- Duration: 7 nights
- Flights: Return flights from London to Kittilä, either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date. Flight routes are subject to change
- Transfers: Return airport transfers are included
- Accommodation: 6 nights hotel room or winter cottage* and 1 night in wilderness cabin accommodation
- The following activities and equipment are included: Reindeer farm and safari, snowmobile safari, overnight husky safari, cross-country ski or snowshoe equipment hire for one day (order of activities subject to change)
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors
- Dedicated Artisan Travel Company representative
* 23rd and 30th December departure dates are based on winter cottage type A-accommodation. Supplements apply for cabin accommodation on all other dates.
This winter holiday in Finland has been one of our most popular trips for over a decade and a quick look at the activities we include highlights why.
Firstly, guests enjoy a cultural experience at an historic reindeer farm, where a reindeer-pulled sleigh ride is a wonderful introduction to Lapland and the small museum provides details of the local culture and times gone by.
A thrilling snowmobile safari is next on the list and gives the chance to explore further afield and gain a sense of the scale of Finland's wilderness environment. This is not a short taster session – you will cover between 60 and 80km during the day!
The true highlight for many people, however, is the overnight husky safari to wilderness cabin which covers two days of the holiday. This is an unforgettable experience for all who take part and is a real adventure.
We also leave time for you to tailor your holiday and relax at Jeris or enjoy additional activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing. We can also arrange for you to spend your final night in a winter village or in a spectacular Aurora dome at nearby Torassieppi.
Image credits: VisitFinland, Antti Pietikäinen
Arrival and introduction
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred directly to Jeris where you will check into your accommodation; either in a hotel room or winter cottage.
Once you have settled in, a welcome dinner will be served and you will meet with your guide to discuss the adventures ahead. Your cold weather clothing will be provided and is yours for the duration of your stay (if you arrive on a late flight, this will take place the following morning).
Reindeer Farm and Safari
Reindeer and Lapland are synonymous with each other and today you will gain an insight into the daily life of a reindeer herder as you visit a nearby reindeer farm. The farm is also home to a small museum which showcases the customs of reindeer husbandry and its ties to the culture and economy of the region.
You will be shown how to throw a lasso and will then enjoy a delightful 7km reindeer-pulled sleigh ride. This is a magical experience and lunch will be served around an open fire.
This afternoon you will head back to the hotel where you can enjoy a sauna, either at the hotel or in your winter cottage.
Snowmobiles are a common mode of transport in Lapland and are used to travel between remote communities. They are also exceptionally good fun and offer guests the chance to travel further afield to explore the landscapes of Lapland.
You will be given a full safety briefing and instructions before you head out on the trail, travelling two people per machine, for a safari that will cover between 60 and 80km of pristine landscapes. You will travel through snow-laden forests and across frozen lakes and rivers as you delve into the heart of the wilderness.
You can swap drivers during your safari (providing you both hold a full driving licence).
Overnight husky safari
There is nothing that can quite compare to the sense of adventure you feel as you drive your own team of huskies through the wilds of the Arctic (one person per sled). This holiday takes things a step further than most as you enjoy an overnight adventure with your team and stay in a wilderness cabin.
After checking out of your hotel room, you will meet your own team of between 4 – 6 huskies at a nearby sled dog centre and will help to harness them under the expert tuition of your musher guide. When the sleds are loaded there will be a full safety briefing provided before your guide leads you off to start your adventure.
You will be sure to notice the dogs’ enthusiasm for the trail; their excitement is infectious and their happy howls and barks highlight their desire to get going. Once you have released the brake on the sled the dogs fall silent and focus on the task at hand.
You will drive your team and cover around 25km today (depending on conditions) and lunch will be served around a campfire en route.
Your destination is a wilderness cabin in a remote corner of this stunning landscape. Upon arrival at your base, the group will all work together to collect wood and water as needed. Your guide will prepare the evening meal, light the fire and get the wood-fired sauna on (saunas are basically mandatory in Finland, even in the wilderness). Your priority will then be to feed and settle your team of dogs for the night.
The cabin you sleep in will be determined by the route and the conditions. Most do not have running water, electricity or indoor toilet facilities and accommodation will be dormitory style. This is a rustic experience but you will be cosy in your arctic grade sleeping bag and, once the fire is blazing, the sauna is warm and your dinner is served this is sure to be an unforgettable overnight.
Another bonus is that this remote location is far from any light pollution and so provides an ideal place from which to view the Northern Lights should conditions be favourable.
Husky safari back to the hotel
You will awake this morning to what sounds like a pack of wolves outside, fear not, it’s just the dogs eager to get going once again! You will enjoy a warming breakfast before setting off with the team again.
There will be time to further your mushing skills as you travel around 25km and head back towards the sled dog centre.
