Iso-Syote - Summer in the Finnish Fells
- Duration:6 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 18+ with a good level of physical fitness and a full driving licence.
- Midnight Sun Dates: 4th June - 9th July
- Return airport transfers are included (from Kuusamo or Oulu Airport)
- Accommodation: 5 nights at Hotel Iso-Syöte (room accommodation - cabin upgrades available subject to availability and supplement), 1 night at husky farm (private room but shared facilities)
- Activities (order subject to change): canoeing on the Pärjänjoki River, Nordic walking, meeting the huskies and forest hike, fishing trip
- Use of sauna, swimming pool and Jacuzzi at the hotel
- Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
- All equipment, tuition and supervision from fully qualified guides during activities
A note on flights: Flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. There are scheduled flights operating on this route and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package.
Summer in Lapland is a time of seemingly endless summer, as the sun barely sets below the horizon before rising again. At Iso-Syöte, located amidst the southernmost fells in Finland, the sunshine highlights the incredibly beautiful scenery of the trees, lakes and hills – the perfect setting for a range of unforgettable summer experiences.
Based in Hotel Iso-Syöte, which enjoys incredible panoramic views, you can choose between hotel or cabin accommodation. With facilities including a sauna and swimming pool to enjoy, along with the activities, this holiday offers a balance between free time and real Finnish experiences.
The itinerary allows you to experience some of Finland's most popular summer pastimes with activities including canoeing, fishing, Nordic walking and an unforgettable night at a sled dog centre.
Depending on the month you choose to visit, you may also be able to witness to the glory of the Midnight Sun during your fell top holiday.
©Marko Tervonen & VisitFinland.com
Day 1 Arrival in Lapland
Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to your accommodation in Iso-Syöte.
The transfer takes you through the pristine wilderness of the Syöte National Park. In the summer the landscape is filled with flowers and berries which thrive in the long hours of daylight and mild temperatures. There is also a strong chance of seeing reindeer meandering between trees and along the sides of the road as you make your way up the fell.
On arrival you will be able to settle into your accommodation and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day 2 Canoeing on the Pärjänjoki River
This morning's breakfast will be served in the hotel's wonderful panoramic restaurant.
Your first activity will be a canoe trip on the Pärjänjoki River, travelling two people per canoe. There is no need for any previous experience as the guides will give full instructions and provide you with all the necessary equipment. The pace will be gentle as you paddle along the calm waters, with some small rapids to add a little excitement! As you journey onwards you will stop to enjoy a campfire lunch. This provides a fabulous introduction to Finland's great outdoors.
Upon your return to the hotel this afternoon there will be time to relax and enjoy the hotel's sauna and swimming pool, or alternatively you may want to take a walk and explore independently (you should always consult the hotel to obtain maps and route details before any independent exploration).
Day 3 Nordic walking
Today you will explore on foot, as you enjoy a Nordic walking trip through the surrounding forests.
On your walk you will use Nordic walking poles to aid you, a hugely popular activity here in Finland (and increasingly in the UK) and much enjoyed in the summer in lieu of cross-country skiing. The pace will be leisurely and you can choose your walking speed accordingly. As well as being a fun way to travel, Nordic walking also uses around 90% of the body's muscles, so it is exceptionally good for you.
The guide will lead the way, pointing out areas of interest and the local wildlife and scenery. At this time of year there is plenty to see as you walk through the trees.
This afternoon you will have free time to enjoy the sauna or swimming pool and appreciate the lengthy summer day. Alternatively, there are additional activities that we can book for you including river tubing or zip lining. Details of the options can be found in the 'personalise' section of the holiday page.
Day 4 Overnight at the sled dog centre
This experience offers a unique glimpse into the sled dogs that live and work in Northern Finland as you spend the night at a nearby sled dog centre.
Husky sledding is one of the most popular activities in this region during the winter and in the summer the dogs still need exercise and keep to a training programme, this is where you come in.
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by one of the mushers, who will give you a tour and introduce you to the eager huskies. There may also be some adorable puppies at this time of year!
Your task is to help with the dogs' summer training and enjoy a walk with them. With one husky per person, your guide will lead the way through the trees on a hike which will cover around 12km. There will be a break for lunch by a campfire and time to take in the beauty of the forest.
In the afternoon you will return to the husky farm where you can enjoy the sauna.
Dinner will be served around a campfire – an excellent Finnish experience and you will spend the night here in private rooms with shared bathroom/toilet facilities.
Day 5 Free Day
Today you will enjoy a relaxed morning at the husky farm, enjoying the summer morning and beautiful natural scenery. You will enjoy coffee around the campfire and bid farewell to your huskies before transferring back to Iso-Syöte.
The rest of the day is at your leisure. You can relax in the accommodation and enjoy the swimming pool. Alternatively you can again book additional activities in advance such as visiting the nearby Ranua Wildlife Park which is home to polar bears, brown bears, wolves, lynx foxes, elk and more. Details can be found in the 'personalise' section of the holiday page.
Day 6 Fishing
On your final full day at Iso-Syöte you will try your hand at fishing in one of the many streams and rivers which meander through the area. This sport is one of the most popular in Finland and the area is renowned for it.
The guides will pack the equipment and transfer you to a carefully chosen spot ( a short hike may be required). You will be given full instructions before you cast your line.
Fishing does require patience but the rewards can be very satisfying. Even if you are unlucky in your pursuit, this remains a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend time in the Finnish wilds.
Day 7 Departure
After a final breakfast in the panorama restaurant you will bid farewell to the beautiful fells as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.
