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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 20017
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Deep in the snowy wilderness of Finnish Lapland, just north of the Arctic Circle and close to the sparsely populated Russian border, Salla is the ideal location for a weekend of Northern Lights hunting. Direct flights, cosy winter cottages, endless pristine nature and a fantastic ski centre make it the perfect all-round package for those looking to combine Aurora hunting with thrilling winter activities.

What's included?

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

  • Flights: direct flights from London Gatwick to Rovaniemi. Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return group airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in a one-bedroom winter cottage (upgrades are available for a supplement)
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: Northern Lights snowshoeing, husky safari, Northern Lights reindeer safari (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

We are experts in our field and the Northern Lights are our passion, which is why we continually strive to pick the best destinations with the best activities and the ideal opportunities to search for the Aurora.

Your time is precious and so we’ve created this weekend itinerary which makes use of the recently introduced direct flights between Gatwick and Rovaniemi. We’ve been waiting for just this sort of opportunity to present a new and exciting weekend of adventure in Salla.

We’ve included two nights of Aurora hunting, via snowshoe and reindeer-pulled sleigh, to maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights in an area renowned for its dark skies. You’ll also take part in a thrilling husky safari through the snowy forest so that you can enjoy one of winter’s iconic experiences.

Arriving in Lapland in the late morning, you’ll transfer to Salla, driving deep into the Arctic wilderness, past snow-covered forests, frozen lakes and rolling fells, all of which add to the growing anticipation for the weekend.

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The afternoon arrival in Salla will give you plenty of time to settle in and explore the local area so that you can make the most of your weekend Aurora getaway. During your three nights of Arctic adventure, you’ll stay in a cosy winter cottage, in amongst the trees and within walking distance of the main restaurant and ski slopes.

We’ve made sure to include one free day during your weekend break so that you can tailor your time as you like. Why not make the most of the nearby slopes and enjoy carving down the pistes in an area made famous for the discovery of the world’s oldest ski (3200 BC).

For those feeling more adventurous, you can also add on an action-packed snowmobile safari to the Russian border to experience the stunning, unending wilderness. Alternatively, a day snowshoeing in the fells provides you with enough photo opportunities to fill your memory cards several times over…so remember to take some spares!


Credit: Upi Virkkula & Sallatunturin Tuvat 

 

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Key facts

Duration:3 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • An early start will see you arrive in Finnish Lapland late this morning at Rovaniemi Airport. From here, you’ll meet your local driver who will transfer you to Salla, which is around two hours away. Arrivals and departures which don't meet the group transfer times will be subject to a private transfer supplement.

    The beauty of arriving during the day is that you can sit back and enjoy your transfer, watching the winter scenery unfold as you make your way north of the Arctic Circle. Twisting and turning through the fells and forests, blankets of glistening, white snow cover the hills and branches, creating a winter landscape the like of which you may have only ever seen on a Christmas card.

    Arriving at Salla, you can check in at the reception and collect your winter clothes. Your cottage will be available in the late afternoon (or earlier, but you can leave all of your bags at reception whilst you explore). The cottages are only a short walk away from the main building.

    For lunch today, we recommend the nearby Kelot log restaurant, which sits close to the ski slopes and within easy reach of your cottage. It serves good, traditional food in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere and it is a great place to get your bearings and look forward to the weekend ahead.

    Salla is a small village, but this afternoon gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the area before enjoying your dinner in the restaurant tonight.

    Remember to look to the skies this evening, in case the Aurora decides to make an appearance.

  • Today has been left free for you to tailor your time as you like.

    After a hearty breakfast in the restaurant, why not head to the nearby ski slopes and enjoy a day on the pistes? With a professional ski school and fully-equipped rental shop, your every need is catered for here, so whether you’re a seasoned skier or a budding enthusiast, you can be sure to find something to suit your level. All skiing arrangements can be booked locally, the pistes aren’t exactly overcrowded!

    If you’re looking to add some more adventure to your time away, you could take part in a thrilling snowmobile safari to the Russian border. This full-day trip is not for the faint-hearted, but it does offer you the chance to travel into the stunning borderlands. Alternatively, you can spend a day snowshoeing in the fells with photo opportunities aplenty. Please see our ‘Personalise’ section for full details of the extra activities available.

