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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 5044
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
The ski village of Vuokatti is located in the Lakeland region of Finland and on the doorstep of a vast wilderness. During winter, the chain of forested hills and frozen lakes are transformed and become a snow-covered playground, the perfect place to enjoy dog sledding. Join a local guide and explore one of Finland’s most pristine wilderness regions during the three inclusive husky safaris, each with their own highlights.

What's included?

  • Flights: return flights from London to Kajaani via Helsinki (flight routes subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 5 nights in double room. Upgrade to lake or hill view suites on request, subject to availability
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: 12km husky safari, Northern Lights husky safari, 35km husky safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
  • Winter clothing for duration

This holiday focuses on the delights of dog sledding. Based in a very comfortable hotel in the small ski village of Vuokatti, you will venture into the wilds of Finnish Lakeland on three safaris. We’ll get you eased in with an introductory 12km tour, chasing the Northern Lights during an evening safari, and you’ll end the holiday with a full day trip into the wilderness.

Dog sledding is an unforgettable experience and it is impossible not feel a sense of excitement and adventure as the dogs are being harnessed and leap around in eager anticipation of the trail. If the sleigh wasn’t anchored to the ground at the start, they’d be off in a shot.

The first time the anchor is released on your sled will be truly memorable as there will be no hanging around, the dogs will set off at a pretty pace and it always seems remarkably quick at first. They do soon settle down into a steady pace though and you relax into the journey and their excited howls are replaced with the sound of the sled’s runners on the snow.

Each of the safaris is designed to offer something different and to build on your skills. Full instruction will be provided of course and your expert guide will lead the way of each of the trips. The itinerary is designed to build your skills and confidence, culminating with your full day adventure.

In some cases, holidays which are more focused on dog sledding involve shared accommodation and a compromise on the comfort levels, but that is not the case here. Each night you will return to welcoming hotel accommodation where you can relax and enjoy your evening, relaxing in a sauna and dining in a very good restaurant.


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Key facts

Duration:5 nights
Pace:Active
Suitable for: Anybody over the age of 18. See our terms for further information.
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  • On arrival at Kajaani Airport, you will be transferred to the ski village of Vuokatti, which is nestled amidst the forests and fells of the Finnish Lakeland.

    After checking into the hotel your evening is free for you to settle in. The hotel has three saunas in which you can relax after your journey and you can then enjoy dinner in the impressive hotel restaurant.

  • Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the husky kennels which are around 5km away. Your local guide will go over the itinerary for the coming days and you will be given your warm winter clothing, which you will keep for the duration of your stay.

    After the briefing, you will be taken to meet the huskies, who will no doubt greet you with an assortment of excited howls. You will learn about the lives of these working sled dogs before your expert guide shows you how to harness the huskies and set up the sleds. Full instruction on how to control the team and sled will then be provided and then your adventure can begin.

    The anchor on the sled will be released and you will set off on the trail, travelling two people per sled (you’ll have the chance to swap drivers). The first few 100 metres always feel lightning fast, but you soon settle into a steady pace and relax into the journey.

    You’ll be able to enjoy the wilderness landscape in all its glory as you cover around 12km, breaking for a warm drink during the trip to soak up the atmosphere. This activity typically lasts around three hours.

    Back at the hotel, the rest of your day is free for you to spend at leisure.

  • After breakfast, your day is your own. The sauna facilities and gym are at your disposal at the hotel, or we can arrange a variety of additional activities so you can experience other adventures during your stay. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing are all available so please see the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for more details.

    As the light fades this afternoon, a completely new dog sledding experience awaits you as you head out under the cover of darkness in search of the Aurora Borealis. Travelling at night, with only the headlamps illuminating the forest is a thrilling experience.

    After travelling across a frozen lake with unobstructed views of the night sky, you will stop at a yurt and keep warm by a cosy fire.

    Here you will dine on a ‘musher’s burger’ (typically a reindeer burger – vegetarian options are available) as you keep watch on the sky for any sign of the Northern Lights.

    During the tour, you can choose to either drive your own sled (2 people per team) or be driven by the guide whilst wrapped in a warm reindeer hide. The tour will last for approximately 4-5 hours.

  • Today you will need a hearty breakfast ahead of your final and most adventurous safari; a 35km full day trip into the wilderness.

    By now you should be confident in handling a sled and you can focus on enjoying the experience. You will get a sense of the true scale of this landscape as you explore with your own dedicated team.

    During the tour, you will stop at a traditional Mongolian yurt where warm drinks and lunch will be served by the fire. The tour will last for approximately 5-6 hours and you will return to the hotel feeling like a seasoned musher.

  • Today is free for you to simply relax after yesterday’s adventure or enjoy other experiences in the village.

    Vuokatti has a selection of ski slopes for those who may want to enjoy some downhill action and it is also well known as a cross-country skiing destination (it even offers an indoor ski tunnel!). All equipment can be hired locally.

    For those looking to enjoy guided winter activities we also have a number of options listed in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page. These include sedate snowshoes, ice fishing, snowmobile tours and much more.

  • Today you will enjoy a final breakfast in Vuokatti before being transferred back to the airport with some great stories to tell and the title of ‘musher’ to add to your CV.

Included in price

Vuokatti Hotel and Suites

Nights: 1-5

Hotel Vuokatti enjoys a prime location close to Lake Nuasjärvi in the Kainuu Province of Finnish Lakeland. This small boutique hotel has 18 spacious rooms and 29 modern suites which offer a high quality, peaceful environment from which to enjoy your holiday.

