This Lapland village, in Finland’s northern fells, may be remote, but it certainly isn’t quiet. It’s one of Finland’s top places for skiing and snowboarding for a start, and the buzz continues off-piste in the bars and restaurants. There are also snowmobile safaris, reindeer rides, visits to Father Christmas – and chance to see the Northern Lights.
A trip to this off-the-map hotel takes you to the heart of Lapland, in Finland’s northern fell region. With its snow-covered landscape of forest and lakes, it’s like waking up in Narnia, and the tucked-away isolation only adds to the magic. And since Father Christmas lives here, there’s every chance he’ll be popping by for a visit.
Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland. It’s a small, compact city that comes with a real buzz of modern shopping malls, lively bars and restaurants serving up everything from traditional cooking to French cuisine. It’s also got the rather big draw of having Santa Claus on hand – not to mention Arctic wilderness that’s perfect for snowsports and sleigh rides.
This compact village in northern Lapland sits inside the Urho Kekkonen national park. The scenery around here is unlike any other – a true wilderness home to fells and a lake district. It’s some 250 kilometres above the Arctic Circle – you can’t get much further north than this. But though it’s remote, you’ve still got restaurants, bars and an indoor pool complex.
This Lapland resort in northern Finland is split into 2 villages on either side of a mountain. There’s just a smattering of shops and restaurants here – and that’s exactly the appeal. As for the setting, you’re surrounded by the vast Pallas-Yllas National Park, a fairytale landscape of frozen lakes and snow-covered forests.
‘Winter wonderland’ describes Luosto to a T. This button-cute village is made up of cosy log cabins scattered across a snowy fell. The scenery is textbook Lapland, with frozen lakes and rivers, wintry woodland and rolling hills blanketed in snow.
Hidden away on the north-western arm of Finland, Hetta looks like a Christmas card come to life. It’s about as far north as you can get in Europe, just 50 kilometres or so from the Arctic Ocean. In other words, it’s seriously remote – think flat-topped mountains, tiny wooden huts and a huge frozen lake.