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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 5025
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Spending seven nights in wild Lapland, in a charming and modern hotel run by a Sámi family, you will leave Utsjoki with a deep connection to the area. Learn stories and secrets of the culture and take part in must-do activities such as snowshoeing, a reindeer sleigh ride and dog sledding.

What's included?

  • Flights: Return from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: Return group airport transfers*
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' in a standard double or twin hotel room
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Activities: Snowshoeing in the sacred valley, introduction to Utsjoki, reindeer sleigh ride and local culture, husky safari in Norway, traditional dinner in a Sámi hut, free use of cross-country skis and snowshoes (order subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing is provided from day 2 onwards
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities

*Transfers will stop in the town of Inari and then carry on to Utsjoki.


Staying in cosy, comfortable accommodation run by a friendly Sámi family, guests will leave feeling like friends, knowing some of these stories and secrets of this fascinating culture. Your hotel accommodation (around 2km from Utsjoki town) has great views north across the Teno River and into Norway. You are in prime Northern Lights territory here, with frequent and spectacular displays which even still stop the locals in their tracks. Evening safaris are available during your stay - please see the personalise tab for further details. They are not part of the Artisan holiday because Utsjoki has such great views of the Aurora when they occur that an inclusive trip may be surplus to requirements!

Around Utsjoki, dramatic peaks rise from snow-covered fells above the tree-line and the frozen river lies in front of the hotel, sealed with a layer of thick ice and snow. This winter landscape at the northern tip of Finnish Lapland is the perfect place to experience a variety of incredible winter activities, such as a snowshoe hike in the Sacred Valley and a reindeer farm visit with a sleigh ride, where you will learn about the Sámi culture, which is so predominant in this area. You’ll also get to enjoy a husky safari in Norway, where you can meet the dogs before sledding off across the snow. To add to this, you’ll spend one night dining on a traditional dinner in a warming Sámi hut, as you listen to an enchanting Sámi yoik (song) performance. 

We’ve made sure to include plenty of free time, so that you can savour the stunning surroundings of Arctic Finland and make the most of your time away in this remote and breath-taking part of Lapland. Extra activities, such as a tour to the Arctic Ocean, a scenic snowmobile-pulled sleigh safari, or cross-country skiing in the surrounding wilderness can be added to your trip, if you would like to experience all that Utsjoki has to offer.

Today the population density of Utsjoki is 0.25 people per square kilometre. Compare this to London where it is 4,978 people per square kilometre and you have some idea of the remote beauty you may expect. Nothing, however, can prepare you for the reality of this stunning environment where snow covers the ground for six months of the year and the reindeer outnumber the people.


Image credits: Holiday Village Valle and Klaus Peter Kappest
  • Following your flight into Ivalo, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Utsjoki, which is around two and half hours’ drive away, including a stop at the small town of Inari. The northern skies are visible all the way to your destination and many a transfer has witnessed a display of the Aurora – what a way to be welcomed! Depending on when your flight lands, you will either have a packed dinner during the journey or dinner in the restaurant on arrival.

    Your Sámi hosts will greet you at your accommodation. You can head to your hotel bedroom (Aurora permitting) to enjoy your first peaceful night in the very north of Finland.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • After breakfast, you will meet with your guide and collect your winter clothes, which are yours for the duration. Your introduction to the Arctic starts with a snowshoeing tour in the fascinating Sacred Valley, which has been an important part of Sámi history for thousands of years. 

    You will learn about the history of the area, as well as the flora and fauna of the region and how to identify the variety of animal tracks dotted across the snow. You will also be shown how to light a fire – an essential skill in these parts. You will be out for around 2 hours this morning before heading back to the hotel for lunch. 

    Your afternoon is free to relax and unwind, or perhaps you will want to make use of the cross-country skis and snowshoes, which are free for you to use all week (depending on availability).

