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17 September
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Wednesday
19 September
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Thursday
20 September
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Back by popular demand welcome in the New Year with Solos on a snow-filled activity holiday in Finland. Combine the fun of snowmobiling, sleigh rides with huskies, horses and reindeer with bringing in the New Year at a gala dinner with fireworks and dancing into the early hours.

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Finnish New Year Adventure

Our destination for our New Year 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 set out on our first day to explore the Taiga Forest and frozen lake by snow-shoe. Our guided walk will not only let us take in the natural beauty of the area but we will also learn a new skill. We spend our second day in beautiful Lapland discovering the best way to travel in Finland – by sleigh! Our taster sessions will give you a chance to try out horse, husky and snowmobiles.

Snowmobiling

Our third activity day is a switch from horses to horse power with a day of snowmobiling! Together we will drive along Taiga Forest, stopping by an open campfire for a refreshing and warming drink. All these activities are part of your exhilarating trip, including use of skis, kick-sledges and sledges for the whole week.

Party like its 2018!

Our New Year celebrations will bring in 2018 with a bang! Our hotel will host a Gala Dinner, but before the party starts you have chance to look into what the coming year holds for you with a Finnish New Years tradition of tin casting with ‘Ms Fortune-teller’. The party continues with a DJ and fireworks to mark the moment we enter 2018.

Relax

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.

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

TEMPERATURE

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
We include: snow-shoeing in the Taiga Forest including hot juice (2 hours approx), horse sleigh ride, short husky dog sleigh ride, reindeer sleigh ride and a taster snowmobile sleigh drive with hot juice. 1 hour reindeer sleigh drive. Snow mobile safari (2 persons per snow mobile) including thermal clothing. New Years Eve celebrations including Gala Dinner, fireworks, fortune teller & disco. Free use of kick-sledges, sledges, DVDs, Playstation 2, 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
Ice-fishing
Ice-skating
Rapid floating
Nordic walking

Gratuities
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 % to add on.

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

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
27 Dec 2018 01 Jan 2019 5 All Ages £ 1699 BOOK

What's included:

  • Return flights (via Helsinki) & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Snowshoe tour
  • Sleigh taster morning (husky, horse & snowmobile)
  • 1 hour reindeer sleigh drive
  • Snowmobile safari
  • Use of sauna & Jacuzzi
  • New Years evening celebrations including tin casting, disco and fireworks
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Half Board:
    Breakfast and dinner daily including a Gala Dinner on New Year’s Eve

What's Extra:

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

Temperature:

  • Average daily minimum:
    -7°C Dec, -10°C Jan

NB:

  • Northern Lights sighting cannot be guaranteed.

 

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