Top 5 Must-try Winter Activities in Finland

From December until May, Finland, especially the Northern area, is covered by magical snow. One of the main reasons people around the world come to Finland during winter is to visit the real Santa in his village and to tell him their Christmas wishes. In addition, there are many other reasons to fall in love with Finnish winter activities.

Of course, it is cold and the daylight hours get shorter, but there are amazing winter landscapes, and special winter activities to be found in Finland. When you are dressed well according to the winter weather, you can enjoy the winter wonderland without any problems.

Reindeer sledding in Lapland, Finland
Reindeer in Lapland

1. Reindeer and husky sledding

Finland is a perfect place to meet reindeer and huskies! Furthermore, you definitely have a chance to do reindeer and husky sledding throughout Lapland. You can enjoy the wilderness and the amazing landscape on a husky safari. Before reindeer and husky sledding, you will get a driving lesson and how to handle the sleigh.

winter activities husky sledding in Lapland, Finland
Husky sledding

2. Finnish sauna and ice swimming

The only Finnish word used in English globally is “sauna”. Surprised? Finns go to sauna and swimming all year round even though it is freezing cold. For the winter sauna experience, you should go to sauna first then go to a lake which makes you cool down.  After having a good time with sauna and ice swimming, try roasted sausages and beer which are very typical Finnish things to eat and drink after sauna.

winter activities in finland ice swimming in a lake
Sauna and Ice swimming

3. Snowshoeing and chasing the Northern Lights

If you want to experience the most marvelous experience in your life and try something a little bit different, then you should go snowshoeing and chase the Northern lights. The wide snowshoe allows you to walk without a problem on deep snow. You can truly experience the darkness, magical northern lights, and the sky is full of stars away from the city lights.

winter activities watching northern lights in Lapland, Finland
A magical northern lights in Lapland

4. Visit Santa Claus

Santa Claus lives in the Finnish town of Rovaniemi with his reindeer and greets visitors who have traveled a long journey to meet him from around the world. This is the official place of the Santa Claus post office where people send over half a million letters every year. Santa is really delighted to welcome everyone into his home and show his village.

Santa's village in Rovaniemi, Finland
Santa Claus’s village in Rovaniemi

5. Ice Fishing

When you feel like going ice fishing in Finland, you don’t need a license to do that because it is a public right of access. During winter, the top of the lake might be frozen, but you can make a hole in the ice to find water and fish. Before you go fishing, please have a warm set of clothes to have a perfect ice fishing experience.

person sitting on a frozen lake doing winter activities in finland fishing

Experience the exciting winter activities in Finland wonderland next year!

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