Winter Cottage in Jeris
3 & 4 nights in a remote cottage
"This short break is packed full of fun-filled activities. I love the fact that it gives you the chance to try so many experiences in such a short space of time and I find the winter cottages at Jeris just ideal for families. These are real activities, not just 5 minute tastes and I think that offers so much to adults and children alike...." Amy Walkington-Gray
Winter Cottage in Jeris is part of the "Small & Personal" collection.
3 nights / 4 days itinerary
Arrival in Lapland
Today you will arrive in the winter wonderland of Finnish Lapland! On arrival at Kittila Airport, high above the Arctic, you will be transferred to your accommodation. Your cosy winter cottage awaits you at Jeris and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.
Reindeers & Huskies
We kick things off with two absolute favourites today (although the final order of activities will be confirmed on your arrival). After a hearty breakfast, you will meet your guide for a short transfer to a local reindeer farm. At the farm you will learn that reindeer are not only important to Father Christmas, but the whole of Lapland. The herder will introduce you to some of their animals and you will have a go at lassoing them before enjoying a short reindeer sleigh ride.
Lunch is included today 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.
In the afternoon, it’s time for some paw-power as you take to the trails for a dog sled safari. The adults will travel together in teams of two and the children will all get tucked up in a sled which is pulled by the guides sleigh. Full driving instructions and a safety briefing will be given before the eager dogs set off with you in tow. Dog sledding is such an unusual and exciting way to explore, the whole family are sure to love it. You will travel around 6km in total.
This evening a festive dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant, complete with some local specialities so you really will get a ‘taste’ of Lapland.
Snowmobile Safari, Snow Fun Activities & Father Christmas
After breakfast at Jeris, you will head out on snowmobiles today for an adventure in the winter wilds. Travelling in pairs, the adults will be given a full briefing on how to control the snowmobiles and will have the chance to drive the machines (drivers must be over 18 and hold a full driving licence). The children will all ride together in a special sleigh pulled by the guide’s snowmobile.
In convoy, you will follow the marked trails through the winter landscape and will get a sense of just how big this wilderness is. In total, you will cover around 20km.
A warming lunch will be served back at Hotel Jeris.
Visit Father Christmas - This particular experience starts with a snowmobile-pulled sleigh ride across the frozen lake and into the snow-covered forest. Your mission is to locate Father Christmas’ secret cosy cabin, which is tucked away in a secret location. As you travel you really should keep an eye out for elves on the way too, as they’re sometimes seen close by. Then, one at a time, families will be led by one of the elves to meet the great man himself. If it is just your family on the day, then you will be guided straight to his cabin door. Your meeting with Father Christmas is completely private and will last between 10 and 15 minutes so you will have plenty of time to discuss your children’s Christmas wishes and take photos. All children will be given a small gift before they leave as a memento of their visit.
After dinner tonight, you’ll all pop on some snowshoes for a very special evening activity. A local guide will lead you through the forest to a viewpoint. Here a fire will be lit and you can gather around the warming flames to sit and watch the skies. Your goal is to try and catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights but, whether you see the Aurora or not, sitting around the fire as a family is a really wonderful way to spend an evening.
Your time in Lapland comes to an end today and you will be transferred back to the airport in time for your return flights home.
Jeris Winter Cottages
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 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 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.
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.