Tucked away in the heart of Finnish Lapland, Levi conjures images of a winter wonderland where snow-drenched landscapes are animated by dogsleds and snowmobiles. However, for something of the unique, look to autumn. Levi’s fells kaleidoscope into burnished oranges and deep reds, antlered wildlife makes the most of temperate weather and ranging hiking trails open up, criss-crossing old-growth forests and ancient valley floors.
Levi in autumn is a kaleidoscope of burnished oranges and deep reds
This is a season to stay active. There’s everything from canoe paddles and horse rides to disc golf, high-ropes courses and reindeer walks. It’s all complemented by what is the “purest air in the world“ – according to the World Health Organization no less. Yet, for the quintessential Finnish experience, let a local guide bring you out onto the trails to forage for wild food. You’ll search for and identify edible herbs, mushrooms and berries before learning to how to cook up a just-picked feast. Don’t forget the obligatory sauna to end the day.
Forage for wild berries with a local guide
And, that’s not to say that you’ll miss out on the Northern Lights – far from it. The Earth’s seasonal orientation maximises the probability of the all-important solar flares, meaning that the aurora is, in fact, at its most active around the autumn equinox – late September. What’s more, positioned deep within the Arctic Circle, Levi is one of the world’s best places to catch a glimpse of those dancing greens and ethereal reds.
Autumn aurora, Levi
There’s also a truly exhaustive list of ways to spot them, many of which simply wouldn’t be possible in winter. Saddle up an Icelandic horse, trek out deep into the forest or simply hunker down by the fire for a dinner and a lights show. You can even cruise out onto glassy lakes to watch the aurora’s glow refract into a million colours.
On our Levi Glass Igloo Autumn Break you'll take in the auroras on an evocative lake cruise and spend a night in a luxury glass-domed igloo. Lying back on your motorised bed, you’ll have a front-row seat for nature’s greatest visual display.
Interested in seeing the Northern Lights in Levi? We’ve put together our favourite packages for you to consider: