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17 September
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18 September
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19 September
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20 September
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21 September
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22 September
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23 September
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A Magical Finnish Christmas

Join us for a magical Christmas on this fun-filled activity holiday in Finland, look forward to husky sledging on Christmas Day and of course a visit to Joulupukki, the "original" Finnish Santa Claus. Plus enjoy a fabulous selection of taster activities including snowmobiling, horse sleigh rides & reindeer drives!

Festive lights in London.

A Magical Finnish Christmas

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.

Snow action

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.

Hotel Kalevala

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.

Facilities include

The pleasant restaurant, with great views over the lake, offers excellent food, including a traditional Finnish meal on one evening during the week.


Rooms Include 

The 47 comfortable rooms all have a TV, hairdryer, bathrobe, minibar and direct dial telephone. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel.


3 hours


GMT + 2 hours


Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb -5°C, Mar -2°C,
Apr 03°C, May 09°C,
Jun 14°C, Jul, Aug 16°C,
Sep 10°C, Oct 05°C,
Nov 0°C, Dec -5°C

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Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Kuopio Airport to the Hotel Kalevala is approximately 2.5 hours, depending on weather and traffic.

Included Programme
Taster horse sleigh ride, taster snowmobile drive and taster reindeer drive. Husky sledging excursion on Christmas Day. Traditional camp fire evening with food and hot drinks, visit to Kuhmo Church for a remembrance service. Christmas Celebrations including Christmas Eve Dinner, Transfer to midnight mass, Free use of saunas and Jacuzzis. Free use of kick-sledges, sledges, DVDs, Playstation2, Wii games. Free Wifi.

What to Wear/Take

We recommend dressing in layers with warm, water/windproof casual daytime wear and comfortable, warm footwear, thick socks, gloves, a warm hat, thermal underwear and sunglasses. Please note thermo outer wear clothing is provided for the snowmobile safari. In the evenings, the casual, warm clothing is recommended.

More to Explore
Listed below are a few of the possible optional tours which may be on offer to you during your holiday. The prices and full details of all the tours will be given at your Information Meeting as the prices will be dependant on the number of people wishing to take the trip. Your Tour Leader will book the excursions for you but may not necessarily accompany you.

Ice sculpting
Rapid floating
Nordic walking

We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €25.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate Ͽo add on.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)
Dec -7 ºC, Jan -10ºC

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Choose an overseas holiday with confidence.  All holidays include flights and transfers in resort and are fully ATOL protected.

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
21 Dec 2018 26 Dec 2018 5 All Ages £ 1699 BOOK

What's included:

  • Return flights (via Helsinki) & transfers
  • Twin/double room for sole use
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Welcome drink
  • Taster horse sleigh ride, taster snowmobile drive & taster reindeer sleigh ride
  • Traditional camp fire evening with food and hot drinks
  • Visit to Kuhmo Church for a remembrance service
  • Christmas Celebrations including visit to Joulupukki the Finnish Santa Claus
  • Transfer to midnight mass
  • Free use of saunas and Jacuzzis
  • Free use of kick-sledges, sledges, DVDs, Playstation2, Wii games and library
  • Solos Board:
    Breakfast and dinner daily including a Christmas Eve Dinner plus lunch on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

What's extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • Optional excursions*:
    Ice fishing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Rapid-floating
  • Nordic walking tours
  • Winter swimming
  • Traditional Finnish bone-setting
  • Sports massage

  • *Subject to availability


  • Average daily maximum
    -7°C Dec
  • Booking conditions see here


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