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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 5032
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
This tailor made holiday is located in the wonderful Torassieppi, a beautiful location situated in the heart of Finnish Lapland and surrounded by snowy forests and pristine wilderness. Create your own itinerary and set the pace that you want, adding in as many or as few activities as you desire.

What's included?

  • Flights: return flights from London Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki) (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 3 nights' hotel accommodation in en-suite double or twin rooms
  • Activities: choose from our extensive range of activities (individually priced as detailed in the activity timetable)
  • Meals: half board
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities and dedicated on-site Artisan Travel Company representative

Torassieppi has always been a favourite destination for our guests due to the warm welcome and fantastic hospitality of the owners.

Torassieppi consists of a small collection of winter cottages that are situated next to a traditional reindeer farm. The reindeer farm dates back to the 1840s and is surrounded by snow-topped trees and picture-perfect wintery landscape.

On this tailor-made winter holiday, there is a wonderful range of activities that you can choose to take part in so you choose to make this holiday as relaxed or as active as you like.

There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained from snowmobiling across the winter wonderland, or joining up with a pack of huskies to be whisked across the snow. Maybe you'll want to try your hand at ice fishing, or snowshoeing and learn about the Lappish way of life.

Torassieppi is also perfectly located to hunt for the Northern Lights, either on around your cottage surroundings or from further afield on one of the many Northern Lights hunts via snowmobile, snowshoe or reindeer! Hopefully, the Aurora will make an appearance for you during your time here!

In addition to all of the above, close to the winter cottages lies Torassieppi Winter Village, constructed of snow and ice each year, the expert carvers create magical snow rooms, a restaurant and bar area and it is a wonderful sight to behold and certainly worth including in your holiday. 


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Duration:3 or more nights
Pace:Set your own
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Torassieppi Reindeer Farm and Winter Cottages

Nights: 1-3

Located on the edge of Lake Torasjarvi,  and bordering the Pallas Ylläs National Park, Torassieppi Reindeer Farm is situated in one of the most picturesque wilderness areas in Finland.

The farm building dates back to 1847 making it one of the oldest in the area.  Today it has been lovingly renovated and accommodation has been added near by so that guests can stay in this spectacular spot.

Here they offer guests a choice of accommodation, in winter cottage rooms or in detached winter cottages.

Facilities at Torassieppi:

  • Torassieppi has a central restaurant and reception building which is a short walk from the rooms and winter cottages.  A roaring fire accompanies the evening meals which include as much local produce as possible Typically they are served in a buffet format and include traditional Finnish ingredients such as reindeer (of course dietary requirements are also catered for)
  • There is no bar but alcohol can be purchased from the restaurant so it can be enjoyed with your evening meal
  • The reception building also has a small gift shop area which sells a variety of local crafts, including reindeer hides and traditional carved Kuksa cups
  • There are two lakeside saunas at Torassieppi which are both heated in the evenings for guests to use. Separate facilities are provided for both men and women
  • There is free Wi-Fi in the main restaurant building
  • During the winter months, the nearby Torassieppi Winter Village is carved out of snow and you can personalise your stay by adding an overnight in one of the amazing snow igloos. You may also choose to add a night of Arctic glamping in one of the famous Aurora Domes, which are only a short walk away from the main building and available all year round. Please see our personalise section for further details of both options
  • A perfect spot to search for the Aurora, there are also a few wooden benches on the edge of the frozen lake, which are ideal for enjoying the expansive wilderness and hopefully a Northern Lights display or two

Guest room types

Winter Cottage Bedrooms:

There are only 8 rooms at Torassieppi and these are housed within wooden winter cottage buildings which are a short walk from the main restaurant, nestled in amongst the trees. Each room has its own entrance. The rooms are typically twins but can be made up as doubles. The rooms are spacious and have en suite shower rooms, hair dryers a kettle and coffee maker.

