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Escape to Jeris in the heart of Finnish Lapland for a retreat filled with log fires, peaceful lakeside trails and a fabulous range of winter activities. This holiday includes some true Arctic highlights such as snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice fishing, a reindeer sleigh ride and a Northern Lights hunt.

What's included?

  • 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: 7 nights in Hotel Jeris Winter Cottage Type A (upgrade available to larger cabins, subject to availability)
  • The following activities and equipment are included: husky safari, Aurora workshop, snowshoeing, ice fishing, visit to the Winter Village and reindeer experience, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling adventure (order of activities subject to change)
  • A week-long pass to the Arctic Elements Lakeside Spa
  • 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

This Jeris itinerary brilliantly captures the essence of Finnish Lapland. Our trusted guides will make sure you get to experience the most popular and unique experiences the area has to offer.

Staying in cosy winter cottage accommodation, situated in the snow-covered forest, the setting for your holiday is idyllic.

During your week-long escape, you will travel by dog sled, learn about the Northern Lights, snowshoe, snowmobile, try ice fishing, dine in an ice restaurant and go cross country skiing. As Jeris sits within The Aurora Zone, you will also have the chance to see the Aurora Borealis during your stay, should conditions be favourable. In any free time, you can unwind in the well-being facilities at the Arctic Elements Lakeside Spa on the shores of Lake Jeris, enjoy your cottage’s own private sauna or relax by a fire (either in the main hotel or in your own accommodation).

For an extra-special end to your holiday in Finland, why not spend the night in one of the snow rooms at Torassieppi Winter Village, or in one of the stunning Aurora Domes which offer wonderful views of the night sky? Details of both options can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

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.


Image credits: Louise Wren, Steve Cushing, Jenny Elmore & Visit Finland
  • Upon arrival at Kittilä Airport, you will be transferred to Hotel Jeris which is around 45 minutes away. You can check into your cosy winter cottage accommodation before a welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • This morning you will wake up to the peace and quiet of the Arctic wilds and enjoy breakfast in the main hotel restaurant.

    Things get off to an unforgettable start today, as you are transferred to a local husky farm. On arrival, you will meet with the eager dogs, whose enthusiasm for the trail is displayed through their excited barks and howls. After a tour of the farm, you will be given a full briefing on how to handle a team of dogs and the sled.

    Traveling in pairs, you will then hit the trails for a 15km safari with the dogs. You can swap between driver and passenger at the midway point so you both get to take in the full experience.

    Lunch will be served back at Jeris.

    This afternoon, you will join an expert guide for a workshop on the Northern Lights. This session will provide you with a better understanding of the science and mythology which surround the Aurora Borealis.

    Jeris is a prime Aurora location, and so we highly recommend keeping a close watch on the skies each evening, as this is an ideal spot in which to see them if conditions are favourable.

    Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant this evening

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today is all about two popular pastimes in Finland: snowshoeing and ice fishing.

    After breakfast, it will be time to strap on some snowshoes and try one of the oldest forms of travel in Lapland. The shoes allow you to explore areas of the wilderness that would otherwise be inaccessible in deep snow. Snowshoes provide the means with which to explore off the beaten track, enjoying the peace and the views, and your guide will point out the flora and fauna as you walk.

    After your morning of snowshoeing, your well-deserved lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant.

    In the afternoon, you will try your hand at ice fishing like a local. On a frozen lake, your guide will help you drill through the ice and will provide hints and tips to help you lure in the fish.

    After your activities, you will have time to relax in your private sauna before dinner.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Torassieppi Reindeer Farm and Winter Village are situated only 10 minutes from Jeris and will provide the venue for today’s amazing experiences.

    Firstly you will have time to visit the traditional farmhouse that dates back to 1847, and a small reindeer herding museum. Reindeer are such an intrinsic part of the local culture and economy, that it is really fascinating to find out more about the lives of the local herders.

    Next, you will test your skills as you try your hand at reindeer lassoing, which is much harder than the herders make it look. Your reindeer experience culminates with a 3km safari in a reindeer-pulled sleigh which takes you to the Pallas-Yllas National Park.

    It will now be time for lunch, and a short walk from the reindeer farm you will find Torassieppi Winter Village, home to an ice bar and an impressive array of carvings and sculptures. Today’s lunch will be served in the Ice Restaurant (please note that if conditions are not suitable then this meal will be served in a traditional wooden kota tepee instead).

    You will then be transferred back to Jeris, you can enjoy some time in the sauna before dinner.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • During your stay you will no doubt have seen local people cross-country skiing along the numerous forest and lake trails. This sport is a national obsession in Finland and today it is your turn to give it a go.

