Adult price from £515pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, cold weather clothing and guides; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 1805

Key facts

  • Duration:2 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: either direct from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi or indirect via Helsinki (depending on departure date). Flight routes are subject to change and indirect flights may require a flight supplement. Please speak to our Travel Experts for further details
  • Transfers: return airport transfers between Rovaniemi and Ranua
  • Accommodation: minimum 2 nights’ apartment accommodation
  • Meals: half board (upgrade to full board - available for a supplement)
  • Activities: add-on activities by choosing from our extensive range detailed in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page (activities are all priced individually). The order of activities you select is subject to change
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors for any activities

Combining welcoming and modern accommodation with a delightful variety of activities and easy access to the nearby wildlife park, Ranua has become a firm family favourite amongst our guests. Kids and adults alike will marvel at the beautiful snowy scenery whilst they enjoy all the fun excursions the winter season brings!

This tailor-made option offers you great flexibility over your choice of winter snow holiday, allowing you to be as active or as relaxed as you wish with your family – take to the snow via husky sled, meet the local wildlife, strap on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country ski along the trails. You can even fit in a visit to see Father Christmas!

You can also visit the nearby wildlife park with its array of animals including moose, Arctic fox, lynx, elk, deer and polar bears allowing your children a chance to see these amazing animals up close in their natural environment.

Subject to flight and accommodation availability you can usually travel at any time throughout the winter season (please note that flight options can be limited over Christmas and New Year). We would advise a minimum of 2 nights to really make the most of your time here. Simply decide when you want to travel and for how long, then match your stay to the activities listed in the ‘Personalise’ tab. Please note that all accommodation and activities are subject to availability at the time of booking.

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Flights, transfers, half board (full board option available) and cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay are included in your trip.

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: all decisions are made on the day of the safari by the lead guide as to any guest’s suitability to drive their own sledge. As a general rule, those aged 15 and over are normally able to drive their own team of huskies but the guide’s decision on the day will be final. On certain safaris, children under the age of 15 will either travel in a sledge driven by the guide or an accompanying adult.

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 you will be paired with someone else taking part in the activity. If you wish to guarantee your own snowmobile you must pay the single supplement - please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.

 

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Special Nights

Arctic Fox Igloo

From: £112pp

Brand new for the 2018/19 winter season the team at Ranua have constructed some beautiful Glass Igloos which are available for guests to stay in for a real adventure during one night of their holiday. There are 20 igloos in total which are located around 8km from Ranua Wildlife Park. They are set in an idyllic lakeside location with very little light pollution and uninterrupted views to the North which gives you an excellent chance of watching the Northern Lights from your bed, talk about a holiday memory!

The igloos include a double/ twin bed with space for one extra single camp bed (max occupancy of 3 people). They also have a small kitchenette and a bathroom with private sauna (this is Finland after all!). You will normally transfer to the Arctic Fox Igloos after your evening meal before you spend the night in complete comfort in the serene arctic wilderness.  Then you will be picked up the following morning in time for breakfast back at the main restaurant.  If you have any questions during your stay then you are provided with a contact number for the local team.


Credit: Marko Junttila

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  • Lappish workshop in Ranua: arts and crafts with Ms. Paula

    Join local handicraft artist Ms. Paula in her workshop, where you’ll make a traditional Lappish souvenir to take home with you.

    You can choose between different sessions depending on the item you want to make. From genuine reindeer leather shoulder bags and pouches to a unique piece of Lappish jewellery, the choice is yours! Children can also take part by making a red-nosed reindeer using a variety of materials.

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    The workshop is situated in Ranua’s traditional Lappish hut, located next to the information and ticket sales office.

    Minimum group size is 4 persons and maximum group size is 36 persons (excluding the round reindeer leather pouch or a small bag workshop where the minimum group size is 8 and the maximum is 38). 


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    From £20 per adult
    From £20 per child

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  • Meet the polar bear

    Enjoy a close up look at a polar bear on this exciting activity!

    Your guide will take you to the polar bear enclosure and you will be able to view him from the other side of the fence. Your guide will give you lots of information about this beautiful animal as you watch from just a few metres away.

    Duration: approximately 45 minutes

    From: £50 per adult
    From: £37 per child
  • Meet the Arctic Fisherman

    This is a wonderful chance for families to try ice fishing with a real, local Arctic fisherman!

    This activity starts with a short snowmobile ride and a full safety briefing will be provided before you set off, travelling two people per machine. You will cover approximately 5km as you travel to your destination at Lake Ranua.

