The town of Ylläs in Finnish Lapland is located about 200km north of the Arctic Circle and is a popular winter destination for the Finnish people. With its fells, lakes and expansive forests, there’s nature in abundance and a host of winter activities to keep anyone busy! I went snow-shoeing, husky-sledding, sat in a sauna gondola (!!), slept in an icy bed, floated in a frozen lake and even saw the northern lights! In the town centre, big blocks of snow are carved into beautiful sculptures depicting typical tales from Lapland. Blank blocks are left for the kids to carve their own pictures and scenes.
The Snow Village in Lainio, Finnish Lapland, is built every year of snow and ice and consists of individual rooms, a restaurant and bar and a chapel. It is an amazing sight and was one of the highlights of my trip to Ylläs. One of the first things I did when I checked into the village was have a shot of vodka from an ice glass at the Ice Bar!
Read the accompanying post: ‘Inside the Snow Village‘.
One of the most popular activities in Finnish Lapland is a trek on a husky-sled. It’s in my opinion the best way to enjoy the stunning winter landscapes, from the frozen lakes to the snowy forests. And the huskies are simply beautiful!