Holidays to Yllas put you in the midde of a peaceful national park. The snow-topped Arctic wilderness is all around you – and Father Christmas is close by.
This Laplandresort in northern Finland is split into two villages on either side of a mountain. There’s just a smattering of shops and restaurants here – and that’s exactly the appeal. As for the setting, you’re surrounded by the vast Pallas-Yllas National Park, a fairytale landscape of frozen lakes and snow-covered forests.
Home of Santa Claus
Yllas is considered to be Father Christmas’s original home. The bearded one lives in a house in Akaslompolo, one of the two villages here. On a visit, the elves introduce everybody to the reindeer, then there’s a short ride with the huskies before meeting Mr Claus himself. There’s a restaurant and gift shop onsite, too.
Between November and May, Yllas is a sought-after ski resort. Round here you’ve got some 300 kilometres of downhill and cross-country trails, many of which are floodlit into the evening. Pistes are wide and quiet, with the cold weather making for powder-perfect conditions. It’s generally better for beginners and intermediates, with a ski school available in case you need a confidence booster.
The Yllas fell, or mountain, is the ideal spot to try a new winter sport on one of our excursions, such as driving a snowmobile, or husky sledding. Husky safaris allow you to drive a team of dogs – it’s one of the fastest ways to travel around these parts, and there are no speed limits.
Lapland Explorer 3 and 4-night Trip
Lapland has a quiet side. Visit the town of Levi and the villages of Yllas and Pallas, and you’ll come across snowy fields that stretch as far as the eye can see, and thick forests that are waiting to be explored. It’s one of the most authentic Lappish experiences you can get.