- Skiing in Finland
Ylläs is the largest ski resort, and it's quiet slopes are perfect for beginners and intermediates.
- Winter activities
Enjoy incredible activities in Ruka, from reindeer safaris to snowmobiling – or even visit Santa.
- Northern Lights
Salla is north of the Arctic circle, so there’s a chance you’ll see the Northern Lights.
So what's it like?
Think ‘winter holiday’ and Finland is probably one of the first destinations that comes to mind. It’s a land of extremes, with miles of rugged, unspoiled landscapes, a population dominated by reindeer, and a mix of ski resorts with enviable snow all season long. You'll be able to book excursions in advance and many of our resorts lie in the Lapland region – the ultimate winter wonderland escape, whether you’re looking for a magical family holiday or a romantic break for two.
Skiing in Finland
Finland is a fantastic place to learn to ski – there are excellent English-speaking ski schools, plenty of gentle slopes and consistent snow coverage all the way through to May. Intermediate and advanced skiers will find plenty to keep them busy too, like steeps worthy of World Cup slalom races, off-piste runs through frozen trees and some of the finest terrain parks in the world. Plus, if you stay in Pyhä or Suomu, your lift passes are included in the cost of your holiday.
If you fancy trying something different, why not have a go at cross-country skiing? It’s practically the national pastime in Finland and it’ll give you a chance to explore more of your beautiful surroundings.
Families and couples also love coming here for the huge range of other winter activities. From dog sledding to reindeer sleigh rides, snowmobile safaris to ice fishing – plus a chance to see the Northern Lights – you’re sure to go home with some incredible memories. And of course, if you come at Christmas time, a visit to Santa is a must.
Popular ski resorts in Finland
Best for families – Salla has quiet runs for getting the kids going on skis, plenty of fun stuff for them to do away from the slopes and everything you need easily accessible from the accommodation.
Best for après – Levi can get pretty lively by Finnish standards – especially around holiday times – with bars like Vinkkari at the base and several other nightclubs in the purpose-built village.
Best for beginners – Ylläs is the country’s largest resort with 50km of pistes across two sides of the mountain, although most of it is at a forgiving gradient perfect for learning to ski on.
Best for intermediates – Hard to choose between Iso-Syotë and Pyhä for this one, as both have a wide range of often-deserted runs, solid snow records and lots of friendly instructors.
Best for advanced – More adventurous skier and snowboarders will enjoy flying around Ruka’s two terrain parks, complete with a superpipe used for the 2005 Freestyle World Championships.
Many options here are essentially self-contained mini-resorts, with everything you’ll need either indoors or a short walk away. You can stay in traditional Finnish wood cabins, with facilities like restaurants, bars, pools and spas in a nearby hotel.
The cabins are well-equipped too though, often with a proper log fire (many with wood provided) and a sauna – a must-do after a full day on the slopes. You can cook your own meals or upgrade to half board and dine at a hotel.
There are some great deals too. All holidays to Pyhä and Suomu include lift passes, meaning everyone can get on the slopes with the minimum of fuss.
Winter activities in Finland
Holidays to Finland are all about having fun and making memories. There’s no better way to travel through the Finnish landscape than by racing across the tundra on a snowmobile or crunching through the forest on snowshoes. You can drive a team of adorable huskies, go for a spin in an ice kart or sit back and relax on a reindeer sleigh ride. Couples can spend a romantic night in the Snow Village, and families can make Christmas dreams come true with a visit to see Santa at the Elves’ Hideaway. And if you’re lucky, you might even glimpse the greatest natural show on earth – the Northern Lights.
Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to have a winter holiday to remember.
Food and drink
Mealtimes are made for the Arctic Circle. Warm up with a hearty reindeer steak or stew, washed down with hot chocolate, or traditional blackpot coffee.
Given the height of the mountains, you’re never that far away from a range of restaurants and bars at the base, plus there are often little log-built shelters with open fires – called kotas – dotted around the mountain, where you can warm up and cook your own food.