Adult price from £1,175pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, cold weather clothing and guides; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 1489

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 from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: a minimum of three nights in a glass-roofed Aurora Cabin
  • Meals: half board
  • Activities: choose from our extensive range of activities (individually priced as detailed in the activity timetable)
  • Aurora alert service which you can set to alert you throughout the night or end at a specific time
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

Saariselkä is ideally located at the edge of an idyllic winter wonderland in Northern Finland. It is a particularly outstanding destination for families as the town is only a short walk from the accommodation, so despite being north of the Arctic Circle, you have a comforting mixture of modern convenience and serene winter wilderness. This family-based activity pick and mix trip is specifically designed for you to select your favourite activities and create life-lasting memories.

The beauty of this holiday is that you can choose the activities you would like to take part in, as well as having the option to add on extra nights. The majority of activities start on-site and are fully guided by knowledgeable, local experts who are there to ensure that you enjoy the experience safely. Explore the fells via snowmobile or laugh at dad as he attempts to learn how to cross-country ski. Glide over the pristine snow to the gentle sounds of pattering paws with a pack of eager huskies, or unravel the mysteries behind the silent, winter forest during a guided snowshoe walk.

Activities are not restricted to the daytime with long winter nights offering fantastic opportunities to seek out the Northern Lights. A night-time adventure is particularly captivating for children who simply love being allowed to stay up later than usual, but imagine then witnessing flickers of dancing colours before the Aurora becomes more pronounced and lights up the sky.  

Very few places offer the chance to stay in an Aurora cabin for the duration of your trip. The cosy, glass-roofed cabins lie on the outskirts of the village with an outlook of deep winter snow. What’s more, come bedtime, you can keep an eye out for the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed. How cool is that?

The village itself is only a short walk from the town which offers an array of amenities, including shops, restaurants and an Angry Birds Park which is always a big hit with the kids.

Simply put, Saariselkä is a special destination and an ideal base for families looking to discover the mysteries of the Lappish wilderness. The 'Narnia-esque' terrain is bound to capture the imaginations of both adults and children alike and any Auroral displays will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. 


Photography by Markku Inkila, Visit Finland - Robert Smith, Lapland Safaris, Inari-Saariselkä Tourism

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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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Please note: prices for the departure dates 17th Dec - 7th Jan; 8th Jan - 1st Feb; 2nd Feb - 20th Feb and 21st Feb - 18th March are based on direct flights (Thursdays and Sundays from London Gatwick). Supplements for indirect flights from London Heathrow (via Helsinki) may apply. 

Price note

Child price based on sharing with two adults and staying on a sofa-bed.  

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Fri 21 Feb 2020 Adult price (per person): £1175.00 Adult (extra night): £225.00 Child (age 4 - 14): £675.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £90.00 Enquire
Thu 19 Mar 2020 Adult price (per person): £1355.00 Adult (extra night): £225.00 Child (age 4 - 14): £865.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £90.00 Enquire
Wed 25 Mar 2020 Adult price (per person): £1175.00 Adult (extra night): £165.00 Child (age 4 - 14): £725.00 Child (4 - 14) (extra night): £45.00 Enquire

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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.  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 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.

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Terms

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run, however, on some dates we require a minimum of 8 people for our flight allocation. Maximum 30 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.

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

  • Ideal holiday 29 December 2019 by The Wallis Family

    Overall we were very happy with the accommodation and facilities - it was an ideal relaxed atmosphere and safe environment for 3 generations of our family.

  • Saariselka - Activity Pick & Mix 27 December 2019 by The Gosling Family

    All the instructors were great and we were so impressed that everyone spoke good English.

  • Saariselka - Activity Pick and Mix 17 February 2019 by The Mead Family

    The activity guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. They found ways to entertain the children on the aurora hunts when the clouds descended.

  • We had an absolutely brilliant time. 14 March 2018 by Mark Nimmo & family

    We had an absolutely brilliant time. The weather was perfect and the snow so powdery it was impossible to build a snowman. A once in a lifetime experience and to capture the Northern Lights as well was icing on the cake so to speak. The accommodation was great and the quality of the food exceeded our expectations - the latter being really very good.

  • Fantastic holiday with Activities Abroad 30 December 2017 by The Nicholls Family

    Another fantastic holiday with Activites Abroad. Guides were fantastic and activities were well organised. Hotel and activity staff were so helpful and welcoming. Activities Abroad make for really stress-free memorable holidays.

  • A wonderful holiday 28 December 2017 by The Lindsay Family

    The snowmobiling was an exhilarating experience. A wonderful overall holiday.


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