A trip to a Finnish ski resort makes for one hell of a half term trip, whether you’re treating the clan to a Lapland adventure or just want to experience skiing in a different part of the planet. Ski superbly snow sure fells – which come dotted with fire huts to keep you warm – explore glorious wilderness and get stuck into as many winter-wonderland activities as you wish.
From top notch hotels with all the trimmings (we’re talking multiple swimming pools, spas, games rooms, restaurants and more) to cosy log cabins in the forest, accommodation in Finland’s ski resorts come in all shapes and sizes. Nearly everywhere has the Finnish staple of a sauna, and a roaring log fire can be the icing on the cake. Choose a half or full board package if you want the ease of having meals included with your stay, or opt for self-catering if you like to be the master of all mealtimes. With flights, transfers and accommodation packaged together, you have the low hassle of booking everything up in one go, and the peace of mind that it’s all protected.
Finland’s daylight hours gradually increase over the winter, and by February you usually get a good 7-8 hours of sunlight a day. The ski areas are floodlit, to make sure ski days aren’t hindered by lack of light. Temperatures warm ever so slightly, but you’ll still want to pack plenty of layers to keep out the cold. Snow-wise, conditions tend to be top-notch at this time of year, with the low temperatures keeping the white-stuff in good nick and regular natural snowfall. Slope maintenance is excellent in the main resorts, and main slopes are fitted with snow cannons to keep them topped up all season long.
If you’re here for the ski areas first and foremost, you shouldn’t be disappointed – while they aren’t as vast as others in Europe, they get excellent snow and are maintained meticulously. While some visitors spend all day skiing, others split their time between the slopes and other ventures, whether that’s meeting the real-life Santa, going on a husky, reindeer or snowmobile safari, trying ice fishing or ice swimming or heading out on horseback or snowshoe. Northern lights excursions give you the best chances of spotting the natural phenomenon, taking you out to spectacular vantage points in the middle of the wilderness. If it calls for an indoor activity, there are spas, play centres, bowling alleys and swimming pools.