lights: Levi, Ylläs and Saariselkä. Each has a distinctly different character but all three are in stunningly beautiful wilderness areas.
A huge variety of activities and excursions are on offer with something to suit all standards of fitness, age and ability. Many operate in the evenings to search for the Northern Lights. Trips vary from short easy husky, reindeer and snowmobile safaris to exhilarating and more challenging longer adventures. You can thunder across the tundra on a snowmobile, cross-country or downhill ski at whatever pace you like, try ice-fishing, panning for gold, walking along cleared winter footpaths or take to snowshoes to explore areas off the beaten track.
The scenery is like nowhere else. It’s a vast, pristine and silent landscape, where evocatively named ‘ghost trees’ bow in snow-laden sculptured shapes, and fells, frozen lakes and spruce forests are bathed in a diaphanous light from the low arctic sun. This beautiful wilderness cannot fail to transport you into the myths and legends of its indigenous inhabitants, the Sámi nomads, staying warm in their colourful clothing with fires burning in traditional ‘lavvu’ tents while tending their huge herds of reindeer.
The temperatures may sound chilly, but thermal suits and boots are provided by most activity companies or can be rented for the duration of your stay if you wish. Inside, everywhere is toasty, with saunas and under-floor heating as standard. There is a range of high standard accommodation from luxury spa hotels and spacious modern apartments to cosy well-equipped log cabins. You can even overnight in a luxurious thermal glass igloo or at the famous Lainio Snow Hotel.
Feast in a candlelit restaurant on giant king crab fresh from the Arctic Sea, or share a delicious local salmon soup or reindeer stew in a traditional Sámi wooden hut or ‘kammi’.
At night, the crisp clear sky glistens with myriads of stars, momentarily eclipsed when the unforgettable Aurora Borealis makes an appearance. Whatever your interest in magical Lapland, it’s time to stop just ‘imagining’ and go and experience it for yourself.
Fly 3 hours direct to: Kittilä
Winter 2016/17 from:
London Gatwick (4 Dec - 19 Mar)
Manchester (4 Dec - 19 Mar)
Bristol (4 Dec - 26 Feb only)
Transfers by coach or minibus:
Levi: 20 minutes
Ylläs: 35-55 minutes
Saariselkä: 3 hours
Ylläs combines all the ingredients necessary for a perfect Lapland experience. Guests return year after year to enjoy its stunning unspoiled natural scenery, Finland’s longest ski slopes, an excellent network of cross-country trails and wide choice of accommodation, including our best selection of idyllic high-quality log cabins.More information
Levi is our most popular Lapland resort with good reason. In recent years its infrastructure has been developed to an enviably high standard with an impressive range of accommodation and a wide choice of excellent restaurants and cosy bars.More information
Located in the wild mystical north of Lapland, close to Russia and just a few hours from the Arctic Ocean, Saariselkä is an exceptionally friendly uncommercialised resort with a unique frontier atmosphere and magnificent cross-country skiing.More information