Finland: Winter Experiences, Northern Lights, Glass Igloos, Glass Resorts, Snow – Ice Hotels, Luxury Suites, Villas and Lodges

Sleep under the Northern Lights:

In Finland, nature’s most spectacular light show, the Northern Lights also called “Aurora Borealis”, can be viewed in a range of purpose-built spaces from glass igloos to luxury suites.

The Northern Lights are visible on roughly 200 nights a year – or every other clear night – in Finnish Lapland. The more 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. Scroll down for places that offer comfort, luxury and make it easy for you to experience and sleep under the Northern Lights.

In Finland, nights are dark enough for Northern Lights viewing from late August to April. Seeing them requires clear skies and just a bit of luck. Chances of catching them get better the further north you go.

OCTOLA, Rovaniemi

Octola Private Wilderness is a year-round, exclusive luxury retreat with its own private wilderness and wildlife. The aim is not to offer you simply the accommodation, but a tranquil sensation of being one with the surrounding wilderness. What they have created is a new, next generation private travel concept, letting you to linger in utmost privacy. Your stay in Octola Private Wilderness is fully catered and comes with a selection of local experiences that let you fully immerse in the local way of life.

Octola Private Wilderness consists an ultra-luxury Octola Lodge and Octola Villa.

The Octola Lodge has 10 bedrooms with en-suite facilities. You can choose from fully-serviced options of renting the entire property or a wing 4 or 6 en-suite bedrooms. The Octola Villa has 2 bedrooms with en-suite facilities.

It is 20min driving distance with car from the international Airport at Rovaniemi in Lapland. Alternatively it is 1hr driving on snowmobile or 3hrs on husky dog sledding. It is also reachable by reindeers, but it takes longer.

In Octola Private Wilderness you would get to enjoy your own outdoor jacuzzi, a private gym, unique hand-carved wood-burning sauna, a brand-new Karhu Barbecue place and the Northern lights observation point with glass teepee which is perfect for Northern lights gazing.

APUKKA AURORA BOREALIS RESORT, Rovaniemi

This wilderness resort, just a short distance from Rovaniemi and Santa’s Village, is the latest in a recent line of innovative hotels to spring up in this beautiful corner of Finnish Lapland. But what makes this latest offering unique is the variety of accommodation options – ice cabins, aurora domes, suites, apartments, villa and even portable luxury wagons. All this combined with an equally impressive, and eclectic, programme of excursions, ranging from Arctic Circle snowshoe hikes to a sauna on skis.

AURORA CABINS
Gaze at the Arctic sky from the comfort of your bed. Imagine spending the whole night in a warm bed under the open sky. In our Aurora Cabin Glass Igloos the beds are positioned towards the sky providing you a great chance to witness the magical Auroras shimmering and dancing above.

VILLA APUKKA
Accommodation in a beautiful, historical Lappish house with high-quality, Scandinavian-style furnishing. This historical house, built in 1948, is located in the midst of nature, next to the lake, yet less than 100 meters from Apukka Resorts main building. Villa Apukka offers 3-bedrooms is ideal for group of friends or families with children. You’ll have the whole house and its big yard in your private use, so you can really enjoy your stay with intimate comfort.

AURORA WAGONS

Spend a night in Aurora Wagon on a snowy hilltop or on a frozen lake, exactly on the Arctic Circle! The Aurora Wagon is absolutely the most spectacular and atmospheric way to experience the Arctic wilderness – exclusively available at Apukka! The wagon presents a great chance to enjoy the Northern Lights!

ICE HOTEL EXPERIENCE

In Apukka, you can feel like you’re in the middle of the movie Frozen by spending the night in one of the Ice Cabins. As the name suggests, they are built from logs that are 100% pure ice. If you want to go home with an unbelievable story to tell, look no further. The Ice Cabins are truly unique, and available only in Apukka Resort.

Apukka Resort is located just 15 minutes (18 km) from Rovaniemi city center and 10 minutes (10 km) from Rovaniemi airport or Santa Claus Village.