Within easy reach of shops and the ski slopes of Vuokatti (both around 500m), it is an ideal base. A ski bus stops at the hotel and is free of charge so getting around is nice and simple.

Hotel facilities

  • You will enjoy your breakfasts and evening meals in the hotel restaurant, which has an impressive outlook over Lake Nuasjärvi. Here a range of local ingredients such as moose, pike and reindeer are served alongside some more international options
  • There is also a small café and lobby bar area which serves coffees, drinks and snacks
  • The hotel has numerous saunas for guests to use. There is even a large sauna with panoramic glass windows looking out onto the frozen lake. NB: the panoramic sauna is not open every day (reception will provide details) and so we cannot guarantee access to this during your holiday
  • There is a small but well-equipped gym for guests to use should you wish for some indoor exercise during your stay
  • Free Wi-fi is available throughout the hotel

Room Type

Double/Twin Rooms

The rooms at Vuokatti Hotel and Suites are well equipped, spacious and modern. All rooms are en-suite and the bathrooms have a shower as well as hairdryers. The rooms all have a flat-screen TV, a desk, safety deposit box and mini-bar.


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Vuokatti Suites

Two Bedroom Suites

These well-equipped, two-bedroom suites were completed in 2014 and offer a high standard of accommodation. All units have a kitchen with modern appliances (dishwasher, oven, microwave, coffee machine), a spacious living room, a bathroom and a private sauna. Each of the suites has a stunning view of either the frozen lake or the forested hills, which can be enjoyed from the terrace.

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Snowmobile safari to Vuokatti hills

From £98pp

Vuokatti is situated against a backdrop of snow-covered hills and there are amazing views to be had from the top. This safari will see you ascend the slopes on snowmobiles during a thrilling safari on forest trails. Once at the top, the trees disperse and a wilderness winter landscape appears before you. Hot drinks and snacks are included.

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Full driving instruction will be provided and you will travel two people per snowmobile. The driver must be 18 years or older and hold a full driving license.

Duration: 2 hours (approx)
Minimum: 2 Pax


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Activities

Snow and ice snowmobile safari

From: £134pp

This snowmobile tour showcases the very best of Vuokatti and its surroundings. You will follow your guide up into the hills which offer stunning panoramic views. This region is known for its wealth of lakes and during the winter months these freeze, forming pristine snow-covered plains on which to drive your snowmobile. You will stop for hot drinks and snacks en-route. Full driving instruction will be provided and you will travel two people per snowmobile. The driver must be 18 years or older and hold a full driving licence.

Duration: 3 hours (approx)
Minimum: 2 Pax


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Ice fishing and snowmobiling

From: £115pp

This combined tour will begin at the safari centre in Vuokatti. You will follow an experienced fishing guide on snowmobile towards the frozen lake.

Ice fishing is a hugely popular pastime locally. It is slightly more labour intensive than normal fishing though as your first task is to drill a hole in the in order to get to the water below! You will then drop your line and wait patiently for a fish to bite.

Following your fishing experience, you will then hop back onto the snowmobiles and make your way back towards Vuokatti. Hot drinks and snacks are included. Full driving instruction will be provided and you will travel two people per snowmobile. The driver must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence.

Duration: 2 hours (approx)
Minimum: 2 Pax


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Snowshoe hike

From: £62pp

Snowshoeing is a perfect way to explore the snow-covered landscapes here as you are able to really appreciate and admire your surroundings in peace and quiet. The snowshoes also allow you to walk on deeper snow, meaning you can explore off the beaten trails with your guide. Venturing into the hills there will be spectacular landscapes to enjoy during this short hike.

Duration: 1.5 hours (approx)
Minimum: 2 Pax


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Snowshoeing adventure

From: £98pp

Explore the pristine wilderness surrounding Vuokatti during this snowshoe tour. After a transfer into the hills, you will travel deep into the forest as your guide provides details on the surrounding nature and wildlife. You’ll walk in the deep snow, enjoying the silence of this winter landscape and keeping an eye out for local flora and fauna. Halfway, you will stop at a wooden cabin and assist your guide in making a fire before snacks and warm drinks are served. You will then hike back to Vuokatti.

Duration: 4 hours (approx)
Minimum: 2 Pax

Ice-bathing

From: £98pp

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


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Misc.

Northern Lights chase by snowmobile

From: £115pp

It is difficult not to feel a sense of adventure when you venture out into the dark winter night in search of the Aurora Borealis. Snowmobiling is a thrilling way to hunt the Northern Lights and, after full instruction, you will follow your guide to the trails to commence your hunt.
Away from the village, there is very little light pollution and your expert guide will use their local knowledge to determine which location offers the strongest Aurora potential.

Hot drinks and snacks are included. Full driving instruction will be provided and you will travel two people per snowmobile. The driver must be 18 years or older and hold a full driving licence.

Duration: 2 hours (approx)
Minimum: 2 Pax


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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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Sun 20 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,515 Single Adult£ 1,745
Sun 03 Feb 2019
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Sun 10 Feb 2019
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Please note: Our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next season’s pre-sale 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
Sun 19 Jan 2020
to Fri 24 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,620 Single Adult£ 1,865
Sun 02 Feb 2020
to Fri 07 Feb 2020
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Sun 09 Feb 2020
to Fri 14 Feb 2020
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Sun 15 Mar 2020
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Sun 22 Mar 2020
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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

Unless otherwise stated, 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

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.

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
In almost all 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.



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