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All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.

Key facts

  • Duration:4 nights
  • Key Facts: Thursday departure
  • Suitable for: Anybody aged 4 years or 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: London Heathrow to Kuusamo (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights' accommodation in a two-bedroom semi-detached cottage.
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • The following activities are included: husky safari, meeting the reindeer, snowmobile-pulled sled ride, snow sculpting, feeding the winter animals with the elves, Snow fun with snowshoeing and kick sledging, Angry Birds Activity Park entrance for one day, snowshoe search for Father Christmas, a meeting with Father Christmas (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Acess to the pool area for the duration of your stay
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors (and elves!)

Kuusamo is a firm favourite with families and we think we’ve designed an absolute gem of a holiday here. At Kuusamo, you will find a holiday with real integrity throughout, including the informal and magical Father Christmas experience. This is no mass market experience and you will spend time with Father Christmas at his house, baking, telling stories and being looked after by the wonderful elves.

The area around Kuusamo is known for its natural beauty and is characterised by fells, forests, lakes and rivers, all of which are laden with snow during the winter. The views from the top of the fells stretch across the winter wonderland, as far as the eye can see.

Your base will be a modern, semi-detached cottage at the delightful Kuusamon Tropiikki Hotel which is very family-friendly. It has a superb swimming pool and soft play area which can be enjoyed in between your activities and adventures.

This holiday includes some of the most well-loved activities which have been tailored to suit young children. The unforgettable experiences include a dog sledding trip and a reindeer-pulled sleigh ride, as well as the chance to enjoy magical, traditional meals deep in the wintery wilderness.

This holiday is sure to provide wonderful memories for children and parents alike and we do all we can to make this a magical and genuine experience for all.

Please note: the order of the agenda is subject to change, as larger groups will be split into two. In this situation, the special dinners and activities may be re-ordered for each group, in order to ensure that the experience remains intimate and just as magical.

©Helen Schoeb (Activities Abroad client)
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Included in price

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.
Please note that this trip will be operated in a different format for 2024. We will be updating the itinerary, dates and prices soon.
Price guarantee

Adult price based on two adults (12+) sharing a 2 bedroom semi-detached cottage. Child (4-11) price based on sharing with two adults.

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

16th December: Minimum 16 people and maximum 34 people (approximately – groups of more than 32-34 will be split into two to ensure that there are no more than 25-34 people per group)

18th December: Minimum 16 people and maximum 34 people (approximately – groups of more than 32-34 will be split into two to ensure that there are no more than 25-34 people per group)

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 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                                                   

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade                                                 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau                                                                                                     

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs

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.

Specific Cancellation Terms

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

- between balance due date and 46 days prior to departure - 50%

- 45 to 15 days prior to departure - 80%

- 14 or less days - 100%

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website:


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

- More than 84 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

- 83 to 46 days prior to departure - 50%

- 45 days or less days - 100%

Please note: our payment and cancellation terms will be unique to each booking – they will be confirmed with you at the time of quotation. The terms listed above are noted as a guide only

Traveller Reviews

  • We said it would be a once in a lifetime experience but.... 18 December 2021 by John Meredith

    Overall this was probably one of the best holidays we’ve ever been on. Considering it was only 4 days, the trip was absolutely fantastic and we did not want to leave. We said it would be a once in a lifetime experience but would certainly considering going back although probably for a slightly different trip since you can’t do Santa twice! We would definitely travel with Activities Abroad
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    again and thank everyone for all of their help in organising such a special unforgettable trip. What was the most memorable part of your holiday? Meeting Santa was an absolutely amazing experience. To get so much time there and meet Mrs Claus was incredible. We also hugely enjoyed husky sledding.
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  • Absolutely amazing experience 16 December 2021 by The Meredith Family

    Meeting Santa was an absolutely amazing experience. To get so much time there and meet Mrs Claus was incredible. We also hugely enjoyed husky sledding. Overall this was probably one of the best holidays we’ve ever been on. Considering it was only 4 days, the trip was absolutely fantastic and we did not want to leave. We said it would be a once in a lifetime experience but would certainly
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    consider going back although probably for a slightly different trip since you can’t do Santa twice! We would definitely travel with Activities Abroad again and thank everyone for all of their help in organising such a special unforgettable trip.
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  • We enjoyed everything 14 December 2019 by The Ward Family

    Everything was set up really well. The time spent with Santa - it was relaxed and enjoyable.

