Adult price from £1,095pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 1101

Key facts

  • Duration:3 nights
  • Suitable for: Anybody aged 2 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: return direct flights from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi. Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change).
  • Transfers: return airport transfers and return transfers to Santa Park
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a 1 bedroom holiday home or 1-bedroom apartment. Upgrades available for the duration of your stay at an extra charge.
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Activities: Snow fun and entrance to Santa Park
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Free use of cross-country skis, snowshoes and fat bikes

Just 15 minutes from Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland and Father Christmas’ official hometown but in true Finnish winter wonderland surroundings, the Apukka Resort is a brilliant family-friendly introduction to the Arctic.

Though easily accessible, the resort sits far enough away from the city to feel like a wilderness retreat, complete with frozen lake and snow-capped trees. During this 3 night stay, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the snowy surroundings with free use of the fat bikes, snowshoes and cross-country skis. We’ve also included a snow fun day to make the most out of the wintery conditions. You’ll meet the much-loved animals of Lapland, reindeer and huskies, for short safari rides across the snow. You can also try mini snowmobiles and ice sculpting to really complete your winter experience.

As you are so close to Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Father Christmas, your time in Lapland wouldn’t be complete without meeting the man himself. We’ve included a trip to the Santa Park where elves will greet you, Ice Princesses will show you around their frozen home and Father Christmas is waiting to hear all of your wishes!

What makes this location even more special is its Northern Lights potential. If conditions are favourable, walk down to the resort’s frozen lake and look to the skies. There are also plenty of dedicated Aurora activities to choose from to increase your chances - see our ‘Personalise’ tab for more information.

For a family-friendly introduction to Lapland in Finnish wilderness surroundings, the Apukka Resort is an ideal location for a festive family break.


Image credits: Apukka Resort, Santa Park - Arctic World, Jani KäRppä, Flatlight Films And Visit Finland
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  • Dream of Joulukka

    Journey to the secret forest with Father Christmas’ very own elves leading the way. This enchanting experience starts with a short transfer to Santa Park, followed by a transfer deep into the snow-laden forest to immediately set the scene for your magical experience. Here you will meet with the elves, who are excited to show you around their wintery home. They will teach you all about what it takes to be Santa’s helper and after gingerbread making and some training, you will even receive your very own Santa’s helper diploma!

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    After some outdoor fun in the snow, you will walk to find Father Christmas’ secret cabin in the woods. Then, one family at a time, you will have a private meeting with the famous man in red, who will tell you all about life in Lapland and you can tell him your Christmas wishes! Each child will also receive a small gift to have something to take home from this truly magical encounter.

    Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours in total including transfers

    Prices:

    Adults £134 per adult

    Child (3-12) £104 per child

    Child (2 years) £130 per child


    Image credits: Santa Park - Arctic World
    From £134 per adult
    From £104 per child

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  • Aurora Hunt on the Snowtrain

    All aboard the Snowtrain for a unique way to hunt for the Northern Lights.

    Before the evening’s adventure, you will learn all about the Aurora during a presentation from your local expert guide. Then it’s time to head inside one of the cosy Snowtrain carriages and cross the stunning snowy landscape, searching the skies as you go. 

    You’ll arrive at a traditional Lappish ‘kota’ tepee in a beautiful wilderness setting, where your guide will teach you how to build a fire. Once lit, you will gather around to enjoy snacks and hot drinks, looking up at the skies to search for the Northern Lights. Your expert guide will also help you with your camera settings, should the Aurora start to appear.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Available: Daily from 8:30pm 1 Dec – 7 Apr


     Credit Apukka Resort

    From: £87 per adult
    From: £44 per child
  • Meet the Arctic Animals – Ranua Wildlife Park Visit

    Get up close to some of the most famous Arctic animals during a visit to Ranua Wildlife Park.

    After approximately an hour’s transfer, you’ll arrive at the wildlife park where over 50 different species live. See polar bears, moose, wolves, bears and much more in their snowy surroundings and learn all about how these animals live in Lapland.

    Duration: 4.5 hours

    Available: 9am Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 1 Sept – 7 Apr


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    From: £90 per adult
    From: £65 per child
  • Ice Fishing like a Finn

    Ice fishing is a popular Finnish pastime and is a relaxing way to enjoy the wintery surroundings.

