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Winter Walking Week at Ylläs

A week on foot in Lapland 
 
The Ylläshumina offers direct access to a network of easy walking trails, which you can explore in the company of a guide and like-minded Inntravel guests. In your free time, enjoy the unrivalled range of other activities, and your high-quality hotel’s sauna.
Winter Walking Week at Ylläs. 7 nights
Winter Walking Week at Ylläs. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter walking holiday in Lapland,

ideal for non-skiers

Of all the places you can walk in the world, Ylläs must be one of the most magical. The feeling of being close to nature and the chance to fully take in your sublime surroundings make winter walking a hugely rewarding way to spend a few days in the snow. What’s more, you don't need to bring any specialist equipment so it’s suitable for almost anyone, regardless of age!

Snow-sure Ylläs (pronounced ‘Oo-las’) boasts a vast network of walking trails, with plenty of easy options to choose from. 
Here, you can explore amid spellbinding scenery, and try your hand at a wide range of other winter activities between included excursions if you so wish – cross-country or downhill skiing, ice-fishing, reindeer safaris, dog-sledding, torchlit walks... the list is almost endless! 

You stay at the justifiably popular Ylläshumina Hotel, owned and run by the family of Toivo Qvist (a former member of the Finnish cross-country skiing team), who all know the trails around Ylläs very well.
 

Our expert says

“What makes this different from our winter walking weeks in the Alps is that you also have the chance to try out activities such as dog-sledding and ice fishing, and to look for the Northern Lights, making for a great and very varied Arctic experience.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Winter activities

We include guided walks on three days, leaving you three free days on which you can take your pick of the other activities available locally as the mood takes you. 
  • Explore magical Lapland on foot
    The stillness and tranquillity of Lapland’s wintry environment lends it a unique – almost ethereal – atmosphere, and taking in the scenery on foot ensures there is hardly anything to break the silence. To show you the best of the area, we include three guided, half-day excursions in the company of a professional guide.

    The National Park (4hrs)
    The first walking tour heads into the neighbouring Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park and is followed by convivial, fireside snacks and drinks. On this hike you may be lucky enough to see ptarmigan, well camouflaged against the pristine snow. 

    Fells & Forests (4hrs)
    This route explores the fells and taiga forests surrounding Ylläs, and offers the opportunity to spot Siberian jays along the way. This plucky, colourful little bird is known to be very inquisitive and fearless, and will often come down to campfires seeking leftover titbits. 

    Into the Wilderness on Snowshoes (3hrs)
    This being a guided outing on snowshoes, you can penetrate deeper into the wilderness, with warming drinks on hand whenever you need a break. You’ll encounter glistening white powder snow and hopefully see ‘popcorn trees’ – so deep and heavy is the snow covering the trees that they look like huge white pieces of popcorn! 

    On each walk you will be supplied with a warming drink in a thermos to carry, and snowshoes will be supplied for the included snowshoe hike. (You can hire snowshoes on other days should you wish to explore more; pay locally)
  • Skiing, dog-sledding & more
    To ring the changes, you could have a go at cross-country or downhill skiing, ice-fishing, snowmobiling, reindeer-sledding, dog-sledding or even kick-sledding on a wide, push-along scooter with runners instead of wheels! Be sure, though, to save some energy for the evening, so that you can venture out in search of the Northern Lights.

    Cross-country: 330km to 540m (both classic and 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

    Downhill: 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
    Try a range of other activities, such as cross-country skiing
    Dog-sledding
    Snowmobiling
 

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

 

Extend your stay

 
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  • 7 nights: 12 January 2020 - 19 January 2020 & 01 March 2020 - 08 March 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    12 Jan - 12 Jan 2020 £1485
    01 Mar - 01 Mar 2020 £1625

    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
    Family apartment (sleeps 3-5): 12 Jan - 07 Mar 2020 £60
    Single room: 12 Jan - 18 Jan 2020 £38
    Single room: 01 Mar - 07 Mar 2020 £56
    Suite: 12 Jan - 07 Mar 2020 £185
    Superior deluxe: 12 Jan - 07 Mar 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
  • 2 guided walks
  • 1 snowshoe hike with hire included
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Gatwick or Manchester
  • transfers from/to Kittilä Airport
 
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FAQs

  • 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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