    Dinner will be served back at the holiday village restaurant with more time to watch the skies in this remote location, hoping the Northern Lights will perform their magical dance.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Your hosts are Sámi reindeer herders, so it is fitting that after breakfast you should learn more about these animals which are so central to Sámi culture. It is a very short walk to the reindeer corrals near the hotel. Here you can help to feed the animals before enjoying a short reindeer-pulled sleigh ride.

    Over a warming drink, you will learn about the lives of the herders and the way in which the reindeer are central to the culture and traditions of this region. Lunch will be had back at the holiday village restaurant. This morning's activity will last for approximately 2 hours.

    This afternoon we have left free for you to enjoy your local surroundings at your leisure before dinner in the restaurant.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • After breakfast, a 50-minute transfer will take you across the border to Tana, Norway. Here you will meet with the local musher who will show you how to handle a sled and a team of eager huskies. You will depart on a husky safari lasting around two hours, travelling two people per sled. There is nothing comparable to the thrill of travelling by dog sled. Whether you are driving or sitting in the sled, it is an exceptional experience. 

    Following the safari, you will enjoy some snacks and coffee around a campfire. You will have time to say goodbye to the dogs at the end of your tour and take as many pictures as you wish before you head back to Utsjoki for free time and dinner. You will be out for around 4 hours this morning, including transfers.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • We have left the next three days free for you to either spend relaxing and simply enjoy the stunning Arctic surroundings of Utsjoki or you may wish to take part in some activities.

    There are plenty of optional daytime and evening activities which you can book, including taking a tour by car to the edge of the Arctic Ocean, a scenic snowmobile sleigh ride into the wilderness and hunting the Northern Lights on snowshoes or snowmobile-pulled sleighs, among others. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for further information.  You can also walk over to the Giisá village hall and make the most of its handicraft store and café.

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included each day. On day 7, you will enjoy your final dinner in a traditional Sámi hut. Local delicacies such as mushrooms, reindeer and squeaky cheese will be on tonight’s menu. During the dinner, you will hear stories about Sámi life and history and you will also be given a traditional Sámi yoik (song) performance as you sit around the warming fire in the hut.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today, you will be transferred back to Ivalo Airport for your journey home. If your flight is earlier in the morning, you will be given a packed breakfast rather than having it in the holiday village restaurant.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Holiday Village Valle Hotel

Nights: 1-7

This small holiday village run by a Sámi reindeer herding family offers cosy winter cabins and a lovely hotel by the famous Teno River. The accommodation has a reception building which includes a dining room with a fireplace, a lounge and a wonderful view of the Teno and the Norwegian fells opposite.

Meals are served in the main building and include local produce and delicacies.

Guest room options

Hotel room: each room has a big window that looks out onto the River Teno and the Norwegian Fells. The rooms consist of two single beds, which can be pushed together to make a double, and two big, cosy chairs, one of which can be pulled out to form an extra bed. These rooms all have ensuite bathrooms, a drying cupboard for clothes, a kettle and a hairdryer. Wi-Fi is available throughout the whole of Village Valle premises.

 


Other options

Holiday Village Valle Cabins

Supplements from: £145pp

Surrounding the main building (within 100 metres) are ten winter cabins. There are two bedrooms in each cottage, a kitchenette, living area, fireplace, toilet and sauna. These cabins are very cosy and provide guests with their own Finnish home for the duration of their stay. There is nothing nicer than coming back after a day in the wilds to a log fire and your own private heated sauna – just lovely.

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Our pick

Northern Lights hunt via snowmobile-pulled sled

From £80pp

Sitting in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh, warmly wrapped up you will travel behind the guide's snowmobile in search of the magnificent Northern Lights. The local guides know all the best vantage points and they will lead you to an area with minimal light pollution. Throughout your journey, you can keep your eyes on the sky and should the conditions be favourable you will hopefully enjoy a display of the Aurora.

