Adult price from £1,365pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities, cold weather clothing and guides; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 1104

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 from London Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return transfers
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a Winter Cottage Type A at Hotel Jeris
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Activities: reindeer farm, husky farm, snowmobile safari, snow-based activities including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and tobogganing (order of activities is subject to change). Please note that you must hold a valid UK driving licence in order to drive a snowmobile
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors for all activities

The run-up to Christmas is the perfect time to visit Lapland. You can head north and enjoy some unforgettable family experiences before heading back in plenty of time for Christmas at home. This three-night break is packed full of amazing activities for families to enjoy.

Based in cosy winter cottages at Jeris, one of our favourite destinations, your family can really make the most of their time in Lapland with this fun-filled itinerary.

You’ll meet with furry reindeer at a nearby farm and will have the chance to enjoy a sleigh ride in the snowy forest. Weather permitting; lunch will then be served in the ice restaurant. You’ll then have the chance to try dog sledding over a 6km route in the winter wilds, and that is just day one! (Please note that the order of activities is subject to change).

On day three, a thrilling snowmobile safari is also included, allowing you to explore further afield. Seeing the scale of the wilderness here is always something which amazes adults and children alike.

We’ve also included a range of guided snow-based activities including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and a mini snowmobile for the children, so you really make the most of the pristine wintery conditions.

As this is prime Northern Lights territory, you can head outside of your accommodation each night for a chance to see the Auroras dancing overhead.

We are also able to arrange for your family to visit Father Christmas himself should you wish to do so (see ‘Personalise’ section for full details). This private meeting is something that you will no doubt remember for a long time to come and the setting is just delightful.


Photography by Antti Pietikainen & Elizabeth Murphy

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  • Visit Father Christmas

    For families, meeting Father Christmas in Lapland is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

    This particular experience starts with a snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride across the frozen lake and into the snow-covered forest. Your mission is to locate Father Christmas’ cosy cabin, which is tucked away in a secret location. As you travel you really should keep an eye out for elves on the way too, as they’re sometimes seen close by.

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    If there is a small group of families who are due to meet Father Christmas on the same day, then you will all gather together with one of Santa’s helpers and will enjoy warm drinks. Then, one at a time, families will be led by one of the elves to meet the great man himself. If it is just your family on the day, then you will be guided straight to his cabin door.

    Your private meeting with Father Christmas will last approximately 10 minutes, so you will have plenty of time to discuss your children’s Christmas wishes and take photos.

    From £102 per adult
    From £62 per child

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  • Cookie Baking

    You will join other families to take part in some traditional festive Finnish fun. Together you will bake gingerbread cookies and then the children will be able to decorate a felt stocking to take home and hang up on Christmas Eve as a reminder of their time in Lapland.  This activity normally lasts between 1 and 2 hours depending on how much time children want to spend perfecting their festive stocking. 

    From: £18 per adult
    From: £11 per child
  • Snow Train

    Step inside the cosy Snow Train carriage for an Aurora hunt into the wilderness.

    Pulled along by your expert guide on a snowmobile, the Snow Train has been cunningly designed with an all-Perspex exterior to give you constant views of the night sky. As you journey further into the darkness, keep your eye out for a potential display.

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    You’ll also stop in a prime location to enjoy hot drinks and continue your search. Your location will be chosen based on the local weather and Aurora forecast for the evening, giving you the best possible chance of ticking the Northern Lights off your familiy's bucket list.

    Duration: 1-2 hours

    Available: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 pm

    From: £66 per adult
    From: £40 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

Children under 4 years: please ask us for a quotation for travellers aged under 4 years.


 

Dates
Thu 03 Dec 2020 Adult price (per person): £1365.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £995.00 Book
Thu 10 Dec 2020 Adult price (per person): £1365.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £995.00 Book
Thu 17 Dec 2020 Adult price (per person): £1595.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £1225.00 Book

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £100pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead.  A further deposit payment will be due at the time of us confirming the trip details to you.  If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Dates
Thu 02 Dec 2021 Adult price (per person): £1530.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £1115.00 Enquire
Thu 09 Dec 2021 Adult price (per person): £1530.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £1115.00 Enquire
Thu 16 Dec 2021 Adult price (per person): £1790.00 Child (age 4 - 12): £1375.00 Enquire

Terms

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum group size of 2 people and maximum 30 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.

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.

Terms and Conditions

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

 

Traveller Reviews

  • Brilliant holiday 19 December 2019 by The Imms Family

    Really brilliant holiday which the whole family loved. Husky sledding - a unique experience and great way to see the countryside and partake in great piece of heritage. The children enjoyed their tour and playing with husky puppies afterward.

  • Jeris - Festive Fun in Lapland 05 December 2019 by The Comley Family

    We had a great time thank you, Father Christmas was great and very special. Huskies- great experience, never done anything like this before and the snow mobiles

  • Unbelievable holiday which we will remember forever 20 December 2018 by The Daniel Family

    Unbelievable holiday which we will remember forever. The food was excellent and my son who has a dairy allergy was well looked after by the hotel. The staff at The Jeris Hotel were fantastic. Playing in the snow, all of us enjoyed the huskies, they were great fun! Experiencing an activity which you can’t do in our rainy country.... We didn’t want to leave, we would go back there like a shot if
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    we could.... staff at Activities Abroad unmatchable! I have recommended you to everyone!! We loved Finland, especially the friendliness of the people, peace, fresh air, space.....
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  • Watching the boys meet Santa was magical 17 December 2018 by The Spedding Family

    Watching the boys meet Santa was magical and playing in the snow.


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