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Polar Days at Hotel Ylläshumina, Ylläs

Arctic light & winter activities in Lapland
 
December is a magical time to visit Lapland: the landscapes are silent and serene; and the skies all shades of blue, pink and purple. Enjoy a range of included activities – from guided walks to snowshoe hikes – from your superb hotel base.
Polar Days at Hotel Ylläshumina, Ylläs. 7 nights
Polar Days at Hotel Ylläshumina, Ylläs. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter activity holiday in Lapland

Deep within the Arctic Circle, amid the Narnia-like scenery of Finnish Lapland, a special name is given to the weeks before Christmas. This mystical period is known as kaamos or ‘Polar Nights’, and is a time when the sun slumbers beneath the horizon, and day merges with night. It’s an especially peaceful and beautiful season: the air is fresh and pure; the days are bathed in a unique light; and the skies are tinged all shades of pink, purple and blue. On clear nights, there is often no need for a torch, as the virgin snow is illuminated by the light of the moon.
Staying in Ylläs, at the highly praised Hotel Ylläshumina with its beautifully decorated log cabins, cosy lounges and well-regarded restaurant, you are a world away from the commercialism that can often define the lead-up to Christmas. Instead, our included activities – snowshoe hikes under the stars, a guided walk in the area’s pristine National Park and access to some of the country’s finest cross-country skiing trails – have been designed to complement the area’s natural serenity, and to make your experience as magical as possible.

To get a great feel for Ylläs and all it has to offer, view the video on the Hotel Ylläshumina’s website.
 
Gallery
 

Inclusive value

To help you make the most of your visit, our prices include rental of cross-country skis and snowshoes for the duration of your stay in Ylläs.
 

Winter activities

Our included activities are designed to complement the peace and tranquillity that you’ll find in Lapland in December, and offer a real Arctic experience. The rest of your time is free to spend as you wish – a number of other activities can be arranged locally, and the hotel’s facilities are fabulous.
  • A guided hike beneath the stars
    Snowshoeing is arguably the best way to appreciate the utter stillness of Lapland’s unique wintry environment. During your stay we include one evening snowshoeing excursion, on which you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. You also have free access to snowshoes throughout your holiday, giving you the opportunity to strike out across the snow-covered landscapes at any time – visit one of Ylläs’ seven panoramic fells, perhaps, or head off in search of local animals and birdlife.
    Snowshoe through the tranquil landscapes
  • Visit the National Park
    Ylläs is surrounded by the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, a vast and unspoiled wilderness that is home to a number of historic Lappish villages, as well as the country’s first official hiking trail. Our included, half-day excursion takes you into the Park’s ancient forests, with time for a warming drink en route.
    Explore Ylläs' frozen forests on foot
  • Cycle through the snow
    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 Ylläs’ wintry landscapes. They also provide an environmentally-friendly alternative to the snowmobile – with no engine noise to distract, fatbike riders are able to pedal in peace. The four-hour fatbike tour included in your holiday leads past frozen lakes and into the National Park, with hot drinks and snacks provided.
    Enjoy an included fatbike tour ©Visit Ylläs
  • 6 days’ equipment hire included
    Ylläs 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 collect your equipment – included for the duration of your holiday – and 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. 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.
    Trails lead away from the hotel
 

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

Bedrooms

 
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  • 7 nights: 29 November 2020 - 29 November 2020, 06 December 2020 - 06 December 2020 & 13 December 2020 - 13 December 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    29 Nov - 29 Nov 2020 £1495
    06 Dec - 06 Dec 2020 £1495
    13 Dec - 13 Dec 2020 £1545

    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.

    Included travel: Inghams charter Gatwick-Kittilä (out dep 0825, home arr 1655; hold luggage included) & connecting transfer (0h50)

    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 - 20 Dec 2020 £40
    Suite: 29 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 £175
    Superior deluxe: 29 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 £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
  • 6 days’ cross-country ski hire
    6 days’ snowshoe hire
  • use of cross-country trails
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Gatwick (regional flights available)
  • transfers to/from 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 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. 

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  • 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.

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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 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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