    Full instruction will be provided, and no prior experience of any skiing is needed. Your guide will teach you the basics and then lead you on a short ski trip along the tracks closest to the hotel.

    Should you find that you want to go skiing again during your stay, then you can rent the equipment locally and explore independently during your free time.

    After lunch back at the hotel, it’s time to up the adrenaline a little during a snowmobile safari. You will be given full driving instruction prior to setting off travelling two people per machine (you must have a driving licence and be over the age of 18 to drive a snowmobile).

    You will cover around 30km over frozen lakes and through the delightful fell and forest scenery. This activity will allow you to really develop a sense of how big the wilderness around the hotel is.

    Dinner will be served back at Jeris this evening.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today is totally free for you to spend as you wish.

    You can unwind in the Arctic Elements Lakeside Spa, complete with four saunas each designed around the four elements for the ultimate relaxation experience. Alternatively, you could rent cross-country skis or snowshoes for some independent exploration or spend time in your winter cottage. If you do decide to explore on your own, then please ensure you follow the marked trails and take a phone with you. A tasty packed lunch can be requested from reception if you intend to be out for the day.

    Additional activities may be available, please ask at reception (payable locally).

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today will once again be free for you to spend however you wish. You can relax, explore or take part in additional activities.

    This evening a special meal will be served at the hotel and will include a range of local dishes and ingredients.

    You may also like to upgrade and spend your final night either in a snow room at Torassieppi Winter Village or in one of the unique Aurora Domes. See the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for details.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today it is time to bid farewell to Jeris and to Lapland, as you are transferred back to the airport.

    If you have a very early departure, then a packed breakfast can be provided for you.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Jeris Hotel and Type A Winter Cottages

Nights: 1-7

Jeris occupies an enviable position on the shore of Lake Jerisjärvi, 20km from the nearest town.

Its secluded location, far from any light pollution, creates a fabulous Aurora viewing location.

The hotel consists of a central building which houses both hotel rooms and the main restaurant, and a selection of 32 winter cottages which are all tucked away in the surrounding forests. 

Hotel facilities

  • All meals are served in the main hotel restaurant.
  • The buffet breakfast offers a wide selection of cooked and continental options; whilst lunch and dinner are usually a selection of salads, then a choice between a meat/fish main course and a vegetarian option, followed by a set dessert.
  • Tea and coffee are available in the main reception building.
  • There is a small lounge area in the main building where guests can use the free Wi-Fi connection and there is a small shop selling souvenirs and snacks.
  • Jeris’ wellbeing area, is situated on the lakeshore and just a short walk from the hotel. Here, there’s a collection of saunas, including a traditional smoke sauna which is heated twice a week. There is also an illuminated ice pool if you are feeling brave (and are in good health).

Winter Cottage Type A

Type A winter cottages (30 square metres) are, on the whole, the closest to the hotel and are ideal for couples.

The cabins can vary in size but all sleep from two to four people in one spacious room with a sleeping alcove for two people (generally with a double bed) and a pull-out sofa bed for two more (although we recommend just one extra adult). They are all privately-owned and so the décor and style can vary, but each has a wood-burning stove, clothes drying cupboard, kitchenette, television, shower room, toilet and a private sauna.

All meals are served in the hotel restaurant.

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

Hairdryers are not provided as standard, but a limited number are available from reception.


Other options

Jeris Winter Cottage Type B

Type B winter cottages (63 square metres) sleep from four to six people. There is a living room area with kitchenette and wood-burning stove, one bedroom for two people and a mezzanine loft area (please note that this is accessed by a steep ladder) which can sleep up to four more. 

The cottages are all privately owned and so some contents and décor may vary, but all are equipped with a drying cupboard, sauna, TV, shower and toilet room.

The cosy winter cottages are located in the forests which surround Jeris; the furthest being across the quiet road and tucked in the trees around a 15-minute walk from the main building.

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

All meals are served in the hotel restaurant.

Hairdryers are not provided as standard, but a limited number are available from reception.

Jeris Winter Cottage Type C

Type C winter cottages (70 square metres) are the largest available and sleep from four to seven people. There are two bedrooms (each for two people) downstairs and a loft sleeping area for a further two (or three if you don’t mind being very cosy!) people accessed via a steep staircase.

As with all the cottages, there is a log-burning stove, clothes drying cupboard, kitchenette, sauna, TV, shower and toilet room. They can vary in layout a little and as they are privately-owned, the décor is determined by the owner’s personal choice.

They are located in the forests which surround Jeris; the furthest being across the quiet road and tucked in the trees between a 10 and 20-minute walk from the main building.

All meals are served in the hotel restaurant.

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

Hairdryers are not provided as standard, but a limited number are available from reception.


Special Nights

Overnight in an Aurora Dome

From: £107pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes, 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.

