How to spend a dreamy winter day in Finland

Credits: Julia Kivelä

Get some fresh air - winter in Finland offers plenty of unique activities

The crisp winter days with heaps of snow call for all outdoor lovers. We asked an acclaimed nature photographer and social media influencer Julia Kivelä to share some of her all-time favourite activities in Finland during winter.

If Julia's aesthetics please your eye, also take a look at some of her best winter photos.

Pure Finnish nature is both an endless inspiration and a place to relax for photographer Julia Kivelä.
Credits: Julia Kivelä

Visit a husky farm

Start your day with an unforgettable dog sledding adventure at a husky farm. Huskies will be very excited to take you on a tour to see the breathtaking winter scenery of Finland. If you are lucky, you might get a chance to meet cute puppies! 

Not sure where to find a husky tour in Finland? Take a look at our product page and the selection of sustainably labelled husky tour providers.

Husky sledding is certainly one of the most fun ways to explore the wintry landscapes of Finland.
Credits : Julia Kivelä
Petting husky puppies is yet another highlight to your trip.
Credits: Julia Kivelä

Go reindeer sledding

Go and say hi to the lovely reindeer at the reindeer farms. The owners often let you feed the reindeer with their favourite snack, lichen, which is a very fun experience. You can also go reindeer sledding to explore the snowy landscapes around the area.

Here's a selection of reindeer safaris in Lapland.

In general, reindeer are gentle and relaxed animals that you can pet and feed.
Credits: Julia Kivelä

Try snowshoeing

Take a breathtaking snowshoeing trip in one of the many stunning national parks of Finland. Finnish nature has many beautiful places where you can go snowshoeing, like Riisitunturi, Syöte, Koli, and Pyhä-Luosto National Parks. Rent snowshoes from the local ski rental shops and head for a solo adventure, or join a guided tour. 

If you want to experience something new, try a pair of "liukulumikengät" – sliding snowshoes.

Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to connect with nature and explore the terrain during winter.
Credits : Julia Kivelä
Snowshoeing is the best way to get off the beaten paths.
Credits: Julia Kivelä

Relax by a campfire

Wrap your day enjoying a warm drink or a simple meal by the campfire. Nothing tastes better than your favourite snacks after an active day spent outdoors! Please remember that you're allowed to light the fire only in designated spots.

Take a look at for more information and maps about the best destinations with huts and campfire spots around Finland.

Enjoy your campfire coffee from a traditional "kuksa" mug, traditionally made of birch burl.
Credits : Julia Kivelä
Credits: Julia Kivelä

See also

Best things to do in Finland during winter

Experience the spectacular Northern Lights, go skiing in the picturesque crown-snow forests, or enjoy the atmosphere in an urban ice skate rink.