All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities, cold weather clothing and guides; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 1106

Key facts

  • Duration:3 or more nights
  • 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: return flights from London to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change.
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: minimum 3 nights in a twin or double en-suite room at either Hotel Jeris or Hotel Harriniva. Winter cottage upgrades are available on request (Hotel Jeris only).
  • Meals: half board
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors for any activities
  • 24/7 assistance from our UK-based operations team and in-destination support from our local partners

 

TAILOR YOUR TRIP

A selection of winter activities can be added to your trip at an additional cost. Once you have chosen when you want to travel and for how long (we recommend a minimum stay of three nights) you can select as many or as few activities as you wish from the extensive range on the “Activities” tab and tailor your trip as required. All activities are individually priced and our Travel Experts can assist you with your selection and will then provide a personalised itinerary quotation for you.


Situated 230km north of the Arctic Circle, Hotel Jeris and Hotel Harriniva are both owned and run by the Pietikäinen family and offer family-friendly accommodation and an excellent choice of winter activities. 

Guests can choose to stay at either hotel during their pick and mix winter activity holiday. Simply decide when you want to travel and for how long (we recommend a minimum stay of three nights) then match your stay to the activities listed in the ‘Activities’ tab. There are snowmobile safaris, dog sledding adventures, forest forays on snowshoes, ice fishing trips, Northern Lights excursions and a host of other exceptional family experiences to choose from. You are all sure to have great fun sitting down together to make your choices.

Jeris provides families with the picture-perfect backdrop; situated on the edge of a frozen lake in the far north of Lapland, it is surrounded by a pine forest, all of which are covered in snow for the wonderful winter months. Jeris offers families a choice of two types of accommodation and you can enjoy either hotel rooms or delightful winter cottages which are dotted around the forest within 20 minutes’ walk from the main building.

If you stay in one of the cosy cottages you’ll also have access to your own private sauna each day and no matter where you stay you can enjoy the facilities down at the lakeside spa pools and sauna for an additional cost.

Harriniva is a wonderful destination for families and the hotel rooms are comfortably furnished with wooden Scandinavian décor. The on-site sled dog centre makes a family husky safari almost mandatory here and The Aurora Wellness Centre on the banks of the river, which offers a wide range of therapies and treatments, is also well worth a visit during your stay.

Please note that all accommodation and activities are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Flights, transfers, half board and cold-weather clothing for the duration of your stay are all included in your holiday.

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Please note: activity schedules are subject to change. Duration of activity includes transfer times and breaks, and all distances are approximate. Some activities require a minimum number of participants to operate and are subject to availability.

Husky safaris: Children over 15 years can usually drive a husky team themselves but this depends completely on the size of the child and their ability. The activity provider reserves the right to decide the arrangements for children according to the weather conditions and the child’s ability on the day. All decisions are final and in the interest of safety. Children between 5 – 14 years of age sit in the guide’s sled during safaris. We recommend only short husky safaris for young children.

Snowmobile safaris: The driver of a snowmobile must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence. Children will travel in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile on selected safaris where this is offered, older children may be able to travel as pillion on the snowmobile but this is at the discretion of the guide.

Single snowmobiles: All snowmobile safaris are based on two people sharing. If this is not possible in your party then the single snowmobile supplement will be automatically applied.


Image credit: Louise Wren

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Other options

  • Harriniva Wilderness Hotel

    Harriniva offers families a friendly and comfortable base for an Arctic adventure. The hotel is owned and run by the Pietikäinen family who owns four hotels in the area. All their hotels offer the same warm atmosphere and Finnish charm that keeps families entertained every season and ensures they are some of our most sought-after destinations.

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    Hotel facilities

    • The focal point of the main building is the restaurant, which consists of three dining areas. The food served here is simple but hearty, with a varied buffet for breakfast and the evening meal generally consisting of a buffet of salad starters and dessert and a set main meal (please let us know any dietary requirements in advance). Food generally consists of both local and international dishes, suiting all tastes
    • Next door to the restaurant there is a small bar area which generally stays open until around 11 pm
    • Tea and coffee are available free of charge throughout the day in the hotel restaurant / bar area.
    • There are separate sauna facilities for male and female guests and these are free of charge in the evening and generally heated for around three hours
    • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and a PC is available at reception for guests to use
    • There is a small souvenir shop in the reception area which sells a small selection of gifts and snacks
    • You will find the Aurora Wellness Centre on the banks of the river which offers a wide range of therapies and treatments. Availability can be limited, so we would advise booking these in advance

    Room types

    • Standard rooms: there are 64 rooms at the hotel, all of which are en-suite with shower rooms. These are comfortably furnished in wooden Scandinavian décor. The rooms are cosy and have a hairdryer for guests’ convenience. There are no televisions in the rooms but there are TV rooms available should you want to sample some Finnish TV.

    The hotel has a small number of room upgrade options available. Please contact us for a quotation and to check availability.

    Wilderness plus rooms: these rooms include double/twin beds and an unfolding sofa suitable for 1 adult or 2 children. Decorated in traditional Scandinavian style, all rooms have an en-suite shower room and a hairdryer, as well as a small seating area.


    Image credit: Ruth Sole
  • Harriniva Riverside Cabins

    Harriniva’s Riverside Cabins have everything that your family needs for a fantastic and comfortable stay. Ranging in size from 39m² to 47m², each cabin has one bedroom, a loft area (accessed by a steep ladder) and a living room, offering five beds in total. Complete with a kitchenette which includes a stove, dishwasher and fridge, and a private sauna, this is the perfect space for relaxing with the whole family after a day of activities.


