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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 20015
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Saariselkä Northern Lights Village is approximately 250 km above the Arctic Circle in Northern Finland and has a fantastic Northern Lights record. You’ll spend your whole stay in a glass-roofed Aurora Cabin and each night you’ll take part in a dedicated Aurora activity, so this short break really maximises your chances of catching a display. During the day we include an unforgettable husky safari as well as the chance for you to explore Saariselkä and perhaps take to the downhill ski slopes.

What's included?

ALL OF THE SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: return from London to Ivalo (either direct or via Helsinki depending on departure date). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in an Aurora Cabin
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Activities: Aurora camp, Northern Lights snowshoeing, 5 km husky safari, Aurora camp near the Russian border OR Northern Lights snowmobiling (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Aurora alert service until approximately 1 am
  • Services of our expert local guide

Saariselkä is located in the far north of Finland, high above the Arctic Circle. It is at the heart of the Aurora Zone and the winter nights ensure excellent conditions for seeking out the Northern Lights. To maximise your chances, you will spend the duration of your stay in a north-facing, glass-roofed Aurora Cabin, which is protected from the artificial light of the town by thick forest. You may find yourself fighting off sleep in order to keep an eye on the sky from the comfort of your bed.

The Aurora Cabins lie on the doorstep of a natural winter playground and we include evening activities, which not only focus on seeking out the Northern Lights but also provide some unforgettable Arctic experiences. On your first night, we will introduce you to the region and the Northern Lights during a visit to a remote Aurora Camp with an expert guide. Next, you’ll hunt the lights on foot using snowshoes and enjoying the silence of the wilderness. You’ll then have the chance to either visit the Russian border area for an Aurora stake-out or take to the trails for an Aurora snowmobile safari.

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The Northern Lights Village is only 1000 metres from the ski town of Saariselkä. There are numerous shops, restaurants and cafés to enjoy here as well as a good selection of ski slopes and cross-country skiing trails. So during one day, we give you some free time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Saariselkä or perhaps take to the downhill ski slopes there for some alpine action.

The daytime highlight, however, has to be the husky safari which we have included. This is an unforgettable ride, as you take control of a team of huskies with your partner for a thrilling dog sled trip into the Arctic wilds.

This combination of Aurora accommodation and dedicated Northern Lights hunts means you really maximise your viewing opportunities during this three-night trip. The daytime options and the husky safari provide a wonderful cherry for your short-break cake.


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Key facts

Duration:3 nights
Pace:Active
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  • On arrival at Ivalo Airport, you will be transferred to your accommodation at the Northern Lights Village and can check into your Aurora Cabin. You will be served an evening meal in the restaurant before embarking on your first Northern Lights hunt.

    Tonight’s inaugural hunt will last around three hours and will involve making a journey to the Aurora Camp at Lake Rahajarvi by bus. You will stop at vast Lake Inari en-route and will hear about the lake’s importance to the region and the indigenous Sámi people of Lapland.

    Once at the camp, you will keep warm by the fire and enjoy a hot drink and snacks with your guide providing some information regarding the Northern Lights and answering any questions you may have.

    At the camp, the anticipation will begin to build and you will search the skies for any glimmers of green. If you are lucky enough to witness a display begin, then you can grab a reindeer hide, lie down in the snow and enjoy a captivating show as the lights dance overhead.

  • Following breakfast, the day is yours to spend at leisure. The Northern Lights Village is approximately 1000 metres away from the ski resort town of Saariselkä and, despite been 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, Saariselkä has much to offer. There are shops, restaurants and cafés to enjoy as well as downhill ski slopes if you fancy some alpine action.

    If you prefer to stay onsite, then the Northern Lights Village has a reindeer paddock close to the restaurant (where your lunch will be served). Follow the jangling of bells and you will be greeted by these furry nosed animals.

    During the evening, you will venture out into the wilderness which lies on the doorstep of the Northern Lights Village for a Northern Lights snowshoe hike. This is an invigorating and peaceful way in which to hunt the Aurora and your guide will lead the way to a perfect viewpoint. Here, you will stop and build a fire and enjoy snacks and hot drinks as you watch the skies in this most incredible location.

