Jeris – Festive Short Break
The run-up to Christmas is the perfect time to visit Lapland and this three-night break is packed full of unforgettable experiences and amazing activities.
Based at Hotel Jeris, an enchanting forest retreat, cosy winter cottages are the perfect refuge after a day filled with outdoor winter activities, each cottage equipped with a log fire and private sauna.
As this is prime Northern Lights territory, you can head outside of your accommodation each night for a chance to see the Auroras dancing overhead.
Dive straight into Finnish tradition with a visit to a Reindeer Farm to learn about the way of life for a reindeer herder, and the importance of reindeer in Finnish culture. You'll have the opportunity to try a short reindeer pulled sleigh ride, before enjoying lunch served in the ice restaurant (weather permitting).
An exciting dog sledding experience continues the theme of animals in the arctic, and this is just the first day!
Explore further afield during a thrilling snowmobile safari on day three, followed by a serene evening snowshoe walk. Keep warm by a wilderness campfire whilst on the watch for the Northern Lights.
You'll also have the chance to visit the renowned Arctic Sauna World for an evening of blissful relaxation and, if you're feeling brave, an exhilarating ice dip in Lake Jerisjärvi.
This itinerary offers a mix of traditional Lapland experiences, exciting outdoor adventures, and opportunities to witness the beauty of the Northern Lights. It's a fantastic way to make the most of the festive season and create cherished memories.
Upon arrival at Kittila Airport, you will be welcomed by your driver before being transferred to your accommodation. Located high above the Arctic in the far northwest corner of Finland, the backdrop here is a stunning array of forest-covered fells and frozen lakes.
Your traditional winter cottage awaits you at Jeris and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.
Included Meals: Dinner
Today is all about the animals of the Arctic. After breakfast in the hotel, you will meet your guide for a short transfer to a local reindeer farm.
Reindeer are fundamental to the region, holding great traditional and economic importance and herding is still an essential part of the way of life here. A herder will take you through the skills and customs of herding and answer any questions you may have about the animals. You will also enjoy a short ride on a reindeer-pulled sleigh through the forest.
Lunch is included and, weather conditions permitting, you will head to the nearby Winter Village for lunch in the ice restaurant. If conditions mean the ice restaurant is unavailable then you’ll dine in a cosy wooden kota (traditional tipi) around an open fire, or at the hotel’s restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will head to a nearby husky farm where the sled dogs will be eagerly awaiting your arrival. Full driving instructions and a safety briefing will be given by your musher before setting off on your short but exciting safari. You will travel two per sled and will cover around 6km in total.
This evening you will?have the chance to?enjoy a traditional Finnish pastime in?the Arctic?Elements?Sauna World.?The spa offers?saunas based on each of the elements as well as?wellness showers, relaxation areas and even?an?ice hole swimming area,?for those?feeling brave!
Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant, complete with some local specialities so you really will get a ‘taste’ of Lapland.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Following breakfast, and after a full safety briefing with driving instructions, you will head out on the fells for your snowmobile adventure. Please note that drivers must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence.
In convoy, you will follow the marked trails through the winter landscape and will get a sense of just how big the wilderness is. You will travel around 20km in total.
Lunch will be served back at the hotel ahead of a free afternoon to spend as you wish.
Following dinner in the hotel restaurant, you will head out on your final Northern Lights excursion – a snowshoe hunt for the Aurora led by your guide. The snowshoes will give you access to a remote area where the views of the night sky are unobstructed and, with some luck, you will have the chance to witness the Northern Lights in all their glory. Hot drinks will be served around a campfire as you gaze up at the night sky.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you will bid farewell to Lapland as you return to the airport for your flights home.
Included Meals: Breakfast
- Return flights from London Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Flight routes are subject to change
- Return airport transfers
- 3 nights in a Winter Cottage Type A at Hotel Jeris
- 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
- Husky safari
- Reindeer farm visit and reindeer sleigh ride
- Snowmobile safari (Please note that you must hold a valid UK driving licence in order to drive a snowmobile)
- Arctic Sauna World
- Aurora snowshoeing
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
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, Kittila 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.