Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities

“A winter wonderland escape that dreams are made of. Your dreams, as you can pick and choose which activities you want to include in this tailor-made Arctic adventure.”

Highlights

Jeris | Cosy log cabin accommodation with private sauna | Optional activities: Arctic Elements Sauna World, Aurora Horse Sleigh Ride, Lappish local culture, Ice fishing, Ice karting, Overnight wilderness snowmobile safari, Overnight Husky Safari, Lappish foodie experience, Horse Riding

Description of Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities

Departures between 02 February 2020 and 29 March 2020. Please note, 2021 prices are provisional and subject to change.

Create your own Arctic adventure on this tailor-made holiday to Finnish Lapland, choosing from a list of adventurous activity ingredients and combining them into your perfect winter wilderness trip of a lifetime.

Your base is the Jeris Hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Jerisjärvi, where you will stay in one of the 27 hotel rooms or you may wish to upgrade to a cosy log cabin with a private sauna.

Jeris provides its guests with an idyllic setting in the pine forests of North-West Finland, close to the edge of Lake Jerisjarvi. It’s ideally located for exploring the delights of Finnish Lapland as it is surrounded by forested-fells and lies on the perimeter of the Pallas National Park.

As this is a veritable adventure playground the options available to you are varied and plentiful. You choose from leisurely experiences through to adrenaline-fuelled activities.

Dog sledding is a favourite with visitors and we highly recommend that guests include one of the husky safaris during their stay. Snowmobiling is another exceedingly popular option and allows you to explore further afield in a thrilling way so many guests choose to include a safari in their holiday.

More leisurely paced options include snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trips which allow peaceful exploration of the forests. A visit to a local reindeer farm for a cultural experience and a reindeer-pulled sleigh ride is another highlight.

While spotting the Northern Lights is never guaranteed, Jeris's location gives you an excellent chance of seeing them if they appear. You can improve your chances by choosing to include an evening Aurora snowmobile or snowshoe safari – or you can even choose a magical stay overnight in a remote wilderness cabin or Aurora Dome.

Cold weather and protective clothing is provided for the duration of your trip, and to make the most of your time, a minimum stay of three nights is recommended.

Image credit: Antii Pietikainen and Visit Finland

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03 Jan 2021
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10 Jan 2021
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31 Jan 2021
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Jeris sits in the heart of Finnish Lapland, in an area where tourism has become the main growth industry, replacing the likes of forestry. Taking place in one of the last pristine wildernesses in Europe, we, of course, know that we must take a great deal of responsibility for ensuring that any holidays we operate in the region are environmentally, socially and economically responsible.

Jeris sits on the side of a frozen lake in a beautiful and unspoilt environment, close to the Pallas Yllas National Park. Forests, fells and lakes characterise the region. It is the aim of our company, and our suppliers, to ensure that we maintain this remarkable setting for future generations.

The area is also home to traditional reindeer herders, and so the preservation of the natural environment is also vital for their future survival, and all parties involved in this holiday are acutely aware of this.

In terms of the accommodation, Jeris was recently converted to geothermal heating, which has drastically reduced the consumption of oil, which was the main source of heating previously.

Waste is recycled where possible and the hotel is encouraging all guests to ensure that they also help in this respect.

Food menus are varied but not limitless in their options to ensure that food waste is minimised. Local products are also incorporated into the meals where possible to limit food miles.

The hotel does not operate a standard change of linen in the hotel rooms. It can, of course, be requested by guests if needed, but to conserve water, this is not offered as standard.

Transfers are all operated in shared vehicles where possible to reduce the use of vehicles, and where possible activities start from the hotel grounds.

During this holiday, guests can, of course, pick and choose their activities from the wide range on offer. These include options such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, to dog sledding, reindeer safaris and snowmobiling.

A leave no trace policy is in place across all activities. All waste is removed, and any wood used to make fires is collected from sustainable sources and is responsibly used. Wilderness toilet facilities (where provided) are natural composting toilets.

