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Silence, purity and nature unlike anywhere else in the world – this is what you can expect when you fly to Kittilä and Levi in Finnish Lapland! Situated north of the Arctic Circle, this is a popular vacation spot for winter sports enthusiasts and fans of dramatic nature. This Finnair travel guide to Kittilä will tell you everything you need to plan your perfect holiday in this winter wonderland.
SIGHTS IN KITTILÄ
Instead of four seasons, Kittilä and Levi introduce you to eight. The seasons are rooted in the culture of the ancient Sámi people, the traditional inhabitants of Lapland. To survive in the harsh northern climate, they always needed to listen to nature. What does crusted snow feel like under your feet? What do the Northern Lights sound like? How does it look when autumn tinges the fells and forests with the hues of red and gold? No matter the season, visiting Kittilä and Levi will certainly be a unique experience. Many visitors book flights to Levi and Kittilä in the winter months, when skiing and other snow sports reign supreme. Levi and Ylläs are the main ski centres in the area, each offering exhilarating experiences. Lively Levi is one of Finland’s largest areas for winter sports, and the après-ski scene is energetic too. There are 45 pistes for downhill skiing, as well as more than 200 kilometres (124 miles) of skiing tracks and even more extensive routes for snowmobiling. In Ylläs (easily accessible when you book your airline tickets to Kittilä) you’ll find 60 slopes, including the longest slope length of 3000 metres (9842 feet). The Kittilä area promises not only excellent downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter, but also exploring with snowshoes, rides on husky- and reindeer-pulled sledges and ice fishing. Winters also tempt people with the chance of seeing the spectacular Northern Lights, which are generally visible between September and March. Summers here are exciting too, with hiking and biking in the mountains and canoeing and fishing in the rivers and lakes to look forward to after your Kittilä flights. Many visitors may be surprised to find great golf courses set in lush green surroundings. See lots of local wildlife, including Arctic foxes and reindeers, at Levi Husky Park, visit Kittilä Town Hall, admire the art at Einari Junttila Art Museum and Palsa Museum and learn more about the area’s people and past at Kittilä's Museum of Local History and Culture. There’s so much to do when you get off your flight to Kittilä.
KITTILÄ WITH CHILDREN
If you’re flying to Kittilä with children, here are some great family-friendly ideas.
Winter Laser World – Step into a fantasy land, complete with lights, lasers, smoke and snow, for an exciting game of outdoor laser tag.
Lastenmaa Kidsland – Located in front of the ski slopes, Kidsland is an ideal place for younger members of the family to have fun in the snow. Children can practise on small ski lifts and have outdoor fun with sledges and sliders. If you need to warm up, there are indoor handicrafts, a play centre and a cosy hut with a roaring fire.
Luvattumaa – Admire glorious ice sculptures in a stunning ice hotel and meet friendly reindeer.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR KITTILÄ
Lemmenjoki National Park – The largest national park in Finland, attracting outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and people who want to try their luck at panning for gold.
Samiland – Located at Koutalaki ski village, Samiland offers interesting insights into the life and traditions of the native Sámi people. There are both indoor and outdoor displays that include shelters and transportation, art, clothing, music, hunting and more.
SHOPPING IN KITTILÄ
Although not a shopping destination, Kittilä still has several places where you can give your credit card a workout and purchase local arts and crafts, Finnish fashions and outdoor clothing.
Ainut Shop – Located in Kittilä town, this is a good place to find local souvenirs.
Shopporo – This is a top choice for people who want to buy fashionable clothing for men, women and children.
Asuste Taika – You’ll find a good selection of clothes, shoes and accessories here.
FOOD AND DRINK
Don’t miss trying these tasty local treats when you land off your flights to Kittilä, Lapland:
Lakkalikööri – A great way to warm up from the inside out, this is a locally-made liqueur, produced using cloudberry.
Poronkäristys – This reindeer meat dish is a speciality in Lapland. The sautéed meat is usually served with mashed potatoes and a chunky preserve made from lingonberries.
Cloudberry jam – The preserve is made from small local berries that are rather similar to blackberries and raspberries.
TRANSPORT IN KITTILÄ
Although the villages are easy to explore on foot after flying to Kittilä, transportation is generally required to move between the various villages and explore areas farther afield.
By foot – Walking is often the best way to move around the villages, with facilities all grouped in close proximity to each other. In the winter months, snowshoes can come in useful and skiing is a popular means of moving around the snowy streets.
Buses – Regular local bus services in Kittilä transport people between the area’s different villages.
Taxis – Although pricey compared to buses, taxis are sometimes the only practical option for discovering places that aren’t on bus routes (in the absence of renting a vehicle or joining a tour).
Snowmobiles – As well as providing a fun outdoor activity, snowmobiles are an important means of local transportation in the winter months.
BEST TIME TO VISIT KITTILÄ AND LEVI
If you’re looking forward to snow sports and winter activities, winter is the best time to visit Kittilä and Levi. You can also experience the Polar Night and try to spot the magical Northern Lights. Keep in mind that November is the most humid month and June is the least humid. February is the driest month. March is generally considered the best month for skiing, with deep, powdery snow enticing people onto the slopes.
While still cool, summers see the warmest temperatures and July and August are the hottest. The long days are bright and light, perfect for enjoying nature and outdoor activities like hiking and biking. It’s important to keep in mind the usual weather at different times of year when looking for plane tickets to Kittilä.
Visit outside of peak tourist times and school holidays for the best chance of finding cheap flights to Kittilä.
FLIGHTS TO KITTILÄ
Finnair has direct flights to Kittilä from Ivalo, with a flight time of just 00h 30min. You can also connect via Ivalo on flights to Kittilä Airport (KTT) from Helsinki. The journey takes just under 03h, including the connection time.
It is also possible to reach Lapland’s remote Kittilä and Levi from various cities worldwide, transiting through Helsinki and Ivalo. Check out our flights to Kittilä from UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Japan and others for a magical time in a rare unspoilt winter wonderland.
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