Arctic Wilderness Week Finland

Multi-activity winter adventure holiday in Finland

8

days

Multi

Winter

From $2,100 Land only

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Holiday Overview

Highlights

  • 3 days of dogsledding with huskies on the Arctic Circle
  • Snowmobile safari, snowshoeing, icefishing and more...
  • Chance to experience the Northern Lights
  • Great value with all meals included

A winter wonderland activity holiday adventure beneath the northern lights in Finland. Our base for this winter activity holiday lies close to the border between Finland and Russia and just a few kilometres south of the Arctic Circle, it is the heart of a pristine wilderness region of Finland amongst spruce forest, hills and marshes. Throughout the long winter months this area of Finland is completely snowbound accessible only by ski or sled. This is the perfect place to learn about the way of life of the hardy Finnish people, the traditional inhabitants of this beautiful and yet harsh environment. A comfortable hotel, complete with sauna and swimming pool, will keep hardship to a minimum for us. The holiday begins with an introduction of snowshoeing and a chance to explore the winder wonderland surrounding the hotel. The next 3 days are spent learning more about an alternative method of arctic transport as we spend the time with the beautiful local husky dogs. After an introductory day at a husky farm learning how to drive and care for the husky teams, we will have an exciting 2-day journey by dogsled, with an overnight wilderness experience in a forest lodge and the chance to do some ice-fishing. On return to the hotel we have an exciting snowmobile ‘safari'. This multi activity holiday also includes a full day to take advantage of optional extra activities such as downhill skiing starting from the hotel doorstep and the option to overnight in an igloo. With weekly departures from late December to mid April no one should have to miss out on this sparkling adventure under the Northern Lights in the Arctic wilderness of Finland.

