Thursday, July 04, 2013

Guest Post: Skiing in Lapland – more to northern Scandinavia than Santa

If you’ve ever considered going on a skiing vacation, a small number of locations will have immediately entered your thoughts. In Europe, the Alps, which span south-west France, Switzerland, south Germany, Austria and northern Italy tends to be the most popular mountain range, while the Pyrenees and even the Scottish Highlands feature on many skiers’ radars. While the snow that lies there remains for a few months, it doesn’t last, so perhaps it would make sense to head further north where the weather’s colder to go skiing, right? Lapland, a part of Scandinavia which spans Norway, Sweden and Finland is on the edge of the Arctic Circle, which means that they enjoy a winter which lasts from early December right through till April.

A winter wonderland?
Sokuru Slopes Sokuru Slopes Photo Credit

Even before it became known as an emergent skiing destination, Lapland was already popular with tourists for other reasons, the main one being its strong connections with Christmas. Every year, thousands of families make their way to Finnish Lapland to go and meet Santa Claus in his grotto, get up close to the native reindeer and play in the snow. Another major attraction of Lapland is being able to see the Northern Lights. Astronomers and people who like to take great photos love to head up north once in a while to see the Aurora Borealis in all its glory, and are helped during the summer when the sun stays up until midnight. The long summer days are also great for partying and walking when there’s no snow to trudge through!

Sloping off
When it comes to skiing, a few resorts stand out, especially in the more mountainous areas of Lapland. A couple of years ago, the charming and authentic resort of Pyha was voted the best in whole of Finland. To celebrate its growing reputation, a competition has been announced which sees the winner will get the chance to go there this winter.

As Ian Brittain, Senior Product Manager from Inghams explained: “To celebrate the introduction of the award winning resort of Pyhä (voted Finnish ski resort of the year 2011) to our 2013/14 programme, we’ve decided to launch a Facebook Ski Photo competition to offer a lucky winner and their guest the opportunity to experience the qualities of Lapland for themselves! “There are also more second prizes up for grabs, so submit your skiing photos to win some great ski gear! For more information please visit us on Facebook”, he said.


  1. Juventus ponder double swoop for City stars

    Agen Bola reported, Juventus are set to launch an assault
    on Manchester City footballers Carlos Tevez and Aleksandar Kolarov.

    Despite agreeing to sign Fernando Llorente,
    the Bianconeri are eager to sign another high-profile forward and they seem to
    have made Carlos Tevez one of their top targets.

    With the Argentine set to enter the final
    year of his deal at Etihad and desperate to leave his current employers, he could
    easily be on his way to Italian Serie

    The only problem is that AC Milan have also
    expressed their interest in the highly rated footballer.asreported byIndo Eleven.

    Meanwhile, Juventus are also stepping up
    their efforts to sign long-term target Aleksandar Kolarov and they plan to
    offer around €20 million for the two players.

    Unlike Tevez, Kolarov has two years left on
    his contract with Manchester City, but there is every chance he will be leaving
    this summer after what was a pretty disappointing season on personal level.

    Source :

  2. Liverpool up their bid for Porto’s Atsu

    Agen Bola reported, Liverpool have submitted a new
    proposal for FC Porto forward Christian Atsu.

    The highly rated footballer has made it clear
    that he plans to leave Estadio do Dragao in the summer transfer window, and it would appear as though
    the Reds are leading the race for his signature.

    After having the initial €3.5 million bid
    rejected for the 21-year-old, Liverpool have reportedly submitted a fresh offer
    worth €5.8 million.

    Porto officials are currently considering the
    latest proposal, but given that the player has just one year left on his
    current deal, the Dragons have no choice but to cash in on him this summer.

    Christian Atsu began his professional career
    at Estadio do Dragao, but it was the loan spell with Rio Ave that seriously
    aided his development.asreported by Indo Eleven.

    Despite making just 17 league appearances
    last season, the youngster has earned himself a number of admirers from top
    European clubs.

    Source :

  3. Milan in shock bid for Di Natale

    Agen Bola reported, that AC Milan are exploring the
    possibility of signing Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale.

    The Rossoneri are looking to sign another
    centre forward after Giampaolo Pazzini suffered a serious injury and they have
    attempted to lure Carlos Tevez to San Siro.

    However, with the Argentine looking closer to
    Juventus at the moment, Milan officials have turned their attention to Udinese
    veteran Antonio Di Natale.

    The Rossoneri have already held a meeting
    with the player and his agent, where they have been informed the striker would
    be interested in joining the club.asreported byIndo Eleven.

    Di Natale, who has one year left on his deal
    with the Zebrette, is disappointed not to have been offered a contract
    extension at Fruli and could in turn request a summer transfe.

    Despite turning 35 last October, the former
    Italy international has enjoyed another impressive season, having scored 23
    goals in 33 league matches for Udinese.

    Source :

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  5. De la Torre pleased despite Mexico exit

    Agen Bola reported, Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre
    was pleased with his players after they ended their Confederations Cup campaign
    with a win over Japan.

    A brace from Manchester United star Javier
    Hernandez was enough to secure a 2-1 victory for the Mexicans in Brazil, while
    Japan scored an 86th-minute consolation from Shinji Okazaki.

    Neither side were able to progress from Group
    A, with Brazil and Italy moving into the semi-finals, but de la Torre was
    pleased with his side’s win in Belo Horizonte.

    “The team did very well today, we put
    together some good moves and managed to score,” de la Torre said.

    “That’s what stood out for me, as well as my
    players’ constant fighting spirit. I’m confident this team will continue
    developing. “It’s good to leave on a high note.”

    Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni, meanwhile,
    said his players were tired after their epic 4-3 loss to Italy on Thursday.asreported byIndo Eleven.

    Japan, who have already booked their place at
    the 2014 World Cup, finished
    bottom of Group A without a point.

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