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Christmas (or New Year) 2016 in Vuokatti

Christmas (or New Year) 2016 in Vuokatti

Vuokatti is both rich in snow and in sports activities, both outdoors and indoors. Your Finnish Christmas will include a snowmobile safari or snowshoe tour as well as a 4h northern lights husky tour. For families with small children different set of activities.

Vuokatti  is a sport resort known for the excellent cross-country ski tracks. You can find winter in their ski and snowboard tunnels all year round. Vuokatti is located in north-eastern Finland, which gets their first natural snow typically in early November and the winter season lasts until mid-april. The distance from the town of Kajaani is only 35km. There are 150 kilometers of ski tracks in total, out of which 32 kilometres are lighted. 

Hotel Vuokatti  is located by lake Nuasjärvi, where all the services are within a walking distance. You will stay in an apartment hotel Vuokatti Suites. The groups 2-4people stay in hillside apartments, which are 49,5m2 and groups 5-6 people stay in bigger lakeside apartments (58,2). Both apartments have 2 bedrooms and a combined kitchen and living room and an own sauna. There is a modern gym and an experience sauna called Honkalinna. At Christmas all the guests get a chance to have sauna in this extremely comfortable sauna with lake views and a pool outside. Men and women will have their own sauna turns. 

Distances: 

  • Slopes 800m
  • Grocery store 500m
  • Safari house 450m
  • Katinkulta spa 3 km
  • Vuokatti sports institute 2,7 km

Vuokatti Husky  takes you dog sledding in the Winter Wonderland. In our Christmas package we have selected the Alfons' Runaway, which suites for the whole family. It is a 6 km long forest route, which is long enough to make you feel the charm of sledge dog driving. The route is driven in pairs so that in halfway the adults can change places and both get to try mushing . Children sit warn in the sledge.

Short winter days  are an experience in itself. At Christmas the lenght of the day in Kajaani is officially 4 hours. For approximately 6,5 hours you can see outside. Despite of this, nothing stops and in addiition to the lighted ski-tracks and slopes there are also a lot of indoor activities available: indoor activity arena, the snow boarding tunnel as well as the Angry Birds Activity Park, Freestyle Hall and Vuokatti Golf Arena.

24.12. Snowmobile safari to the Vuokatti hills

This snowmobile safari takes you up to the Vuokatti hills where beautiful winter scenery will open up. We drive this safari with brand new 2016 Touring model snowmobiles – due to new technology it’s safer and more environmentally friendly as it produces lower emissions. On our way back we’ll stop for a break and enjoy hot drinks & snacks. This safari suits well for beginners too.

Snowshoe adventure 1,5h (alternative to snowmobiling)

Snowshoe adventure is the perfect way to explore Vuokatti’s winter landscape authentically. We’ll start from our Safari Center where we’ll teach you how to use the snowshoes. We’ll head up to the Vuokatti hills and enjoy the snowy forest and amazing winter scenery. After the walk we’ll enjoy some hot drinks and snacks during the relaxing break.

26.12. Northern Lights Husky Tour 4h

Embrace the romance and beauty of the Finnish winter wonderland. Set of at night by dog sled. Powerful headlights cut through the darkness of the enchanted winter forest. As the forest gives way to the open frozen lake, on a clear night the heavens open up before your eyes hopefully offering up the spectacular scenery of the northern lights.

Relax by the warmth of the fire in our traditional Mongolian Yurt as your guide serves up a traditional “musher’s burger”, then step outside for another spectacular view of the night sky.

Come and enjoy this unique adventure being driven by your personal guide as you are wrapped in the warmth of reindeer hides, or join in the driving, either way this peaceful relaxing tour will glisten in your memory for a long time to come.

 

CHRISTMAS IN VUOKATTI AND HELSINKI

Accommodation:  

HELSINKI - couples/superior double room in a 4-start hotel with breakfast, famiies/apartment without breakfast (=self-catering)
VUOKATTI - holiday apartment with kitchen, own sauna and beds for 6 (2 separate bedrooms+sofa), 58m2, usage of gym and experience sauna included

Meals: half-pension/Christmas dinners brought to your apartment, twice dinner buffet at the Sports Institute. Lunch you can cook yourselves. Please note that the stores are open only until 12 midday on 24th and closed on the 25th and only open from 12 on the 26th.

Transportations: airport transfer, transfer needed for the husky safari

On the 24th and 25th the ski bus does not work, on the 26th you can move within Vuokatti by the ski bus, which is free of charge:

  • From your hotel to the slopes: 9.35,12.05,14.05,17.05, 5min and 800m
  • From the slopes to your hotel: 9.15, 11.45,13.45,16.45, 5 min and 800m

Flights: not included in price

Itinerary: 

Thu 22.12.

  • arrival in Helsinki
  • visit to the Helsinki Christmas Market
  • night in a city centre hotel (walking distance to Senate Square)

Fri 23.12. Arrival day

  • 11.55 flight AY201 from Helsinki to Kajaani
  • 13.15 arrival in Kajaani
  • airport transfer to Vuokatti 
  • 14.00 arrival at Hotelli Vuokatti
  • time to see around, go grocery shopping etc. (free Ski Bus can be used)
  • dinner buffet at the Sports Institute

Sat 24.12. Christmas Eve

  • breakfast
  • snowmobiling 2h or snowshoe tour 1,5h in the morning
  • Finnish sauna at hotel
  • Christmas dinner I brought to your aparment  
  • Santa Claus Visit if you like to organise a surprise

Sun 25.12. Christmas day (a very silent day in Finland in general, services closed or open midday)

  • breakfast
  • snowshoe rental so you can take a walk on the frozen lake, there are toboggans in your usage at the hotel
  • Christmas dinner II brought to your apartment

Mon 26.12.

  • breakfast
  • day as you like: you can visit the spa, Angry Birds Activity Park or take a snowshoeing tour (entrance tickets not included in price)
  • dinner buffet at the sports institute
  • transfer to the husky farm
  • aurora boralis husky tour 4h
  • transfer back to your hotel

Tue 27.12.

  • breakfast
  • 13.00 (10.00) departure to the reindeer farm with luggage
  • 13.30 (10.30) a short sleigh drive and soup lunch
  • 15.40 (11.40) departure to the airport
  • 17.40 (13.40)AY566 flight from Kajaani
  • 18.55 (15.30) arrival in Helsinki
  • connecting flight

LOCATION: Vuokatti
Airport: Kajaani
Railway: Kajaani

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Location Forest
Price 3116,25€/family of 4 adults
Prices for children 2744€/ family of 2 adults and 2 chidlren
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Timing 22.-27.12. or 23.-28.12.
Duration 5 days
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