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5 Must-Do Winter Activities to Experience in Finland, Lapland

Venture into the enchanting landscapes of Finland and discover Pyhätunturi, a hidden gem nestled in Lapland's heart. Finland, famed for its natural beauty and vibrant culture, sets the stage for an unforgettable winter escapade. As you delve deeper into the Nordic wonderland, Pyhätunturi emerges—a picturesque haven offering a unique blend of adventure and tranquility amidst its snowy panoramas. This enchanting destination offers many unique activities and cozy places to stay that promise to turn your winter escapade into a magical journey.

Below are our top five reasons why Pyhätunturi should be at the top of your travel list:

1. Spot Northern Lights from your Glass Igloo

Elliandjake seeing the Northern Lights in Finland.
Northern Lights in Finland

Pyhätunturi is an excellent location to get a chance to encounter the Northern Lights. Imagine the excitement of seeing this magical dance from the comfort of a modern igloo with glass windows, providing a direct view of the Arctic sky. Spotting the Aurora Borealis Dance from here is a unique experience to remember forever. During our trip to Finland, we stayed in the Pyhä Igloos for our chance to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

2. Sleep in a Real Ice Igloo

Sleeping in a real snow igloo in Finland Pyhätunturi
Lucky Ranch Snow Igloos - Pyhätunturi

For an unforgettable night, immerse yourself in the Arctic environment by sleeping in a real ice igloo. These unique accommodations, crafted entirely from ice and snow, offer a cozy and otherworldly experience. Snuggle into thermal sleeping bags and witness the serenity of a Lapland night, surrounded by the silent beauty of snow-covered landscapes.

Location: Lucky Ranch Snow Igloos in Pyhätunturi

Sleeping in a snow igloo in Finland Lapland
Inside the Igloo at Lucky Ranch in Pyhätunturi.

3. Husky Snow Sledding

Jake with his new friends.

Snowdog sledding in Pyhätunturi is a must-do Arctic experience that encapsulates the thrill and beauty of Lapland's winter wonderland! Pyhätunturi's husky farms allow you to connect with these friendly dogs and explore the untouched wilderness authentically and magically. And let me tell you, those huskies are not just pulling a sled; they're pulling off a show of pure excitement and sledding through the enchanting forest. That's the icing on the cake, turning an already thrilling ride into memories that'll last a lifetime.

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4. Ice Fishing

elliandjake ice fishing in Finland.
Us ice fishing in the middle of a snow storm.

Imagine standing in the middle of a frozen lake, ready for an ice fishing escapade like never before. With a local expert by your side, drill a hole in the ice, cast your line, and soak in the peacefulness of the Arctic. Our local guide added a perfect touch to the adventure by bringing hot chocolate, turning the icy fishing session into a cozy and enjoyable experience. Before reaching the lake, we trekked through the snow with snowshoes, adding an extra layer of winter magic to the journey.

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We booked an ice fishing experience with Lucky Ranch in Pyhätunturi.

5. Ski Paradise

Ready to hit the slopes in Pyhätunturi? This place has a fantastic ski resort with slopes for everyone, whether you're a pro or just testing the winter waters. Grab some ski gear and slide through the snow with Lapland's stunning winter scenes all around you. For those seeking a different experience, the area also offers cross-country skiing. Jake and I tried out cross-country skiing and found it an entertaining way to explore the serene landscapes and add lots of fun to our winter getaway.

Where To Stay

We recommend staying at Pyhä Igloos. Staying there was like living the Arctic dream! Tucked into the snowy wonderland, these igloos weren't just about sleeping under the stars – they brought the luxe with a sauna and a private Whirlpool for an extra charge. The additional cabin, equipped with a fireplace, offered a cozy setting to gather around, roast sausages, and sit in the warmth of the fire.

Jake grilling a sausage at the fireplace in Finnish lapland
Jake roasting sausages on the firepit at Pyhä Igloos.


In Pyhätunturi, every moment is a testament to the magic of winter. From the thrill of husky sledding to the serene calm of ice fishing, this Lapland paradise offers a unique blend of activities that redefine the concept of a winter getaway. Discover a world where nature's wonders meet extravagance and adventure, making Pyhätunturi a destination that surpasses dreams.

What activities would you like to do if you visit Finland? Let us know in the comments below!


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