ARCTIC SNOW HOTEL AND GLASS IGLOOS, Rovaniemi:

Snow Hotel and Glass Igloos are located on the Arctic Circle at an approximate distance of 26 kilometres from the town of Rovaniemi in Finland.

GLASS IGLOO:

The glass-roofed igloos provide you the opportunity to sleep beneath the starry skies and the Northern Lights. The 360-degree glass roof of the Glass Igloo provides you with the best possible views of the heavenly magic of the skies. Experience the wonder of the Glass Igloo and Lapland’s nature!

Each igloo is extremely well heat insulated to ensure guests are not bothered by the cold in even the coldest of times at night – the temperature is the same as in normal hotel rooms. The roof of the igloo is made from electrically heated glass, which means the glass will not cool the space; rather it maintains evenly distributed warmth while melting all the snow and ice off the roof to give you excellent view to the sky.

In addition, the igloo has underfloor heating. The beds in the igloo are motorized, which makes it possible for you to easily adjust the optimal position for sleeping or viewing the skies.

SNOW HOTEL:

The Snow Hotel sleeps upto 70 guests and is one of the largest in the Nordic region. This spectacularly handsome building is carved each year to be different in appearance.

The walls and furniture surfaces of the unique rooms are decorated with ice art and illuminated artwork. The room temperature is 0–5C°, but using the sleeping bags intended for extreme conditions combined with reindeer furs, you can be sure you will stay in warmth and comfort.

Located on the shores of the lake, the moonlight, stars and Northern Lights illuminate the Lappish nature. You will experience a good night’s sleep as the Aurora Alarm searches the skies for you.

The hotel is located in the winter capital of North Finland, Rovaniemi and the hotel area lies on the shores of Lake Lehtojärvi in the village of Sinettä, only 35 km from Rovaniemi airport.

LEVIN IGLUT IGLOOS BY GOLDEN CROWN, Levi

If you love cozying up as snow gathers outside of your window, Levin Iglut is the place for you. Each igloo is not only spacious but also equipped with heated non-fogging glass, air conditioning, a kitchen, shower, and toilet. There’s even Wi-Fi for those who want to share every bit of their adventure on social media!

Spending the night in Levin Iglut igloos is magical. You can fall asleep in a luxurious warm bed on a fell slope admiring the Arctic starry sky – and, if you want, you don’t have to leave the igloo at any point during your stay.

An abundant breakfast buffet in our atmospheric restaurant Aurora Sky is included in the price of the night in an igloo. You can choose either our 53 m² Suite Igloo with an outdoor jacuzzi and private terrace, Prime Superior Igloo with stunning views to the valley, or cozy Superior Igloo with extra bed.

The closest airport is Kittilä airport (KTT), only 15 min away from the Levin Iglut – Golden Crown.

NORTHERN LIGHTS RANCH, near Levi

Northern Lights Ranch is a unique accommodation, restaurant and activity facility located 15 km from Levi Ski Resort and 30 km from Kittilä airport.

Northern Lights Ranch offers an unique form of accommodation in its 16 Sky View Cabins. They all feature huge glass windows and heated glass roofs making them ideal for viewing the exquisite surrounding nature and the Northern sky. They have 4 different types of Sky View Cabins available for bookings.

Because of its remote location away from artificial light, it offers the best chance to experience the amazing Northern Lights, which are often visible from September until April.

Northern Lights Ranch is situated at an optimal location for experiencing the Northern Lights. The area is easily accessible from the services of Levi Ski Resort (15 km) and Kittilä airport (30 km), yet based on satellite measurements it´s unaffected by light pollution.

LEVI SPIRIT LUXURY VILLAS, Kittilä/Levi


The Levi Spirit villas subtly blend in with the unique landscape of Lapland. Modern design
mingles with only the best natural materials and the large windows bring the serene
surroundings indoors to form a part of the decor. The luxurious furnishing adds to the comfort and provides the finishing touches on the dignified surroundings while the specialty of our villas, the atmospheric non-heated Kammiroom, invites you to enjoy yourself around an open flame.

