Well-equipped modern cottage with pine interior, located in a complex of about 20 similar cottages, 2 km from centre of Levi ski resort. Electric/underfloor central heating, built-in sauna plus traditional wood-burning fireplace for cosy winter evenings at home. Large open-plan living/dining room with modern kitchen, two private bedrooms, mezzanine plus balcony, spacious deck with outdoor picnic table, ski-drying room, own parking space. View of the quiet north side of Levi fell (the resort's main ski mountain). Located 150 km north of the Arctic Circle, but only 16 km from Kittilä airport, Levi is Finland's premier winter resort. It offers sports activities to suit all tastes and skill levels, ranging from easy winter-walking trails in the forest to snowboarding runs sufficient to terrify the mother of any teenager, as well as wilderness safaris in any season. It is also home to an 18-hole golf course, set amidst stunning scenery.
I'm British, and a permanent resident of Finland, working as a biologist in the University of Tampere. I've been here for 17 years and know the country well. I travel a lot, both for work and play, and can provide plenty of advice on how to make the most of a trip to Lapland at any season, even if you decide to stay somewhere else than my cottage - please just ask.
Howy Jacobs purchased this cabin in 2003
Levi ski- and golf-resort offers the following ingredients that are hard to find anywhere else in combination
1/ it is on the edge of one of Europe's few remaining true wildernesses, located beyond the Arctic circle, accessible on cross-country skis or by snowmobile (or by car) within minutes of the village
2/ nevertheless, Levi is easy to reach (has an international airport 10 miles away) and offers all the services of a modern town, including excellent restaurants, cafes, bars, night-clubs, extremely well stocked supermarkets and winter- or summer-sports activities to suit every taste
3/ it has five breathtakingly different seasons, offering also the midnight sun, the northern lights,the unique blue twilight of midwinter and an abundance of autumn berries and mushrooms
I use the cottage partly as a retreat - to write (science), often going there out of season. I also entertain friends and family at any time of the year, most often around the holidays and in the spring, when the light is fabulous (16-18 hour days already in early April), the temperature pleasant (typically a few degrees below, but feels warmer in the sunshine) and Levi has a real buzz to it. The cottage is part of a complex of about 20 similar cottages, but is always quiet and, because of the way the cottages are built, there is a surprising degree of privacy. I don't ski myself - apart from cross-country on a flat lake very badly, but I do go snowmobiling, for which the area around Levi is perfect.