A Dream Trip to Levi, Finland

This post is in partnership with the Levi Tourism Board.

I’m SO excited to share this post with you guys today, because it’s hands down the most incredible place I’ve EVER visited. And the time of year we visited (December) made it even more special. Levi, Finland is located north of the Arctic Circle, in a region called Lapland, which also happens to be where Santa calls home!

Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!

Day 1 // 12:15 – 2:30 p.m.

As we descended into Kittila Airport, we found ourselves in a true winter wonderland. We deplaned ON the tarmac (meaning straight on the runway – not into a gate leading to the inside of the airport), which was a pretty cool experience! Since we had our carry on bags we were able to bypass baggage claim and head straight for the charter bus, which would take us into the main town area.

Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!

Since check-in at our hotel, Levin Iglut, wasn’t until 4, we dropped our bags in the main resort area and decided to explore the base of the ski mountain, where several restaurants and shops were. We stopped in at a pizza place to fuel up, wandered through a small Christmas market, and even ended up picking up an extra fleece jacket and mittens because we certainly underestimated how cold it would be!

Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!

Day 1 // 3:30 – 9 p.m.

We couldn’t wait to check into our glass igloo hotel (read all about our stay here), so hopped in a cab to get there as soon as check-in time rolled around! Once we got into our igloo, it was time to relax for a bit, and take in the dark night sky, while waiting (hopefully) for the Northern Lights and enjoying some traditional Finnish Christmas treats we picked up in town.

Staying in a glass igloo is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read all about it!

Day 1 // 10 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Our first big excursion took place late in the evening, but was one we couldn’t wait for! We made our way back into town to meet our tour guide for the Snowcat Northern Lights excursion. Our guide drove us over to the ski mountain area, and we hopped into the Snowcat and began to make our way up the mountain, in search of the Aurora Borealis.

Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!

After driving around the mountain for a while and not seeing any more hints of green in the dark night sky, the group collectively decided to call it a night. And while we were bummed the lights hadn’t come out for us again (they’re never guaranteed, but the chances of seeing them in the winter are high), we still had a blast chatting with the Italian family of 4 also on the excursion and our hosts (who brought some delicious Finnish treats for us). Swapping cultural stories and just taking in the beautiful snow-filled scenery was wonderful!

But alas, just as the group piled back into the van to go back into town, a tiny streak of green appeared. And the hosts were kind enough to turn the car around (even though our excursion time had technically ended) and go back up the mountain to chase the lights. I tried to capture video and took SO many pictures, but nothing I did gave what we saw with our eyes any justice. The green streak grew across the sky and some pink/purple coloring appeared as the “lights” LITERALLY danced around in the sky. While it was totally freezing (we hopped out of the car to watch in awe), it was SO worth it, and one of the most incredible things I’ve ever witnessed. It almost seemed like there was a special effects person controlling the sky – too amazing to even recount!

Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi! Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!

Day 2 // 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

We slept in a bit after our late night hunting for the Northern Lights (and wondering if they’d appear again above us in the igloo), and were surprised to wake up and see that it was around 9, because it seemed more like 6/7 with the lack of sunlight. Such a crazy adjustment!

After grabbing some breakfast in the main lodge, we wandered around the area for a bit, taking in the scenery. We absolutely loved how peaceful it was, and of course, all of the snow. It truly was a winter wonderland!

Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi! Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!

Day 2 // 1 – 4 p.m.

The next big adventure on our schedule? Snowmobiling to a REINDEER FARM! As many of you know, I’m 110% obsessed with Christmas, so this was next-level excitement for me, being able to see reindeer in real life!

We were a bit concerned about not having extreme winter clothing, but were assured we’d be good to go with the gear the excursion company provided. When we arrived, we were already dressed in thermal leggings, jeans, an undershirt base layer, sweater, and winter coat. In addition to that, we were given a hefty (Michelin Man-style) suit to step into and zip up, thick boots, and a face mask to block the wind. We were good to go!

Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!

This excursion was family-friendly, so kids were able to be pulled in a sleigh behind our excursion leader’s snowmobile. My mom and I shared a snowmobile and switched off on the driving (me going out, her coming back) and it was quite the adventure! Neither of us had even driven (and I’d never been on a) snowmobile, so there was a bit of a learning curve, but all that was needed was a valid driver’s license. Our guide was incredibly helpful and looked out for us since occasionally we were trailing behind – those things are hard to maneuver!

After snowmobiling for a bit, we came across the cutest little cabin, which happened to be the reindeer farm! Here, the group stopped in to warm up and have some delicious treats and juice, while learning more about reindeer and life on the farm. My mom and I also opted to do a reindeer sled ride, which was SO cool! I wish we weren’t in our jumbo suits when we photographed this memory, but hey, I’m happy to have been able to experience it!

Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!

Day 2 // 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

After our big afternoon, we popped into a cafe for some food and spent some time wandering around town one last time to pick up some souvenirs to bring home and to explore more of Levi’s resort area before heading back to spend some more time in our incredible glass dome igloo for one last night.

Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!

Day 3 // 8:30 – 11 a.m.

In terms of adventuring, day two was the end to our dream trip to Levi. But for anyone interested in traveling there (which I absolutely recommend!!), I wanted to include a note about the airport. While the Kittila Airport is small, we experienced it at full capacity when leaving. There were a few tour groups from the UK plus other visitors, so we were SO glad we got to the airport a little over 2 hours in advance, since the lines for the check-in counter and security were incredibly long. I’ve never seen an airport so packed!

Lapland, Finland is the most beautiful place I've ever been! If ever there was a place to add to the bucket list, this is it! See how you can spend 2 days in the town of Levi!

We hated that our magnificent adventure in Levi had to end so soon. There’s just something so magical about the Lapland region of Finland, especially in December when the Christmas magic is in the air! I can’t wait to get out there again one day!

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  • What a fun trip! These photos are all so beautiful!

    Rachel / http://www.helloher.co

  • I love your travel posts because it makes me think outside the box of where to travel! Finland looks lovely!

  • CouponDivaAndi

    Sounds like you had a BLAST!

    • We did! The coolest place either of us have ever been to!

  • Poonam Patel

    This place looks magical. I love how beautiful it is with all the snow. I would love to visit there someday

    • It was unbelievable! I can’t recommend a trip here enough!

  • Such a beautiful place!!!! I would love to visit there one day. How awesome that you got to do a reindeer ride!!

    • I hope you have a chance to visit, Mistle! It’s absolutely magical!

  • I’m not too big on snow but it looks gorgeous! Especially for the northern lights.

    • I love snow because I never get it in Florida :) And the Northern Lights were unlike anything I’ve ever seen!

  • So. Much. Snow! Looks beautiful!

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

    • It was AMAZING! No better place to be, especially at Christmastime!

  • I loved reading your post more detailed on the glass igloo hotel! Love the photos of the northern lights and learning more about your stay!

    • Thanks, Kiara! It was the most incredible trip I’ve ever taken!

  • Wow, this is amazing! It reminds me of the Bachelor episode this week!

    • The Bachelor was definitely taking me back watching the last few eps! I actually think we might’ve seen them filming at the Helsinki airport!!

  • This looks amazing! I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights. Was two days enough in Levi to see things or would you have preferred to stay longer?

    http://thetatteredpassport.wordpress.com

    • It was the most incredible place! I definitely think we could’ve stayed a couple more days, but we were able to do quite a bit in the two days we had!

  • Anmaria Djong

    Really love your sharing. Have been wanted to go Finland for ages. I definitely save your post for your holiday plan.

    • So glad to hear that, thank you! I hope you can make it happen soon – you’ll love it!

  • This whole trip sounds amazing but your Finland posts are my favorite! I’d love to stay in an igloo and go to a reindeer farm!

