- Flights: return flights from London to Kuusamo, either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date. Flight routes are subject to change.
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 7 nights in a standard double/twin hotel room (cabin and suite upgrades available subject to availability and supplement)
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included: scenic snowmobile safari, husky safari, snowshoe walk, reindeer safari and ice-fishing (the order of activities is subject to change)
- All equipment, tuition and supervision from fully qualified guides during activities
- Cold weather clothing (you will get your cold-weather clothing on your second day and can keep it for the rest of your stay)
A holiday in Finnish Lapland is like being in a winter wonderland. As Iso-Syote gets some of the highest snowfall in the region, it is one of the best places to appreciate this. During this week-long holiday, you can experience the most popular and unique things that this magical part of the world has to offer.
Ride with huskies through the breathtaking landscape, sit on a sleigh pulled by a reindeer, cross a frozen lake by snowmobile and explore the surroundings on snowshoes. All the activities are included in the holiday price and make for a trip you will never forget.
If the solar activity is high, you might see a spectacular Aurora Borealis display, adding another highlight to your Finland visit!
Based at Hotel Iso-Syöte, which enjoys incredible panoramic views of the snowy scenery, you will stay in comfortable hotel rooms. You can choose to upgrade to cabin, or suite accommodation if you wish to do so.
With facilities including a sauna and hot tub to enjoy at the hotel as well as the activities, this holiday offers a balance between free time and real Finnish Lapland winter experiences.
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Departure day: Sunday
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 dates and prices
|Departure dates between|
Sun 07 Jan 2024
Sun 14 Jan 2024
|Adults £ 2,325 To £ 2,760|
Sun 21 Jan 2024
Sun 28 Jan 2024
|Adults £ 2,275 To £ 2,545|
Sun 04 Feb 2024
Sun 25 Feb 2024
|Adults £ 2,445 To £ 3,430|
Sun 03 Mar 2024
Sun 10 Mar 2024
|Adults £ 2,275 To £ 2,680|
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Approximately 2 - 25 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 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
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 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
Flights, Arrival And Transfer
After your arrival at Kuusamo Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation, the Iso-Syöte Hotel. As you make your way up to the fell, through this winter wonderland, you might see some reindeer meandering between the trees as you ascend.
At the hotel, you will have some time to settle into your rooms before your dinner in the hotel restaurant. If you are arriving on a later flight, there will be a snack provided on arrival, instead of a dinner.
Of course, guests can also take the opportunity to upgrade their accommodation and spend the week in a cosy log cabin, or perhaps one of the hotel's suites. Details can be found in the 'Accommodation' section of the holiday page.Included Meals: Dinner
Scenic Snowmobile Safari
This morning you will enjoy your breakfast in the hotel restaurant and will get to glimpse panoramic views of the stunning fell scenery.
After breakfast, you will be provided with your cold weather clothing in time for your first activity in the afternoon: a snowmobile safari.
After a safety briefing, you will travel over the fells and through varied terrain that ranges from snow-covered forests to frozen lakes. The route has been designed to offer you the chance to get to know the region and enjoy the landscape. There will be a stop en-route where you can have a coffee around a campfire and switch drivers before you head back to the hotel. You will travel with two people per snowmobile (the driver must have a full driving licence and be over the age of 18). The activity lasts around three hours.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, today has been left free for you to set your own itinerary and spend your day how you wish.
You may like to relax in the sauna or in one of the hot tubs and enjoy the ambience of the snow-covered surroundings. If you wish to be a bit more active, you can try an additional activity such as a snowmobile and husky safari or a kick sledge tour.
After dinner, why not enjoy a Northern Lights hunt by snowmobile and put your new-found driving skills to good use.
Details of all of the optional activities available can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the husky farm, where the huskies will be eagerly waiting for you.
Before you get the chance to explore in this time-honoured fashion, you will meet the lovely huskies and get an introduction and safety briefing on how to control a sledge.
