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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 5013
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Welcome in the New Year while spending seven nights at Jeris and its homely cottages. You will be surrounded by frozen lakes and snowy lands while taking part in all the classic winter activities, which include a husky safari, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, eating lunch in an ice restaurant, driving snowmobiles, and hunting for the Northern Lights.

What's included?

  • Flights: return direct flights from London to Kittilä. Regional and non-UK departures on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers and transfers to and from activities
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in Hotel Jeris Winter Cottage Type A (upgrade available to larger cabins)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: 17km husky safari, Northern Lights workshop, Northern Lights camp, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, Torassieppi Winter Village visit, and 3km reindeer safari, ice restaurant lunch, ice fishing, 30km snowmobile safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Winter clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Use of Jeris 'Arctic Spa' pools and sauna for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our Artisan Travel representative

Spend your New Year break at the cosy cottages of Jeris, set in enchanting Finnish Lapland. This seven-night holiday lets you bring the old year to a close with a thrilling selection of the very best winter activities.

You will spend time with a local reindeer herder, learning about their dedication to a traditional way of life before travelling through the nearby forests on a three-kilometre reindeer sleigh ride. Picking up the pace, you will also shoot over the Lapland snow on dogsleds and snowmobiles, which are electrifying ways to journey further and take in more of the landscape. There will also be the chance to individually connect with the snow during sessions of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

What’s more, we have included a visit to the Torassieppi Winter Village, where you can marvel at its architecture and sculptures of ice and snow. It would make for an especially magical New Year holiday to see the Northern Lights while you are in the area, so we also have added a Northern Lights workshop and camp to the itinerary. Expert guides will teach you about the science of the Aurora and take you to an ideal viewpoint.

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When each day comes to an end, you can unwind by the fire in your cottage or make the most of its private sauna. You can also end your holiday by upgrading to pass a night in one of the incredible Torassieppi Winter Village snow rooms, or in one of the Jeris Aurora Domes – watch for the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed. See the ‘Personalise’ section for more information.

Please note: this itinerary is shared with our sister company Activities Abroad and is popular with families during the school holidays.  If a child free holiday is important to your party when travelling, please speak to our travel experts for recommendations.


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Duration:7 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • Having landed at Kittilä, you will be transferred to Hotel Jeris. Settle down in your winter cottage and enjoy the rest of your day. Lunch and dinner are included today. 

    Included Meals:  Lunch, Dinner
  • After breakfast, you can look forward to a relaxed morning where you can take in the amazing wintry landscape at your own pace. Eat well at lunch and build up energy for the afternoon.

    You will be transferred to a local husky centre to try out dogsledding, which is one of the most popular Nordic outdoor activities. Having met the huskies that will pull your sled and received a full instruction briefing, you will set off on a 17km trail, travelling two people per sled. There will be the chance to swap the roles of driver and passenger partway through the safari.

    As today is New Year's Eve, there will be special festivities as midnight approaches!

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today, you will try out two classic Finnish activities after breakfast: snowshoeing and ice fishing.

    Snowshoes allow you to journey into areas which would normally be difficult to enter due to their deep snow. After following your guide and learning about the native flora and fauna, you will stop for lunch back at the hotel.

    Demanding both patience and practical skill, ice fishing is a national pastime in Finland. With lunch done, you will be transferred to a frozen lake and shown how to set up a line over a drilled hole in the ice. If luck holds out, you will make a catch!

    After dinner, experts will take you behind the science and mythology of the Northern Lights in an Aurora workshop. You will then be led to a viewpoint where you can look to the skies for a display while enjoying a campfire and toasted marshmallows.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Following breakfast, you will be taken to the Torassieppi Reindeer Farm and Winter Village, based just ten minutes away from Jeris.

    The reindeer farm dates back to 1847 and continues age-old traditions. Pick up the art of throwing a lasso like a proper herder and sit back on a 3km reindeer sleigh ride.

    You can then have a short stroll to the Winter Village to admire its frozen architecture and sculptures. Here, lunch will be served in the ice restaurant – a truly unique experience.

    Dinner will be had back at Jeris.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Another classic Arctic activity is on the agenda today - cross-country skiing. After an introduction to travelling around on them, you can slip away over the forest trails.