Other options

Detached winter cottage:

Torassieppi offers 8 detached winter cottages to which you can upgrade. The cottages are ideal for those who want more space or for larger groups of people. Located close to the main restaurant, they are only a short walk away through the snow-laden trees and close to the frozen lake beyond.

The smaller cottages contain a fireplace, living room area, toilet, shower, hairdryer and kitchenette. There are two bedrooms, one with twin beds and another with three beds (including a set of bunk beds). These can accommodate two to five people, we feel they are ideal for 3 or 4 adults.

Torassieppi also has some larger cottages and these have their own sauna in addition to the fireplaces. The larger cottages offer a living room area, toilet, shower, hairdryer and kitchenette with a kettle. They have two bedrooms which have twin beds and a sleeping alcove with bunk beds. Whilst they can sleep up to 6 people, we feel that they are most suited to 4 or 5 adults.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation if you would like to upgrade to a winter cottage.


Special Nights

Overnight wilderness snowmobile safari (80km)

From: £437pp

Pack your bags for an overnight wilderness cabin experience! After full instruction, it's time to start the safari through the Lappish forest and over the frozen lakes. Driving distance is 50km on the first day and you will arrive at the cabin in the early evening in time to heat the sauna by the lake and experience the traditional Finnish culture. A delicious dinner is prepared at the cabin and accommodation is in shared facilities in sleeping bags. In the morning a cabin breakfast awaits you before your 30km drive back to Harriniva (arriving at approximately 11 am).

All instruction and equipment is provided (including an Arctic grade sleeping bag).

Total duration: Approximately 2 days

Minimum group size: 4 adults (min 18yrs)

Activity level: High

Available: Saturday at 3 pm

Overnight in a Wilderness Lodge

From: £246pp

Spend Saturday night in a remote wilderness cabin, ideally situated for Aurora viewing. You will be taken to the cabin by minibus with your guide. The wood-heated sauna will be fired up and dinner will be cooked over an open fire. This is a back-to-basics experience as the cabin is based on dormitory style accommodation. You will enjoy breakfast the next morning before returning to Torassieppi around 10am

Total duration: 1 night

Minimum group size: 4 adults

Available: Saturday at 5pm

 

Night in an Aurora Dome

From: £142pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes, situated at Torassieppi and Jeris, offer a unique experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and they're simple but warm. The domes have been designed so that one wall is see through and therefore provides views of the night sky and, with luck, the Northern Lights.

The domes are equipped with a double bed and a wood burning stove to keep you nice and warm. The toilet, shower and sauna facilities are located a short walk away (approximately 50-100m).

Any required transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at the hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8.30/9pm; from early January onwards, you will check-in at approximately 4 pm and have dinner at Torassieppi. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4 pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.

At both locations, you will check-out after breakfast.

Please note: the price shown is based on your spending the first or final night of your stay in a dome and therefore not requiring a hotel room or cottage. Should you wish to spend an alternative night glamping then additional supplements will apply. Please contact one of our team for a quote.

Available: Monday - Sunday


Image credit: Antti Pietikäinen

Overnight at Torassieppi Winter Village

From: £84pp

Spend a memorable night in a traditional snow igloo room within Torassieppi Winter Village. Snow structures and igloos have been used for centuries as a form of protection from the Arctic weather and whilst the outside temperatures can plummet, inside they remain more moderate.

Your bed may be made of snow and ice but your thick sleeping bags and mattresses will ensure a warm night.

Any required transfers, sleeping bag, hot drink and breakfast all included. You will enjoy your evening meal at your hotel prior to transferring to your snow igloo room in the evening at approximately 8.30/9pm. The toilet and sauna facilities are approximately 200 metres’ walk away. You will check out after breakfast.

Available: Monday to Sunday at 8.30/9pm


Please note: as activity schedules can be subject to change we may be unable to confirm the exact night that you will spend at Torassieppi although every effort will be made to accommodate specific requests they cannot be guaranteed. Your final itinerary including confirmation of the date of your stay at Torassieppi will be confirmed upon arrival in Finland.