With two adults per team, you will travel through this Narnia-like landscape of snowy forests and frozen lakes. There is also the chance to swap drivers if you wish. Lunch will be enjoyed around a campfire back at the husky farm.
This activity lasts around four to five hours in total (including transfers), afterwards, you may want to relax in the sauna or in one of the hot tubs and recall the day's fun before dinner.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will enjoy your breakfast and a leisurely morning before going on a snowshoe walk in the afternoon.
This two-hour walk will take you through the picturesque landscape and the deep snow that covers the fells of Iso-Syöte. Enjoy the stunning views and the snow sculptures that Mother Nature has made.
During this guided snowshoe walk you may also be able to discover marks and tracks of some animals in the snow and your guide will highlight some of the local flora and fauna.
The evening is free for you to relax and enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel. Don't forget, however, to keep an eye out for a Northern Lights display, as the Aurora can be a regular visitor to this region.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Reindeer are synonymous with Lapland and are integral to the culture and economy of the region. Following breakfast, you will meet your guide for a delightful reindeer safari as you travel by sleigh through the snow-laden forests. You will be given an insight into the role that these animals play and will have the chance to take plenty of pictures as you sit back and enjoy the ride.
Upon your return to the hotel this afternoon, there will be time to relax and enjoy the sauna and hot tubs. You may also want to take a walk and enjoy the deep snow independently, as snowshoes can be hired locally.
Dinner will be served in the restaurant.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
On your final full day in Finland, your guide will pack the equipment and transfer you to a beautiful frozen lake after breakfast, where you will learn the very popular art of ice fishing.
Before you can drill the hole and drop your line, you will be given full instructions and shown the best techniques for winter fishing. Then all you have to do is relax and wait for a bite!
Fishing does require patience but the rewards can be very satisfying. Even if you are unlucky in your pursuit, this remains a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend some time in the Finnish wilds. The activity will last for approximately 3 hours. You can then enjoy one last dinner and relax in the sauna.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Enjoy your last breakfast in the hotel’s wonderful panoramic restaurant with its views over the picturesque fell scenery.
It will then be time to say farewell to Finnish Lapland as you are returned to the airport for your journey home.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Search for the Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
A night-time snowmobile safari is truly a different experience and offers a very special atmosphere. Drive under the night sky, through the snowy forest and the Arctic landscape. If the solar activity is high, you might witness the Northern Lights! There will also be a break for a warm drink around a campfire. You will travel two people per snowmobile (the driver must be 18 years old and hold a full driving licence).Read more
This is a fairly challenging activity so we recommend that you either have some previous experience of snowmobiling or that this is not your first snowmobiling activity on your holiday. The activity lasts around three hours.
Available: Tuesday or Wednesday at 8 pm
Snowmobile and Husky Safari
This additional activity can be added to Day Three of your holiday.
Following a guide, you will travel two people per snowmobile to a husky farm. Anyone wishing to drive a snowmobile must be 18 years old and in possession of a full driving licence.
After an introduction, you will meet the huskies and set off on a short safari of around 6km. The huskies will pull your sledge through the snowy forest and the stunning, Arctic landscape.Read more about this activity
Two people will share a sledge, but there will be the opportunity to change drivers and take some pictures. This is a perfect way to enjoy both of the most famous activities in Finland. Warm drinks and equipment are included. The total duration of this activity is approximately three hours.
Available: Tuesday at 10am
Try another traditional Finnish way of moving around the snow-covered landscape. Kick-sledges are a lot of fun! You can slide down the hill and ‘kick’ them uphill again with one leg, whilst the other is on the sledge. It will be a couple of active hours but you will enjoy the snow on Iso-Syöte’s hilltop. A hot drink and a pulla, a traditional Finnish sweet roll, are also included during this experience which lasts around two hours.
Available: Tuesday at 14.30
The holiday was designed perfectly with just enough time to enjoy all the activities, which were equally fun. If we had to choose the huskies certainly made our holiday special. The craft making was also unexpected and a lovely addition to the program.
The dog sledging was unique and exhilarating.