A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

Duration: 2 hours (approximately)


Other options

Activities

Daytime snowshoeing

From: £65pp

Snowshoeing is a fantastic and ecological way in which to explore the surrounding nature of Utsjoki. This particular trip will lead you across a beautiful wonderland towards the snow-covered forests whilst your guide gives you an insight into the surrounding nature and the diverse flora and fauna which can be found north of the Arctic Circle. You may even spot some wildlife for yourself with both moose and reindeer common in this area.

Duration: 3 Hours

Scenic tour via snowmobile-pulled sled

From: £80pp

The focus in Utsjoki is on enjoying the stunning wilderness at the very north of Finland. This scenic snowmobile-pulled sled tour is an ideal way in which to sit back and enjoy the idyllic surroundings whilst venturing further out into the wilderness, towards the Norwegian border. The diverse nature is particularly picturesque as you approach Norway, with spectacular views towards the Teno River and the rugged Norwegian fells. This trip is ideal for those looking to capture the nature of Utsjoki on camera and you may even spot some reindeer.

A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

Duration: 3 hours

Winter Fishing

From: £80pp

In Utsjoki, Ice Fishing is perhaps the most popular winter activity for locals. Join an experienced guide and learn the secrets behind this unique form of fishing. Your trip will begin as you are transferred via snowmobile-pulled sleigh to a nearby frozen lake. Following this, your guide will then drill holes in the ice using a special drill called ‘kaira’ before you attempt to catch Arctic Trout or Salmon Trout from the watery abyss below. Whilst you are fishing, your guide will prepare warm drinks over a campfire.

A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

Duration: 3 Hours

Tour to the Arctic Ocean by car

From: £175pp

You will be driven over the border into Norway to the magnificent Varangerfjord and the fishing village of Nesseby. A trip will be made to the nearby Sámi museum to learn more about the indigenous people of the Nordic countries, and you will also find out about contemporary life by the Arctic Ocean. Time will be made to visit a ‘seita’, or Sámi worship site, and there will be a picnic lunch along the way. Heading back, a stop will be made at a Sámi handicraft workshop in the village of Tana.

A minimum number of four participants is required for this activity to take place.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Cross-country skiing

From: £65pp

Cross-country skiing is one of the oldest methods of travel used by the Sámi people. Using the cross-country skiing equipment will allow you to make the most of the snow-covered landscape and explore the untouched wilderness that surrounds the area and to appreciate the beauty of this remote region. You will enjoy a real sense of silence during this activity and hopefully, encounter some of the local wildlife such as elk, hare and willow grouse. There will be a break for warm drinks en-route. This activity requires a minimum of two participants.

Duration: 2 hours

Northern Lights snowshoeing

From: £80pp

Strapping on snowshoes you will head out into the surrounding wilderness to hopefully seek out the Northern Lights. You will have two hours at your disposal and your guide will lead the way to a remote spot far from light pollution. Your guide will highlight some of the flora and fauna that can be found in the region. With any luck, the Northern Lights will pay you a visit.

A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

Duration: 2 hours (approximately)

Northern Lights hunt via car

From: £80pp

This is an opportunity to seek out a prospective Northern Light display via car or minibus. The guides here are all local experts and know all the best spots in the region from which to view the Aurora. The mobility that the car provides should ensure you are able to outrun any cloud cover and hopefully be successful on your mission to witness a dazzling Aurora display.

A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

Duration: 2 hours (approximately)

Northern Lights Photography Workshop

From: £36pp

This photography workshop is perfect for those of you who would like to get some expert advice and guidance on taking pictures of the Northern Lights. Your guide will show you how to adjust your camera settings and how to position yourself and your camera effectively. Following the tuition, you will be taken to an ideal Aurora viewing spot; if luck is on your side, hopefully, the lights will be out for you tonight and you can put your new skills to the test.

A minimum number of two participants is required for this activity to take place.