The nine Levi Spirit villas are located on the calm side of the Levi fell by the freely flowing Ounasjoki River, surrounded by the unique nature of Taalovaara. The experiences of Lapland open up right from the villa’s doorstep: a cross-country track runs around the edge of the villa area, there is easy access to snowmobile routes and the nearest ski lift is only 1200 meters away. The vibrant center of Levi can be reached by car in 10 minutes while the Kittilä airport is only 15 minutes away.

Each Villa has a Living area of 256 m2, and total area of 458.5 m2. It can accommodate max 10 persons – 4 en-suite bedrooms and a loft each for two persons.

The internationally competitive, premium-tier restaurant offering is one of Levi’s greatest
strengths. The Levi Spirit brings the entire selection to your villa. The gourmet dishes will be served at the time of your choosing. If you so desire, a visiting chef can finish the meal in your own kitchen. Do you need a butler, bartender or waiters? With Levi Spirit, everything is possible.

LEVI ‘N’ SKY LUXURY VILLA, Levi:

Levi ‘n’ Sky Luxury Villa is unique 300 sqm 5-star ski chalet in Levi’s prestigious Utsuvaara-neighborhood. Located on top of a 360m foothill, the villa offers majestic outlook to the beautiful Lapland scenery. The villa is surrounded by natural rock formations, an everlasting reminder of the previous Ice Age.

You can enjoy these views from the large wall-size windows and outdoor patio. Escape the cold in the premium jacuzzi, look up and see the dance of Northern Lights!

With its first class interior design and high-end equipment, Levi ‘n’ Sky Luxury Villa is the perfect choice for unforgettable vacation

It offers 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 living rooms, fully equipped kitchen, huge views over Lapland scenery, outdoor jacuzzi.

LUXURY LODGE L 7, Ylläs

The L7 Luxury Lodge is located on the shores of both river and lake, neighboring the Ylläs-Pallas National Park and is surrounded by over 28 hectares of private forest. The 7-bedroom lodge lies beautifully on the shore of Lake Kukaslompolo with the nature directly on your doorstep.

They offer accommodation in a genuine Kelo Lodge, exclusive programs for high-end customers with a host/hostess service, a wide variety of activities in the Lappish nature and relaxation in a sauna with a jacuzzi etc.

Nature is on your doorstep: Snowshoe or cross country ski direct from the lodge into the peaceful surroundings. Snowmobile, husky and reindeer safaris are available with the Lodge’s guides.

The Lodge is suitable both for couples and small groups.

The closest airport is Kittila.

Lake Inari Aurora Hut at Wilderness Hotel Nangu: THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY LUXURY CAMPING

Lake Inari Aurora Hut offers you a once-in a life time premium accommodation. This unique accommodation welcomes you closer to the authentic outdoor experience than ever before.

This eco hut is located on the iconic Lake Inari, only few hundred meters from the resort’s main building. The hut has a double bed with a view to the Northern sky. This luxury camping accommodation offers dry toilet inside the hut. There is no shower or running water in the hut but they offer sauna and shower facilities in the main building.

With its exclusive landscape, spectacular views and fun activities, Nangu is an extraordinary holiday destination. Discover the region above the Arctic Circle and witness the awesome spectacle of the Northern Lights in this unforgettable place.

Closest airport is Ivalo and it takes 30 mins to reach Nangu.

AURORA DOMES, Torassieppi

Spend an extraordinary night glamping under the northern lights. A night in Aurora Dome is a unique way to experience the nature.

The comfortable and warm Dome is a perfect place to enjoy the magical winter scenery of lake Torassieppi lit by the northern lights.

The Aurora Dome is a round igloo-shaped tent with Lappish themed decoration and one
transparent wall. The Domes are completely insulated and a fireplace with an open fire gives out both warmth and comforting ambiance.

The Domes are situated by the cabin village of Torassieppion the bank of lake Torassieppi in Lapland. The transparent walls of the Dome are facing north to insure the best possible view of the starlit sky and the ever elusive northern lights over the frozen lake.

