So what's it like?
Think ‘winter holiday’ and Lapland is one of the first destinations that comes to mind. In the north of Finland, it’s known as the land of extremes – and no wonder when it’s got miles of rugged, unspoiled landscapes, temperatures that can drop below -30°C and a population that’s more reindeer than people. And if Santa Claus can make his home there then it must be pretty special.
Finland is a fantastic place to learn to ski – excellent snow is pretty much a given and the runs are wide and well-groomed. Many of the locals were skiing before they could walk, so you know the ski school’s going to be good too. Intermediates should find plenty to keep them busy as well – tackle moguls on the trickier runs or head to the snow parks to show off your skills on jumps and rails. If you fancy something different, why not have a go at cross-country skiing - it’s practically a national pastime in Finland and it’ll give you a chance to explore more of your beautiful surroundings.
Families and adventurers love coming to Finland because of the huge range of winter activities on offer. From dog sledding to reindeer sleigh rides, and snowmobiling to ice fishing, you’re sure to go home with some incredible memories. The type of activities on offer are unique to Finland, giving a whole new meaning to the word 'safari' as you take in the landscape and local wildlife on a snowmobile or on foot. You can hear about, and maybe even see, the Northern Lights, as well as the Ice Hotel, reindeer and so much more. If you come at Christmas time, a visit to Santa in his secret cottage is a must.
From Winter 16/17 we'll we expanding our offering in Lapland with two new resorts in Levi and Ylläs - both of which offer a fantastic family holiday experience. In addition to the two new resorts we currently offer four resorts in Finland - Iso-Syotë, Pyha, Ruka and Salla - each offering uncrowded pistes, stunning scenery and friendly locals. Mealtimes are a treat too – warm up with a hearty reindeer steak or stew, followed by hot chocolate or traditional blackpot coffee. When it comes to accommodation, there are several good hotels as well as self-catering apartments - but for a true Finnish experience, you can’t get any better than a traditional wooden cabin. At the end of a long day, you can soothe sore ski muscles in your private sauna and then cosy up on the sofa in front of your log fire – what could be better?
€75 hotel credit