Page 1

Travel Newspaper

SPRING 2019

Please take your free copy!

Photo: The Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park/Valtteri Hyöky

Early spring is a time of sunshine, snow, and superb snow fun... What do you want to do in Levi?

...from February to April

The resort’s weekly programme offers ready-made trips and other activities

Design ideas for the hálo clothes brand come from here! PAGE 8


2

SPRING 2019

Many tales about Lapland The mysticism about Lapland has inspired so many stories over the course of time. The region’s own gods, clairvoyants and beliefs have lived through to modern times. Evidence of these are still evident today. Outside of Lapland, people have always been told strange, scary and nice stories about Lapland. In so many tales and imagination, Lapland with Santa Claus is also a fairy-tale land. Rosa from France came to discover her own fairy-tale world in Lapland. This is her story.

Rosa from France saw a picture of Lapland when she was a child and 38 years later she departs on her dream trip Veikko Erkkilä Last December, Rosa Brandao from Lille in France finally got the opportunity to take her first trip to Finland and Lapland, a journey she has been dreaming about since she was a child. “When I was just eight years old, my mother and father both passed away at around the same time. Mother became ill and went into a long-lasting coma before her death. Soon after, my father was killed in a car accident. My grandparents took me under their wing and I remember reading a book of fairy-tales that had a beautiful image of a snowy landscape with reindeer. There is one word in that story that left a permanent mark; Lapland. I started to dream about visiting this magical place one day to satisfy my growing curiosity. I started

work when I was only 14 years old, and because I took on so much responsibility at such a young age, I got married young and gave birth to my first child when I was 19. Now I have two daughters, the eldest is 27 and the youngest is 22, and I am already a grandmother. I work as a hairdresser and also train hairdressing students. At no point in my life did I forget about my childhood dreams of visiting the place called Lapland. This is what Rosa told us at the end of her trip to Levi. She had a bespoke trip organised for her by the Finnish travel agency My Finland, an agency that specialises in organising trips for French-speaking small groups and individuals. “Departing Paris for the direct flight to Kittilä, I felt that my childhood dream was finally coming true. It was my intention

Animal-loving Rosa Brandao got to pet more dogs than could fit on her lap.

to travel alone and enjoy some me-time, just this once. Once I sat down on a sleigh pulled by a reindeer, I wept in joy.” Being very fond of animals, Rosa went to see all the animals Levi has to offer. She admired Finnish chickens, goats, horses, Arctic fox, red fox, and a number of dogs. She also took a snowshoe hike in the fell highlands, rode a

the image I saw when I was eight years old, and the best thing about it all, was that the real world here kept this image alive. It was indeed just like the picture.” When the time to return home approached, the travel agency’s minibus took Rosa to Kittilä Airport and before saying her many goodbyes, she stepped on the plane to fly back to Paris.

snowmobile, stayed in a beautiful holiday home made from silver pine logs, made a traditional Finnish breakfast, participated in a Finnish dinner event, took plenty of photographs of the surroundings and strolled all around Levi. “I am in love with this place. Lapland is just the way I always imagined it could be as a child. I have now witnessed at first hand

Photo: The Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park/Valtteri Hyöky

Pallas–Yllästunturi National Park is Finland’s most popular national park Kilpisjärvi

To Norway Näkkälä To Sweden

Karesuvanto

Leppäjärvi Enontekiö

Palojoensuu

To Inari Nunnanen Peltovuoma

National Park Sonkamuotka

Pokka

Raattama

Pallas Muonio Särkijärvi To Sweden Olos Pöntsö

National Park Ylläs To Sweden

Pulju

Kolari

Tepasto Köngäs

Levi Kittilä To Sodankylä Kaukonen To Rovaniemi


3

SPRING 2019

Japanese romantic movie showcases Lapland and other parts of Finland Yuki no Hana – Snow Flower is a new romantic movie from Japan that was filmed in Tokyo, Levi and Helsinki. The story for this beautiful movie is based on the classic Japanese winter love song “Snow Flower”. It tells of love and the preciousness of life. This romantic drama tells of a terminally ill girl, whose very last wish is to experience the Northern Lights of Lapland with her

beloved partner. The storyline for the movie is based on the lyrics of the extremely popular Japanese love song, Yuki no Hana. The movie was already shown in January in Levi, already before its première night in Japan. Leading roles are played by Ayami Nakajo and Hiroomi Tosak. In addition to acting talents, Ayami is a model and

Hiroomi a singer. The Japanese movie Yuki no Hana – Snow Flower present Finland and Lapland with great beauty and elegance. Around half of the movie’s scenes were filmed in Finland. Much is filmed in Levi and its neighbouring regions, such as Ylläs and Pallas. Visit Finland was involved by organising

filming locations for the camera crew in cooperation with Levi Tourist Office and Helsinki Marketing. Production utilised funding granted by Business Finland called Production Incentive for the Audiovisual Industry: a total of EUR 199,743 was granted for the movie.

Supermarket Better than the rest! TAVALLISTAthat’s PAREMPI KESÄKAUPPA WE HAVE IT ALL...

Open year-round every day!

> _

Wide range of groceries, Lapland’s own delicacies and large variety of special goods. We also have plenty of toys, We also have household adapters, ery! SIM-cards and lott accessories, kitchenware and small home appliances. provided via Booking.com

LEVI

MEMORYCARDS

CABELS (audio, video)

CABELS AND CHARGERS FOR SMARTPHONES IITTALA AND ARABIA

MUUMI Winter specialities

ICEFISHING EQUIPMENT AND LIVE BAITS

SLEDGES AND SLIDERS

TUNTURITUULI-apartments

mon-sat 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. sun 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

YOU’ll FIND...

SKIWAXES 509, KLIM BEANIES, GLOVES AND BALACLAVAS SCENTS AND GEAR FOR SAUNA

instagram.com/levimarket info@levimarket.fi


4

SPRING 2019

RENT A SNOWMOBILE!

3 3 H/ H/ FROM FROM €100 90 €

LEVI Pro Shop

Snowmobile Rental - Parts & Accessories Tunturitie 2, 99130 Levi, Tel +358 400 186 246 info@immelkartano.fi

Unique Arctic

Experience

Snowmobile Safaris

One of Levi’s strengths is its wide range of activities Levi has huge number of things to do and you can find services for a whole variety of subjects. You could even try making a wedding proposal. Once you have proposed and had the wedding ceremony, why not take a safari, ride a snowmobile, a husky-drawn sled, reindeer sleigh ride, drive a rally car... Go cross-country and downhill skiing, hiking with snowshoes or your own shoes, kick-sledding, discover the Northern Lights on a trip, explore snow buildings, swim in the spa or the winter pool cut into the frozen lake, try catching fish from a

hole made in the frozen waterway, drink coffee at an activity trail café, let the children play outside in the snow, on a small sledging hill or indoors, try out some wellbeing services, experience bathing in the sauna, and savour the wealth of restaurant services... You can also choose your own programmes. Levi also sees tourists who want unique or traditional old-style services, where guests are greeted and taken care of during the entire stay, sharing of personal and shares experiences, and a genuine willingness to serve from the heart.

Käännös-, tulkkaus- ja opetuspalvelut 26 vuoden kokemuksella

Ice swimming & sauna

Restaurant Riihi

Chalet with 8 bedrooms

Arctic language company

Tuomikuruntie 136 99130 Levi info@immelkartano.fi 0400 394 182 www.immelkartano.fi

Arctic Language Company Oy 040 774 9945 peter.culley@arcticlanguagecompany.fi

After far-reaching views? Climb up the fell highlands to see the great wilderness nature open up in front of you.


5

SPRING 2019 • WATCHES • JEWELLERY • WEDDING & ENGAGEMENT RINGS • GIFTS • BATTERIES • TROPHIES • ENGRAVING • REPAIRS

Romantic engagements in Kittilä! Great selection of wedding and engagement rings Pohjois-Suomen kaiverruspalvelu

What? Where?

Experience of 28 years! Huskyrides, guided visits

Open Mon–Fri, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

and movie star animals

Valtatie 27 KITTILÄ +35840 8676 596, www.kellojakorukamari.fi

Fu incl el is in uded hire hourly rate (ma s! x. 2 ho

Levi

urs)

BY VMAXRENTALS.FI

• Snowmobile rental • Safaris • Children’s Snowmobile • Yamaha Snowmobile Services

TEL. +358 40 585 5333 • RENTALS@VMAX.FI

Huskypark is open around the year. Welcome! +358 40 750 6572 - levihuskypark@gmail.com - www.levihuskypark.fi -

Levi Huskypark, Inarintie, 11 km from Levi


6

SPRING 2019

Dependability is important on any trip “We’ll definitely travel to Levi again” It is cold in Levi, minus 15 or 20 Celsius. Sometimes, it’s even colder. Two couples from Britain came to Levi to ski the fell highland slopes. However, due to the harsh cold, they decided to give it a miss. Fortunately, plenty of other activities were open to them, and they decided their next adventure would be a reindeer sleigh ride. They have already tried a husky safari and actually got to become mushers; controlling the husky-drawn sled themselves. They felt it was a fantastic experience guiding the team of huskies and experienced just how enthusiastic these dogs are at pulling sleds. The two couples are Emily and Fabian Auclair, and Emma and Steven Farnden. Emily and Fabian live in the town of Rye in East Sussex, and Emma and Steven live in town of Basingstoke in Hampshire. They are family friends that often travel around the world together. They have also met Santa Claus and stayed in the Luosto resort on an earlier visit to Lapland. After seeing a television programme about reindeer a little less than two years ago, they became inspired to experience this fascinating creature. The couples were waiting for a minibus outside Levi Tourist Information that would take them to the reindeer farm. They had arrived at the meeting point at least

Peter Culley, Emily and Fabian Auclair with Emma and Steven Farnden in Levi.

