Deep inside northern Finnish Lapland
Not far from the border with Sweden and Norway, Enontekio is a winter wonderland in every sense. Step out of the plane and you’ll instantly know you’re inside the Arctic Circle. With 200 days of winter and average temperatures as low as -14 Celsius in January, it means guaranteed snow between October and, incredibly, May. Sleigh and skidoo riding, encounters with Santa and snowball fights are all obligatory.
|Time zone:||GMT +2 hours (GMT +3 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||3 hours 30|
|Holiday type:||Arctic short break, Winter sports|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 0.4°C (24 hour average) (Data for Rovaniemi)
Rainfall: 565.5mm a year (Data for Rovaniemi)
Take advantage of the long Polar Night which extends between 2 December and 11 January, and look up to the heavens. The region around Enontekio is renowned for its Northern Lights, with a light show in the sky three out of every four clear nights.
Must be there for:
At the beginning of March, the indigenous Sami people hold their annual Mary’s Days, featuring Sami music and art, sleigh riding and reindeer roping.
· Get back to nature – and see reindeer in the wild – at the beautiful Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
· To explore further afield you’ll need to hire a car or jump on a bus, which runs just a couple of times a day to Rovaniemi.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Finland.