  • A really good balance of exciting activities 15 December 2018 by The Shanks Family

    Day 1 was the best day, a really good balance of exciting activities and a nice surprise to do sledding at the reindeer farm. Santa was obviously a highlight for the kids and it was nice that this was not rushed.

  • The time with Santa was really good 15 December 2018 by The Anderson Family

    Well Organized Holiday, loved the fact we were a small group, lovely families in our group. The time with Santa was really good, unhurried and special.

  • We enjoyed the entire holiday 15 December 2018 by The Plowman Family

    The accommodation was modern, warm, comfortable and we had a super view over the frozen lake. We were very impressed that everywhere we went, the people providing food knew about a special dietary requirement for one of our party. The visit to see Santa Claus was brilliant, we spent several hours with him and the children enjoyed their baking with Mrs Claus. We were made so welcome wherever we
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    went, the holiday lived up to all our expectations and we have no hesitation in recommending it.
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  • In all there wasnt anything we didn't enjoy thoroughly. 15 December 2018 by The Abel Family

    My wife and I enjoyed the husky ride the most. Our daughter loved the Angry Birds activity Centre and pool. In all, there wasn't anything we didn't enjoy thoroughly.

  • The Beer Family's Magical Search for Farther Christmas 08 December 2018

  • We would definitely book with you again 02 December 2017 by The McAteer Family

    The whole holiday was fantastic and we would definitely book with you again. The huskies were great (particularly for the adults!). The visit to Santa was great and the food was amazing.

  • A real once in a lifetime experience 19 December 2016 by The Schoeb Family

    The children absolutely loved it! Seeing the reindeer, sledging and building snowmen were all brilliant. The husky trip was amazing but the main highlight was definitely the day with Father Christmas. It was so special to spend so much time there, listening to his stories, baking, making cards and having lunch together. It was a real once in a lifetime experience that will be remembered forever.
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    Our children were 5 and 7 years old which we felt were the perfect ages. They were young enough to appreciate the magic of Christmas and old enough to thoroughly enjoy all the activities. The villa accommodation was great and the swimming pool and Angry Birds Activity Park at the hotel were a bonus.
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  • All Activities were enjoyable! 23 December 2015 by Lasanthi Gunaratne

    This was a magical trip for us. It was our first holiday package (We travel independently) and the company was excellent from pre-departure admin to the holiday itself. Every individual's needs were catered to, especially the dietary requirements! It was unbelievable the extent you guys have gone into in this magical holiday package. Our kids enjoyed very much and so did we! Also, we got to know a
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    lot about Finland too! Thank you for the wonderful time!
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  • Everything was enjoyable - it was magical. 19 December 2015 by Christopher Warman

    Visting Santa's cottage was the stand out activity for so many reasons but I also enjoyed the Husky pull. Whilst we were there we also went on a Ski-doo trip which was great fun. Everything was enjoyable - it was magical. The order of the activities, the free time that was available, the courtesy of the guides, the beauty of the location and the time spent in the company of Santa made this a truly
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    once in a lifetime experience that anyone with children between 3 - 10 would thoroughly enjoy.
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  • The time with Santa was exceptional... 19 December 2015 by Graham Harris

    I am a fuss pot so it would be difficult to please me with food. The Gluten free options were very good wherever we were so 100% for that. Enjoyed all the activities - the fact that we were a small group so all able to join in together and not spend half the time queuing was brilliant. The attention to detail, Santa's tracks on the lake where we went on snowshoes to find their presents. The time
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    with Santa was exceptional the children loved every minute and the whole experience was believable.
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  • Superb from start to finish. 19 December 2015 by Lisa Walker

    Wow! This holiday exceeded my expectations in every way. Superb from start to finish. I could not fault a thing. It is hard to choose (favourite activity), as they were all great. However, the visit to Father Christmas has to be the best bit. I could not fault this trip.