15 minutes before the departure time, and they were certain, yet slightly unsure whether or not the pick-up would be on time. Nevertheless, they had earlier experience of people being very dependable in Lapland, always doing what has been agreed. Dependability and trust are not always guaranteed in many parts of the world. Whether or not dependability and trust always work in Lapland was something they could not be certain about. What they were certain about,

was that Levi is definitely a travel destination they would eagerly visit again. “We have travelled all over the world, but never before have we wanted to travel to the same destination again”. They all felt the same way. Each one of them enthusiastically praising how Levi was a well-functioning resort with excellent services. They have everything you could want, and all nearby. There are food shops, boutiques, cafeterias, restaurants, yet close to the wilderness and

activities. You can even ski downhill, right in the centre of the resort. “People here are so friendly and thoughtful. We really feel like we are welcome. It’s so safe here as well, people even leave their cars running outside unattended. You can’t do that in many places around the world.” Before the minibus arrives to take the couples on a reindeer safari, they get verbal assurance that the vehicle will arrive on time. The person providing this

guarantee had no information about the company or indeed the vehicle at all, but he is well aware of Lapland’s way of working. These words came from British-Finn Peter Culley, who has lived in Lapland since the early 1990s and holds both British and Finnish nationalities. He was visiting his business partners in Levi and spotted the British couples with Veikko Erkkilä, Editor-in-Chief of The Levi Times. The minibus arrived and the trip to the reindeer farm commenced.

Loving Lapland linguistically Many people travelling to Lapland seek once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Visitors from abroad often feel safer here than they do back at home. Indeed, Finland has recently ranked high in a number of different surveys about life quality and overall happiness. For some visitors, the way of life in Finland is so appealing, it can lead to life-changing decisions. Originally from Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Peter Culley has been living in Lapland since the early 1990s. His mother, originally from Hyvinkää in southern Finland, raised Peter and his younger brother, Simon, in an English-speaking family. Although Finnish was never spoken at home in England, their mother never forgot her roots and upheld Finnish culture. Peter was born British, but

due to a change in Finnish immigration, his mother applied for dual nationality for her two sons. When he turned 18 and enrolled for university, Peter received a long letter from the authorities in Finland about military service. As he was living in the UK at the time, the law said that military service was not compulsory. Nevertheless, he made the life-changing decision to sign-up and was posted in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland. “I had almost no knowledge of Finnish when I joined the army. I knew a few swear words and I could count to ten. In fact, the main reason for coming here was language”, Peter laughs. Most of the family holidays were spent in Finland and half of Peter’s family were Finnish, so communication was often

difficult when he was a child, as he didn’t speak or understand a word of Finnish. “I was always very fond of my grandfather, or Finnish Pappa, as we called him, but never got to speak a word to him without an interpreter. I thought being in the army would help me learn Finnish and speak to my grandfather and other members of the family directly for the very first time. I have to say that it was a rather extreme language course being a soldier and camping out in temperatures twice as cold as your freezer. Nevertheless, I got to talk to my grandfather before he passed away”, Peter adds. This Finnish course gave Peter much more than just a new language to speak. Today, Peter runs Arctic Language Company and has been responsible for handling the majority of

translations in Lapland over the past 27 years. “If you see something written in a foreign language here, it is probably our doing, if it is written well. I am very passionate about Finland and Lapland, so when we translate anything related to the tourist industry, we use translators of different languages who share this passion. We are not just translating words, we are also communicating multisensory feelings, emotions and adventure.” When assigned tasks in more exotic languages and faced with using a translator with no experience of Lapland or Finland, Arctic Language Company provides the translator plenty of background information before they start the translation, to guarantee the message is conveyed in the best possible

way. Whatever the season, Lapland is always a multisensory experience, so describing the Northern Lights, sound of silence, the Midnight Sun, wilderness snowscapes, vibrant autumnal season, and the cleanest air in the world, is definitely a challenging task in any language. “Many of our translators have travelled to Lapland for their holidays. The work they have done for us has inspired them to travel here and experience Lapland for themselves. It’s quite encouraging that the translator of an advertisement about Lapland in that language actually becomes its first customer.” Peter lives in Rovaniemi, has a daughter named Daniela and four-year-old grandson, Patrick. The family is loving Lapland with three generations of bilingualism.


7

SPRING 2019

Levi’s largest souvenir store with the biggest collection of

SOUVENIRS Jewellery from Finland Warm and stylish clothing also available

Welcome!

Open daily Lapland Safaris:

Winterwochenprogramm ANGEBOTSÜBERSICHT PROGRAMME 1. Schneemobilsafari durch die Wildnis (2 Stdn.) 2. Ein Traum für passionierte Fahrer (3 Stdn.) 3. Schneemobilsafari zur Rentierfarm (3 Stdn.) 4. Ausflug zur Rentierfarm (2 Stdn.) 5. Mit dem Schneemobil zum Eisfischen (4 Stdn.) 6. Weiße Stille auf Schneeschuhen (2 Stdn.) 7. Langlauf-Skitour (2 Stdn.) 8. Husky-Safari (10 km) (3 Stdn.) 8. Husky-Safari (5 km) (2–2,5 Stdn.) 9. Ganztägige Husky-Safari (7 Stdn.) 10. Per Hundeschlitten auf der Suche nach dem Nordlicht (3 Stdn.) 11. Nordlichtsafari mit dem Schneemobil (3 Stdn.) 12. Auf Schneeschuhen auf der Suche nach dem Nordlicht (2–3 Stdn.) 13. Aurora-Safari mit Rentieren (2–2,5 Stdn.) 14. Ausflug ins SnowVillage (3 Stdn.) 15. Schneemobilsafari ins SnowVillage (4–5 Stdn.) 16. Nordlichterlebnis im SnowVillage (4 Stdn.) 17. Abendessen im SnowVillage (4 Stdn.) 18. Übernachtung im SnowVillage (16 Stunden) Übernachtung mit Schneemobil (17 Stunden)

MO

DI

MI

DO

FR

SA

SO

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ κ κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ κ κ

κ κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ κ

κ

κ

κ

κ κ

κ


8

SPRING 2019

Jukka Puljujärvi makes an international breakthrough in fashion design Ideas about Lapland Finnish fashion designer Jukka Puljujärvi, together with his partner and marketing expert Marta Valovirta, exports high-quality women’s fashion all over the world. What makes some of his collection even more exclusive, is the use of colours and patterns in textiles that have been taken from the paintings of renowned Lappish artist Reidar Särestöniemi. Indeed, Jukka Puljujärvi’s origins are firmly rooted in Levi, as he was born in the small village of Pulju in the Municipality of Kittilä, located north of Levi. The idea behind their fashion designs is to create a high-quality, sleek and timeless collection. The company’s brand name is “hálo”. This term comes from the optical phenomenon produced by sunlight in the atmosphere. One of the ways this is seen is as a ring, or halo. A halo is created when light from the sun or moon is reflected and refracted off ice crystals in the atmosphere. Jukka Puljujärvi has received special permission from the Reidar Särestöniemi Museum Foundation to utilise the paintings of the artists in its textiles. In fact, the Särestöniemi Museum Shop also sells the “Reidar” clothing collection. The theme of these fashion designs also visualises Lapland’s nature and its seasonal phenomena of light, the Northern Lights and the Polar Night. Going hand-in-hand with this theme is Marta Valovirta’s firm belief in producing ecological elegance. This is very evident from the quality of the fashion wear and its classic features. There is no need to renew your wardrobe as the seasons change, just buy clothes that can be perfectly complemented for

Reidar Särestöniemi’s painting ‘Yksiöinen jää’ from 1969.

Jukka Puljujärvi and Marta Valovirta.

years to come. The textiles used in the company’s brand come from Italy and France, with printed fabric made in Germany. Production is done in Estonia. Jukka Puljujärvi’s artistic awakening occurred when he was a child attending an art club held in Kittilä and run by another renowned local artist, Reijo Raekallio. “The trip the art club made to the Reidar Särestöniemi Art Museum “Kajo.”

“Kaamos.”

had an enormous influence on me. Once I reached high school age, I was desperate to attend the Art High School in Rovaniemi, over 200 kilometres from my home. I applied for the high school without even informing my parents, but they backed my decision once my application had been approved”, tells Jukka Puljujärvi. This school gave Jukka his first inspiration for fashion design, and today his designs are sold not only in Finland, but a number of other European nations, Hong Kong and USA. The company opened up its own store in Helsinki at the end of last year. They also have their feet in the doors of a number of other nations and a particular amount of attention has been received from the Asian markets. Jukka Puljujärvi regularly visits the district where he was brought up, and its ambiance is already evident from future design processes.