No plastic or disposable cups are used during the safaris.

Group sizes are limited to ensure that the impact of any activities on the environment is mitigated.

All trails for activities such as dog sledding and snowmobiling are designated and maintained throughout the season. These tracks produce relatively little impact on the landscape and the ground underneath is protected from damage by snow cover. The routes of course for snowmobiles do not venture into the National Park.

The fleet of snowmobiles has been upgraded to 4 stroke engines rather than the more polluting 2 stroke engines and e-snowmobiles are being considered for future upgrades as this technology is improving all the time.

Snowmobiling can be a controversial activity and of course, it is possible for guests to abstain from this during this holiday, however, the local team have done all they can to reduce the impact of snowmobiling and what has taken place is listed above. It is also worth noting that snowmobiles are very much a way of life in this region, and replace 4 x4 machines in many cases, which are far more polluting. The trails are managed as if they were roads and strict laws and rules apply to their use, which mitigates their impact on the environment and of course are in place for safety.

Jeris is part of a family business, and as a company, they aim to become carbon neutral and they are very much working towards this with their new policies and developments.

They are also starting tree planting initiatives in the local area, where guests in summer can plant their own tree. We will facilitate it so that our winter visitors can also contribute to this scheme if they so wish.
The team also use the waste from their Arctic Sled Dog centre (located at one of Jeris’s sister properties) as part of a local community project which is converting this bio-waste into energy.

Our holidays rely on visiting beautiful and un-spoilt areas, and they don't come more unspoilt than Luosto. Naturally, we wish to maintain the natural settings in which we work, not just for the future of our company, but also for future generations. We always insist that our local providers are equally conscious of this.

The wooden chalets that we use as accommodation are built using sustainable timbers and are all extremely well insulated to ensure maximum efficiency. We do appreciate that some may feel that snowmobiles should not be included in such itineraries however in areas such as Luosto they are a way of life. They are the only means of keeping in contact with remote reindeer herders and communities as the road infrastructure is not extensive.

All trails are well managed. The alternatives to snowmobiles would in most cases be large, gas-guzzling off-road vehicles. All snowmobiles are regularly serviced and kept as fuel-efficient as possible. Our suppliers also utilise new 4-stroke engines that are less polluting. The snowmobile service industry is also another vital source of employment in these remote areas. We always ensure that all litter is removed from any of our activity sites, we strongly encourage group transfers to reduce traffic volumes and we make our clients aware of their obligation to the environment.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Jeris is situated in a very traditional region of Lapland, far from any major towns and a long way from the nearest city. Therefore, the presence of tourists is, of course, noticeable, and we want to ensure that the local community is impacted purely in a positive way.

Throughout the activities and their stay, guests are always encouraged to respect and embrace the loves of the locals, and of course their culture.

For those guests who are keen to discover more about the region and its people, the holiday provides the option to enjoy activities based around local traditions and culture, including visiting a traditional reindeer farm. The indigenous Sami people of Lapland and their reindeer herding traditions are still very much a part of this local area, and so we encourage guests to enjoy this activity and learn more.

The local team have a charter that they follow in this respect and they aim to:

• Preserve the Lappish traditions in the planning of programmes and services.
• Raise the environmental and cultural awareness for the guests, reindeer herding, Lappish and Sami culture heritage presented in the programmes in a respectful way.
• Promote animal welfare in our husky and reindeer safaris and their living conditions
• We are founding members in the Animal welfare in tourism services – project in co-operation with University of Lapland
• Family values in all operations.

Our partners at Jeris are local. Jeris is part of a family-run hotel group (three small hotels in the region) and is fully family-owned and operated. The hotels employ a huge number of people in the local area, both directly and indirectly through the tourism multiplier effect. Together with our suppliers, we always try to ensure that tourism expenditure is retained by the local community and benefits them directly.

