Set in Finnish Lapland within the arctic circle, Levi has its highest elevation at 258 metres. It has 230 kilometres of prepared cross country ski trails in both classic and skating technique, including 28K of floodlit trails with some dedicated dog walking loops.
How to get to Levi – Airport
The nearest airport to Levi is Kittilä which is a 15 minute drive away.
The tourist office has excellent information on how to get to Levi on flights from Europe and transfers to resorts, including car hire, rail and bus connections.
Transfer to Levi from the Airport – Bus
Public bus connections are available from Kittilä – Levi – Kittilä and Levi – Rovaniemi – Levi. Tickets are purchased from the driver and here are details of the bus timetable.
There is only 1 taxi company serving Levi/Kittilä the number is +358 200 99800 and they also have a website.
The offices are located in the center of Kittilä and in the center of Levi in front of the Levihotelli.
The Levi tourist office is in a modern building at the bottom of the town near the K5 Hotel. They are very helpful with English speakers and can give plenty of advice even before you travel from their website.
Ski Hire and Waxes
You will need to take identification proof for ski rental but you can rent cross country skiing equipment from any of the rental shops in Levi.
Elan Ski rental – offer a 10% discount for pre-booking from their website
Intersport – there is limited information on their website about ski hire but it does show the shops location.
Zero Point – this is probably the best xc skis hire in Levi and is a very central point in Levi at the downhill ski area. Their website has more information.
There are also other shops in town where you can buy extra ski waxes and cloths.
Tracks are very well signposted and there are many places to stop to refuel over an open fire with a pancakes and berry juice or hot salmon soup in larger cafes. Grooming is carried out at regular intervals and you can check the maintenance status via the app
Here is the map of trails that are available from Levi. There are two starting points:
Electronic Ski Track Service
You can now plan your daily trips from your tablet or smart phone and then follow them when you take your phone along by using the Electronic ski track service. By using the zoom function you can study the map in-depth, explore the terrain and the 3D Map gives an elevation view.
This service also shows you maintained ski tracks with different colours, the locations of cafe’s, wind shelters and huts along the ski tracks. You can measure track lengths and store your map views. You will see your own location, depending on your device’s GPS capabilities and your direction of movement is indicated by an arrow positioned in the centre of display. Cross-country skiing tracks of Ylläs area are shown with grey colour.
The season fees of Levi Ski Track Service are used for cross-country skiing track network maintenance and upkeep. Map contents come from the National Land Survey of Finland (Maanmittauslaitos). Levi Ski Track Service is produced by InfoGIS locator service.
If you are planning a two centre holiday you can find the Ylläs ski track app here.
Please use the link above to read the detailed descriptions of routes available.
You can also buy a paper map from Zero Point and there are some good maps along the trails.
Trail Huts, Cafes and Refreshments
You can see where these cafes are on the map and trail descriptions, but these links will give you a better idea of the facilities. The Tourist Office has a list of when their closed days are, and this is also on the Electronic Map Service.
Cafe Soma Levi – Lovely place for an after ski cake! They also serve lunches and all in a very nice setting in the middle of town near the supermarket.
Cafe & Bar Kota – This is a very convenient bar for apres ski and is just opposite the bus stop at Zero Point.
Levin Sammuntupa ja porotilapalvelut – Reindeer farm and cafe, open 10 – 4 each day.
Restaurant Riihi – This is situated just across the lake and is a lovely place to stop for lunch.
Rauduskylän latukahvila – This sits at the top of the Levi Gondolii. You can go up every night after 6pm for free and enjoy the view with a drink.
Restaurant Tonttula – Very nice restaurant near the dog walking track north of Levi
Loimulohi – At South Point. Best salmon you will ever taste!
Lapinkylä – at the reindeer farm out on the East tracks
Kätkänlaavu – Pancakes, donoughts and hot drinks and toilets at Junction 137.
By making use of the ski buses in the area you can open up another set of route options and the link above will give you information on routes, timetables and pricing amongst other things. If you have the electronic ski service this information is all included. If not then its a case of getting the map out and comparing the stops to a suitable route. Some bus/route options are available here.
R1 operates from Zero Point via Koillisrinne (Northeast piste, Lift 6) and Hossa to Sirkka school and further to road Muoniontie, turning onto road Myllyjoentie and continuing past Levin Portti back to Zero Point.
R2 operates south from Zero Point on the main road, towards Etelärinteet (South Point) where it turns back towards downtown using road Länsirinteentie, calling at the Gondoli area and returns to Zero Point. Ski Bus operates to Sammuntupa only at 9:10am and 7:10pm.
There are many options for places to stay in Levi from self catering to hotels. The Tourist office has a good selection of these online and one of the booking websites has various options. If you are looking to book a package, take a look under Holiday Companies.
Hotel Hullu Poro – The Crazy Reindeer
The Crazy Reindeer Hotel (known locally as the Hullu Poro) is in a good location for the start of the cross country ski tracks at both A and B locations. The restaurant does reasonable food, in a buffet style. The ski room is a little basic but has two tables with profiles and room to leave equipment, but no racks as such, the sockets are overhead, and additional connectors may be necessary to make your iron reach for waxing, and irons are not provided. The light is a little dull, but that applied to a lot of Finland in general, if you’ve never been as they are very conscious energy conscious. The dining room is dimly lit, with lots of backlit walls but the eyes soon get accustomed to the dimmed ambience. The hotel is situated at the top of the town at the opposite end to the downhill slopes and has a good supermarket/off licence within a 5 minute walk. The main bars and shops of the town are a 5-10 minute walk down the hill if you prefer a bit more life and retail outlets. This is also where the ski hire shops are situated.
Tour Companies who go to Levi
The Levi Tourist Office have a portal to help you create a package holiday
There are plenty of other things to do around Levi if you want a break from skiing, such as the Reindeer farm, dog sledding, and of course night trips out to watch the northern lights, sometimes this just means a visit to the local hostelry!