It’s sure to be a sad moment when you part from your team but, back at Jeris, you will enjoy a delicious meal and hot shower which will hopefully provide some consolation.
Free day or optional activities
We have left today free to spend your way, whether just relaxing in these peaceful surroundings, taking advantage of one of the saunas or enjoying additional activities.
There are plenty of options on offer including additional snowmobile safaris, Northern Lights hunts and ice fishing. These can be booked in advance through us or can be booked and paid for locally (subject to availability). As part of this package, you also have free use of cross-country skiing equipment or snowshoes for one day, so why not head out into the wintery landscape to give one of these a try (some prior experience of cross-country skiing is recommended).
Free Day or optional activities
Today has also been left free so that you can try additional activities or make use of the free cross-country skiing equipment and snowshoes and explore the area further.
Tonight you will enjoy a special farewell dinner, reliving the highlights of your stay with your fellow guests.
If you want to spend the night in true style then we can also arrange for you to upgrade to a snow room at Torassieppi Winter Village or to one of the spectacular Aurora domes (please see the ‘Personalise’ section for details).
Today you will say farewell to the delights of Lapland and you will be transferred back for your return flight home.
Alternatively, we can arrange for you to explore the bright lights of Finland’s capital with a stop off in Helsinki en route back home. Details of all of the extensions can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Night in an Aurora Dome
The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at Torassieppi and Jeris and offer a unique experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and they're simple but warm. The domes have been designed so that one wall is see through and therefore provides views of the night sky and, with luck, the Northern Lights.Read more
The domes are equipped with a double bed and a wood burning stove to keep you nice and warm. The toilet, shower and sauna facilities are located a short walk away (approximately 50-100m).
Any required transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at your hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8:30/9pm; from early January onwards, you will check-in at approximately 4pm and have dinner at Torassieppi. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.
At both locations, you will check-out after breakfast.
Please note: the price shown is based on your spending the first or final night of your stay in a dome and therefore not requiring a hotel room or cottage. Should you wish to spend an alternative night glamping then additional supplements will apply. Please contact one of our team for a quote.
Available: Monday - Sunday
Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen
Optional Winter Activities
There will be the option for you to arrange additional activities locally during your holiday. Your guide will discuss the possibilities with the group as the available options can change and the order of the main itinerary is also subject to amends.
If, however, you know that there is an activity which you would like to try and include before you travel then please let our travel experts know at the time of booking and we will do our best to try and secure this for you in advance (subject to availability).
Overnight at Torassieppi Winter Village
Spend a memorable night in a traditional snow igloo room within Torassieppi Winter Village. Snow structures and igloos have been used for centuries as a form of protection from the Arctic weather and whilst the outside temperatures can plummet, inside they remain more moderate.
Your bed may be made of snow and ice, but the thick sleeping bag and mattresses will ensure a warm night.Read more about this activity
Any required transfers, sleeping bag, hot drink and breakfast are all included. You will enjoy your evening meal at your hotel prior to transferring to your snow igloo room in the evening at approximately 8:30/9pm. The toilet and sauna facilities are approximately 200 metres' walk away. You will check out after breakfast.
Available: Monday to Sunday at 8.30/9pm
As activity schedules can be subject to change we may be unable to confirm the exact night that you will spend at Torassieppi although every effort will be made to accommodate specific requests they cannot be guaranteed. Your final itinerary including confirmation of the date of your stay at Torassieppi will be confirmed upon arrival in Finland.
Please contact us for a quotation.
Please note: Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.
Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Please note: Departures on 23rd and 30th December are based on Winter Cottage A accommodation. All other dates listed are based on hotel room accommodation. If you wish to upgrade to a Winter Cottage during these dates, please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.
