Sick of seeing the same old holidays and resorts on website after website? If so perhaps it is time to hunt for an experience away from the norm with a trip to Finland. The northern European gem is as intriguing a place as it is cold, and it gets very cold.
With the capital, Helsinki in the south and Lapland in the Arctic north, there is a lot of exploring for the traveller who enjoys the unusual. Whether it is solitary skiing, husky dog safaris, saunas or the magical lure of Father Christmas and his reindeer, Finland has it all.
If the idea of a winter holiday without a spot of skiing makes you quake, fear not. Crystal Ski operates two resorts in the north of the country with options for beginners and experts. The resort of Iso Syöte is the perfect place for beginners to learn their way around the slopes. Home to accessible inclines for the majority; it is a great place for families to ski together.
Understandably, some may prefer more testing gradients, in which case booking one of the ski packages to the resort of Ruka would be highly recommended. With links to intermediate and advanced runs on mountain slopes that rarely crowd, skiers can revel in the picturesque solitude of it all. Nightlife comes in the form of the hotel disco and a clutch of bars nearby, but with arctic activities like cross country walking and snowmobiles by day, sleep might be the only entertainment needed by night.
If you don’t want to ski then Finland’s winter resorts have plenty of other eclectic activities to keep the excitement pumping. Visitors who want to experience Finland at its most traditional are heavily catered for. How about a husky safari? Guides will take you through the pristine snow capped landscape as you witness the untouched majesty of the Finnish landscape.
Following your safari it might be time to take a rest, which in this case might involve laying back and scanning the sky for the Northern Lights. Nature’s greatest light show sparkles above Lapland frequently.
It isn’t merely the Northern Lights that make Crystal Ski holidays so special of course. There is also the small matter of Father Christmas and his reindeer to fawn over. Okay, you might not see the real Santa Claus but for families, the trip holds an unmistakable magic and reindeer trips are available.
Some people are certain to worry about the temperatures in northern Finland, but in a country with over one million saunas, there’s bound to be one just a snowball’s throw from wherever you stay. Apart from that just remember to pack the appropriate clothing to fend off the chills.
Unfortunately the Finnish theme park of Moomin World is much further south in Naantali, however, with so many natural wonders in the north it certainly won’t be missed.