All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals and guided activities; all as listed.

Key facts

  • Duration:5 nights
  • Suitable for: Anybody aged 4 years or over. The minimum age for participation in some activities does vary and so please see the individual activities for details. For further information, please see the terms section. 
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What's included?

  • Flights: return flights from London Heathrow to Kajaani (via Helsinki). Flight routes subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 5 nights in a Hill View Suite (upgrade to Lake View Suite available for a supplement, subject to availability)
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: husky safari, snowmobile safari, Katinkulta Spa ticket, Northern Lights snowshoe and ice fishing (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay

Nestled in the centre of Finland, the village of Vuokatti is an ideal spot for families. Even the Finns travel here from the south of the country to rekindle forgotten childhood memories of winter. They consider it something of a hidden gem for family holidays.

The landscape is transformed into an activity playground in the winter months and the focus here is on getting outside and exploring. Our holiday includes a fantastic range of activities which are operated by knowledgeable and expert guides. We’ve included our favourites, along with time for you to tailor your holiday and perhaps take to the nearby downhill ski slopes or try some additional activities. Of course, relaxing and spending family time at the hotel is also an option.

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Your week will begin in the best possible way with a husky safari. There are no better companions than a team of eager sled dogs.

A thrilling snowmobile safari is next on the agenda and provides the chance for you to explore the wilderness and cover greater distances.

You will also experience one of the most traditional local pastimes as you try your hand at ice-fishing.

On one evening you shall strap on some snowshoes and follow your guide into the wilderness. Your mission is to find an ideal viewpoint from which to watch the skies for the Northern Lights, which visit this region frequently during the winter months.

Throughout, families will stay at Hotel Vuokatti and Suites which combines modern comforts with a picturesque setting. There is a range of facilities, but we imagine Mum and Dad will particularly enjoy the three hotel saunas.

This holiday takes full advantage of all that is on offer in this relatively undiscovered area of Finland and is sure to create unforgettable family memories. 

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  • Evening Husky Safari

    If you would like to try another dog sled safari, then this evening tour with a team of excitable sled dogs is ideal.

    After a short transfer to the husky centre, you will be given full driving instructions and a briefing, before setting off on the trails two people per sled. Your route will cover around 12km as you enjoy the trails with your eager team of dogs. Travelling after the fall of darkness sees the wilderness take on a whole new feeling as the light of your headtorch guides you along.

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    If conditions are favourable, then there is a chance that you might even be able to see the Northern Lights during your tour. You will be out on the trail with the dogs for around 1 hour.

    After the safari, you will return to the husky centre and can spend time with the dogs and take photographs. A picnic dinner will then be served in the cafeteria on your return to base (so you will not dine at the hotel this evening).

    You will travel two per sled with full tuition on how to control the dogs.

    Duration: Approximately 3 hours (including transfers and dinner).

    Min: 2 people

    Availability: Wednesday at 6 pm

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  • Reindeer Sleigh Ride

    Reindeer are some of Lapland’s most-loved animals and during this activity, you’ll learn all about the fantastic creatures as well as the importance of herding in the region.

    After a short transfer, you will meet a local reindeer herder who will tell you about life here in the Arctic and will explain all about herding. You’ll get to try lassoing before jumping into a sleigh to enjoy a short ride (approximately 200-300 metres).

    Afterwards, enjoy hot drinks and snacks around an open fire.

    Duration: 2hrs (including transfers)

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Thank you for your interest in this Activities Abroad family experience.

We have found that this holiday is better tailored exactly to your requirements, so please email our Travel Experts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us on 01670 789 991 to discuss the various options available to you.

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Traveller Reviews

  • I can't praise the local guides and the excursions themselves enough. 17 February 2020 by The Carby Family

    Petri is the ultimate host, happy welcoming and very active in helping to make arrangements. The apartment hire is brilliant, right on the lake and with outdoor huts to BBQ and wood supplied.


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