Tailor made vacation in Lapland

“Take the sleigh reigns from Santa and make the most of ‘betwixmas’ on a winter adventure in the snow-covered pine forests of Finland”

Highlights

Cosy cottage accommodation (with private sauna and fire) | Husky safari | Reindeer farm & sleigh experience | Torassieppi Winter Village ice restaurant | Christmas dinner | Snowmobiling | Northern lights watch | Outdoor camp fire

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Tailor made vacation in Lapland

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Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

This short break in Jeris operates with great care for the environment. This careful consideration runs through every aspect of the trip, including its activities and accommodation.

Firstly, wherever possible, the activities aim to reduce harm to the environment. When the snowmobiles are in use, two people drive one snowmobile, limiting the number of harmful chemicals that would be emitted should each guest drive their own. For the duration of the trip, guests are given free access to snowshoes. This not only endorses participation in a healthy outdoors activity but also encourages environmentally-friendly exploration of the area.

Two animal-pulled sleigh rides are also included in the itinerary, during a reindeer and a husky experience. This, again, utilises completely natural resources that do not cause any harm to the environment. The animal centers used for this trip have been carefully selected due to their utmost care and consideration for the animals. The husky center prides themselves on the welfare and health of their huskies, and all of the huskies are visited regularly by a vet. The center also receives an annual inspection, as the huskies’ health is their highest priority.

The provided cottage accommodation also saves energy where it can. The cottages are warmed by a natural, log burning stove, rather than using a non-renewable energy source such as electricity. Each cottage is also within walking distance of the main, Jeris Hotel, which guests will visit for its many facilities. This eliminates the need for public transport during the trip, reducing the number of cars and buses driving in the area and therefore limiting the release of harmful chemicals.

Community

The accommodation is owned by a local, Finnish family, so every part of the itinerary remains close to the local community. For example, the reindeer farm is local, and the owners are extremely proud to share their farm and their knowledge with visitors, teaching them how to use a lasso and about other aspects of their lifestyle at the farm. The husky center is also a local business, where visitors learn about the importance of the animals and their vitality to Finnish economy and lifestyle, historically and currently. It is of great benefit for the local community to share their unique and vibrant culture with foreign visitors, as knowledge and understanding of another culture breeds respect.

Guests can also learn about the community by enjoying a taste of Finnish cuisine in this locally-owned hotel, as all meals are included in the package and served in the hotel restaurant. Here, you can try the traditional buffet and a selection of delicacies such as salmon and reindeer. This allows guests to appreciate the culture and the typical food that is eaten in Finnish Lapland.

Not only do cultural experiences offer a rich and unforgettable experience, but they also benefit the locals in a monetary sense. For example, eating local produce during the trip supports local food suppliers, providing them with financial support. Visiting local farms and making the most of their activities also provides business and income for small, often family-run establishments. Travelers are vital in their trade and this, in turn, greatly benefits the community as a whole.

7 Reviews of Tailor made vacation in Lapland

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Reviewed on 21 Mar 2013 by

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


This was a memorable vacation from beginning to end. Lots of winter activities that we took part in, with help and encouragement from an excellent guide. Saw the northern lights on two occasions - spectacular - and if we had had the inclination to get out of bed after midnight could have seen them on more occasions.

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


The operator provides lots of helpful information on what to take and what not to take - read it carefully - it is very useful. In addition to the balaclava provided we took "buffs" - thermal neckwarmers which were very good on the exceptionally cold nights aurora watching - down to minus 30 C on one occasion. The only part of you not protected by their thermal clothing is part of your face and it can get very cold, especially if you are traveling at speed in a snowmobile.

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


The local guide was excellent, and we visited several locally run and operated attractions.

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


It was excellent - far better than I had hoped for.

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2011 by

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


The husky sledging was amazing and we also got to see the northern lights we did something nearly everyday and enjoyed every minute, went to the ice hotel you can't really explain in words how pretty the scenery is you have to go and see it to believe it.

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


If thinking about taking kids especially aged 3 to 12 would only go for 3 to 4 days a week is to long for them especially as it is very cold and one day is not long enough. But would recommend go on your own if you can as it will be well worth it.

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


Definitely benefited local people as stayed around the same area and our guide was from Kittila in Finland.

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


10 out of 10 for the food, the hotel staff where excellent, Jaakko our guide and the tour company.

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2011 by

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


Driving a snowmobile - 80 km journey to visit the Lainio Snow Village. Quite an exciting ride!

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


Check the group's composition (nationalities) if you can. I didn't - we had 2 Dutch, 5 German and me. Fortunately the Dutch couple were very fluent in English. A German dictionary would have been useful - I had one at home.

The warm clothing supplied is very good quality, as is all the equipment. Unless you want to ski, you do only need thermals and the clothing supplied for the activities. The leader was very safety conscious and made sure everyone understood all precautions etc. You'll be safe.

Take goggles to wear if the forecast is lower than -5 - it's cold in the wind and sunglasses may not be enough eye protection.


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


Yes - used local people who bred Huskies and kept reindeer, the hotel was staffed by local people too.

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


Very good. I need to do another trip to see Northern Lights a bit better though!

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2011 by

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


Meeting the huskies after the dog sledding ride.

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


Make sure you do your own research about the Northern lights as there is very little information provided at Harriniva. Take a kettle. Take your own clothes if planning to do much cross country ski-ing - the overalls are too warm for this. Be aware that advertised times for activities include travel time & in the case of horseriding, preparing the horses & having a cup of tea afterwards so you actually get 1 hour riding for 140 Euros

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


Snowmobiles zooming around the countryside doesn't seem environmentally friendly. Some local people benefit ie those working at the hotel but not others as guests are not encouraged or enabled to visit anywhere locally.

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


It served a purpose in that I was able to do a range of activities & try ski-ing after a serious knee injury. VERY disappointing not to see the Northern lights especially as I believe they were visible in Lapland one night at about 0200 but I knew nothing of it at the time - there needs to be a system to inform people if they appear. Generally I found Harriniva rather impersonal & commercially driven. The vacation was poor socially; luckily I took a lot of things to do & don't mind spending time in my own company.

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2010 by

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


We thought really hard about what was the best part of our vacation and it was too tough to choose just one; husky sledging was top of my list and snow mobiling was my partners favourite (probably because he reckoned he was James Bond). But New Years eve was also amazing and unique, we went out with the rest of the hotel's guests to a frozen lake and sat around a bonfire and drank hot berry juice and champagne whilst watching fireworks, it was so magical.

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


Try as much of the local lappish food as possible. On a free day take the opportunity to visit Levi and go up the world cup gondola, the views are spectacular (even if you are not skiing it is still worth the trip up).

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


All the organised activities were with locally employed and family run businesses.

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


We will struggle to ever top this amazing vacation. The whole vacation was organised very well, the hotel was friendly and would go out of their way to help you with anything, they even noticed it was my Birthday. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The activities were excellent value for money and the food was always exciting and different every night. There was enough time to rest and relax in between the activities, but not so long you get bored! We could not have asked for a more perfect vacation.

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2010 by

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


All amazing.

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


Leave the stilettos at home! Comfy clothes - and don't expect luxury at the hotel - it is fantastic, and friendly, and I have no complaints at all at all at all, they are such a nice team - just, it's not a Hilton.

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


Yes, definitely. It was superb.

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


It was glorious. Unimprovable. Thank you.

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2010 by

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


New Year's Eve celebrations by the river - fireworks and frozen champagne!

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


Be prepared for a 5 hour snowmobile safari and take plenty of painkillers!

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


Yes.

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


9/10.

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