    Help the local guide pack the fishing gear and choose the right lure to attract the fish. Then you and the family will make your way down to the frozen lake and help to drill a hole in the thick ice, before lowering the bait.

    As you wait to see who might get the catch of the day, keep warm by the fire and enjoy the stunning environment around you.

    Duration: 2.5 hours

    Available: 10am Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 1 Dec – 7 Apr


    Image Credit: Apukka Resort

    From: £79 per adult
    From: £40 per child
  • Peek to the Wilderness by Snowmobile

    Snowmobiles are widely used as a form of transport in these regions but for those of us who don’t use them day-to-day, they are a brilliant adventure to see more of the snowy surroundings.

    This activity is the perfect introduction into snowmobiling, as adults get to experience driving and children ride in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile.

    After full instructions and a safety briefing, you’ll set off along the trails. You’ll drive through the pine tree forests and across frozen marshlands, stopping along the way to enjoy a warm drink in the wilderness.

    You will drive two per snowmobile. Please note, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile. 

    Duration: 2.5 hours

    Available: Daily 10am and 2pm 1 Dec – 7 Apr


    Image Credit: Apukka Resort  

    From: £88 per adult
    From: £45 per child
  • Reindeer Night Safari

    Ride through the Arctic night on a reindeer-pulled sleigh as you go in search of the Northern Lights.

    This tranquil journey will take you through the wintery forest and to a traditional Lappish kota tepee. Here, you can enjoy warm drinks and snacks as your expert guide tells you all about the life of a reindeer herder and stories of the magical Auroras.

    Everyone will be keeping their eye on the sky and if conditions are favourable, you’ll get to witness a Northern Lights display out in the wilderness.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Available: Daily 8:30pm 1 Dec – 7 Apr


    Image Credit: Apukka Resort

    From: £118 per adult
    From: £60 per child
  • Apukka Reindeer Journey

    Travel through the forests on a magical reindeer sleigh ride – a peaceful way to complete your Lapland experience.

    Sitting in a cosy sleigh, the reindeer will take you out to a traditional Lappish hut in the wilderness to enjoy hot drinks and snacks.

    Along the way, the local guide will tell you all about the life of a reindeer herder and their animals in Lapland.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Available: Daily 10am 1 Dec – 7 Apr


    Image Credit: Apukka Resort

    From: £114 per adult
    From: £57 per child
  • Aurora Husky Tour in Apukka

    Combine your Northern Lights quest with an adventurous evening husky safari.

    After full instructions and a safety briefing, you will mush through the wilderness and to a prime lookout location. Here, your guide will make a fire to sit around and enjoy some hot drinks and snacks.

    As you wait for a potential display, the guide will tell you stories about the Northern Lights and life in Lapland.

    Please note, adults will mush and children will ride in the sled as a passenger.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Available: Daily 8:30pm 15 Dec – 7 Apr


    Image Credit: Apukka Resort

    From: £142 per adult
    From: £68 per child
  • Husky Adventure

    Meet with the Apukka pack and go on a dog sledding adventure to discover why this is one of the most sought-after winter experiences.

    Upon arrival at the husky camp, you’ll meet with an expert musher, who will tell you all about the lives of the dogs and give you full instructions on how to drive a dog sled.

    Then it’s time to step onto the sled and let the dogs lead the way as you embark on a 7-10km safari. The adults will mush with the children riding as a passenger in the sled, admiring the winter scenes as they unfold around you.

    Upon your return, you’ll have time to thank the dogs and take some photos with your loyal team.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Available: Daily at 10am, 12pm and 2pm 15 Dec – 7 Apr


    Image Credits: Apukka Resort

    From: £123 per adult
    From: £62 per child
  • Snowtrain to Reindeer and Husky Farm

    Experience three Arctic adventures in one during a Snowtrain journey to visit two of Lapland’s most-loved animals.

    First, you’ll take the cosy Snowtrain through the wintery woods, admiring the snowy scenes all around you. Your destination is the local reindeer farm where you will have the wonderful opportunity for a short sleigh ride. You’ll learn all about life as a reindeer herder as you help feed the animals and also try lasso throwing. Not only will you gain a brilliant insight into the life of the herders and their animals, but you’ll also receive your very own International Reindeer Driver’s Licence.

