Having not had a white Christmas in the Alps for the last few years, last boxing day I decided that if the snow wasn’t coming to us, we would go to it. Plus, I’d been looking for an excuse for a while to visit somewhere further north with the hope of seeing the northern lights again, and experiencing husky sledding has been something that’s also been on my bucket list for a while. Looking at flights and accommodation options, we decided on Levi in Finland.
Lying in the area known as Lapland, above the arctic circle, Levi is perhaps the most famous ski resort in Finland where the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup stops for the men’s and women’s slalom races in November each year.
But Levi as a ski resort alone is rather small if you’re looking for a week of just skiing, especially if you are intermediate or advanced skiers. But what it lacks in challenging terrain and steep slopes, it more than makes up for with it’s unique scenery and other activities. There is so much on offer, if you’re willing to venture outside and brave the arctic temperatures (during our stay it ranged from -4°C to -19°C which felt even colder with the dampness in the air).
Trying to pick a single highlight from this trip is really difficult as the whole experience was really incredible. Having always wanted to go dog sledding, I was worried that it might not live up to my expectations, but it really was everything I’d ever imagined and more. Even though I felt like my fingers might fall off from the cold (despite wearing 2 liners inside my insulated mittens), the tranquility of being led through a winter wonderland by a pack of dogs whilst the low winter sun turns the frozen trees in to glittering crystal masterpieces is hard to put in to words. And ski touring up the mountain in the dark of the arctic night to rise above the clouds and watch a private display of the aurora dancing overhead is also a moment that we will remember forever.
Here are a few pictures to capture a little of what we experienced:
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