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

This multi activity winter holiday in Finland is suitable for anyone of average fitness. No previous experience is required for any of the special activities on this holiday and professional instruction and all necessary equipment is provided. Certain activities take a little while to get used to if you are a novice, and a sense of balance, humour and adventure is very useful (!), but should all be within the scope of an average fit person. The order of activities during the week may change, confirmation of which days you will do the activities will be given to you on arrival and this will be coordinated by the hotel staff. You will experience low temperatures on this holiday but special thermal clothing is provided for the activities, and evenings are always spent in heated rooms. The best time to view the Northern lights is January/February though they are visible into Spring.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Arrive at the Iso Syöte hotel. Transfers from Oulu and Kuusamo Airport are provided.
  • Snowshoeing on the wilderness trails around the hotel. Free afternoon for optional activities.
  • Introduction to Husky Sledding.
  • The first day of our overnight husky safari. Overnight wilderness cabin.
  • The second day of our husky tour. Return to the Iso Syöte hotel.
  • Morning snowmobile safari. Free afternoon for optional activities.
  • Free day for optional activities such as downhill skiing or joining a reindeer safari.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Oulu and Kuusamo Airport are provided.
2016
Sun 07 Feb - Sun 14 Feb Code MAF /06/16/ Adult$2,260 Status Sold Out Call Us
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /06/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 07 Feb and departs on Sun 14 Feb
  • This departure is available and departs within 7 days. Secure your place today with full payment by contacting the KE office
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 14 Feb - Sun 21 Feb Code MAF /07/16/ Adult$2,340 Status Limited Availability Call Us
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /07/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 14 Feb and departs on Sun 21 Feb
  • This departure is available and departs within 7 days. Secure your place today with full payment by contacting the KE office
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 21 Feb - Sun 28 Feb Code MAF /08/16/ Adult$2,340 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /08/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 21 Feb and departs on Sun 28 Feb
  • This departure has limited availability and departs within weeks. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 28 Feb - Sun 06 Mar Code MAF /09/16/ Adult$2,340 Status Sold Out Call Us
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /09/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 28 Feb and departs on Sun 06 Mar
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Mon 29 Feb - Mon 07 Mar Code MAF /9A/16/ Adult$2,340 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /9A/16/
  • This tour begins on Mon 29 Feb and departs on Mon 07 Mar
  • This departure has limited availability and departs within weeks. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 06 Mar - Sun 13 Mar Code MAF /10/16/ Adult$2,260 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /10/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 06 Mar and departs on Sun 13 Mar
  • This departure has limited availability and departs within weeks. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 13 Mar - Sun 20 Mar Code MAF /11/16/ Adult$2,260 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /11/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 13 Mar and departs on Sun 20 Mar
  • This departure has limited availability and departs within weeks. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 20 Mar - Sun 27 Mar Code MAF /12/16/ Adult$2,340 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /12/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 20 Mar and departs on Sun 27 Mar
  • This departure has limited availability and departs within weeks. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 27 Mar - Sun 03 Apr Code MAF /13/16/ Adult$2,100 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /13/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 27 Mar and departs on Sun 03 Apr
  • This departure has limited availability and departs within weeks. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 03 Apr - Sun 10 Apr Code MAF /14/16/ Adult$2,100 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /14/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 03 Apr and departs on Sun 10 Apr
  • This departure has limited availability and departs within weeks. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 04 Dec - Sun 11 Dec Code MAF /15/16/ Adult$2,180 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /15/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 04 Dec and departs on Sun 11 Dec
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 11 Dec - Sun 18 Dec Code MAF /16/16/ Adult$2,340 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /16/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 11 Dec and departs on Sun 18 Dec
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
2017
Sun 01 Jan - Sun 08 Jan Code MAF /01/17/ Adult$2,420 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 01 Jan and departs on Sun 08 Jan
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 08 Jan - Sun 15 Jan Code MAF /02/17/ Adult$2,340 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 08 Jan and departs on Sun 15 Jan
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 15 Jan - Sun 22 Jan Code MAF /03/17/ Adult$2,180 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 15 Jan and departs on Sun 22 Jan
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 22 Jan - Sun 29 Jan Code MAF /04/17/ Adult$2,180 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /04/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 22 Jan and departs on Sun 29 Jan
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 29 Jan - Sun 05 Feb Code MAF /05/17/ Adult$2,180 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /05/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 29 Jan and departs on Sun 05 Feb
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 05 Feb - Sun 12 Feb Code MAF /06/17/ Adult$2,340 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /06/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 05 Feb and departs on Sun 12 Feb
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 12 Feb - Sun 19 Feb Code MAF /07/17/ Adult$2,420 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /07/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 12 Feb and departs on Sun 19 Feb
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 19 Feb - Sun 26 Feb Code MAF /08/17/ Adult$2,420 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /08/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 19 Feb and departs on Sun 26 Feb
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 26 Feb - Sun 05 Mar Code MAF /09/17/ Adult$2,420 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /09/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 26 Feb and departs on Sun 05 Mar
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 05 Mar - Sun 12 Mar Code MAF /10/17/ Adult$2,420 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /10/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 05 Mar and departs on Sun 12 Mar
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 12 Mar - Sun 19 Mar Code MAF /11/17/ Adult$2,340 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /11/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 12 Mar and departs on Sun 19 Mar
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 19 Mar - Sun 26 Mar Code MAF /12/17/ Adult$2,420 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /12/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 19 Mar and departs on Sun 26 Mar
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 26 Mar - Sun 02 Apr Code MAF /13/17/ Adult$2,180 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /13/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 26 Mar and departs on Sun 02 Apr
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
Sun 02 Apr - Sun 09 Apr Code MAF /14/17/ Adult$2,180 Status Guaranteed Book now
More information
  • Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
  • The departure reference for this tour is MAF /14/17/
  • This tour begins on Sun 02 Apr and departs on Sun 09 Apr
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $235 - 6 group hotel nights (not available for night in wilderness cabin).
    If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Oulu or Kuusamo depending on the date. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Oulu or Kuusamo Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. On the return the flights from Oulu are preferred. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

Single Supplement Information

The single supplement price includes 6 nights in the group hotel (not available for night in wilderness cabin).


Please note: If you are a single traveller & do not request a single supplement we will make every effort to pair you with another traveller of the same sex; however if this is not possible you will be liable for an additional £145


BOOK WITH KE CONFIDENCE - No surcharge guarantee

We have undertaken to guarantee that all of our Land Only prices will not change once you have booked your holiday. Unlike some of our competitors we have decided never to surcharge, whether you are booking for this year or the next.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • airport
  • trek
  • transfer

Holiday Itinerary

  • Arrive at the Iso Syöte hotel. Transfers from Oulu and Kuusamo Airport are provided.

    Transfer to the Hotel Iso Syöte, your base for the week. On arrival at the hotel you will be presented with your itinerary for the coming week. All rooms in the hotel are en-suite and are equipped with telephone, TV and seats. The hotel has a restaurant with panoramic glass windows and a fully licensed lobby bar. Additionally there is an indoor swimming pool and two saunas. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

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  • Snowshoeing on the wilderness trails around the hotel. Free afternoon for optional activities.

    This morning, we will be kitted out snowshoes and have a short introductory session before we head out to explore the pristine white wilderness trails around the Iso Syote Hotel. This is an exhilarating walk through birch forest, with great views across a snowy wilderness. After lunch we are free to relax, enjoy the swimming pool and sauna or you may want to head out to take advantage of some of the optional activities provided by the hotel, such as down hill skiing.

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  • Introduction to Husky Sledding.

