Christmas Holiday

Christmas and New Year
Family Christmas Adventure
7 Days
16 & 22 Dec 2018 + 03 Jan 2019
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"We made some wonderful memories over Christmas at Hotel Kalevala. We travelled there with a 6 month old baby, 13 year and 11 year old. The location was stunning and perfect for our first white Christmas. There were so many activities to keep the kids and adults occupied during the stay. The kids (and adults) loved taking out the toboggans and riding down the slopes just outside the hotel. We went for lots of walks through the trails and by the frozen lake. There was a program of free activities including huskie sled, horse sleigh and chopping down and decorating a christmas tree. Every night we all enjoyed the sauna and the outdoor hot tub. We also participated in the following optional activities - huskie sled tour, cross country skiing, snow mobiles and Finnish massage. We thoroughly enjoyed every activity and if we could have fitted more in to our stay we would have." Kylie L., Melbourne 2017

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.

This tour is also offered before and after Christmas, with departures on 16 and 22 Dec 2018 plus
03 Jan 2019. The itinerary below is for the 22 December departure - notes for the other departures follow.

Day 1 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. 

Day 2 Winter Snow Fun and Meet Santa Claus 
After breakfast, there is time to explore this beautiful lake side area. Try some tobogganing, kick-sledding, make a snow angel, or visit 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. 

Day 3 Christmas Tree Decoration and Kuhmo Church Visit
After breakfast, take a magical journey across the snowy landscape to help 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 to the traditional church at Kuhmo, and perhaps light a candle for your loved ones far away at home. Then tonight, a fabulous and festive traditional Christmas Eve buffet dinner is served. For those who wish, there is also a transfer to the Kuhmo church for Christmas Eve Mass. 

Day 4 Family Husky Safari & Northern Lights Campfire
Today enjoy a family husky safari. Meet the friendly, happy dogs, who are always ready to make new friends, then enjoy an exciting sled ride, with 2 persons sharing each sled. The remainder of the day is free to relax - perhaps 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, later tonight sit by a traditional campfire, and feast on sausages and hot drinks- maybe the Northern Lights will appear!

Day 5 Reindeer Sleigh Ride & Finnish Dinner
Today enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride and a kick-sled competition, then maybe use one of the toboggans, for some relaxed winter fun. Enjoy an evening sauna and jacuzzi before a special dinner at the hotel, with an emphasis on local flavours and culture.dinner.

Day 6 Day at Leisure 
Today 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 the river rapids, and more. There are optional activities to suit just about all ages!  Dinner at the hotel.

Day 7 Departure
Breakfast at the hotel this morning before your transfer to Kajaani Airport and end of arrangements.  

Departures: 16 December* and 22 December 2018 , 03 January 2019*  Minimum 2 adults

* These 2 tours have a slightly altered itinerary as follows: Day 1 arrival; Day 2 Snowmobile Safari + Reindeer Sleigh Ride; Day 3 Husky Safari ; Day 4 Snowshoeing; Day 5 Christmas Tree Decoration + Meet Santa; Day 6 day at leisure; Day 7 departure

Includes: Return Kuhmo aiport-hotel transfers, 6 nights accommodation in a standard hotel room at Hotel Kalevala with daily breakfast, 5 dinners, 1 traditional Gala Dinner, lunch Days 2-6 inclusive, welcome drink on arrival, evening sauna and jacuzzis daily, guided excursions as in the itinerary, use of outer thermal wear, se 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. Please note the order of the excursions may alter.

Excludes: Optional activities, spa services, lunches other than on Day 3 .

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$ 1998.00
Single AUD$ 2553.00

Includes:  return Kuhmo aiport-hotel transfers, 6 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, 5 dinners, 1 traditional Gala Dinner, lunch Days 2-6 inclusive, welcome drink on arrival, evening sauna and jacuzzis daily, guided excursions as in the itinerary, use of outer thermal wear, se 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. Please note the order of the excursions may alter.

The prices shown here are the adult prices for this tour with standard hotel room accommodation. Children 4-12 years of age receive a discount on these prices and children under 4 travel free. 

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2486.00

Includes:  return Kuhmo aiport-hotel transfers, 6 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, 5 dinners, 1 traditional Gala Dinner, lunch Days 2-6 inclusive, welcome drink on arrival, evening sauna and jacuzzis daily, guided excursions as in the itinerary, use of outer thermal wear, se 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. Please note the order of the excursions may alter.

The price shown here is the adult price for this tour with superior hotel room accommodation. Children 4-12 years of age receive a discount on these prices and children under 4 travel free.