Duration: 2 hours

 

Extensions

Extend your stay

From: £82pp

If you have a little bit more time to enjoy the wonder of the wilderness then why not extend your stay. We can arrange for you to spend an extra night in a cabin or hotel room, with half board included so that you can take advantage of some of the other activities that are available in this remote and beautiful area.

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: Single occupancy is only available for the hotel room option.

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

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 will be due at the time of us confirming the trip details to you. 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.

Dates
Sun 29 Nov 2020
to Sun 06 Dec 2020
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Adults£ 2,050
Sun 06 Dec 2020
to Sun 13 Dec 2020
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Adults£ 2,095
Sun 13 Dec 2020
to Sun 20 Dec 2020
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Adults£ 2,195
Sun 03 Jan 2021
to Sun 10 Jan 2021
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Adults£ 1,895
Sun 10 Jan 2021
to Sun 17 Jan 2021
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Adults£ 1,895
Sun 17 Jan 2021
to Sun 24 Jan 2021
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Adults£ 1,895
Sun 24 Jan 2021
to Sun 31 Jan 2021
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Adults£ 1,995
Sun 31 Jan 2021
to Sun 07 Feb 2021
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Adults£ 1,995
Sun 07 Feb 2021
to Sun 14 Feb 2021
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Adults£ 2,025
Sun 14 Feb 2021
to Sun 21 Feb 2021
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Adults£ 2,085
Sun 21 Feb 2021
to Sun 28 Feb 2021
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Sun 28 Feb 2021
to Sun 07 Mar 2021
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Sun 07 Mar 2021
to Sun 14 Mar 2021
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Sun 14 Mar 2021
to Sun 21 Mar 2021
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Sun 21 Mar 2021
to Sun 28 Mar 2021
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Adults£ 1,995

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.

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 2 - 12 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 and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, 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

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

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.

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.

The UK 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.

Booking activities locally

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.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.

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.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions

Traveller Reviews

This was a fantastic experience from start to finish 03 March 2019 by Sarah and Mark Weeks

The transfer arrangements were very smooth at both ends, and the hotel and its staff were excellent. Everything was perfectly organised and the itinerary set up worked really well and had sufficient flexibility to enable us to alter things as necessary for the best experience. In fact, this only happened with the Aurora tour, with our guide, Antti, who was terrific throughout, waiting until he
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felt the best night on which to take it (and, my word, was that a good decision!). Taking the Aurora trip was really worth it, although the lights could be seen from the hotel on two other occasions. The snowmobile safari was breath-taking and the Arctic Ocean trip fantastic. We also really enjoyed the dog-sled trip in Norway. The food was consistently very good, and the service in the restaurant very friendly. The quality of the Wi-Fi was a bonus when you think where you are. All in all, this could hardly be faulted and we are still floating from such a fantastic week. The Arctic truly is a beautiful and invigorating place and Holiday Village Valle was the ideal place from which to experience it.
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We have just returned from an amazing week in Utsjoki 10 February 2019 by Mary and Derek Scofield

The staff were all brilliant in looking after us. Everyone spoke excellent English. The food and accommodation were excellent. The programme passed our expectations and we were able to fit into our week reindeer and husky safaris, ice fishing, Arctic swim and fell skiing and experiencing the Northern Lights. The two guides looked after us so well and all the equipment needed for the climate and
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activities was provided. The peace and quiet and scenery were all quite magical and we learned about the Sami people. It was good to know the teenagers who came to the traditional dinner were intent on keeping their culture alive despite the 21st century. Many thanks for arranging our holiday.
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Many thanks for arranging our holiday. 10 February 2019 by Mary and Derek Scofield

