Finnish Lapland is as close as reality gets to those who dream of a winter wonderland. Lapland hostels give you a chance to discover the beauty of this country and the popular ski resorts in Lapland. The ski season starts in late October, and high season spans from February until the snow melts in early May. Finland is also one of the best places on Earth to spot the Northern Lights – they appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland.

Kuusamo – the winter wonderland

Kuusamo is known for its natural beauty. Fells and forests reach as far as the eye can see, a wilderness split by lakes, rivers and rapids. Ruka is one of the biggest ski resorts in Finland and has been chosen the Best Ski Resort in Finland for several times. It´s very easy to see why: the slopes are well-maintaned, snow secure and versatile.

Stay at Hostel Nuoriso- ja luontomatkailukeskus Oivanki. Ruka slopes are only a 20 km drive away and Oulanka National Park with its nature attractions and hiking trails is also nearby.

Oulanka National Park. Photo: Vesa Kilpivaara
Saariselkä – the northernmost ski resort in Europe

The legendary Saariselkä is the northernmost travel destination in the European Union and boasts a variety of services. Spanning the slopes of two fells, the ski resort offers 15 slopes of varying difficulty, including a Freestyle Park. Within the Saariselkä area alone, there are 200 kilometres of well-maintained cross-country skiing pistes.

Stay at Hostel Ahopää between Ahopää and Kiilopää hills, next to the Urho Kekkonen National Park. Skiing tracks start from the courtyard.

Kiilopää. Photo: Sampsa Sulonen
Ylläs – the highest ski resort in Finland

Sport Resort Ylläs is a full-service ski resort in Ylläsjärvi, Kolari, in Finnish Lapland. It is based on the 719 metre high Ylläs fell, which makes it Finland’s highest ski resort.

It also has the greatest number of skiing slopes and the greatest height difference between the highest and lowest ski stations in Finland – and a gondola lift that can take guests all the way to the top in just seven minutes!

Stay at Hostel Kuerkievari by the spectacular Kuer Fell, in the Äkäslompolo village. Skitracks and snowshoe trails are waiting for you at the doorstep!

On the top of Ylläs

Main photo: Ruka, Visit Finland

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