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The 10 best activities to do in Levi and Kittilä, Finnish Lapland

by Elisa Flitter Fever
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Levi is a village in the heart of Finnish Lapland that offers several amazing activities. Is Lapland on your bucketlist?! I fully understand! Levi, near Kittilä airport, is a magical winter destination. In this article you will read more about the 10 best activities to do in Levi, Finnish Lapland. Some unique experiences for sure!

The recommended organizations and activities below are based on my own personal experience. To get the best quality for the most affordable price, that is what I aim for, don’t you?! Keep in mind most activities mentioned in this article will only be available as long as there is enough snow. Please book your accommodation and activities months ahead as winter is a busy period of time, although Levi cannot be compared with Rovaniemi for instance (which is more touristy).

Snow Suite with Games of Thrones Theme in Snow Village Kittila Levi Finnish Lapland
Snow Suite with in Snow Village

Snow Village

  • Organization: Snow Village
  • Location: Lainiotie 99 in Kittilä, 10min off the 80 highway between Ylläsjärvi and Kittilä
  • Duration: 1-2 hours (open 10:00-22:00h in winter)
  • Price: EUR 23 per adult entrance fee
Snow Village ice hotel Levi Finnish Lapland activities
Heads in the wall Snow Village Levi Kittila

Each year, around 20 million kilos of snow and 350 000 kilos of crystal clear natural ice are used to build the spectacular Snow Village which changes in shape, size and design to amaze visitors year after year. Covering an area of about 20 000 square meters, the entire hotel was Game Of Thrones themed when we visited.

Games of Thrones in ice snow village levi kittila finnish lapland
Table and chairs in ice Snow village ice hotel Kittila Levi Finland

Snow Village is an amazing, beautiful annual creation. It was really nice to see all the different rooms, the Ice Chapel and to have a drink at the Ice Bar. The Ice Restaurant is also open to external guests (EUR 60 p.p).. Since I actually appreciate my night’s sleep, we decided just to visit and not to sleep here. But this was definitely one of my favorite activities in Levi!

Good to know: only the snow suites of Snow Village include artistic wall decorations, not the standard rooms!

Fish in the wall made from ice and snow Snow village Ice hotel Kittila Finnish lapland
The Ice chapel of sow village kittila Levi Lapland Finland

Reindeer safari

Reindeer Tornado takes a ride with me in Finnish Lapland
Taking a sleigh ride with reindeer Tornado
Getting ready for a reindeer sleigh ride
Getting ready for a reindeer sleigh ride

When you think of Lapland, it’s hard not to think of reindeer, right? Riding the sleigh with reindeer Tornado, who participates in reindeer race competitions, galloping through the snow gave me butterflies to my stomach and a big smile on my face. Another great experience I will not quickly forget!

For the complete story, read the specific article Sleigh ride with reindeer Tornado in Finnish Lapland. We booked this activity as a ‘4-in-1’ package deal including lunch. There’s also a cheaper version with reindeer ride and burger only. Either way, this is one the best activities in Levi!

Feeding the reindeer Levi Kittila activities Finnish Lapland
Feeding the reindeer Levi Kittila activities Finnish Lapland
Snow shoe walking in Winter Wonderland
Snow shoe walking in Winter Wonderland

Ice fishing

The ice fishing activity was in our case included in a ‘4-in-1’ package deal, in combination with the reindeer safari mentioned earlier. It’s also available within other packages starting from EUR 60 p.p. If you catch a fish, you will eat it for lunch!

Making a hole in the ice on the lake Levi ice fishing
Ice fishing in Levi Lapland

Northern Light safari

  • Organization: Lapin Luontoelämys (Finnish for Lapland’s Nature Experience) via Levi Tourist Office
  • Location: Rautusjärvi Lake near Köngäs (pick up from Levi Tourist Information)
  • Duration: 3,5 hours (20:00-23:30h)
  • Price: from EUR 99 per person

Almost all commercial tour organizations in Levi and surroundings offer northern light safaris (Aurora Borealis) as one of their activities. However, most of those tours go regardless the weather conditions, while your chance of seeing the Northern Lights strongly depends on the weather (and luck). A few organizations that can be booked via the Levi Tourist Information offer tours that only go if the sky is clear and the weather conditions give a reasonably good chance of seeing the northern lights.