    • Thanks, Jenn! It was absolutely my favorite part of the trip – and highlight of travel experiences period! I hope you can make it happen one of these days too!

  • Sky Fisher

    You have me daydreaming about Finland now! It is so amazing that you got to see the Northern Lights! I’m so glad that they did finally show up for you.

    • It was unbelievable! So glad to hear you’re feeling inspired to visit now :)

  • So jeals you got to experience this and am itching to go so badly! My childhood bff was just in Finland and said it was so beautiful and underrated. Loving your recaps and want to go to the igloos all over again!

    • I totally agree! It was the most incredible place. I hope you can plan a trip soon, Monica!

  • Oh my gosh! This looks like so much fun. Seeing the Northern Lights is on my bucket list. :)

    • It was a blast! The Northern Lights totally surpassed all expectations. I hope you get to see them soon!

  • Amazing pictures! How pretty!! What a cute reindeer.

  • Robin

    Omg, I’m in love! I’ve been dying to visit the Nordic countries – Finland always ranks as one of the happiest, most egalitarian countries on earth, in addition to having so much natural beauty. I’m so intrigued!

    • I can’t recommend a trip to the Nordic countries enough! Levi (in the Lapland region) was hands down my favorite place!

  • WOW! What a stunning place :) the northern lights are so incredible…and it looks like you got a good show! What a wonderful visit. Cheers, Mary Jane

    • It was so amazing! One of the most memorable trips I’ve ever taken!

  • I loved reading about the Northern Lights! It’s a dream of mine to see them one day soon! The reindeer farm sounds like a lot of fun too! And I’m pretty sure I commented on your igloo post, but that’s also on my list of things to do one day. That would be so cool!

    • Thanks, Crystal! I hope you’re able to get there soon! It’s the most incredible adventure!

  • Lydia Graham

    Finland is on my list of places to visit. We loved Sweden last time we went so Finland is next.

    • Yay! We stopped in Stockholm and enjoyed our time there, but Lapland was definitely the highlight of our trip!

  • Gorgeous pictures of the Northern Lights… I’m determined to have this experience one day… and because of you, I’m hoping that it happens in a glass igloo!!

    • Yay! Keeping my fingers crossed for you. It’s the most incredible experience!

  • These photos are amazing. I had never even thought about visiting Finland, but now I am dying to go. I would love to see all that snow, and the Northern Lights have always amazed me. I have to see them at least once in my life. It looks like you had a great time :)

    http://www.thesmalladventurer.blogspot.com.au/

    • Thank you! It was beyond incredible, I can’t recommend a trip enough! Definitely bucket list material!

  • Leah Hall

    This is absolutely amazing, and so on the bucket list for me! Thanks for sharing your experience, and so glad you got to see the lights!

    • Thanks, Leah! It was SO incredible! So glad to hear it made your bucket list – you won’t regret it!

  • Jessica

    a glass igloo…in finland…that sounds amazing. what an incredible trip!

    • It was absolutely incredible! Such a unique travel experience!

  • OMG it looks amazing. I never really thought about visiting Finland before, but I think I need to add it to my bucket list for sure! I would love snowmobiling to a reindeer farm!

    • It was the most amazing trip! Definitely a place for the bucket list :)

  • What a great mother-daughter trip! I usually opt for warmer places during the winter, but this post has got me reconsidering that! Plus, that’s the only way I’d even have a chance to see the Northern Lights.

    • It was wonderful! I’d definitely reconsider – this was hands down the most memorable place either of us had visited! And since I live in FL and have warm weather 99% of the year, I’m always eager to escape to cooler places, haha.

  • This trip looks so magical! I’m really glad you got the opportunity to do this!

    • It was! Visiting at Christmastime made it even more magical!

  • This looks like such a fun trip! Such great pictures!

  • This trip looks amazing!!! I really love cold weather and you did so many fun things!!!

    • It was the best! I can’t recommend a trip here enough!