7 Family Friendly things to do in Levi other than seeing Santa

Things to do in Lapland: When you say you are going to visit Lapland people automatically think of the big man. But as we learned when we visited Levi, in Lapland, Finland that there is a lot more to it. One of the big differences between Levi and other Finnish ski resorts is that it has a centre. Which means not only are there a lot of bars and restaurants in close proximity. But also that all the activities are relatively close together too. We spent a few days in Levi while the World Cup was on and this is what we got up to.

Visit the Huskies 

We visited Levi Husky Park although the weather was not playing ball (no snow) at all when we visited so we were unable to go on a Husky ride. However they are one of the only parks in the region that offer two and four kilometre rides. Which are ideal for families.

Even though it was not possible we still had a great time visiting the huskies and learning about their history. There were two packs of babies when we visited which were especially cute. There is also a white Reindeer called Tiger who has appeared in a number of films. He has a thing for gingerbread and will happily give you reindeer kisses in exchange for it. Monkey wasn’t sure about the ‘kisses’ part but he did feed him by hand.

Ski Lesson & Cable Car

Its possible to book private ski lessons via Zero Point in the Levi centre (you can’t miss it, its at the bottom of the ski slope). We had an hour and half lesson while we were visiting and hired equipment also from Zero Point. Our instructor was Iga and she was brilliant with Monkey. Since neither of us had ever been on ski’s before and were complete novices not even knowing how to put ski’s on! By the end of the lesson we were going down the bottom of the slope and stopping at the end. There are a multitude of different arctic ski runs and the ability to do some cross country skiing so whatever your experience there is likely to be something for you.

There is also a cable car which takes you half way up the slope. At the mid point there is a restaurant and a bar which you can grab something to drink in. While looking out over the slope watching people ski.

Watch the Levi World Cup

Each year Levi hosts a leg of the World Cup in November, which he has been doing now since 2004. The event which runs over a weekend sees men, women and children compete to win a downhill slalom race. It marks the beginning of the snow season for Levi and a huge draw for enthusiasts. It is quite something experiencing the thrill of the race so much so that I have written a separate post about it – The Levi World Cup 2018.

Aurora Chasing

Other than skiing the other thing which I hoped to do on our visit to Finland which was on my 40 before 40 List was to see the Northern Lights. On the last evening of our trip we were treated to a very special experience. Likely one that we will hopefully repeat at some point with Hubby once Kipper is a bit older and can also join us. As the Northern Lights seemed to be a bit illusive on our trip we met with Katy who is one half of Arctic Frontier. They specialise in providing small personal tours in the Levi area consisting of aurora chasing, cookery courses and forging experiences. Under Katy’s expert guidance we managed to photograph the Auroras and also take the best selfie ever. This really topped off our trip you can read about our full experience – Aurora Chasing with Arctic Frontier.

Levi Hotel Spa & Kids Facilities

Spa: We were lucky enough to stay at the Levi Hotel Spa during our stay in Finland. The hotel has a wonderful spa complex and we made the most of the seven pools! Even if you are not staying there its possible to purchase entry separately. There is an outside pool which is reached through a small tunnel, it is not heated in anyway and got progressively colder as our stay progressed! But it is how you reach the two outside jacuzzis. I think other than the heated pool on the top level (which was like a bath!) that was my favourite. Sitting in there on the day we arrived at the hotel looking over to to the pine trees which ran up the mountain side was very peaceful even with a six year old.

Inside there was a medium sized pool with a stone floor that lead into a colourful floating lake and onto another area with jets and a waterfall. Monkey enjoyed the jets, particularly pressing the button to start them and then letting go of the handles so it sent him flying across the pool. There was also a couple of inside jacuzzis, a Turkish bath, plunge pool and two places to walk across the stones. Monkey didn’t go on it but there was also a water slide with run off, so you didn’t need to worry about the kids coming off into a deep pool. We spent several hours in the complex which also had number of different light and mood shows going on as well which really add to the ambience.

Bowling: There are two bowling alleys that I am aware of in Levi, one in our hotel but also one in the centre. We only tried out the one in the hotel but I am reliably informed that the one in the centre has disco bowling in the afternoons. As we were staying in the hotel the kids were free and it only cost 5€ a game for adults. Its ideal if the weather gets a little too cold for small people.

Games Area & Play Area: The hotel also has a series of games consoles where you can borrow games for free. They are set in little igloos with lots of beanbags. Ideal for mini gamers. Plus there is a ping pong table, table football, an indoor ball game and the opportunity to borrow board games. All of which work for Monkey’s age range. For the younger children there is a play area that also has a giant foam pit which looks like great fun. Again you do not need to be staying at the hotel to access the play area.

Levi Point

Its possible from Levi itself to walk up 766 steps to Levi point. The winding wooden staircase takes you up through the pine trees and the smell of the forest is wonderful. For those of you with little legs in tow then its easy to pick up a taxi opposite Levi Hotel Spa to take you up there. The views are worth it, especially in the snow season where you can see ‘Santa’s Summer House’. Which was in fact built for a movie and has remained. If there is now snow then getting there for sunrise or sunset means you can watch the forest turn a reddy colour as the light changes. It really is stunning. There is a cafe at the top as well so a place to refuel if you fancy trying the walk back down.

Stay in a Glass Igloo

One of the highlights of our trip was to stay at Levin Iglut in a glass igloo. We had such an amazing time that I have written a separate post all about our stay – Our Stay in a Glass Igloo. Being that close to the arctic night sky, where the fell meets civilisation is a once in a lifetime experience. The temptation to not sleep but instead lay and watch the stars all night is extremely strong and its something which I think everyone should experience at least once.