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    Your day includes two types of ice fishing, firstly using the rods which locals use, and secondly using nets which the true Arctic fishermen use to land their catch.

    Your guide will show you how to drill holes in the ice and then drop your lines into the water to begin fishing in the deep and icy water below.

    You will then be joined by Sakari, a local Arctic fisherman, who will demonstrate how to ice fish using nets. This is the method used by traditional fishermen in Lapland and it is a real treat to be able to see Sakari at work. You’ll get involved with setting and hauling in his nets from under the ice.

    While you wait for fish to wriggle towards the net beneath the ice, you can keep warm with hot juice and enjoy grilled sausages (vegetarian option available). Then, you will all help to pull the net out of the water using the 60-metre long rope, and hopefully, you will find some fish amongst the netting (Sakari almost always does!).

    Once the activity is over, you will return to the hotel on snowmobiles. Even if you are not lucky enough to make a catch, you will still receive some fish from Sakari at the end of activity which you can feed to the adorable otters at Ranua Wildlife Park.

    Please note: the driver of a snowmobile must be at least 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.

    Duration: approximately 3 hours


    Credit: Gulo Gulo Holiday Village
    From: £118 per adult
    From: £83 per child
  • Day trip to Rovaniemi

    Following breakfast, your minibus will take you directly to Rovaniemi which is around an hour away. Your first stop will be the Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle where you can immerse yourself in festive cheer!

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    Here you can meet Father Christmas and enjoy shopping from a wide range of locally crafted souvenirs. After lunch you will head towards Arktikum, a wonderful local museum exhibiting the unique culture of the Arctic. Alternatively, you can head to the city centre and explore independently.

    Duration: approximately 7 hours (transport 2 hours)

    From: £118 per adult
    From: £83 per child
  • Snowmobile to the Snow Village

    This unique snowmobile safari will take you through an idyllic snowy wilderness towards the magical Snow Village. Marvel at the impressive Ice sculptures and the large mammoth made entirely out of snow. There are also numerous impressive snow igloos and children will delight in the toboggan slide and ball pool.

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    During the activity, the host of the village will prepare snacks and hot drinks on an open fire whilst telling you exactly how this magical place was built. If you are lucky you may be able to witness the Northern Lights from the deck made of Ice.

    Duration: approx 2 hours

    Please note: the driver of a snowmobile must be at least 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.

    From: £108 per adult
    From: £90 per child
  • Snowmobile safaris

    Enjoy a thrilling snowmobile safari across Ranua’s surrounding wilderness. Your guide will give you full instructions before departure with a range of durations to choose from 30 minutes to 6 hours. The distance covered on each safari will vary and will be determined by the group’s ability.

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    Please note: The driver of a snowmobile must be at least 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.

    Duration: approximately 30 minutes

    Adult price: from £63

    Child price: from £49

     

    Duration: approximately 1 hour

    Adult price: from £83

    Child price: from £63

     

    Duration: approximately 2 hours

    Adult price: from £101

    Child price: from £77

     

    Duration: approximately 4 hours

    Adult price: from £138

    Child price: from £99

     

    Duration: approximately 6 hours

    Adult price: from £177

    Child price: from £130

    From: £63 per adult
    From: £49 per child
  • Evening snowshoe

    On this exciting evening excursion, your guide will take you into the darkness of the forest on snowshoes allowing you to enjoy the deep snow and night time scenery. Keep a watch on the sky for hopeful sightings of dancing Northern Lights.

    Duration: approximately 2.5 hours


    Image credit: Antti Pietikainen
    From: £54 per adult
    From: £36 per child
  • Wild night safari

    As darkness falls you will make your way to the wildlife park, using headlamps to seek out the gleaming eyes of the nocturnal animals. Your guide will lead the way to seek out those creatures who may be awake and there will be the chance to feed some of them.

    After the excursion, you will enjoy a delicious meal of sausages cooked over the fire and be able to chat about your exciting experiences with the animals. 

    Duration: approximately 3 hours

    From: £64 per adult
    From: £45 per child
  • Visit Father Christmas in his secret cabin

    Hidden in the depths of the forest is Father Christmas’s very special cabin and this is your chance to visit the man himself! Your guide will drive you the short 10-minute journey amongst the trees, stopping on the way to seek out clues to Father Christmas’s whereabouts. Eventually, you will come across a tiny wooden cabin where you will be warmly welcomed by the man in red!

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    You will spend around 20 minutes here allowing the children to talk with Father Christmas, listen to his stories and ask him any questions they may have about his very important job.