    This evening, you will have an early dinner prior to tonight’s Northern Lights snowshoe adventure. Starting at approximately 6 pm, you will transfer to the nearby reindeer park for an evening of Aurora hunting in the wilderness.

    Out here, the dark skies and minimal light pollution create the perfect setting for starry skies and potential Northern Lights displays, which is why we have included two Aurora hunts in this weekend break.

    Strapping on your snowshoes, your knowledgeable guide will lead the way through the wilderness as you look to the heavens in search of a display. You’ll stop for hot drinks and a rest, before heading back through the forest.

  • Today is the main event: a husky safari through the snow-covered countryside, followed by a Northern Lights reindeer safari.

    After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred back to the reindeer park. Then, following a full safety briefing, your expert guide will take you to meet the dogs, who will be barking with enthusiasm and itching to get onto the trail. As you walk towards your team, a surge of excitement will rush through you in anticipation of the thrills ahead. If you like, you can even help the guide to harness your team.

    Although the dogs will be barking as loud as they can, once you’re on the trail, they’ll fall into a silent state of pure focus (and intense happiness!), effortlessly pulling you along as they follow the snow-covered tracks through the frozen landscape. It’s one of the most fulfilling Arctic activities you can do in Lapland, which is why we’ve made sure to include it in your weekend break.

    During the safari, you will stop in the forest and your guide will cook lunch over an open fire. After your meal, you’ll have the chance to swap drivers and passengers before continuing. The safari will last for around four hours in total.

    Returning to your cottage, you will have the rest of the afternoon free before eating an early dinner prior to tonight’s Northern Lights reindeer adventure. Starting at approximately 6 pm, you will take the short journey back to the reindeer park for an evening of Aurora hunting.

    Setting off from the park, you will be pulled by your own personal reindeer, travelling one person per sleigh. Each sleigh is tied together, so you don’t need to worry about guidance, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

    Travelling by reindeer is a fun and relaxing experience and as they pull you along the snowy trail, you’ll hear the occasional grunt and snort punctuating the silence. When your sleigh comes to a stop, it’s not uncommon for the reindeer behind you to rest its head next to yours, so you may end up with one extra friend tonight!

    During this six-kilometre safari, you’ll stop at a reindeer corral where you will have the chance to feed the females and calves in their pen. They love nothing more than snacking away on moss and lichen, so grab yourself a handful and start feeding; it’s a great chance to get up close to Lapland’s iconic animals.

    After this, you will stop deep in the forest at an ideal Aurora viewing location where your guides will make a fire and you can enjoy a hot chocolate or berry juice. This is always a favourite highlight of any trip to Salla, with the atmospheric location sparking feelings of excitement and intrigue as you hear stories about the Northern Lights and learn about the area and its history; from ancient skiing to the Second World War, it may be remote but it’s not lacking in Arctic heritage.

    Following your night of discovery, you will head back to your winter cottage. Keep your eyes peeled though, as you might catch a glimpse of the Aurora before you turn in for the night!

  • Sadly the time has come for you to say goodbye to Finnish Lapland. After a breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your fight home.

Included in price

Salla Winter Cottages

Nights: 1-3

Owned and operated by a local family, Salla offers a variety of winter cottage accommodation nestled in the woods and all within walking distance of the various amenities within this small village.

The beauty of Salla is that everything is within easy reach, so for those looking to combine fantastic winter activities, incredible wilderness, traditional wooden winter cottages and even some downhill skiing, this is the place to be.

The winter cottages are traditionally designed, providing a warm and cosy base for your stay and the nearby restaurant and pub are perfect for fuelling up for your adventures or relaxing in the evening.

