Things to do & see in Yllas
Finnish Lapland is known for having a whole host of winter activities and attractions, and Ylläs is no exception. You’ll find all kinds of opportunities here, whether you prefer adrenaline and adventure, peace and tranquillity or a bit of both. Situated right in the heart of Lapland, one of the major attractions is the chance to meet Santa Claus himself – always a good opportunity for some magical memories if you have little ones in tow.
There are also loads of winter sports activities available. More popular ones include skiing (both downhill and cross country), snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Then you’ve got the slightly more unique pursuits like ice fishing, ice swimming and winter windsurfing, which are sure to provide many an interesting story when you return home. Other highlights are reindeer and husky safaris, as well as the chance to visit a village made entirely of snow!
Lainio Snow Village
Each year around 100 truckloads of snow are transformed into the amazing Lainio Snow Village near Ylläs, complete with a hotel, restaurant, bar and even a chapel!
Horse rides can be taken all year round in Ylläs, with horses here naturally adapted to cope with the snowy conditions. This is an amazingly peaceful way to get out into the surroundings and up close and personal with nature.
Both villages at Ylläs have central lakes where you can try your hand at ice fishing, and there are plenty of lakes in the surrounding wilderness if you prefer a more remote location. Common catches to be had here include perch, brown trout, rainbow trout and arctic char.
If you’re feeling REALLY brave, try a spot of ice swimming. This crazy pursuit usually starts off in a lakeside sauna, before you plunge into an ice hole. Don’t worry, though, the sauna is still waiting for you when you get out – and ice swimming is actually known as a great way to de-stress.
Winter windsurfing is one of the more unusual activities on offer at Ylläs, but it is amazing fun all the same. Think a combination of a windsurfing rig and a pair of skis, and you’re getting close – the locals say it’s easier than doing it on water, too!
The Northern Lights are one of the most incredible natural events in the world, and there are few better places to see them than Ylläs. Venture out into the night on snowmobiles, snowshoes or a sled and you could soon find yourself under a magical, luminous green sky.