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Incentives in Finland: Snow activities

Wintertime in Finland is truly something special.

Finland gets plenty of snow, making it the perfect place to try activities like reindeer safaris, snowmobiling and downhill skiing. If you are planning a winter wonderland incentive, Finland is the perfect place.

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is a fun, fast-paced way to make the most of winter. While snowmobile services are common in Lapland, there are vendors all over Finland. Some places even offer noise- and fume-free electric snowmobiles! Snowmobile safaris can range from a couple hours to full-day excursions.

A smiling man on a snowmobile drives through the woods as two additional snowmobiles follow him.
Guided snowmobile tours are an excellent way to explore Lapland.
Credits: : Juho Kuva
Sun shines through the trees as a person on a snowmobile gazes at the snow-covered forest.
Soak in Finland's beauty from the seat of a snowmobile.
Credits:: Daniel Taipale

Husky safaris

In Finland, husky ‘safaris’ are a popular way to traverse the wintry terrain. While these excursions are most commonly offered in Lapland, there are plenty of vendors across the country that provide tours. The best part? After the trek, travellers will have the chance to interact with the pups!

Two blue-eyed huskies stare off to the left as they pull two people in a sled on a snowy trail. A crowd of onlookers watches from behind a fence in the right side of the frame.
There's nothing like blazing through the Arctic on a sled pulled by a team of huskies.
Credits: Julia Kivelä

Snowshoeing

This low-impact sport is a fantastic way to explore the Finnish terrain, from the pristine forests of Lakeland to the quiet wilds of Lapland. There are even gliding snowshoes, which combine skis with snowshoes for a super-easy cruise.

A smiling woman in a green jacket and cap uses walking sticks in the forest. A man in a blue jacket and grey cap with walking sticks trails behind her.
Whether you snowshoe, cross-country ski or try gliding snowshoes, you're sure to have a blast exploring Lapland's natural wonders.
Credits: Juho Kuva

Reindeer sleigh rides

Taking an arctic sleigh ride is on many travellers’ bucket lists, so why not make it happen? Guests will hop aboard a cosy sleigh and enjoy Lapland’s glorious scenery while the animals do all the work. One added perk: reindeer excursions typically end with coffee and treats around a blazing campfire.

A convoy of reindeer pulls smiling couples in sleds through the snow.
Reindeer safaris are a fantastic way to connect with arctic nature and the local people.

Winter rally and driving academies

Finland is the perfect place to hit the frozen circuit for a bit of ice-driving. After donning the proper attire, guests will ride shotgun and learn the secrets behind Finland’s racing prowess as a professional driver steers their super-charged sports car. Prefer to drive at a more manageable pace? A winter driving academy will teach you how to navigate Finland's icy road conditions.

A red Porsche with a white stripe speeds along a snowy trail near sunset, leaving a cloud of snow in its wake.
Hit the icy track under expert supervision for a bit of ice-driving.
Credits: Visit Rovaniemi

Ice-karting

Ice-karting is an exciting way to head outdoors and get that adrenaline pumping – even in the heart of winter. Unlike ice-driving, it’s done on small, open-topped buggies similar to go-karts. There are ice-karting centres all over Finland, especially close to the country’s ski areas in Lapland and Lakeland.

A person in a helmet and winter gear drives an ice kart labeled with the number 10.
Ice-karting is a beloved activity in Finland, and there are plenty of places to do it.
Credits: Ruka-Kuusamo

Downhill skiing and snowboarding

There are around 70 ski resorts scattered across Finland, including several within a 30-90 minute drive from the capital. Although the southern hills are often smaller, they’re perfect for beginner skiers and quick half-day trips. The further north you go, the bigger the slopes get. In Lakeland, for example, Himos, Tahko and Koli offer fantastic hills. But the best skiing in Finland is undoubtedly in Lapland. Resorts like Ylläs, Levi, and Ruka are popular destinations in Lapland – and the latter two offer fantastic après ski, too.

A female snowboarder in a green jacket, purple cap and ski goggles carves down a ski slope. There's a ski lift in the background.
Even when southern Finland and Helsinki is already in bloom, you can still hit the slopes in Lapland, as the season typically runs until May.
Credits: : Harri Tarvainen
A smiling woman on skis wearing winter gear stands on top of a small snowy hill. In the background, a man in a green jacket peers into the distance on top of a similar hill.
Lapland has the best slopes in Finland, and there are plenty to choose from.
Credits:: Juho Kuva

Ice skating

Finland not only has the world’s largest archipelago; it’s also home to Finnish Lakeland and 188,000 lakes, making this Nordic country the perfect place to lace up a pair of skates and give the sport a whirl.

A person skating on the lake Saimaa in Finland
Credits: Mikko Nikkinen

Kick-sledding

Not keen on skating? Opt for an old-school kick-sled or sleigh, a contraption consisting of handlebars and a chair attached to metal runners that’s propelled by, yes, kicking. Safer and more stable than skates, kick-sleighs are a fun, nostalgic way for travellers of any age to get out on the ice.

A man in an orange jacket and green cap pushes a laughing woman in jeans, boots, a green jacket and a white cap through the snow on a kick sled.
Kick-sleds are still used to travel short distances in the snow in many northern destinations.
Credits: Mikko Huotari

Northern Lights hunting

Seeing the Aurora Borealis is on many people’s bucket lists, and in Finnish Lapland, they’re visible approximately 200 nights a year. Book an intimate guided tour or and follow these tips. We promise: whether it’s the first time or the 40th, seeing the Northern Lights in person never gets old!

A lone person with their back to the camera stands in the snowy woods looking up at the Northern Lights.
Did you know that the Finnish Meterological Institute has a webpage dedicated to space weather that shows the current Aurora activity in Finland?
Credits: Konsta Punkka