Vuokatti Hills Ski Resort

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Family Christmas Adventure in Finland

The resort of Vuokatti in mid Finland sits on Lapland’s fringes, and delivers a memorable family Christmas away from the crowds. Here snow falls heavy weighing down the surrounding Boreal forest and cosy cabins where you’ll hunker down for the festive season. Pristine downhill skiing slopes and Nordic ski trails are moments from the doorstep as well as a selection of winter adventures. The Northern Lights make a regular appearance during the winter season to add the finishing touch to an already comprehensive Christmas adventure. This holiday includes a visit to Santa combined with an authentic and exciting husky sledding adventure over frozen lakes and past trees heavy in snow. 

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

DAY 1:

On arrival to Kajaani airport, a shuttle transfer will be waiting for you to transfer you to your accommodation, a journey of around 45 minutes. Settle into your log cabin which is located in a tiny resort at the edge of a frozen lake. Your cabin comes equipped with a sauna and log fire. Surrounded by snow, you’ll be quickly transported into the Christmas spirit as you decorate your cabin together. Dinner will be delivered to you in the evening for you to enjoy together. After dark, don't forget to look outside for any appearances of the elusive Aurora Borealis.

DAY 2:

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the snowy surroundings. Kick-sleds are available for you should you wish to explore, make a visit to the local grocery store or hit the downhill ski slopes. We can arrange ski school and passes for your group if you wish. In the nearby village, you’ll find additional facilities such as a swimming pool, children’s play centre, and bowling alley.

In the early evening, a Christmas Eve dinner will be served in the nearby Vuokatti Hotel, a magical 10 minute walk through snowy paths into the village. Today Finnish people celebrate Christmas, and you’ll join the locals for a traditional Christmas buffet - a selection of hot and cold dishes.

DAY 3:

On Christmas Day, you’ll visit a very special place hidden away in the forest where you’ll meet Father Christmas and enjoy an unforgettable husky sledding ride in the wilderness. Your visit begins as you cross the bridge into the forest clearing where you’ll meet Santa’s elves and reindeer. Peek inside the yurt, and Santa will be waiting for you. After your meeting with Santa, you’ll enjoy a warming drink and the children will receive gifts before continuing to the husky farm. The lead musher at the husky farm is a seasoned husky racing professional and his teams of huskies are an absolute joy to sled. You’ll each have a chance to drive the sled in pairs as you tackle the undulating forest paths and traverse frozen lakes. The scenery is stunning as you cover a distance of around 6km (4 miles). After your exhilarating sledding ride, you’ll return the farm for hot drinks and cuddles with the puppies. Enjoy the evening at leisure. If you wish, dinner can be delivered to your cabin for additional cost or you can opt for self-catering.

DAY 4:

Your Christmas adventure continues with a day on the downhill ski slopes or perhaps joining one of our optional adventures which include:

Snow mobile safari in the surrounding hills (2 hours)
Guided snow shoe trek
Evening Northern Lights snow shoe walk
Cross-country skiing on marked trails
Ice-fishing
Ice-bathing

DAY 5:

A day at leisure and a chance to join optional excursions.

DAY 6:

After breakfast, a shuttle bus will transfer you to the airport. If you'd like to extend your holiday with a stay in Helsinki, our team will be pleased to arrange this for you.

PRICE

From £670 per adult and £417 per child (aged 4-14 years) excluding flights

£670.00 GBP roughly converts to: 737 EUR | 905 USD

Price conversions are indicative only, payment is in GBP.

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Price Includes

  • Return shuttle transfers from Kajaani Airport
  • Five night stay in cabin accommodation including fireplace and sauna
  • Use of kick-sleds
  • Evening meal delivery on arrival day
  • One breakfast delivery in your cabin
  • Christmas Eve buffet dinner at Hotel Vuokatti
  • Meet Santa and husky sledding excursion

 

All our trips include:

 

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service
  • Personalised travel documents
  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration 

 

 

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Kajaani
  • Optional excursions and activities 
  • Ski passes and Ski school
  • Meals not mentioned

Additional Info

DATES

This trip has fixed departure dates

23 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

AIRPORT ARRIVAL

Kajaani (KAJ)

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Traveller's Top Tips

Laura from Magnetic North Travel

The Northern Lights snow shoe walk is a magical way to explore the Vuokatti Hills at night-time, whether or not the Aurora appears!

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