We have just returned from an amazing week in Utsjoki. The staff were all brilliant in looking after us. Everyone spoke excellent English. The food and accommodation were excellent. The programme passed our expectations and we were able to fit into our week reindeer and husky safaris, ice fishing, Arctic swim and fell skiing and experiencing the Northern Lights. The two guides looked after us so
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well and all the equipment needed for the climate and activities was provided. The peace and quiet and scenery were all quite magical and we learned about the Sami people. It was good to know the teenagers who came to the traditional dinner were intent on keeping their culture alive despite the 21st century. Many thanks for arranging our holiday.
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We were really looking forward to this holiday and it exceeded our expectations. Thank you! 20 January 2019 by Carol Jepson & Philip Hardy

The service from Artisan Travel has been excellent We were very impressed that we weren’t charged extra for going from a northern airport and that a stopover in Helsinki was also arranged at no extra cost Email response to any questions that we had before we travelled was very quick and helpful The information in the trip dossiers was very detailed and helpful The transfers to and from the
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airport went smoothly and it was great that a meal had been provided for us when we arrived too late for the evening meal The accommodation was excellent; the room was large, warm and comfortable with a big bathroom and excellent shower. It was lovely to have tea and coffee making facilities and a refrigerator in the room (very unusual,for mainland Europe) The food was fabulous and plentiful with a good choice of fresh local ingredients and service in the restaurant was excellent We loved all the activities which were included as part of the holiday and the guides were helpful, personable and knowledgeable It was great to learn about the local history, geography, culture etc from the guides and the hotel owner and his family. We were pleased that all the guides were Finnish as we could learn more from them than we could have done from non-local guides. All the staff were friendly and approachable This is our fifth winter activity holiday in Northern Europe and the best so far. The clothing and equipment were of a very high standard and the skis that were freely available were the best we have used so far and much easier to put on! It was a truly fabulous holiday in a stunning location and the icing on the cake was the lovely staff and guides. We really enjoyed all the activities that were included as part of the holiday as well as the company of the guides. The highlight was probably the additional Aurora Tour that we booked . One of the guides was a real aurora expert and he added us to a WhatsApp group which was great as he sent us messages about when the aurora was predicted so we could see it from the hotel. We were really pleased that we booked the additional tour though as it was a magical experience to be pulled in a sleigh through the snowy forest and onto the high fell where we lit a fire and enjoyed a 369 degree view. I would really recommend this to other people if there is a clear sky and an aurora forecast We also did the trip to the Arctic Ocean which was wonderful.
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More than lived up to expectations 19 March 2017 by Mary Piers

The holiday was fantastic and more than lived up to expectations. A very well planned and organised holiday. Very good guides and instructors. So very friendly and helpful. The Husky sledding (was my favourite) because I just adore the huskies and I spent several hours out in the beautiful wilderness driving the tram. Thank you for all your assistance and a huge thank you to all in Utsjoki, I
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could not have asked for better care and assistance. Activities fantastic. So very sorry to leave but I will be back in Sami country next year!!
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The whole holiday was so, so excellent 06 March 2016 by Sok Wai Lou

All meals were good quality, excellent scenery around where we stayed, the accommodation was so good...having my own sauna in the house was a real bonus! Henry, the owner of the place was so attentive to our needs (he even provided packed-breakfast the night before we left for Helsinki very early morning). The whole holiday was so, so excellent that I won't hesitate to recommend to my friends.

An excellent experience in all respects 17 February 2014 by Hilary Hazzard

I got back from Utsjoki ('the top of Finland') on Friday and I'm just emailing to let you know what an excellent experience it was in all respects (even at -35°C)Travelling was trouble-free, the hosts were professional-yet-friendly and attentive to our needs (that's me and the only other people there, a couple from Germany) - though we didn't actually need anything outside of what was
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provided. The food was particularly fabulous. We agreed that Anne and Petteri made us feel more like welcome visitors than 'tourists' - I particularly appreciated that as a lone traveller - and I'd definitely recommend this for anyone wanting a closer-to-nature experience than some of the hotel-based trips. The Northern Lights made their appearance twice (that we caught). That's not something you could have laid on but I thought you might like to know. Best birthday ever!
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