“Reidar.”


9

SPRING 2019

Lapland Safaris:

Weekly Programme

Just come as you are, we’ll take care of the rest! PROGRAMMES

PROGRAMME CHARTto wilderness Snowmobile safari

Katri makes earrings out of willow grouse feathers and birch bark Katri Alatalo, a jewellery artist from Kittilä, came up with the idea of making earrings out of willow grouse feathers and birch bark. The outcome is astounding – beautiful and delicate. She started designing and making jewellery seven years ago. “I found something very interesting in jewellery, something that pleasant to focus on. I gather jewellery materials from neighbouring nature, which is why some of the materials I choose include bird feathers, plants and birch bark. These materials hold Arctic beauty and bleakness. I use resin for jewellery made using the hot wax-painted jewellery, dipping the plants in the resin. The colourful stud-like earrings are indeed very popular. When crafting the jewellery, I noticed my mind wandering to the places in

nature from which I sourced the materials. This is how I came up with the idea of including the coordinates for the jewellery. This tells precisely where the plant in the jewellery was collected”, tells Katri Alatalo. She says that she is also the biggest critic of her work. “I give my everything to each piece of jewellery I make, and I sincerely hope the bearers have the opportunity to be the very best versions of themselves, just as the jewellery is itself”. Katri lives on a hectare of land with one child, a dog, pony and a horse. She is also a renowned photographer. Katri’s main occupation is directing young people of Kittilä in media studies.

THE PERFECT WINTER HOLIDAY ... begins by choosing your safari. Join us for a thrilling snowy adventure by snowmobile, reindeer or husky sled. Search for the mystical Northern Lights or discover the magical Lappish nature by snowshoes. Unforgettable safaris daily for the whole family!

BOOK SAFARIS

2h Driver’s dream 3h PROGRAMMES Snowmobile safari to reindeer 1. Snowmobile safari to wilderness farm 2h 3-4h Excursion 2. Driver’s dreamto the reindeer farm 2h 3h Fishing Experience by snowmobile 4h 3. Snowmobile safari to reindeer farm 3h Husky safari 10 km 3h 4. Excursion to the reindeer Husky safari 5 km farm 2h 2-2,5 h Whole day husky 5. Fishing Experience by safari snowmobile 4h 7h Aurora Hunting husky safari 6. White 3h silence on snowshoes 2h Aurora Borealis safari by snowmobile 7. Cross Country skiing trip 3h 2h Aurora hunting on snowshoes 2-3h safari 10 km 8. Husky 3 h White silence on snowshoes 2h 8. Husky safari 5 to kmSnowVillage Excursion 2-2,5h 3h Aurora watching 9. Whole day husky safari at SnowVillage 7h 4h 10. Aurora Hunting husky safari Dinner at SnowVillage 3h 4h Overnight at SnowVillage

11. Aurora Borealis safari by snowmobile 3h Snowmobile safari to SnowVillage 12. Aurora hunting on snowshoes 4- 5h 2-3hSnowmobile safari to 13. Aurora Hunting Reindeer safari SnowVillage and overnight at the snow hotel 2-2,5h Two-day snowmobile safari in the 14. Excursion to SnowVillage fell region of western Lapland 3h 15. Snowmobile safari to SnowVillage 4- 5h 16. Aurora watching at SnowVillage 4h 17. Dinner at SnowVillage 4h 18. Overnight at SnowVillage 16h Overnight by Snowmobiles 17h

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

SUN

l

l

l

l

l

l

l

l

l

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

κl

κ

l κ

κ

κ

κ

l

κ l

κ l

l

κ

l l

κ

κ

l

κ

l

κ

l

κ

κ l

l l

κ

κ

l

κ

l

l

κ

κ

κ

κ

κ κ

l

l

κ

l

κ l

l

κ

l l

κ κ

l

l

κ l l

κ

l

κ l

κ l

l

l

l

l

l

κ

l

l

l

l

l

κ κ

SUN lκ

l

κ

l

κ

l

κ

l l

κ l

κ κ

κ

κ

κ κ

κ

κ κ

κ

κ κ

κ

κ

κ κ

DON’T MISS THE AMAZING LAPLAND HOTELS SNOWVILLAGE Overnight adventures and exciting excursions every day to the Magical World of Snow and Ice.

Guaranteed departures available daily with Lapland Safaris. Online: safaris.fi/levi | Hotline: +358 16 654 222 Office: Keskuskuja 2, Levi

κ


10

SPRING 2019

Levin Lapinkylä welcomes all guests to admire the Northern Lights and bright sky in cosy roofed lappish huts!

Levi Northern Light Huts

Huts are equipped with two separate beds that can be joined together, toilet, shower,  fridge and electric kettle. Area is remote and has dark skies to frame bright stars and Northern Lights. 7 cabins for 2 guests, 3 cabins for 2+2 guests.

Lapinkylä is located at old Lappish reindeer farm with picturesque old log buildings.

Oldest building dates way back to 19th century with an small exhibition of the life in past days. Restaurant serves tasty Lappish food including breakfast in traditional Lappish main building. Reindeer safaries and smoke sauna implements the services of Lapinkylä. More information: www.lapinkyla.fi

Address: Levin Lapinkylä Oy, Isotaalontie 285, 99130 Sirkka, tel. +358 400 225 240, email: levin@lapinkyla.fi Distance: Levi centre 13 km/ 17 mins

Visma Ski Classics – Ylläs-Levi 2019

The international final event of the cross-country skiing season, the Visma Ski Classics Ylläs-Levi event will be held on 13 April 2019. The start is in Ylläs and the finish is in Levi. Ylläs-Levi is a long-distance cross-country skiing competition with 12 competition stages in Europe and one in China. The route starts from the centre of the Ylläs resort and traverses the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park towards Levi. Skiers can choose skiing distances of 70 or 55 kilometres. The longer distance is intended for professional skiers and it includes demanding ascents and descents. The shorter distance mainly covers the same route as the longer distance, but the demanding fell highland section at the beginning is omitted. The ascents on the final stage are more easy-going. The starting point for the longer 70-kilometre distance is located in the Sport Resort Ylläs area in the Ylläsjärvi village of the resort. The starting point for the shorter 55-kilometre distance is located on the frozen lake on the Äkäslompolo side of the resort, which is also the first sprinting section for the 70-kilometre race. On the frozen lake, there ice is plenty of room for spectators to spread out along the route to encourage the competitors. Located close to the starting point, there are husky sled rides organised for spectators. http://yllaslevi.com.

Photo: Visma Ski Classics

Visma Ski Classics 2019 – Langlaufen von Ylläs nach Levi Der Startschuss für den nordischen Langlauf-Marathon am 13. April 2019 fällt an zwei Orten gleichzeitig: An den steilen Flanken des Ylläs-Fjälls an dessen Südseite bei Ylläsjärvi, und nördlich davon im Dorf Äkäslompolo, genauer gesagt, mitten auf dem zugefrorenen See gleichen Namens. Und keine Sorge, auch Mitte April ist die

Eisdecke der Seen in Lappland noch stark genug, hunderte Skifahrer und Tausende Fans ohne Bedenken über das Eis tollen zu lassen. Der Weltcup im Weitstrecken-Langlauf, ausgetragen an 12 Wettbewerbs-Orten in Europa und einem in China - auch der traditionelle, weltberühmte Vasa-Loppet

in Schweden gehört zum Kalender -, geht damit ins Finale, und die Distanzen flössen dem Hobbysportler schon einigen Respekt ein: Während die kurze Strecke von Äkäslompolo nach Levi durch 55 Kilometer nordischer Wildnis führt, haben die Profis in Ylläsjärvi eine 70 Kilometer lange Strecke mit selber Destination vor sich, gespickt

allerdings mit steilen Anstiegen und rasantriskanten Abfahrten. Wer als Zuschauer der Strecke folgen möchte, oder sich gar als Teilnehmer anmelden, findet weitere Informationen zu diesem Saisonhöhepunkt für Langläufer unter http://www.vismaskiclassics.com/


11

SPRING 2019

Our customers are our guests and our team is our family. We are pleased to make your holiday dreams come true!

Polar Star Travel +358 10 325 4040 sales@polarstartravel.fi

www.polarstartravel.fi

Let us be your local guide! Book your adventures and holiday homes!


12

SPRING 2019

Die schönsten Seiten des Winters Was den Wintersportort Levi in Lappland so einzigartig macht? Neben der Schneesicherheit von November bis spät in den April hinein ist es sicher die Vielseitigkeit dieser Destination, beide Grund genug, dass sich von der Kinderfamilie bis zum professionellen Skifahrer auf Trainingslager alljährlich immer mehr Wintersportbegeisterte in Levi, 170 Kilometer nördlich des Polarkreises, einfinden und wohlfühlen. Sicher, bis auf wenige Pisten hat das Skizentrum Levi keine extremen Abfahrten zu bieten, wie sie Alpinskifahrer aus den Alpen gewohnt sind – aber es tun sich ungewohnte Aspekte auf: Die Pisten sind breit, fantastisch präpariert und so gut wie nie überlaufen, und bei den Liften sind Wartezeiten in etwa so häufig wie ein Verkehrsstau in Lapplands.

das mitten im Dorf am Fusse des TunturiBerges Levi liegt. Hier erhalten Sie die Liftfahrkarten, das Angebot reicht von einer Drei-Stunden-Karte bis zum Sechs-TageKombiticket, mit dem der Gast auch die lokalen Buslinien rund um Levi benutzen kann. (Sämtliche Tickets sind auch online erhältlich, im Online-Ski-Shop unter nordicskipass.fi/levi).

