The ultimate winter retreat awaits in Arctic Lakeland, Finland

In association with: Best Served Scandinavia

Best Served Scandinavia offers tailor-made itineraries to this jewel in Finland’s crown

Fusing phenomenal beauty, outstanding nature and unique activities, Arctic Lakeland is a winter wonderland, located where Lapland meets Lakeland.

From November to April each year, this Finnish region becomes a picture-perfect destination, where dense forests are hidden under a thick blanket of snow and pristine lakes completely freeze over – and with fewer crowds than its neighbouring winter hotspots.

With Best Served Scandinavia, you can be sure that your clients will have a memorable winter getaway in one of Finland’s most beautiful and remote destinations.

Winter paradise

Across Arctic Lakeland, the landscape is dominated by abundant forests, which take up more than 90% of the region’s surface area. In the summer, the forests show off the evergreen pine trees in their full glory, before they’re coated in the winter snow.

While the colder months make for a magical holiday here, Arctic Lakeland boasts plenty to marvel at year-round. The summer is the perfect time to observe bears in their natural habitat, after they begin to wake from hibernation in the beginning of April. Come autumn, when the new cubs are born, head out on a wildlife watching excursions for a chance to see these predators.

With pure air, tranquil settings and the abundance of nature, it’s not hard to see why Finland is one of the happiest countries in the world.

Activities to remember

Activities abound in Arctic Lakeland. Take the plunge and go ice swimming in one of the immaculate lakes or soak up the scenery while downhill or cross-country skiing.

Visitors don’t have to wait for the snow to fall to get their skis on, however, as the world’s first cross-country ski tunnel is located in Arctic Lakeland and opens every summer for both traditional and freestyle skiing.

For something a little more relaxing, recommend an indulgent visit to Sauna World in Ukkohalla to learn what Finland’s unique sauna culture is all about. Choose between smoke, steam or classic Finnish saunas to see why it’s been named on Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

Thanks to its location underneath the aurora oval and its low levels of light pollution, Arctic Lakeland is also one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the northern lights, which light up the Finnish skies on more than 200 nights a year.

Daily flights

Regular flights and easy connections ensure your clients will have a seamless journey to this winter paradise. Multiple direct Helsinki-bound flights depart from the UK’s biggest hubs every day, with flight times ranging between two-and-a-half and three hours.

From there, a simple connection is all that stands between them and Kajaani, the closest airport to Arctic Lakeland. Finnair operates daily flights from Helsinki to Kajaani that take one hour and 20 minutes.

Ideal itineraries

To ensure your clients get the most out of their trip to Arctic Lakeland, recommend a Best Served Scandinavia package that showcases the best of the destination. Whether it’s a bear watching adventure, a unique retreat in a glass-walled cabin or a stay in the Giant Birdhouse Hotel, Best Served Scandinavia combines breathtaking accommodation with memorable experiences. Get your clients excited about an unforgettable holiday in Arctic Lakeland this winter.

To find out more about the destination and to start planning your clients’ visit, call 020 7838 5833 or head to:

PICTURES: Damon Beckford

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