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Ranua allows you to combine encounters with some of the Arctic’s most endangered species at the Wildlife Park, with some unforgettable activities on our tailor made holiday. The proximity of your fantastic apartment accommodation to the Wildlife Park also means that all of the animals and activities are within easy reach. Here the chance to try dog sledding, Aurora hunting, snowmobiling, horse-drawn sleigh rides and much more is combined with the opportunity to feed polar bears!

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  • Flights: direct return flights from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi are available on most dates, otherwise indirect flights will operate between London Gatwick and Rovaniemi via Helsinki. Please speak to our Travel Experts for further details. (Flight routes are subject to change and flight supplements may apply)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers between Rovaniemi and Ranua
  • Accommodation: minimum of 3 nights apartment accommodation
  • Meals: half board (full board upgrade available for a supplement)
  • Activities: choose from our extensive range which is detailed in the ‘Activities’ section of the holiday page (activities are all priced individually). The order of activities you select is subject to change
  • Unlimited access to Ranua Wildlife Park
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors for any activities

Ranua offers a tantalising combination of excellent accommodation, a range of exceptional activities and some truly unique opportunities at Ranua Wildlife Park.

Ranua Wildlife Park is the main base for all activities here and it is just a short walk from the accommodation. All of the key winter activity options are possible and as this is a tailor made holiday option, you can pick and choose from the activities listed in the ‘Activities’ section of the holiday page. You can snowmobile, dog sled, enjoy reindeer encounters and horse-drawn sleigh rides, try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing all within easy reach of your delightful accommodation. You will also receive unlimited access to the park throughout your stay too.

The main thing, however, which helps Ranua stand out from other destinations, is the Wildlife Park. Home to some of the Arctic’s, if not the world’s, most endangered animals it is a place that adds a lot of unique experiences to your winter escape. Here you can see wolves, brown bears, wolverine, wild boar, lynx and even polar bears amongst an array of over 50 species which live at the park. A visit to the park is a must for guests staying here and the chance to feed the polar bears is also something that we highly recommend adding to your holiday experience. The park is dedicated to the conservation of these endangered animals as well as the protection of their natural habitats. The park also takes in a range of injured or orphaned animals to either rehabilitate and release them or care for them if that is not an option. 

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Ranua is an ideal destination for a tailor made holiday as there is simply so much on offer. So, whether you are looking for an active holiday or are to take things at a more leisurely pace, there is something for you. The spacious, modern and well-equipped apartments have their own private saunas and are a fabulous base to return to. The team will take you to the local supermarket to get any supplies you’d like for your stay, but half board is included and your meals will be enjoyed in the restaurant at the park, we can also arrange full board if you prefer.

This tailor made holiday is based on a minimum of three nights at Ranua. The package includes return flights from Gatwick to Rovaniemi (either direct or via Helsinki) as well as half board accommodation, airport transfers and cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay. You can then add in additional nights and the activities that you would like from the full range listed in the ‘activities’ section of this holiday page.

Please note: Activity schedules are subject to change. Duration of activity includes transfer times and breaks, and all distances are approximate. Some activities require a minimum number of participants to operate and are subject to availability.

Single snowmobiles: All snowmobile safaris are based on two people sharing. If this is not possible in your party, then you will be paired with someone else taking part in the activity. If you wish to guarantee your own snowmobile you must pay a single snowmobile supplement - please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.


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Gulo Gulo Holiday Village

Nights: 1-3

Located around 4km from the small town of Ranua, the Gulo Gulo Holiday Village takes its name from the Latin word for wolverine, and the wildlife theme continues throughout due to the accommodation’s proximity to the Ranua Wildlife Park which guests have unlimited access to throughout their stay.

The holiday village offers guests modern, comfortable and wonderfully equipped apartments which are self-contained and very spacious.

The simple, yet convivial restaurant at the wildlife park is where breakfasts and dinners will be served. Breakfasts are a buffet and evening meals consist of both Finnish dishes and more continental dishes, also served in a buffet format. Drinks are available for purchase with meals.

Guests will also be driven once to the local supermarket in order to stock up on any supplies that you may like to have back in the apartments.

Room types

Superior apartments

The superior apartments are recently built, modern, spacious, airy and extremely comfortable. In total, there are twenty-eight superior holiday apartments at Gulo Gulo, which are housed within ten semi-detached buildings. All of the buildings back onto the snowy forest and are within an easy walking distance of the Wildlife Park and its restaurant (it’s just across the road).

The ground floor accommodation comprises of an open-plan living room with flat screen TV, kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is well equipped with stove, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, coffee maker and kettle (you may want to take your own tea and coffee to enjoy in your apartment, or you can get them at the local supermarket during your trip there).

There is one twin bedroom downstairs as well as the bathroom which includes a shower, toilet and drying cabinet for clothes. There is also a private sauna which is a real treat. The accommodation also offers hairdryers and ironing facilities.

On the first floor, there is a second twin bedroom as well as an open loft area with two smaller extra beds (suitable for children) as well as a shower and toilet. All linen and towels are of course provided.

The apartments have their own decking area which can come in very handy for viewing the local wildlife or (fingers crossed!) maybe even the Northern Lights.

Two deluxe apartments are available for a supplement. These are marginally larger (there is around one square metre difference) and so offer more spacious accommodation if there are four adults in the accommodation. They are also equipped with a washing machine. Some of the apartments are also interconnecting so if you are in a larger party then this can work well.


