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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 2219
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When it comes to winter wonderlands, Mother Nature really got it right with Jeris. You’ll spend seven nights in a winter cottage and can tailor your time with the range of snow-based activities on offer. We’ve included two Northern Lights hunts, but at Jeris, it’s often enough to simply step outside your cottage and gaze skywards.

What's included?

  • Flights: return direct flights from London to Kittilä  (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in Hotel Jeris Winter Cottage Type A (upgrade available to larger cabins)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included:  Aurora campfire, Aurora snowshoe safari and one-day cross-country ski or snowshoe rental (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities
  • Dedicated Artisan Travel Company representative
  • Use of the Arctic spa for the duration of your stay
  • Aurora alarm until approximately 1 am

This holiday provides you with the chance to tailor a week in Lapland and relax and unwind in your own cosy winter cottage, whilst giving yourself the chance to witness the amazing Aurora Borealis.

Jeris Winter Cottages are situated on the northern shoreline of Lake Jerisjärvi (Järvi means lake in Finnish). The nearest village (Muonio) is 20km away and the nearest town (Kittilä) lies 60km to the south-east. Basically, Jeris is remote, isolated and about as tranquil and serene a place as you could ever hope to encounter. What’s more, the setting is quintessentially Lappish with snowy forests, a large frozen lake and rolling fells providing a Narnia-like backdrop which creates a playground for a range of activities. On a clear, blue-sky day, it’s nothing short of idyllic and on a cloudless night, there is virtually no light pollution to sully your views of the Northern Lights.

We include two dedicated Northern Lights activities on your holiday and so you will enjoy an Aurora campfire as well as a Northern Lights snowshoe hunt during your stay.

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The days have been left free for you to choose from the wealth of additional activities available. Options include skiing, ice fishing, reindeer sleigh rides and, of course, a variety of Northern Lights activities. All of the options can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.

We also include one day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing equipment hire, ideal for those who would like to enjoy some independent exploration on the well-marked trails.

Of course, you may choose to simply take advantage of the Arctic spa, which you’ll have access to for the duration of your stay.

This is an incredible opportunity for you to tailor-your-own holiday in a remarkable location, whether that means you have an active or relaxed holiday, the choice is entirely yours.


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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Relaxed
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  • You’ll fly to Kittilä Airport where your transfer will take you to Hotel Jeris, approximately 45 minutes away.

    You will be given your warm winter clothing for the duration of your stay and dine tonight in the restaurant. You’ll also be given an Aurora alert to aid in you in your quest. We have to stress that the alert is only an aid and is operational until around 1 am only. However, if that alert pings then you might want to throw on some warm clothing and head out to soak in the views of the Arctic sky and hopefully the Northern Lights above. If you want to take your search further, see the ‘Personalise’ tab for information on our dedicated Aurora activities.

  • Enjoy breakfast every morning in the restaurant and then the day is yours to explore the beautiful winter surroundings of Jeris. See our ’Personalise’ tab for more information on how you can complete your winter experience.

    You could relax in the Arctic spa which is included for the duration of your stay where you’ll find two warm plunge pools with wonderful views across the lake. You can warm up in the electric sauna or, for a very traditional Lappish experience why not try the wood-heated smoke sauna (heated twice a week).

    You could head outside to discover the magic of the landscape. You cannot fail to notice the myriad of cross-country ski trails which are located all over the area. The sport is something of a national obsession in these parts and so it would really be rude not to let you have a go! A day of equipment hire is included and so if you have any prior experience the hotel will provide you with trail maps so you can explore independently. For novices, we advise the addition of a cross-country skiing lesson before your day of hire (details can be found in the ‘personalise’ section of the holiday page).

    Dinner is included every evening and as darkness falls, your location opens up a plethora of Northern Lights activities. We have included two dedicated activities on this holiday, designed to provide both insight and Aurora viewing opportunities.

    The first is an Aurora campfire out on the thick frozen ice of the lake. Before setting out you can attend an informative Aurora workshop which will provide useful information about Mother Nature’s celestial light show. Out on the lake, the guide will get a fire going and brew some warm drinks. Your job will be to toast marshmallows but, delicious as melted marshmallows may be, we rather hope that you’ll be distracted from your duties by dancing lights appearing in the night sky.

    Also included in the holiday is a Northern Lights snowshoeing session. On snowshoes, you can venture over deeper snow without sinking in the snow. The guide will most likely lead you into the silent forest before finding a clearing where you can gaze skywards.

    Whatever you decide to do, during a seven-night stay, there is always a good chance that you will see the Northern Lights. Don’t forget to keep checking the sky from time to time once darkness falls. The Aurora can be very fickle and can sometimes come and go in a matter of minutes while on other occasions it can fill the sky for hour upon hour.

