- Flights: return flights from London to Kajaani via Helsinki (flight routes subject to change)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights in double room. Upgrades to lake or hill view suites on request (subject to availability)
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- The following activities are included in the holiday: 2-hour husky safari, Northern Lights snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice fishing tour, 1-hour snowshoe hike, Northern Lights snowmobile (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
- Winter clothing for duration of your stay
Vuokatti is a small ski village on the doorstep of a picture-perfect winter wonderland in the Lakeland region of Finland. The winter months bring heavy snowfall and temperatures which cause the surrounding lakes to freeze. The landscapes are reminiscent of Finnish Lapland, and all of the key winter activities are available and included in the holiday. Yet, as this is a relatively undiscovered area, there are fewer tourists in the region which makes Vuokatti feel rather exclusive.
You will be based at the Vuokatti Hotel and Suites, which offers a high standard of accommodation and modern comforts on the edge of an area known as one of Finland’s most pristine wilderness regions. During the day you may be taking part in a winter adventure out in the wilds, but then in the evening you can enjoy a nice evening meal in a contemporary restaurant and relax at the hotel. The hotel is very well equipped and has three saunas, one of which has large windows, offering panoramic views of the landscape.
During the day, you will enjoy a range of winter activities which focus on exploring the diverse winter landscapes. Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated of these is a two-hour husky safari which is an unforgettable experience. You’ll also enjoy snowshoeing, snowmobiling and ice fishing, giving you a real taste of some of the most popular pastimes in the region.
Despite being south of the Arctic Circle, the Northern Lights can be seen in this region and so we have included both an evening snowshoe and snowmobile trip in this holiday. Experiencing the peace and tranquillity of a crisp winter night here is memorable in its own right, regardless of whether you witness an Aurora display.
This holiday offers picturesque landscapes to rival those of Lapland but without the crowds which descend in some areas further north. There is a fantastic range of winter activities to enjoy and each night you will return to a delicious meal and very comfortable hotel accommodation.
Image credits: Vuokatti Safaris
Arrival And Welcome
Following your arrival into Kajaana Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Vuokatti. You can settle into your accommodation prior to enjoying your evening meal in the hotel restaurant.Included Meals: Dinner
Husky Safari And Northern Lights Snowshoe
After breakfast, your exploration of the Finnish Lakeland region begins in style, with a dog sled safari. Huskies are synonymous with Scandinavia and their eagerness for adventure is infectious. After assisting your guide with harnessing the dogs, and a full safety briefing, you will set off travelling two people per sled. The huskies will be making quite a racket before you set off, desperate to start running, but as soon as they are on their way, they fall quiet and focus on the task in hand. This is a time-honoured mode of transport and an experience that is not easily forgotten.
During your free time, you may want to add in another winter activity. How about swimming in a frozen lake? We offer an ice-bathing experience that you are sure to find refreshing but of course, we pop you into a dry suit prior to your dip. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for details.
This evening, you will venture out on snowshoes with your guide, beneath the dark winter sky. The forest always appears a little mysterious when illuminated only by headlamps but the silence is just wonderful. Your destination will be a spot with unobstructed views of the sky. Here you will break for hot drinks - keep watch above you in case the Northern Lights appear and begin their dance overhead. The tour will last for approximately 2 hours.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Snowmobile And Ice Fishing Safari
Today’s activity combines two favourite activities; snowmobiling and ice fishing. Ice fishing is popular the locals and involves drilling a hole into a frozen lake and dropping a line into the water below. In order to get to the guide’s favourite fishing spots, you will travel by snowmobile, with two people per machine admiring the winter landscape as you go. Full instruction will be given on how to drive a snowmobile and you must be at least 18 years of age and hold a valid driving licence in order to drive. Hot drinks are included.
The remainder of the afternoon and the evening are yours to spend at leisure. You may wish to enjoy a meal in the restaurant, followed by a relaxing sauna. Alternatively, you can also continue your hunt for the Northern Lights with a night-time husky safari. See the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for details.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Snowshoe Hike And Aurora Snowmobile
After breakfast, you will join your local guide for a snowshoe hike into the Vuokatti hills. When snowshoeing, you can breathe in the clean, crisp air as you walk on deep snow and take in this incredible natural environment. Hot drinks and snacks are included during the 90-minute tour.
This evening, you will get back on your snowmobiles (travelling two per machine) for a thrilling night safari, again in the hope of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Despite being south of the Arctic Circle, the lack of light pollution and dark winter evenings mean that the lights are visible here when conditions are right. Snowmobiling after dark is particularly thrilling as the headlights cast shadows through the forest and show the wilderness in a different light. Your guide will take you on a route that offers views of the night sky and with a little luck and the right conditions, the Northern Lights might appear. Full instruction will be given on how to handle a snowmobile and you must be at least 18 years of age and hold a valid driving licence. Hot drinks and snacks are included.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Enjoy a final breakfast and take any last-minute photographs before being transferred back to the airport in Kajaani. If you would like to extend your stay in Vuokatti and explore the landscape further, then please speak to one of our Travel Experts.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
For those looking to try something very Finnish then look no further than ice-bathing. The idea of jumping into a hole in a frozen lake can be quite intimidating, but it is actually really invigorating and you will be given a waterproof survival suit before you do it. It is an exhilarating feeling and the temperature in the water can actually be less cold than standing on the ice. In fact, the water is never below zero degrees as anything less than this would cause it to freeze solidly. This activity is great fun and very memorable.
Duration: 1.5 hours (approx)
Minimum: 2 people
Image credits: Vuokatti Safaris
Northern Lights husky safari
An evening husky safari in search of the Northern Lights is a wonderful experience
Travelling two per sled with only the light from your head torches illuminating the way, your safari will start on forest trails. The landscape will then open out onto a frozen lake and you will have unobstructed views of the night sky, away from any light pollution. You will stop at a traditional Mongolian Yurt and keep warm by a cosy fire. A reindeer burger will be served by your guide (vegetarian alternatives on request) as you look towards the sky for any sign of the Northern Lights. During the tour, you can choose to either drive your own sled our or be driven by the guide whilst wrapped in a warm reindeer hide.
Duration: 4 Hours (approx)
Minimum: 2 people
Image credits: Vuokatti Safaris
Dates & Prices
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Single adult price is based on a single hotel room and driving your own snowmobile on day 3.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Approximately 4 - 24 people
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
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.