Sun 23 Dec 2018Book
Sun 30 Dec 2018
|Adults£ 2,575||Single Adult£ 3,015|
Sun 30 Dec 2018Book
Sun 06 Jan 2019
|Adults£ 2,595||Single Adult£ 3,035|
Sun 06 Jan 2019Book
Sun 13 Jan 2019
|Adults£ 1,875||Single Adult£ 2,170|
Sun 13 Jan 2019Book
Sun 20 Jan 2019
|Adults£ 1,845||Single Adult£ 2,140|
Sun 20 Jan 2019Book
Sun 27 Jan 2019
|Adults£ 1,875||Single Adult£ 2,170|
Sun 27 Jan 2019Book
Sun 03 Feb 2019
|Adults£ 1,895||Single Adult£ 2,190|
Sun 03 Feb 2019Book
Sun 10 Feb 2019
|Adults£ 1,945||Single Adult£ 2,240|
Sun 10 Feb 2019Book
Sun 17 Feb 2019
|Adults£ 1,995||Single Adult£ 2,290|
Sun 17 Feb 2019Book
Sun 24 Feb 2019
|Adults£ 2,265||Single Adult£ 2,560|
Sun 24 Feb 2019Book
Sun 03 Mar 2019
|Adults£ 2,065||Single Adult£ 2,360|
Sun 03 Mar 2019Book
Sun 10 Mar 2019
|Adults£ 1,975||Single Adult£ 2,270|
Sun 10 Mar 2019Book
Sun 17 Mar 2019
|Adults£ 1,945||Single Adult£ 2,240|
Sun 17 Mar 2019Book
Sun 24 Mar 2019
|Adults£ 1,925||Single Adult£ 2,220|
Sun 24 Mar 2019Book
Sun 31 Mar 2019
|Adults£ 2,095||Single Adult£ 2,390|
Sun 31 Mar 2019Book
Sun 07 Apr 2019
|Adults£ 2,095||Single Adult£ 2,390|
Sun 07 Apr 2019Book
Sun 14 Apr 2019
|Adults£ 2,095||Single Adult£ 2,390|
Sun 14 Apr 2019Book
Sun 21 Apr 2019
|Adults£ 2,095||Single Adult£ 2,390|
Next season's provisional dates and prices
To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. 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. 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.
Sun 22 Dec 2019Enquire
Sun 29 Dec 2019
|Adults£ 2,885||Single Adult£ 3,380|
Sun 29 Dec 2019Enquire
Sun 05 Jan 2020
|Adults£ 2,910||Single Adult£ 3,405|
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Sun 12 Jan 2020
|Adults£ 2,100||Single Adult£ 2,435|
Sun 12 Jan 2020Enquire
Sun 19 Jan 2020
|Adults£ 2,070||Single Adult£ 2,405|
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Holiday group size (approximate)
The minimum number of participants is 4 and the maximum is 12.
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.
If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).
If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.
Whilst Artisan Travel only sells holidays to those aged 18 years and over on a small selection of holidays there may be those under the age of 18 who have booked with other companies and where our local supplier also allow those under 18 to participate (additional activities during tailor made holidays for example). Our travel experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.
Medical History and advice
You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.
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.
We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required.If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.
Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost everyday.
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.
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.
You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.
Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).
Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.
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.
We were very impressed with the excellent vegetarian food provided. The guides were very good and always knowledgeable about the activities. The husky safari was fantastic. It was great to be able to help care for the dogs too, and our guide Linda was very good. She told us lots of things about the care of the huskies, and clearly knew a lot about the dogs on her team. Snowmobiling was great and so was the snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
We had a great holiday and the group of people who shared the activities were good company. The guides were excellent
Everything was excellent with great accommodation & very helpful staff at Gulo Gulo where nothing was too much trouble.
The whole experience from booking the holiday to returning home was very well organised. Communication was very good from the Artisan Travel to the staff at the hotel. The hotel was well maintained, activities were well organised, food was very good and the whole experience was second to none. I would definitely love to return to Finland and I would use Artisan Travel again. The staff at the Jeris hotel were wonderful. They made us feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble for them. The hotel was well equipped and staying there was like being a part of a small, close knit community. We would love to go back. The whole experience was everything I dreamed it would be and so much more. For me the snowmobiles topped it. An incredible day and one that I will never forget.
The best experience was the husky sledding closely followed by ice fishing. The guide we had for ice fishing was very experienced and knowledgeable and it made it even better that we were the only two people on the tour so we got a very personal service! Normally on a package holiday, the tours wouldn’t run with only two people booked on so we were very impressed.The reception team were very friendly and helpful.
The whole experience was magical, but the 2 day overnight husky tour was everything I hoped for.
The holiday was designed perfectly with just enough time to enjoy all the activities, which were equally fun. If we had to choose the huskies certainly made our holiday special. The craft making was also unexpected and a lovely addition to the program.
A pleasure all round, and would definitely consider another similar holiday. Excellent handling from all staff involved, both at UK end in planning, and in Finland during the holiday. Many thanks.
If someone had told me before our holiday that I would be capable of managing my own team of huskies and spending 2 days travelling over frozen lakes in the Arctic with them, I would have called them bonkers! It was TOTALLY AMAZING! The dogs were so friendly and so happy and you could tell they just loved running together pulling the sledge. We had magnificent weather too, loads and loads and loads of snow and blue-sky days, so the views across the lakes and forest runs were outstanding.
The husky dog safari was amazing - to be at one with nature, and with our pack of huskies, to feel their power and eagerness to run. It was magical being in the middle of nowhere and the overnight cabin was a great opportunity to get to know our group.
