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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 22002
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During this four-night break to Inari, you’ll not only be in an incredible location with a unique insight into the local culture, but you’ll also spend your time experiencing memorable activities. From snowmobiling and husky safaris to dedicated Aurora hunts, what better way to start your New Year.

What's included?

All of the activities and services listed below are included in the holiday price

  • Flights: return flights between London Heathrow and Ivalo (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routings are subject to change
  • Transfers: return group airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights' accommodation in twin/double hotel rooms
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included in the price: snowmobile safari, Aurora hunt, husky safari, Sámi Siida museum, reindeer farm visit, and Aurora snowmobile safari (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay
  • Services of our expert local guides

Combining four nights in a very comfortable hotel, delicious meals and unforgettable activities both during the day and the night, this holiday offers a New Year to remember.

Based in the New River Hotel in Inari, this Northern Lights holiday is ideal for those who have a desire to learn more about the culture of the region. Inari is the centre of Sámi culture in Finnish Lapland and is home to the Sámi Siida Museum and the Sámi parliament.

This balanced itinerary includes cultural insights and unforgettable experiences. You will enjoy a snowmobile tour of the region, a visit a reindeer farm and an incredible dog sled safari.

The free time allocated on this trip will allow you to relax and enjoy your break or add additional activities (bookable and payable locally). It also offers the ideal opportunity to visit the museum and further your understanding (the entrance fee is included in the holiday) of this beautiful region and its heritage. 

Evenings will be spent seeking out a prospective Aurora display with Aurora hunts via minibus/car or snowmobile both included.

This is an exceptional place to spend the New Year, with its seemingly endless snow-covered landscape and warm festive feel. It is a holiday in which to gain an insight into the Sámi culture, try out some unforgettable winter activities and hopefully witness the beauty of the Aurora Borealis.


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Key facts

Duration:4 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • On arrival at the hotel, you will check in to your accommodation before enjoying dinner in the renowned restaurant.

    Depending on the arrival time of the group you will either be given your welcome meeting and cold weather clothing this evening or tomorrow morning.

  • After a hearty breakfast, your morning is your own, so you can relax following yesterday’s travelling. Inari is a lovely little village and so you may enjoy a stroll to get your bearings and to catch the first glimpse of your new surroundings.

    Lunch will be served back at the hotel restaurant and you will then get ready for your first activity above the Arctic Circle. 

    Snowmobiles are a vital means of transport in Lapland, but they also provide an excellent means of exploring the wilderness. After a full safety briefing and driving instructions, your guide will lead you out on to the trails on snowmobiles (travelling two per machine). This is an ideal way to witness the surrounding landscape and the winter scenery can be stunning. Your guide will determine the best route for the conditions and so you may find yourself winding through snow-laden woods or taking to the ice of Lake Inari, regardless, it will be a wonderful way to spend two hours.

    Please note that you must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

    There will be some free time back at the hotel this afternoon and so you may wish to take advantage of your private sauna.

    Following dinner, your inaugural Northern Lights hunt will get underway as you join an Aurora guide who will use their expertise, as well as weather and Aurora forecasts to take you to the best possible viewpoints in search of the Northern Lights. Travelling in either a car or minibus, the vehicle’s mobility will hopefully give you the chance to outrun any localised cloud cover. You will be out for around two and a half hours.

  • Dog sledding is by far one of the most popular activities that we offer on our itineraries and today is your chance to see what all the fuss is about.

    Following breakfast, you will be taken to a nearby husky farm where your adventure will begin. You will meet your eager dog teams before setting off into the wilderness. The dogs love nothing more than to run and their boundless enthusiasm is such that you are sure to feel a sense of exhilaration as the picturesque scenery rushes past.

    You will travel two per sled with one person standing on the back and the other person sitting in the sled (there will be the chance to swap over as well if you wish). You will be out for around two hours and including a break and transfers this activity lasts around four hours. Full instruction will be provided before you depart on the safari.

    Lunch will be served at the hotel and you will have the afternoon to relax before the festivities this evening.

    A special New Year’s Eve dinner and festivities will commence around 8 pm and this will be a very special way in which to see in the next twelve months. With luck, the Aurora may even grace the party.

  • You will have the morning free, so you can relax your way into the New Year. However, we would highly recommend visiting the nearby Sámi Siida Museum, which is only a short walk away. The varying exhibits here illustrate the history of the Sámi people and give a fascinating insight into life in the Arctic. You can explore at your own pace and enjoy a video on the Northern Lights. Entry is included in the holiday for you and lunch will be served back at your hotel.

