ALL OF THE EXPERIENCES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Flights: return from London to Rovaniemi (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures are available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights in a double/twin room
- Meals: 4 breakfast and 4 dinners
- Activities: 2 one-day lift passes to Iso Syöte downhill ski resort, 2-day equipment hire (boots and skis or snowboard), Aurora hunt by snowmobile, Northern Lights hunt by snowshoes (order subject to change)
- 24/7 assistance from our UK-based operations team and in-destination support from our local partners
KIDE Hotel is a modern and stylish new hotel set in a premium spot in an award-winning ski resort. It is in an area with fantastic Northern Lights potential, and we have included two Northern Lights Hunts to really maximise your chances during this short break. The direct flights from the UK make this one of the more accessible parts of Northern Finland. The ski resort itself is relatively small in comparison to some of its alpine competitors but the Aurora Après ski is where skiing in Finland is completely incomparable.
The resorts here are so much quieter than elsewhere in Europe and Canada too which means more time participating in the most fun part of skiing and snowboarding (rather than standing in long queues for lifts and restaurants eating into your precious time on the slopes).
You can tailor this itinerary to include all of Lapland’s most popular winter activities including a 12-15km husky safari (around 2.5 hours in total) or a daytime snowmobile safari for a totally different experience than the after-dark Northern Lights Hunting tour we have included in the package.
Uncrowded downhill skiing or snowboarding on pristine quality snow by day and Aurora viewing by night – sounds like an exceptional short break to us!
Image credits: VisitFinland.com
Flights, arrivals and transfer
Upon arrival at Rovaniemi Airport, you will be met by a transfer driver and be driven the 2 hours (approximately) to KIDE Hotel. Upon arrival, you will check into your room and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. Depending on your arrival time, you may pick up your cold weather clothing and be fitted for your ski equipment this evening. If not tonight, then they will be available after breakfast tomorrow morning.Included Meals: Dinner
Time to hit the Slopes
Once you are equipped with all the necessary equipment then it is time to get out and have some fun. There is something for everyone at Iso-Syöte from a number of beginner slopes around the hotel through to several black runs, including a mogul field and snow tubing and three snow parks too!
Given the hotel’s fantastic location you can enjoy skiing and head into the hotel for a hot chocolate as often as you wish. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant and after dinner, you will head out on your inaugural Northern Lights hunt via snowshoes. After an introduction to this very popular pastime in Finland, your guide will lead you away from all artificial light pollution and into the beautiful Syöte National Park by night. You will make several short stops along the trail to gaze upwards and look for signs of the Northern Lights. Even if you are not lucky enough to see them this evening it is likely that you will rarely have experienced such a peaceful, tranquillity which comes from exploring this winter wonderland by night.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Second day on the Slopes
After breakfast this morning, you will have time to spend your second-day skiing or snowboarding. Equipment hire and lift passes are included today and lessons can either be booked in advance or at the ski centre (depending on availability and subject to additional costs). You can revisit any of your favourite slopes from yesterday or take to one of the snow parks to learn some new tricks!
This evening we have left free to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities (including a great sauna). Dinner is included in the hotel restaurant again.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Free Day and Northern Lights Hunt by Snowmobile
Today we have left totally free – you can either add on additional winter activities, such as a visit to a husky or reindeer farm and sleigh ride. You could hire some cross-country skis or snowshoes if you want to explore more of the local area under your own steam or the hotel also has a number of fat bikes available to hire
This evening you will head out on your second Aurora hunt of the holiday – this time via snowmobile. You will be out for around 3 hours in total (which includes a stop for a hot drink and a snack around an open fire). There are few things as thrilling as cruising through the snow-covered forests surrounding Iso-Syöte by snowmobile. You will journey across frozen rivers and lakes and along dedicated snowmobile tracks.
You will share a snowmobile between two people (one driving and one riding pillion) with the opportunity to swap halfway so both get their turn to drive (you must have a full driving license to drive a snowmobile). Your guide will stop at several points and stop the snowmobiles to inspect the night sky for any Auroral activity. It is amazing how much lighter the night feels here with the snow reflecting the light from the moon and stars (and hopefully Northern Lights too)!Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Transfers and Departure
This morning it is time to leave Finland and travel home. It is possible to extend your stay either at Iso-Syöte or in Rovaniemi if you are looking for a longer stay. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts if you are interested in these options.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 and maximum 10 people
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Aurora Zone holiday is typically 12 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com.
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.
Medical History and Advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this, we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
Booking Activities Locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade https://www.mfat.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.theaurorazone.com/booking-conditions