With longer days, milder climes but still lots of snow, Easter is a wonderful time to ski Finland. Top this with events to celebrate the coming of spring – from music concerts to reindeer racing – and delicious seasonal delicacies (look out for Mammi pudding), and you’re in for a treat.
The nation’s proximity to the arctic circle keeps the climate cool at this time of year. You’ll need less layers than you would if you came in December, but the mercury usually drops enough at night-time to keep the slopes covered and let snow cannons work if need be. April tends to see the deepest snow cover and with most ski resorts staying open until May, things should be in full swing over Easter. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the white stuff, with some days seeing over 12 hours of natural light – more than double than you might find at the beginning of the ski season.
Other ski resorts might find their list of activities dwindling as spring approaches, but that’s not the case in Finland. As well as plenty of opportunity to ski and snowboard, the landscape tends to remain snowy enough to enjoy snowmobiling, husky safaris, reindeer sleigh rides and much more. It may be March or April, but there’s still the chance for Christmassy fun in the land that Santa calls home, including visiting the man himself. You’ll also find a bundle of indoor offerings, from children’s play areas to swimming pools and seriously good spas.