  • Perfect trip in every way 18 December 2015 by Angela Zilioli

    We cannot fault this trip, from start to finish everything was perfect. The staff here on booking and everyone in Finland were lovely and friendly and all did their best to make it a perfect trip. All the activities were well planned with children in mind, and the highlight of the trip, meeting Santa, was fantastic. It felt really personal and Santa spent time with each individual child. We
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    can’t recommend this trip enough.
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  • What an amazing trip, from start to end. 15 December 2015 by Mary Bliss

    What an amazing trip, from start to end. The people, the scenery, the food.......Thank you so much Activities Abroad for making my husband's surprise 50th absolutely perfect, from a Christmas tree in our villa to Santa singing Happy Birthday, a magical break for everyone from 5 to 50! Breathtaking :-)

  • It really was a first class holiday 06 January 2015 by Paul Plowman

    It really was a first class holiday that the whole family enjoyed from the youngest to the oldest. We found the Finns delightful people who couldn’t do enough for us and were constantly aware of any potential limitations to our comfort throughout. The activities were well judged for small children, they stayed warm at -25C and they were monitored throughout by the activity guides as well as
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    ourselves. There was always somewhere warm to go and something warm to eat and drink and we were frequently asked if we were warm enough on outdoor activities. We felt the lengths of these activities were judged just right. The coach drivers who transferred us about were excellent as were their spotless coaches. The hotel was excellent. The food provided was varied and highest quality and the service was very good in the restaurant. We stayed in cabins, which were 10-15 minute walk away from the hotel. They were excellently equipped, warm, and comfortable for our three families. It was a really good choice. Each was incredibly modern, clean and had wireless internet. We loved all the snow activities but the real highlight for us all was the half day with Father Christmas! We spent nearly an hour on the toboggan slopes at his house, which was in the most perfect setting overlooking a frozen lake and forests in the distance. We met Santa in his house mid-morning and the children were mesmerised as he put them at their ease, and explained his history and his work. There were lots of photo opportunities for each child and groups of children with him and Mrs Claus, and their patience was endless. They then rolled out gingerbread and shaped Christmas buns with help from Santa and Mrs Claus and their biscuits and cakes were cooked in a huge bread oven in the corner of the room, and they were able to take them home. There was card making and Santa wrote individual messages that the children wanted included. This was then followed by a wonderful buffet lunch all artistically made by Santa’s family from local produce. We chose this holiday mainly for this extensive Santa experience and it was just perfect. We thought the holiday was really well done. The afternoons were free to undertake other activities (free entry to the hotel pool and the Angry Birds play area) that went down well with the children, and we oldies could relax. We thought that this holiday would be a special Santa experience for our three families and it was absolutely brilliant. Thank you very much and thank you to your team who provided all the information and made the arrangements beforehand.
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  • The holiday was totally perfect in every way 05 January 2015 by Gavin Downie

    The holiday was totally perfect in every way. Thank you.

  • All the activities were amazing 02 January 2015 by Julie Fishleigh

    All the activities were amazing, Father Christmas, tobogganing, evening safari, snow sculpting and of course the reindeer and huskies. We all enjoyed everything so much. Tanya and Jordan were fantastic and it was clear it mattered to them a great deal that we were enjoying ourselves and put so much effort into each day. Father Christmas was amazing, so giving of his time to talk and take photos.
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    What a fabulous house and setting and a great meal there too. Nothing could be described as least enjoyable because it was all fantastic. Keeping the group to a reasonable size is a really good thought as we all got to know each other and everyone was so nice and we all got on so well and helped each other. The children made friends and even swapped emails to contact each other. In a bigger group that wouldn’t happen. Thank you everyone at Activities Abroad for a truly memorable holiday organised so well.
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  • I couldn't recommend this trip enough 01 January 2014 by Rebecca Richards

