Imagine reindeer sleighs swishing through the snow, cosy log cabins and crackling log fires plus snowmobile safaris, husky dog sledding, ice fishing, cross country and downhill skiing. This is Finnish Lapland as offered by Crystal Ski Holidays 2014/15.
In addition to this, the original people of Lapland, the Sami, bring a timeless touch to the place. They have carved out simple lives in the Arctic wilderness for centuries. Step into an age-old world of reindeer herding, husky farms and ‘kotas’ – tepee-shaped huts – that welcome you with blazing log fires and hot berry juice.
As for resorts, Ruka, only 25 minutes north of Kuusamo airport, was just voted Finnish ski resort of the year by the Finnish Skiing Association. It has an incredibly attractive resort centre at the base of the slopes and a popular ski school offering plenty of kids’ activities in addition to ski and snowboard lessons. Prices are from £409 per person for 7 nights (based on four sharing) at the three-star Ruka Suites with flights from Manchester and transfers departing in January 2015.
Then there is Iso-Syöte, south of Kuusamo, a small ski resort with the hotel and cabins at the top of the fell offering all the snow you can handle, from white-satin fells to frozen forests. Prices are from £525 for 7 nights (based on four sharing) at the Iso-Syöte Cabins with breakfast, flights from Manchester and transfer.
NEW for this season is Salla in eastern Lapland, close to the Arctic Circle. It’s home to over 10,000 reindeer and situated in the middle of an unspoilt wilderness with frozen rivers, lakes and fells. Activities include a Northern Lights reindeer safari and a snowmobile excursion to the Russian border, only 20 km away. Accommodation is predominantly in cosy wooden cabins dotted around in forests surrounding the ski slopes. Prices are from £429 per person for 7 nights (based on four sharing) at the Sallainen Cabins with flights from Manchester and transfer.
The season starts on Sunday 21 December 2014 and last departure from Manchester to Kuusamo is on 15 February 2015.
Other activities include
• Visit Santa’s secret home
• Snow shoe safari
• Husky farm visit
• Reindeer farm visit
• Night snowmobile safari
• Cross country skiing
• Traditional Finnish wilderness sauna
How to book? Crystal Ski www.crystalski.co.uk or call 0871 231 2256