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Saija is not about going wild, but about being free. It's an idyllic retreat for those in search of time out from today's busy lifestyle. This escape into the snowy wilderness, combined with the husky safari, sends you home refreshed and invigorated having recharged your batteries Saija-style.

What's included?

  • Flights: return flights are included from London to Oulu (via Helsinki). Regional departures may be available on request
  • Transfers: return group airport transfers*
  • Accommodation: 6 nights’ in en-suite hotel room, 1-night wilderness cabin
  • Activities (order subject to change): introduction day, 3-hour husky safari, 4-6 hour husky safari and overnight husky safari, visit to the smoke sauna and a Northern Lights information session (departure dates after 12/01/19 also include a night in a snow igloo)
  • Activities (22/12/18 departure only, order subject to change): introduction day with Christmas tree picking, Church Island visit, and Christmas dinner; 3-hour husky safari, 4-6 hour husky safari and overnight husky safari, visit to the smoke sauna and a Northern Lights information session
  • Activities (29/12/18 departure only, order subject to change): introduction day with Kallioniemi walk and New Year’s programme, 3-hour husky safari, 4-6 hour husky safari and overnight husky safari, smoke sauna visit and a Northern Lights information session
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities

*Arrivals which don't meet the group transfer times will be subject to a private transfer supplement. Please note that those departing on 06 April may have to wait for around an hour for their group transfer.


Saija is a vision of just how you imagine the Finnish wilderness to be. Located on the shores of Lake Jokijärvi, this trip combines the excitement of dog sledding with spectacular surroundings and time to relax.  

When it comes to the husky safaris, you will take charge of a team of four to six dogs. You will drive with the same husky team for the duration of the trip so that you can build a trusting relationship with them throughout the week. You will never forget the thrill of driving with these eager, dedicated animals through North East Finland's huge forests and over its frozen lakes and marshes.  At Saija, the scenery is ever-changing and awe-inspiring all the way.

Around the lodge, there are many cross-country ski and snowshoe trails for exploring on your free day. There's also a chance to try out additional activities, available from 23 December onwards – see the ‘Personalise’ tab for more details. A highlight among these is snowmobiling, which is a thrilling option.

From the moment you step through the door of Saija Lodge, you will sense the restful and homely atmosphere that the team here work so hard to maintain. Instant relaxation is inevitable, as you are welcomed into what feels like home and introduced to the other guests. From meals to activities, and even during your free time, you will feel part of a community in this cosy accommodation.

Staying in pretty log cabins at the all-wooden Lodge, your own private sauna helps you unwind and feel even more refreshed. The cosy restaurant is a short walk away and is where you will enjoy traditional Finnish home-cooked specialities and can chat with other guests after a day of dog sledding adventures. 


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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Active
Suitable for: Anybody over the age of 15. See our terms for further information.
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  • You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred directly to Saija Lodge. After some time to settle in, your welcome dinner will be served in the main building. Enjoy Finnish homemade food and the chance to meet fellow guests about to embark on a week of – what is for most – first-time experiences and adventure.

    During your stay at Saija, the guides will gather the group to host a discussion about the Northern Lights. They will speak to you about the science of the Northern Lights and some of the fascinating myths and legends the local people believed before science was able to explain this incredible natural phenomenon. This special evening will be confirmed upon your arrival at Saija.

    An afternoon in a smoke sauna is also included in your holiday price and will be arranged on arrival. From 14th January, Saija builds a small snow igloo and the chance to spend a night in the igloo is included in the cost for all guests staying at the lodge. The night it is available to you will be confirmed upon arrival – this truly unique experience really is yet another memorable highlight for many of our guests in Saija.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • Your guide will discuss your itinerary with you and get you kitted out in all of the cold weather clothing that you require for the duration of your stay. You can also join a tour of the facilities with your guide and see what there is to do in and around Saija – now is a good time to book any extra activities for your last day back at the lodge. These are available from 23 December onwards and include snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

    If you are on our Christmas trip departing 23rd December, you will take part in a special festive programme after your introduction. There will be Christmas tree picking followed by lunch with a traditional Christmas porridge. In the afternoon, you will carry candles over a frozen lake to Church Island. On your return to Saija, there will be a drink of warm glög (Finnish mulled wine) and a delicious Christmas dinner. A visit by Santa will follow, followed by an evening trip to the Christmas church.

    If you are on our New Year’s trip departing 30 December, your Introduction Day will finish with a pleasant evening walk to Kallioniemi Museum, which was once the home of renowned local writer Kalle Päätalo. Back at Saija, the New Year’s programme will get underway, with a crackling fire in the on-site kota (a type of native tent), a session of tin-casting (traditionally performed in Finland to predict what the New Year will bring), and drinks as the New Year begins.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • After breakfast, your guide will take you through all aspects of the husky safari, outlining the all-important safety and giving advice on how to best to work with and guide your dogs. You will then get to meet your eager team of huskies.

    Each participant has a team of four to six huskies. You are responsible for the dogs' care throughout the safari. You will have the chance to practice with them and begin to build up a relationship on a 13km training run in the area around the lodge.

    The feeling you get from working with and encouraging your dog team is something that will stay with you forever. The adrenalin and the feeling of excitement as you head away from the husky farm and into the wilds is second to none. In an intriguing contrast, there's an intense feeling of peace and serenity that most people experience at the same time.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • You've had the training, now it's time for the real thing. Step up the pace on your first full day safari, driving your team through snow-laden forests and across frozen lakes and rivers. Lunch will be served en-route around an open fire. By the end of this thrilling day, you will have covered 25km to 35km with your team of huskies.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Taking full responsibility for your dedicated dog team, you head out an overnight trip into the wilderness. Driving through this unforgettable landscape, with the gentle swish of the sled's runners and the padding of the huskies' paws on the snow, you know you're creating memories that will be very hard to beat. As you and your dogs cross this dramatic winter world, add a little extra momentum by pushing off with your feet on the inclines and you will enjoy the boost in reaction from your team.

    At your overnight base, you are in charge of caring for the dogs; they need to be fed, watered and settled in for the night. At your cabin, once you collect firewood and water, the hard work is rewarded with a delicious dinner cooked over an open fire. There's a sauna you can use and the cabin is really cosy once the fire is blazing. After such an exciting day and in the quiet of the wilderness, you should enjoy a blissful night's deep sleep.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Your team will probably wake you with impatient barks. Once you and your dogs have had breakfast, it's back out onto the sled for more breathtaking scenery. There will be a lunch stop around an open fire and more mushing all the way back to the lodge. A shower and a hot dinner will feel like luxuries after your time in the wilds.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • A final full day to spend however you please – and you may well want to just take it easy and relax after your husky adventure. If you still have some energy and want to make the most of every moment, take advantage of the cross-country ski and snowshoe trails which surround the hotel, exploring the landscape on a guided tour (see the ‘Personalise’ section). You can also try an additional guided activity such as snowmobiling which can be booked locally.

    Whatever you do, make sure you take some time to sit back, relax, and just "be" in one of our planet's most enchanting places.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Say goodbye to Saija and transfer to the airport for your return flights.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Departure dates after 14th January 2018 also include a night in a snow igloo.

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Wilderness Cabins

Nights: 5

Wilderness cabin accommodation is reserved for those people enjoying overnight safaris. There can surely be few better forms of escape from the everyday stresses (which could include laptops, mobiles and your day job) than a night in one of these cabins. Their isolation also means that the views of the night sky are incredible.

The Northern Lights could well pay you a visit should conditions be right and, if the sky is clear, you will never forget the sight of the galaxy overhead.

The title is fairly self-explanatory as the cabins are located in the wilds. The cabins that you visit are determined by the conditions of the trails you are using. They are varied in their set up but all offer the same incredible experience of complete silence in the evening (not guaranteed if you are dog sledding as the huskies do like a howl now and then!).

Some of the cabins are more basic than others, as some have no electricity or running water. Everyone will join the guide to help set up camp by collecting wood and water if needed. Participating enhances the wilderness experience.

Once the fire is lit, the food is cooked. The guides prepare your meals over an open fire and our guests always provide exceptional feedback on the meals that the guides rustle up.

Should you have specific dietary requirements, please mention these at the time of booking.

There are no showers or bathroom facilities in the cabins but this is all part of the adventure. Scandinavia is renowned for its saunas and the wilderness cabins are no exception. Once heated, you can steam clean in the sauna. The toilet facilities are normally a short walk from the cabin and are compostable. We certainly recommend a head torch for any ventures to the toilet during the night!

In most cases, the sleeping arrangements are dormitory style. You will be given your own arctic-grade sleeping bag in which to sleep and, combined with your thermals and the open fire, this should keep you lovely and warm.

You will carry with you all that you need for any stay in the cabins, so luggage is typically restricted to the essentials. Your main bag will be securely stored back at the hotel and a safe is provided for your valuables.

There is something so refreshing about realising that you can strip back your belongings and enjoy such a simple but satisfying experience.

Depending on the weather conditions you might spend the nights in cosy and warm basecamp tents at one of the wilderness camps.


Special Nights

Sky Cabins

From: £140pp

Why not spend an evening gazing at the Arctic sky from the warmth of your bed, by staying overnight in one of Saija’s ‘Sky Cabins’.

Designed with a panoramic window that stretches to the roof, and with a double bed positioned beneath it, the cabins provide excellent views of the firmament above.  There is something wonderfully relaxing about watching snowflakes drift past the glass roof, or on a clear night, admiring the glittering stars from the warmth of your cabin. Add the excitement of watching out for the Northern Lights into the mix, and you have yourself a perfect evening.

Saija’s cabins are positioned on a lakeshore, offering a vast expanse of the non-light polluted sky to act as the perfect backdrop for a potential display. They are just as well-equipped as a hotel room would be, with a double bed, a sofa bed, an ensuite bathroom and a private sauna.


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Sky Cabins

From £140pp

Why not spend an evening gazing at the Arctic sky from the warmth of your bed, by staying overnight in one of Saija’s ‘Sky Cabins’.

Designed with a panoramic window that stretches to the roof, and with a double bed positioned beneath it, the cabins provide excellent views of the firmament above.  There is something wonderfully relaxing about watching snowflakes drift past the glass roof, or on a clear night, admiring the glittering stars from the warmth of your cabin. Add the excitement of watching out for the Northern Lights into the mix, and you have yourself a perfect evening.

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Saija’s cabins are positioned on a lakeshore, offering a vast expanse of the non-light polluted sky to act as the perfect backdrop for a potential display. They are just as well-equipped as a hotel room would be, with a double bed, a sofa bed, an ensuite bathroom and a private sauna.


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Activities

Snowshoe hike

From: £54pp

Snowshoeing offers the chance to get up close to nature and experience it at a slower pace. On this trip, your guide will lead the way on snowshoes and you will be out in the wilderness for around three hours. Your guide will highlight any animal tracks and provide you with information about the region as you walk amongst the snow-covered trees. En-route you will break for warm drinks around the campfire.

Duration: Approx 3 hours

Visit to a reindeer farm

From: £94pp

Reindeers are synonymous with Lapland and have been herded for centuries, forming an intrinsic link with both the Sámi people and North Finland. This insightful activity will allow you to experience a working reindeer farm.

At the farm, you will be able to get up close with these gentle creatures and there will be opportunities to take photographs. You can also ask the herder any questions you may have about his reindeer and life up here above the Arctic Circle. This is sure to be an interesting experience for the entire group.

Ice fishing

From: £36pp

Venturing to the frozen lake you will be given an introduction to the classic Nordic pastime of Ice Fishing. Your guide will explain the techniques which include drilling a hole through the ice and setting up a line. Hot Drinks will be served around a campfire as you wait patiently for a fish to bite. It is incredibly rewarding to make a catch, but the surrounding scenery and stunning snow-covered horizon add to this unique experience.

Guided Fat Biking

From: £54pp

For those who desire a more unconventional method of exploring the snowy wilderness then why not enjoy a unique tour by Fat Bike.

This relatively new activity has grown in popularity over the last few years and allows for cycling through deep snow, on frozen lakes and through forested tracks. The chunky tyres have extra grip and allow you to cut through the snow with relative ease. This unique activity will allow you to cycle towards spectacular snow-covered horizons with incredible views of Finnish Lapland.

The tour will include a stop for a coffee break near the rapids where you can spot various bird life and other natural wonders in this stunning winter wonderland.

Extra husky safari

From: £162pp

The thrill of husky safaris is almost impossible to resist, and it is quite likely that you may wish to add another to your itinerary. After being introduced to the pack of four to six dogs that will pull you along, you will have a safety briefing before riding one person per sled on a two-hour session through the white outdoors. The total distance covered should be around thirteen kilometres.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Distance: Approximately 13 kilometres

Cross-country ski tour

From: £40pp

Cross-country skiing is nothing short of an obsession for many Finns and it is only when you experience the joy of gliding through the silent forests and fells that you really begin to understand why it is such an addictive pastime. Your guide will provide you with complete instruction so no experience of any kind of skiing is required. You will head out onto the trail for around two hours and explore the stunning scenery around Saija Lodge.

Duration: approx 2 hours

Snowmobile safari (60km)

From: £198pp

If you are keen to keep the adventure going following your husky safari then why not try a thrilling snowmobile safari on your free day – a completely different way to experience this landscape. Following a full safety briefing, you'll depart on a safari covering around 60km with two people travelling per snowmobile. There will be spectacular views as you travel across frozen lakes and over the tops of fells. You will enjoy lunch around an open fire in a traditional wooden kota before returning to Saija lodge.

Duration: 60km (the time on trail depends on conditions)

Drive your own snowmobile: £58 per person supplement

Snowmobile safari (30km)

From: £132pp

If on your free day you would like to try something completely different to dog sledding, then a snowmobile is not only an efficient way to make the most of the vast scenery here but also exceptionally good fun. Following a full safety briefing, you will set off on one of the many trails that criss-cross the forests and fells, travelling two people per snowmobile. This 30km safari is a great introductory snowmobile tour and there will be a break for coffee around a campfire.

Duration: 30km (the time on trail depends on conditions)

Drive your own snowmobile: £40 per person supplement

Little Extras

Snowshoe and cross-country ski hire

Saija has a range of snowshoe and cross-country ski tracks on the doorstep with various lengths from 4km to 25km. The incredible landscape of frozen lakes and forest-covered fells provide a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a scenic route across the snow. The snowshoes or cross-country skis will be yours for the day. You must speak with the staff about the local conditions, inform them of your plans and take a mobile phone with you on any trip that you take independently. You should have completed a guided snowshoe or cross-country ski trip previously if you would like to hire the equipment.

Hire for the day: £16 per person per day

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: 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.

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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed, the remaining deposit will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 2 - 6 people

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

Thoroughly recommended 05 March 2016 by Lee Tilson

Working with my own team of six huskies was so rewarding. Excellent facility and most enjoyable programme of dog sledding. Thoroughly recommended.

An amazing week at Saija with near perfect weather 22 March 2015 by Jane Stonehouse

We're just back from an amazing week at Saija with near perfect weather, Northern Lights, slept in an igloo and best of all, the dog sledding. We were so impressed by the care shown to all 155 dogs and the dog sledding was a fantastic experience, we didn't want it to end. The staff at Saija all worked hard to make our stay the best ever and nothing was too much trouble, especially Jari, our
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dog-sledding guide.
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Everything was unbelievable 27 February 2015 by Delyth Jones

Everything was unbelievable; the quality of this holiday cannot be exaggerated. The organisation of flights, transfers and accommodation was superb. The safari activity was beyond expectations in all aspects and the people we met could not have been more helpful and friendly. We enjoyed every minute of every day.

Fabulous holiday, activities and location 12 January 2015 by Danuta Marsden

Nice atmosphere at Saija. Friendly and welcoming. Not a large number of other guests which meant that one met just about everybody. We were glad it was not a hotel. Catered well for vegetarians - balanced diet with protein and not just omelettes or quiche. Huskies - small group, excellent guides (Jarno and Timo). Stunning location, mixture of pace and terrain. It was nice to have mostly the same
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dog team over the four days. We also did the long skidoo run. Great fun but we preferred the huskies because it was quieter. Fabulous holiday, activities and location. The lack of large numbers of holiday makers adds to the location's charm - sorry that sounds selfish!
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One of the best experiences we have had 16 March 2014 by Prita Daliya

Thank you for one of the best experiences we have had. A 2-night stopover in Helsinki and an extra night at The Saija Lodge - all arranged without problem!Everyone at The Saija Lodge were amazing - we felt well looked after. The accommodation and surroundings are just picture perfect! We loved every minute, even at minus 31 degrees celsius! Our accomodaton both at The Lodge & the wilderness cabin
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was much more luxurious than I had anticipated, a very welcome treat.Jano was our guide but they are all brilliant at what they do & really helpful and informative. All of the meals were included and were delicious - I am sure we all returned home a little fatter.We booked the Husky Safari which was truly amazing and definitely the best bit for me. There are about a 100 dogs there - all really well looked after, loved, happy to be there, and happy to work. It is amazing spending time with them and the sledging and overnight safari really were a once in a lifetime experience. It is brilliant seeing how the dogs and guides interact - this is truly a labour of love. Thank you for an absolutely amazing holiday!
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