We have just returned from a superb winter adventure holiday at Jeris. The destination was a magical winter location and the activities included in our package were extensive and great value for money. The equipment and guides were first class meaning we could enjoy long days out even with temperatures dropping below -25 degrees. The hotel rooms are clean and functional, although don't expect luxury accommodation. The food is good and there is a cosy bar for relaxing.
This is the holiday for you if you are tired of tantalising tasters that always leave you wanting more - in this holiday you get a full dose of each activity. We would still like more but there is only so much that you can fit into a week and we had to come home for a rest! We were out on the snowmobiles for a full 8 hours and covered 84 km. We covered a real variety of terrain from ice lakes to steep mountains and tricky woods - all possible with our local guide. The two-day husky ride is also a proper immersion into being with these wonderful dogs in their natural habitat - you return to the hotel suitably tired but refreshed by this unforgettable experience. The Hotel Jeris is on the lake with a superb wood sauna, spa and other saunas - so ideal for plucking up courage for the challenge of swimming in the lake. Cross-country skiing is also straight from the hotel - across the lake for the absolute beginners or the more challenging undulations of the neighbouring national park if you feel so inclined. We were lucky to see the Northern Lights - apparently the best show all winter, so we felt very fortunate. We would recommend a lakeside cabin - the absolute peace and quiet of being wrapped up in a snow-covered landscape is truly memorable and the en-suite sauna means that there is no excuse for not embracing yet another new experience.
The husky safari was an immersive and hands-on wilderness experience with very well-behaved dogs. It felt really thrilling to be driving across frozen lakes and through snow-draped forests. The holiday exceeded our expectations and we had a wonderful time throughout. Thanks are due to all the very hard-working staff.
I've come back feeling very humbled by the whole experience. I'm finding it very hard to think about the holiday without crying as it literally was magical and surreal. This was effectively a package holiday without the package holiday rubbish i.e. on the bus, off the bus, here's a tree, here's another. The itinerary was spot on, accurate and thoughtful. Our group were amazing, all like-minded, similar ages, with similar aged children (twenties). VERY, very well done and thank you. Northern lights on New Year’s eve in full flow, with champagne and fireworks, stood on a frozen lake - and as for the huskies!!!! I'm going to book a warm adventure now. Thank you so much.
Our holiday was fantastic from start to finish, we didn't want it to end. The husky safari was magical and the overnight stay in the wilderness cabin really helped our group to connect. The snowmobiling was exhilarating and you really got to tour around the countryside, just amazing. It was all pretty perfect to be honest. We are planning to rebook for next year.
Overall very satisfied and surprised with the amenities and facilities. The overnight husky safari offered great interaction with the huskies, experience of wilderness cabin and great location away from lights to get the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights (which we got a great display of during our safari). Very good package, no real problems. Staff very friendly, patient and approachable. Unique and fun activities, we felt safe when with guides and reps.
From the moment we arrived at the airport, our reception by the driver was fabulous. He was welcoming, helpful, gave lots of information (funny and informative ones) on the ride to the hotel. Activities were fabulous, couldn't decide which one was best as they all were so special in their own rights. Toini, our guide for the snowmobile and reindeer safari (and also gave us all our equipment) was lovely, gave great info and took lots of group pictures of us. Equipment was in great condition and even skis were well looked after. The food was plenty and great choices. Main dishes all week long were of great quality and flavour. A fantastic gesture was the birthday card and bottle of wine I received whilst at dinner. Great attention to detail, a lovely surprise and hugely appreciated. On my actual birthday, my partner arranged for a little cake with Katrina which again was not a problem and delicious. If pushed, I would say the day out on the snowmobile was the most enjoyable but as mentioned above, every day was great. Our two free days were spent with cross-country skiing across the frozen lake and with a relaxing spa visit (and dip into the lake).
All the activities were brilliant but nothing beats handling the huskies. The whole holiday was fantastic. Thank you.
(Favourite activity) – 2 day husky safari. Overnight and having to help harness the dogs and feed them, etc all added to the experience and adventure.
I thought the reindeer ride/experience was fantastic as this is not something that is readily available and accessible which makes the activity much more special. For me (the least enjoyable) was probably the snowshoeing and that was because it was quite hard work! The walk was brilliant and there was nothing wrong with the trip.
Overnight husky safari and snowmobile trip brilliant. Nothing was unenjoyable - enjoyed all of it.
Favourite activity? Husky safari. Riding through the snow, controlling your own dogs, it was so special and magical, we will never forget. Least enjoyable? Nothing, loved every minute of it.
You wished me a fantastic trip. It was more than fantastic and my daughter and I had such a wonderful time. The programme of activities was superb and we had some terrific sightings of the Aurora. So much of this was due to our wonderful guide, Thomas. His enthusiasm and love of the area was so obvious and we learnt so much from him. He went out of his way to ensure we had a good time.