    We drive to the Finn-Jann husky farm where we are introduced to the staff and dogs who will accompany us on the 2 day husky safari. About 100 sled-dogs live on the farm, and the staff here maintain over 180 miles of special trails for husky tours. The trails lead through different and beautiful landscapes in the arctic wilderness and are safe for guests and dogs. We spend the day at the farm familiarising ourselves with the techniques of husky driving with two people sharing a team of sled-dogs (depending on numbers in the group it maybe that you can ride solo on your sled), and we learn about care of the dogs on the trail. We will take a test drive into the forest and depending on the weather we will take lunch in the forest around an open fire before our journey back to the husky farm. Return to the hotel for dinner.

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  • The first day of our overnight husky safari. Overnight wilderness cabin.

    We return to the Finn-Jann husky farm for the start of 2 days dog-sledding into the wilderness. Driving along specially prepared trails we stop for lunch beside an open fire and in the afternoon reach a forest cabin which will be our overnight halt. The cabin is heated and even has its own sauna. After settling the dogs, we can try our hand at fishing through a hole in the ice, and maybe catch our dinner.

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  • The second day of our husky tour. Return to the Iso Syöte hotel.

    The second day of our husky tour. Again we take lunch beside an open fire in the arctic wilderness, with possibly an opportunity for ice fishing (weather and conditions dependent). We complete the loop returning to the husky farm where we assist the staff in caring for the dogs and settling them back home. After coffee we return to our hotel for dinner and the essential end of day sauna.

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  • Morning snowmobile safari. Free afternoon for optional activities.

    Today we have a modern and very exciting way to move around in the arctic wilderness! We start the day with driver training and professional instruction on how to handle a snowmobile. We then set off on a tour through the wilderness, driving a loop of approximately 40km. We have a break with coffee and buns around an open fire. If we are lucky we may see reindeers on the way, or see the tracks of snow hares, moose and birds. There are two people on each snowmobile taking turns at the driving (there is the option to drive alone for an extra cost). We return to the hotel for lunch. The afternoon is free for optional activities. You could enjoy a Reindeer Safari, travelling on a reindeer sleigh attached to a reindeer caravan, enjoying the old Lappish way.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Free day for optional activities such as downhill skiing or joining a reindeer safari.

    This is a free day for relaxing or walking in and around the hotel. There is a range of optional extra activities for you to choose from if you wish. You may wish to go ice fishing, drilling holes in the ice and lowering your line under the ice (2 – 3 hour excursion including transport, all equipment, snacks and a campfire), or visit a reindeer farm (3 hour excursion for including transfers, farm tour, coffee and sandwiches). You can even spend a night in a real snow igloo village close to the hotel. Further snowmobiling at night to admire the stars and Northern Lights is available, or simply further snowshoeing or skiing. These optional extra activities can be booked locally. There is also a wide variety of skiing possibilities. Close to the hotel there are several slopes suitable for all abilities. Skiing is also possible in the evening as the slopes are well lit. It is possible to hire equipment for downhill skiing, snowboarding, telemark, and cross-country.

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  • Departure day. Transfers to Oulu and Kuusamo Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast at the hotel. Airport transfers are provided.

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Holiday Information

  • A local English speaking professional guide for each activity
  • Airport transfers from/to Oulu Airport on arrival and departure
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation on full board twin sharing basis and 1 night in a wilderness cabin
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Activities as specified in the itinerary (other than activities clearly stated as optional)
  • All specialist equipment required for the activities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional extra activities
  • Miscellaneous expenses - souvenirs and drinks etc.

A wide range of cuisines is available at the hotel and this will include a choice of local dishes such as reindeer meat! Vegetarians are also catered for. Breakfasts and evening meals (except when you are on the husky safari) are taken in the hotel dining room and are usually buffet style.

All meals included from dinner on day 1 (if arriving at the hotel prior to 2200) to breakfast on day 8.
All clients arriving on day 1 and departing on day 8 of the land only itinerary will be provided with complimentary airport transfer. The most convenient airport is Kuusamo or Oulu Airport. The transfer takes approx 2 hours from both these airports to the group hotel. Anyone may use these transfers regardless of which flights they choose and what time they arrive on arrival and departure dates. Complimentary airport transfers are also available from both Kuusamo and Oulu airport, with connecting flights via Helsinki. Some departure dates work better with Kuusamo and some with Oulu.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
The group will spend 6 nights in the Hotel Iso Syote which is situated on top of the Iso Syote hill surrounded by the Syote National Park. All rooms in the hotel are en-suite and are equipped with telephone, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a restaurant with panoramic glass windows and a fully licensed lobby bar. Additionally there is an indoor swimming pool and two saunas. The hotel has easy access to skiing slopes and ski tracks. Various cross country and snow shoe trails lead from the door. During the husky tour the group will spend one night in a forest cabin, which is heated. Accommodation here will be dormitory style. For the 6 nights, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Unlike a standard KE holiday there will not be one guide throughout, instead your activities will be coordinated by the hotel staff and each activity will have its own local English speaking professional guide. The guides are specialist instructors in each field (i.e. husky sledding, snowmobiling or snowshoeing) and will vary with the days' activity and the itinerary.

