There’s something quite magical about winter in Finland – donning boots and coats for a walk in the crisp air, crunching through snow, returning to cosy accommodation, and sipping hot drinks in front of the fire.
During these wintery days and nights, a holiday brings something to look forward to, so why not embrace the winter chill and enter our competition to win a holiday to Lapland or northern Finland, plus £1,000 spending money.
It’s a land where snow blankets forests and fields, ice-covered lakes sparkle in the pale sun, while cities make room for Christmas with festive markets and mulled wine aplenty. It’s an otherworldly landscape straight out of a fairy tale.
There are many fabulous experiences to enjoy in Finland, And you can win your very own winter wonderland holiday if you enter an exclusive competition for LiveShareTravel readers to win a one-week stay at a Holiday Club resort of your choice in northern Finland.
“It’s an otherworldly landscape out of a fairy tale”
One of these wintry escapes could be yours if you enter this exclusive competition for LiveShareTravel readers to win a one-week stay at a Holiday Club resort of your choice in picturesque Finland.
Which Finnish experience and Holiday Club resort would you choose?
Here’s just a selection of some of the resorts and experiences you could sample.
Spa heaven in the forest
The peace and stillness of the frozen wilderness creates a romantic and relaxing atmosphere. After a bracing trek through the woods on snowshoes or cross-country skis, you can warm up by a roaring fire or indulge in that great Finnish tradition – the sauna.
If peace and tranquillity are firmly at the top of your holiday agenda, then the spa hotel Holiday Club Katinkulta will tick all your boxes.
Set amidst the beautiful lakeland countryside of Kainuu Province, the resort is located in the unspoilt area of Vuokatti. Picture a quilt of forest-covered fells, lakes and the call of the wild, and you will start to shake off the stresses of everyday life.
The aptly named Harmony Spa is sheer bliss, with indulgent head-to-toe pampering. Treatments are bespoke to you and a spa afternoon is the perfect way to unwind after a day’s skiing or hiking.
And with short days and long nights, you’ll swap daylight for a greater chance to see the magnificent displays of the Northern Lights.
Nature’s spectacular light show produces streaks of vivid reds, yellows and greens swirling rapidly across the sky, an auroral substorm creating a wonderland of shapes and colours.
Salla, in eastern Lapland delights in being ‘in the middle of nowhere’. Here in the rugged fell highlands, you’ll find miles of cross-country trails and a skiing tradition dating back to the Stone Age.
Keen skiers should base themselves at Holiday Club Salla, which is walking distance from the slopes, with downhill runs for beginners to experts, a snowboard park, and off-piste powder trails.
There are many ways to escape into this wonderful winter wilderness. Miles of snowmobile tracks bring thrills as well as chills. At the Salla Reindeer Park you can make like Santa and drive a reindeer-pulled sleigh, or try your hand at reindeer racing. There’s also a magical reindeer trip to see the Northern Lights, a husky safari and a scenic snowshoe photo trip.
Into the wild
Winter or summer, Finland is about feeling at one with nature, just like the Sámi, the indigenous people who for centuries have inhabited this vast stretch of land.
A big attraction of Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki is the proximity of Oulanka National Park, voted one of the ten best national parks in Europe by The Guardian newspaper in 2015. The winter months see moose, reindeer and bears, with birds including varieties of eagle, wren and blackbirds, visiting this retreat.
Winter visitors can follow the best-known trekking route in Finland, the 50-mile long Karhunkierros (Bear’s Ring), or shorter trails on skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles. Be sure to take a camera with you; this is a landscape of rivers and canyons, boasting the spectacular Kiutaköngäs Falls, carved from the earth during the Ice Age.
After a day outdoors, retreat back to your resort for a hearty meal, or warm up in your own sauna.
Lapland means Father Christmas who lives, as everybody knows, at Rovaniemi just above the Arctic Circle, and it’s a place made for family fun.
You need to plan at least a whole day here, as it is 80 miles from Holiday Club Pyhä. Santa Claus Holiday Village is a place where children get caught up in the excitement of seeing the Elf School, the Gingerbread Kitchen, the Post Office and meeting Father Christmas himself.
There’s an indoor sleigh ride taking you past animals and scenes from well-known fairy tales; you can walk under the Arctic Circle, have a drink in the frozen Ice Gallery and see how Christmas is celebrated around the world.
Win a holiday – a week’s stay in Lapland or northern Finland could be yours
Create your own winter adventure, and enter our competition to win a holiday comprising of a one-week stay at your choice of Holiday Club resorts in Finland, as well as £1,000 spending money.
Here’s the full list of Holiday Club resorts you can choose from all of which are either in Lapland or northern Finland. Visit Holiday Club Resorts to learn more about their fantastic resorts in Finland and elsewhere:
|Holiday Club Katinkulta|
Holiday Club Ylläs 1
Holiday Club Rukaloma
Holiday Club Ylläs 2
Holiday Club Kuusamon Tropiikki
Holiday Club Kelorinne
Holiday Club Ruka
|Holiday Club Saariselkä
Holiday Club Pyhä
Holiday Club Salla
Holiday Club Ylläs 3
Holiday Club Ruka Village
Holiday Club Pyhä Holy Suites
Holiday Club Ylläs Saaga