Destination of the Month: Pallas - Snowshoeing in the heart of Lapland!

One of Finland’s absolute natural beauties is the highland of Pallas-Ounas-fells in the municipalities of Muonio and Enontekiö in northwestern Lapland. The area is also known as the Fell Lapland.

In the area you can find one of Finland's most popular hiking and skiing trails in the fell area, Hetta-Pallas. It goes northward from Hetta, over the Ounas fells and further over (or by) the Pallas fells, up to Pallas Nature Center. Of course, if you wish, you can continue your journey from there to fell Olos or down to the center of Muonio! The route can be travelled in either direction.

Next to the traditional Hotel Pallas there is one of the three Nature Centers in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. The other two are located in Hetta (Enontekiö), and Äkäslompolo (Kolari), on the slopes of fell Ylläs. There is a nice and easy parking lot at the Pallas Hotel and Nature Center, and it’s also a starting point of several hiking and skiing trails, which are of many different lenghts.

There are also a couple of ski lifts to take the skier or boarder up to the snow on the slopes of the National Park.



We interviewed Paula Pekonen, an experienced travel entrepreneur from Muonio, who told us about snowshoeing on the slopes of Pallas. The photos are Paula's magnificent, atmospheric pictures from her last year’s trip to the fells, including photos with her French client.

According to Paula, January-February, partly during the polar night period (the sun doesnt't rise), is a wonderful time for snowshoeing, especially at Pallas.

“The days are still short, and as the sun sets, the colors of the sky and the atmosphere on the fells are incomparable. The snowy trees are like some fairy tail creatures. The peace and silence that prevails there is empowering. Also the blue twilight is worth experiencing. - - Unspoilt nature, no traces, silence, calm, unspoken peace around… you can really feel being only a small part of this nature and universe.”



“January-February is the coldest time in Lapland. When Muonio shows a -30 degree frost, up on the fell Pallas there is about  10 degrees warmer."

On very cold weather skiing might not be so nice because the skis won’t  slide so well and the freezing air is difficult to breath. Quiet snowshoeing, on the other hand, keeps you warm and does not get you breathless. Nature is still sleeping in the winter, and it attracts with its calmness and with it’s pastel blue and grey colors. The Pallas hotel is still closed at the time, so there will be only few hikers then. That's part of the charm of the area, to hike in your own peace. "- But remember -!- It is important to have enough food and warm clothing with you, because  you can't warm up indoors if you get cold", Paula reminds.

However, there is no such a big risk of getting lost there, because the open fells are easy to navigate and the visibility even to the Hotel is good. If the wind blows too much, the hiker can take a route downward in the forests' shelter, where the wind does not bite that much.

Accessibility is pretty good, because you can start snowshoeing right from the parking lot, just pick your direction!



Very important thing to remember is, that the weather can change quickly and therefore its safest for beginner to snowshoe with a guide or a more experienced hiker, especially for longer trips. It is not worth to go on a strange terrain alone!


Paula wants to remind us, that in the fell area of Lapland, there is the cleanest air in the world. 



Paula Pekonen is the entrepreneur of the Lomamajat Pekonen / Cabin and Apartment Accommodation at the Muonio Center in the center of Muonio.

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Guesthouse Lomamaja Pekonen – Pekonen offers accommodation in cosy and clean apartments and cottages in Muonio (www)

Kierinki Village – Autenthic village in Lapland in Sodankylä area (www)

Pörröporo – Reindeer meat store and cafeteria in Pello, Western Lapland: Authentic food from forest, fells and lakes (www)

Elves Village – Experience for the whole family in Köngäs, Kittilä (www)

Lapland's Nature Experience – Unique experiences in winter and summer activities in Levi and in the whole Lapland (www)

Check all our Star Destinations at LikeFinland.com


Photos: Paula Pekonen 

Text: Anne Kinos-Järvinen (original Finnish text: Henri Elo, interview of Paula Pekonen / article in Finnish)



Did you know this about Pallas?

- The Pallas-Ounastunturi National Park was one of the first national parks in Finland in 1938. The park was enlarged and the name changed to Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park in 2005.