  • Sadly, it’s time to return to the real world. Leaving Jeris can be difficult but leave you must and today you’ll be transferred back to Kittilä Airport for your return flights.

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Jeris Winter Cottage Type A

Nights: 1-7

Hotel Jeris occupies an enviable location which is 20 kilometres from the nearest village and is located directly on the shores of Lake Jerisjärvi. It is this remote position that makes the hotel an enchanting forest retreat.

The hotel is owned and run by the Pietikäinen family, who also manage the neighbouring sister hotels of Harriniva and Torassieppi.

Their hotels are some of our most popular accommodation options in Finland, having received high praise for their knowledgeable guides and exciting activity options.

The hotel consists of a central building and 32 winter cottages in the adjacent forest.

Hotel facilities

  • Your meals will be served in the hotel restaurant, which offers a rustic menu of traditional and local Finnish dishes. Meals are served buffet style with one or two options for each course. Guests can enjoy local delicacies, such as salmon and reindeer. The hearty food here is ideal for setting you up for your adventures in the snow
  • There is a small lounge area where guests can relax in the evening and take advantage of the hotel's free Wi-Fi. Tea and coffee are also available for guests at reception (payable locally). If staying in one of the hotel bedrooms, we would advise taking a travel kettle
  • A significant feature of Hotel Jeris is the wonderful spa pools, which can be found on the lakeshore after a short walk from the main hotel building. The two small spa pools offer a delightful view across the frozen lake. There are two saunas (including a traditional smoke sauna which is heated twice weekly). For those who wish to experience a Finnish tradition, there is also an illuminated ice pool to take a dip in following the sauna (you do need to be in good physical shape). Spa area entry is included in the majority of our trips (see what's included for details), but if not you can book entry via the reception for a daily fee
  • A small selection of souvenirs are available for guests to purchase (including postcards and local handicrafts and snacks) in the reception area

Winter Cottages

The Type A Winter Cottages (36 square metres) are generally located around a 10-minute walk from the main hotel building. The cottages are ideal for couples looking for a private retreat.

The cottages can vary slightly in size but all can sleep two to four people. They consist of one spacious room with a sleeping alcove for two people and a pull out sofa bed for two more. All the cottages are privately owned; consequently, the decor and style can vary. Each cottage contains a cosy wood burning stove, a kitchenette, a television, a shower room and a private sauna. 

Cabin guests will receive a small ‘starter pack’ of firewood. Further wood supplies can be purchased locally for approximately 10 euros.

Please note: a limited number of hairdryers are available to borrow from reception.


Other options

Jeris Winter Cottage Type B

The Type B Winter Cottages (63 square metres) are situated around a 15-minute walk from the main hotel building and we would recommend these for groups of four or more adults.

The cottage consists of a bedroom for two people and a loft area which can sleep up to four more. The cottages can vary slightly in size but every cottage is equipped with a kitchenette, a wood-burning stove, a shower room, a toilet and a private sauna. All the cottages are privately owned; consequently, the style and decor can vary. Each cottage offers a comfortable and welcoming retreat.

Cabin guests will receive a small ‘starter pack’ of firewood. Further wood supplies can be purchased locally for approximately 10 euros.

Please note: A limited amount of hairdryers are available from reception.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a quote.


 

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Jeris Winter Cottage Type C

Perfect for groups of five to seven people, the Type C Winter Cottages (70 square metres) are the largest available. These cottages are situated around a 20-minute walk from the main hotel building.

Although the size of the cottage can vary slightly, each cottage has two bedrooms (each bedroom will sleep two people.) The loft of the cottage has a sleeping alcove, which will sleep a further three people. As they are privately owned the cottages vary in decor and style but each has the same facilities. These include a kitchenette, a wood-burning stove, a shower room, a toilet and a private sauna.

Cabin guests will receive a small ‘starter pack’ of firewood. Further wood supplies can be purchased locally for approximately 10 euros.

Please note: A limited amount of hairdryers are available from reception.

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Suitable for: Aged 5 years and over.

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Though the mystical woodland is incredibly enchanting in the dark, make sure you keep your eyes on the sky as you might just be able to see the Northern Lights.

After the 3km sleigh ride, you’ll warm up with a hot drink by the fire.


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Suitable for: Aged 12 years and over

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This form of transport takes you to the best location for spotting the Aurora and you will also enjoy warm drinks as you search the sky.

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This tour starts with a short transfer to the Pallas fell area, the largest fell area in western Lapland. It is renowned for its breath-taking scenery and you’ll be in and amongst it as you strap on your snowshoes and hike around.

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GROUP SIZE

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.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

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.

PREGNANCY

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

INSURANCE

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.

Reduced Mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.

If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

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.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

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.

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.

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 http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                  Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                      The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.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.



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