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7 days - Family friendly program designed for young children

Enjoy an authentic Christmas experience with your family in Finland. We all love the thrill of showing our kids the best that life can be, and this is one tradition we know how to celebrate. A landscape of snow, Finnish Christmas traditions and cuisine combined with Santa and his elves will set their imaginations soaring.

We provide snow, great family friendly accommodation, fun activities and simple pleasures such as singing around a tree, freshly baked biscuits and promenading in the forest looking for Christmas trees. You just need to provide your time.

This trip runs on specific dates and books up early.

Highlights include

  • Enjoy Christmas Eve with a traditional buffet table and get-together by the fireplace
  • Authentic Christmas experience with your family in Finland
Day 1
Welcome by one of Santa's Elves
Day 2
Outdoor Activities and a search for Santa
Day 3
Traditional Christmas Eve Celebration
Day 4
Christmas Day husky ride then an evening campfire in nature.
Day 5
Boxing Day - a 'taster' of outdoor activities by the lake
Day 6
Day For Optional Activities - cross country skiing, ice-fishing, wellness centre visits
Day 7
Good Bye Finland
Start/End Place
Kajaani, Finland tours
Country Visited
Finland tours
Duration
7 Days
Type
Touring
Suitability
Easy Christmas tour - suits families with young children with accommodation contained within hotel complex.
Code
CHF002

Details

Transportation

Local buses, dog sleds, snow mobile safaris and transfer from local airport, Kajaani.

Included
  • 6 night accommodation and breakfast
  • 5 x half board dinner, 1 x Traditional Finnish Christmas Eve Dinner, 1 x Christmas Eve lunch
  • Return transfer from Kajaani airport
  • Welcoming drink
  • Evening sauna & jacuzzis daily
  • All activities listed in the itinerary: Fairy Tale Christmas tour in Christmas village, Santa's visit, short husky dog sleigh drive. Other activities listed are tasters. Longer versions of these tasters can be added as optional activities.
  • Babysitters for three days.
  • Note: there is a special Christmas transfer bus on the 22nd Dec for the 17.00 flight. Enjoy the Christmassy transfer together with an elf, have a cup of traditional Finnish glogg and gingerbreads on the bus!
  • Children's activities at the hotel such as kick-sledges, toboggans, DVD movies, Playstation and Nintendo WII games, Children's playroom, wireless internet, boardgames and library are also included. We suggest also bringing along your own favourite Christmas DVDs to watch as well. Drying closet for outdoor clothes available in the lobby.
Not Included
  • International flight tickets
  • Luggage porter service
  • Meals other than described. Lunch can be organised when you are there at EUR 18 for adults, EUR 9 for children.
  • Winter clothing. You have the option to hire a complete winter outfit (EUR 25 per day for adults, EUR 12 per day for children.
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Any items of personal nature.

There are many optional activities such as husky safaris, snowmobiling, snowshoe tours, cross country ski tours, ice-fishing, rapid floating available that can be pre-booked. There is also a comprehensive wellness centre in this hotel.

Unlike many of our Christmas programs, this trip is based below the Arctic Circle and therefore, you are unlikely to see the Northern Lights at this location.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome by one of Santa's Elves

You will be welcomed by one of Santa's Elves at Kajaani airport approx. 5pm in the evening. Transfer to Hotel Kalevala, 1.5 hr - 2 hour journey. You will be offered a cup of traditional Finnish glogg and gingerbread on this journey.

Enjoy a welcome dinner/supper in the restaurant overlooking the lake.

Meals
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Kalevala

Day 2 - Outdoor Activities and a search for Santa

This morning is free for outdoor activities: tobogganing, kick-sledding, making snow angels & visiting our reindeers. Enjoy the taste of short horse sleigh tour and snowmobile sleigh drive. Hot juice will be served by an open fire.

