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Above the Arctic is proud to offer properties set in in the midst of the unspoilt arctic wilderness of Lapland in Northern Finland.  Our properties are set in the resort of Yllas


Yllas is an idyllic unspoilt Lappish village with stunning scenery and romantic log cabins dotted around the woods.  For more information on Yllas, click here.


Summer and Autumn

Summer in Lapland is pleasantly warm and you can escape to peace and solitude in a land where Reindeer out number the locals.

Autumn is a popular time to visit by the Finns for blazing colours of nature.
Our log cabins open out directly onto the forest where you are surrounded by nature. This provides a tranquil and relaxing location.

Summer and Autumn Activities

• Canoeing and dingy trips
Local activity companies hire boats and equipment

• Fishing
Lapland is the fisherman's paradise. Salmon, Brown Trout and the local specialty Grayling can be caught in the crystal clear lakes and rivers.

• Trekking
A short walk from Akaslompolo village brings you to the Kelloka Visitors Centre from where you can enjoy hikes of various length and difficulty. A shop, nature centre, museum and café are located at the centre. There are sign posted trails to suit all tastes and levels of fitness.

• Mountain Biking
Bikes can be hired locally for trips over the fells or into the forest.

• Horseback Riding
Why not try riding Icelandic Ponies?

• Midnight Sun
From the 30 May to 15 July the Arctic sun does not set. This is a popular time for summer festivals for the Finns e.g. Yllas Jazz Festival.

• Spa and Beauty Treatments
At the nearby Saaga Hotel in Yllasjarvi you can be pampered, massaged or just enjoy the fun swimming pools, sauna and steam rooms


Winter and Spring

Snow normally begins to fall by mid-October.  By mid-March snow averages 60 to 90 cm deep. But as the days darken, the snow and the Aurora Borealis lighten the polar nights and Lapland becomes truly magical. 

The snow melts at the beginning of May to herald the start of Spring. From under the snow the soft green landscape of Lapland reveals itself.

This beautiful and magical place creates an atmosphere for Christmas that only dreams are made of. Santa Claus can be found at the newly opened ‘Lap village’ in Akaslompolo, where you can see Reindeer, enjoy a Lappish meal and buy handicrafts. For the young one’s Santa will personally visit your cabin on a sleigh pulled by one of his Reindeer.

Winter and Spring Activities

• Reindeer Farm
Unique opportunity to drive a sleigh pulled by Rudolph and his friends.

• Husky Sledging
Try your hand at driving your own Husky Dog sledge.

• Down Hill Skiing
Yllas is Finland’s largest ski resort and a free ski bus serves the village. It is ideal for families, beginners and intermediate level skiers and has consistently good skiing conditions from November through to May.

• Snow Boarding
There is a snowboard park, pipes and streets both sides of the Fell.

• Cross Country Skiing
320km of ski tracks, 38km illuminated and 13 ski cafes on route, there are
also special tracks for children.

• Tobogganing
Bought locally for under £10 and great fun for the kids.

• Ice Fishing
Bore a hole through the ice and catch a fish.

• Northern Lights
Aurora Borealis. A unique spectacle seen only in the polar night sky.

• Snow Walking
Organised trips or hire the special shoes to explore the white wilderness yourself.

• Sauna
Traditional wood heated saunas and smoke saunas on frozen lakes with ice hole for dipping!

• Snowmobile Hire and Expedition
Take one of many organised trips or hire by the hour to explore the network of tracks through the wilderness.

• Snow Village
A trip to see the snow village made of ice where you can spend the night in an igloo or enjoy a shot of Vodka from the Ice Bar.



The Seasons

To find out more about the extensive list of summer and autumn activities available in Lapland, please click here

While most visit Lapland for Santa, there are also a host of other activities available.  For more information about Lappish winter and spring activities, please click here.





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