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Family Christmas in Ylläs, activities

Family Christmas in Ylläs, activities

New and cozy, centrally located log cabin with own kicthen and sauna is a great choice for a family holiday in northern Lapland. The Äkäslompolo village is the original Lappish village on the northern side of the Ylläs hill with excellent services, activity selection and opportunities for skiing.

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.

In February the days are often sunny but it might be very cold. 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 middleswear and then winter outfit on top. 100% woollen socks are necessary. Please note that often morning are colder than the afternoons but some days might be freezing. That is why it is better to have some flexibility in schedule.

There are two cozy log cabins sharing the same yard. The smaller one is brand new,  built in 2016 and has 4 beds. The bigger was built in 1990 but got a new kitchen in 2014. The cottages are rented separately but if you book both of them, you can accommodate 14 people comfortably. Location is excellent close to the centre of the Äkäslompolo village but yet in its own piece with a bigger cottage next to it.

Activities included:

1. Mon 25.12. Visit to a husky farm with 9km husky safari 10.30 o'clock

You will be taken by car to a husky farm, where a wilderness guide welcomes you and will introduce the farm with 100 huskies. After basic instructions you will get on a 9km safari, 2 adults sharing one team of huskies. Children are sitting in a sledge of the wilderness guide. After the safari you will get in a Lappish hut to have some coffee and hot drinks. 

2. Thu 26.12. Aurora snowmobiling safari, 20-25km 2h at 18 o'clock

The Northern Lights take place in the sky in the Arctic and Antarctic regions in clear, dark nights. This safari will lead us to the wilds to observe them. During the safari we will have a break for a warm drink beside an open fi re. In case the Northern Lights are not visible, we can just admire the beautiful scenery and listen to the guide telling us about the ancient stories and beliefs of the Northern Lights. Adults will share a snowmobile, children sit in a sleigh. It is however possible that one of the parents also sits in sleigh (slightly lower price).

3.  Fri 29.12. Reindeer farm visit with 1km reindeer sleigh ride

Reindeer farmer Sami will introduce his way of living to you. You will meet reindeers and get on a sleigh ride in snowy forest. You can feed reindeer and try to use the lasso and will get some hot juice in a Lappish hut. There is also a reindeer gallery with reindeer products and art. 

4. Sat 30.12. Visit to the Lainio Snow village takes you to a huge snowy igloo packed with beautifully decorated rooms, ice sculptures, a chapel and Ice Restaurant. Your guide will show you around the village made entirely from snow and tell you fascinating stories of how it is created. You can buy a drink on the rocks at the spectacular ice bar and take your own time admiring all the amazing snow and ice art before returning to Ylläs by coach. Thermal clothing has been booked for you for this tour as you have already give out your overalls. 

In Ylläs you have some spare time after the Lainio snow village visit.  After your Lainio visit you will be take to Lapland hotel Saaga, where they have a luggage room.  You can swim and have lunch and then jump on bus in front of the hotel.  

In Helsinki you need to wait for the flight so we suggest to take the train arriving later and sleep long, then have breakfast in Tikkurila in a hotel (price will be appr. 13€/adult, 7,5€/child or less) and visit by foot the Heureka science park opening up at 10am (22€/adult, 15€/child). Then just take a normal taxi back to the airport. These costs are not included in price as it is up tp you.

 

FAMILY LOG CABIN: activities & transportation

Accommodation:

  • invoiced separately

Bus: Kolari-Äkäslompolo at arrival and Ylläsjärvi -Kolari on departure(12,60€/adult, 6,30€/child) -> this you have to pay in cash

Flights: not included

Distances from Hillakuja 4, 95970 Kolari): 

  • ski tracks 0,2km
  • slopes 3,5km
  • ski bus 0,3km
  • shop 0,6km
  • restaurant 0,6km

Meals: not included

Rental skies:

  • downhill skiing equipment and ski passes for 3 days (Tue-Thu) 

Activities: as described in product description above (1-5.)

Itinerary: sample

Sat 23.12.

  • 8.48 train arriving in Kolari  
  • bus to Äkäslompolo village 
  • time for lunch at hotel Ylläs-Kaltio (not included in price)
  • check-in to your cabin
  • grocery shopping etc. 

Sun 24.12.

  • own schedule

Mon 25.12.

  • 10.30-13.00 visit to a husky farm with a 9km long safari 
  • returning the cross-country skies to the rental shop in the afternoon

Tue 26.12.

  • downhill skiing (ski pass + equipment included)
  • ski bus stop taking you to the slopes leaves 350m from your cottage (price 3,50€/ride in the village, 7€/ride from/to the other side)

Wed 27.12.

  • downhill skiing  (ski pass + equipment included)

Thu 28.12.

  • downhill skiing  (ski pass + equipment included)
  • 18-20.00 Aurora snowmobiling safari

Fri 29.12.

  • 10-14.30 reindeer day: visiting ta reindeer farm with a 1km long sleigh drive

Sat 30.12.

  • check-out
  • 10.00-13.00 visit to Lainio SnowVillage
  • returning not to Äkäslompolo but Ylläsjärvi
  • time for visiting the Saga family spa (entrance included)
  • bus to Kolari railway station leaves in fornt of the spa
  • 18.20 night train leaves from Kolari station

 

LOCATION: Ylläs
Airport: Kittilä
Car rental: Kittilä airport
Railway: Kolari

 

 

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Location Lapland
Price 1617,20€ + cabin (separately) 1250€=2867,20€
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Month December
Timing 23.12.-30.12.
Duration 9 days
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