Lappish adventure: exploring Levi’s surrounding by snowmobile

Rovaniemi is very close (in Lappish scale) to one of the biggest Finnish ski resorts, Levi. The ski resort is famous for its variety of downhill skiing options. And indeed it has 43 slopes where many Finnish ski centers feature less than 10 slopes. In addition, it has hundreds of kilometers of cross-country skiing trails too. And almost 1000 km of maintained snowmobile tracks. That was the reason we chose Levi as the starting point of our snowmobile adventure.

Attractions of Levi / What to do in Levi?

We’ve been to Levi before, but that time we didn’t explore the area much. Except skiing, we’ve visited a reindeer farm and a husky farm and one night we went snowshoeing. Not only we saw northern lights (Aurora Borealis), but also we slid down the ski slopes on our bums as we were too lazy to go down the hill. Anyway, we didn’t know Levi’s surrounding too much. The closest place that we visited often earlier was Pallas – Ylläs National Park. We did many cross-country and snowshoeing trips there because we wanted to avoid crowds in Levi. But for snowmobile adventure for beginners, like us, Levi seemed a perfect spot, because of the extensive network of tracks.

Renting a snowmobile

If you have no prior experience driving snowmobile, you should probably consider snowmobile safari with a guide. That will let you get to know how to drive the snowmobile and see if you enjoy it. Sometimes it can be much more tiring than driving a car. There are many companies that offer snowmobile experience. We chose Levin Tunturilomat and we didn’t regret the choice. Their office is located in the center of Levi and after snowmobile ride, you can head straight to the spa to warm up in the sauna if the weather is cold. Professional and friendly staff quickly dealt with all the formalities before the driving. We got a map of snowmobile tracks around Levi. We have already chosen our destination, Kumputunturi, in advance, but the staff had some nice suggestions that we will try next time. Pallas – Ylläs National Park is connected by snowmobile track too. Before we even noticed we were heading out of the office to the snowmobile parking lot wearing warm overalls that we got. We also had all our clothes including winter jackets under the overalls. And it’s a good decision for the whole day outside especially if you’re a passenger. Remember that driver shouldn’t drink before driving snowmobile. Also, you need a driving license to rent the vehicle and during snowmobiling, you must respect all traffic signs and rules.

Where are we? Driving a snowmobile in Lapland

Snowmobile roundabout - Finland

Driving to Kumputunturi

We got a comfortable snowmobile for 2 persons, but Levin Tunturilomat has also more powerful single rider snowmobiles. As mentioned before, we wanted to get to Kumputunturi, a nearest fell except the Levi fell. It is about 50 km to get there following the snowmobile tracks. First, we needed to go out from the rental place to the track network. The connection is a quite narrow passage between pine trees, but easy to drive and very short. Levin Tunturilomat location is not only good because it’s central in Levi, but it’s even better in terms of driving the snowmobile. After the short pass through the trees, you reach a big lake, Immeljärvi, where you can practice driving, learn to feel your snowmobile so that you know how it behaves. It’s also a great place if you have the need for speed. Just remember 60 km/h speed limit 🙂

Riding a snowmobile around Levi, Finland

Riding a snowmobile around Levi, Finland

Riding a snowmobile around Levi, Finland
From the lake, we went around Levi to Luvattumaa snow castle. On the way, we passed trail leading to the fells in Pallas. We were tempted to turn, but we decided to stick to our plan. All the crossroads are well marked with directions signs, so it was easy to follow and we barely needed to check the map we got. The way to Kumputunturi goes through usual Finnish forest. From time to time when crossing mire you can enjoy the faster drive as the track is flat and smooth. In the forest, some sections can be very bumpy.
Riding a snowmobile around Levi, Finland
Riding a snowmobile around Levi, Finland
Just before the crossroad with the trail to Kumputunturi, there is a cute, little cafe serving coffee and sausage for snowmobile riders. The cafe is in the middle of the forest and accessible only by snowmobile, but in the country where sausage and coffee are so popular, it’s no wonder that the business works well.


Riding a snowmobile around Levi, Finland
Finally, we arrived at the crossroad where the trail to the top of the fell starts. It’s a short dead end trail, but definitely worth taking. At the beginning, we went very slowly, because the track was uneven. The more up the better the way was. Also, you can observe changing landscape. Trees are getting smaller and around the top, there are no trees at all. Only snow everywhere. There is an open wilderness cabin too. It’s possible to have a break by the fire inside the cabin. In winter the cabin is nicely covered in hoarfrost and the snow reaches windows. When turning back to go down be careful as the terrain is not flat, so it is quite easy to roll over the snowmobile especially if going accidentally out of the track into deep, soft snow. We were happy to make it to the top even though the visibility was not the best, but the place is definitely worth checking. Unlike Levitunturi there are practically no people. In general, the snowmobile tracks are for the greatest part empty except the tracks in the vicinity of Levi. After Luvattumaa snow hotel, we met less than ten snowmobiles.