    Returning to the hotel for lunch, you will then up the speed for the afternoon with a snowmobile safari. Having been shown how to drive, you will travel two people per machine, following your guide on a 30km route, or thereabouts. Please note that you must have a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today and tomorrow have been left free for you to enjoy Jeris your way. Make the most of the spa and smoke sauna, or explore the outdoors on snowshoes or cross-country skis. Why not book some local activities to get outdoors and fill up the day?

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today it is time to say farewell to your new winter home and depart for the airport for your return flight home.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

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Jeris Winter Cottage Type A

Nights: 1-7

The Type A Winter Cottages (36 square metres) are generally located around a 10-minute walk from the main hotel building. The cottages are ideal for couples looking for a private retreat. The cottages can vary slightly in size but all can sleep two to four people. They consist of one spacious room with a sleeping alcove for two people and a pull out sofa bed for two more. All the cottages are privately owned; consequently, the decor and style can vary. Each cottage contains a cosy wood burning stove, a kitchenette, a television, a shower room and a private sauna.

Cabin guests will receive a small ‘starter pack’ of firewood. Further wood supplies can be purchased locally for approximately 10 euros.

Please note: A limited amount of hairdryers are available from reception.


Image credits: Emmi Kähkönen - Harriniva Hotel and Safaris

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Jeris Winter Cottage Type B

The Type B Winter Cottages (63 square metres) are situated a 15-minute walk from the main hotel building and we would recommend these for groups of four or more adults. The cottage consists of a bedroom for two people and a loft area which can sleep up to four more. The cottages can vary slightly in size but every cottage is equipped with a kitchenette, a wood-burning stove, a shower room, a toilet and a private sauna. All the cottages are privately owned; consequently, the style and decor can vary. Each cottage offers a comfortable and welcoming retreat.

Cabin guests will receive a small ‘starter pack’ of firewood. Further wood supplies can be purchased locally for approximately 10 euros.

Please note: A limited amount of hairdryers are available from reception.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.


Image credits: Emmi Kähkönen - Harriniva Hotel and Safaris

Jeris Winter Cottage Type C

Perfect for groups of five to seven people, the Type C Winter Cottages (70 square metres) are the largest available. These cottages are situated around a 20-minute walk from the main hotel building. Although the size of the cottage can vary slightly, each cottage has two bedrooms (each bedroom will sleep two people.) The loft of the cottage has a sleeping alcove, which will sleep a further three people. As they are privately owned the cottages vary in decor and style but each has the same facilities. These include a kitchenette, a wood-burning stove, a shower room, a toilet and a private sauna.

Cabin guests will receive a small ‘starter pack’ of firewood. Further wood supplies can be purchased locally for approximately 10 euros.

Please note: A limited amount of hairdryers are available from reception.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.


Image credits: Emmi Kähkönen - Harriniva Hotel and Safaris

Special Nights

Overnight at Torassieppi Winter Village

From: £84pp

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.

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.


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

Night in an Aurora Dome

From: £142pp

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.

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 (50m).

Clients may be allocated to either destination on arrival. Any required transfers and breakfast are included. You will have dinner at your hotel prior to transferring to the domes.

Available: Monday - Saturday


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

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Overnight at Torassieppi Winter Village

From £84pp

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.

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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.


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

Other options

Special Nights

Night in an Aurora Dome

From: £142pp

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 about this activity

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 (50m).

Clients may be allocated to either destination on arrival. Any required transfers and breakfast are included. You will have dinner at your hotel prior to transferring to the domes.

Available: Monday - Saturday


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

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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Please note: prices below are based on the minimum accommodation occupancy requirements being met (see 'Terms' tab below for details)

Dates
Sun 30 Dec 2018
to Sun 06 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 2,215

Please note: Our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

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.

Dates
Sun 29 Dec 2019
to Sun 05 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 2,370

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 8  and maximum 20 people (approximately)

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 age

The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’.

Unless otherwise stated in the dates and prices section of the holiday page, under ‘Terms’, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment

is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com

Single supplements

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
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are 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 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 every day.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience are 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 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.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

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.

Minimum accommodation occupancy:

Cabin A: price is based on 2 adults sharing a cabin (minimum occupancy for a cabin A is 2 adults)
Cabin B: price is based on 3 adults sharing (minimum occupancy for a cabin B is 3 adults)
Cabin C: price is based on 4 adults sharing (minimum occupancy for a cabin C is 4 adults)



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