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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

To journey deep within the Arctic Circle is to be filled with an undeniable sense of adventure. Here, in these wild and untamed landscapes, where the red and green swirls of the Aurora Borealis frequently light up the inky night sky, winter is a magical experience
There’s no better way to enjoy it – and to learn about Lapland at the same time – than by trying your hand at some of the unique range of activities on offer. To this end, we include three guided excursions with other guests which give you a taste of the different winter activities that are central to life in these parts.
Over the course of the week you get to experience the thrill of dog-sledding and snowmobiling, and to enjoy the serenity of the wilderness on snowshoes. Add to this the chance to try out kick-sledding and to explore Finland’s biggest and best cross-country ski domain (we include a lesson to get you started), and you have all the ingredients for a holiday you will remember for years to come.
 

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

Our included activities offer a real Arctic experience, and you'll learn a little about Lapland and its people from your guide as you explore. The rest of your time is free to spend as you like.
  • A thrilling half-day expedition
    You visit a nearby husky farm where you are introduced to these wonderful animals and get to learn about what makes a good sled dog, how they are trained and how to handle them. You then enjoy the thrills of dog-sledding for yourself as you whizz through the snow-clad forest on a half-day expedition, hearing only the sled runners swooshing over the snow and the eager panting of the dogs. (Sled drivers must be over 18 years of age.)
    Experience the thrill of dog-sledding
  • Take a trip through a forest
    To learn more about these snow-covered landscapes and to see the forest from a whole new perspective, you also get the chance to hop on board a snowmobile with a guide for another remarkable trip through the forest that is home to a number of reindeer and their herder. This is a completely different experience but no less fun, as you head out across the fells and over frozen wetlands, seeing the forest flash by on a memorable half-day trip which also includes a warming lunch of hot soup by an open fire.
    Snowmobiling is a complete contrast to dog-sledding
  • A guided hike in the wilderness
    Snowshoeing is arguably the best way to appreciate the utter stillness and tranquillity of Lapland’s unique wintry environment. During the walk across the virgin snow of one of Ylläs' seven panoramic fjells your guide will help you to identify bird and animal tracks in the snow (and, with luck, lead you to one or two of the creatures who made them) and teach you a little about the local flora and fauna. You break for a picnic lunch before the second leg of the tour back to the hotel.
  • Learn the basics during a lesson
    To give you a flavour of the joys of cross-country skiing, we include a 90-minute lesson in the basics of this fun and easy-to-learn sport with one of the hotel's own instructors. Ski hire is included for the day so that afterwards you can explore some of the many trails, which start from the hotel door and lead into the pristine surrounding countryside.

    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
    Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & advanced
    Cross-country trails lead from the hotel
  • Ice-fishing & more
    During your free time, you can try your hand at ice-fishing, enjoy some downhill skiing, take a relaxing reindeer safari, borrow one of the hotel’s kick-sleds, or explore more of the cross-country ski domain. Be sure to reserve some energy for the evenings, though, so that you can keep an eye out for the Northern Lights.

    Pistes: 53km to 718m (comprises 61 pistes, of which 29 are illuminated, served by 29 lifts), accessed by ski bus (pay locally).
    Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & families
 

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

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  • 7 nights: 01 December 2019 - 22 December 2019, 05 January 2020 - 21 March 2020 & 22 March 2020 - 19 April 2020

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

    Starting Adults 13-16 yrs 8-12 yrs 2-7 yrs
    01 Dec - 15 Dec 2019 £1695 £1450 £1090 not available
    05 Jan - 12 Jan 2020 £1760 £1480 £1125 not available
    19 Jan - 19 Jan 2020 £1795 £1520 £1150 not available
    26 Jan - 09 Feb 2020 £1960 £1645 £1250 not available
    16 Feb - 16 Feb 2020 £1995 £1685 £1290 not available
    23 Feb - 23 Feb 2020 £1935 £1625 £1240 not available
    01 Mar - 27 Mar 2020 £1895 £1600 £1215 not available
    28 Mar - 01 Apr 2020 £1745 £1460 £1115 not available
    02 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £1790 £1510 £1145 not available
    Single traveller supplement £80      

    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 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, Ylläs
    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
  • 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

  • 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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