Family winter adventure in Finland

“An adventurous Christmas family holiday in Finnish Lapland with reindeer sleigh rides, husky safaris and the chance to see the Northern Lights.”


Finnish Lapland | Jeris | Prime Northern Lights territory | Stay in a cosy winter cottage | Reindeer farm and sleigh ride | Husky-drawn sled safari | Snowmobile safari | Optional tobogganing, cross country skiing or snowshoeing |

Description of Family winter adventure in Finland

Thereís unforgettable fun and adventures in store with this family winter holiday in Finland, during which youíll stay in a cosy cottage in Jeris, on the shore of Lake Jerisjarvi. This blissfully quiet location is perfect viewing territory for the spectacular Northern Lights, and youíll have many opportunities to witness the natural phenomenon over the course of your stay.

And during the daytimes? A raft of exciting and memorable winter activities await you here, from visiting a reindeer farm to meet the friendly inhabitants so valuable to Father Christmas, to a thrilling snowmobile safaris through a frozen wilderness.

Cuddle up under blankets as you sail through the snow aboard a sleigh drawn by reindeer, and practise your mushing a few hours later as you embark on a fast-paced sledge ride drawn by a pack of huskies. The third afternoon of your four-day tour is left free to indulge in optional activities from snowshoeing to tobogganing, while a big highlight of the trip will be a snowmobile safari Ė charge across snowy drifts and along forest trails, adults at the controls, kids riding on a sled behind.

You will be accompanied by welcoming wilderness guides throughout your stay, who will not only ensure everything runs smoothly but also be able to bring Finnish Lapland, its history, culture and nature, to life with their charm. The kids will love it, not to mention snuggling by the wood-burning stove in your cottage.

And one last thing: suitable cold weather clothing is provided on the house, so no need to worry about buying, borrowing and packing it all before you go.

PLEASE NOTE: 2020/21 prices are provisional and subject to change.

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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.

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.

We encourage all our clients to respect and embrace the lives and culture of all Jerisís local inhabitants by learning a few important words: hello, goodbye, please, thank you etc. We have also included activities with a cultural base. In addition, we always encourage our clients to get involved in local events and activities which help to sustain traditional values and customs.

We do appreciate that some may feel that snowmobiles should not be included in such itineraries however in areas such as Jeris they are a way of life. 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. The snowmobile service industry is also another vital source of employment in these remote areas.

By using local suppliers, we can ensure that they are they are committed to designing and operating our holidays in such a way to ensure we maximize the positive effects of tourism on the local economies, cultures and the environment whilst minimising any negative impacts.

The Impacts of this Trip

Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main income source of employment and income replacing traditional industries such as forestry.

Development from a period of extractive industry to an industrial society has come about quickly. In 1950 the largest part of Laplandís inhabitants lived in rural areas and more than half the workforce worked in forestry and agriculture. Today 65 % of the workforce are in the service industry, 22 % in processing and 10 % in primary production.

This huge growth in tourism and service provision has been developed in conjunction with a long-term sustainable tourism plan with one of the primary objectives being to maintain nature in its natural state while guaranteeing the traditional way of life.

Much of this has been achieved along with membership of EU development programmes, aimed at diversifying sources of livelihood, effectively use or resources and increasing export.

Approximately a quarter of Laplandís 100 000 strong workforce was unemployed in 1997. Promoting entrepreneurship, ongoing re-education of the workforce and development of the educational system to suit the needs of enterprises is continuing. The target is to diversify the sources of livelihood, increase the value of refinement production and develop new enterprises particularly in the area of tourism. National measures, as well as EU-programme measures, support this objective.

We embrace this philosophy, employing local activity providers and using only locally owned hotels. In this manner, we help to maintain jobs in an area where unemployment was, until recently, very high. Additionally, the use of local suppliers ensures that the tourism spend filters through to local economies via the tourism multiplier effect.


1 Reviews of Family winter adventure in Finland

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2019 by

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

Husky dog sledding and playing with husky puppies

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

Make sure to pack some spare clothes in a travel bag separate your suitcase as our suitcase didn't make it on the flight from Heathrow (but did turn up the next morning)

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

Definite benefit to local people and communities. Hotel offered purchase of a tree to be planted in their forest which would offset C02 of trip over 10 years. Perhaps would be better if this was included in package (as a non optional extra)

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

Amazing experience for the whole family and we had the best family holiday we have ever had. Accommodation was brilliant as well as the activities.

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