LOS GEHT´S BEIM “ZERO POINT” Ein perfekter Start in den Skitag nimmt seinen Anfang beim “Zero Point”-Gebäude,

MIT DEM “SKI BUSSI” UNTERWEGS Egal, ob Sie mit Flugzeug, Bahn oder eigenem Auto nach Levi angereist sind – vor

Die Abfahrtspisten sind dazu bestens geeignet – man gelangt immer auf höchstens mittelschweren Strecken bis ins Tal, die Pisten sind breit und ausgezeichnet präpariert, und das “Verkehrsaufkommen” hält sich in Grenzen. Eltern kurz dem eigenen Alpinvergnügen widmen möchten. Reservierungen sind in der “Muksutupa”, dem “Knirpshäuschen”, nicht vonnöten. Ein vergleichbares Angebot bietet übrigens auch “Lastenmaa”- das “Kinderland” in Zentrumsnähe in Levi. –Das Skizentrum “South Point” erreichen Sie übrigens am einfachsten mit dem “Ski Bussi”, Fahrzeit etwa 15 Minuten vom “Zero Point” aus. AUCH SKIFAHREN WILL GELERNT SEIN Das Angebot an Skischulen in den Skigebieten von Lappland, allen voran in Levi, hat sich längst einen guten Ruf weit über die Grenzen Finnlands hinaus erworben. Unsere Skilehrer sind liebenswert um die kleinen und auch grossen Anfänger bemüht, und dank ausgezeichneter Sprachkenntnisse und

internationaler Erfahrung lassen sich fast immer Skilehrer finden, die die Muttersprache ihrer Klientel beherrschen. In Levi haben Sie die Auswahl zwischen Gruppenkursen und Einzelunterricht, gestaffelt nach den Vorkenntnissen und der Kursdauer – vom 1,5-Stunden-Unterricht bis zum individuellen Intensivkurs über mehrere Tage. Die Abfahrtspisten sind dazu bestens geeignet – man gelangt immer auf höchstens mittelschweren Strecken bis ins Tal, die Pisten sind breit und ausgezeichnet präpariert, und das “Verkehrsaufkommen” hält sich in Grenzen. Die Skischulen an beiden Seiten des Levi bieten auch Wochenprogramme an, bei denen man an jedem Tag eine neue Disziplin kennenlernen kann, oder für Altersgruppen zugeschnittene Angebote wie etwa die “Alpin-Skischule für Vier- bis Sechsjährige”. Den Kleinen beim begeisterten Hinunterbrettern zuzusehen und

Ort ist die angenehmste Art und Weise, von der Herberge an die Pisten und zurück zu gelangen, eindeutig der “Ski Bussi”. Die saisonal verkehrende, lokale Buslinie, die auf zwei verschiedenen Routen zwischen dem “Zero Point” und dem “South Point” auf der anderen Seite des Tunturi-Berges verkehrt und dabei an allen grösseren Hotels und Ferienwohnungsdörfern Haltestellen anfährt, verkehrt verlässlich und in kurzem Takt. Auch das kulinarische und kulturelle Angebot im Alpendorf Levi lässt sich entspannter geniessen, wenn man sich für die Heimfahrt nicht mehr hinters Steuer setzen muss. FAMILIENSTÜTZPUNKT “SOUTH POINT” Vor allem für Familien und Anfänger im Alpinskilauf ist eindeutig das Skizentrum “South Point” als Ausgangspunkt eines erlebnisreichen Skitages zu empfehlen. Die Sessellifte, die den Gast von hier aus in fünf Minuten zum Gipfel des Levi-Tunturis befördern, warten schon

nach zukünftigen Skiprofis Ausschau zu halten, ist ein Vergnügen per se. IMMER MAL WAS NEUES Levi wurde im Frühjahr des Jahres 2016 zum fünften Mal als “Skizentrum des Jahres in Finnland” ausgezeichnet. Ein entscheidender Grund für diese Wahl ist die kontinuierliche Erneuerung des Angebots – die Neuigkeiten in diesem Winter umfassen den annähernd kilometerlangen South Park für Snowboarder, mit zwei parallelen Abfahrtspisten für mehr Variation pro “run”. Im “Alpine Training Park” findet der Skifahrer vorgesteckte Slalomund Super-G-Abfahrten und kann sich auf jenen mit den Fähigkeiten der Weltelite messen – der haushohe Unterschied erschliesst sich dem Amatör übrigens schon meist nach zwei, drei durchfahrenen Toren, wie der Autor dieses Textes aus eigener Erfahrung bestätigen kann. Als persönlicher Favorit seien hier noch die phantastischen Tiefschneepisten

mit einer ersten Überraschung auf: die Sitze sind nämlich beheizt. So angenehm das sich anhört – Rundfahrten sind nicht erlaubt, man muss also auf eigenen Brettern in die Talstation zurückkehren. Dort befindet sich übrigens “Leevilandia”, ein genau auf die Bedürfnisse der kleinsten Alpinisten zugeschnittenes Skizentrum “en miniature”, mit einer Vielzahl von Matten- und Knopfseilliften und perfekt präparierten, einfachen Abfahrtsstrecken. Hier können die Kinder auch an den Aktivitäten des vielseitigen und kostenfreien “Leevilandia”-Wochenprogramms teilnehmen – organisiert werden jeden Tag um elf Uhr vormittags Schlittenfahrwettbewerbe, Schatzsuchen oder spielerische Winterolympiaden. Am südlichen Pistenzentrum liegt auch der Ausgangspunkt diverser Kinderskikurse und der Skikindergarten “Muksutupa”, wo die Kleinsten gegen eine bescheidene Gebühr von kompetenter, vielsprachiger Aufsicht betreut werden, wenn sich die

angeführt, die sich abseits der präparierten Pisten auf allen Seiten des Levi-Tunturis ins Tal erstrecken. Auf frischem Pulver ins Tal zu rauschen, und dabei die Aussicht über die lappländischen Tundren zu geniessen, gehört wohl zum Besten, das ein Skifahrer auf dieser Welt erleben kann. SICHER AUF PISTE UND LOIPE Damit nichts passiert, wenn etwas passiert: Der Pistendienst der “Ski Patrol” ist im Skigebiet Levi der erste Ansprechpartner, wenn es um die Sicherheit auf Pisten und Loipen geht. Zu erkennen an roten Jacken mit gelbem Logo, helfen deren Mitglieder im Ernstfall und sind auch Ansprechpartner, wenn man einfach nur nach dem Weg fragen möchte. Die Notfallnummer lautet übrigens in Finnland 112. Gerade bei Schneeschuh- oder Langlauftouren stellen Sie übrigens immer sicher, dass Ihr Telefon aufgeladen und warm verstaut ist. Viel Spass im Schnee!


13

SPRING 2019

Spa

OPEN 11 am - 9 pm

OPEN

11 am - 10 am Levi Hotel Spa • Levintie 1590, 99130 Levi Finland Tel. + 358 16 646 301 • hotel@levihotelspa.fi


14

1

SPRING 2019

8

SUPERMARKET • SOUVENIRS • CLOTHING

HOTEL • RESTAURANT • SAUNA

9

RESTAURANT

11

RESTAURANT

LEVI

2

INFO • ROOM RESERVATION

3

RESTAURANT

10

HOTEL • RESTAURANT

Book all Levi excursions & activities from Levi Tourist Office Address: Myllyjoentie 2, FI-99130 Levi Tel. +358 (0) 600 550 134 * levi.info@levi.fi, Levi.fi, m.levi.fi * (0,8€/min+local charge)

SOUVENIRS • GIFTS

Levi’s largest souvenir store with the biggest collection of SOUVENIRS

KEVY TL

LEVI

SAFARIS

BOOK SAFARIS

safaris.fi/levi | +358 16 654 222 Keskuskuja 2, Levi | levi@laplandsafaris.fi

LAPLAND HOTELS SIRKANT

LY J O E

NTIE

10

I

7

12

KA

LEV

IRA

MYL

SPORT SHOP

NMUK

MARTINMUTK A

+ 358400 693 062

IIKENNE

OPERO

Welcome!

6

Levi

ITT

5

NTIE

RESTAURANT

MYLL YJ O E

4

1

Pharmacy

2

HOTEL K5 LEVI

i

LEVIN MATKAILU

HI SS

E

3 LEVIN PORTTI

19

E NANTI

RAN

KÄTKÄ

K US7 K S K6E

ITI

4

5

20

Pihlajalinna

79

LEVI HOTEL SPA


15

SPRING 2019

9

9

RESTAURANT

12

REAL ESTATE AGENCY

HOTEL • RESTAURANT

RESTAURANT

13

KingCrab House Arctic Seafood Restaurant

+358 (0) 400 138 333 restaurant@kingcrabhouse.fi www.kingcrabhouse.fi

Centre TIE

HIMM

ERIIKI

N

IRAITTI

VIPRA

R ETU AKKA

8

PROGRAM SERVICES

15

SOUVENIRS • GIFTS

HOTEL HULLU PORO

SKI MB AAJ AN KUJ A

JÄN H II HTÄ

A

NK.

