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Christmas 2017 in Ylläs, Lapland

Christmas 2017 in Ylläs, Lapland

Charming boutique hotel by lake Ylläsjärvi. Far enough from all the noise of the skiing centre but close enough to offer great opportunity for downhill and cross-country skiing. 
Own restaurant and luxurious world of sauna. 

Ylläs  is the largest ski resort in Finland. The Ylläs hill itself is 719m high. There are two villages, one on the northern side called Äkäslompolo and one on the southern side called Ylläsjärvi. Äkäslompolo is the original ski village. From both sides you have equal access to the slopes. By skiing the Finns understand cross-country skiing, which takes place on ski-tracks in nature. In Ylläs area there are alltogether 330 kilometers of ski-tracks, out of which 38 kilometers are illuminated. When it is not too cold, it is nice to take a day tour and ski slowly from ski café to ski café.    

If you have downhill skiing in mind, you could not choose a better destination in Finland as Ylläs is the biggest ski resort with its 63 slopes, 20 ski lifts and 53 slope kilometers.

Ylläs is located on the northern side of te polar circle so in December the sun does not rise at all. This period is called polar night. Major part of the slopes are illuminated as well as 38 kilometers of the ski-tracks so darkness will not stop you from skiing. For activities you will get extra warm overalls, boots, gloves and hats but for skiing you should be prepared with winter clothes. It is best to dress in layers: thermal underwear frist, then fleece middlewear and then winter outfit on top. 100% woollen socks are necessary.  

Aurora Estate  is a small boutique type of a hotel - or a quality guesthouse by lake Ylläsjärvi with spectaculous views over the lake, especially on aurora nights. The hotel has a world of saunas meaning two different kinds of saunas, an electric one and a traditional cmoke sauna, which is heated for several hours and after you finally get in, the heat is soft and mild. You can combine ice swimming to you sauna experience and aeither a hot tub or a hot jacuzzi.

Activities included:

1. Aurora snowshoeing

Snowshoe hiking opens up a whole new world of fun for winter visitors. Strap these somewhat cumbersome devices on your feet, and they will take you stomping safely through the snow-covered countryside. Then just keep walking! Enjoy a memorable moonlight walk over open snow fields and through snow covered forests with your guide. In good weather there is with luck a chance to see the Northern Lights. Alternatively we can rent for you snowshoes for the time of your visit and you can go snowshoeing any night on the lake ice if there are northern lights = 72€/7 days/person wereas one guided safari 3h = 68€/person. 

2. Snowmobiling safari to the Snow Village 6h

The safari starts by safety instructions and learning the basic skills, then takes you over the lake and through the forest to Lainio, where there is a SnowVillage with a IceBar, Snow Hotel and SnowRestaurant. you will have a guided tour in the Snow Village and then have lunch in a warm, normal restaurant before returning to Ylläs.  

3.  Husky safari 16km in the National Park of Ylläs-Pallas (also 10km version available .25€ but this is more beautiful ass it takes you to the National park)

The unique landscape of Ylläs is something to cherish. Therefore this safari is planned and produced in a most environmental friendly way. The speciality of this safari is that the trails go in National Park, in the middle of untouchable nature! This unforgettable and amazing experience starts from the Husky farm, where we will meet the dogs and get the instructions how to mush the Husky team. After we will take off with our teams and drive through snow-covered forests and over open plains. Half way we will stop to make a campfire and we will make sausages and have a hot drink. In this safari, snowmobiles are not used, the guides will also ride the Husky sledges.

4.  Downhill skiing and cross-country skiing

Time left for skiing and rental equipment can be pre-booked as well as the ski ticket unless you want to keep the freedom to choose if you go to the slopes or not. At the moment we've only included the cross-country ski rental 3 days and snowshoe rental 7 days. Downhills skiing day for one person counted at this season prices would be 83€ 

5. Sauna

Included in your package now is Christmas sauna package with smoke sauna, normal electric sauna, ice-swimming and hot tub for 2 hours and on nother selected night electric sauna, ice swimming and jacuzzi outdoors. 

 

CHRISTMAS 2017 IN YLLÄS

Accommodation: double room of a boutique hotel called Aurora Estate by lake Ylläsjärvi with amazing view over the lake

Meals: half-pension dinner and twoxlunch (at arrival wile waiting and during one safari)

Transportation: airport transfers in Kittilä included

Flights: not included, Norwegian 671,60€ as flexible tickets, which can be changed 351,80€ (as low fair, not possible to change, extra cost for luggage)

  • 21.12.Norwegian flight D8371 from Gatwick at 18.45 
  • 22.12. Norwegian flight D8140 from Helsinki to Kittilä 8.45 arriving 10.20
  • 29.12 Norwegian flight D8141 from Kittilä to Helsinki 10.40
  • 29.12. Norwegian flight D8370 from Helsinki to Gatwick 17.00 arriving 18.10

Itinerary:

Thu 21.12.

  • 18.45  flight to Helsinki arriving at 23,45
  • night in Glo airport hotel (at the airport) or Clarion (5minutes away)

Fri 22.12.

  • 8.45 Norwegian flight from Helsinki to Kittilä 
  • 10.20 arrival in Kittilä
  • airport transfer
  • appr. 11.00 arrival at Aurora Estate
  • lunch while waiting to be able to check-in
  • free, time to go and see the Ylläsjärvi village and settle down  
  • dinner

Sat 23.12. Downhill skiing (so you can see, how you like the location)

  • breakfast
  • ski bus to the slopes (3,50€ with ski ticket for a day)
  • slopes open from 10 to 19.00 (one-day ticket 2016-2017: 41,50€/person, 2 days 77,50€/person,ski package rental 38-49€/day, 62-79€/2-day)
  • dinner

Sun 24.12. = Christmas Eve (the day with most traditions in Finland)

  • breakfast
  • getting your cross-country skies and trying them (3-day rental 73€/person)
  • 12.00 Christmas porridge
  • 4h smoke sauna+electric sauna+ice-swimming+hot tub (or 25. or 26.12. as we can get it)
  • Christmas dinner

Mon 25.12. = Christmas Day

  • breakfast
  • cross-country skiing as you wish
  • dinner

Tue 26.12. = Second Christmas Day 

  • breakfast
  • cross-country skiing or another downshill skiing day (if we use the same rental company, I can make a deal you can change your skies back to downhill skies if you like by paying a small extra fee only in cash)
  • dinner
  • 19.00-22.00 Aurora snowshoeing

Wed 27.12.

  • breakfast
  • 10.00 snowmobile safari to the Snow Village (incl. lunch in a normal warm restaurant)
  • 16.00 return to Ylläsjärvi
  • dinner

Thu 28.12. Sledge dog safari 

  • breakfast
  • taxi to the husky basecamp (not included)
  • 9-12 or 13-16 husky safari 3h (=16km, includes a snack)
  • taxi or bus back to Ylläsjärvi (not included, bus 10€/person)
  • dinner
  • 4h electric sauna with ice-swimming and ot outdoor jacuzzi

Fri 29.12.

  • breakfast
  • 8.50 aiport transfer  
  • 10.50 Norwegian flight from Kittilä to Helsinki arriving 12.20
  • 16.00 AY1365 from Helsinki to Manchester arriving 18.10 

 

Category Tours
Location Lapland
Price 4529€ for two=2264€/person, 2199€/person for 3, 1983€/person for 4, 2025€/person for 5 and 1909€/person for 6, for single passenger 2538€ (without the smoke sauna evening)
Prices for children family version of this tour available for Feb break
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Month December
Duration 8 days
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