Mod cons e.g. toilet, shower and sauna are within 50m easy walking distance. The Domes have beds for two but can also accommodate two extra beds.

Closest airport is Kittila.

Eagle View Suite at Hotel Iso-Syöte


The Eagle View Suite (55 m²) is a unique and exclusive suite located on top of Iso-Syöte fell. Because the walls and even the roof are made of glass, there is a connection with the beautiful nature. Enjoy a free view over surrounding hills, forests and the sky.

In the Eagle View Suite there is a unique chance to admire the midnight sun in the summer or a million stars in the winter – and if you are lucky, the dance of the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis.

A spacious suite divided into two floors. On the ground floor the living room with a cosy fireplace to share a drink and some special moments together, seats and sofas, a bathroom with own private sauna.

A tree is growing in the middle going up to the second floor. The branches of the tree will hold the nest with the comfortable round double bed. Lying on the bed or while enjoying a relaxing bath in the jacuzzi, you can overlook the unspoiled nature all around you, like an eagle, admire the scenery and almost touch the sky….

The glass façade and roof will guarantee the splendid “Eagle’s View”!

Hotel Iso-Syöte is located in the southern border of Lapland, on the top of the southernmost fell in Finland. The hotel is within easy reach by car or via Oulu, Kuusamo or Rovaniemi airports.

ARCTIC LAND ADVENTURE GLASS IGLOOS, Kilpisjärvi


Vasara Reindeer Ranch is in the heart of Sámiland where tending to reindeer is a Sámi way of life based on tradition and where the traditional lifestyle is still very much alive. The Ranch is perched at the edge of a vast wilderness area, on the shore of a lake of crystal water and at the foot of a gently rolling mountain, both of which bear the same name, Peera.


The Reindeer Ranch Glass Igloos offer a spectacular view to the lake, to the sky and the myriad of shades of the arctic light from the comfort and privacy of your bed. In spring and in summer the fabled nightless nights. In autumn and in winter the mysterious polar nights and the spellbinding northern lights.

The Glass Igloos are ideal for savouring the beauty of arctic nature. The location is exceptional on lake shore at an authentic and secluded Sámi reindeer herding ranch. An exquisite experience never to be forgotten!

The four spacious igloos feature all the amenities you would expect of a well-appointed hotel room, in addition to the incredible view, which is made possible by the glass roof.

Kilpisjärvi is located in the far north, at the remotest northwestern corner where Finland meets with Norway and Sweden.

NORTHERN LIGHTS VILLAGE, Saariselkä

The Northern Lights Village provides a unique opportunity to experience the magnificence of the Northern Lights and the wild nature of Lapland at close range, without sacrificing comfort.

The Aurora Cabins at the Northern Lights Village are a magical way to experience the wintry star-filled sky and the Northern Lights, while lying comfortably in the warm bed. The laser-heated glass-roof opens up into the northern sky, directly above the bed.

All the activities in the Northern Lights Village begin in the yard outside and the restaurant Kota is only a stone’s throw away. The services at the center of Saariselkä, such as the store, the spa, and restaurants are only a 350 meter walk away while on the other side, the cabins are lined by uninhabited fells and forests.

Direct flights are available from Helsinki to Ivalo Airport.

JÁVRI LODGE, Saariselkä


A place so special that it was the source of inspiration for Urho Kekkonen, the longest serving President of Finland. Located in Saariselkäis, the wilderness of Lapland with vast lakes and forests, where you can experience northern lights, coldness, darkness, and in summer a never-setting sun as summer replaces winter.

Jávri Lodge is a boutique hotel in the small village of Saariselkä, which lies in the far north of Finland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle.

It is the most luxurious boutique hotel in Lapland, which can host 26 guests in 13 rooms. The rooms have been meticulously designed using a blend of natural, locally sourced, and recycled materials, and complimented with minimalist furnishing in neutral tones.

SKYVIEW DOUBLES
Situated on the upper floor with 3.2 metres high floor-to-ceiling windows, Skyview Doubles offer magnificent view out onto the never-ending wilderness.