Due to cloudy weather, our tour had to be postponed four times that week. Luckily we booked the Northern Light safari in the beginning of our stay, keeping our chances to see the Northern Lights open as long as possible. If you have a rental car, you could go out and explore on your own. However, the people of this organization know the area, where to go for the best Northern Light viewing. The pick-up was very close to our apartment, so very convenient.

We went to a warm cabin by the Rautusjärvi Lake near Köngäs, 20 minutes north of Levi by car. The staff helped us putting our snow shoes on and guided us to the middle of the lake. Temperatures drop dramatically when the sky is clear. It was -25° Celsius, freaking cold! My camera did not really work properly at this temperature.

The light rays were not as spectacular as you see on some famous Northern Lights pictures, but it was worth the experience! And a good excuse to finally plan that trip to Iceland too 😉

Northern light aurora Finnish Lapland Levi Kittila activities
Fore place near frozen lake waiting for northern light Levi Finland

Husky safari

  • Organization: Rami’s Huskies
  • Location: 20 km east of Kittilä airport in the direction of Ylläsjärvi, just off the 80 highway
  • Duration: various packages 1.5 to 4.5 hours (5 to 27 km)
  • Price: EUR 90-320 per adult (depending on duration, children cheaper)
Take the ride of your life

I love travel. And I love animals, especially dogs. Great to combine both! The possibility of going on a husky ride was actually one of my main reasons for wanting to go to Finnish Lapland. To see them in their natural environment.

And I must say, it is absolutely a fantastic, must-do experience when going to Finnish Lapland. For the full story, check out my earlier blog post Tears of happiness: husky ride in Finnish Lapland. Rami’s gives great value for money and is the only one licensed to offer safaris through the magical Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park.

Tip: a husky ride is one of those activities in Levi that you could combine with visiting Snow Village on the same day.

This one has a Disney look, doesn't he?! LOL Rami's Huskies husky Lapland
Husky sleigh ride Kittila Levi Finnish Lapland activities dogs
Ah what a sweetheart husky dog Finnish Lapland

Cross-country skiing

  • Organization: Zero Point
  • Location: book & pick up at Zero Point, at the foot of the main ski slope in the center of Levi
  • Duration: 1,5 hours
  • Price: EUR 45 p.p. + EUR 28,50 for rental gear (3 hours)

Levi is a ski area with numerous ski slopes. I am an adventurous girl, but I do not find myself suitable for skiing. Cross-country skiing on the other hand, is something I wanted to try. We booked a trial class and rented pairs of boots, skis and sticks. The minimum rental is for 3 hours. Our instructor Johanna, a friendly local, picked us up at Zero Point. Luckily we were the only ones in this class so we got a private lesson, great!

Cross-country skiing has similarities with regular skiing but with less height. Balance by using your body weight and bending your knees are very important. During this class we also went on a regular cross-country ski track through the forest. Physically challenging and tiring, as it requires a lot of concentration and usage of muscles you otherwise do not use so intense. Would not have want to miss it though!

Start of cross country skiing track in Levi Lapland Finland
Cross country skiing in Levi Finnish Lapland

Snow mobile safari

  • Organization: various
  • Location: Levi
  • Duration: varies, we did 2,5 hours (45 km)
  • Price: from EUR 99 per adult

We decided to book the snow mobile safari around the Kätkä fell, at the edge of the Pallas-Ylläs NP. This track takes a bit longer than most of the standard snow mobile safaris in the area and should be quieter. At about 2/3 of the safari we had a break with delicious warm waffles, home-made jam and hot berry juice in a wooden cabin in the middle of nowhere!

There are possibilities for longer, custom-made safaris of up to 6 hours, or to rent a snow mobile and drive around yourself. Snowmobile rental is a possibility that comes with more freedom than group safaris, but also involves more risks. We found and helped a guy who hit a tree and got stuck in the deep snow! This activity requires a buff and wind-proof mittens! 