Winter on Kumputunturi
Winter on Kumputunturi

Winter on Kumputunturi
Winter on Kumputunturi

Riding a snowmobile around Levi, Finland

Sunset from Levitunturi

On the way back we took the same trails back. When we reached the Levin Tunturilomat track we continued straight as we still had some time left to enjoy driving. We went to the south of Levi and then on the way back we refueled. Going to the gas station with a snowmobile was another unique experience on that day. In addition, on the way to the station, there is even a roundabout on the track. The time has passed very fast. We saw many nice places and we learned how to drive the snowmobile in different terrain and conditions.

It wasn’t enough for us for the day though and we decided to check the Levi fell what we didn’t have time for on snowmobile. We went up by a car road that leads almost to the top. From there we enjoyed the sunset colors of the sky.

The view from Levi tunturi
Disclosure: We received a discount in exchange for writing this post.

 

Riding a snowmobile around Levi, Finland

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  • Lapland looks so cold but breathtaking. Thank you for recommending the snowmobile safari. It sounds like the perfect recipe to keep the cold at bay.

    • Only the hill top was cold and windy, on lower elevations we could enjoy the sunshine even 🙂 It was around -5°C, so in Finnish scale, it count almost as spring 🙂

  • Fairytale Studios

    Driving a snowmobile!! That sounds so much fun.. I never knew you can get one on rent. Levitunturi and Kumputunturi are just beautiful. I loved some of your shots. Would definitely like to visit this place someday. Thanks for sharing

    • In wintertime, it is a practical way to approach a cabin, go ice-fishing, or just check the surroundings. Definitely a must-try experience!

  • MelBTravel

    I have been to Lapland before to visit Santa 🙂 but Snowmobiling across Lapland sounds like so much fun and my husband would definitely love it too. It looks super cold though and I am not sure if I could be outside for that long unless that was some rum to warm me up. Great post and cool pictures (literally) 🙂

    • Haha, thank you! Luckily we got extra warm clothes. Actually, at some point, I felt pretty hot in them in the sun. Definitely a more exciting adventure for adults than meeting with Santa…although that is also a must 🙂

  • Ivy

    I want to visit Lapland because of all the pics I’ve seen lately. I didn’t know you could explore by snowmobile! That makes me wanna go even more. Thanks for the tips on Levin Tunturilomat, we’ll probably opt for the 2 passenger vehicle and get a guide since we’ve never gone snowmobiling before.

    • With a guide it is very comfortable, just jut need to follow them and enjoy the scenery. 🙂 Our first ever trip on a snowmobile was about 2-3 hours, I recommend you something in that time frame. And if you really like it, you can still do more another day.

  • SylvanMist

    This looks like a lot of fun! I’ve never been on a snowmobile before, although I know some people who have them and love them. It’s cool that you can rent one with a guide who will teach you too, for newbies like me lol. Beautiful scenery and photos as well, especially the ones with the cabin covered in hoarfrost, it looks so cold!

    • The cabin was so frosty, so we didn’t bother making fire there (there is an option for it), but I am glad we went there, the views were impressive!

  • Skiing’s not my kind of thing but I love the sound of snowmobiling across Lapland, husky farm and reindeer farm! Although I’m a bit of a baby when it comes to snow and would probably need to wear 5 pairs of socks just to THINK about visiting, I really would like to go some day. You have some really incredible pictures in this post – I especially love the ones of the structures!

    • In March, usually the weather is warmer (even around zero Celsius), and during our stay it was sunny every day except this one 😀 I also prefer dressing up well, but I was even a bit hot at some point, as I didn’t know in advance that the seat and the handlebars are heated. Felt so great! 🙂

  • Snowmobiling sounds so fun! I think I would pick that over skiing too, which I would probably suck at. This sounds like such a great winter holiday and the photos of the snow covered shed and mountains are just beautifully majestic!

    • I thought I am the only one who is not a big fan of downhill skiing. Love cross-country skiing, though, try that too if you haven’t! And next day you can rest on the snowmobile 🙂

  • Anita Nicole

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I need to do this. This is definitely on my bucket list, I have never even been on a snowmobile. It seems like so much fun and I don’t even care how old it is or how much snow is around me. But let’s talk about that cabin situation…its nice to look at but I wouldn’t want to be inside.

    • 😀 It is possible to make fire inside the cabin – there are firewood and a stove, although we decided to skip that option and just drank a hot chocolate in a warmer and sunny place 🙂

  • Abhinav Singh

    Finland sure is a dream place. One of my Indian travel
    blogger friend was recently there. She showed me pictures and told me stories similar
    to yours. It just made me want to pack my bags and go.

    • For me, this was the first place where I have ever seen so much snow and snow covered trees in my life. In Hungary we often had few centimeters, but nothing like this wonderland!