They deliver a complete boutique experience for adults only consisting of purity of nature, local delicacies, luxurious accommodation and great Nordic outdoors tailored to your wishes. At the center of it all is a traditionally built chalet with the highest aesthetic and functional quality.

The guests at JAVRI enjoy dedicated, personalised treatment with the same spirit and tradition as in the presidential beginnings.

It is located less than 30 minutes from Ivalo Airport (IVL).

SKÁBMA, Saariselkä – The best private stay in Lapland.

Skábma, a 7-bedroom premium loghouse nestled by the UrhoKekkonen National Park in Saariselkä, Lapland offers quality time with friends, family. Everyday hustle and bustle are conspicuously absent in Skábma.

All seven bedrooms have their own bathrooms with shower and drying cabinets for outdoor clothes – they come in handy after a day of wild Lapland adventures.

Timeless Finnish design classics are the building blocks of interior design in Skábma. The warm atmosphere inside the chalet emanates the silence and peacefulness of Northern Lapland which unfolds right outside the doorstep.

In Skábma, your privacy is guaranteed. Nobody else but you and your company are staying inside the thick log walls. Owner and host, local native Kaisu looks after you all day but does not stay on the premises. Kaisu is available to you 24/7 as she lives only a stone’s throw away from Skábma.

It is located less than 20 minutes from Ivalo Airport (IVL).

ARCTIC FOX IGLOOS, Ranua


According to an old Finnish folktale, Northern Lights are born as the arctic fox swipes the side of a fell with its tail, thus creating sparks on the northern skies.

The Arctic Fox Igloos in Ranua, in the Finnish Lapland, are named in the honour of the animal arctic fox; the Igloos offer ideal conditions for observing and admiring the northern skies and its phenomena.

Arctic Fox Igloos are located on the peaceful shores of the lake Ranuanjärvi, far from city light pollution. The Igloos have been built on the lake shores in such a manner that each offers an unobstructed view across the open lake to the far-reaching northern horizons. The heating of the glass-panels prevent the frosting over of the glass surfaces and the snow from remaining on top of the Igloo. The glass igloos are equipped with all modern conveniences including a sauna.

Closest airport is Rovaniemi Airport.

SEASIDE GLASS VILLAS, Kemi


These villas are located by the frozen sea in the Snow Castle area in the city of Kemi. They offer incredible view all year round through the glass roof and huge windows.

Experience all four seasons:
A vast open field of frozen sea opens in front of the villas in the winter months and with luck you can see the spectacular, colorful Northern Lights.

During the spring you can observe the fascinating transformation as nature wakes up after a long winter: the sea melts and birds return to Lapland in large flocks.

Enjoy the white night magic of the endless summer days and experience the thebeautiful rich colors in the autumn.

The nearest airport is Kemi Tornio Airport, 8 km from Seaside Glass Villa.

Snow Hotel in the Kemi Snow Castle:


Make your dream come true and spend the snowy night in the true Winter Wonderland surrounded by massive pure white snow walls in -5 degrees Celsius.

The Snow Hotel is built completely out of snow. Overnight in this hotel will surely give you one of the most unique Arctic experiences! The comfortable bed a lambskin cover and a sleeping bag designed for arctic conditions ensures a good night sleep.

Toilets, showers, dressing room, luggage room and a warm lounge area in a separate building. Snow Castle staff at your service 24 hours. Instructions for overnight in the snow room provided by our staff.

RUKA VILLAS, Ruka-Kuusamo


Ruka luxury holiday chalets are situated in peaceful settings surrounded by wonderful
wilderness landscapes, and they provide a perfect place for an unforgettable trip to RukaKuusamo, Finland.

The 12 chalets will meet the expectations of the most demanding traveller. All the chalets have luxurious interior design and panoramic postcard view over the lakes, slopes and hills.

The chalets are located on large, private sites with an easy distance to the services of Ruka holiday village and close together.