Elf Hideaway

If you really can’t visit without having some sort of festive experience. Then just outside of Levi there is the Elf Hideaway, a unique experience when it comes to boutique hotels. Offering you the chance to stay in a quaint nine bedroom hotel with the elves. Walking through the door you are automatically transported back several decades, making you feels like you have walked into Granny’s house! There is a little elf village which if you are feeling festive gives children the opportunity to make reindeers, gingerbread and even attend elf school. Where you can write a letter to the big man himself.

Overall I was really surprised by jut how well Levi as a resort is set up really well for families. With lots of amenities and activities in close proximity to each other all year round it makes great alternative holiday destination. In my mind Lapland has always been the place to go to see Father Christmas. It turns out that there is a lot more to do and our trip has really challenged my perspective and made me realise that Finland, Lapland, Levi can offer a family so much more. Our trip gave us some amazing experiences and we have made some memories that will last a lifetime.

 

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We were invited on a press trip by the Levi Tourist board to experience everything the resort has to offer. One nights stay at the Levin Igluts was included in the itinerary.

33 Comments

  1. Andrea
    November 18, 2018 / 9:34 pm

    Looks like an enjoyable town with family fun things to do.

  2. November 18, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    Finland is one place I would love to visit at some point in my life–Levi looks and sounds like the place I would want to stay for a while. I’d take those Reindeer kisses!

  3. Shelley Jessup
    November 18, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    I need I mean NEED to stay in a glass igloo as it looks amazing, actually the whole experience looks just out of this world.

  4. November 19, 2018 / 12:08 am

    What a fabulous place to visit and explore nature in unique Lapland! How great that you stayed in a glass igloo as well as managed to see something of the Northern Lights! I would really love to do both of those things one day (and take a husky sled ride of course).

  5. Tracy Nixon
    November 19, 2018 / 4:10 am

    OMG It looks all so amazing! Love the photos thank you!

  6. November 19, 2018 / 5:37 am

    All of this looks like so much fun! Lapland looks beautiful and seeing the northern lights is on my bucket list, so it sounds like I need to plan a trip.

  7. Margaret Gallagher
    November 19, 2018 / 10:25 am

    Certainly an amazing adventure – would make the perfect family holiday for us too

  8. A S,Edinburgh
    November 19, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    I’d make a beeline for the huskies and reindeer; they’re gorgeous! The rest looks amazing too. What a wonderful place to visit.

  9. Karen Von kriegsheim
    November 19, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    This looks fabulous- I think this would be a dream holiday for my family as well- might have to start saving for next year!

  10. noor
    November 19, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    This is such a great place indeed and I love the activities you have mentioned here. Absolutely great for families and how cute those huskies for sure. Is that a reindeer on the 2nd pic?

  11. Elizabeth O
    November 19, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    That sounds like a great and wonderful family adventure ideas this Holiday. Kids would love that for sure.

  12. Carolyn E
    November 19, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    5is looks like such a fabulous trip. So much more to see and Dothan I originally would have thought.

  13. Carolyn E
    November 19, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    Please ignore my previous message ! It was supposed to read as follows:

    This looks like such a fabulous trip. So much more to see and do than I originally thought.

  14. November 19, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    This looks like it was such an amazing trip!! I love the northern lights!!!

  15. Ruth
    November 19, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    Id love to visit Lapland just to meet those beautiful huskies and reindeer. They look absolutely lovely, I am really jealous that you got to do all of this 🙂

  16. Fonda @Savvy Southern Chic
    November 19, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    I would visit just to see the huskies and the reindeer. What a fun trip.

  17. Jeanette Leighton
    November 20, 2018 / 12:13 am

    Looks like a beautiful place to visit it’s just a shame I don’t enjoy the cold

  18. November 20, 2018 / 4:18 am

    I would love to visit in Levi Husky Park someday. the huskies are so adorable 🙂 and also I like the ski adventure! this is all perfect travel!!

  19. Surekha Busa
    November 20, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    I have never been there but definitely love to visit this fabulous place. Everything is so beautiful and I am sure my kids would love and enjoy this most especially that ski activity.

  20. Kayleigh Watkins
    November 20, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    Great ideas, id want to bring a husky home lol, seeing the northern lights is on my wish list, the igloo stay looks cool too xx

  21. November 20, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Looks great there bet your having lots of fun just love those huskies beautiful scenery

  22. Ellie Plummer
    November 20, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    I’d love to visit Lapland. I love the idea of havng ski lessons of visiting the huskies.

  23. Elaine Kidd
    November 20, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    Sounds like your holiday was better than the one my friend went on to see Santa

  24. November 21, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    I have been to Lapland as a child and loved it. I didn’t realise there was so much more to do. I must go back again and do some of these things.

  25. Bindu Thomas
    November 22, 2018 / 10:57 am

    What a beautiful place to visit! I really love the aurora chasing place. I am adding this place into my wish list. Thank you so much for shring.

  26. Lyndsey Cooksey
    November 22, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    Such an amazing experience for you all as a family. Oh my, those huskies are gorgeous!

  27. Tracy B
    November 22, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    The photo of the Huskies is just breathtaking!

  28. November 23, 2018 / 4:40 am

    This looks like the sort of holiday that you just never want to go home from.

    There looks like there is so much to see and do as a family.

    #bloggerclubuk

  29. Samantha O'D
    November 24, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Those puppies are gorgeous

  30. Natalie Crossan
    November 25, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    Lapland is definitely on my bucket list – has been since I was about 5!

  31. Claudia
    November 28, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    Lapland is definitely on my list

  32. Theresa THomas
    December 4, 2018 / 11:26 pm

    Those puppies are gorgeous, my Son loves huskys

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