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Christmas in a Winter Cottage

7 nights over Christmas in a remote cottage

Overview

Top rated 'Small & Personal' break. Staying in a Winter Cottage this break includes excellent activities and a personal meeting with Santa in his cabin home. Groups are very small and this trip offers a high level of personal service.

Christmas in a
Winter Cottage

What's included:
 

Scheduled flight from UK

(via Helsinki)

 

Hold Baggage

 

Resort Transfers

 

Cold weather clothing for the

duration of your stay

 

Winter Cottage

accommodation

 

Full Board

 

Treasure Hunt

 

6km Husky Safari

 

X-country Ski-ing

 

Christmas Cookies & Crafts

 

Private meeting with

Father Christmas

 

Build a Gingerbread House

 

Arctic Spa

 

Reindeer Farm & Ride - 3km

 

Lunch in an Ice Restaurant

 

20km Snowmobile Safari

 

Sbowshoe search for the

Magic Wishing Tree

 

Snow Fun: Ice Hockey,

Snowshoeing, X-country skiing,

mini-snowmobiles etc.

 

Free soft drinks for children

throughout and free tea

and coffee for adults

Itinerary

Operator's View

"We are extremely fussy when it comes to family Christmas holidays. We don’t go to the mass resorts and we like to seek out destinations which offer real family experiences and help to create magical Christmas memories. Our holiday at Jeris is the most longstanding of our Christmas holidays and a real family favourite every year. The feedback we receive is exceptional and the guides and our local representative do all they can to make Christmas unforgettable for our families." Ali McLean

Christmas in a Winter Cottage is part of the "Small & Personal" collection.

7 nights / 8 days itinerary

Day 1

 

Welcome to Lapland

 

You will be greeted at Kittilä Airport and transferred directly to Jeris (around 1 hour away).

You’ll then check in to your cosy winter cottage accommodation where your Arctic clothing will be waiting for you.

There will be some time for fun in the snow ahead of your welcome dinner in the restaurant this evening. Our local team will provide you with all the information you need for the week ahead and you can ask any questions you may have.

Throughout your stay, don’t forget to keep a close eye on the sky above you at night, as this is prime Northern Lights territory! 

Included Meals:  Dinner

 

Day 2

 

Treasure Hunt, lunch in an ice restaurant, Reindeer farm visit and sleigh ride

 

This morning you will make your way for a hearty breakfast ahead of a fun-filled day of Arctic adventures.

First on the agenda is a treasure hunt, which will help you all explore your new surroundings. The children can follow the clues and search for prizes, tucked away in the snowy landscape.

There can be no animal which is more synonymous with Christmas in Lapland than a reindeer, so today you will spend some time in their company.

You will travel to a local reindeer farm, where a herder will tell you all about how important the animals are to this region. You can then see the furry nosed reindeer up close and take your family photos. There will be lassoing lessons (it is much harder than it looks) before a magical reindeer-pulled sleigh ride covering around 3km.

Today’s lunch (conditions permitting) will be served in very special surroundings, as you head to Torassieppi Winter Village and its ice restaurant. The carefully crafted ice structures are sure to impress the whole family during this unique dining experience.

Back at the hotel, your dinner will be served in the main restaurant this evening.

 

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3

 

Cross-country skiing and afternoon spa

 

To start the morning, you will enjoy the very Finnish, family pastime of cross-country skiing. You don’t need to have tried any form of skiing before as full instruction is provided. Your guide will lead you along some of the easy trails which surround the hotel.

Kids do tend to pick this activity up remarkably quickly and go whizzing along the tracks, but it always provides some giggles for the grown-ups too. Once you have the technique, you can travel around the trails with ease and you may even fancy renting skis later in the week for some independent exploration. In total, you will be out for around 2 hours.

If you would like to have a change of pace this afternoon, then you can all enjoy the Arctic Elements Lakeside Spa. A collection of saunas is situated on the lakeshore at Jeris, including a traditional wood heated smoke sauna. For the very brave (healthy adults only) there is also the chance to take a dip in the ice pool – it’s very refreshing!

Tonight’s meal will be served in a traditional kota, close to the lakeside, where you will get to sample several local dishes (although this is planned for tonight, the night on which you have this meal may be subject to change as is the rest of the programme).

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

 

Husky safari, Snow Fun and Father Christmas Visit

 

This morning will see you all take part in an unforgettable dog sled safari, a favourite with all the family. You will head to the husky centre where you will meet these working dogs and learn about their daily life. There might even be some puppies to play with which is always a treat.

You will notice that the dogs are very excited to see you all when you arrive, and they make quite a comical amount of noise as they are so excited to get on the trail. Their enthusiasm is infectious, but as soon as they are on the move, they fall silent as they happily pull the sled along.

Adults will be given full instruction on how to handle a team of dogs and the sled before setting off in pairs (one standing on the sled and the other enjoying the view as a passenger). Children will typically all travel in a sled which is controlled by a guide. The route taken is ideal for families and covers around 6km.