- The Olympic fire of the only Olympic Games in Finland was lighted at the highest peak of fell Pallas in Taivaskero on 6.7.1952. From Pallas's slopes it was first run to Tornio, where it joined the Olympic fire from Greece, continuing its journey to Helsinki.

- The area of Pallas and Jeris has been one of the most important training places of the Finnish skiing legend Juha Mieto. He calls the area his second home (Yle 2012).


What a snowfun! We spent a lovely day in Talma Ski Center – only a few kilometers from Helsinki!

Talma Ski offers great  set of snowfun! 

 Talma Ski. Photo: LikeFinland.com


For the kids there is Werneri Park, which has for example a pole carousel and adventure track for toddlers, and of course a very nice slope with a carpet lift. There is also a sledding hill in Werneri  Park, with various gadgets to slide on – slugs, sliders, bobsleds and snowscots - the choice is yours, they are all free to use! But the most popular of Werneri Park is definitely the snow tube chute -  best slides ever with the tube-tires!! 

Werneri Park. Photo: LikeFinland.com

On the skiing slopes you can use skis or snowboard,  and both can also be rented on the spot. Talma Ski has great slopes for both beginners and masters.

When you get hungry, there are a great restaurant and bistro! This season’s novelty is Thai food meals, which have already been very popular. There are also traditional Burger Dishes, Chicken Baskets and home-cooked meals.

Talma Thaifood. Photo: LikeFinland.com

We tested new Thai food meals in Talma and were positively surprised! Talma has hired professional Thai cook Meena, who has a long experience in the field and has previously held her own restaurant in Porvoo

On my plate there was Green Curry Chicken & Rice (green curry-flavored chicken with rice and vegetables). A warm, spicy chicken sauce with rice was tasty and kept me awake all day (I just noticed afterwards that I had chosen the hottest, spiciest version…!)

You can also bring your own packed lunch and eat it in Werneri Park: there is a special hut for that.  It’s also available for birthday parties. For this purpose, Talma offers birth packages.



Our day at Talma


We were 2 children and 1 adult having snowfun in Talma. We had upgraded our equipment on beforehand.

However, a new need arose while our visit in Talma. We had a 100-cent board for 135-cent boy, and that was definitely too small. We decided to buy a new Salomon board, which was recommended by Talma staff.

Talmashop. Photo: LikeFinland.com

The Talmashop has a good selection of alpine skiing and snowboarding equipment. They offer also a good set of discounts. Everything you can find in the online store Talmashop.com are also available on the store.

I was surprised that the Talmashop even sells serial tickets to the Talma restaurant. But of course, the slope will get you hungry and serial tickets will be cheaper choice for heavy users.

 We also visited the Talma's popular  ski school. Aleksi Vesimäki, who is responsible for the ski school, reminded us that those who wish to have a place in ski school on winter holiday need to hurry. Private lessons instead should be booked 2-3 days in advance. The ski schools have been popular and they provide a good start for enjoying the slopes both for children and adults.

Talma by night. Photo: LikeFinland.com
The atmosphere in night slope was great 


Text: Anne Kinos-Järvinen

Original Finnish text: Henri Elo

Photos: Henri Elo / LikeFinland.com

Talma Ski contact info:

www.talmaski.fi/talvi/ (incl. pricelist)

January 2019 (more hours on week 8)
Mon-Fri 16-20:30
Sat 10-19
Sun 10-18

Tickets 0400 716 882 info(at)talmaski.fi
Ski School 044 574 9070, hiihdonopetus(at)talmaski.fi
Restaurant  0400 716 856, ravintola(at)talmaski.fi

Talmantie 341
04240 Sipoo
(for navigator: Norantie 1, Sipoo)

Talma @ Facebook (www)
Talma @ Instagram (www)


We have chosen Talma Ski as the Destination of the Month in January 2019. Talma Ski is our Star Destination and media customer.

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Tiina visited Lapland - see the magnificent photos of polar night!

Photos: Tiina Vesterinen

We are happy to post some greetings from our active follower, Tiina Vesterinen, who visited Lapland at the turn of the year, when Lapland showed its magic at the polar night.

Tiina enjoyed nature experiences in Ivalo, which is part of Inari municipality, where several fantastic attractions are located; for example the Saariselkä Ski Center and the Urho Kekkonen national park, where there are, besides the spectacular conditions for hiking, also the Kiilopää fell.