    After researching a few trips to Lapland and reading the reviews I decided to go with Activities Abroad because they had such positive feedback. I travelled as a single parent with my 7 year old daughter.This trip was billed as relaxed, unhurried and very traditional but I was worried that it might not be magical. My daughter is at the age where if meeting Santa was not handled carefully could
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    ruin many Christmases to come. I needn't have worried. The whole experience was put together beautifully, building up to the crescendo of spending the day with the man himself. Santa was very generous with his time given we met him on 22nd December. He assured us his elves were getting everything ready for the big day! He spent the entire time with us, chatting to the children, telling them stories and giving out facts of just how he manages to deliver presents to children around the world.Kids and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed the many snow related activities we could try, my personal favourite was the husky ride. This was an exhilarating trip through the spectacular Finnish scenery with a team of Huskies pulling you along. I even had the opportunity to drive the team myself, something I never imagined I would ever do!The group was made up of just four families including our own so we had chance to share our experience with just a few others. Never did we feel rushed and the schedule of morning activities followed by free time in the afternoon was the perfect balance. We used the pool three days in a row (the kids loved the slide!) and the new Angry Birds facility was enormous although a bit pricey to use. A spot of bowling on the last night finished the trip off beautifully. There were opportunities to try additional snow related activities in the afternoons at additional cost but the kids - who had all made friends with each other - just wanted to go in the pool.The elves, who were particularly playful, started a fun snow ball fight on the first day (and) were excellent. Santa has so many of them, there were rarely any with us two days in a row. Tanya elf was particularly helpful and engaged with the children well with stories of the work she does for Santa.The other guides were also brilliant with explaining the activities and being helpful - always happy to take photos or push the kids on the kick sledges - a real help to me being on my own.All in all, I couldn't recommend this trip enough and whilst I wouldn’t do the Santa trip again - it is meant to be a once in a lifetime experience after all - I would certainly consider going back to Activities Abroad for future trips. Thank-you you made it a very special experience for me and my little girl.
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  • It succeeded in converting a beach loving family to a winter activities family 07 January 2013 by Emma Kern

    Wow what a trip; this really was a trip of a lifetime. The whole trip was amazing. The organisation was slick from start to finish. Never did we have to wait for a coach to collect us or a guide to meet us, they were always there on time with a nothing is too much trouble attitude. The guide Risko was brilliant and always made sure that we were happy by going over and above on every activity. The
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    facilities for the children was superb, our youngest was only 4 years old yet every activity was suitable for him.The group we shared the trip with consisted of 23 people (and) was the perfect number. (We) still cannot believe that we never came across another group while we were there, which made the trip feel even more exclusive.This was the trip where dreams came true and it succeeded in converting a beach loving family to a winter activities family.A magical way to meet Father Christmas with memories children will treasure forever. Worth every penny.
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  • It (was) just a magical experience that we will never forget 07 January 2013 by Emma Bradshaw

    We had a wonderful holiday in Kuusamo and it met up to all our expections. As you said small exclusive group, which is what we got, and non commercial. It was very well organised and well planned. Tanya Elf and Hristo were fantastic with adults and children. It (was) just a magical experience that we will never forget. Thank you

  • Spending so much quality time with Santa in a small group was excellent 21 December 2012 by Philip Wood

    Visiting Santa (and) spending so much quality time with Santa in a small group was excellent.