At Jeris this is achieved by sourcing as many products locally as possible, employing local transportation companies, employing and training local guides, contracting local services for anything outsourced.

We have also included activities with a cultural base on our holiday. In addition, we always encourage our clients to get involved in local events and activities which help to sustain traditional values and customs.

In all of our destinations, we ensure that we use local suppliers, enabling locally owned businesses and the economies in which they work to benefit directly.

Our suppliers in Luosto provide a vital source of employment throughout the whole region. The restaurant serves as much local produce as possible. Many of our safaris in Luosto also utilise other local enterprises such as the amethyst mine and the remote smoke sauna and restaurant we use in one of our activities is the primary income for a local couple.

Through the tourism multiplier effect, this all helps to generate incomes and employment where the drift might otherwise be towards larger employment areas such as towns and cities. In a small and remote village such as Jeris, the effects of such a drift could be devastating.

The use of small businesses means that the tourism income, generated by our presence, stays where it should, in the local economy. We firmly believe in paying a fair price for all the services provided by our suppliers regardless of where they are in the world.

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Reviewed on 01 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Food, the Huskies, the snowmobile trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Dont take too much clothing as most day to day items will be supplied and they keep you nice and warm. Socks and thermal clothing are a must along with light layers to go under your all in one suit.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very well organised from the flights, connections, trips and the food was good.

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Most memorable time was mistaking a false fire alarm for a Aurora alert [not knowing how an Aurora alert would sound like] around midnight. :)

Exciting part was the Snow Shoe walk at night in the Woods with an experienced guide imparting knowledge about the fauna and wildlife.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


For travelers from the tropical regions, do not hesitate to join the snow activities like husky safaris, snow shoe walk or even go on the snow mobile. it would be an experience to behold.
[I would caution though, that it may not be easy to handle the snow mobile due to the weight and the 600cc capacity for those weighing below 50kgs] :)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I am not sure if my holiday had benefited the local people, but i am convinced that the fresh air and the clean environment was a bonus to the mind and well being of someone who comes from a polluted Asian city.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very memorable and would not hesitate to visit again, given the time and opportunity.

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We had a fabulous trip and so many new experiences, it's hard to choose but I
would say our snowmobile and husky safaris were the absolute highlights.
Then our stay in a log cabin was fantastic and just being in the arctic landscape
was breathtaking.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't expect to see the Northern Lights - it seems it is real pot luck and you
may be lucky or you may not, so if it is the only reason you are travelling to
this destination - you may well be disappointed!
Take lots of removable layers - socks, vests, leggings, hats.
Ladies - forget hair styling and make up.
Try all of the different activities on offer - even though they may seem similar, each experience is really different i.e husky and snowmobiling safaris and if possible book for the morning slots as night comes really early and you'll be travelling in the dark if you start after 2.30pm and will miss the views and possible wildlife.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most of the people we met who worked providing the activities, came to work
just for the season from other parts of the country and your company reps were
English, so it was only really the hotel workers who were local who benefitted.
The environment seemed to be well protected and people were kept to specific
paths and routes within the national parks - which are vast.
Seeing this incredible landscape did make you so aware of nature and the need
to conserve our beautiful wild places.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was fantastic and a great introduction to winter sports and activities.
The care taken by all the guides made you feel safe and informed. Snow suits and protective clothing provided was really effective, clean and functional.

The accomodation was a dream for us - staying in an authentic log cabin which
was so warm and well designed with our own personal sauna. The food was good, great variety and lots of local dishes and my vegetarian requirements were no problem.

Value for money I would say is pretty good, especially if you are going on your first trip to Lapland and you just want everything to be easy with peace of mind. Only sad thing is we didn't catch the Northern Lights (one of the main reasons we went) - we were given a mobile phone to give aurora alerts but it never rang - even when there was a small display but we realise it's a natural phenomena and not guaranteed.

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