Adult price from £1,975pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 1047

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Suitable for: Children aged 7 years and over (younger children may join the holiday, but may not be able to participate in all the activities). Please see terms for details
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What's included?

  • Flights: Return flights from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on availability). Flight routes are subject to change, regional and non UK departures may be available. Please ask our travel experts for more information.
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' hotel accommodation
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and experiences are included: Snowshoe hike, kick sleds, cross-country skiing, Aurora workshop and Aurora snowshoe, morning with a reindeer herder, wilderness skills, winter fishing by snowmobile, Aurora kota dinner and Christmas festivities, husky safari and Sámi Siida Museum visit (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Free use of snowshoes, cross-country skis, kick sledges and toboggans throughout your stay
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors

For any Aurora hunting family, Menesjärvi’s location is absolutely ideal and it is a magical place in which to spend Christmas. You are far from any significant light pollution here and deep within the Aurora Zone. This active holiday includes evening activities which help to maximise your Aurora viewing potential and enjoy an unforgettable festive holiday. 

Whilst your nights may be dedicated to trying to spot the Northern Lights, your days contain a wealth of exceptional Lappish experiences for all the family to enjoy. By the end of your stay here you will have travelled via snowshoes, kick sleds, cross-country skis and snowmobile-pulled sleigh, you will have encountered reindeer in their natural habitat and travelled with a team of huskies – not a bad way to spend Christmas!

The accommodation at Menesjärvi is warm and welcoming, offering simple Finnish décor and hearty food, perfect for the winter climate. Your hosts, Anne and Timo are two of the loveliest people in Lapland and really do all they can to make sure you have an unforgettable and unique experience.

This festive family holiday is about trying incredible experiences and creating shared family memories whilst getting to know the real people of Lapland, the culture and the landscape. It’s a magical place to spend time together as a family and search out the Aurora Borealis.


Image credits: Ville Heimonen & Timo Halonen
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  • Aurora Hunt via snowmobile

    This thrilling safari will take you out via snowmobile across the vast frozen expanse of Lake Menesjärvi. Your guide will lead the way to the most likely spot to witness the Aurora, far from any light pollution and where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the night sky.

    Adults will travel two per snowmobile (drivers must have a full driving licence) whilst children will travel in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile.

    Fingers crossed you are successful in your search and see the Aurora in all its glory!

    Duration: 2 hours

    From £114 per adult
    From £57 per child

Other options

  • Aurora Hunt via snowshoe

    On this evening excursion, you will strap on snowshoes and set out into the surrounding frozen wilderness around Menesjärvi in search of the Northern Lights.

    Whilst the Northern Lights cannot be guaranteed, your chances are exceptionally high here with Menesjärvi having an excellent track record when it comes to the Aurora so hopefully, your family will enjoy a dazzling display! Whilst you wait patiently, the guide will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the Northern Lights and the beautiful surrounding nature here.

    Duration: 2 hours

    From: £56 per adult
    From: £28 per child

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
Price guarantee

Adult (15+) price based on 2 sharing a twin or double room; child price based on sharing with 2 adults and using an extra bed

Dates
Sun 20 Dec 2020 Adult price (per person): £1975.00 Child (age 12-14): £1775.00 Child (7-11): £1525.00 Book

Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times. This only applies to holidays that include flights.

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

Dates
Sun 19 Dec 2021 Adult price (per person): £2115.00 Child (age 12-14): £1900.00 Child (7-11): £1635.00 Enquire

Terms

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

This holiday requires a minimum of 4 people to run, however, we require a minimum of 8 people for our flight allocation. Maximum 20 people (approximately). Please speak to our travel experts for further information.

Group Size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Minimum and maximum age

The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the holiday overview.

Younger family members may be able to participate but may not be able to take part in all activities. Please contact one of our Travel Experts if you have any questions.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

Medical History and Advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

It is vitally important that you advise us prior to departure of any medical or dietary condition relating to any member of your party so that we may notify our local staff before you arrive. We recommend only drinking bottled water from bottles with unbroken seals and be vigilant about the use of ice in drinks and ice cream.

Insurance

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                   

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                     

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are correctly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc.) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Menesjarvi - cancellation terms

CANCELLATION TERMS:

Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.

More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

62 to 46 days prior to arrival – 20%

59 to 45 days prior to departure -  30%

44 to 30 days prior to departure -  50%

29 or less days - 100%

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.activitiesabroad.com/booking-conditions

 

Traveller Reviews

  • Thank you for a great holiday 22 December 2019 by The Fedorin Family

    The place was really good, as your consultants told us before booking. Packing list came in really handy. Activities we had during holidays where amazing, and also there was enough free time to explore the area on our own. Hotel staff was very helpful caring and supportive and tended to all our needs. Relaxing atmosphere in the hotel, and sauna with hot tub - it was a really romantic and amazing
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    experience, being outside in the cold and not being cold, and all the candles in the forest. Our kid really enjoyed Santa, this was an unexpected turn of events. And Northern lights workshop was extremely helpful, without it we would not be able to recognize them and would have missed them.
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  • This was a truly amazing holiday... 07 January 2015 by Clare Sharp

    This was a truly amazing holiday that we all thoroughly enjoyed. The activities were brilliant as were the guides. We are already thinking about booking a summer holiday with activities abroad as everything was just taken care for us. Everything was brilliant but the husky ride was a once in a life time activity. Also seeing the Northern Lights dance.

  • Enjoyed all activities 13 February 2014 by Stephanie Dobson

    We enjoyed all the activities but the best was dog sledding. We were involved in harnessing the dogs to the sleds (which was great fun) and then went for a long ride. Most exhilarating and enjoyable. We've just returned from a fantastic holiday which was every bit as good as hoped. Your brochure gives a very accurate description of the holiday and we were pleasantly surprised at how well
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    everything seemed to slot together from the flights right through to the various activities on offer. The owners of the hotel have a great loyal team working with them and everyone works incredibly hard. They are clearly passionate about what they do. They were very helpful and approachable. Nothing was too much trouble.
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  • Enjoyed all activities 13 February 2014 by Sophie Taylor

    We enjoyed all the activities, but in particular the visit to the reindeer farm was very interesting and the herder was a great host. The husky safari was an amazing experience too. Sadly we only got one tantalising glimpse of the northern lights - might have to try again next year!We would consider another similar trip next winter as this has been such a success.

  • The most amazing holiday 07 January 2013 by Lynda Scrivener

    We have had the most amazing holiday and everything was virtually faultless. We had delays both ways on our flights, but that was the only snag. The owners, staff and guides at Hotel Korpikatano were wonderful, extremely welcoming, and nothing was too much trouble. They provided a fantastic Christmas we will never forget. To make everything just perfect, we saw the northern lights on 3 out of our
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    6 night stay, and the most spectacular display was on Christmas night. We couldn't have asked for anything more.We were very pleased to find Activities Abroad and this holiday in particular. It meant that we could do all of the activities that we wanted to do for one inclusive price. On other holidays we looked at, the activities weren't included and once we factored them in, everything seemed to work out a lot more expensive overall. It was very good value for money. The destination and hotel were perfect for our active family, and we'd love to return now in the summer for the midnight sun! One day. Fingers crossed.
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  • Best holiday ever 11 January 2011 by Ruth Saville

    Best holiday ever! We are now looking at arranging a cross country ski trip staying at wilderness cabins.


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