  • Nothing felt rushed or commercial 10 February 2012 by Caroline Baker

    Wow. What a brilliant trip. We were initially apprehensive about going on one of these ‘Lapland’ experiences, as a quick search on the internet had rather mixed reviews about the potential experience (notably from other companies!). We didn't want anything tacky, commercial or rushed. We stumbled on the Activities Abroad website and the fact that the holiday only involved small groups, and
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    Kuusamo seemed a smaller and quieter place then some of the other places, made us feel more comfortable. We phoned the helpline to ask a few questions, and were impressed that the phone was answered immediately. The gentleman on the helpline had obviously been on the trip before, and answered all our questions with confidence and ease.The booking process was straightforward and a small problem with uploading some details via the website was quickly resolved. Timings of the flights were just ideal for travelling with young children. Not overtly impressed with the choice of lunch on the flight. A sandwich or nothing! Can't blame the company for this, as flight with Finnair and think they seem to be the only airline that flies to Kuusamo.We were met at the airport by our guide and then met our elf on the way out of the airport. This fascinated the kids on the trip. I won't spoil all the fun by saying too much, but each day was well thought out to keep the children entertained and surprised. Guides were fantastic and engaging. Snow outfit/boots were great for keeping warm, and I wish we had brought some back with us to the UK! Nothing felt rushed or commercial.Hotel accommodation was clean and comfortable. Swimming pool (was) a good bonus to keep children entertained in the evening, as well as the playroom, bar games, ten-pin bowling, and of course the snow! Only slight issue at the hotel was that it wasn't obvious that there was a specific menu at dinner we could choose from if you didn't fancy the buffet. A quick chat at reception resolved the confusion.Meeting Joulupukki (Father Christmas) on the penultimate day was really a fantastic experience. We had a whole day of fun and games, with an amazing slope to go sledging down. Best Xmas Turkey I have ever eaten!I would have no hesitation in recommending this trip and this travel company to others (we already have!)
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  • It was especially fantastic to spend so long at Santa's house 01 January 2012 by Gillian Allan

    Our family (2 adults plus 5 year old twins) went to Kuusamo between 18th and 22nd Dec 2011. We were all extremely excited to be going to Lapland to see Santa and the trip didn't let us down at all. From the moment we arrived to the minute we left, we were looked after fantastically well by brilliant guides (and elves). With (a) special mention to Hristo and Tanya the elf, both of whom had loads of
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    stories to share with both adults and kids alike and boundless energy and enthusiasm. All the equipment was great and we were all nice and warm and dry for the whole time (if anyone had any problems with the sizes during the trip they could easily exchange them without any fuss). All the excursions were brilliant and have given us so many memories. It was especially fantastic to spend so long at Santa's house (~5 hours) in a small group doing various different things, this made it even more magical for the kids and it didn't feel at all commercial or pressured or rushed. We thought that the length of the trip was perfect as well, so we had activities everyday but enough time to just relax so it wasn't too tiring for youngsters. We had a brilliant time and would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone and will likely be looking to book other trips with Activities Abroad in the future since this one was so good.
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  • Fantastic holiday, cant wait to go again 28 February 2011 by Mick Hughes

    We found it a very personalised experience. The lady, who met us at the airport, took the time to learn our children’s names. There was only one other family with us, which meant we had a nice small and friendly group, and all the guides took the time to learn and remember our first names. Small things, but it means a lot. Especially, as we are so used to going on package holidays and being
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    treated as a piece of meat! Fantastic holiday, can't wait to go again. Many thanks.
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  • The best holiday we have ever had 28 December 2009 by Hilary Anderson

    Overall Holiday Rating: Excellent. I could go on and on and a good way!.....but won't.....and will simply say that it was the best holiday we have ever had.It was a superb holiday, very special, I would recommend Activities Abroad to anyone that would listen to me. The package and quality of holiday that you had put together was completely brilliant. Everything worked, the equipment and
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    clothing provided was of fantastic quality, and the hotel was perfect.
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  • It was a most memorable experience 28 December 2009 by David Pieterse

    Overall Holiday Rating: Excellent.Least enjoyable activity? Nothing - everything was most enjoyable.Is there anything you believe we could do to improve this holiday? No - it met all expectations. It was a most memorable experience and I have already recommended it to colleagues and friends.

  • What a fantastic holiday 21 December 2009 by Paul Basford

    Overall Holiday Rating: Excellent.Comments: What a fantastic holiday, didn't expect it to be that good.Least enjoyable activity? Leaving!!


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    Customers rate us 4.8/5 Stars

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