Winter cottage vacation in Finnish Lapland

“A brilliant balance of cosy winter cottage accommodation and adventure, this vacation gives you a taste of the best wilderness activities and plenty of free time to explore too.”

Highlights

Jeris | Gorgeous log cabin accommodation | Husky sledding | Snowmobile safari | Guided Cross country ski tour | Snowshoe hiking | Visit to Torasieppi Reindeer Farm and Winter Village

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Our top tip:
On free days, grab some snowshoes or skis and explore the serene surroundings.
Trip type:
Small group, 4-16 people.
Activity level:
Leisurely/Moderate
Accomm:
Really cosy wooden winter cottages.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available in hotel for a surcharge.
Meals:
Full board - all meals provided.
Included:
Flights, transfers, listed activities, cold weather clothes, wilderness guide.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Small group family vacation

This is a 'small group family adventure' - typically you will join several other families and travel in a group of approx. 16 people. The trips are great value and a great way for you and your children to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves. Please check with the operator to confirm the minimum age for this trip

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Winter cottage vacation in Finnish Lapland

Environment

Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main 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 Lapland's inhabitants lived in rural areas and more than half the workforce worked in forestry and agriculture. Today 65 % of the workforce is in the service industry, 22% in processing and 10 % in primary production.

The area surrounding Jeris is no exception. Jeris is situated in a remote and genuine wilderness and so the impact of tourism here can be economically beneficial but must also be closely managed.

The growth in tourism and service provision in the area 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 Lapland's 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.

Community

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.

Jeris and its sister company Harriniva are family-owned establishments and have the local area at their centre. They are both remotely situated and provide vital sources of employment for local people. Thus helping ensure that the benefits of the tourism are felt locally. This also helps to stem the flow of young people moving to more urban areas in order to find employment which in turn helps to preserve local cultures and traditions.

We also however have deliberately made this vacation 6 nights in duration. We would never encourage anyone to travel to Lapland for less than three nights as there is little benefit to the region, guest or environment from such trips. This vacation allows visitors an insight into the local culture and some fabulous activities.

Jeris has a strict responsible tourism policy principally focused on employing local people and using local suppliers as well as protecting the environment in which they operate. A great deal of thought is put into the planning of activity routes to ensure that they are able to be managed and sustained without causing any lasting impact on the environment.

We have included traditional and cultural experiences at Jeris to enable guests to get a sense of the area and the way of life which accompanies it. The Lapland Manor for example has been owned by the same family for hundreds of years and its principal source of income and the main way in which the family can now sustain its existence if through tourism. We are very proud to be able to help achieve this whilst at the same time allowing our guests the opportunity to experience Sámi culture and a different way of life. We always encourage local interaction and so provide guests with a list of useful words and phrases to help them during their stay and encourage them to try and learn some local words and put them to good use.

5 Reviews of Winter cottage vacation in Finnish Lapland

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Reviewed on 03 Apr 2018 by

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


It is difficult to single out one particular aspect of this most memorable vacation. The landscape was stunning from the snow-covered vastness and tranquility
to the clear unpolluted skies where the colours were vivid and pure by day and revealed so many stars at night along with the magnificent Aurora displays.
Every activity was a great experience: cross-country skiing was such fun, the visits to the husky farm and reindeer farm were great as well as informative and
the Sami museum was very interesting indeed. The chef at Muotka Lodge was excellent. Matt was a great rep too.

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


Wear layers as you do get 'hot' when cross-country skiing. You do need good gloves/mittens and liners as the mittens provided are fine for Aurora watching
out at night or for sitting as passenger in sled or on snowmobile but you cannot hold anything with them so you'd need your own for flexibility.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes it was great that all the guides were Finns and it was good to be supporting the local economy so dependent on tourism. I also felt that the tourism was
carried out in a sustainable way as most Finns so rightly feel very proud of their environment respecting a delicate balance between Man and Nature.

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


Excellent.

The only point I felt a little disappointed in is that at Muotka Lodge, staying in the main hotel accommodation, we had to book the sauna and slots were for one hour which resulted in us not getting into the sauna at all during our whole visit as when we returned from anywhere it was already booked. I would certainly have made use of the sauna if it had been freely available for guests in the late afternoon for example without the need to pre-book.

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2018 by

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


The wonderful scenery, peace and quiet!

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


Take advantage of the free time to relax, don't takee too many clothes you won't need them!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think so.

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


Wonderful.

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2018 by

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


The most memorable part of the vacation was arriving in Kitilla to a temperature of -29 degrees and the very strange feeling of the water in your nose freezing! However this did not deter us from dipping into the frozen lake several times during our stay which I definitely recommend. The snowmobile safari was our favourite activity.

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


Definitely bring heat pads which you will need for the husky safari and lunch in the ice restaurant

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes definitely benefitted the local businesses

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


Great once in a lifetime experience

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2018 by

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


Seeing northern light above us as soon as we got there. Husky sledding. And everything else. Amazing.

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


Buy alcohol in duty free to take with you if u want a cheaky one at your cabin

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so

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


Once in a life time trip so good that I'm going back next year

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2017 by

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


All of it! It was wonderful. We all loved different activities. I enjoyed the reindeer sleigh ride and the husky sledding while my 8 year old preferred the thrill of
the snowmobile ride! The cross country skiing and snowshoeing required more skill than we expected. However, the scenery for every activity was stunning
and definitely the star.

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


Do it! buy some good thermal underwear. buy a bulk pack of hot hands hand warmers from amazon as they were worth their weight in gold!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All the activities were run by local people.

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


Fabulous

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