Toilet, sauna and shower facilities are just a short 100m walking distance away.

Any required transfers and breakfast are included. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4 pm 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: Every day at 4 pm

Total duration: 1 night

Minimum age: 5 years old

Minimum group size: 1 adult


Image credit: Antti Pietikainen

Overnight at Torassieppi Winter Village

From: £50pp

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 your thick sleeping bags and mattresses will ensure a warm night.

Any required transfers, sleeping bag, hot drink and breakfast 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

Please note: 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 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.

Please contact us for a quotation.


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

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Overnight in an Aurora Dome

From £107pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes, 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.

Toilet, sauna and shower facilities are just a short 100m walking distance away.

Any required transfers and breakfast are included. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4 pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.

Read more

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: Every day at 4 pm

Total duration: 1 night

Minimum age: 5 years old

Minimum group size: 1 adult


Image credit: Antti Pietikainen


Other options

Activities

Snow Train

From: £67pp

Step inside the cosy Snow Train carriage for an Aurora hunt into the wilderness.

Pulled along by your expert guide on a snowmobile, the Snow Train has been cunningly designed with an all-Perspex exterior to give you constant views of the night sky. As you journey further into the darkness, keep your eye out for a potential display.

Read more about this activity

You’ll also stop in a prime location to enjoy hot drinks and continue your search. Your location will be chosen based on the local weather and Aurora forecast for the evening, giving you the best possible chance of ticking the Northern Lights off your bucket list.

Duration: 1-2 hours

Available: Tuesday

Special Nights

Overnight at Torassieppi Winter Village

From: £50pp

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 your thick sleeping bags and mattresses will ensure a warm night.

Read more about this activity

Any required transfers, sleeping bag, hot drink and breakfast 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

Please note: 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 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.

Please contact us for a quotation.


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)

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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. 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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The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum group size 2; maximum 22 (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 and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, 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

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival. The trip dossier is standard to the holiday and does not account for any amends, additions or personalisation to an itinerary. Clients should refer to their booking documents for this information.

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.

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 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.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

We have no reason to believe that our holidays will be impacted after Brexit and so it is business as usual for us. The European Commission has stated that no aircraft will be grounded, even if no deal is reached between the EU and the UK.

However, the Foreign Office are advising people take the following steps so please review this information and take any necessary action.   

The relevant points include:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance which covers your healthcare

If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.

Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of travel. If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. Any extra months on an adult passport will not count towards the validity requirement, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel.

You will also need to double check your travel insurance as after Brexit there is no guarantee your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be accepted.

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.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions

Trip Specific Terms and Conditions

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)

Traveller Reviews

Jeris - Winter Cottage Escape 17 February 2019 by The Knight Family

We loved everything. On our last day we chose to do Wilderness Cooking. It turned out that no one had chosen this activity before but Jenni, our guide, made it up and we had a fantastic time, sitting in the sunshine on the frozen lake cooking salmon over an camp fire that we had made. A great experience and memory. One of many. Every activity lived up to expectations and the staff at Jeris were
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very helpful. The whole family love dogs so the husky sledging was probably the overall favourite although my son would probably say snowmobiling. The excitement of the dogs is wonderful to see and the peace of sledging through the snow with only the sound of dogs panting and sledges on snow is unforgettable.
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A very exciting and enjoyable holiday 20 January 2019 by Gareth Sowden & Gillian Stokes

Lapland in the Winter is beautiful. We really enjoyed walking around and exploring the landscape. We also saw the Northern Lights, which was a wonderful bonus.

Fabulous Holiday 03 April 2018 by Heather & John Maltson

We did the 7 night Highlights of Lapland tour, staying at Jeris in a cabin.First off, you will look at the prices and wonder whether it is worth it. It is worth every penny and we’ve had one of our best ever holidays. So much so, we are seriously thinking of returning next year. Artisan helped us with what trip was best for us, they answered all our silly questions such as would the thermal
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suits fit us and everything went according to plan. I was nervous we only had a 50 minute connection in Helsinki but this worked fine, even though we were 15 minutes late arriving the next flight waited for a handful of passengers. The dossier and online folder was excellent with all the information you might need.The only suggestion I would make to the packing list is to recommend a balaclava that covers the nose and lets you breathe. I found the open face ones from the hotel meant my nose was cold at night whilst waiting for the Northern Lights! The cabins are cosy, beds are comfy but not deluxe and the food was very good indeed given everything has to be transported there. There was ample selections for our full board and we enjoyed everything we had. The shower, sauna and log burner were all really good quality and made it feel a real Finnish experience. You are not going here for 5 star hotel treatment, the 5 star is the location, scenery and sense of awe you have whilst out skiing or with the huskies and snowmobiles. I would not hesitate in recommending Artisan Travel.
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Winter Cottage Escape 04 February 2018 by Ruth Lee and Naomi Starling

It was well run and we were well looked after and could completely switch off and relax. It was a special holiday for us being our honeymoon and we came home thinking what a wonderful trip.