    Afterwards, it’s time to try another popular Arctic pastime when you go husky sledding. Upon arrival, you’ll probably find the dogs barking with excitement to get going but as soon as you take to the trails, your loyal pack will become almost silent as they concentrate on the job at hand. You’ll receive a full safety briefing and instructions before you dog sled out into the wilderness for approximately 7-10km, with the adults driving the sled and the children riding as passengers.

    Duration: 4-5 hours

    Available: 10am on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and on request. 15 Dec – 7 Apr


    Image Credit: Apukka Resort

    From: £219 per adult
    From: £155 per child
  • Aurora Hunt by Car

    Hop into a cosy warm car with a knowledgeable guide and go in search of the Northern Lights. Using the mobility of the car to your advantage, you can travel further distances which can help outrun any localised cloud cover.

    Before you head out, your expert guide will give you a short presentation on the science and mythology behind the Northern Lights and help with your camera settings. Don’t worry if you don’t have a camera with you, your guide will share their photos of the night.

    As you travel to a prime lookout location, your guide will tell you all about life in Finland and help you search the skies for a potential Aurora display.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Available: Daily from 8:30pm 1 Dec – 7 Apr


     Image Credit: Apukka Resort

    From: £71 per adult
    From: £36 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.
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Dates
Sun 01 Dec 2019 Adult price (per person): £1195.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £795.00 Book
Sun 08 Dec 2019 Adult price (per person): £1195.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £745.00 Book
Sun 15 Dec 2019 Adult price (per person): £1395.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £985.00 Book
Sun 05 Jan 2020 Adult price (per person): £1095.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £595.00 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

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying a deposit of only £50pp. The provisional prices, departure dates, and itinerary remain subject to change. We will contact you when final details are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £350pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Dates
Sun 29 Nov 2020 Adult price (per person): £1280.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £855.00 Enquire
Sun 06 Dec 2020 Adult price (per person): £1280.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £800.00 Enquire
Sun 13 Dec 2020 Adult price (per person): £1495.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £1055.00 Enquire
Sun 03 Jan 2021 Adult price (per person): £1175.00 Child (age 4 - 12): - Enquire

Supplements

Please note that reductions apply for children aged 3 years and under. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Terms

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people; maximum 35 approximately. Please note the minimum group size for Joulukka is 4 people and maximum group size is 60 people (approximately)

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.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination.

Single supplement

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

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.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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.

Reduced mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness

Most of the activities we offer have been designed for beginners who have no prior experience and are of all age ranges and fitness levels. Our guides provide expert advice, tuition and instructions prior to any activity going ahead. Activities are designed to be enjoyed and not endured, but some, do require a more basic level of fitness than others. If you have any questions, then please contact one of our Travel Experts who can provide first-hand advice.

The only holidays which are not as suitable for complete beginners are the multi-night safaris which involve several days in wilderness cabins travelling by either snowmobile or husky safari. Again, this all depends on the individual taking part, but some prior experience and understanding of these types of activities can be very helpful and a greater level of fitness is recommended.

Guides & Safety

When partaking in any activity, it is imperative that everyone in your group listens very closely to the instructions provided by the guide and that they are abided by at all times. Our guides are experts in their field and no one knows the environment better than these highly knowledgeable and experienced providers.

Prior to starting any activity, please make it clear to your guide if there is any element of the safety briefing you are unsure of or would like to clarify before you set off.

Our guides will always take local conditions into account when considering whether an activity can go ahead. This is, in part, why your itinerary is subject to change at short notice. This rarely happens, however, if it does, we will always endeavour to reschedule the activity for later in your holiday. If this is not possible then the cost of the activity will be refunded to you when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times; please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

NB: In order to participate in our holidays, all guests must be able to understand instructions given in English. These instructions may be delivered verbally or in writing and will include vital safety information and ongoing instruction during activities.

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.

Booking activities locally and equipment hire

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 properly 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.

Car hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Travel Safety and 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.

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.

Payment and cancellation terms

Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede in part those mentioned in sections 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)

- 63 to 43 days prior to departure - 40%

- 42 to 30 days prior to departure - 60% 

- 29 to 15 days prior to departure - 80% 

- 14 or less days - 100%


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