The weather is crappy. Zero degrees and rainy. So I’m taking a trip back memory lane to Christmas and Levi since I’ve got lots more pics I haven’t shared with you yet.
Compared to J I’m a complete rookie with trips to Lapland, but I’ve been to Ylläs once. And on that trip we drove to Levi one evening. But that was only to go clubbing so to be honest, it doesn’t count. So my mental image of Levi was entirely based on hearsay. I was prepared to spend my Christmas at the biggest party central in the northern hemisphere where people do nothing but dance on tables and shop.
But you know what? I fell in love with the place. Obviously Christmas and the spring season can’t really be compared but at least now the town was far from pushy, commercial and overly party-oriented. The resort was nice and cosy and frankly, not that big. Just the right size, I reckon. There’s enough to do if it gets too cold but you still get the spirit of Lapland.
Well ok, the chrissy lights were a bit over the top in some places.
Levi has plenty of accommodation to offer. There are hotels and cottages in every size and shape. Asian tourists often prefer the more exotic, modern igloos with glass ceilings which offer perfect views for northern lights. Apparently plenty of babies are made in the igloos since, according to a Japanese belief, aurora borealis improve fertility and babies conceived under the northern lights will have prosperous lives.
The Levin Ruska cottage we stayed at was beautiful. Nice and cosy and perfect for Christmas. It was a couple of kilometres outside the village centre in a very quiet and peaceful location and the ski tracks were just around the corner. Highly recommended
I’m guessing this was not the last time we head to Lapland for Christmas. Or visit Levi. In fact, Norwegian has flights to Kittilä on sale, feeling very tempted to get me some airline tickets…