About this holiday
Our destination for our Christmas celebrations is the Wild Taiga region of Finland. The region is a wonderful destination for winter activities (with eyes peeled for the Northern Lights) and famed for its wildlife, some of which is now either extinct or incredibly rare elsewhere in Europe. Its geography is dominated by hills, forests, lakes and rivers, which are home to moose, reindeer, and large carnivores including the brown bear, wolverine, grey wolf and lynx.
From our perfect winter wonderland setting, we have included a whole host of activities to get us into the Christmas spirit! We can enjoy a taster horse sleigh tour, taster snowmobile sleigh drive and taster reindeer drive where we can discover some of the best ways to travel in Finland! Plus with warming hot drinks around a traditional camp fire in the evening we can keep our eyes peeled for the magical Northern Lights.
We can also look forward to a festive Christmas Eve Lunch and Dinner and Christmas Lunch, a visit to Kuhmo Church where we can light a candle for loved ones and a transfer to midnight mass. On Christmas Day we can enjoy a husky sledging excursion and we can look forward to driving ourselves! All these activities and the use of sledges and kick-sledges are part of your trip and are sure to get you fill you with festive cheer.
After all our daytime activities, what we’ll need are nice relaxed evenings and that’s exactly what’s on offer at our hotel! On returning from our days of adventure you have access to the onsite sauna and Jacuzzi to relax your aching muscles. Or brave the cold for a lake-side sauna – immersion in hot water followed by a leap into the lake; not for the fainthearted.
Built in a style to mirror the surrounding nature, the Kalevala hotel sits on the shores of Lake Lammasjärvi in Eastern Finland close to the Russian border.
The pleasant restaurant, with great views over the lake, offers excellent food, including a traditional Finnish meal on one evening during the week.
The 47 comfortable rooms all have a TV, hairdryer, bathrobe, minibar and direct dial telephone. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel.