Price from £1,795pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
VISITING: Finland
BROCHURE CODE: 5027

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Pace:Active
  • Suitable for: Anybody over the age of 18. See our terms for further information.
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  • Flights: return flights are included from London to Oulu (via Helsinki). Regional departures may be available on request
  • Transfers: return group airport transfers*
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' en-suite hotel room
  • Activities (order subject to change): cross-country skiing, introductory 2 hour husky safari, 5 hour snowmobile safari, snowshoeing, full day husky safari (4-6 hours), visit a reindeer farm, visit to the smoke sauna and a Northern Lights information session (departure dates after 14/01/18 also include a night in a snow igloo)
  • 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.


Our Saija Winter's Dream captures all that is magical about Finnish Lapland. As well as time to enjoy some of the region's most loved activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, you will be out on a snowmobile and drive a husky sled through the forests of this perfect snowy playground. Wherever you go, and however you get there, you will find a warm welcome from the locals and delightful scenery.

Staying at Saija Lodge exudes a rustic and traditional Finnish charm, where you have your own pretty log cabin with its own sauna. Meals are served in the restaurant a short walk away, where you can sample traditional Finnish home-cooked specialities and locally sourced food such as reindeer and Arctic char.

By the end of your week, you will have tried the best of the most beloved Scandinavian pastimes in this winter wonderland. You may also have made some new friends that you can keep in touch with when you want to reminisce about this fantastic adventure. This trip offers a great encounter with the landscape of Lapland and an insight into the lives of the people who call it their home.

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Our pick

  • Snowshoe hike

    From £48pp

    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


Other options

  • Snowmobile safari (30km)

    From: £120pp

    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: £37 per person supplement

  • Snowmobile safari (60km)

    From: £174pp

    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: £55 per person supplement

  • Cross-country ski tour

    From: £36pp

    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

  • Extra husky safari

    From: £148pp

    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

  • Guided Fat Biking

    From: £49pp

    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.

  • Ice fishing

    From: £32pp

    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.

  • Visit to a reindeer farm

    From: £88pp

    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.

  • Snowshoe and cross-country ski hire

    From: £15pp

    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.

    Duration: Hire for the 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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Dates
Sat 02 Dec 2017
to Sat 09 Dec 2017
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Adults£ 1,795 Single Adult£ 2,093
Sat 09 Dec 2017
to Sat 16 Dec 2017
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Adults£ 1,885 Single Adult£ 2,183
Sat 16 Dec 2017
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Adults£ 1,975 Single Adult£ 2,273
Sat 06 Jan 2018
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Adults£ 1,795 Single Adult£ 2,093
Sat 13 Jan 2018
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Adults£ 1,795 Single Adult£ 2,093
Sat 20 Jan 2018
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Adults£ 1,995 Single Adult£ 2,293
Sat 27 Jan 2018
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Adults£ 1,995 Single Adult£ 2,293
Sat 03 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 1,995 Single Adult£ 2,293
Sat 10 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 2,155 Single Adult£ 2,453
Sat 17 Feb 2018
to Sat 24 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 2,065 Single Adult£ 2,363
Sat 24 Feb 2018
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Adults£ 2,145 Single Adult£ 2,443
Sat 03 Mar 2018
to Sat 10 Mar 2018
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Adults£ 2,145 Single Adult£ 2,443
Sat 10 Mar 2018
to Sat 17 Mar 2018
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Adults£ 2,145 Single Adult£ 2,443
Sat 17 Mar 2018
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Adults£ 2,145 Single Adult£ 2,443
Sat 24 Mar 2018
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Adults£ 2,145 Single Adult£ 2,443
Sat 31 Mar 2018
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Adults£ 2,145 Single Adult£ 2,443
Sat 07 Apr 2018
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Adults£ 1,925 Single Adult£ 2,223

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 year's provisional dates and prices

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.

Dates
Sat 01 Dec 2018
to Sat 08 Dec 2018
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Adults£ 2,020 Single Adult£ 2,360
Sat 08 Dec 2018
to Sat 15 Dec 2018
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Adults£ 2,120 Single Adult£ 2,460
Sat 15 Dec 2018
to Sat 22 Dec 2018
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Adults£ 2,225 Single Adult£ 2,565
Sat 05 Jan 2019
to Sat 12 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 2,020 Single Adult£ 2,360
Sat 12 Jan 2019
to Sat 19 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 2,020 Single Adult£ 2,360
Sat 19 Jan 2019
to Sat 26 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 2,245 Single Adult£ 2,585
Sat 26 Jan 2019
to Sat 02 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 2,245 Single Adult£ 2,585
Sat 02 Feb 2019
to Sat 09 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 2,245 Single Adult£ 2,585
Sat 09 Feb 2019
to Sat 16 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 2,425 Single Adult£ 2,765
Sat 16 Feb 2019
to Sat 23 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 2,325 Single Adult£ 2,665
Sat 23 Feb 2019
to Sat 02 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 2,415 Single Adult£ 2,755
Sat 02 Mar 2019
to Sat 09 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 2,415 Single Adult£ 2,755
Sat 09 Mar 2019
to Sat 16 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 2,415 Single Adult£ 2,755
Sat 16 Mar 2019
to Sat 23 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 2,415 Single Adult£ 2,755
Sat 23 Mar 2019
to Sat 30 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 2,415 Single Adult£ 2,755
Sat 30 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 2,415 Single Adult£ 2,755
Sat 06 Apr 2019
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Adults£ 2,170 Single Adult£ 2,510

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people; maximum 24 people

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.

Minimum age

Whilst Artisan Travel only sells holidays to those aged 18 years and over on a small selection of holidays there may be those under the age of 18 who have booked with other companies and where our local supplier also allow those under 18 to participate (additional activities during tailor made holidays for example). Our travel experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.

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.

Experience and fitness

Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition is 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 absolutely 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 everyday.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience is 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 of 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.

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.

  • Excellent travel company - I was very impressed 20 December 2015 by Teresa Downing

    Artisan travel is an excellent travel company - I was very impressed. Customer service is the best that I have experienced. All activities were enjoyable - terrifying but great! Least enjoyable: Cross-country skiing - I couldn't do it. Spent most of the time on my bum! Saija lodge is wonderful.


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