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Family Log cabin with activities in Ylläs

Family Log cabin with activities in Ylläs

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. Sat 30.12. Skiing: introduction to cross-country skiing 11 o'clock

In your package you have cross coutry skiing equipment for 6 days. You will first off close to the safari office, get the winter outfits and go to the ski rental shop to pick up your equipment with your skiing instructor. He'll then show you, how to use the skies. After the lesson, you may go and have lunch and then it is time you'll get your cabin keys. 

2. Mon 1.1. 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. 

3. Thu 4.1. 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).

4.  Fri 5.1. 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. 

Extra: on departure day in Ylläs you have some spare time after the Lainio snow village visit. We can arrange lunch and sauna with jacuzzi outdoors and a possibility to try ice swimming at Aurora Estate in Ylläsjärvi. Lunch 17€/adult, children -50%. Sauna 265€ for the whole family while waiting for the bus to leave to Kolari. Alternatively you can take a taxi to Lapland Hotel Saga, where there is a family spa. The entrance will cost 14€/adult, 7€/child. You can swim and have lunch and then jump on bus in front of the hotel. These costs are not included. 

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 (22€/adult, 15€/child) or take a taxi to the Fazer visitor centre and have a tour (120€/private tour). Then just 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

Train: night train with two sleeping cabins for two (in some wagons can be combined) 22.12. Helsinki at 18.51 - 23.12. Kolari at 8.48, 30.12. at 18.20 -31.12. at 8.48 at Tikkurila

Bus: Kolari-Äkäslompolo (12,60€/adult, 6,30€/child) -> this you have to pay in cash two ways

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: no (catering can be booked) 

Rental skies:  5 days cross-country or 3 days downhill skiing equipment package included (+ lift tickets for downhill skiing 95€/person for 3 days)

Activities: as described in product description above (1-4.)

Warm clothes: winter clothes for a week in Lapland included (overall and boots, you need to bring caps and warm gloves, for safaris balaclavas and superwarm hats and gloves available)

Itinerary: sample

Fri 29.12. (or 15.12.)

  • arrival in Helsinki
  • 18.51 departure from the airport by train (1 change in Tikkurila) 
  • night in train 

Sat 30.12. (or 16.12.)

  • 8.48 train arriving in Kolari  
  • bus to Äkäslompolo village 
  • getting the cross-country skies
  • 10.30/11-12/12.30 skiing instruction
  • time for lunch at hotel Ylläs-Kaltio 
  • checking in to your cabin
  • grocery shopping etc. 

Sun 31.12. (or 17.12.)

  • own schedule, the ski routes leave close your house and are well marked

Mon 1.1. (or 18.12)

  • 10.30-13.00 visit to a husky farm with a 9km long safari 
  • own schedule, the ski routes leave close your house and are well marked

Tue 2.1. (or 19.12.)

  • own schedule, the ski routes leave close your house and are well marked
  • 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 3.1. (or 20.12.)

  • own schedule, the ski routes leave close your house and are well marked

Thu 4.1. (21.12.)

  • own schedule, the ski routes leave close your house and are well marked
  • 18-20.00 Aurora snowmobiling safari

Fri 5.1. (22.12.)

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

Sat 6.1. (23.12.)

  • 10.00-13.00 visit to Lainio SnowVillage
  • returning not to Äkäslompolo but Ylläsjärvi
  • 13.-14.00 lunch at Aurora Estate
  • 14-16/16.30 sauna with outdoor jacuzzi 
  • bus (or taxi) to Kolari railway station
  • 18.20 night train leaves from Kolari station

Sun 7.1. (or 24.12.)

  • 7.39(with change)/8.58 (without change) train arrives at the Helsinki airport or in Tikkurila
  • luggage in storage
  • 9-10 breakfast at a hotel in Tikkurila
  • 10-11.30 visit to Heureka science centre (7min walk) or Fazer Visitor centre (13min drive, confectionary producer)
  • taxi to the airport 
  • connecting flight

 

Please note that the activity datea can and will change. Each timetable is tailored to the paritcipants. Also activity selection can be changed.

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

 

 

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Price Family of 2+1: 4229€, family of 2+2:4768€, family of 3+2: 5486€
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Timing 29.12.2017-7.1.2018 or 16-23.12.
Duration 9 days
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