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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. Your fantastic apartment accommodation 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 being is combined with the opportunity to feed polar bears! This really is a unique destination.

What's included?

  • 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 (flight routes subject to change)
  • 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 choice of some exceptional activities and some truly unique opportunities at Ranua Wildlife Park which is situated just across from your cosy apartment.

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 receive unlimited access to the park throughout your stay.

The main thing, however, which stands Ranua out from other destinations, is the Wildlife Park, home to some of the Arctic’s, if not the world’s, most endangered animals. Here you can see wolves, wolverine, wild boar, lynx, brown bears 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 into your holiday experience. The park is dedicated to the conservation of these endangered animals as well as the protection of their natural habitats, they also take in a range of injured or orphaned animals to either rehabilitate and release them or care for them at the park if that is not an option.

Ranua is an ideal destination for a tailor made holiday as there is so much on offer and something for those who want an active holiday alongside those who wish to take a more leisurely approach. 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 full board, 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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Duration:3 or more nights
Pace:Set your own
Suitable for: Anybody over the age of 18. See our terms for further information.
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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.


Special Nights

Arctic Fox Igloo

From: £112pp

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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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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To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

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Minimum of two people, maximum can vary for activities

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor-made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures, you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers, you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases, we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday, then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

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Unless otherwise stated, 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

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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

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

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
In almost all our destinations, you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

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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.

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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