Ice-Skating Holiday

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Ice Skating Holiday in Finnish Lakeland

The Finnish Lakeland is an elaborate system of narrow canals, islands and isthmuses - thin strips of land connecting the  islands. As the water freezes over during the winter months (Mid January to Mid March), a fairy tale ice-rink of intertwining paths open up offering a chance to skate on Europe’s largest Lake District. During this holiday you’ll explore the frozen lake system on a guided ice-skating tour. At the end of active days, your accommodation in a cosy Finnish hotel complete with spa awaits.

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

DAY 1:

Arrival into Savonlinna, either by flight or train from Helsinki, and transfer to your accommodation at Hotel Järvisydän. Settle into your room, where stone and timber walls evoke the feeling of staying in a wilderness cabin, with all the comforts of a modern hotel.

On arrival you’ll receive all of the information you need for your stay and your all-important skating equipment.

This evening enjoy a hearty 3 course welcome dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

DAY 2:

After breakfast you’ll meet your guide who will show you how to use your equipment and have your first go on the ice. During your stay you’ll have passes to the network of skating trails throughout the national park. The frozen skating paths are maintained by locals and include resting spots where skaters can just simply enjoy the snow covered national park.

If ice conditions are such that skating is not possible, you can swap your skates for snowshoes or Fat Bikes and explore the many trails that surround the hotel, marvelling at the snow laden trees and beautiful scenery.

DAY 3:

After breakfast you’ll meet your guide and get ready to explore the surrounding Linnansaari (“Castle Island”) National Park, known for being home to ospreys and rare Saimaa ringed seals. Enjoy the winter wonderland as you glide past on skates. Your guides will tell you about the surrounding region as you go. After a while you’ll make a stop where you’ll set up a fire and enjoy hot drinks and lunch before returning to the hotel.

DAY 4:

After breakfast enjoy an independent day on skates or kick sleds. Or perhaps join a snow shoe or snowmobile excursion from the hotel.

If you wish to soothe aching muscles from the previous days activities, enjoy a session in the Lake Spa, which has been built in the middle of natural rock formations, with large windows overlooking Lake Saimaa. There are five different saunas to be enjoyed and a Salt cave. For the brave, outdoor pools meander down to the beach and in winter you can take a dip in the frozen waters of Lake Saimaa through a hole in the ice.

DAY 5

After breakfast transfer back to the station or airport as you bid farewell to the wilderness and begin your journey home.

This trip is ideal for families looking for an active winter holiday.

Ice skating is also available in other regions of Finland, please ask one of our experts for suggestions if you wish to extend your stay or try ice skating elsewhere.

PRICE

From £820 per person, based on two people travelling

£820.00 GBP roughly converts to: 943 EUR | 1,074 USD

We accept payment in GBP, USD, EUR and NOK. You will receive a final trip quotation in the currency of your choice. Prices on the website and currency conversions are indicative only.

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Price Includes

  • Internal flights or Train transfers (Helsinki to Savonlinna)
  • Return transfers from Savonlinna airport or railway station 
  • 4 night’s double/twin room accommodation at Resort Järvisydän including breakfast
  • 3 course arrival dinner
  • Skating equipment and access to ice routes in Lake Saimaa
  • Guided tour skating excursion (3 - 4 hours incl. lunch)


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

  • International flights
  • Meals unless stated

Additional Info

This trip has flexible daily departures

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

Helsinki (HEL)

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Reviews

Ice Skating Holiday in Finnish Lakeland

5/5

Amazing location in National Park Lakeland with lots of snow. Järvisydän is a wonderful resort. We stayed in a Log Villa with sauna and underfloor heating. 22 inside -3 outside. Sadly lake not frozen enough to skate but we went snow shoeing, snow mobiling, did ariel yoga and tried the spa. Only small criticism is changing rooms are very small. It gets very crowded in there. The staff are wonderful and friendly particularly Tanya who made us feel welcome from the start. We shall return.

by Justine Fisher, Brighton on Dec 31 .

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