5 independent reviews for Winter cottage holiday in Finnish Lapland

Reviews for Winter cottage holiday in Finnish Lapland

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review 12 Feb 2018

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!

review 8 Apr 2015

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.

review 5 Feb 2014

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.

review 15 Jan 2011

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.

review 3 Jan 2010

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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