Approximately €250 should be allowed for miscellaneous personal expenses. Approx costs for optional activities per person (subject to change): Solo use of snowmobile (day 6) €35, ice-fishing €68, reindeer farm visit €68, Northern lights evening snowmobile safari €119, ice rally driving (!) €199, overnight in an Igloo €80, reindeer safari €99. Please book your additional activities on arrival at the hotel and directly with the hotel. You should take money in euros cash, however credit/debit cards can be used for most services, optional activities and bar bills at the hotel.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service.

There is no baggage limit other than that imposed by your international carrier (normally 20kg), but for your own convenience we recommend that you travel as light as possible. You will be provided locally with a waterproof kit bag for the few personal items you will require during the 2 day husky tour. During this tour your main bag will be left at the hotel. We recognise that for some of our holidays and for some of our travellers, the KE Trek Bag (see below) may not provide the best solution when packing for your trip. A bag with fitted wheels or a holdall with more than one compartment and more than one access zip can, in some circumstances, be more appropriate. We have no problem if you choose to use an alternative bag.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Temperatures do vary, and you can regulate your body temperature by increasing and decreasing the number of layers that you wear underneath your snowsuit (snowsuits are provided).

You must bring the following items:

  • Warm ski socks (also see provided items)

  • Regular socks

  • Shoes / Trainers or similar (for the hotel)

  • Warm trousers and/or ski trousers, salopettes

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Underwear

  • Thermal baselayer shirts (2 x long sleeve)

  • Fleece jacket(s) or warm jumper/pullovers

  • T-shirts

  • Lightweight thermal gloves

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens (also see provided items)

  • Warm Hat (also see provided items)

  • Sunhat

  • Sunglasses

  • Daypack 30 litres

  • Sun protection (including for lips)

  • Water bottle and/or thermos flask

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Basic First Aid Kit consisting of the following: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters, blister treatment and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Torch and spare batteries

  • Warm jacket e.g. down

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket

  • Buff / scarf

  • Ski goggles (useful if weather bad)

  • Antibacterial hand wash

  • Camera

  • Swimmers (for the hotel pool)

  • Pen-knife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Small padlock (to lock the trek bag)

  • Driving Licence (if you wish to drive a snowmobile - see below for full details)

The following items are PROVIDED:

  • Insulated snowsuit (thermo-overalls)

  • Warm and high winter boots (snowboots)

  • Wool socks (you may wish to take your own)

  • Gloves (you may wish to take your own)

  • Mittens

  • Wool hat (you may wish to take your own)

All equipment for the activities are provided as well, including:

  • Snowshoes & poles

  • Ski’s

  • Helmet for snowmobiling

  • Dry bag for husky trip

Snowmobiling

All participants drive the snowmobiles at their own risk. If accidental damage is caused to the snowmobile, the driver is responsible for the cost of repair up to a maximum of 800€. Liability for vehicle damage will not normally be covered by travel insurance. Participants who are driving the snowmobile must be over the age of 18yrs and possess a full driving licence, which you should carry with you. Passengers on the snowmobile do not require a driving licence.

 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Europe

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

The unit of currency in Europe is the Euro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Regular exercise such as running, cycling and swimming are good forms of getting into shape.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The length of the winter day in Lapland varies considerably from just a couple of hours at the beginning of January up to around 15 hours by mid April. Ambient daytime temperatures vary accordingly from a mean of -12°C/10°F in January to -2°C/28°F in mid April, though in this type of very dry cold it can often seem much warmer than this. At night the temperatures can be very low (even as low as minus 40°C/°F on the coldest nights in January and February). There should be little if any snowfall during January and February with an increased chance from early March until the Spring thaw at the end of April.

  • Lonely Planet Guide – Finland. Andy Symington

  • Finland Insight Guide (Insight Guides). Zoe Ross Lapland

  • A Natural History. Derek Ratcliffe

  • A Year in Lapland: Hugh Beach

  • Lapland. Valerie Stalder

  • Finnish Lapland.

  • Crossbill Guides Foundation

Kartakeskus: Iso-Syte-Taivalvaara-Kylmluoma. 1:50,000

An excellent map that covers the Iso-Syte National Park with detailed topographic maps. Since 2001 Finland’s survey organization has been publishing maps under an imprint name of Genimap. They have now reverted back to their old name of Karttakeskus, but some titles are still available only as Genimap.

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