We shared a snow mobile and switched half-way. I had driven a snow mobile once before in the mountains of Beirut, Lebanon, but that was some time ago and under different conditions. It was snowing pretty hard and got dark already around 02:30 p.m. Getting control of a snow mobile with someone else sitting on the back, especially on a very bumpy track, was not as easy as it seemed, yet we had so much fun! Racing 60 km p/h on this snow track was incredibly cool. Big smile on my face when we got back!

Check out the various snow mobile tour options in the Levi area:

Just choose a snowmobile in Levi Lapland activities
Riding a snow mobile after sunset is not so easy Kittila Levi Lapland activities

Ice karting

  • Organization: G2 Ice Karting Levi
  • Location: between Kittilä airport and Levi town (±30 min on foot or 5 min by car from Levi’s town center)
  • Duration: 30-60 min
  • Price: EUR 80 per person for 2 heats

I have done the kart racing before, but never on ice, so that sounded like something I needed to do. And I must say, that it was really cool. My boyfriend actually said that this was THE best activity of our whole Lapland trip haha

This video is not mine but it does give a good impression of the ice-karting experience in Levi.

Showshoeing

  • Organization: various
  • Location: Kittilä/Levi area
  • Price: varies per package

Walking with snow shoes was in our case included in two other activities we have done: the reindeer safari and the northern light safari. The snow shoes are pretty comfy and easy to put on with straps. Snowshoeing is a form of hiking. It’s quite a physical exercise, especially going uphill and ‘off track’.

As a first-timer, snowshoeing for about an hour is just enough to keep it fun and attainable for everyone. You get to see pieces of nature you would otherwise not; it is definitely worth to get a bit sweaty for!

Also very cool: Snowshoeing in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park.

Snow shoeiing in Levi Finish Lapland
Snow shoe walking in Winter Wonderland

Sauna

Saunas from Finland are famous and exported globally. I love going to the sauna; it’s healthy and very relaxing. Sauna in Finland is a different experience than back home, relaxing in my favorite saunas in The Netherlands. Saunas in Finland seem to be mostly either home-based or combined with a public pool (and children). In the Levi area there are more than two thousand saunas, but only about ten of them can be rented privately.

If you can find yourself a cozy wooden holiday home in the Kittilä/Levi area like we did, with a sauna included, you should be fine. Enjoy! Levi Spa‘s Water World, in the center of Levi, next to Burger King, can be fun – when you have your own or don’t mind small kids in your sauna. Just don’t let the name fool you; it’s more a regular pool with a few saunas than a true spa (as in wellness). Not the type of relaxation I was looking for, but potentially fun for families.

The sauna in our wooden cabin in Levi
Water World Levi at the Levi Hotel Spa Finland

More activities

Staying longer than a week in Levi, Sirkka, Kittilä or Köngäs, or looking for other entertainment? No worries, the following activities are also available in the area:

Narran Restaurant Karaoke Night Club Levi
The village center of Levi in ​​winter Finland Lapland

Especially relevant: make sure you wear the right, affordable Lapland outfit to enjoy these activities the most!

By the way, the only ATM we could find in town is located outside at Levi Hotel Spa, next to the Classic Pizzeria joint, and close to the main roundabout at the Tourist Office. Around New Years it was empty for a few days, so we had to go to Kittilä airport for cash.

Map Levi Finnish Lapland

This map includes places and spots mentioned in this article (and more). This one is ‘smartphone friendly’; you can easily use it via the Google Maps app. Click the icon at the top left to open the menu and see the categories. To adapt the map to your own preferences and interests, (de)select a category. Via Google Drive you can copy the map to your own My Google Maps account.

Out of all these activities in Levi, what do you think will be your favorite? Do you have Finnish Lapland on your bucket list yet? I hope you found this article useful and inspirational to visit Levi and surroundings. Please feel free to leave a comment below this article in case you have any additional tips or a question. And please do share this aryicle on social media if you like it, so that more people will be able to find and read it. Enjoy your trip to Winter Wonderland!


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Last Updated on 01/14/2024 by Elisa Flitter Fever

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