Really enjoyed the holiday 31 January 2018 by Ann and Trevor Randall

We are a retired couple and it was great to experience the opportunity of challenge at a point in our lives when most people consider we should be "hanging up our boots". I was very apprehensive, and although I have travelled a lot, have never experienced a holiday like this one! I feel you really need to commit to it and throw yourself into it! I am so glad we did this. It has really made us
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think.
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A holiday of a lifetime 26 February 2017 by Kerry & Karl Liddle

Overall we have had a brilliant week. It was all we hoped it would be and more! For me the food was lovely but my husband is not a great fish lover, so the choice was more limited for him, although he did eat it and enjoy it! Our most enjoyable activity is a toss-up between the husky sledge ride and the snowmobiles. These were the two reasons I booked this holiday and both came up to expectations.
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Neither were just a quick ride so you felt you had time to get to grips with steering etc. The scenery was stunning! Seeing the Northern Lights was the icing on the cake. We booked this holiday a year ago, and after looking forward to it for so long, the worry was it would not come up to expectations, but it was brilliant.
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All that we imagined and more! 19 February 2017 by The Lock Family

Loved the location, activities well organised and great fun. Small group feel which added to the holiday. The husky ride has to be the most exhilarating. But the choice of activities was good. None of the activities were rushed it was good to spend 2 or more hours at each. Thank you, it was all that we imagined and more!

Thanks for a wonderful holiday 19 February 2017 by Lyz Jones & Markus Blease

What a fantastic time we had, it was wonderful. Saw the Aurora Borealis twice! It was a fantastic trip, well organised, great guides and well run with a wonderful variety of activities which gave us a really good insight into life in Finnish Lapland. The scenery was magnificent. We loved it all but our favourites were the Husky adventure, the Aurora husky, when we saw the lights and the reindeer
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farm and local culture. Thanks for a wonderful holiday - didn't want to come home. We are saving up now for a husky safari and want come to go back to Jeris Hotelli next year and take a husky overnight safari.
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A truly memorable experience 19 February 2017 by Julia and Mark Hill

Overall our trip was above our expectations and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. I do hope we can travel with Artisan in the future. Many thanks for a truly memorable experience.

A superb selection of activities for anyone new to Finnish Lapland 12 February 2017 by Simon and Sally Mounsey

We were on the Highlights of Lapland programme which is a superb selection of activities for anyone new to Finnish Lapland. It is difficult to fault what was laid on for us and that's reflected in the high scores given across the board. There was almost no choice when it came to meals but, for us, this was hardly a problem because we liked almost everything we were served. Difficult to pick out
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the best activity. It was the variety of different activities laid on that made the holiday special. Snowmobiling was exhilarating as was the husky driving. Reindeer rides, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and the talks on local culture and Northern Lights were great. Ice-fishing was uneventful! However, no-one expected it to be the most exciting part of the programme and it wasn't oversold. All our group stuck with it for the two hours although it was only 250m from the hotel. Without a doubt, the most important single element in making the holiday wonderful was the people who delivered it. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful and our log cabin was the perfect place to chill after the strenuous days. Special mention has to be made of our activities guide Darren who accompanied us for absolutely everything except the ice-fishing. His knowledge and enthusiasm were extraordinary and he made a great holiday into an unforgettable one.
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Absolutely no faults at all 08 January 2017 by Malcolm and Rhian Sharp

Everything about this holiday was planned expertly, from the information in "my account" to flights, pick-ups, hotel, trips, activities - absolutely everything went to plan and we knew exactly when and where we had to be at any time - absolutely no faults at all. I cannot reiterate how professional and organised everything was. Our guide, for the week Darren, was superb - very knowledgeable, and
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guided us through all activities with full health and safety briefings, etc. Your representative at the resort, Katrina was also superb and available if required.
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Brilliant holiday 02 January 2017 by Bethan Lewis and Christopher Bell

Brilliant holiday - with the added bonus of seeing the Northern Lights on three occasions.

Our trip to Lapland was fantastic 20 March 2016 by Carol & Kevin Loveridge

Our trip to Lapland was fantastic. The staff at the Hotel Jeris were so friendly and helpful. Katrina from your company was very helpful and friendly. I would love to come back one day since this was my first snow adventure and enjoyed every minute of it----even the times I fell with the snowshoes. There are so many good things about your company and the destination. Hopefully, I will see you
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again.
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