    This afternoon, you will be transferred to a local reindeer farm on the shores of Lake Muddas which is owned by a lady named Tuula. The skills and traditions of reindeer herding date back centuries and to this day the importance of reindeer to the region should not be underestimated. Tuula will provide an insight into this exceptionally important relationship and she will also show you how local handicrafts are made. This activity lasts around three hours in total including transfers.

    Following tonight’s dinner, you will be back on the snowmobiles and your headlights will guide you along the trails, with your Aurora guide leading the way. Your quest is to seek out a viewpoint from which to glimpse the Northern Lights, should they be visible. This is an exhilarating trip and should you prefer not to drive a snowmobile tonight you can travel in a sleigh pulled by the guide’s machine should you wish to do so. The activity lasts around three hours in total.

    Once again you will travel two people per snowmobile and full instruction will be provided.

  • Today your New Year adventure will draw to a close as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.

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New River Hotel Kultahovi

Nights: 1-4

The Kultahovi New River Hotel resides in the northeast of Finland in the small town of Inari and offers views to the north over the River Juutua. It is owned and run by Kaisu and Heikki, a brother and sister with Sámi roots in Inari which goes back generations.

The original building was constructed in 1956 on the foundations of the original Tourist Hotel which was destroyed during the Second World War. Today it consists of two buildings – the Traditional Hotel which houses the newly renovated restaurant and older style rooms and the New River Hotel where you will stay during your time here.

Hotel facilities

  • The Kultahovi enjoys a deserved reputation for its wine and food with enthusiasm for local produce and traditional dishes with a modern flair. Guests enjoy a set menu, with the option to upgrade to the à la carte menu if you wish (payable locally). Dishes such as reindeer and whitefish are common, with a focus on flavour and style.
  • All meals will be served in the newly renovated restaurant which offers a wonderful view over the rapids of the river. Next to the restaurant, there is a wonderful lounge area with a central fireplace which is a lovely location to relax in the evening.
  • Other facilities include a drying cupboard and free wireless internet throughout. There is also a riverside sauna that is free for guests to use.
  • The hotel has a 360° camera on the roof which takes a photo of the sky once every minute. These photos are then projected onto the TVs in the bedrooms, lounge and bar area. The idea is that you get a real time update of the weather outside and can keep an eye should the Northern Lights appear. Should they make an appearance we would strongly recommend heading outside though as a photo can never do them justice.

Room types

Double/twin rooms

The New River Hotel has 16 rooms in total. These are over two floors so each has either a patio or balcony. Inside, they are decorated to a very high standard with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The highlight of these rooms though is that each has its own private sauna (with the exception of one room) - the ideal place to relax in the evening before heading out on your Aurora hunts.

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The single adult price is based on a single room and driving your own snowmobile.

Dates
Sat 29 Dec 2018
to Wed 02 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 2,045 Single Adult£ 2,290

Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed, the remaining deposit will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Dates
Sat 28 Dec 2019
to Wed 01 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 2,190 Single Adult£ 2,450

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 4 persons, maximum 16 (approximately)

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.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.

Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.

To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.

Traveller Reviews

Can't fault the whole experience. 05 January 2018 by Rosemary and Nicholas King

Alan the local guide was incredible in all aspects. Fantastic. Cabins were super, food lovely, activities with equipment and advice excellent - can't fault the whole experience. All activities were well organised but New Year's Eve with the Northern Lights was out of this world. Right on cue - good mix and right order to experience.

New Year in Inari 28 December 2016 by Timothy and Lesley Green

Hard to choose (a most enjoyable activity) - enjoyed them all. Probably found the husky driving the best overall but surprised at how much I liked the cross-country skiing.

Husky ride was absolutely fabulous. 28 December 2015 by Eve-Marie Detourbe

Husky ride was absolutely fabulous. I guess my husband and I were particularly excited about this activity prior to departure but we were not disappointed! The guides were great, we spent a good amount of time out there with the dogs and the landscapes were breathtaking. Something I will never forget!

A fantastic holiday! 27 December 2015 by Patricia Barnes

A fantastic holiday! Everything, apart from being picked up at the airport promptly, was great. I want to go again. I really envy the Sámi their simple life style. They (activities) were all good, and the guides were terrific, putting my mind at ease when nerves kicked in! I would say that our guide Matte was great. The dog sleighing was amazing!



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