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Lapland Activity Week

Ylläs, deep within the Arctic Circle
 
Get a taste of magical Lapland through a range of activities. Experience the thrill of dog-sledding and snowmobiling, explore the serene wilderness on snowshoes, and receive a cross-country skiing lesson, while staying at a welcoming hotel with a sauna. You might even see the Northern Lights
Lapland Activity Week. 7 nights
Lapland Activity Week. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter activity holiday in Lapland

Winter is a truly unique experience in this magical part of the world, and there’s no better way to learn about Lapland and its people and to get the most out of your time here, particularly if it’s your first visit, than by trying out a wide range of different snow-based activities.

Experience the thrill of dog-sledding, take a trip by snowmobile deep into the forest, enjoy the serenity of the wilderness on snowshoes or, after an introductory lesson, take to the trails on cross-country skis. Add to this a stay at the Ylläshumina – a welcoming hotel with beautifully decorated log cabins and a superb restaurant – and you have all the ingredients for a holiday you will remember for years to come.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the spectacular Northern Lights, too – a sighting of this extraordinary natural phenomenon could well provide the icing on the cake for such a wonderfully varied week.
 

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Our expert says

“The activities, the insights you gain into Sami culture, the traditional cuisine and, of course, the hotel’s first-rate saunas, mean you’ll come back from this holiday feeling as though you’ve had an all-round Lappish experience.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Winter activities

There is an included activity on most days; below we’ve detailed our suggested itinerary for the week, but the hotel will confirm the exact schedule on arrival.
  • Arrival in Ylläs
    Depending on your time of arrival, you may like to take a stroll into the village or just settle into the hotel ahead of your first activity the following morning.

    All the included activities are provided by the hotel’s own activity company, and for all tours appropriate clothing and equipment are supplied – including thermal jackets, trousers, boots, hats and gloves.
  • Snowshoeing
    For a wonderful introduction to the area, your first trip is by snowshoes, arguably the best way to appreciate the utter stillness and tranquility of Lapland’s unique wintry environment. Head up onto Kuertunturi Fell, from where there is an excellent view over the village and in good weather as far as the magnificent Pallas Fells in the National Park. A warm drink and small snack are served during the excursion.
    Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
    With 330 kilometres of trails, Ylläs’ cross-country ski area is the largest and best in Finland. The hotel has its own instructors and equipment, and during your 90-minute lesson you will learn the basics of how to glide effectively before taking to the easy trails that lead away from the hotel and across the frozen lake (classic cross-country ski and shoe hire is included for the day).
    Cross-country skiing
  • Snowmobiling
    The most common mode of transport in Finland’s northerly reaches is snowmobile, and today you hop on board for a guided trip through the forest. This is a completely different experience to snowshoeing or cross-country skiing but no less fun, as you head out across the fells and over frozen wetlands. A delicious lunch is served around an open fire before returning to the hotel.
    Snowmobiling
  • Dog-sledding
    The chance to go out with a team of dogs features high on many people’s ‘wish list’. You start with a visit to a nearby husky farm where you will be introduced to these wonderful animals and learn about the traditions and training methods associated with this exhilarating form of transport. You then enjoy the thrills of dog-sledding for yourself as you whizz through the snow-clad forest, hearing only the sled runners swooshing along the snow and the eager panting of the dogs. The trip finishes with a warming drink and snack around an open fire in a traditiional Lappish kota (tepee-style tented shelter).
    Dog-sledding
  • Reindeer safaris, ice-fishing & more
    You may like to spend your spare days trying out some of the other winter activities on offer:

    Fatbiking
    With their oversized tyres and excellent traction, fatbikes are perfect for use on soft, uneven terrain, and as such are becoming an increasingly popular means of exploring in the snow. They also offer a quieter alternative to the snowmobile – with no engine noise to distract, fatbike riders are able to pedal in peace. Guided tours lead past Ylläs’ frozen lakes and into the National Park, and include hot drinks and snacks.

    Reindeer safaris
    Reindeer herding is an important aspect of Lappish culture, and on a visit to a nearby reindeer herder you can learn all about their livelihood before undertaking a short sleigh ride into the nearby forest.

    Ice-fishing
    Why not try your hand at this popular Finnish pastime? You will journey by snowmobile to a frozen lake, where you will be taught the art of cutting a hole in thick ice and how to attract the fish to your hook. Then it’s time to sit back, admire the snowy scenery, and wait for a bite! Perch is the most common catch, but rainbow trout also inhabit these lakes. Please note ice-fishing is only available from February onwards.
    Reindeer safaris
    Fatbiking ©Visit Ylläs
 

Where you stay

Set on the northern side of the Ylläs Fell, on the banks of a frozen lake, Äkäslompolo (altitude: 400m) is a traditional village where the focus is mainly on the myriad winter activities available in the surrounding wilderness. Although small, the village offers a good number of facilities, including a shopping centre with sports and souvenir shops, cafés and a well-stocked supermarket. The hotel is an easy, 20-minute walk from the centre of the village, on the opposite side of the lake.
Ylläshumina Hotel

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  • 7 nights: 29 November 2020 - 28 March 2021

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

    Starting Adults
    29 Nov - 09 Dec 2020 £1695
    10 Dec - 13 Dec 2020 £1730
    20 Dec - 20 Dec 2020 £2165
    27 Dec - 27 Dec 2020 £2115
    03 Jan - 13 Jan 2021 £1745
    14 Jan - 20 Jan 2021 £1795
    21 Jan - 10 Feb 2021 £1965
    11 Feb - 17 Feb 2021 £2050
    18 Feb - 24 Feb 2021 £1945
    25 Feb - 21 Mar 2021 £1895
    Single traveller supplement £110

    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 days: 29 Nov-7 Mar Sunday; 14-21 Mar any day

    Included travel: Inghams charter Gatwick-Kittilä (out dep 0825, home arr 1655; hold luggage included) & connecting transfer (0h50)
    Variation 21 Feb-7 Mar: British Airways Gatwick-Kittilä (operated by Finnair; out dep 0905, home arr 0805; hold luggage included)
    Variation 14-21 Mar: Finnair Heathrow-Kittilä via Helsinki (out dep 1020, home arr 1700; 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, Ylläs
    Single room: 29 Nov - 19 Dec 2020 £40
    Single room: 20 Dec - 02 Jan 2021 £55
    Single room: 03 Jan - 23 Jan 2021 £40
    Single room: 24 Jan - 27 Mar 2021 £55
    Suite: 29 Nov - 27 Mar 2021 £175
    Superior deluxe: 29 Nov - 27 Mar 2021 £150
  • 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 here. 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 British Airways,  Charter (contact us) 
    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 here. 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
  • 3 guided excursions
  • 90-minute cross-country skiing lesson
    1 day's cross-country ski hire
  • use of cross-country trails
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Gatwick (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Kittilä Airport
 
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FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – activities such as winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • 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 options 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. 

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • 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.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
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  • 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 travel insurance 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 – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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 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 for UK citizens can be found through www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/before-you-travel and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). 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.
  • 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.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • 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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