You can do many activities in the nature of Finnish Lapland, such as hiking, walking, cross-country and slalom skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, mountain biking - not forget husky safaries, sauna and ice swimming, and last but not least: admiring polar night and aurora borealis in the sky!


 Photo: Tiina Vesterinen


Tiina has taken lovely photos for us, showing the polar night at its most fantastic colours. She took a hike with her friend and two dogs, heading to the Tuulispää lean-to, where they had a picnic by a fire.


Photo: Tiina Vesterinen. Lake Tuulisjärvi


Afterwards, they took a walk on the frozen lake Tuulisjärvi. The weather was nice and the views magnificent! The darkness comes early at the polar night, and they had to leave the lake already at 13:30 pm, when it got dark.


Photo: Tiina Vesterinen. Lake Tuulisjärvi, Lapland


Photo: Tiina Vesterinen: Lake Tuulisjärvi 

While her stay in Lapland, Tiina also went cross-country skiing at the Kiilopää fell. Watching her photos, we can try to feel the magic she felt  there, where the fifty shades of grey –and blue- aren’t enough!

 Photo: Tiina Vesterinen. Skiing in Ivalo


Photo: Tiina Vesterinen. Skiing in Ivalo


If you decide to follow Tiina’s steps and visit Lapland, please visit also our Star Destinations - Those we have tested and can warmly recommend!


 Photo: Tiina Vesterinen. Footprints in Ivalo


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Kierinki Village – Autenthic village in Lapland in Sodankylä area (www)
Guesthouse Lomamaja Pekonen – Pekonen offers accommodation in cosy and clean apartments and cottages in Muonio (www)
Pörröporo – Reindeer meat store and cafeteria in Pello, Western Lapland: Authentic food from forest, fells and lakes (www)
Elves Village – Experience for the whole family in Köngäs, Kittilä (www)
Lapland's Nature Experience – Unique experiences in winter and summer activities in Levi and in the whole Lapland (www)
Ylläs – One of the largest skiing and tourism resorts in Lapland (www )

Check all our Star Destinations at LikeFinland.com


Photos: Tiina Vesterinen 

Text: Anne Kinos-Järvinen (original Finnish text: Tiina Vesterinen / article in Finnish)


LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Our main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.


Destination of the Month: Many new places to visit in the countryside of Sipoo

The views from the Restaurant Tila in Sipoo. Photo: LikeFinland.com

The countryside of Sipoo, located eastside from Helsinki, is beautiful! At the end of November 2018, we visited places such as Café N’avetta, a home decoration shop Villa Nokkonen, and Gumbostrand Konst & Form! We also visited Restaurant Tila and ate lunch at Willa Söder.


Celebration premises of Café N’avetta, presenting by entrepreneur Johanna Petsola-Helin. Photo: LikeFinland.com


Café N’avetta. Photo: LikeFinland.com

We visited Café N’avetta first! It is located in Sipoo Västerskog, just a few kilometres from Helsinki to east. The products and delicacies of the unique café are baked by using butter and 60-year-old recipes!


Photo: LikeFinland.com


Villa Nokkonen. Photo: LikeFinland.com

The café building is not the only building in the area! There are saunas, celebration premises and also a shop, Villa Nokkonen, that offers home decoration.

The owners of Café Navetta, Johanna Petsola-Helin, and Villa Nokkonen, Tarja Sjögren, have been friends for many years.


Gumbostrand Konst & Form. Photo: LikeFinland.com

We visited also an art gallery, Gumbostrand Konst & Form, in Sipoo Gumbostrand, next to the sea.


Konst & Form's Shop offers Finnish and Nordic design, including G-collection, presenting by Shop manager Rita Nordin. Photo: LikeFinland.com

Gallery manager of Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Charlotta Björkendahl, hopes that buying art would be easy for the customers.

Professional artists have designed an own G-collection for Gumbostrand Konst & Form, design products for daily use that customers can buy at the Shop.

Gumbostrand Konst & Form offers the visitors also a Bistro to enjoy meals and cafeteria products.


