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5 steps to
winter adventure

An authentic snowy winter is made for an adventure. As the experts of snow and ice Finns have learned how to enjoy this season to the fullest. An unforgettable winter holiday in arctic Finland consists of five activities.

1

Husky ride through
the snowy forest

A husky tour is an exquisite way to see the Arctic wilderness. There is something primeval in making your way through snowy landscapes with a pack of dogs. All you can hear is the panting of the dogs and swish of the runners.

-35°C

It might get a bit cold, but you’ll be geared up for it by your guide. Besides, it’s a fresh kind of cold, and you’ll hardly notice it from the excitement of being the master of your very own muscle-driven sled racer.

Do you want to get a deeper peek into life along huskies? Tinja Myllykangas is a young woman who runs a sled dog safari business in the northern part of Finnish Lapland, 180 miles from the nearest town.

Meet Tinja, the husky guide
2

Hunting for
Aurora Borealis

Finland is probably the best place to spot nature’s most spectacular light show. Nights are dark enough for northern lights viewing from late August to April.

Sami legend says the Fox runs across the Arctic fells and lights up the sky with sparks flying from its tail whirling up the snow.

The traditional ways to go Aurora spotting are snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snowmobile and sled dog touring.

If gazing at the dark sky in crispy winter air is not your thing, you can simply add comfort. Marveling the Northern Lights through the thermal glass of the igloos, lying in the comfort of your bed is something you don’t do every night.

The thrill of witnessing the Aurora Borealis is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. Some, however, get hooked and can never get enough of the blazing colours in the sky.

Read More About Aurora Hunting
3

Ice cold swim with
fire hot sauna

In the winter, the freezing temperatures provide interesting contrasts and supplementary activities to steaming hot saunas. Dipping in icy lake is not an extreme sport for masochists, but an experience that leaves you feeling fantastic and refreshed.

Even though lowering yourself into the water requires a certain amount of courage, the initial shock soon passes. As soon as you’re back on dry land your circulation kicks in and your body starts to warm up.

Healing is an integral part of sauna. After an adventurous day outdoors, the feeling of being physically and mentally clean is blissful.

Sauna is such a big part of Finnish culture it can’t be compared to anything else. For centuries, it has been a place for physical and spiritual cleansing, for getting bare in all senses of the word, and entering the core of humanity.

Get full experience of the Finnish sauna culture
4

Cruise on icebreaker

A majestic vessel, Arctic Icebreaker Sampo takes you on a truly unique cruise; the thundering sound of more than 3 500 tons of steel crushing the thick ice of the Gulf of Bothnia leaves even the most seasoned seafarers awestruck.

The colossal clash between the massive bulk of steel and the thick coat of ice is an extreme experience in its own right, but it’s not all a cruise on Sampo offers.

Floating in icy water is a totally safe activity, and you don’t need to know how to swim because the neoprene suit makes you float.

Fancy an icy dip yourself? Find out how to get on board.

The Mighty Icebreaker Sampo
5

Visiting Santa Claus

One and only Santa Claus was raised and born in the Arctic Circle in the Northern Finland. Only elves know the exact location of Santa’s toy factory, but the man in red isn’t one for hiding away.

Santa Claus Village, located on and under the Arctic Circle, offers visitors more festive fun than they can shake a candy cane at.

In an exclusive interview, Santa Claus reveals why Finnish Lapland is and will always be the best place for his headquarters.

Watch Santa's interview

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