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A Taste of Lapland

Winter exploring in Finland’s far north
 
Discover the thrills of husky-sledding; try your hand at ice-fishing; and soak in the silence of Lapland’s snowy landscapes on a guided snowshoe walk. This 4-night break includes a wide range of wintry activities, as well as a stay at a high-quality hotel with sauna.
 

Holiday information

 

A winter short break in Ylläs

To spend a few nights in Lapland is to be transported to a dreamlike winter wonderland where the landscapes are magically still, the trees hang heavy with snow, and it’s not uncommon to glimpse reindeer roaming freely – or to see the Northern Lights emblazoned across the night sky.

If you’re keen to visit this enchanting land, but can’t commit to a full week away, our four-night break in Ylläs could be the perfect solution. We arrange a varied selection of activities – a once-in-a-lifetime dog-sledding excursion; an evening snowshoe walk; and a memorable ice-fishing experience – with plenty of other options available locally should you wish to explore further.
Your hotel for the four nights is the welcoming Ylläshumina, whose pretty wooden cabins are complemented by an excellent restaurant serving delicious Finnish fare, a cosy, log-fire-warmed lounge, and two well-appointed saunas – the perfect places to unwind after a full day of Nordic exploring.
 

Winter 2020/2021

Unfortunately, this holiday is not available to book for winter 2020/2021.

Our week-long winter holiday at the Hotel Ylläshumina is still available, as is our special activity week.
 
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Itinerary

Our three included activities are designed to give you a real taste of winter in Lapland; the rest of your time is free to spend as you wish.
  • 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. After the tour, refuel with warm drinks and a snack around an open fire.
    (Please note each sled accommodates 2 people; sled drivers must be over 18 years of age.)
    Enjoy an included dog-sledding expedition
    Let the huskies guide you through the snow
  • 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.
    Snowshoeing is the perfect way to explore Lapland's tranquil landscapes
  • A traditional Finnish pastime
    At the frozen lake of Äkäslompolo, you will learn 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.
    Master the art of ice-fishing
 

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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What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 4 dinners
    4 breakfasts
  • 3 guided excursions
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Heathrow (regional flights available)
  • transfers to/from 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.
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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 take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for residents of the UK and Europe, but not Switzerland), 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 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 the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). If still entitled to one when the EU withdrawal transition period ends on 31 December 2020, UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (a scheme allowing reciprocal health care) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk.
  • 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.
  • If you are planning to take a holiday after 1 January 2021, visit https://www.gov.uk/transition.

    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, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
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    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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