The beautiful resort of Iso-Syöte offers fun for all ages and is a lovely place to learn to ski or snowboard...
The skiing in Iso-Syöte is best suited to beginners, particularly younger ones. There are two dedicated children's ski slopes as well as a fun snow tube park. So there's plenty for them to do, whether they're skiing for the first time or want to sharpen their skills on the racetrack and mini rails.
Resort height: 240m
Beginners of all ages will also appreciate the resort's magic carpet and easy rope lift, while early intermediates will love the beautifully groomed slopes and stunning scenery.
Attractive as it is, Iso-Syöte's ski area has less pull for advanced skiers and snowboarders as there is not a great amount of challenging skiing to be found.
There is, however, one of the longest snowboard parks in Finland, as well as a ski cross course and some nice off-piste routes.
As several of the slopes are floodlit until 7pm or 8pm in high season on many evenings, winter sports fans of all levels can also enjoy skiing or boarding under the dark Arctic sky. And for advanced skiers who get a bit bored, there is always the challenge of cross-country skiing to try.
A network of more than 120km of well-maintained cross-country ski tracks is at your disposal in Iso-Syöte.
The snow cover is also very reliable, which is just as well as there are no snow cannons here.
The closest airport to Iso-Syöte is Kuusamo, which is about one and a half hours' drive away...
From the UK, you will probably have to fly to Helsinki and get an internal flight from there.
Iso-Syöte is a great place for first-time skiers and snowboarders of all ages to learn the ropes...
However, experts - and even confident intermediates - will find the small ski area limiting.
With stunning views and a wide range of activities on offer, the attractive resort of Iso-Syöte will delight non-skiers...
Iso-Syöte has more of a family vibe, but there is some après-ski action on offer if you know where to look. Try Snapsibaari, a shot bar that is open Fridays and Saturdays and puts on theme parties and karaoke nights throughout the season. The restaurant in Hotel Pikku-Syöte also has live music in the evenings to complement its buffet and a la carte cuisine.
There is not much shopping, but there is a huge amount of activities for non-skiers in Iso-Syöte. You can try snow-mobiling or dog-sledding, go on a reindeer safari, take the little ones to meet Santa, or even try your hand at ice fishing. For a more relaxed afternoon with the kids, there is also a Children's Nature Trail on the edge of the national park, where they can learn about the winter activities of the local animals.
Cost of living 6/10
Scandinavia has a reputation for being expensive, but nowadays you won't pay more for a beer or a coffee in Iso-Syöte than you would in one of the big French resorts. The lift passes in Lapland are also cheaper - perhaps because the ski areas are generally a lot smaller.
Attractiveness of the resort 9/10
Being situated within the Syöte Natural Park means Iso-Syöte is blessed with breath-taking views. And in the winter, the thick, white blanket of snow covering the trees and landscape transforms nature into a fairy-tale land.