The Villa chefs provide you with gourmet pleasures and aesthetic experiences par excellence, be it in your holiday villa or in the Studio Restaurant Tundra.

The Ruka-Kuusamo area is located close to Finland’s eastern border and the Arctic Circle, only an hour’s flight from Helsinki. The nearest airport is Kuusamo at a distance of approximately 20km.

Ruka is one of the most popular ski resorts in Finland. The ski season lasts over 200 days. The varying terrain of Ruka’s 30 ski slopes offers great skiing for skiers of all levels, from beginners to professionals. There is also a wide range of other winter activities available at Ruka.

TEEPEE WILDERNESS MOBILE CAMP, Finnish Lapland

A unique wilderness camp in Finland’s wild north, this collection of teepees bring a slice of luxury and adventure to experience stay under canvas.

Lapland is the traditional origin of the kotas or Teepees used by nomadic reindeer herders and this remains Finland’s most attractive wilderness. The heated luxury tent lets you to access any private location in the spectacularly beautiful wilderness of Finnish Lapland. Yet the accommodation is provided with five-star comfort, including hotel- quality bed linen and private chef and butler services.

Winter Experiences in Finland:

Photo Credits: Lapland Safaris

SNOWMOBILING ACTIVITIES
Experience the thrill of driving a snowmobile through snowy forests and over frozen lakes and rivers. You will find a selection of snowmobile safaris range from 2 to 6 hours so you can choose an excursion best suited for you.

NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPERIENCES
Lapland is the perfect destination to witness one of nature’s most spectacular phenomenos – the Northern Lights. On average the Aurora Borealis appear in the sky about 200 times a year, so there are plenty of opportunities to spot them. During winter season you can choose to embark on your northern lights excursion on snowmobiles, with reindeers or on snowshoes.

FINNISH SAUNA EXPERIENCES IN LAPLAND
Finns love their saunas and the entire sauna culture. Therefore, saunas can be found almost everywhere and in every shape and form. There are, for instance, wooden, smoke, electric and ice saunas.

ACTIVITIES WITH HUSKIES
Meet the huskies! They are one of the most amazing Arctic Animals. Discover the peace and tranquility of the Lappish nature on an exotic safari and excursion riding a husky sled during winter time.

A husky safari is a truly thrilling experience, especially when you have the chance to be a musher in control of your own team of dogs. Experience the excitement of the dogs as they eagerly wait to pull you at a speedy pace through the breathtaking Lappish scenery.

SAFARIS AND ACTIVITIES WITH REINDEER
Reindeer are for sure one of the most famous inhabitants of Lapland. Meet these amazing Arctic animals and discover the peace and tranquility of the Lappish nature on a Reindeer safari excursion.

In winter time, follow in the footsteps of the Sami people as you travel in the age old way; on a reindeer pulled sleigh. The most traditional and peaceful way to move through the silent Lappish nature.

FISHING & ICE FISHING IN LAPLAND
Lakes and rivers are an excellent source of food in Lapland and fishing has been a major part of the Lappish culture year-round.

During winter season you experience ice-fishing safaris that take you to a remote frozen lake that you will reach by snowmobile. In the breathtaking, peaceful surroundings you break the ice and try your luck at ice fishing. A break by the open fire is the perfect way to warm up with a hot drink and warm meal while hearing stories of the biggest catch.

SNOWSHOES EXCURSIONS
A fantastic and active way to enjoy the pure nature of Lapland is trekking on snowshoes. Reach some of the most spectacular and untouched spots of beauty, breathe fresh air, and listen to the silence.

Some of our snowshoe excursions are done during evening time, giving you the perfect chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, if of-course you get lucky.

WINTER FAT BIKING IN LAPLAND
Choose your riding style from mountain bikes, cyclo-cross bikes or fat bikes. Fat bikes are bicycles with extra wide tyres, making riding easier and more ecological in the forest and on soft trails, even on snow.

DOWNHILL SKIING
The fells of Lapland provide an amazing environment for enjoying the scenery and feeling the speed at the same time. Downhill skiing is a popular sport and pastime activity, which brings thousands of people to the North every year.