S RAT

16

A

TO R

13 15 16

11

IE

LEVIN TORI

11

AJA AST

www.polarstartravel.fi

AKK

KUJA

17

Cross-country skiing tracks

A

18

P

P

Kid’s Land

RESTAURANT

Levi

SPORT SHOP

Torikuja 3B +35840 171 5411 intersport.fi/levi

AREENA

Welcome!

+35845 1255 000

17 18 ITIE S S HI

CHAPEL

REAL ESTATE AGENCY

Local Levi Enterprise

IKUJ

JA

KU 7

+358 10 325 4040 sales@polarstartravel.fi

SIR

Pihvipirtti

SIT

9

IE

LÄN

RANT

AKK

AVA A

HIS

14

+358 400 397 795 +358 50 343 1883

PIIR

RAKK

TÄHTI

KKA

11WANHA HULLU PORO

14

19

SPA • HOTEL • RESTAURANT

Levi

You won’t find tastier pizzas

ZERO POINT

Next to the Eturinne Slope.

Eturinne slope (Front piste)

+35816 646 301 www.levihotelspa.fi

We also sell beers and ciders. Hissitie 11, Levi, +35816 643 034

20

DOCTOR

21

HOTEL • RESTAURANT

MEDICAL CENTER DENTIST Appointments by phone +358 10 312 141

+358 16 336 3000

21

LEVI SUMMIT

21

HOTEL PANORAMA

Levintie 1590 • pihlajalinna.fi


16

SPRING 2019

22

Köngäs

PROGRAM SERVICES

PROGRAM SERVICES

k uk La i

Munajärvi

JOKELANVAARA

k sjo

na

Ou

v är uj

O A ST TEP

OUNASJOENTIE

23

i

24

25

HOTEL • RESTAURANT

22 23

KÖNGÄS

Rautusjärvi

INARINTIE

OUNASJOENTIE

25

ACCOMMODATION • ACTIVITY

26

24

Pokka

RAUTUSKYLÄ

RESTAURANT

RESTAURANT AURORA SKY + 358 45 162 5606 Harjatie 2, Levi I leviniglut.fi

28

ICEKARTING

27

LAPLAND VILLAGE

Levi Northern Light Huts

+358 44 100 300

Isotaalontie 285, 99130 Sirkka, +358 400 225 240, levin@lapinkyla.fi

29

SNOWMOBILING

• Snowmobile Hire Shop • Sales and Service • Equipment Sales

Levi Fell Region

© Levin Sanomat

28

Sirkkajärvi OUNASJOENTIE

PETSUKKA

LEVIN YMPÄRYSTIE

RAKKA

To Muonio

HOSSA

LEVI CENTER Tunturitie 2, LEVI • +358 400 394 182 www.immelkartano.fi info@immelkartano.fi

30

RAKKAVAARANTIE

KOUTA

RESTAURANT DRAIVI

LEVITUNTURI

KOILLISRINNE

26

RESTAURANT AURORA SKY

WORLD CUP CENTER

31

PROGRAM SERVICES

BY VMAXRENTALS.FI

We operate right next to the snowmobile route. Easy route access means you get to ride your snowmobile immediately. Even children can join the snowmobile trip! 3,5km kilometres from the centre of Levi in the direction of Kittilä. TEL. +358 40 585 5333 • RENTALS@VMAX.FI

Ahvenjärvi

TAALOVAARA

UTSUVAARA GONDOLA

LEVIN YMPÄRYSTIE

Kaakkoisrinne

31 Immellompolo

ki

RESTAURANT TUIKKU

29

LEVI GOLF

asjo

30

RESTAURANT HORIZONT

Oun

Immeljärvi

RESTAURANT • SAUNA

TIEVA

79 8 km KITTILÄ 13 km

Etelärinne slope

South Point

SAMMU

27 LAPLAND VILLAGE


SPRING 2019

! e n O All In

17


18

SPRING 2019

ARCTIC CULINARY DELIGHTS AND EXPERIENCES

Closer to the Northern Lights Levin Iglut Golden Crown

Restaurant Aurora Sky

 +35845 162 5606

Table reservations and enquiries:

 reception@leviniglut.fi

 +35845 162 5606

Menu and table reservations: www.leviniglut.fi

Levi’s adventure park

May 1st in Levi.

Levi

Some of the programmes organised by the activity programme companies include snowshoe hiking, snowmobile safaris, winter fishing programmes, reindeer sleigh rides, horse riding, rally driving and karting, husky safaris, Santa Claus programmes, once-ina-lifetime experiences and adventure programmes. Levi provides downhill skiing on excellently maintained slopes that cover the fell. The changing terrain makes sure beginners and the world’s top Alpine skiers alike are entertained. The Ski School gives instruction into downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Children have programmes in Kids Land in the centre of the Levi resort and on the southern side of the fell next to South Point House service centre. Ski Bus takes tourists between the slopes

and accommodation spots. There are two different routes, both of which meet in front of the Zero Point building of the Eturinne slope, where bus stops are marked according to route and including timetables. Levi has spa, beautician, massage, gym and medical services available. Levi is Finland’s largest winter travel resort. The accommodation establishments take 25,500 visitors, and there are 60 restaurants and bars, 200 different service companies, a wide range of wintertime programmes, with downhill skiing slopes and cross-country skiing tracks. Cross-country skiing tracks cover 230 kilometres and snowmobile trails cover 890 kilometres. Levi also has a spa, doctor, beauty and wellbeing services, two bowling alleys, and a number of gyms.

Levi’s thrilling adventure park is located in the competition arena area. This winter, the park is open from February 9th until May 5th. The adventure begins from the western side of the Levi fell at the Activity Park hire shop (address: Gondolitie 1), where adventurers first dress in safety equipment, i.e. harnesses, helmets and gloves. The guests will then be briefed about instructions and safety issues. The first thing visitors need to check is that they have suitable clothing for the weather at the time. Climbing can be done by any adults and children with a basic level of fitness. The minimum height for participants is 120 centimetres and the minimum weight 45 kilograms. Of the seven different runs, the longest covers a total distance of 774 metres. This run tours the park at a height of 8 – 14 metres from the ground. It is like flying without wings. It is quite a thrilling experience, but it is also very safe and open for everyone. The adventure park also has an exciting 12-metre freefall with a soft landing. There are runs of varying heights to choose from. The rich experience of the adventure park is highlighted by its special lighting, sculptures, and of course the Santa Claus House resting on tall pillars. The adventure park is not only a summertime destination, as it also opens up in the early spring in February. During midwinter the park is closed.


19

SPRING 2019

TOP PLACES IN LEVI

n

O

Café 11–17

Le nt

o Fr vi s pi

À la Carte 18–23

te

n

O

Lunch buffet every day 12–15

Le nt

o Fr vi te

s pi

Panorama Menu 12–23

In

Lunch every day 11–14

Le c vi te

en r

À la Carte 15–22 Café & Restaurant Spiella and Restaurant Panorama Tunturitie 205, Levi, tel. +358 16 336 3000, panorama@golevi.fi Bistro K5 Kätkänrannantie 2, Levi, tel. +358 16 639 1100, k5@golevi.fi

Mon-Thu 6:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Fri-San 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.

opens in early spring

me!

co Wel


20

SPRING 2019

New sculptures: The theme for the Lainio Snow Village is once more Game of Thrones “It is difficult to even imagine something like this could exist.” This is a familiar phrase heard by guests of the grand snow hotel as they experience the hotel and especially its sculptures for the very first time. The SnowVillage run by Lapland Hotels is located in Lainio, close to the resort of Ylläs, and often receives over a thousand visitors a day. This is according to Operation Manager Janne Pasma. We opened Lainio SnowVillage in early December, even though winter came around three weeks late. Winter always comes,

Snow in the fell highlands On the top of the fell, ski lift structures and buildings get a complete snow cover already in midwinter.

sometimes unexpectedly late, sometimes unexpectedly early. Nowadays, evermore focus is placed on a late arrival of winter, as winter travel normally runs according to the calendar instead of the weather. This year’s ice and snow sculpture theme is a continuation of the theme of the previous year; Game of Thrones. The difference this year is that all the sculptures are different. Janne Pasman informs that the intention is to keep the SnowVillage open until 22 April, before it starts to melt. Ylläs has served as a site for Lapland

Hotels SnowVillage for 17 years. Traditionally, the annual themed SnowVillage has drawn inspiration from Lapland’s nature. Built from snow and ice, the SnowVillage has included, for instance, ice sculptures, decorated snow suites, an ice restaurant and an ice bar, as well as an ice chapel. Last winter, the Lapland Hotels SnowVillage was created, for the first time in cooperation with HBO Nordic, based on scenes and characters of the hugely popular Game of Thrones® television series. “The idea of a Game of Thrones®

implementation was perfect as a theme. Right from the start, we knew that we would be getting an extremely professional team of ice sculptors and snow builders, who would achieve an accurate and ambitious result,” says Janne Pasma. Last year, the Game of Thrones theme made the Lapland Hotels SnowVillage a hugely popular international success. The village was given wide attention in various media and over 2,000 articles were published about it worldwide, with a potential total reach of 3.5 billion.


