The most beautiful snowfalls in Europe and the northern lights: a remote village in Finland will make your vacation a fairy tale
The remote village in northern Finland has some of the best snowfall in Europe and gives you a pretty good chance of seeing the northern lights.
Inari can be the perfect place for your winter vacation. During the darkest time of mid-winter, the frost-bound village has only four and a half hours of sunlight a day, the Mirror reports.
It also gets a lot of snow. The winter weather in Inari lasts seven months, which means a thick snow layer is almost guaranteed for almost half of the year. Along with a continuous blanket of shiny white matter, the sky above it tends to break up into large flashes of color.
Located in the north and very remote from all but minimal rays of light, the dark skies of the countryside in northern Finland are the perfect canvas for the northern lights.
The aurora appears under a huge donut-shaped ring centered on the Earth's north magnetic pole. If you travel to a place directly under the "donut" or Aurora oval, you maximize your chances of seeing the northern lights.
Inari is located at 68°50′ north latitude, which lies about 165 miles north of the Arctic Circle and directly under the Aurora Oval. This means that there are incredibly high chances of seeing natural fireworks when the skies are clear. Considering that the Earth is entering a period of solar maximum that increases the aurora borealis to levels not seen in five years, there could not be a better time to do this.
But that's not all the charms of this village. The surrounding Lake Inari is the third largest lake in the country and is home to native fish species such as trout, lake salmon, Arctic char, white fish, grayling, perch and pike, as well as 3 islands.
Of these, the most intriguing is Hävdieennâmsuálui or Cemetery Island, a historic Sami sacrificial site.
Happily Inari is located along the main E75 road and less than 40 miles from Ivalo International Airport. To get there from the UK, fly into Helsinki with airlines such as Finnair and British Airways and then catch a connecting flight.