A real-life Narnia, step into a winter dream on your holidays to Lapland. Where the sparkling white snow blankets the towering trees, the town of Kuusamo is known for its charm and unspoilt beauty.
Located in the North Ostrobothnia region, it is one of the snowiest destinations with up to 90cm falling each year. One of the longest winter seasons in Europe, Kuusamo comes to life from October through to June, with the best time to visit between November and April.
Experience the spectacular sparkle of winter like never before with holidays to Kuusamo.
Oulanka National Park
Filled with incredible winter forests, winding rivers, and hidden trails, Oulanka National Park is an unforgettable adventure. Where nature dictates every movement, the park offers breathtaking views of the magnificent scenery.
One of the most famous trails in Finland, it is home to the Karhunkierros Trail. At 82km in length, its popularity has grown from its beautiful surroundings. Along the trail, explorers can discover brown trout as well as other fish jumping out of the Kitka River against the thrashing rapids. If you're looking for more incredible sights, the trail leads to the majestic Kiutaköngäs waterfall. With water descending from 14 metres, this natural attraction is unmissable.
Visitors can choose to travel through the park by foot, bike, snowshoeing and even canoe. After a busy day, head to the visitors centre, for a delicious meal at Restaurant Talonpöytä. Located in the middle of the park, it offers tasty dishes using locally grown ingredients.
Skiing in Ruka
Kuusamo holidays is the perfect place for winter sports. Head to the village of Ruka for the magnificent views as you cascade down the pristine slopes. Home to the largest beginner ski area in the country, you don't have to be a professional to enjoy the fun. For ski enthusiasts, there are 35 runs to choose from including 30 that are illuminated for when the sun goes down.
A tourist hotspot, if you aren't looking to take to the slopes, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained. From riding on a snowmobile safari to ice-karting, no one has to miss out on any of the action. After a jam-packed day, head to one of the many bars and restaurants for a much-needed drink or bite to eat.
If you're looking for some peace and relaxation, the saunas in the resort offer the perfect place to wind down. An important part of the Finnish culture, it is deemed essential to try when visiting the country.
A trip to Santa's cottage
A 30-minute journey to the historical village of Vuotunki will bring the perfect day trip to keep little ones entertained. Visit a 120-year-old countryside manor traditionally known as the place where Santa and Mrs Claus entertained guests. Nowadays, families are welcomed to the home for a day of winter fun.
During the day, children can enjoy winter activities such as tobogganing and sausage grilling with Santa's helpers. Everyone is then invited to the kitchen to help Mrs Claus make gingerbread cookies and other sweet treats. Santa Claus is then ready for story time where he explains all about his life. The day of festive cheer brings many photo opportunities and each child can tell Santa their Christmas wishes in person.
As a special treat, every child also leaves with a small gift.
One of the most popular places in Finland, bring some excitement to your winter by visiting this incredible destination. With so much to see and do, you can plan the perfect getaway. From the beautiful scenery to meeting Santa and Mrs Claus, Kuusamo Lapland holidays are a magical playground for all to enjoy.