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Ylläshumina Hotel, Ylläs

Lapland - where winter is a unique experience 
 
Ylläs boasts Finland’s largest cross-country network, plus an unrivalled range of other activities which introduce you to the magical landscapes of Lapland. Stay in a high-quality hotel, complete with saunas, from where you have direct access to the cross-country trails.
Ylläshumina Hotel. 7 nights
Ylläshumina Hotel. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Ylläs, Lapland,

for an all-round Arctic experience

Beyond the Arctic Circle, the magical landscapes of Lapland, across which herds of reindeer roam freely, are bathed in a special light. December and January are months of surreal and beautiful twilight, though by February, the region enjoys nine hours of daylight. Consisting of two villages surrounded by seven fells, snow-sure Ylläs is a paradise for skiers.
This is an enchanting part of the world and Ylläs (pronounced ‘Oo-las’), the location of the Qvist family’s Ylläshumina Hotel, makes an unrivalled base for an Arctic winter experience, whatever your age. Given that Toivo Qvist was once a member of the Finnish cross-country skiing team, it is no wonder that the family decided to settle here – the area boasts the largest and best cross-country network in Finland.
 

Our expert says

“It’s true that you could come to Ylläs purely for the cross-country skiing, but this is Lapland, after all, so it would be a shame not to try out typical activities such as dog-sledding or ice-fishing (which can be arranged through the hotel) for an all-round Lappish experience.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Inclusive value

Ylläs is a wonderful place to visit in December; take time to enjoy the Polar Days. For holidays starting 1-15 December 2019 our prices include rental of cross-country skis and snowshoes.
 

Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you. The cross-country skiing is great but, equally, the non-skiing activities are fantastic, giving you a real Lapland experience.
  • Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & advanced
    This is a particularly good area for cross-country skiing, with a vast network of trails for all levels accessible straight from the hotel’s first-rate ski room, where you can seek advice on routes from the staff before you set out. As you would expect of Finland’s best domain, it is very well maintained, with good waymarking, and there are some illuminated tracks so that you can enjoy a full day’s skiing even in the magical twilight of December and January (by February, the region enjoys nine hours of daylight). What's more, the hotel offers guided ski tours throughout the season and operates a drop-off service to various points along the trails, thus enabling you to explore further afield, skiing back to Ylläs across fells and through forests, with the option of pausing at one of the cafés and traditional kotas (tepee-style tented shelters) along the way.

    Trails: 330km to 540m (both classic & skating; includes 38km of illuminated trails), with a drop-off service to different start points available for a small charge. Use of the cross-country trails is free of charge
    Cross-country skiing
  • Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & families
    The main area is across the other side of the lake, 3 kilometres from Ylläs and accessed by a ski bus from the hotel (pay locally). There are 61 runs (many of which are illuminated) both through the trees and above the treeline, with the longest slope measuring 3 kilometres. The domain caters for all abilities, with a good number of beginner and early intermediate runs.

    Pistes: 53km to 718m (comprises 61 pistes, of which 29 are illuminated, served by 29 lifts), accessed by ski bus (pay locally)
  • Dog-sledding & more
    The hotel has its own Safari House, offering the chance to try out a wide range of activities throughout the week: experience the thrill of dog-sledding as you whizz through the snow-clad forest with only the sounds of the sled runners on the snow and the eager panting of the dogs; enjoy a short snowmobile taster session before setting out from Ylläs into the wilderness and past frozen lakes; head out on a torch-lit walk at night in search of the Northern Lights; visit a nearby reindeer farm to learn about life in Arctic Lapland; take in the beauty of the snow-laden trees and the silence around you on a snowshoe hike into the surrounding fells; take a relaxing reindeer safari; or learn how to make a hole in the ice and then while away a few hours ice-fishing.
    Dog-sledding
    Snowmobiling
  • Special events
    At Christmas time, as well as enjoying a celebratory dinner, you can meet Santa in his traditional Lapland home, help decorate the tree and light the 500 candles in the street, and head out on a snowshoe walk on Christmas Day. New Year features the lighting of candles outside the hotel, a gala dinner, live music, fireworks, and a New Year’s Day brunch.
 

Where you stay

Located 150km north of the Arctic Circle, Ylläs (pronounced Oo-las) is the name given to the seven fells which surround the two Lappish villages of Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi, which are connected by a scenic road on opposing sides of the Ylläs Fjell. The whole region lies within the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. Your hotel, and the Kellokas visitor centre, are to be found in Äkäslompolo (altitude: 400m) on the northern side of the fjell above a frozen lake. Facilities in the village include a number of shops and cafés.
Ylläshumina Hotel

Bedrooms

 

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  • 7 nights: 01 December - 15 March 2020 & 22 March - 12 April 2020

    Start Sunday* | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults 13-16 yrs 5-12 yrs 2-4 yrs
    01 Dec - 15 Dec £1245 £985 £835 £585
    22 Dec - 22 Dec £1695 £1395 £1085 £740
    29 Dec - 29 Dec £1645 £1350 £1060 £725
    05 Jan - 12 Jan £1295 £1015 £868 £598
    19 Jan - 19 Jan £1335 £1055 £895 £625
    26 Jan - 09 Feb £1495 £1180 £995 £695
    16 Feb - 16 Feb £1545 £1220 £1035 £725
    23 Feb - 23 Feb £1470 £1160 £985 £690
    01 Mar - 27 Mar £1435 £1135 £960 £675
    28 Mar - 01 Apr £1280 £995 £858 £595
    02 Apr - 12 Apr £1325 £1045 £890 £625

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    *Start any day 22 Mar-12 Apr

    Prices for children are based on sharing a room with 2 adults

    Included travel: Inghams charter Gatwick-Kittilä# (out dep 0825, home arr 1655; hold luggage included) & connecting transfer (0h50)
    #Variation 1-15 Mar: Finnair Gatwick-Kittilä (out dep 0905, home arr 0805; hold luggage included)
    #Variation 22 Mar-12 Apr: Finnair Heathrow-Kittilä via Helsinki (out dep 1020, home arr 1835; hold luggage included)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Ylläshumina Hotel
    Family apartment (sleeps 3-5): 01 Dec - 19 Apr 2020 £60
    Single room: 01 Dec - 21 Dec 2019 £38
    Single room: 22 Dec - 04 Jan 2020 £56
    Single room: 05 Jan - 25 Jan 2020 £38
    Single room: 26 Jan - 28 Mar 2020 £56
    Single room: 29 Mar - 19 Apr 2020 £38
    Suite: 01 Dec - 19 Apr 2020 £185
    Superior deluxe: 01 Dec - 19 Apr 2020 £155
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Kittilä (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Kittilä Charter (contact us) 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Kittilä (via Helsinki) Finnair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Kittilä Charter (contact us),  Finnair 
    Gatwick - Kittilä (via Helsinki) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Kittilä (via Helsinki) Finnair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Kittilä Charter (contact us) 
    Manchester - Kittilä (via Helsinki) Finnair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • use of cross-country trails
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Gatwick (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Kittilä Airport
 
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FAQs

  • If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, or during school holidays, you should definitely pre-book lessons. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of packages that we can arrange for you in advance.
    Sometimes we can’t make bookings on your behalf. In these cases you should phone or email the ski school well before your holiday to arrange a date and time; do not wait until you are on holiday to make arrangements. 
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least six months’ validity to travel to Finland, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official languages are Finnish, Swedish and, in Lapland, Sami. The currency is the Euro. Finnish time is GMT/UTC + 2. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 2.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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