  • After breakfast, you will enjoy a wonderful taster of the most eagerly anticipated winter activities; a 5 km dog sled safari. Huskies are synonymous with the Arctic and a husky safari is the epitome of a winter adventure.

    The huskies are eager to run and you will not fail to notice their excitement as they bark and howl in anticipation, straining to get going. You might expect this to continue as the safari gets underway, but this is not the case, as the dogs are soon focused only on running. Full instruction will be provided before you take to the trails, travelling two people per sled.

    This activity lasts around one and a half hours in total (including transfers and instruction). We expect you to be out on the husky sledges for around 20 – 30 minutes in total. There are much longer safaris if you would like to enjoy more time out on the trail. If you would like to extend and spend more time with the dogs then please see the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for more details.

    Following the husky safari, you will enjoy lunch at the restaurant before a final Aurora hunt.

    Following dinner this evening you have the choice of two activities.

    Option one is a visit to an Aurora Camp close to the Russian border. The four-hour activity will begin with a bus journey through the small villages of Ivalo and Nellim. Once at the border you will walk an extra kilometre towards Paatsjoki Bridge (a prime viewpoint), before settling down by a roaring campfire. Hot drinks and snacks are included.

    The more adventurous option is a Northern Lights snowmobile safari lasting around three hours. After a full safety briefing and driving instruction, you will follow your guide, travelling two per snowmobile, in search of the Northern Lights. You’ll travel into the fells and once at the top, you will keep warm by an open fire and enjoy hot drinks. Please note that the driver of a snowmobile must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

  • Today it is time to bid farewell to Lapland and you will be transferred back to Ivalo after breakfast for your return flights home. If you are on the early flight, a packed breakfast will be provided.

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Saariselkä Northern Lights Village

Nights: 1-3

Located in North East Finland, the Northern Lights Village sits on the outskirts of the ski resort of Saariselkä. Tucked away from the town and separated from it by dense forest, the location is ideal for viewing the Northern Lights but is still within walking distance (around 1000m) of the town’s amenities. The ski slopes can be accessed via a shuttle (small charge applies) or a pleasant walk of around 40-50 minutes.

The Northern Lights Village offers accommodation in Aurora Cabins which are half-roofed with glass. The twin or double beds are situated beneath the panoramic roof and provide the chance to view the Northern Lights from your bed! It’s not often that folk prefer a sleepless night but here it’s not considered to be a huge inconvenience as it provides the chance to potentially witness Mother Nature’s greatest light show!

There are 80 cabins in total, all of which are within a 5-10 minutes’ walk of the Village’s central facilities which include the restaurant where you’ll enjoy breakfast and dinner.

Facilities

  • The village restaurant is an atmospheric place, inspired by traditional wooden kotas (Finnish teepees). Breakfast is a buffet of continental options and some hot dishes. Evening meals are a buffet with starters of soups and salad, a choice of local meat or fish will follow (the reindeer and white fish in this region are delicious!). Typically a cake will be served for pudding, keeping you well-fuelled for your nocturnal Aurora hunting adventures. Dietary requirements are all well-catered for as long as we are informed at the time of booking.
  • The Northern Lights Village has an onsite reindeer farm and all activities (including the reindeer safaris) start in the village so there is no need for time-wasting transfers. Basically, because we want to make your holiday as uncomplicated as possible, life is made very easy here.
  • The Northern Lights Village is home to a herd of reindeer and you can watch them go about their business as you eat breakfast in the restaurant.
  • Saariselkä is around a 20-25 minute walk from the Northern Lights Village (40-50 minutes to the ski slopes) which means that all of the amenities, shops, cafés and local restaurants are within easy reach.
  • For all Northern Lights activities, an expert guide will provide you with photographic tuition. If you do not have an SLR camera and tripod then they can both be rented locally. The guides sometimes take pictures throughout the activities which can be purchased on your return to the village, if they take any.

