CHRISTMAS TOUR: Spend a white Christmas in the winter wonderland of Kuhmo near the Russia border. Visit Santa Claus in his home country, go sledding with horses and huskies, take a snowmobile sleigh ride and much more - guaranteed to be a Christmas to remember!
Christmas in a real winter wonderland of Kuhmo, near the border with Russia
Meet Santa Claus the real Finnish Joulupokki in his home country
Lots of winter activities including husky, horse and snowmobile taster sleigh rides
22nd December 2020. Upon arrival into Kajaani airport you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Kalevela. The drive takes about an hour and you'll travel through some beautiful snowy Finnish countryside on the way. On arrival at the hotel you will be greeted with a Welcome Drink before check in. This evening we will enjoy our first dinner together.
Day 2: Kuhmo
After breakfast we get to enjoy the area around the hotel. There are kick sledges and toboggans available to use and you can make snow angels or perhaps visit and feed the hotels 2 reindeer. Hot juice will be served by the open fire after our activities.
Later on this afternoon we meet Santa Claus, known in Finnish as Joulupukki. During the visit the children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes and secrets. This evening we return to our hotel for dinner and to take advantage of the on site saunas and jacuzzis.
Day 3: Kuhmo
This morning we take a magical journey across the snowy landscape of Kuhmo. We'll then get the special experience of heading out to fetch a Christmas tree, bringing into the restaurant we'll then decorate it together. In Finland it is a very important duty for the children to decorate the tree and today will be no different. Lunch today will be a meal of Christmas rice porridge, a very traditional dish served across Scandinavia during the festive season. In Finland rice porridge is very much enjoyed by the children especially as whoever finds the hidden almond wins a prize!
This afternoon we take a traditional visit to the churchyard at Kuhmo, we'll have the opportunity to light a candle for our loved ones near and far. This evening's dinner is an authentic Finnish buffet.
Day 4: Kuhmo
Merry Christmas everyone! Today is a free day to do as you please. There are lots of optional activities so why not go out on a husky or snowmobile safari, try your hand at snow shoeing or cross country skiing or just relax at the hotel.
After dinner this evening we have a traditional campfire evening which will include hot juice and sausages.
During one of the next 2 days you'll enjoy a fantastic Husky sleigh ride through the snowy surroundings. Guests staying at the hotel will be split into 2 groups and the exact day you do this excursion will be confirmed during your welcome meeting.
Day 5: Kuhmo
After breakfast you'll also get the chance to enjoy a short Reindeer sleigh ride taster. There are also kick sledges and toboggans available to use. Hot juice will be served by the open fire after our activities.
The afternoon is free to do more optional activities. Tonight we have dinner and a special Finnish folklore evening of dance, music and stories.
Day 6: Kuhmo
27th December 2020. Our amazing Christmas in Finland comes to an end today after breakfast and hotel check out with an included transfer back to Kajaani airport.
5 nights at the Hotel Kalevala (3 star)
5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners (inclusive of a Christmas Eve Traditional Gala Dinner)
Arrival and departure transfer from Kajaani airport on days 1 and 6
Visit to Santa Claus at his local home
Journey to collect the Christmas tree to bring to the restaurant for the children to decorate.=
Taster horse sleigh, husky sled and snowmobile safaris
Free use of kick-sledges, toboggans, DVDs, Playstation2 and Nintendo WII games, Wi-Fi and board games
Daily evening saunas and jacuzzis
NB - the following are not included:
-Items of a personal nature and additional meals -International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas -Tipping - An entirely personal gesture -Optional excursions
Children can travel at the child price ifbetween 4 – 12 years old. 0 – 3 years old are FoC and will be baby cot, baby bed or extra bedIf there is one child travelling with 2adults then they can share the room with an extra roll-away bed. If there are 2children then you can either ask if any of the family rooms are available orupgrade to a suite – make sure with the suite that you ask for the extra bedotherwise they will put the children on one sofa bed which isn’t acceptable.
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