    Duration: approximately 45 minutes

    From: £90 per adult
    From: £72 per child
  • Cross-country skiing

    Explore the Arctic the ancient way – via cross-country skis! Your guide will teach you the various techniques of this activity before you head out to put your skills into practice. The ski tracks reside close to the Ranua Wildlife Park and will cover around 3km.

    Duration: approximately 2 hours (3km)

    From: £54 per adult
    From: £49 per child
  • Snowshoeing

    One of the best ways to enjoy the wonderful forest neighbouring the wildlife park is to strap on a pair of snowshoes and head into the deep snow to explore. Your guide will offer lots of interesting information on the way on the local flora and fauna.

    Duration: approximately 2 hours

    From: £54 per adult
    From: £49 per child
  • Searching for the Aurora Borealis via Snowmobile

    Heading out into the darkness via snowmobile is a wonderful way to explore the night-time wilderness and your guide will lead the way along the dark forest trails. There will be breaks to enjoy a hot drink and keep a keen watch on the sky in anticipation of a potential Northern Lights display.

    Duration: approximately 3 hours (30km)

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    Please note: the driver of a snowmobile must be at least 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.


    Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

    From: £118 per adult
    From: £83 per child
  • Ice fishing via snowmobile

    Your guide will give full instructions before you set off via snowmobile heading towards a nearby frozen lake. Here you will learn more about the long history of ice fishing and try your hand at it too. Warm drinks will be served around the fire and there will be the chance to cook anything that you may catch!

    Duration: approximately 3 hours (30km)

    Read more about this activity

    Please note: the driver of a snowmobile must be at least 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.

    From: £118 per adult
    From: £83 per child
  • Northern Lights safari via horse-drawn sleigh

    Enjoy the opportunity to seek out the Northern Lights as well as enjoying a wonderful horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snowy night-time wilderness. Travelling through the neighbouring forest you can enjoy the night sky which will hopefully come alive with the dancing colours of the Aurora Borealis.

    Duration: approximately 2 - 2.5 hours


    Image credit: Visit Finland
    From: £76 per adult
    From: £68 per child
  • Horse safari

    Meet genuine Finnhorses (the national horse breed of Finland) and enjoy a wintry sleigh ride across the snow. Your journey will take you through the beautiful Ukonkangas Forest which resides next to the wildlife park. 

    Duration: approximately 45-60 mins (3.5km)

    From: £45 per adult
    From: £41 per child
  • 3km reindeer sleigh ride

    Enjoy a short journey via reindeer-pulled sled, travelling the way people have done here for centuries! The ride will take you from the hotel out into the surrounding wilderness.

    Duration: approximately 40 minutes

    From: £50 per adult
    From: £37 per child
  • Snowmobile safari to the reindeer farm

    Following driving instructions, you will set out on snowmobile towards Laivala, a small authentic reindeer farm. Here you will be welcomed by the herder and taken to see his reindeer, before enjoying a 1km reindeer sled ride.

    Back at the farm you will enjoy a hot snack and learn more about the life of the reindeer herders and their long history in this region. The activity will end with a snowmobile trip back to the hotel.

    Duration: approximately 3 hours

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    Please note: the driver of a snowmobile must be at least 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.

    From: £118 per adult
    From: £118 per child
  • Husky safaris

    This is a truly wonderful way to journey across the snow-laden landscape of Lapland!

    You will travel in a sled pulled by your own eager team of huskies (two adults and one child per sled) with the chance for the adults to take it in turns to drive depending on which length of safari you book (3km - 45km available). After your adventure, there will usually be a chance to pet the dogs and take pictures, as well as asking the mushers any questions you may have.

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    Please note: All decisions are made on the day of the safari by the lead guide as to any guest’s suitability to drive their own dog sled. As a general rule, those aged 15 and over are normally able to drive their own team of huskies but the guide’s decision on the day will be final and in the interest of safety. On certain safaris, children under the age of 15 will either travel in a sledge driven by the guide or an accompanying adult. 

    Duration: approximately 15 minutes (3km of driving)

    Adult price: from £33

    Child price: from £20

     

    Duration: approximately 20-30 minutes (5km of driving)

    Adult price: from £50

    Child price: from £36

     

    Duration: approximately 60 minutes (10km of driving)

    Adult price: from £80

    Child price: from £45

     

    Duration: approximately 2 hours (20km of driving)

    Adult price: from £107

    Child price: from £63

     

    Duration: approximately 5 hours (35-45km of driving)

    Adult price: from £174

    From: £33 per adult
    From: £20 per child
  • Hot tub

    After a day playing in the snow, there’s no better way to warm up than in a private hot tub right next to your holiday apartment. What better place for the family to discuss their favourite holiday moments than in the soothing waters as the snow falls around you? What’s more, go in as the dark skies appear and you could see the Northern Lights above you! Hot tubs are bookable per apartment, per evening so it’ll be all yours for the night.