21

SPRING 2019

Ville Valo & Agents on tour The tour of the Finnish band Ville Valo & Agents commences in March and runs through to June. The singer and band have released an album for the tour that is based on the songs of legendary Finnish artist Rauli “Badding” Somerjoki. The live set will include fresh interpretations of such Badding classics as Tähdet Tähdet, Paratiisi and Ikkunaprinsessa, as well as the songs from the album including the first single Orpolapsi Kiurun. “The Agents have been a working band since 1979, so this upcoming Ville

Valo & Agents tour is tour number… uh, I don’t know, lost my count already”, guitar legend Esa Pulliainen chuckles. “I myself started playing live in ’74, when I was barely seventeen - that means that next summer marks my 45th anniversary on the road. The venues and the roadside views have become pretty familiar during those years but I confess that this time ’round I’ll surely have a few butterflies in my stomach.” The tour will be a one-off collaboration. This means that these upcoming shows offer a truly unique opportunity to witness Ville Valo &

Agents live on stage. For the first and last time ever. “It will be a pleasure and an honour to serve under Captain Pulliainen – and his merry crew! – on this one-time-only exploratory journey through the Finnish wilderness, heading into the blue and white heart of melancholy”, Ville Valo says. Ville Valo & Agents will be performing at Hullu Poro Areena on 6th April.

Tonttula Elves Hideaway Set in the village of Köngäs, very close to Levi, you can discover the Tonttula reindeer and Elf in a Yellow Dress than is there to guide visitors. One of the favourite pastimes of the Forest Elf is picking wild herbs to refine for human use. Hidden away in the forest of experiences, the elves go about their busness. The trail takes visitors to the most secret and cherished place of the elves, Elves Hideaway. Step inside a real gingerbread house or enrol on a course in the Elf School. Photographer: Kirsi Immonen

If you keep your eyes open, you will spot all sorts of life in the forest. The place holds a strong forest ambiance and the short stroll through the forest of experiences helps you to notice every subtle and delicate detail. There are plenty of activities in this expansive area for people of all ages, families and groups, all year round. The small chapel in the grounds is a place for serenity and even weddings. The riverside barn is a fantastic setting for a great evening with family or friends, and the caressing

steam of the sauna pamper mind and body. Bathing in the hot tub beneath the starry skies and Northern Lights is a once-ina-lifetime experience for anyone. The Northern Lights Kota shelter is the place to savour Lappish delights by the open fire. The cafeteria and souvenir shop are open daily 10 a.m. through to 4 p.m. Tonttula Elves Hideaway is open daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., admission to the area is €15/guest, free admission for children under three years. You can explore the Elves

Hideaway yourselves using an adventure application that can be downloaded into your mobile device. The Tonttula Virtual Tour app for mobile telephones can be downloaded for free from the AppStore or Play stores. Tonttula Private Restaurant, Northern Lights Kota and Rantariihi Riverside Barn are open throughout the year for lunch and dinner groups. https://www.lapintonttula.fi/en/


22

SPRING 2019

FUN WITH Photographer: Teemu Moisio

The ski slopes in Levi provide plenty of entertainment for families and alpine sports stars alike right through to the month of May. The Levi Fell is not as tall as a mountain, but downhill skiing is very easy and a great deal of fun. The slopes are wide, extremely well maintained, and you normally do not have to queue for the ski lift either. The best known of the ski slopes is the Levi Black competition ski slope that is used in mid-November for hosting the Alpine World Cup competition. The lit ski slopes provide their own ambiance, as skiing can continue after sunset. The invigorating search for the Northern Lights can also be done on skis in the middle of nature. THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCE IS EASILY STARTED FROM THE ZERO POINT BUILDING Downhill skiing experiences are best commenced from the Zero Point building located in the heart of the resort, where all the necessary services are available. Ski lift passes can be purchased in advance from Online Ski Shop (skipass.fi/levi), or you can buy them on arrival. Ski lift passes of varying durations are available according to skiing enthusiasm, starting from a three-hour trial pass. The six-day ski lift pass packages are also very popular, and these also include a bus pass for local transportation. Zero Point also provides equipment hire for having fun in the snow. The large hire shop has a full range of equipment and supplies for a number of snowy pastimes, such as downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding. Some really great activities are riding fatbikes or snowshoe hiking through the snowy forests. SKI-BUS MAKES IT EASY Whether you arrive in Levi by plane, car or bus, the best way to get around the area is by using the Ski-Buses. The buses drive two routes and the terminal stops are located right in the centre of the village by the Eturinne slopes, just in front of the Zero Point building. The buses

are there to take people between the ski slopes and the largest accommodation establishments. Even going shopping is made much easier using the Ski-Bus services. SKI SCHOOL Ski School is all about learning something new, succeeding, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and sometimes honing of skills to perfection. Best of all, however, is fun and safe time spent together on the snow instructed by an experienced skiing instructor. In Levi, you can choose from private tuition or group instruction courses, beginner lessons or coaching for more experienced skiing skills. These courses normally have a duration of 90 minutes or three hours. Private tuition is a particularly effective method for learning how to ski or improving existing skills, and it is suitable for people of all ages. The Ski School’s abundant weekly programme has alternatives suitable for children, young people and adults. You will learn something new, meet other skiers, and receive instruction from Finland’s leading professional ski school. For instance, “Downhill Skiing School for children aged 4–6 years” is suitable for the younger members of the family who are able to take part in a group without their parents.

KIDS LAND LASTENMAA What would a holiday with children be like in Levi without the Kids Land on the southern side of the resort. They organise a free-ofcharge full week of programmes to keep the little ones active twice a day. At Kids Land visitors are allowed to have their own food and drinks, so pack some sausages and juice along, just like the Finnish families do! Kids Land also provides a childminding service available for a small fee.


23

SPRING 2019

SNOW Levi’s downhill skiing services The Ski School’s abundant weekly programme has alternatives suitable for children, young people and adults FAMILY-FRIENDLY SOUTH POINT Particularly for beginners and families we recommend the South Point skiing centre located on the southern side of the Levi Fell. The South Point chair lifts are heated and will comfortably take you up to the top of the fell in around five minutes. At the children’s Leevilandia there are safe and covered magic carpet lifts as well as the traditional button lift take skiing beginners to a sufficiently high point, in order for them to safely learn the basics of skiing downhill. You may also see the beginners groups of the Ski School practice here. Leevilandia provides a free-of-charge weekly programme for children, in addition to having a charged childminding service Muksutupa, and you do not even have to make a booking in advance. Ski lift passes and hire equipment are available from the South Point building located by the lower station of the chairlift. The best way to get to South Point is by using the Ski-Bus service, and the trip only takes around 15 minutes. ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW Levi’s South Park is almost a kilometre in length, which means jumps and rails can be used on the same run. South Park is also an illuminated area, so skiing can continue even when it is dark. In addition to having specifically built jump elements intended for more experienced park enthusiasts, South Park has another route with smaller jumps and easier rails. Located by ski lift no. 13, at Alpine Training Park, alpine teams get to utilise totally new practice runs for regular and giant slalom

events. For example, on the giant slalom track, skiers can practice descending sharply using the exits for the former Snowpark boxes. There are also two slalom runs and an undulating ski track available. OFF-PISTE DOWNHILL SKIING AREA Levi’s off-piste downhill skiing area makes it possible for all those interested in the sport to enjoy off-piste skiing. The ungroomed slope areas offer an easy and safe opportunity for experiencing off-piste downhill skiing in the snowscapes of Lapland’s fell highlands. The piste routes from the upper ski lift station for lift no. 6 are over one kilometre in length, and the height difference of these is 290 metres. The area is a fun place for skiing, where the open fell area at the top is full of moguls and nice slopes. On both sides of the actual ski slopes, there is the possibility for experiencing downhill skiing through the forest, something that provides even the most experienced of skiers a little bit of a challenge. In early winter, it is precisely in these forested areas where you will find the softest snow, as the wind does not hit these slopes as effectively due to the tree coverage. HIT THE SLOPES SAFETY ASSURED The skiers on the slopes wearing red jackets Ski Patrolien are there to supervise and improve ski slope safety. They provide advice and guidance for downhill skiers, conduct preventative ski slope and safety measures, as well as taking part in first aid and rescue operations. By following the ski lift and slope rules, everyone will enjoy time on the slopes more and skiing will be safer.


24

SPRING 2019

LEVI WINTER WEEKLY LEVI WINTER WEEKLYPROGRAM PROGRAM 2019 2019 Weekly program is an example of all the activities offered in Levi!

