Jeris - Family Adventure - Snowmobiling Trip
0 ½ weeks: UK to Finland (JAF)Jeris - Family Adventure
\"I am writing to you to say what a wonderful holiday we have just had in Finland. We have been very lucky over the years to have travelled extensively around the world, seen many beautiful places and met many interesting people of differing cultures. However I can positively say that this holiday was probably the best of them all! It has proven to be all that your brochure offered and the accommodation and service that we were granted was fantastic!\"
Trevor Brookes - February 2007
This is without doubt one of the best places in Lapland for combining active wilderness experiences with rest and relaxation. A stunning lakeside location, probably the purest air in Europe, spa facilities and excellent winter safaris are but a few of the highlights. But donít just take our word for it, read what a recent client had to say in the panel above. We think he sums it all up rather nicely.
Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Jerisjarvi you have a choice of accommodation between 27 en-suite bedrooms and 40 lovely winter cottages all with their own sauna and fireplace.
The hotel has 27 Scandinavian style bedrooms all of which have a private shower and toilet room as well as a clothes drying cupboard, TV and telephone.
The excellent restaurant overlooks the lake and serves traditional Finnish dishes as well as international cuisine. The bar, with its open fireplace, is the perfect place to relax before dinner or why not wind down in the lakeside spa? The spa is the ideal relaxation area after an active day outdoors. You can lie in one of the two small heated pools while enjoying views of the snow covered lake.
After a day in the winter cold you can warm up in an electrically heated sauna or test the real Lappish wood heated smoke sauna. For the really adventurous (some would say mad!), there is a 25-metre illuminated ice pool, which is kept open throughout the winter.
These high quality winter cottages vary in size sleeping from 2 to 6 people. Imagine returning to a warm fire or a private sauna after a day in the wilds of Lapland.
Each cottage has a lounge/kitchenette, sauna, shower and toilet room, fireplace, drying cupboard and TV.
Winter Cottage Type A
Sleeps from 2 to 4 people and consists of one spacious room with a sleeping alcove for two people and a pull out sofa bed for two more.
Winter Cottage Type B
Sleeps from 4 to 6 people with one bedroom downstairs and a loft sleeping area for a further four people.
Winter Cottage Type C
Sleeps from 4 to 6 people with two bedrooms downstairs and a loft sleeping area for a further two people.
Flights, Arrival and Transfers
You will be met on arrival and transferred to your accommodation. After settling in, itís just a short walk over to the main building for a welcome meal.
We drive to the old Lapland Manor where our local reindeer herderís family has lived since the 19th Century. There will be a short film presentation describing the importance of reindeer in Lappish life before visiting the reindeer farm. At the farm you can practice your lasso technique before setting off in a reindeer pulled sleigh for a 3km safari. Lunch is served by an open fire in a traditional Lappish kota.
We return to the accommodation after lunch where there will be time for snow activities within the grounds such as tobogganing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
The cross-country skiing trails start next to the hotel. Your guides will teach you the basics of this remarkably easy discipline before taking you on a guided skiing trip across the snowy landscape.
Snowshoeing & Ice Fishing
After lunch you don your snowshoes and head onto frozen Lake Jerisjarvi. Your guide will lead you to a designated fishing area where he or she will drill a hole through the thick ice. Everybody can then try to catch dinner in the traditional fashion - good luck!
Snowmobiles and Huskies
You will try two widely contrasting forms of winter transport today. Firstly, you will receive instruction and a safety briefing from your snowmobile guide before speeding off on a 20km safari to a local husky farm.
Once at the husky farm, you will meet the dogs and learn about their lives before driving your own team into the white wilderness of Fell Lapland. En-route, you will stop for lunch around an open fire. On returning to the husky farm, you again jump on the snowmobiles for the journey back to the hotel.
Departure, Transfers and Flights
After a few action-packed days, itís time to bid farewell to your guides before the transfer back to Kittila Airport for your return flights.