    Price per evening/per apartment:

    £170 (Monday - Thursday)

    £188 (Friday - Sunday & Public Holidays)

  • Arctic Fox Igloo

    Brand new for the 2018/19 winter season the team at Ranua have constructed some beautiful Glass Igloos which are available for guests to stay in for a real adventure during one night of their holiday. There are 20 igloos in total which are located around 8km from Ranua Wildlife Park. They are set in an idyllic lakeside location with very little light pollution and uninterrupted views to the North which gives you an excellent chance of watching the Northern Lights from your bed, talk about a holiday memory!

    The igloos include a double/ twin bed with space for one extra single camp bed (max occupancy of 3 people). They also have a small kitchenette and a bathroom with private sauna (this is Finland after all!). You will normally transfer to the Arctic Fox Igloos after your evening meal before you spend the night in complete comfort in the serene arctic wilderness.  Then you will be picked up the following morning in time for breakfast back at the main restaurant.  If you have any questions during your stay then you are provided with a contact number for the local team.


    Credit: Marko Junttila
    From: £112 per adult

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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Departure dates

Two, three, four, five and seven-night departures are available. All December departures are based on set arrival and departure dates.

Please speak to our Travel Experts on 01670 789 991, to receive updated availability and a quotation for your family.

PRICE BASED ON:

Two adults (15 and over) and two children (4-14) sharing a superior apartment

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


 

Departure dates between
Fri 30 Nov 2018 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £515.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £495.00 Enquire
Wed 02 Jan 2019 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £595.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £575.00 Enquire
Fri 11 Jan 2019 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £585.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £565.00 Enquire
Fri 15 Feb 2019 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £615.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £595.00 Enquire
Fri 22 Feb 2019 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £585.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £565.00 Enquire

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 £50pp, 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. Should you wish to proceed, the remaining deposit will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp 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.

Departure dates between
Fri 29 Nov 2019 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £550.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £530.00 Enquire
Wed 01 Jan 2020 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £650.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £625.00 Enquire
Fri 10 Jan 2020 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £735.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £710.00 Enquire
Fri 07 Feb 2020 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £735.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £710.00 Enquire
Fri 14 Feb 2020 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £690.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £670.00 Enquire
Tue 18 Feb 2020 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £735.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £710.00 Enquire
Fri 21 Feb 2020 Adult Price from 2 Nights: £660.00 Child Price (4-14) from 2 Nights: £605.00 Enquire

Terms

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people

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.

Children and snowmobiles

For safety reasons, children under the age of 16 will typically travel in a sledge pulled behind the guides’ snowmobile on any snowmobile tours. From approximately 15 years onwards, children may be allowed to ride pillion on the back of a parent’s snowmobile. The guide will make a decision on the day as to where each individual child shall travel, and this may depend on the child’s height and the guide’s confidence in their ability to travel safely as a pillion for the duration of any safari. The guide’s decisions are final.

The driver of a snowmobile must be 18 years or over and have a valid driving licence. If an adult is unable to share a snowmobile with either a child or another adult in their party, they will be required to pay a single snowmobile supplement as all prices are based on two people sharing.

Traveller Reviews

  • We had a really wonderful time and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this trip 06 March 2018 by The Adcock Family

    We had a really wonderful time and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this trip. Our 3 and a half year old loved it. We did the horse-drawn Northern Lights (and saw them!), husky sledding and reindeer sleigh ride... there was an igloo behind our house, the snow was brilliantly deep and safe for my daughter (not slippy) and the sauna warmed us all up. Having the warm clothing provided was great.

  • All in all a great trip. 02 March 2018 by The Herndon Family

    Travel and transfer went smoothly, albeit a little slow to get to the place. Food choice and quality were surprisingly excellent. Guides were great. Cold weather clothing was good. Driving the husky sled was great. The kids loved the dogs.

  • Would book again without a doubt. 01 March 2018 by The Sarginson and Morton Families

    We loved it all but the trip to the Ice Village was very special.

  • We enjoyed it all 28 February 2018 by Elizabeth Garrett and the Melville Family

    We possibly enjoyed the huskies the most but its difficult beacuse we enjoyed it all

  • This was an amazing experience 27 February 2018 by The Fewster Family

    This was an amazing experience with excellent help and standards at all times The people at Gulo Gulo couldn't have been more helpful in trying to make the holiday as enjoyable as possible. They were all particularly helpful to my daughter who had received a bad injury to her ankle the day before we left the UK and was on crutches. This is also true of the staff at Norwegian airways who arranged
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    assisted travel. Thank you !!
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  • We enjoyed it all. 21 February 2018 by The Kirk Family

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable family holiday. The standard of accommodation and facilities was really good and the staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We would rate this holiday village very highly.