The versatile weekly program is a rare opportunity, as it takes place every day even with only two participants! Bookings latest by previous day by 16.00 at Levi Tourist Information, tel +358 16 639 3378, levi.info@levi.fi

SNOWSHOEING SNOWSHOEING TO SANTA’S CABIN Tue & Thu at 9.15 One of most photographed and scenic places. The trip includes guiding, snowshoes, ski bus, and Gondola rides. Minimum age 18 years. Duration: 3hrs. Price: 105€. SNOWSHOE TRIP TO SÄRKITUNTURI Wed at 11.00 (from 1.3 at 10.00) - Views on Pallas National Park of Finland. Stop at a lean-on-shelter to enjoy our snacks. Duration 3,5-4 hours. Price: 75€/person. NIGHT SNOWSHOE TREK ON LEVI FELL Thu at 19.00 (from 1.3 at 20.00) - Snack and hot drinks in a Lappish hut. Duration 2,5 hrs. Price: 73€/adult, 40€/child (8-11 y.) EASY SNOWSHOE WALK Mon at 11.00 - At Lake Immel Laavu (lean-on-shelter) snack and hot juice. Suitable to everyone, please wear warm shoes and take your own bottle of water with you. Duration 2-2,5 hours. Price: 45€/ person.

5KM WINTER OUTING WITH HUSKIES Thu & Sat at 14.00 5km self-driven huskysafari. Included is an introduction of the animals in the husky farm, as well as hot drinks and a hot sausage. Duration about 2 hours. Price: 85€/ person (2 persons /sled), 60€/child (0-12yrs). HUSKY EXPERIENCE – DRIVE THE TEAM OF HUSKIES daily at 9.00, 12.30 and 13.30 - After the driving tour of about 4-6 km, we will meet our huskies and their puppies during the farm visit. Duration: about 1,5 hours. Price: 115€/adult (2 people/sled), 70€/children under 12 yrs SPEED AND RELAXATION – sleigh rides with huskies and reindeer Mon at 14.45 - 2km husky safari and short relaxing reindeer. Duration 1–1,5 hours. Price: 65€/adult, 45€/child (412 yrs).

REINDEER SAFARIS

3km REINDEER RIDE, ICE-FISHING, SNOWSHOES AND SALMON SOUP Mon at 11.00 Break half way for icefishing at Hukkajärvi Lake. Duration 4,5 hours. Price: 125€/person, 75€/child (4-12yrs). REINDEER SLEIGH RIDE 1,5km Tue & Fri at 10.00 Relaxing reindeer sleigh ride in the beautiful winter forest. Duration 30 minutes. Price: 45€/person. 2 KM REINDEER SAFARI OM THE FROZEN LAKE Wed & Sat at 11.45 - Great views with clear open skies. Hot drinks and snacks by the open fire. Duration 2-2,5 hrs. Price 60€/ person, 30€/ child under 12yrs.

HORSE RIDING AND HORSE SLEIGH RIDES

SNOWMOBILING

MOONLIGHT ICELANDIC HORSE TREK Mon, Wed, Fri at 18.45 - No previous experience is required. Weight limit for riders 90-100 kg. Duration about 1,5 hours. Price: 75€/person (age limit 12yrs, unless experienced on riding trails). STEPS ON THE SNOW IN A PINE FOREST Tue, Wed & Sat – Horse riding trek on the Finnhorses. Duration: about 2 hours (of which 1-1,5h on the horse). Price: 95€/person. SLEIGH RIDE WITH LAPP GIRL AND BLACK BEAUTY Tue & Thu at 16.45 - Warm soft drinks and cookies after the ride. Duration: 45 minutes (sleigh ride 20 to 30 minutes). Price: 39€/person.

AURORA SNOWMOBILE SAFARI Mon & Thu at 18.45 - Out in the wilderness we keep our eye on the ever-changing skies. If we are lucky we will catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Duration: 2 - 3 hours. Price: 135€/person (1 person/snowmobile), 105€/person (2 persons/snowmobile), 75€/child under 12yrs SAFARI TO A LAPPISH TENT BY THE SNOWMOBILES Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun Duration about 2 h. Price: 99€/person (1 person/snowmobile), 81€/person (2 person/snowmobile), 57€/child (under 12 y.) SNOWMOBILESAFARI IN THE FELLS, 4 HOURS Tue, Thu, Sat at 9.45 The tour takes you further from the usual safari trails as we ride on snowmobiles towards Kätkä Fell near Levi. We ride through the beautiful winter forest and make several stops on the way to enjoy the frozen nature and landscapes. There will be a coffee break when we reach charming old log house Hanhipirtti - a small cafeteria in the middle of nowhere. We do not recommend this tour to children. Total duration 4 hrs. Price: €198/person (1 person /snowmobile), €149/ person (2 people/snowmobile).

HUSKYSAFARIS

20 KM HUSKYSAFARI TO FOREST KOTA Wed at 9.30 - The Husky team will lead you for about 20km ride through the snowy land. On the way, we will take a break in a forest teepee, kota. Duration: about 3,5 hours. Price: 200€ person and 120€ child (8-12yrs). Not suitable for children under 8yrs old. SLED RIDE IN THE HUSKY PARK 2km Wed & Sun - Enjoy a thrilling husky ride sitting in the sled driven by a musher. Guided visit of Husky Park. Hot sausages and drinks served in a warm Laplander’s hut. Duration about. 1,5 – 2 hrs. Price: 2 km 56€/adult, 33€/child (2- 11 yrs.)

ICE-KARTING

daily at 16.00 The guests are supplied with complete winter driving gear. Warm juice is served throughout the program. No driving license needed. Duration 1hr. Price:65€/person (min. height required 140 cm)


25

SPRING 2019

LEVI WINTER WEEKLY PROGRAM 2019 LEVI WINTER WEEKLY PROGRAM 2019

OUTDOOR LASER TAG Fri & Sun - Levi’s already well known Outdoor Laser Tag in the cold arctic darkness with sparkling snow, laser, smoke and light effects is something you want to do again and again. Play with or against your family or friends and try to make points avoiding the red lasers Duration about 2hrs. Prices: 55€/person, 45€/child age 7-12yrs playing with an adult. Children under 7yr old free of charge with a playing adult.

ICE-FISHING

ARCTIC ICE-FISHING Mon at 10.00 - Ice-fishing at Rautusjärvi lake. Soup lunch included. Duration about 3 hours. Price: 74€/person, 45€/child under 12yrs. VISIT TO AHTI’S KINGDOM Tue at 10.00 On The lake we start drilling the holes. If Ahti the god of lakes allows we might have some fish. Remember to pack warm clothes, it can be windy on open places. Guide serves warm juice while fishing. Duration: about 1,5 - 2,5 hours. Price: 55€/person.

may enhance this feeling with a truly arctic experience: take a dip into an ice hole and try arctic ice plunging! Duration: about 2 hrs. Price: 75€/person. WINTER WALK WITH THE ELF IN THE YELLOW DRESS Tue, Wed, Fri at 12.50 - Tour through the Magical Forest guided by the Elf in the yellow dress. You will get to bake gingerbread with the elf and make a nice handwork in the Elves' School. Wear proper winter clothes and shoes, since the walk through the beautiful forest is about 700 m. Duration: about 1,5 hrs. Price: 25€/person (children under 3 yrs. free of charge). COOKING WORKSHOP Thu at 12.00 - Combine local wild mushrooms with dark chocolate and more! Four-course meal with arctic food ingredients. Duration: 5 hours. Price: 180€/adult and 90€/child (under 15 yrs).

NORTHERN LIGHTS

VISIT TO SNOW VILLAGE

Mon, Wed & Sat We will get to know the snow village and learn how this magnificent Castle was built. Total duration about 2,53hrs. Price: 70€/person, 55€/child (2-12yrs) SNOWMOBILESAFARI TO LEVI ICE GALLERY Wed & Sun at 9.45 We will enjoy the scenery and drive around Levi fell to Levi Ice Gallery. Total duration 2–3hrs. Price 135€/person (1 person / snowmobile), 103€/ person (2 people / snowmobile), 73€ /child under 12yrs.

CULTURE & RELAXATION

COCOONING IN THE HALIPUU FOREST Thu at 11.00 Tucked into a warmly insulated hammock cocoon swaying amongst the Halipuu trees. Then a traditional warm berry juice and a snack. Duration about 2h. Price: 95€/person (50€/children under 10yrs in the same cocoon with a parent). Location: HaliPuu forest, in Veitservasa. LATTE AND ART IN TRADITIONAL LAPPISH SURROUNDINGS Wed at 10.30 To an old Lappish courtyard to the small picturesque atelier of local artist couple. Your guide sets up a campfire to make the best lattes north of the Arctic Circle with a home-baked cookie. Walking distance: about 3km. Duration 2hrs. Price: 59€/adult, 39€/child. SAUNA AND ICE-SWIMMING Fri at 18.45 - Sauna is a way of life for Finns, our source of relaxation and positive thinking. After the healing warmth of a traditional wood sauna you feel rejuvenated and fresh. You

ages 12+)

AURORA CHASE Wed & Sat at 20.00 With acclaimed landscape photographer. All equipment is provided. Cannot guarantee Northern Lights. Duration 4 hours. Price: 180€/person (suitable for

LAPLAND EXPRESS SNOWCAT

98€/person.

Tue, Fri, Sun at 21.30 - Inside the warm snow cat’s cabin, we make our way towards the top of Levi where we stop for a snack and hot berry juice. Duration about 2-2,5hrs. Price:

SANTA CLAUS

SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE AND ARCTIC CIRCLE (ROVANIEMI) Tue & Thu at 10.00 - The Santa Claus' Office and Santa Claus Village is in Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. Upon an additional charge the possibility to visit the Arktikum. The Arktikum Museum provides a unique insight into the way of life, culture and history of the North. Duration: 9,5 – 10 hrs. Price: Santa Claus Village & Arctic Circle: 104€/ adult, 63€/child (2-12 yrs.), Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle and Arktikum: 130€/adult, 81€/child (2-12 yrs.).

