Family Trip to Levi Resort, Finland

Updated: Sep 3

Levi is a popular ski resort close to the Arctic Circle in northern Finland. It's famous for its ski slopes and also has plenty of other activities such as snowmobiling, husky and reindeer safaris. In winter, ski enthusiasts flock here to enjoy the fresh air and snow-covered landscape. With over 60 km of pistes and slopes, there's no shortage of things to do. But there is much more to Levi than just skiing!


There are plenty of other things for families with children to do during their stay at this lovely holiday resort. Consider 10 ideas for winter opportunities in Levi below.


1. Levi is a great place for exploring Finnish Lapland with family, including borders with Norway


Levi is a great place to explore Finnish Lapland with family, including borders with Norway.

There are many reasons why you should book a trip to Levi Ski Resort in Finland. The most obvious is that it's the closest major ski resort to the Arctic Circle, which means you'll be able to enjoy some of the best snow conditions and longest hours of sunshine in Europe right there on your doorstep: all without breaking the bank!


Not only this, but if you're traveling with children then they will love exploring their own secret snow-garden away from all those big kids who think they know everything!



2. Families with children can find lots of activities in Levi throughout the year, especially in winter


A family-friendly resort, Levi offers plenty of activities throughout the year. In winter, you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Levi Ski Resort, which has 43 km of slopes. There's also skating on Lake Saimaa or cross-country skiing through the nearby forests.


If you have teenagers who like to be active in their free time, there are several sports that they can enjoy: ice hockey at Levi Ice Stadium (only open during winter) and various other sports facilities like tennis courts and swimming pools (including an indoor Olympic swimming pool). If your teenager enjoys skateboarding or rollerblading then there is a skate park nearby.


If seniors would rather socialise than play sport then there is still plenty for them to do in Levi; from guided tours around town led by locals to pottery workshops where they can make some souvenirs for themselves.


For families who want something less physical but still fun, you can head to one of the many museums, such as the Wildlife Museum or the Natural History Museum, which showcase the wild animals found in Finland's national parks: it's worth checking it out before you leave, because these museums are unique in their own way.



3. Set off on a stunningly beautiful forest trail on a husky sled!


You can visit one of three husky kennels located 20-25 minutes from the centre of Levi. All kennels are home to specially trained huskies of the Arctic-Alaskan breed. Each kennel has more than 50 dogs, including several Siberian Huskies and puppies.


You'll be able to drive your own dog sledding team on a scenic drive through the forest and over beautiful open hilly terrain. After the ride, you'll be welcomed into the owner's tepee, where you can warm up by the open fire, sip a hot drink and biscuits, and chat to the kennel master.


Be sure to take advantage of this unique family program in Levi organised by Scandinavian Travel Group!



3. Santa! Around Christmas time, Santa Claus lives in nearby Levi, and he loves kids


Santa Claus is one of the most famous people in Finland. He is a real person, not a myth!


Rovaniemi is the official home of Santa Claus in Finland. Santa lives in the Santa Claus village in Rovaniemi and he is friendly towards children, so don’t be afraid to ask him for something if you see him around Christmas time! The real Saint Nick lives there on an island with his wife, Annikki Koivu, and their eight reindeer. Visit Santa Claus villages in Rovaniemi where you can find Santa, his elves, reindeers, Christmas shops and lappish restaurants.


They also have a winter cabin in Levi where they spend their time when not delivering presents to children all over the world.

If you stay at Levi Resort during Christmas time, you can visit Santa Claus's cabin in Levi without queues (like at Santa Village), which is most preferable for young children. For this, take advantage of an exclusive program from Scandinavian Travel Group for families with young children.



4. Levi resort is great for families with young children to visit Santa in his secret cabin


Levi is great for families with children who want to experience winter fun outside their homes. If you're looking for a quieter place to stay with young children without the crowds, the ski resort of Levi is perfect!


Here you can visit the local Santa Claus in his secret Christmas home. An exclusive programme from Scandinavian Travel Group will delight young guests and give them the best Christmas experience in Lapland.


Father Christmas has a secret hideaway 15 minutes away from Levi. It's a cosy old Christmas house on the banks of the Lapland River, where Santa relaxes with his main reindeer, Rudolf.


There are no queues there because Santa is visited by groups of guests on a pre-scheduled schedule. Scandinavian Travel Group organises a transfer and tour to Santa Claus' Christmas home, accompanied by an elf.


On arrival, you will be greeted by Santa with his reindeer Rudolf and his helper Elf. Santa invites all guests into his Christmas home, sit around the crackling fireplace and listen to his Christmas story. Guests will be served gingerbread biscuits and the traditional Finnish Christmas drink mulled wine ('glöggi' non-alcoholic for children and alcoholic for adults). Younger guests get a chance to talk to Santa in private, sit on his lap and get a surprise present from him.


Have you decided to visit Santa's Christmas house for the whole family? Then book your tour in advance, right now!



5. Winter time is a great time to explore nature around Levi


The northern lights are best seen during the winter months, so this is a great time of year to visit. The aurora borealis is a natural phenomenon that occurs as charged particles from solar wind interact with Earth's magnetic field. They appear as brightly colored bands in the sky and are sometimes visible for several hours at night.



To see them, you'll need to go somewhere very dark (such as outside) and look up towards the North Star which is bright and easy to spot in the night sky.


Join us for the world's most spectacular nature show! Watch the Northern Lights dance across our dark and cold, but clear skies. Travel to Finland and experience the real Lapland thanks to Polarman's Camp program.

You're invited to a night with adventure, bonfire, warm drinks and much more. Grab this opportunity to see the Northern Lights in Lapland, hosted by an expert photographer. Follow the northern lights with a guide and capture your very own photos and videos. Book now while the offer lasts.


If you don't see any Northern Lights during your stay then don't worry! There are plenty of other things that Levi has to offer such as husky rides and reindeer sleigh rides (so cute!). You can also go snowmobiling or ice skating on frozen lakes nearby, both options will give you an experience like no other!


Reindeer safari in Finland, Lapland. Konttaniemi Reindeer Farm is a family-run farm located along the scenic Ounasjoki River, just seven kilometres from Rovaniemi. Life on our farm takes on a special atmosphere thanks to the seasonal changes taking place on the Arctic Circle.  Every day our life revolves around reindeer, even if they roam freely in the wild for some part of the year.  As our guest on the reindeer farm, you will learn about reindeer husbandry, its history and today.
Reindeer safari in Finland, Lapland

6. Take a winter road trip to Levi through Lapland


Levi is a good place to start a road trip. The town of Levi is located in central Finland, near the Norway border. There are lots of things to do in Levi and you can stop at many places along your way.


One option is the Father Christmas village we wrote about above, also known as Corvatunturi. This village is home to Santa Claus (Joulupukki), who lives here with his wife Mrs. Claus (Mamma Joulupukki). You can visit them at their cottage or take photos with them outside their home during open hours when they're not busy preparing for Christmas Eve festivities later that evening…