    Upgrade to a Riverside Cabin: from £62 per night 


    Credit: Antti Pietikainen
  • Hotel Jeris Winter Cottage

    Winter Cottage Type A

    Hotel Jeris and its winter cottages are on the shores of Lake Jerisjarvi around 20km from the nearest town. They offer families an idyllic location for a holiday in the wilds of Finnish Lapland.

    The hotel consists of the main building which is home to the hotel rooms, gift shop and restaurant. The 35 winter cottages are dotted in the surrounding forests.

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    Hotel facilities:

    • All meals are served in the main hotel restaurant. There is always a selection of options which often includes local dishes as well as more international cuisine.
    • The buffet breakfast offers a wide selection of cooked and continental options; whilst lunch and dinner are usually a selection of salads, then a choice between a meat/fish main course and a vegetarian option, followed by a set dessert. During December, a special buffet menu and certain soft drinks are also provided for children.
    • Tea and coffee are available free of charge throughout the day in the hotel restaurant/bar area.
    • There is a small lounge area in the main building where guests can use the free Wi-Fi connection and there is a small shop selling souvenirs and snacks.
    • Jeris is home to the lovely Arctic Sauna World just a short walk from the hotel. Renovated for winter 2019/20, the spa has strong eco-credentials thanks to its use of entirely renewable electricity and geothermal heating generated from the Jerisjärvi lake. Here there are four saunas each inspired by the four elements; earth, fire, water and air and named after Finnish gods and goddesses. You can also upgrade to the special Northern Lights sauna for a relaxing way to search the skies! If you are feeling brave (and are in good health) try an adventurous dip in the ice pool.

    Winter Cottage Type A:

    Type A winter cottages (30 square metres) are, on the whole, the closest to the hotel and are ideal for families with small children.

    The cabins can vary in size but all sleep from two to four people in one spacious room with a sleeping alcove for two people (generally with a double bed) and a pull-out sofa bed for two more. They are all privately-owned and so the décor and style can vary, but each has a cosy wood-burning stove, clothes-drying cupboard, kitchenette, television, shower room, toilet and a private sauna.

    All meals are served in the hotel restaurant.

    Cabin guests will receive a small ‘starter pack’ of firewood. Further wood supplies can be purchased locally for approximately 10 euros.

    Please note: a limited number of hairdryers are available from reception.

  • Jeris Winter Cottage Type B

    Type B winter cottages (63 square metres) sleep from four to six people and are ideal for families of four or more. There is a living room area with kitchenette and wood-burning stove, one bedroom for two people and a mezzanine loft area (please note that this is accessed by a steep ladder so is not suitable for small children) which can sleep up to four more. 

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    The cottages are all privately owned and so some contents and décor may vary, but all are equipped with a clothes drying cupboard, sauna, TV, shower and toilet room.

    The cosy winter cottages are located in the forests which surround Jeris; the furthest being across the quiet road and tucked in the trees around a 15-minute walk from the main building. Your luggage will be transferred for you on arrival.

    Cabin guests will receive a small ‘starter pack’ of firewood. Further wood supplies can be purchased locally for approximately 10 euros.

    All meals are served in the hotel restaurant.

    Please speak to one of our Family Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: A limited number of hairdryers are available from reception.

  • Jeris Winter Cottage Type C

    Type C winter cottages (70 square metres) are the largest available and sleep from four to seven people. There are two bedrooms (each for two people) downstairs and a loft sleeping area for a further two (or three if you don’t mind being very cosy!) people accessed via a steep staircase (not suitable for small children). 

    Read more about this accommodation

    As with all the cottages, there is a log-burning stove, clothes drying cupboard, kitchenette, sauna, TV, shower and toilet room. They can vary in layout a little and as they are privately-owned, the décor is determined by the owner’s personal choice.

    They are located in the forests which surround Jeris; the furthest being across the quiet road, and tucked in the trees between a 10 and a 20-minute walk from the main building. Your luggage will be transferred for you on arrival. All meals are served in the hotel restaurant.

    Cabin guests will receive a small ‘starter pack’ of firewood. Further wood supplies can be purchased locally for approximately 10 euros.

    Please speak to one of our Family Travel Experts for a quote.

    Please note: A limited number of hairdryers are available from reception.


Special Nights

Night in an Arctic Firefox Lodge

For an exclusive experience, guests can choose to upgrade to the exceptional Arctic Firefox Lodge at Jeris for a night during their stay. This lakeside retreat offers panoramic views across Lake Jerisjarvi. You can spend your evening unwinding in your very own private sauna, before heading upstairs to your cosy bed, where unobstructed views of the night sky and the Arctic wilderness await. You can snuggle up in bed and gaze at the sky above you and if the Northern Lights appear above you, it really will top off this magical night. Your stay in this very special accommodation includes entry to Arctic Sauna World, bathrobes and slippers.

Prices vary depending on dates and availability. Please speak to our Travel Experts for a quotation. 


Credit Harriniva Hotels and Safaris

Aurora Glamping Overnight

An Aurora Dome is not only a memorable accommodation choice for the night, it’s also one of the cosiest Northern Lights hunts you and your family will partake in!

This luxury tent has a see-through sidewall to give you a constant view of the beautiful wilderness and if conditions are favourable, the Auroras dancing just outside!

Prices vary depending on dates and availability. Please speak to our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Toilet, sauna and shower facilities are easily accessible just 100m away.

Minimum age: 5 years old

Available: Every day from 4 pm


Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

Keep yourself busy!

Select the activities you would like to include during your stay from the options below. Please note that the Harriniva activity schedule will only run until the 3rd of April 2022. Our Family Travel Experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


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