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Arctic Fox Igloo

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Brand new for the 2018/19 winter season the team at Ranua have constructed some beautiful Glass Igloos which are available for guests to stay in for a real adventure during one night of their holiday. There are 20 igloos in total which are located around 8km from Ranua Wildlife Park. They are set in an idyllic lakeside location with very little light pollution and uninterrupted views to the North which gives you an excellent chance of watching the Northern Lights from your bed, talk about a holiday memory!

The igloos include a double/ twin bed with space for one extra single camp bed (max occupancy of 3 people). They also have a small kitchenette and a bathroom with private sauna (this is Finland after all!). You will normally transfer to the Arctic Fox Igloos after your evening meal before you spend the night in complete comfort in the serene arctic wilderness.  Then you will be picked up the following morning in time for breakfast back at the main restaurant.  If you have any questions during your stay then you are provided with a contact number for the local team.


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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum of two people, maximum can vary for activities

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.

Traveller Reviews

I can't fault anything, or think of a single thing to improve it. Perfect. 30 March 2018 by Steph & Gary Green

Excellent not strong enough rating for Graham Hughes who helped me choose the right holiday for me (I have difficulties with mobility) and always there with his expertise and knowledge. I felt totally secure and reassured thanks Graham! I felt like I had a friend not a holiday rep.Felt very personal it was a pleasure booking with you, I'm so very glad I found your website and Graham started the
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online chat. Feel lucky. Also can't give high enough rating to the staff at the village and the holiday as a whole. The guides were excellent, giving clear instruction and keeping us safe at the same time as making sure we had a great time and getting the most out of it. Fantastic magical unforgettable experiences. Every single thing we did was so fab - we did huskies twice, reindeer sleigh, snowmobile, feed the polar bear, finn horse sleigh at night and visited the wildlife park. The accomodation was superb, immaculate with everything you need and more - so cosy and warm when you returned from an activity. And mobility problems or not I made the most of the sauna in the bathroom too and jumped in the snow with Gary! It had to be done. But if I have to choose I will say the husky sleds. This holiday was a special surprise for my husband who loves huskies and it was a dream for him to experience this. The dogs are so wonderful and it was magical. That word keeps coming into my mind as I think about the holiday. This experience will stay in my heart forever. I feel quite emotional thinking about it. The staff at the village were lovely and really looked after me. They went the extra mile for me to make sure I could do everything and it wasn't too difficult for me - I had plenty of sleigh rides or snowmobile lifts to activities to help me get to and from activities that were a bit too far for me to manage! Wonderful people. One of the guides, Yesse, even insisted on driving me to the top of the wildlife park to see the wolves and wolverine, then came and picked me up and took me home when I was ready. For the feed the polar bear activity they took the whole group there and back on a sleigh so that was easy for me too.I did everything. Gary made the most of his time too, sledging in every spare minute! Totally unforgettable, the best holiday ever and I've had some good ones. Thank you thank you thank you
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I loved the holiday, I loved the accommodation and the excursions. I want to go back again!!!! 16 February 2018 by Anita and Anthony Greenfield

I loved the excitement of the huskies barking and leaping about. The scenery was fantastic just like a Christmas card! made all the better by the blue skies and sunshine. Speaking to the owners afterwards and being able to have wonderful photos taken with the huskies.

We had a brilliant time 09 February 2018 by Jacqueline & Peter Terry

Everything was excellent with great accommodation & very helpful staff at Gulo Gulo where nothing was too much trouble.

The holiday was very good 05 February 2018 by John and Veronica Rawstrone

The holiday was very good, and as always we enjoyed the activities booked especially the huskeys, each time we go for this activity we book a longer one. Sooooo enjoyable and in some cases relaxing. Thanks to all who made our holiday so enjoyable.

Would we recommend it? YES!!!! 22 January 2018 by Susan & Peter Doughty

OMG, the best experience!! Every year we go somewhere 'different' - different as in not our usual beach lay around the pool holiday. So far we have visited Iceland, Moscow and Budapest but Finland is our firm favourite. Everything you need is there, just pack your thermals and go! No need for expensive clothes literally everything is given to you. A few base layers and thermals are all you need to
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pack and something to eat dinner in if you go to the restaurant i.e. some jeans rather than your thermals! The lodges are lovely, again everything you need is there. The beds were super comfy after a long day of activities and the sauna helped those aching muscles. All the staff and instructors were super friendly and made every activity really enjoyable. We squashed 7 activities into our 3-day stay (we didn't get there until lunchtime on the first day) but never felt rushed from one to another as everything is so laid back. We went with another couple and got chatting to so many other people everyone was commenting on what a great time they were having and swapping stories. During each activity, you get a rest period where you make a campfire, cook sausages and get a hot berry juice. Such a lovely touch and when new friendships were made. Any criticism? They could do with a bar/lounge area for after the last activities which end around 10 pm to sit and chill out and chat with your new friends; everything is shut when you come back. Best bit? The 4hr snowmobile safari, we covered over 70km. Would we recommend it? YES!!!!
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I would highly recommend this holiday 22 January 2018 by Ryan and Anna-Marie Holliday

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
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friendly and helpful.
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Iso-Syote 16 January 2018 by Anthony Schneider and Elaine Parker

The dog sledging was unique and exhilarating.



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