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Kittilä is a municipality and village in Lapland, about 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The region has become a very popular holiday destination, especially in winter, thanks to the world-famous ski resorts in the vicinity of Levi and Ylläs in the municipality of Kolari, as well as in the Pallas Yllästunturi National Park that surrounds Ylläs.
One of the main airports in Northern Finland is located outside the Arctic Circle. The airport is heavily congested, especially in the winter season. From here, travelers are very convenient to get to the main attractions and ski resorts in Lapland. Most tourists come from Ukraine, Russia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Canada.
At the same time, Kittilä Airport is very tiny. Only 50 people work here all year round, and in winter the number of staff increases to hundred. Although for a fairly small town, the airport still remains the most important transport hub. Nevertheless, an ordinary traveler has nothing to do here: there are few shops, there are almost no cafes, and in general Kittilä Airport is literally 10 minutes interesting, and then you need to urgently set off to watch the northern lights.
Kittilä airport is only 5 kilometers from the city of the same name. If it weren’t for the harsh polar winters, you could walk to the center in half an hour. But still, the walk may not be the most pleasant in case of frost, so it’s better to get to transport (of course, if you don't need to save as much money as possible during the trip).
Any of the local resorts can be reached by bus. Most of them are at the exit of the terminal. The trip will take from 40 minutes to an hour. The cost will vary between 10-15 dollars one way.
In addition, you can easily take a taxi to any point in the province of Kittilä. The cost and travel time will depend on the distance. But expect a taxi here to cost about $ 1.5 per kilometer.
Kittilä is a place of exceptional natural beauty, regardless of the time of year, and perhaps this explains why some of Finland's best artists live and work in the region, despite the tiny local population. For those looking for a short break from the ski slopes and nature trails, visiting museums dedicated to these artists will be an ideal relaxing and cultural holiday.
7 km from the center of Levi, you will find a great place to release your mind from stress and relax. It has a natural spa and sauna, which uses water from the Lapland River. There are hot and cold outdoor baths, as well as traditional saunas. There is also an ice gallery where you can take your best photos. Every year new exhibits are built here, while an ice castle with a snow chapel, an ice gallery and an ice bar is constantly standing.
The park is located in the municipalities of Kittilä, Kolaria and Muonio. It is one of the oldest national parks and the third largest park in Finland. In Muonio, it’s good to start a hike in the park, because the landscape here is relatively flat. And everywhere there are cute village courtyards, where you will always be helped to find food and essentials. In addition, during the trip you can get acquainted with the alpine flora and fauna. And the most common plant here is the eight-leafed dryad, which is considered the most beautiful flower of Lapland.
Kittil’s main traditional dish is called poronkäristys. It is reindeer stew in a pan with butter and water. Usually is served with soft mashed potatoes. All this is decorated with lingonberry jam and slices of pickles. It’s worth trying at least once. Especially since the dish served in almost all restaurants in the city.
In general, Lapland is characterized by simple and hot food. Moreover, all of it is made from the freshest and most environmentally friendly local products. The local diet always has a lot of meat and fish. And the abundance of berries allows you to create healthy desserts with a low amount of sugar. In general, even the most ordinary burger will become a unique gastronomic experience in Kittilä. All thanks to juicy meat and vegetables rich in taste.
And from desserts you need to try carrot cake. This dessert is prepared in every place according to its own recipe. But it is always very tasty. Especially with a cup of hot coffee without milk and sugar.