Aurora Cabins

The Aurora Cabins have a half-glass roof and all face north. The design is based on the traditional wooden kotas (teepees) of Finland and has been specifically created for the village.

Each cabin has twin beds (which can be made into a double) and a sofa bed, suitable for an additional adult. There is a shower room (with underfloor heating) and a toilet, as well as a luggage storage area. Tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer and a minibar are also included.

Importantly for duvet-based Aurora hunting, a timer switch can be used to heat the glass roof should your view be obscured by snowfall. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes to heat and melt the snow so there’s no need to go and sweep the roof in your pyjamas!

Cabins are not cleaned between arrival and departure unless requested from reception. Additionally, towels can be exchanged at reception if required.

Wi-Fi is only available at the onsite restaurant.


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Snowmobile safari - 4 hours

From £151pp

For those who want to explore much further afield then look no further as this 4-hour snowmobile safari will take you out into the wilderness beyond Saariselkä.

Full instruction will be provided along with a safety briefing from your expert guide and then you’ll set off in convoy, following the marked trails and travelling two per snowmobile.

Your guide will prepare a campfire lunch for you en route.

If you would prefer to travel in a sleigh, which is pulled by the guide’s snowmobile, a discounted price applies. Please speak to our Travel Experts for full details.

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Please note: Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

Group size: 1-24 (approximately)

Available: Monday - Sunday at 10 am from December until mid-April. Please note that the time may vary throughout the season.

Duration: 4 hours (approximately)


Photography by Lapland Safaris

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Activities

Snowmobiles and ice fishing

From: £173pp

After a full safety briefing and tuition, you will drive two per snowmobile into the winter wonderland beyond. Stopping at a remote lake, your guide will introduce you to ice fishing and you will have the chance to try your hand at this Lappish pastime. Your guide will build a campfire and lunch will be served.

If you would prefer to travel in a sleigh, which is pulled by the guide’s snowmobile, a discounted price applies. Please speak to our Travel Experts for full details.

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Please note: Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence. 

Group size: 1-24 (approximately)

Available: Monday - Sunday at 10 am from December until mid-April. Please note that the time may vary throughout the season.

Duration: 4 hours (approximately)


Photography by Markku Inkila

Snowmobile safari - 2 hours

From: £102pp

We know that for some people the thought of snowmobiling may be a little daunting so this short 2 hour (approximate) safari provides the ideal introduction.

Full instruction will be provided along with a safety briefing from your expert guide and then you’ll set off in convoy, following the well-marked trails and travelling two people per machine.

Snowmobiles offer the chance to explore further afield and offer the passenger (you can swap drivers) the chance to fully enjoy the sights of Lapland.

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There will be a break for you to enjoy warm drinks and snacks along the way.

If you would prefer to travel in a sleigh, which is pulled by the guide’s snowmobile, a discounted price applies. Please speak to our Travel Experts for full details.

Please note: Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

Group size: 1-24 (approximately)

Available: Monday - Sunday at 10 am, 1 pm & 3 pm from December until mid-April. Please note that the times may vary throughout the season. 

Duration: 2 hours (approximately)


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Snowshoe hike in the fells

From: £76pp

The beauty of snowshoeing is that it provides the chance for wildlife encounters, as the local flora and fauna will not be scared off by the noise of engines or the sound of sleds. So, for nature lovers, this is an ideal choice as your local guide will provide information on the wildlife and its natural environment. You may have the chance to witness Siberian Jay, willow grouse or a herd of roaming reindeer.

You will also enjoy a light campfire lunch in the great outdoors to refuel you halfway through the walk. 

Group size: 1-16 (approximately)

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Available: Monday - Sunday at 10 am, 1 pm & 3 pm from December until mid-April. Please note that the times may vary throughout the season.

Duration: 2 hours (approximately)


Photography by Markku Inkila

Reindeer day

From: £129pp

Reindeer have played an integral role in the local economy and culture for many, many centuries. An understanding of these animals and their herders is something no visitor to the region should miss.