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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. A further deposit payment of £350pp is due by 01 April 2019 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. 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)

Minimum of 1 person (during activities the maximum group size is approximately 24 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

Finland was fantastic 06 April 2018 by Lorraine, Mark & Michael Aspell

Holiday experience in Finland was fantastic and the location was nice and quiet

We enjoyed all of it! 26 March 2017 by Caroline & Edmund Tickner

The accommodation was actually lovely, graded as good only because bathroom (wetroom really) rather cramped. Also, could have done with a comfy sofa... but aware this doesn't seem to be the Finnish norm! Food choice - was a set menu, so not really relevant. Activity guides all lovely, friendly people. Mostly very well qualified, though we did have a work experience girl with little English as a
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cross-country ski tutor... we sort of understood as we have skied downhill before but she was struggling a little to explain techniques. Very nice girl though!! Torassieppi suggestion proved to be just right for us (quiet and unspoilt) so thanks for that, Graham! My husband really enjoyed the snowmobiles (because of the speed probably!). I loved the 25k husky trip - it was such a new experience to be driving a sled quite a long way (with only occasional moments of terror), and then arrive at a perfect lakeside hut to eat salmon cooked on a fire outside. Snowshoeing in the Pallas National Park was also wonderful, again cooking lunch on an open fire in a kota with Finns turning up on skis to do the same. We both found the natural environment amazingly peaceful and beautiful. Also, we were very lucky with brilliant sun during the day, -25C nights + Aurora every single night.
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What a wonderful weekend 24 March 2017 by Simon Taylor & Heather Griffin

Everything was taken care of from the moment we arrived at the airport in Finland. Torassieppi is a beautiful place with breathtaking views in all directions. Husky tour and snowmobile tour were a great experience which made my wife's 50th birthday very special (as did the kind gesture of a bottle of wine on the house and her birthday card - thank you so much). We were lucky enough to see the
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Northern Lights on our last night! Our stay in the Aurora Dome was very special as were the two trips we did. Difficult to pick a winner as they were all great. Absolutely wonderful weekend perfectly organised by Artisan. Thank you.
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Fantastic holiday 31 January 2017 by Lee Preston and Madeleine Unwin

Fantastic holiday, the staff there work very hard and provide a fantastic service!

I feel very lucky and privileged to have experienced this 17 January 2017 by Elizabeth and John Butler

Being disabled I was cared for to an extremely high level. No one could have been more attentive, caring and helpful. They made it a perfect holiday. I saw the Northern Lights which they came and specially came to collect me so I didn't miss them. We also saw shooting stars, a meteorite and the actual colours of the stars in Orion and the Orion Nebulae. The daytime husky ride was perfect. I feel
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we saw so much because of it being daylight. I feel very lucky and privileged to have experienced this. The food was well cooked and presented. The staff were friendly and kind and Katrina our representative was hard working, polite, she had a vast knowledge of information and was as excited as us when the Aurora Borealis appeared. Her enthusiasm for her job shows through clearly. She is an asset to your company. This holiday was made easy by everyone's tolerance and informative attitudes. Nothing was too much trouble.
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Perfect holiday! 08 January 2017 by Brittas Osthaus and Ian Hocking

Thank you for organising the perfect holiday! Everything was great: the accommodation, the food, the location, the activities, and everybody working there, from the rep to the guides.

10/10 holiday 19 January 2016 by Michelle Sevdan

A big thank you for a wonderful holiday and 18th birthday for Chloe. Everything went amazing. From booking the holiday with Barry, sorting Chloe's birthday arrangements out with Dawn and Karen, to coming home was just great. 10/10 holiday. They catered for my daughter's gluten-free very easily and the birthday cake was spot on. Katrina, your rep out there was a lovely person and always about
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making sure we were having a good time. The husky safari was the best followed by the snowshoe safari, Pier our Finnish guide was great. Best holiday ever. Michelle, Mark and Chloe.    
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