After lunch, it's time to find the main man of Christmas. Elves will help you on your quest to find the red-suited, long-bearded Santa. Children will meet Santa Claus, the real Finnish Joulupukki, who always has time to listen to your Christmas wishes and secrets. Tour duration appr. 2 hours. In the evening enjoy a sauna and have dinner in the restaurant.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Kalevala

Day 3 - Traditional Christmas Eve Celebration

After breakfast we'll make a magical journey by foot and snowshoes across the snowy landscape and bring the Christmas tree inside the restaurant. The big duty for the children is to decorate it. After traditional Christmas rice-porridge and lunch at the hotel, visit the church yard of Kuhmo. Everyone can light a candle for their loved ones far away.

In Finland Santa Claus comes traditionally on Christmas Eve. In the evening, enjoy Christmas Eve with a traditional buffet table and get-together by the fireplace. Transfer to Christmas night mass at Kuhmo church.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Kalevala

Day 4 - Christmas Day husky ride then an evening campfire in nature.

Christmas Day is husky riding day. A Joyful atmosphere is guaranteed by the huskies who are always happy to meet new people. Everyone gets a chance to enjoy a husky sleigh ride or to drive him/herself (Duration: 3.5 hours). Note: Participants are split into smaller groups so your husky day could be today or the following one.

Enjoy dinner in the restaurant. In the evening we will make a short journey outside to see the stars, moon, northern lights. We'll walk along the frozen lake to Harakkasaari Island and enjoy a traditional campfire evening including hot juice, sausages and listening to nature by night and in the darkness.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Kalevala

Day 5 - Boxing Day - a 'taster' of outdoor activities by the lake

After breakfast we will have traditional "Boxing Day" by the lake. Enjoy the taste of reindeer, and sleigh drive and kick-sledge competitions. Toboggans are available also. Hot juice will be served by an open fire. Free time for relaxing, optional activities, cross-country skiing... Dinner with folklore program.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Kalevala

Day 6 - Day For Optional Activities - cross country skiing, ice-fishing, wellness centre visits

This is a day for relaxing and optional activities. Enjoy an evening sauna and dinner at the restaurant.

Please check what optional activities are available for today, shortly after you arrive, or check with us prior. Some options are husky safaris, snowmobiling, snowshoe tours, cross country ski-school and tours, ice-fishing, rapid floating and much more. We can give you the prices and times beforehand if you want to plan this.

There are also wellbeing treatments available. Worth trying is definitely the peat sauna and traditional finnish bonesetting. After these two, try also herbal jacuzzi, foot treatments, reiki, classical massage. Some of these activities are only available at limited times so check on your arrival.

In the surrounding area, for those interested in history and culture, there is the Winter War Museum and Juminkeko - a cultural centre for Kalevala's national epic of Finland and Karelian culture.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Hotel Kalevala

Day 7 - Good Bye Finland

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Kajaani.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Adult prices are twin share per person unless otherwise specified. Please contact us for quad or triple share prices. Early indicative prices for 2019.

Dates
Start Date
End Date
Price
Status
Accommodation
22 Dec 2019
28 Dec 2019
22 Dec 2019
28 Dec 2019
AUD 2,485
On request
Standard
22 Dec 2019
28 Dec 2019
22 Dec 2019
28 Dec 2019
AUD 288
On request
Extra for Single
22 Dec 2019
28 Dec 2019
22 Dec 2019
28 Dec 2019
AUD 3,062
On request
Superior
21 Dec 2019
27 Dec 2019
21 Dec 2019
27 Dec 2019
AUD 3,208
On request
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Important Information

There are special rates for children, depending on their age and their accommodation needs. There are many rooms in this hotel with interconnecting rooms.

We can help you organize your train or air tickets to Kajaani. Skiing options are also available for you to enjoy before or after Christmas.

There is a pre-christmas and a post-christmas option for this tour.

New Year's Eve is celebrated in Scandinavia with massive firework shows and gala dinners. In particular, the capital cities of Oslo, Reykjavik, Helsinki and Stockholm put on great shows that are scattered across the town. Let us know if you are interested in extending your trip to enjoy this fabulous night in the city of your choice.

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