Restaurant Tila in Hindsby, near Sipoonkorpi National Park. Photo: LikeFinland.com


Kaisa Rantama (in the middle), Matti Seppälä and Ellen (left). Photo: LikeFinland.com

On the next day we visited a Restaurant Tila. The owners, Kaisa Rantama and Matti Seppälä, and their adult children, Ellen and Aku, are interested in music.

Matti tells us that there have been concerts at the restaurant. They are also planning to organize more concerts in the future.


Willa Söder. Photo: LikeFinland.com


Sini Koponen. Photo: LikeFinland.com

We also visited Willa Söder that offers lunch, catering services, and room for parties and meetings. The owner, Sini Koponen, designed Willa Söder for weddings but now Willa Söder offers also a lunch from Monday to Friday.



Contact info of Star Destinations:

Cafe N'avetta

Katajakalliontie 2

01120 Sipoo


phone +358 (0)40 9680 466

Facebook / Instagram


Gumbostrand Konst & Form

Vainuddintie 72-28

01150 Sipoo


phone +358 (0)50 554 3538

Facebook / Instagram / Twitter


More destinations and information: VisitSipoo.fi



Text: Johanna Hurtig, Henri Elo

We have chosen Sipoo, Gumbostrand Konst & Form and Cafe N'avetta as the Destination of the Month in December 2018. Sipoo, Gumbostrand Konst & Form and Cafe N'avetta are our Star Destinations and media customers.

LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Our main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.


Fun things to do in Helsinki area at Christmas time!

There are many things to do from shopping and ice skating to visiting cafes and museums in Helsinki area in December 2018! Quite near Helsinki there are cities and towns such as Vantaa, Espoo, Sipoo, Raasepori and Tuusula.

Check out these places that we have listed for you! :) 

Check also the Christmas opening hours and ticket pricing by visiting the websites of the places included in this article.





Photo: Fiskars Village, Raasepori

Buy Christmas presents or souvenirs at the many Christmas markets in Helsinki and in the boutiques of the nearby cities and towns!


Fiskars Village


There are design shops, hotels, and restaurants in this historical area! Read more about the Christmas buses from Helsinki to Raasepori (until 15th of December) here.


Ornamo’s Design Christmas (From 7th to 9th of December)  

Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki

Read more about Ornamo here.


Wanha Satama’s Christmas (From 5th to 9th of December)

Katajanokka, Helsinki


Teurastamo’s Market (From 15th to 16th of December)


Read more about Teurastamo here.


Helsinki Christmas Market (Vanhan Joulutori) (From 15th to 22nd of December)

Vanha ylioppilastalo, Helsinki


Helsinki Christmas Market (Tuomaan Markkinat) (From 1st to 22nd of December)

the Senate Square, Helsinki


Old Market Hall



Porvoo’s Artfactory Christmas Market (From 14th to 16th of December)

Culture and Congress Center, Porvoo


Porvoo’s Christmas Market (From 8th to 9th of December)

Old Porvoo

Visit Old Porvoo's beautiful old buildings in December! There are many boutiques and museums in Old Porvoo.




Halosenniemi, Tuusula. Photo: VisitTuusulanjärvi

While visiting Helsinki, you should also visit the historical places near Helsinki! These places include museums and art galleries!


Ainola (Jean Sibelius’ home)


Lotta Museum




Lake Tuusula is known for its many historical places. Find more museums by Lake Tuusula here. We visited Lake Tuusula in spring 2018! Read more


Gumbostrand Konst & Form


If you love art and design, you should visit Gumbostrand Konst & Form! Its art exhibitions and design shop can be found near Helsinki in Sipoo.


Photo: Haltia – the Finnish Nature Centre, Espoo


Haltia – The Finnish Nature Centre


In Haltia there are exhibitions about the Finnish nature, a restaurant, and a shop! Visit also the Nuuksio National Park. We visited Haltia in spring 2018. Read more


Suomenlinna Sea Fortress


The ferry takes visitors to the unique island of Suomenlinna also in the winter time! We visited Suomenlinna Sea Fortress in summer 2018! Read more


Helsinki City Museum


Visit the Helsinki themed exhibitions for free and make Christmas decorations at the workshop


Korkeasaari Zoo


This zoo is located on an island in Helsinki. There are lions, tigers, bears, and other animals at the zoo that is closed only on Christmas eve! Adults 12 €, children 6 € (children under 4-years-old 0 €).