After lunch, which will be served in the hotel restaurant, everyone will spend the final afternoon making the most of the vast winter playground around the hotel, with plenty of fun and games in the snow. There will be ice hockey, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, ice fishing and even a mini snowmobile for the children (aged between 4 and 8 depending on the size of the child). All this outdoor excitement will be fuelled with hot drinks and cookies.

It is then time for the all-important event as you depart for your meeting with Father Christmas.

You will travel in a snowmobile-pulled sled which will take you to the edge of the forest. Whilst waiting for their special meeting, guests will enjoy pancakes in a kota nearby.

Then, each family will head down a candlelit, snow-covered path to a secluded cabin where you will meet the great man himself.

During your private audience with Father Christmas, he will spend time listening to the wishes of each child. There will also be plenty of opportunities for the all-important photographs to commemorate this exceptional family experience.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

 

Snowshoe search for the wishing tree and Christmas celebrations

 

This morning, you will go in search of the magic wishing tree in the forest. Once you’ve located it, children will be encouraged to leave their wishes in its branches. Following this, you will be able to enjoy a warming mug of hot chocolate whilst toasting marshmallows around the campfire.

Lunch will be served in the main restaurant, following which families can gather to enjoy building and decorating their own gingerbread house.

This evening, dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant and, as Christmas is primarily celebrated on the 24th in Finland, a surprise visitor may even pop in and say hello to everyone!

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

 

Family time and Snowmobile Safari

 

Today we have left you with a free morning to celebrate Christmas together as a family.

After lunch, it is time to explore further afield and everyone is sure to feel a rush of excitement ahead of this morning’s snowmobile safari.

Snowmobiles are an integral part of life in the Arctic and you will often see families travelling together in this way to visit friends on weekends.

The adults will be given full instruction and a safety briefing before setting off in pairs for the 20km safari. The children will travel in a sleigh pulled by the guides’ snowmobiles. Please note that you need a full driving licence in order to drive a snowmobile and must be over 18.

The trip will really give you the chance to appreciate the scale of the wilderness which surrounds Jeris.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

 

Christmas cookies and crafts and free afternoon

 

After breakfast, the group will gather to enjoy some Christmas crafts which are sure to get everyone feeling very festive. You will also get the chance to bake your own Christmas cookies before nibbling them with a warm drink.

Lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant and this afternoon is free for you to spend as you wish. You might want to head back to your winter cottage or you may prefer to arrange additional activities (which can be booked and paid for locally, subject to availability).

You can then head to a farewell dinner in the main building this evening.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

 

Departure

 

Today your magical Christmas adventure will draw to a close as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.

If you have an early start, then you will be provided with a packed breakfast to enjoy during your transfer.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Accommodation

Winter Cottages

Winter Cottages are on the shores of Lake Jerisjarvi around 20km from the nearest village, offering families an idyllic retreat in the fell wilderness of Finnish Lapland. All come fully equipped.

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Room Types

Type A

Type A winter cottages (30 square metres) are, on the whole, the closest to the hotel and are ideal for families with small children.


The cabins can vary in size but all sleep from two to four people in one spacious room with a sleeping alcove for two people (generally with a double bed) and a pull-out sofa bed for two more. They are all privately-owned and so the décor and style can vary but each has a cosy wood-burning stove, clothes drying cupboard, kitchenette, television, shower room, toilet and a private sauna.


Type B

Type B winter cottages (63 square metres) sleep from four to six people and are ideal for families of four or more. There is a living room area with kitchenette and wood-burning stove, one bedroom for two people and a loft area (accessed by a steep ladder) which can sleep up to four more.


Type C

Type C winter cottages (70 square metres) are the largest available and sleep from four to seven people. There are two bedrooms (each for two people) downstairs and a loft sleeping area for a further two (or three if you don’t mind being very cosy!) people accessed via a steep staircase.

Resort

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Jeris

Jeris really encapsulates Finnish Lapland with its snowy forests, frozen lakes and winter fells. We always think of it as being like a haven with its relaxing atmosphere and slower pace of life. With easy access from Kittilä Airport, it is always a favourite with our guests many of whom return year after year for their annual fix of all things Lappish.

Dates & Prices 

Below we list ALL departures on the Christmas in a Winter Cottage itinerary.Adult & child prices are based on cheapest accommodation and child ages 5-12. Contact Reservations on 0161 298 7477 for price & availability for your family.

Choose a Season

London Heathrow

19-Dec-21

7 nights / 8 days

£2,775

Adult from

Child from

£1,545

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Booking Details

* Advance Register for Christmas 2022 Now *

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 £100pp, 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.  A further deposit payment will be due at the time of us confirming the trip details to you.  If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit 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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Reservations: 0161 298 7477

Payments Details

If outside 14 weeks of departure this holiday can be booked by paying a deposit of £400 per person. If within 14 weeks before the full balance is due. Call 0161 298 7477 to book.

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