Christmas Holiday

Family Christmas Adventure
7 Days
22 Dec
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Enjoy an authentic family Christmas in a charming, small resort on the edge of Lake Lammasjärvi, close to the town of Kuhmo. Experience the pristine and beautiful snowy landscapes, along with Finnish Christmas traditions and cuisine. The fun includes a meeting with Santa Claus, decorating the Christmas tree, feeding the hotel's reindeers, and traditional, festive Christmas Eve lunch and dinner. Your tour arrangements include accommodation, use of outer winter clothing, airport transfers, guided excursions and use of kick sleds and toboggans.

22 December: Arrival Kajaani Airport
Upon your arrival at Kajaani Airport, transfer to the hotel. For those on the flight arriving at approximately 17:00hrs, there is a special transfer with a Christmas elf on board, gingerbreads and traditional Finnish glogg! After arriving at the hotel, enjoy a welcome drink before dinner. 

23 December: Winter Snow Fun and Meet Santa Claus 
After breakfast, there is time to explore this beautiful lakeside resort. Try some tobogganing, kick-sledding, make a snow angel, or visit and feed the hotel's resident reindeer. Later in the afternoon, the children will meet Santa Claus, to ask for their special Christmas wishes. Time to enjoy a sauna and jacuzzi before dinner at the hotel. 

24 December: Christmas Tree Decoration and Kuhmo Church Visit
After breakfast, take a magical journey across the snowy landscape to find the perfect Christmas tree. The Christmas tree is then brought into the hotel's restaurant, where everyone will help decorate it. Lunch today will include a traditional Christmas rice pudding- there is a special prize for the person who finds the almond hidden in the pudding!  In the afternoon, transfer by bus to the Kuhmo church yard, where you will be able to light a candle. Then tonight, a fabulous and festive traditional Christmas Eve buffet dinner is served.

25 December: Christmas Day
Today is a day to relax, or perhaps take one of the optional activities offered- these include snowmobile safaris, husky safaris, ice fishing, cross country skiing and lessons, snowshoe walks, Nordic Walking, swimming in hte river rapids, and more. There are optional activities to suit just about all ages!  Enjoy an evening sauna and jacuzzi before dinner, then later tonight sit by a traditional campfire, and feast on sausages and hot drinks.

26 December: Boxing Day +  Fun Sleigh Rides
After breakfast, it's time for some great, family oriented winter fun. You can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, husky sleigh drive or a snowmobile sleigh drive, with hot drinks served by an open fire. Toboggans and kick-sleds are also available for use. The afternoon is at leisure, to relax or try one of the optional activities on offer, then tonight offers a special dinner at the hotel, with an emphasis on local flavours and culture.

27 December: Family Husky Safari, Snowmobile Safari or Ice Fishing,
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you can choose from one of the following excursions- a family husky safari (3-4 hours, 2 persons sharing each sled), a snowmobile safari (2 hours, 2 persons sharing each snowmobile, minimum age 5 years) or ice fishing (2-3 hours, minimum age 6 years). The remainder of the day is free to relax - you could also try some of the treatments offered at the hotel spa, including a peat sauna, herbal jacuzzi bath and traditional Finnish massage. Or ask the hotel to call you a taxi and head into Kuhmo village (approx. 3km from the hotel) for some shopping. Enjoy an evening sauna and jacuzzi before dinner at the hotel.

28 December: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel this morning before your transfer to Kajaani Airport and end of arrangements.  

Departures:   22 December 2017

Includes:  return Kuhmo aiport-hotel transfers, 6 nights accommodation in a standard hotel room at Hotel Kalevala* with daily breakfast, 5 x dinners, 1 x Christmas Eve Traditional Gala Dinner, 1 x Christmas Eve lunch Day 3, lunch Days 2, 4, 5 and 6, welcome drink on arrival, 7 days use of thermal outer wear; evening sauna and jacuzzis daily, Snow Fun and Meet Santa Claus excursion, Christmas Tree Decoration and Kuhmo Church Visit, Traditional Finnish Winter Sleigh Rides, 1 choice of excursion: Family Husky Safari, Snowmobile Safari or Ice Fishing, free use of kick-sleds and toboggans, childrens playroom with DVD movies, Playstation 2 and Nintendo WII games, wireless internet, board games, library, fireplace, and a drying closet for outdoor clothes at the lobby. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Excludes:  optional activities and spa services, lunch Days 1 and 7

Tour Notes: The excursions operate with a minimum of 2 persons - if you are a solo traveller and there is no second person booked on an excursion, you may be required to pay additional fees in order for the excursion to proceed.

Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid driving license and be 18 years of age or over. All single travellers must drive their own snowmobile solo. Children under 18 years sit in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. Children under 4 are not permitted on snowmobile safaris. Please note in the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions small children may not be allowed to participate in safaris.

Husky Safaris: Older children may be able to drive a husky team themselves but this depends on the child’s size and other factors. The guide has the discretion to decide who may or may not drive a husky sled and who must sit in the guide’s sled. Children 4 –12 years sit in the guide’s sled during safaris. Children under 4 are not permitted on husky safaris. Please note in the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions small children may not be allowed to participate in safaris.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2520.00
Single AUD$ 2792.00

Includes:  return Kuhmo aiport-hotel transfers, 6 nights accommodation in a standard hotel room at Hotel Kalevala* with breakfast, 5 x dinners, 1 x Christmas Eve Traditional Gala Dinner, 1 x Christmas Eve lunch Day 3, lunch Days 2, 4, 5 and 6, welcome drink on arrival, 7 days use of thermal outer wear; evening sauna and jacuzzis daily, Snow Fun and Meet Santa Claus excursion, Christmas Tree Decoration and Kuhmo Church Visit, Traditional Finnish Winter Sleigh Rides, 1 choice of excursion: Family Husky Safari, Snowmobile Safari or Ice Fishing, free use of kick-sleds and toboggans, childrens playroom with DVD movies, Playstation 2 and Nintendo WII games, wireless internet, board games, library, fireplace, and a drying closet for outdoor clothes at the lobby. Babysitting is offered for selected hours on 25, 26 or 27 Dec only - children stay in the playroom under supervision.

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