Levi Ski Resort
The Levi Ski Resort, located a little north of Kittilä is one of the largest in Finland with 43 slopes and 27 lifts, two of which are gondolas. 15 of the slopes are floodlit, most are suitable for beginners and intermediates, with 4 black slopes for experts. The longest slope is 2.5km long, the highest vertical drop is 325m, and the resort also boasts one superpipe, one halfpipe, ten children’s slopes, and two snow parks. For those who find the cold, fresh air has whetted their appetites there are seven restaurants on the slopes. Visitors will be delighted to find that there are 230km of cross-country skiing tracks, with 28km illuminated. There are also 886km of snowmobiling trails in the area.
Levi Ski Resort also has a village centre packed with hotels, bars, restaurants, shops, a sports centre, and Levi Spa with jacuzzi, pool, saunas, and steam room. There are buses from the village to the slopes.
The main attraction in the Levi area is Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Finland’s third largest National Park. One of the Finnish national landscapes, it is dominated by fells surrounded by lakes, forests, and mires in their natural state. Thanks to its varying terrain, pure air, and natural beauty, Pallas-Yllästunturi is the perfect place to ski, hike, and generally enjoy the outdoors.
A little south of Kittilä, the closest town to Levi, the village of Kaukonen is home to the Särestöniemi Museum. Reidar Särestöniemi was a prominent Finnish artist and there are almost 500 pieces on display here. Gallery Raekallio in the village of Pöntsö features a permanent exhibition of art by Reijo Raekallio, among other art. The Einari Junttila Taidemuseo in Kittilä displays around 85 pieces, mostly watercolours, and almost all dealing with life and nature in his native Lapland.
Although the region is not famed for its architecture, there is a delightful church in Kittilä designed by C.L. Engel and completed in 1831.
Made from over 10,000 m² of ice and snow, the Levi Ice Gallery & Snow Hotel is located 7 km from central Levi, and features a wide selection of snow rooms in various sizes, decorated individually with ice sculptures, snow reliefs and lights, and opens every winter.
Taxari Travel Activities
Most of the tours operated by Taxari Travel in the region are focused around snowmobiles, with their range of options including Snowmobile Safaris to try ice fishing, safaris to the Levi Ice Gallery & Snow Hotel, Aurora hunting snowmobile safaris, visits to a reindeer farm, safaris to explore the wilderness, safaris around Levi, and a shortbeginner’s snowmobile safari. For those who prefer something a little quieter, you can enjoy asnowshoe trek to the top of Levifell to enjoy the panoramic views, or hop in a minibus to go hunting the Northern Lights. Taxari also arranges trips to Rovaniemi to see Santa Claus Village.
Levi resort is just 15 minutes from Kittilä airport, with regular connections between the two. It’s 80km from Kolari railway station, and 170km from Rovaniemi airport, with bus connections from both to Kittilä bus station.