"The Ateneum Art Museum has the country’s oldest and largest art collection." There are also a shop and a cafe-restaurant at Ateneum.



– EAT –

Restaurant Backas, Vantaa. Photo: Johanna Hurtig/LikeFinland.com

Eat lunch or buy a coffee! There are many unique restaurants in Helsinki and also near Helsinki Airport!


Fazer Café

Kluuvikatu 3, Helsinki

At this cafe you can eat cakes, drink a cup of coffee or tea, and eat breakfast or lunch! The cafe was opened in 1891.


Café Esplanad

Pohjois-Esplanadi 37, Helsinki


Café Ekberg

Bulevardi 9, Helsinki

"Ekberg is Finland’s oldest bakery, patisserie and café".


Löyly – A sauna, a café, and a restaurant

Hernesaarenranta 4, Helsinki


Restaurant Backas


Near Helsinki airport you can eat lunch in a 200-year-old manor! We visited restaurant Backas in spring 2018. Read more


Restaurant Kuninkaan Lohet


By the Vantaanjoki river and also near Helsinki airport there is a historical restaurant in two buildings! We visited Kuninkaan Lohet in summer 2018. Read more


Cafe N'avetta


If you want to eat lunch or drink a cup of coffee in the countryside instead of the city, visit Cafe N'avetta!


Svartå Manor


Svartå Manor offers hotel and restaurant services in a beautiful environment!


Find more cafes and restaurants in Helsinki here!




Photo: Flamingo Spa, Vantaa

If you want to do something else than shopping or visiting museums, you should consider these!


Flamingo Spa

Flamingo Entertainment Centre, Vantaa

Go for a swim in the Spa or in the Waterpark! Flamingo Spa is located in Flamingo Entertainment Centre where you can also find a hotel, shops, and restaurants!


Talma Ski

Talmantie 341, Sipoo

At Talma Ski you can rent skiing equipment and go skiing for example in Snow Park that has been used by many professionals! With the kids you can spend a winter day at Werneri Park.


Kiipeilyareena climbing centre

Salmisaari Sports centre (Salmisaaren Liikuntakeskus) & Shopping centre Redi, Helsinki

Go climbing! Adults with equipment 20 € (before 4 pm 16 €) and children with equipment 15 €.


Ice Park – ice skating


Adults 6 €, children 3 € and students, pensioners 4 €.


Allas Sea Pool

Katajanokanlaituri 2 A, Helsinki

Go for a swim in the middle of Helsinki! Adults 14 €, children 7 €.


Exit Room Helsinki. Photo: LikeFinland.com


Exit Room Helsinki

Multiple locations around Helsinki, mainly in Vallila area

Some of the rooms are available also in English!


Megazone Laser Tag Game

Entertainment Centre Flamingo, Vantaa

Megazone Laser Tag Game

Salmisaari Sports centre (Salmisaaren Liikuntakeskus), Helsinki


Prison Island Helsinki

Salmisaari Sports centre (Salmisaaren Liikuntakeskus), Helsinki

Prison Island Vantaa

Entertainment Centre Flamingo, Vantaa





My Helsinki


Photo: LikeFinland.com



Text: Johanna Hurtig

Fiskars Village, VisitTuusulanjärvi, Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Haltia, Restaurant Backas, Svartå Manor, Talma Ski, Restaurant Kuninkaan Lohet, Flamingo Spa, Kiipeilyareena climbing centre, Exit Room Helsinki, Megazone Vantaa & Helsinki and Prison Island Vantaa & Helsinki are our Star Destinations and media customers. 

Other online sources used in this article: MyHelsinki, Ice Park, Löyly, Allas Sea Pool, OldPorvoo, Ateneum, Fazer, Korkeasaari Zoo, Helsinki City Museum, Ornamo, Wanha Satama, Teurastamo, Vanhan Joulutori, Tuomaan Markkinat, Porvoo’s Artfactory, and Old Market Hall.

LikeFinland.com is a nationwide leisure time media and search service of Finnish destinations. You can like us on Facebook or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

Our main website in Finnish is KivaaTekemista.fi.

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