Postcards From Lapland

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 for 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 its 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 tranquillity of being led through a winter wonderland by a pack of dogs whilst the low winter sun turns the frozen trees into glittering crystal masterpieces is hard to put into 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

Levi – Lapland

Picture of the top of a frozen pine tree in Levi Lapland by Wild Connections PhotographyMenno Skiing through frozen trees in Levi in Finnish Lapland by Wild Connections PhotographyLevi Ski Resort Cat skiing off-piste in Levi Lapland by Wild Connections PhotographyCat skiing throught the frozen trees in Levi Ski Resort in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA frozen public toilet on Levi fell in Levi Lapland by Wild Connections PhotographyMenno skiing off-pist through the trees in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA white snow grouse bird blends in against the snowy landscape in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA highland cow at Santa's Pet Farm in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyFriendly cows at Santa's Pet Farm in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA highland cow stands in the stable at Santa's Pet Farm in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA giant rabbit stands on its back legs and looks at the camera at Santa's Pet Farm in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA reindeer is teathered to a tree at Santa's Pet Farm in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA reindeer outside a wooden cabin at Santa's pet farm in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographySkidoos drive across a Frozen Lake in Levi Finland by Wild Connections Photographya single cross country skier glides across a frozen lake in Levi Finland by Wild Connections Photographya group of cross country skiers glide across a frozen lake in Levi Lapland by Wild Connections PhotographyMenno walks across a frozen lake in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA wooden cabin in between the trees in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyRed wooden cabins amongst the trees in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyLevi Ski Resort a mountain restaurant sign telling you that you are 400 meters above sea levelA frozen outside light on a building in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA frozen balcony in Levi ski resort in Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyThe sun creates a pink glow over the white, snow covered landscape in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyFrozen trees bend over under the weight of the snow in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA golden sunset down in the town in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyAn almost Frozen River in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA red wooden cabin stands on the edge of a frozen lake in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyThe low golden sun creates a beautiful glow over the frozen forest in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyMenno puts his gloves to his face to keep it warm in the cold air in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyMenno throws snow up in the air in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyCat throws snow up in the air in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyKausikämpät apartment in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyThe sun shines from behind the trees over a frozen lake in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyWingrens Dog Safari Lapland the dogs are waiting and ready to go in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyWingrens Husky Safari Lapland dogs are waiting to start pulling the sled in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyAll wrapped up in thermal suits and ski goggles for driving the husky sled in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyWingrens Dog Safari Lapland husky dogs pull the sled along a forest trail in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyWingrens Husky Safari Lapland dogs pull the sled along a straight section of the track by wild connections photographyWingrens Husky Safari Lapland 5 dogs pull the sled through the forest by Wild Connections PhotographyA picture of the sun shining through the frozen trees in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA frozen wilderness in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyWingrens Husky Safari dogs trot along a marked path in Lapland by Wild Connections PhotographyThe sun back lights the frozen trees  in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyWingrens Husky Safari Lapland dogs start to speed up on their homeward stretch

Wingrens Husky Safari Lapland dogs pull the sled through the forest while the golden light shines through the treesWingrens Husky Safari Lapland close up of the dogs from behind as they pull the sledWingrens Husky Safari Lapland close up of the rear two sled dogs as they run towards a forest in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyHusky sledding in Lapland the front dogs start to pick up the pace by Wild Connections PhotographyWingrens Husky Safari Lapland the final homeward stretch by Wild Connections PhotographyWingrens Husky Safari Lapland the second sleigh arrives back at base by Wild Connections PhotographyThe sled dogs take a break in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyWingrens Husky Safari Lapland the sled dogs wait for their next outingWingrens Husky Safari Lapland a ginger dog with one ear up and one down looks at the cameraWingrens husky farm dogs wait in their enclosures for their turn to runA log fire in the kota to warm up in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyMenno warms up in the Kota with a cop of hot berry juice in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA husky puppy takes a look outside in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyWingrens Husky Safari Lapland puppy comes to investigate the cameraWingrens Husky Safari Lapland two puppies play in the snow by Wild Connections PhotographyWingrens Husky Safari Lapland a puppy comes over to greet MennoWingrens Husky Safari Lapland Demo the wolf dog in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyAurora Borealis Ski Tour Menno tours up the ski slope in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyMenno climbs up the ski slope at night on touring skis in hope of spotting the northern lights in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyThe northern lights dance above the tall trees in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA single green band appears behind the trees in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyThe aurora borealis create a green swirl behind the tall frozen trees in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyAurora Borealis swirl in the sky in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyAurora Borealis Ski Tour the lights show faintly in the sky in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyReindeer Safari Levi Lapland a reindeer waits with his harness in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyReindeer Safari Levi Lapland reindeer with large antlers looks towards the camera in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyPeople cook sausages over an open fire in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyReindeer Safari Levi Lapland reindeer with large antlers in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyClose up portrait of a reindeer in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyReindeer Safari Levi Lapland a wooden sleigh lined with reindeer skin in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyReindeer Safari Levi Lapland a young reindeer eats hay from the ground in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyLevi Lapland village centre by Wild Connections PhotographyAn old man walks through the town with cross country skis in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA skier wearing a reindeer helmet with antlers in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyMenno Ekkelboom sits on an ice throne in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyCat Ekkelboom-White Lapland Wedding Photographer sits on an ice throne in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyLevi Church FinlandFrozen snow crystals on a tree branch in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyFrozen tree branches in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA silhouette of the frozen forest in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyNorthern Lights shine across the sky in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyThe aurora borealis dance across the sky in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyThe northern lights grow weaker in the sky behind the frozen trees in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyMenno Tries Cross Country Skiing in Levi LaplandCat Tries Cross Country Skiing in Levi LaplandReindeer Farm Levin Sammuntupa outside in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyReindeers graze in the forest around the Reindeer Farm Levin Sammuntupa in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA reindeer grazes on hay in the forest at Reindeer Farm Levin Sammuntupa LeviAn adult reindeer eats food from the frozen ground at the Reindeer Farm Levin Sammuntupa LeviA young reindeer calf at Reindeer Farm Levin Sammuntupa in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyA bridge in with a walking and a snowmobile track in Levi Finland by Wild Connections PhotographyCat stands outside Kittilä Airport LaplandFinnair Lapland Menno takes pictures of the planeFinnair Lapland Menno smiles at the camera after an amazing romantic getaway in Finnish LaplandFinnish Lapland view from the plane by Wild Connections Photography

Flights: Finnair via Helsinki
Apartment: Levin Kausikämpät
Husky Safari: Wingrens Dogsafaris booked via Levi Tourist Office
Reindeer Safari: Ounaskievari Ky booked  via Levi Tourist Office

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