Lapland family winter adventure vacation

Countries:
Finland, Lapland
Price:
From £1475 - £1645 (7 days) including UK flights
Includes: Return UK flights, 6 nights hotel, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners, activities as per schedule (order subject to change), airport transfers, cold weather clothing, wilderness guides. Children from £1125 child (under 15 years)
Vouchers: accepted
Dates:
2014: 7 Dec
2015: 4 Jan, 11 Jan, 18 Jan, 25 Jan, 1 Feb, 8 Feb, 15 Feb, 22 Feb, 1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 5 Apr, 12 Apr
Availability:
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Late avail:
Last few places left on our 7th Dec 2014 departure - from £1475 including London flights
Reviews:
4 reviews4 star rating
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Lapland family winter adventure vacation

Responsible travel: Lapland family winter adventure vacation

Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main income source of employment and income replacing traditional industries such as forestry. Development from a period of extractive industry to an industrial society has come about quickly. In 1950 the largest part of Laplandís inhabitants lived in rural areas and more than half the workforce worked in forestry and agriculture. Today 65 % of the workforce are in the service industry, 22 % in processing and 10 % in primary production.

This huge growth in tourism and service provision has been developed in conjunction with a long-term sustainable tourism plan with one of the primary objectives being to maintain nature in its natural state while guaranteeing the traditional way of life. Much of this has been achieved along with membership of EU development programmes, aimed at diversifying sources of livelihood, effective usage of resources and to increase export.

Approximately a quarter of Laplandís 100 000 strong workforce was unemployed in 1997. Promoting entrepreneurship, ongoing re-education of the workforce and development of the educational system to suit the needs of enterprises is continuing. The target is to diversify the sources of livelihood, increase the value of refinement production and develop new enterprises particularly in the area of tourism. National measures as well as EU-programme measures support this objective.

We embrace this philosophy, employing local activity providers and using only locally owned hotels. In this manner we help to maintain jobs in an area where unemployment was, until recently, very high. Additionally, the use of local suppliers ensures that the tourism spend filters through to local economies via the tourism multiplier effect.

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The story of the provider of Lapland family winter adventure vacation

The founder of this company started as a family summer operator over 10 years ago. When he started adding a few Lapland vacations he was amazed at how popular they were and, avoiding the ski resorts, he set up more snow vacations in privately-owned accommodations in the wilderness. Today, these places are filled every winter with people living the dream - going on husky safaris across frozen lakes and cooking on log fires beneath the glorious Northern Lights. Many visitors book these vacations as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but find themselves returning again and again, unable to resist the magnificent snowscapes.

Lapland family winter adventure vacation

Reviewed 29 Dec 2011 by Brenda Foster4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Riding the snow mobiles over the most beautiful landscape in Nellim and experiencing the true culture of Finnish Lapland has to be the best, but there were so many things that we loved, the Nellim Wilderness Hotel and their staff, the other included tours that we did like the husky safari, cross country skiing, snow shoe walking. Everything has left a special mark on all of us. It's a credit to the operator who listened to what it was that we wanted out of this unique vacation dream and then suggesting just the right things that would make it into a reality.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take lots of layers, the weather is extreme but it's constantly a battle of hot and cold as you move from inside to outside. Putting the clothes on was the hardest challenge. You feel like you have just had a workout each time you get rugged up to go outside, then it's the battle of getting it off again. But so totally worth it :)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


It benefits the locals because it gives them work during the winter months and impact on the environment seemed negligible from what I could see.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Loved it, right from the first moment where we started organizing it with the operator (thanks Ali) who made it simply a joy to plan and book with. No question was ever too silly or too much of a problem. Highly recommend them to anyone wanting to book a vacation. The destination itself was magnificent and the hotel and their staff were lovely and made us truly feel at home.

Reviewed 28 Feb 2011 by Alastair Deery4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The husky sledding was the most interactive and therefore enjoyable day.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take good thermal underware.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes the immediate local Lappish economy somewhat. The environment is not specially abused or benefited.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We had a very happy and relaxing time. The local activities (Haariniva) guide Jaako was a particularly motivated, able, caring, patient and sensible guy. The hotel facilities and staff were very good.

Reviewed 30 Dec 2010 by Elizabeth Johnston4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The vacation was, quite simply, fantastic and it is difficult to pick "best bits". For me it was simply being outdoors in a very different environment. In addition I liked the fact that although the activities were very much "tasters" the people running them did not patronize or make participants feel ignorant tourists.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take warm undergarments and approach everything with enthusiasm. You will get far more from activities and the people running them if you show an interest, are prepared to give anything a go and generally involve yourself as much as possible.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Not entirely sure on this one. Clearly, the reindeer and husky farms benefit from tourism as do the hotel, ski centers etc. As to minimizing the impact on the environment?.. . not so sure

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Wonderful. We were a mixed group both in terms of age (13 - 83) and sense of adventure. But there was something for everyone; those who wanted to simply "ride along" and those who wanted to try everything were all catered for. Our guide was exceptional and hit the right balance between being kind and friendly and knowing when to let us have "family time". He was understanding and even handed with the entire group and showed particular sensitivity to my 83 year old Mum. The only reason I am not giving 5 stars is that, without a few more daylight hours, I cannot feel "reborn"!

Reviewed 08 Mar 2007 by Richard Green5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


16 year old son - snowboarding lesson booked separately
14 year old daughter - driving her own dog sled
Dad - driving own dog sled
Mum - the fabulous environment

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't buy expensive kit everything is provided from socks to snowsuits- take a hat so that you can tell each other apart. A great vacation for families with teenage children- small children would not be able to take an active part in many of the activities and might get cold. Book extra activities for free day before you go if possible to ensure availability.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - we used local reindeer farmer and local dog breeder/trainer of small family business - excellent service. Most activities were either from the doorstep or very nearby in shared transport.

4. Any other comments?


The best vacation we have ever been on and we would go on another tomorrow! With many thanks to the best guide in the business RAIMO. Thanks and we look forward to our next vacation.
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