On Monday I’m going on an incredible trip to Finland, with one of my favourite blogger friends – Monica from The Travel Hack. 

We’re flying to Kittila, and then onto Yllas and Levi. Sooo north. Almost the most north I’ve ever been, but looks like my trip to Tromso in Norway just trumps it. We’ve got the most amazing itinerary, featuring everything you’d want for a snowy adventure in the Arctic wilderness. 

Going to Finland

Of course, you go that north and you start thinking about the Northern Lights, well I do anyway. To be honest, they’re not looking that promising, in April, but I’m holding out hope that the skies will be awash with greens and purples when we arrive.

Bit like this… 

This last week it’s been -5C. Monday is a high of -2 and a low of -12. I’ve bought a new ski coat, with extra warmth, and some new super duper ski trousers too. And alllll the thermals. Must. Stay. Warm. 

Finland next week

The main aim of the trip is to ski, something I haven’t done for two years. Hopefully it’s like riding a bike. We’re going to be skiing around between Yllas and Levi, and checking out a few of the other snowy activities too. 

Can I show you the basics of the itinerary… ?

Yllas

“Ylläs is located 150 km north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, in Scandinavia. Ylläs has many different kind of activities to offer, variety of services, events and new experiences for you on your holiday. Travel and tourism lives strongly in the area and the local people are genuine. There is two different lappish villages in the area; Äkäslompolo village and Ylläsjärvi village. There are total of 850 persons living in the area. Ylläs and its people welcomes you to our lives!”

First night we’re staying at the Lapland Hotels Saaga. Lapland! The ski gondola is right next to the hotel and the fact that the scenery is so incredible is well enforced. A day on the slopes followed by some sauna time? Yes please.

Honestly, it looks incredible. Obviously I’m going to be filming and photographing for my Instagram Stories at @VickyFlipFlop, so make sure you follow along. Also hoping to get some drone shots of it doesn’t die in the freezing temperatures. 

Lainio Snow Village – a whole village made from snow and ice! Including, an Ice Bar, an Ice Chapel, a slide and a labyrinth of corridors and cool places to discover.

Yllas Ski Resort – we’re downhill skiing at the largest ski resort in Finland.

Fat bike tour – yesssahh! Never done this, wanted to for ages, fat bike cycling in the snow of Pallas-Ylläs National Park.

Ice hole swimming – oh dear. Thankfully there’s a sauna afterwards.

Amazing restaurants – sautéed reindeer – would you hate me if I ate it?

Sport Resort Yllas – ski slopes 3km long with no walking in between! And a gondola that gets you to the top in 7 minutes.

Snowshoeing in Kesanki – never done that either. Website promises sausages on the fire half way through, worth it for that.

Spas – yes. All of them please.

Levi

“Levi is the largest ski and recreational resort of Finland. It is situated in Lapland, 170 km north of the Arctic Circle and Rovaniemi City. The resort has got a wide range of winter and summer activities to offer: snowmobile, husky and reindeer safaris, hiking, canoeing, cycling, just a couple to be mentioned. The restaurants range from fast-food and Lappish culinary delicacies to fine dining experiences. The resort is compact having all the necessary holiday services within walking distance.”

Visit to the Levi igloos – those ones that don’t actually look real, but turns out they are.

Elves Hideaway – one of the darkest places you’ll ever go, perfect for seeing the Northern Lights and hearing about the folklore that’s so prevalent in Finnish culture.

Guided downhill skiing – using a chairlift with heated seats, ooooo!

Ice karting – O. M. G.

Northern Lights snowshoeing – double, triple, O. M. G.

Next week

So that’s where I’ll be from Tuesday, for a week, if you need me. 

It’s gonna be ffuuuuun!

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