You will meet with a local reindeer herder and hear tales from the trails as you learn about reindeer husbandry. You’ll get the chance to feed the animals before enjoying a 25 min (approximately) reindeer-pulled sleigh ride. The reindeer and sled will be under the control of your guide leaving you free to capture it all on camera and enjoy the sights and sounds of this atmospheric experience.

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Following your farm visit, lunch will be served in the main restaurant at the Northern Lights Village.

Group size: 1-24 (approximately) 

Available: Monday to Sunday at 10 am from December until mid-April. Please note that the time may vary throughout the season.

Duration: 4 hours (approx), sleigh ride lasts for approximately 25 minutes


Image credits: Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd

 

Reindeer sleigh ride

From: £62pp

This twenty-five-minute or two hour reindeer-pulled sleigh ride will take you on a journey around the reindeer paddock and the surrounding woodland, giving you the chance to see these animals from a new perspective. Your experienced driver will control the sled, leaving you free to soak up the sights and sounds.

You have the option of picking a 25 minute or two-hour reindeer sleigh ride.

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25 minutes (approximately): £62pp available from Monday - Sunday at 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm from December until mid-April. Please note that the times may vary throughout the season.

2 hours (approximately): £133pp available from Monday - Sunday at 10 am, 1 pm and 3 pm from December until mid-April. Please note that the times may vary throughout the season.

Group size: 1-24 (approximately)

Little Extras

Husky safari upgrade

From: £30pp

A husky safari is one of those experiences you are likely to remember for the rest of your life. Once the dogs are running and the sleigh enters the wilderness, all else is forgotten. It is one of those activities that you don’t want to end and extending your safari will prolong the adventure and allow you to venture further out into the snow-covered landscapes. The dogs will be more than willing to accommodate you. You will ride 2 people per sled.

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Upgrade to 10 km safari (total duration incl. transfers and briefing is approx. two and a half hours): from £30pp

Upgrade to 20 km safari (total duration incl. transfers and briefing is approx. four and a half hours): from £94pp

If you would like to take control of your own team of huskies then we can arrange this for you. Please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.


Credit: Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd

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Single adult price

Price based on a single traveller in their own cabin but sharing a husky sled, a snowmobile (if Aurora snowmobile selected on day 3) and group transfer. If you would like to drive your own husky team or snowmobile, please ask our Travel Experts for a quotation.

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Thu 13 Dec 2018
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Adults£ 1,565 Single Adult£ 1,970
Thu 20 Dec 2018
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Adults£ 1,735 Single Adult£ 2,140
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Adults£ 1,645 Single Adult£ 2,050
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Adults£ 1,645 Single Adult£ 2,050
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Adults£ 1,645 Single Adult£ 2,050

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.

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Thu 12 Dec 2019
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Adults£ 1,675 Single Adult£ 2,110
Thu 19 Dec 2019
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Adults£ 1,855 Single Adult£ 2,290
Thu 26 Dec 2019
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Adults£ 1,855 Single Adult£ 2,290
Thu 02 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,815 Single Adult£ 2,250
Thu 16 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,665 Single Adult£ 2,100
Thu 30 Jan 2020
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Thu 06 Feb 2020
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Thu 13 Feb 2020
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Thu 20 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 1,885 Single Adult£ 2,320
Thu 27 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 1,665 Single Adult£ 2,100
Thu 05 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,665 Single Adult£ 2,100
Thu 12 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,665 Single Adult£ 2,100
Thu 19 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,760 Single Adult£ 2,195
Thu 02 Apr 2020
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Adults£ 1,760 Single Adult£ 2,195
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Adults£ 1,760 Single Adult£ 2,195

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people; maximum 30 people (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 12 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

All activities were very enjoyable 06 March 2018 by Hazel and Ian Quick

All activities were very enjoyable

Enjoyed it all! 31 January 2018 by Ann and Darrell Clarke

This has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. I would definitely like to visit Finland again.

Everything was perfect!! 11 January 2018 by Iole Beatriz and Neusa Maria Marques Orselli

Everything was perfect!! Thank you all for providing us with an incredible holiday!



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