Äkäslompolo is a picturesque village in Finnish Lapland. It's characterised by the gigantic lake that's full of canoes and little boats in summer, but serves as a key point for cross country skiing routes in winter.
You can find a big supermarket, open 7/7 from 8am until 9pm, a karaoke bar, a lot of different, cosy restaurants and pubs, a lot of outdoor shops for those who forgot some gear and a typical sauna house at the edge of the lake, where you can jump in it to cool down.
5 km from the village, there's the ski area of Ylläs with over 50km of slopes and around 10 lifts. You can go there with the bus (leaving every half an hour). A ski pass will cost you €45 a day. The slopes are certainly not to compare with the Alpes, but we recommend to do it for one day. Besides, the view up there is breathtaking.
The Äkäslompolo Lake freezes layer by layer. Due to the extreme, sudden cold, the top layer freezes, but because of the motion of the water, it cracks on some places, letting water run over the ice again. The water gets cold, but doesn't freeze except for the top layer. This goes on and on until there are 5 layers of frozen water, each parting a flow of water between them.