Facilities

  • Breakfast and dinner will be served in the Kiela Restaurant, which focuses on local cuisine including reindeer, salmon, whitefish and the much-talked-about speciality, Lapp cheese (or squeaky cheese!)
  • Relax in the Papana Pupi pub, which is next to the Kiela Restaurant and is the place where most locals and guests mingle on an evening over pool and drinks. Adorned with sports memorabilia, if you take them a football (or even better, ice hockey) shirt or scarf to add to their collection, you will have made friends for life
  • Make use of the nearby ski hill and cruise down the pistes, or take your first turns with the expert ski school only a few minutes away from your winter cottage

Room types

Winter cottage

These one bedroom winter cottages are only a short walk away from the reception and restaurant, as well as being close to the ski slopes and surrounding amenities. Decorated in a traditional style, each cottage has twin beds which can be pushed together, as well as a shower room with toilet, kitchenette, coffee maker, fridge, washing machine, clothes drying cabinet, TV, radio, telephone and free Wi-Fi. An extra sofa bed can be accommodated in the lounge area.


Image credits: Sallatunturin Tuvat

Other options

Winter cottage with sauna (34m² and 42m²)

Supplements from: £50pp

If you would like the added bonus of your own private sauna, then these are the cottages for you. Each one is equipped with the same facilities as the standard 25m² winter cottage, except you have the added luxury of a sauna and fireplace. An extra bed can be accommodated in the lounge area and four of these cottages also have a loft space which can fit an extra bed. Firewood is provided for the duration of your stay.

Please note that the images shown are from the 34m² and 42m²cabins collectively.

Winter cottage with sauna (two and three bedroom upgrades)

Supplements from: £87pp

For larger parties, there are several two and three bedroom cottages available. These cottages also have their own private sauna and fireplace (firewood included), as well as a kitchenette, shower and toilet, coffee maker, washing machine, clothes drying cabinet, TV and radio. Free Wi-Fi is available in some of the cabins. Extra bed space is available.

Please note that the images shown are from a variety of two and three bedroom cottages.

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Snowmobile safari to the Russian border

From £124pp

If you’re looking for an adrenaline-filled day of fun and adventure, then this is the activity for you.

Your expert guide will lead you on a snowmobile safari deep into the wilderness close to the Russian border. This 60km safari is a full day, strenuous activity, which will last for 5-6 hours. You’ll pass through the breathtaking winter scenery of snow-covered forests and fells, over the thick, thick ice of the frozen lakes and into the stunning borderlands.

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You will drive two persons per snowmobile with several chances to swap drivers. Drivers must be 18 or over and hold a full and valid driving licence.

This safari starts at 10 am and finishes at approximately 3-4pm. Lunch is included. The activity is only available on Saturday, which means that you will then start your Northern Lights snowshoe trip at 6 pm.


Image credit: Sallatunturin Tuvat 

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Activities

Snowshoeing in the fells

From: £76pp

Transported in a snowmobile-pulled sleigh, you’ll travel to the base of the Ruuhitunturi fell where you will start your journey through the forest and to the top of the fell.

Your knowledgeable guide will lead you up the fell where there is often more snow than in the surrounding area and photo opportunities are around every corner. At the top of the fell, you’ll be treated to a fantastic view of the wilderness that surrounds Salla. A picnic with hot berry juice will be served before you head back down.

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The snowshoeing can be strenuous at times, but your guide will make plenty of stops to meet the group’s abilities. You will hike for approximately 3 to 4 kilometres.

Duration: 2-3 hours (approximately)


Image credit: Sallatunturin Tuvat 

Daytime reindeer safari

From: £98pp

Although you already have a Northern Lights reindeer safari included in your package, this daytime safari is different in that you will get to control your own reindeer sleigh as you gently amble through the pristine winter landscape.

Your expert guide will show you how to direct the sleigh before setting off on a 3-hour safari through the relaxing Finnish nature. You will make a stop at the reindeer corral (which you will also visit during your Northern Lights safari) and have a chance to feed the reindeer. You will also enjoy a picnic lunch around an open fire in a nearby Lappish hut.


IMAGE CREDIT: Upi Virkkula

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Price per adult: based on 2 sharing a 1 bedroom 25m² winter cottage

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Fri 04 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,395 Single Adult£ 1,467
Fri 11 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,315 Single Adult£ 1,390

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.

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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.



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