You can experience Downhill Skiing in three different ski resorts: Ylläs in Äkäslompolo, Olos in Luosto and Ounasvaara in Rovaniemi.

LAPPISH FOOD & DINING EXPERIENCES
Local ingredients and pure Northern flavors take you to an amazing journey through different Lappish traditions and bring exquisite pleasures to your palette. Explore these gastronomic experiences on your trip to Finland.

When you walk around in the Lappish nature, what do you see? Reindeer, Arctic char, lichen, berries. These pure, local ingredients are the cornerstones of Northern food culture and traditions. In the North, the food comes directly from nature. The flavors are immaculate and our ingredients are of the highest quality.

LOCAL CULTURE EXPERIENCES
The local lifestyle of the North is strongly connected with nature as the Finns have a close relationship with their surroundings. These experiences introduce you to everything that life in Lapland is made of.

You will experience the silence, beauty and importance of the Lappish nature all the while learning some fascinating new wilderness skills!

Special Winter Experiences in Finland:

LAPLAND DRIVING, Levi and Rovaniemi – ”THE THRILL OF SPEED – ARCTIC DRIVING”


Combine the exotic North with the thrill of speed by spending a day in Finnish Lapland driving around the snowiest Arctic landscape in Europe! Visit Lapland Driving for a memorable winter driving day, to perform vehicle and tire testing.

Driving Centre in Rovaniemi: Located right on the Arctic Circle, highly modern Rovaniemi Driving Center is located only 10 minutes by car from Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland. Rovaniemi Driving Center is a versatile driving event environment all the year round.

Levi Rally Centre and Area X: The Rally Centre of 550 000 m2, located in frostiest Scandinavia, features a diversity of tracks designed for testing and training activities. It is divided into four private driving areas.

Area X Levi comprises two separate areas surrounded by great rows of fells only 15 minutes by car from Levi Ski Resort. A broad range of track options with a diversity of driving programmes is available.

JUHA KANKKUNEN DRIVING ACADEMY, Kuusamo


” The ultimate ice driving experience on the most outstanding snow and ice circuits”
Juha Kankkunen 4-time Rally World Champion and his team welcome you to experience the ultimate winter sport driving.


All of their driving programs are tailored to match the needs of clients, for beginners or the most advanced drivers, they will ensure that you will be pushed to your limits, improve your driving skills on the challenging terrain and have a lot of fun.


With over 12 years’ experience their professional team focuses on delivering personal, premium and exclusive tailor-made experiences. So whatever your requirements they can take care of it to ensure that you have an unforgettable time at the Juha Kankkunen Driving Academy.

Finland. One of the world’s most northerly countries, the top of which lies north of the Arctic Circle. With temperatures that reach far below freezing, it offers the ideal conditions for pure driving pleasure.

About Northern Lights:

WHEN TO SEE

Timewise auroras tend to show up between 8-12 pm. During bigger aurora storms the time window can stretch up 4pm-07am. When auroras show up they stay in the sky at least for 10-30mins. They tend to pulsate making small shows with brighter colours and speed. Then they calm down to a single arc in the north sky.

Auroras occur quite evenly throughout the year, although the rate is slightly higher during spring and autumn than during winter and summer. However, in summer the nights are generally too light for seeing the auroras. Especially so in Lapland, where the sun does not set at all during a period around midsummer. Considering also the weather, the best time for seeing auroras in Northern Finland is in March and early April.

Tips for aurora watching:

Find a dark, open place preferably far away from town lights. As auroras are most often seen on the northern sky, try to find an unrestricted view at least toward the northern horizon.

Optimal weather for watching auroras, dark and cloudless night, is practically always cold in Finland. Dress very warmly.

Lying on a mattress may be a more comfortable way to gaze up than bending your neck backward for lengthy times.

You can click on this LINK to find out if your choice of location is away from Light Pollution.

Watch a video

Researcher Sini Merikallio explains the basics of northern lights or aurora borealis in 3 minutes.

How to Book:

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