Winter cottage holiday in Finnish Lapland

“A brilliant balance of cosy winter cottage accommodation and adventure, this holiday gives you a taste of the best wilderness activities and plenty of free time to explore too.”

Highlights

Jeris | Gorgeous log cabin accommodation | Husky sledding | Snowmobile safari | Guided Cross country ski tour | Snowshoe hiking | Visit to Torasieppi Reindeer Farm and Winter Village

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2020: 5 Jan, 12 Jan, 19 Jan, 26 Jan, 2 Feb, 9 Feb, 16 Feb, 23 Feb, 1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 5 Apr
Our top tip:
On free days, grab some snowshoes or skis and explore the serene surroundings.
Trip type:
Small group, 4-16 people.
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate
Accomm:
Really cosy wooden winter cottages.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available in hotel for a surcharge.
Meals:
Full board - all meals provided.
Included:
Flights, transfers, listed activities, cold weather clothes, wilderness guide.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type

Small group family holiday

This is a 'small group family adventure' - typically you will join several other families and travel in a group of approx. 16 people. The trips are great value and a great way for you and your children to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves. Please check with the operator to confirm the minimum age for this trip

Responsible tourism

Winter cottage holiday in Finnish Lapland

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main 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 Lapland's inhabitants lived in rural areas and more than half the workforce worked in forestry and agriculture. Today 65 % of the workforce is in the service industry, 22% in processing and 10 % in primary production.

The area surrounding Jeris is no exception. Jeris is situated in a remote and genuine wilderness and so the impact of tourism here can be economically beneficial but must also be closely managed.

The growth in tourism and service provision in the area 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, effective usage of resources and to increase export.

Approximately a quarter of Lapland's 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.

Community

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.

Jeris and its sister company Harriniva are family-owned establishments and have the local area at their centre. They are both remotely situated and provide vital sources of employment for local people. Thus helping ensure that the benefits of the tourism are felt locally. This also helps to stem the flow of young people moving to more urban areas in order to find employment which in turn helps to preserve local cultures and traditions.

We also however have deliberately made this holiday 6 nights in duration. We would never encourage anyone to travel to Lapland for less than three nights as there is little benefit to the region, guest or environment from such trips. This holiday allows visitors an insight into the local culture and some fabulous activities.

Jeris has a strict responsible tourism policy principally focused on employing local people and using local suppliers as well as protecting the environment in which they operate. A great deal of thought is put into the planning of activity routes to ensure that they are able to be managed and sustained without causing any lasting impact on the environment.

We have included traditional and cultural experiences at Jeris to enable guests to get a sense of the area and the way of life which accompanies it. The Lapland Manor for example has been owned by the same family for hundreds of years and its principal source of income and the main way in which the family can now sustain its existence if through tourism. We are very proud to be able to help achieve this whilst at the same time allowing our guests the opportunity to experience Sámi culture and a different way of life. We always encourage local interaction and so provide guests with a list of useful words and phrases to help them during their stay and encourage them to try and learn some local words and put them to good use.

5 Reviews of Winter cottage holiday in Finnish Lapland

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Reviewed on 12 Feb 2018 by

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


The most memorable part of our holiday was on both the husky safari when you suddenly burst through the tree line into a frozen lake with nothing but untouched wilderness all around you. It was such an amazing really to be so immersed in your surroundings and involved with the husky's all at the same time.

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


Book one of the wilderness cabins! When you return from one of the many activities it is just magical to be able to lift a fire, put the sauna on and relax before your next activity or delicious meal! Book this holiday or else regret it is my number one tip!

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


The holiday definitely benefited local people as tourism and reindeer herding
is obviously a major source of income for them. However the activities always respected the animals and the environment with little to no carbon footprint as it was all husky, Reindeer or human leg powered!

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


I would rate this holiday as the best myself and my partner have ever had. The location, the organisation, the activities, the food, the service ... absolutely faultless. We want to go back immediately!!! Ten out of ten!

Reviewed on 08 Apr 2015 by

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


The whole week was wonderful, doing things we'd never done before - cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, a reindeer sled ride, walking across the lake for coffee and cake in the Reindeer café, getting overheated in the smoke sauna and then cooling off with a dip in the icy lake, but the undoubted highlight was being pulled 18km over frozen lakes and through snowy forests by six beautiful and energetic huskies. Relaxing in our own sauna in our cosy cottage at the end of each day's activities was a real treat.

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


On the free days, get out on skis or snow-shoes on your own and enjoy the surroundings and the cleanest air in Europe. We were in a group of 14 for activities and on a wilderness holiday it was lovely to experience the quiet and solitude that you can find without straying very far from the hotel.

Learn just a few words of Finnish - people really appreciate it if you make the effort and will be happy to teach you a few more.

Pay close attention to your guide. Toini, who accompanied us on all of our activities, taught us a lot about the Lappish culture, nature and the environment, and ensured that we got the best out of everything we did.

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


In Finland as everywhere in the world, people are leaving the countryside for the cities. Tourism in Lapland benefits the local economy and provides jobs for people who want to stay because they are passionate about their country and their way of life.

The only activity which I felt harmed the environment was the snowmobile safari. I am sure that this form of transport is vital for working people, but as a tourist jaunt it is polluting a place that is proud to be the cleanest in Europe.

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


I have wanted to visit the Arctic for a long time and had high expectations, which were met in full. It was a wrench to leave at the end of the week and the first couple of days back home I was really missing the snow and ice, the hospitality, and the sheer fun of it - we seemed to spend all week laughing at our first attempts at skiing, at the antics of our dog team, at the ice that our galloping reindeer Tony kicked up in our faces and so many other aspects of an amazing trip.

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2014 by

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


Being in an environment which was so different to our everyday environment.

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


Take your own ski clothing as well if you have it.

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


Unsure.

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


Wonderful, Brilliant.

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2011 by

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


Being out in beautiful natural surroundings, untouched, serene. It felt exciting to be so far up north.

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


Be prepared for the cold, mentally and physically. Bring loads of good layers of thermal underwear and warm socks and the like.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, definitely to a certain degree. I think the snow mobiles though great fun are quite noisy and polluting.

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


Excellent.

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2010 by

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


Lapland is really beautiful. We had a great time doing all the arranged activities and enjoyed meeting like-minded travellers. My 14 year old daughter and I especially enjoyed the snowmobile safaris and also the huskies. It was great to see wild reindeer wandering so close by in their own habitat and to see the respect of the local guides for the countryside, wildlife and local people.

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


You don't need to take too much stuff, as excellent quality boots and cold weather overalls are all provided. Do take head torches if you go in Winter, as it gets VERY dark and take tea and coffee etc with you if you want extra drinks or snacks in the chalet (there are no shops); you don't really need extra food though, as ample was provided. The food was very good at Jeris - they coped far better with my seafood allergy than any other holiday I have been on and provided a good variety of vegetarian meals. The chalets are VERY warm and well kitted out.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, local people seemed to benefit. The local guides were especially good and could not have been more helpful. Great care was taken to ensure the local countryside and wildlife were not disadvantaged by our visit.

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


Excellent holiday, plenty of time to chill out with the family in a fairytale setting. No hesitation in recommending this holiday to others.

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