  • Fantastic holiday 05 January 2018 by The Clayton Family

    Just returned from a wonderful three-night break at Gulo Gulo.  Activities Abroad staff were great at guiding us on an itinerary to suit the six members of our party (age range from 5 - 74) and Gulo Gulo were wonderful with their organisation out there.  The 5k husky sleigh ride was a highlight and everyone enjoyed the 30minute snowmobile trip.  The quality of the cold weather
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    clothing that was provided was superb and we didn't really need to take half of the stuff that we had taken 'in case'.  The accommodation was really warm and comfortable and the food was better than expected.  Overall a really good, well-organised trip.  Our only complaint was that it was too short!
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  • There was nothing that we didn't enjoy!! 01 January 2018 by The Morris Family

    The accommodation at Gulo Gulo and activities provided were all excellent. Knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides really made the trip worthwhile and gave us a real perspective of life in the area. We thoroughly enjoyed the snowmobile visit to the Reindeer farm. We felt we really got a real overview of life as a reindeer farmer, the host took lots of time with us to explain everything and we had a
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    really enjoyable time there. The journey via snowmobile was also great fun for all the family. I think the ʺpick and Mixʺ approach is a great way of people being able to choose the activities they want to do and within the limits of their budget. So I don't think there is much you could do to improve this holiday at all.
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  • A very enjoyable experience, enjoyed by all the family 01 January 2018 by The Smith Family Group

    It was a winter wonderland. The whole experience was enjoyable - in particular the husky ride and the zoo was also very impressive.

  • This was the most magical holiday we have had 15 December 2017 by The Moore family

    I don't think I've ever been on such a fantastic trip where I really can find no fault at all, everything ran smoothly and I felt very prepared prior to travel. We were blown away by the whole experience. I have asked my family to pick which activity they enjoyed the most and we really can't - we thoroughly enjoyed everything we did, the dog sled, reindeer sleigh, snowmobiles to ice village and
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    skiing were amazing and 'awesome fun' to quote my children. The trip to see Father Christmas was just magical; it was very personal and my children were just in awe of meeting the man himself. This was the most magical family holiday we have had. It surpassed all our expectations. The Finnish people were warm and friendly, the landscape was breathtaking. The activities were just phenomenal and so very different to anything we had tried before. The accommodation was superb very modern but cosy with log burner and sauna which was very welcome after many snow fights; also to find a couple of sledges in the porch for us to borrow during our stay was fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised by the food which I thought offered a good choice for a small destination. I did not struggle to find something we all liked to eat, I particularly liked the fact that the children could choose the adult dishes from the menu and so sample some Finnish cuisine. Everything was provided for us and nothing was too much trouble. We have not stopped talking about it since we got back and I have already recommended this destination and your company several times.
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  • The whole family enjoyed it 19 February 2017 by The Hotson Family

    The food was basic but very good; it was great to try local dishes. It was more difficult to get my children to try them, though! Snowmobile safari was great fun. Two-hour duration was just right as it's quite hard work to steer them. The whole family enjoyed it, from my wife who hates the cold (and wasn't) through to my grumpy teenage daughter who said "Thanks, Dad, that was a great holiday" when
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    we got back home.
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  • Overall the holiday was superb! 13 February 2017 by Hazel Carlo and Tia Petherbridge

    Had an amazing time staying at Gulo Gulo Holiday Village in Ranua, Lapland with my niece. Beautiful surroundings and friendly staff. The little zoo was lovely and looked like the animals were looked after properly. We did the Wild Night Safari which was great and informative, we saw the majority of the animals as they are more active at night, but it was very slippery. The horse-drawn carriage
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    safari was lovely and relaxing as well as the reindeer safari. The husky safari was amazing, I was very nervous at first as they were so strong and eager to get going but soon got the hang of it. My niece even got to drive it which was great. I wish I picked a longer one as it was over very quickly but would love to do it again. Overall the holiday was superb!
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  • Good for all ages 28 December 2016 by Theodora, Fiona and Ayla O'Brien

    Hard to choose a favourite activity as they were all good and varied and very personalized. I can't praise the local staff and guides enough. We have been delighted with this experience and would certainly recommend the Ranua holiday to any family. It was good for all ages.


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