Included in price
Sitting on top of Iso-Syöte Fell, this hotel commands an ideal position with stunning views looking out across the unspoilt nature and wilderness of Fell Lapland. The hotel was designed with great care with rooms boasting panoramic views across the landscape.
Throughout the hotel, there is a welcoming atmosphere and the staff could not be more helpful. The decor is modern yet retains a hint of the local culture and region.
- There is a panoramic restaurant which takes maximum advantage of the spectacular setting and serves a range of local and international cuisine
- The fully licenced lobby bar is ideal for a pre-dinner drink and for after dinner there is a small nightclub downstairs, far away from the rooms, for you to dance the night away!
- The hotel has a swimming pool with hydro jets for guest use, whether staying in the hotel or cottages. Hotel guests also have access to two spacious saunas which are ideal for relaxing after a day of activities. There are also two hot tubs on the terrace which allow you to enjoy the warmth of the water whilst gazing up at the sky
- New for this season is the opportunity for guests to enjoy a range of massage and beauty treatments which can be booked locally
- The downhill skiing pistes are only a short walk away so you can really make the most of the ski slopes during your stay
Double or twin rooms
The hotel has 30 rooms, each is en-suite with a shower, toilet and hairdryer, digital TV and telephone. Each room sleeps two people with space for one extra bed. Interconnecting rooms are available subject to availability.
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Iso-Syöte Husky Farm
Some of our holidays in Iso-Syöte include an overnight stay at a nearby husky farm; giving you a wonderful sense of adventure in the Finnish wilds and the chance to immerse yourself in the scenery.
The husky farm is located around an half hour drive from the main Iso-Syöte Hotel and is home to around 80 dogs housed in the kennels opposite the main farmhouse building.
- In the main farmhouse, there is a kitchen where the food will be prepared and a large living room which is perfect for relaxing in and socialising with the group
- In the yard there is a wooden kota where meals can be served around the campfire
- There is also a wood-heated sauna for guest use and a small outdoor swimming pool
The rooms are simple but cosy and are housed within the main farmhouse. Showers and toilets are not en-suite; they are shared facilities.
Iso-Syöte Log Cabins (summer)Supplements from: £79pp
Situated on the fell top, with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding landscape the Iso-Syöte log cabins are an exceptional base for an active Lappish holiday. Guests have access to all of the facilities of the nearby Hotel Iso-Syöte, including the swimming pool, and all meals will be served in the hotel restaurant.
There are 20 Kelo cottages up on the fell in Iso-Syöte, built from naturally matured pine trees. Each has one bedroom with two beds and a sofa bed so can accommodate up to four people. They are also equipped with a living room with fireplace, small kitchen area and shower room with private sauna. The cottages are located between 200 and 300 metres from the hotel allowing easy access to the facilities.
Fjell Top Winter Cottages
There are 16 Fjell Top cottages around the hotel. Each can accommodate up to eight people.
The log built cottages are semi-detached and built over two floors. On the ground floor you will find a living room with fireplace (the sofa can convert to a sofa bed), kitchen and dining area, one bedroom with a double bed and the first of two bathrooms which is equipped with a shower, toilet and private sauna.
On the second floor you will find two further bedrooms each with two beds. There's a loft area and a second bathroom with shower and toilet. Some of the cottages have interconnecting doors. This is ideal if you have a large group or two families wishing to travel together.
All of the cottages are within walking distance of the hotel and restaurant.
Personalise this tour
Visit to Ranua Wildlife ParkFrom £79pp
Ranua Wildlife Park is home to a wonderful array of Arctic animals including brown bears, polar bears, wolves, lynxes, foxes, elks, reindeer, owls, hawks and eagles. Here you can see them in a natural environment and appreciate them up close. Your visit will last around two hours (about 4 hours including transfers) and the activity requires a minimum of 6 participants.
Wilderness dinner in Lappish KotaFrom: £83pp
On this lovely evening trip you will travel to the beautiful Hanhilampi Lake, where in the serene wilderness surrounding you will enjoy a traditional Finnish dinner cooked over an open fire. The starter will be a buffet of reindeer meat, salmon, bread and salads, followed by a main course of traditional Karelian stew and a sweet dessert. Approximate duration of this activity is 2 hours and a minimum of 10 participants are required.
River tubingFrom: £68pp
Paddle your way down the Pärjänjoki River in your very own river tube – follow the flow and steer away. All equipment is provided, and you will receive full instructions from helpful guides. Approximate duration of this trip is 2 hours and a minimum of 4 participants are required.
Zip-line water crossingFrom: £42pp
High on a sandbank close to a small lake, you will harness up and zoom around 200 metres over the surface of the water. Before you get the adrenaline fully pumping, a guide will show you how to use the equipment provided. Approximate duration of this activity is 2 hours and a minimum of 4 participants is required.
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. There are scheduled flights operating on this route and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package.
|Departure dates between|
Thu 01 Jun 2017Enquire
Mon 07 Aug 2017
|Adults£ 1,025||Single Adult£ 1,199|
Next year's provisional dates and prices
You can secure places on your chosen holiday for next year by making a ‘pre-reservation’ and paying a deposit. All departure dates, prices and itineraries for next season are provisional and subject to change. We will contact you when the final details are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit in full. Our travel experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
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Thu 31 May 2018Enquire
Mon 06 Aug 2018
|Adults£ 1,080||Single Adult£ 1,265|
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Approximately 2 - 12 people
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We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.
Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition is provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.
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Guides and safety
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Consequently, their knowledge and experience is unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.
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Booking activities locally
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