Bookings and further information from Levi Tourist Office: Tel. +358 (0)16 639 3378 www.levi.fi levi.info@levi.fi All rights reserved


26

EXPERIENCES FOR EVERYONE, ALL YEAR ROUND Inspiring activities and unforgettable memories – all conveniently from one place.

LEVI DESTINATION SALES

levi.fi

We’ll help you plan and make your holiday happen.

Levi Destination Sales + 358 16 639 3300 levi@levi.fi

SPRING 2019


27

SPRING 2019

Enjoying the atmosphere in Särestö

The Särestöniemi Museum is a unique place to visit for all people interested in history, art and local culture. Combination of beautiful nature and Reidar Särestöniemi’s art offers an unforgettable experience. From the museum area you will find artist’s childhood milieu, the Old Särestö.

There is also a great Gallery, which was built when artist Reidar Särestöniemi (1925–1981) was still alive. You can also visit artist’s Studio, which was built in 1978 and where he lived and worked his very last years. Both in the Gallery and in the Studio you will find exhibitions

presenting Särestöniemi’s art. Reidar lived his life in the middle of vivid storytelling culture which was full of spirits and stories from the past. For example his mother was originally from Northern Norway and told tales from there. Reidar also heard stories originated sámi mythology.

Reidar’s Norway

Lapland’s brief summer is warm and intense Lapland in Finland is not just a winter destination. Winter’s great contrast is a warm, sometimes even tropical summer. The sunshine in summer is another strong contrast to winter. As the winter, particularly around the beginning of the year, is the darkest time of the polar night, the summer has sunshine even at night. During the summer months the sun does not set at all Lapland for weeks. There are big differences in how much sunshine is seen between the northern and southern parts of Lapland, as the location of Lapland lies on the boundary of the polar region. In fact, up until around the 1970s, Lapland has traditionally been primarily a summertime destination. Interest in wintertime travel has been enhanced by Lapland’s wintry, snow-laden nature, Northern Lights, winter activities, Santa Claus, mystical

polar night and the development of excellent services. However, summer has received a little less attention, but this shouldn’t be the case. In addition to warmth and sunshine, summer in Lapland overflows with freshness, pureness and nature’s own greatness. Summertime life is most impacted by the birds that return mainly from Europe and different parts of Africa to nest in Lapland. The appearance of wildlife is at its most intense during the summer months. In early summer, all forests are filled with singing birds. Each species of bird has its own set timetable for flying to Lapland. The swans return in early spring. The last species to appear is the swallow. Spotting a swallow is a sign that summer is upon us. The flocks of migratory birds are amazing sights as spring turns to summer. This same

pattern is repeated in the autumn as the birds migrate southwards. The last birds to leave are the swans, as many only leave once the lakes and rivers begin to freeze over. The swans take their time to ensure their young grow well and learn to fly. The common crane is also a late leaver, but it doesn’t stick around as long as the swan. Swans don’t fear the cold, as they cope fine in below-freezing temperatures. In fact, nowadays some swans decide to stay in Lapland over the winter. However, for a swan to stay here there has to be an unfrozen section of water that supplies plenty of food. The best known of Lapland’s insects is the mosquito. When there are a lot of mosquitoes they irritate people, but the insects are completely harmless. There are many ways to protect yourself against mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are important food for many birds.

Reidar Särestöniemi’s mother, Alma Andersen, was born in the late nineteenth century in the area of Vesisaari in Norway, a place that back then attracted all sorts of people from Norwegian, Swedish and Russian regions. In this mixture of different languages and cultures, the largest united group was the Kven people, an ethnic minority of Finnish descendants. In an exhibition shown in the Reidar Särestöniemi Museum, there are photographs related to Norway along with items from the museum collections. The exhibition showcases Reidar’s family roots and discusses their influence on his art. In his works, Reidar repeatedly depicted northern Norway as if it were a place he felt was also his home.

Travel Newspaper Published in the winter

Publisher: Levin Sanomat toimitus@levinsanomat.fi www.levinsanomat.fi Editor-in-Chief: Veikko Erkkilä

When his parents died in the early seventies, Reidar painted a picture of the graves being located in a Norwegian church cemetery, right next to the graves of his grandparents. Depicting the shores of the Arctic Ocean, the hope-inspiring painting displayed in the Särestöniemi Museum Gallery is Rakastuneet hylkeet [Smitten Seals] (1972), with two whiskered seals are entwined and surrounded by vibrant natural colours. Producing artistic representations of a fishing village without its villagers was also a common themes of Reidar’s paintings. The village was mainly situated on green swell shorelines and the low-lying buildings and boats also prove that the location is no longer northern Finland, but northern Finnmark.

ISSN1797-1896

English translations: Peter Culley

Printed by: Botnia Print, Kokkola


28

SPRING 2019

Hotel Hullu Poro, Rakkavaarantie 3, FI -99130 LEVI Tel. + 358 16 6510 100 info@hulluporo.fi www.hulluporo.fi www.facebook.com/hulluporooy www.instagram.com/hulluporolevi #hulluporolevi www.facebook.com/elvesvillage www.instagram.com/elvesvillage #elvesvillage

The 15 restaurants of Hullu Poro

offer the best cuisine in Lapland, international experiences inter intern rna national tional fl flavors and new w experie experien ences for for every ever y da dday. ay. SAPUSKA Tasty bistro-food and charcoal grilled meats.

RESTAURANT MESSI Escape room, games, free WiFi, burgers

RESTAURANT ASIA Sushi & Asian flavours with a Lappish twist

RESTAURANT KAMMI Traditional Lappish delicacies and unique atmosphere.

RISTORANTE RENNA Pizzas and pastas, genuine and fresh tastes.

WANHA HULLU PORO Open every day and every night. À la carte list, karaoke and disco music.

PUB HÖLMÖLÄ

The funniest pub in whole Lapland.

PIHVIPIRTTI STEAKHOUSE

Fish delicacies from ice buffet and delicious steaks..

RESTAURANT ÄMMILÄ

Traditional local food with a modern twist. REINDEER LOUNGE & BAR Friendly lounge & bar in the heart of Hotel Hullu Poro offers a wide range of food and drinks.

TONTTULA CAFÉ 8 km from Levi to Köngäs village. Soup lunch, souveniers and experience village. PORON BENSIS Café & restaurant Poron Bensis and St1 petrol station is open every day. RESTAURANT TAIVAS Breakfast buffet and tasty dinner buffet. Located on the top floor of Hotel Hullu Poro. NORTHERN COWBOY Reindeer Tacos & Tequila. Arctic Street Food & Fine Drinks. HULLU PORO AREENA Top live bands, VIP-lounges, DJ's. See events www.hulluporo.fi .

Open daily 10 am. – 4 pm. Café and Souvenir shop Daily-To-Do and information www.elves.fi or info@hulluporo.fi

VISIT ELVES ELVES HIDEAWAY HIDDEN HUTS Price 15 € / person, free under 3 years An independent tour with an adventure program including free walking around Experience Village.

WINTER TRIP WITH A ELF IN A YELLOW DRESS

A guided tour through the Magical Forest. The most secret place of the elves, the Hidden Huts, invites you to the Gingerbread House, the Elves’ School and the Wise Elf´s House. Meet also the farm animals. Wear proper winter clothes and shoes. Price 45 € / person.

ARCTIC EXPERIENCE

Be prepared for a wonderful experience meeting the reindeer and husky dogs. Adults 140 € / adult, 80 € / children 3-12 yrs. Arctic Experience & Winter trip incl. transfer from Hotel Hullu Poro to Tonttula Elves Village

Clothes and accessories for men and women. You can find us at Levin Tori square

CENTER Massage Hairdresser Beautician Lappish treatments Relaxation treatments At Levi Tori square Tel. +358 16 6510 700 www.relaxcenter.fi

Table reservations ttel. l +358 358 16 6510 600

Intersport Levi Shop & Rental Intersport

i v e L t n e Rwill serve you

Downhill skiing Pro-alpine shop! with new equipment!

The Largest Winter Wear selections!

Racing Center Levi

Fischer Vacuum - It´s Individual!

Krista Pärmäkoski

New Polar Multisport watches -Vantage series!

Intersport Levi SHOP & SERVICE Torikuja 3 B • Tel. +358 40 171 5411 CASUAL SHOP Torikuja 4 A • Tel. +358 40 171 5176 RENT Torikuja 4 • Tel. +358 40 171 5017

SNOWBOARDING

Fischer XC-

We have the best brands & equipment!

-50%

Intersport

Rent Levi

Special

Offer

KIDS UP TO 10 YEARS RENT FEE: If both parents rent snowboards or skis, their kids up to 10 years get their rent equipment -50% discount for the same period of time!

Rent bookings: levi.rent@intersport.fi

Profile for Levin Sanomat

The Levi Times Spring 2019  

The Levi Times Spring 2019  

Advertisement