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7 days - Family friendly program designed for young children
Enjoy an authentic Christmas experience with your family in Finland. We all love the thrill of showing our kids the best that life can be, and this is one tradition we know how to celebrate. A landscape of snow, Finnish Christmas traditions and cuisine combined with Santa and his elves will set their imaginations soaring.
We provide snow, great family friendly accommodation, fun activities and simple pleasures such as singing around a tree, freshly baked biscuits and promenading in the forest looking for Christmas trees. You just need to provide your time.
This trip runs on specific dates and books up early.
- Day 1
- Welcome by one of Santa's Elves
- Day 2
- Outdoor Activities and a search for Santa
- Day 3
- Traditional Christmas Eve Celebration
- Day 4
- Christmas Day husky ride then an evening campfire in nature.
- Day 5
- Boxing Day - a 'taster' of outdoor activities by the lake
- Day 6
- Day For Optional Activities - cross country skiing, ice-fishing, wellness centre visits
- Day 7
- Good Bye Finland
- Start/End Place
- Kajaani, Finland
- Country Visited
- 7 Days
- Easy Christmas tour - suits families with young children with accommodation contained within hotel complex.
Local buses, dog sleds, snow mobile safaris and transfer from local airport, Kajaani.
- 6 night accommodation and breakfast
- 5 x half board dinner, 1 x Traditional Finnish Christmas Eve Dinner, 1 x Christmas Eve lunch
- Return transfer from Kajaani airport
- Welcoming drink
- Evening sauna & jacuzzis daily
- All activities listed in the itinerary: Fairy Tale Christmas tour in Christmas village, Santa's visit, short husky dog sleigh drive. Other activities listed are tasters. Longer versions of these tasters can be added as optional activities.
Babysitters for three days.
Note: there is a special Christmas transfer bus on the 22nd Dec for the 17.00 flight. Enjoy the Christmassy transfer together with an elf, have a cup of traditional Finnish glogg and gingerbreads on the bus!
Children's activities at the hotel such as kick-sledges, toboggans, DVD movies, Playstation and Nintendo WII games, Children's playroom, wireless internet, boardgames and library are also included. We suggest also bringing along your own favourite Christmas DVDs to watch as well. Drying closet for outdoor clothes available in the lobby.
- International flight tickets
- Luggage porter service
- Meals other than described. Lunch can be organised when you are there at EUR 18 for adults, EUR 9 for children.
- Winter clothing. You have the option to hire a complete winter outfit (EUR 25 per day for adults, EUR 12 per day for children.
- Travel insurance
- Any items of personal nature.
There are many optional activities such as husky safaris, snowmobiling, snowshoe tours, cross country ski tours, ice-fishing, rapid floating available that can be pre-booked. There is also a comprehensive wellness centre in this hotel.
Unlike many of our Christmas programs, this trip is based below the Arctic Circle and therefore, you are unlikely to see the Northern Lights at this location.
Day 1 - Welcome by one of Santa's Elves
You will be welcomed by one of Santa's Elves at Kajaani airport approx. 5pm in the evening. Transfer to Hotel Kalevala, 1.5 hr - 2 hour journey. You will be offered a cup of traditional Finnish glogg and gingerbread on this journey.
Enjoy a welcome dinner/supper in the restaurant overlooking the lake.
Day 2 - Outdoor Activities and a search for Santa
This morning is free for outdoor activities: tobogganing, kick-sledding, making snow angels & visiting our reindeers. Enjoy the taste of short horse sleigh tour and snowmobile sleigh drive. Hot juice will be served by an open fire.
After lunch, it's time to find the main man of Christmas. Elves will help you on your quest to find the red-suited, long-bearded Santa. Children will meet Santa Claus, the real Finnish Joulupukki, who always has time to listen to your Christmas wishes and secrets. Tour duration appr. 2 hours. In the evening enjoy a sauna and have dinner in the restaurant.
Day 3 - Traditional Christmas Eve Celebration
After breakfast we'll make a magical journey by foot and snowshoes across the snowy landscape and bring the Christmas tree inside the restaurant. The big duty for the children is to decorate it. After traditional Christmas rice-porridge and lunch at the hotel, visit the church yard of Kuhmo. Everyone can light a candle for their loved ones far away.
In Finland Santa Claus comes traditionally on Christmas Eve. In the evening, enjoy Christmas Eve with a traditional buffet table and get-together by the fireplace. Transfer to Christmas night mass at Kuhmo church.
Day 4 - Christmas Day husky ride then an evening campfire in nature.
Christmas Day is husky riding day. A Joyful atmosphere is guaranteed by the huskies who are always happy to meet new people. Everyone gets a chance to enjoy a husky sleigh ride or to drive him/herself (Duration: 3.5 hours). Note: Participants are split into smaller groups so your husky day could be today or the following one.
Enjoy dinner in the restaurant. In the evening we will make a short journey outside to see the stars, moon, northern lights. We'll walk along the frozen lake to Harakkasaari Island and enjoy a traditional campfire evening including hot juice, sausages and listening to nature by night and in the darkness.
Day 5 - Boxing Day - a 'taster' of outdoor activities by the lake
After breakfast we will have traditional "Boxing Day" by the lake. Enjoy the taste of reindeer, and sleigh drive and kick-sledge competitions. Toboggans are available also. Hot juice will be served by an open fire. Free time for relaxing, optional activities, cross-country skiing... Dinner with folklore program.
Day 6 - Day For Optional Activities - cross country skiing, ice-fishing, wellness centre visits
This is a day for relaxing and optional activities. Enjoy an evening sauna and dinner at the restaurant.
Please check what optional activities are available for today, shortly after you arrive, or check with us prior. Some options are husky safaris, snowmobiling, snowshoe tours, cross country ski-school and tours, ice-fishing, rapid floating and much more. We can give you the prices and times beforehand if you want to plan this.
There are also wellbeing treatments available. Worth trying is definitely the peat sauna and traditional finnish bonesetting. After these two, try also herbal jacuzzi, foot treatments, reiki, classical massage. Some of these activities are only available at limited times so check on your arrival.
In the surrounding area, for those interested in history and culture, there is the Winter War Museum and Juminkeko - a cultural centre for Kalevala's national epic of Finland and Karelian culture.
Day 7 - Good Bye Finland
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Kajaani.
Adult prices are twin share per person unless otherwise specified. Please contact us for quad or triple share prices. Dates immediately before Christmas and immediately after are still available.
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There are special rates for children, depending on their age and their accommodation needs. There are many rooms in this hotel with interconnecting rooms.
We can help you organize your train or air tickets to Kajaani. Skiing options are also available for you to enjoy before or after Christmas.
There is a pre-christmas and a post-christmas option for this tour (starting on the 16/12/2018 and 3/01/2019).
New Year's Eve is celebrated in Scandinavia with massive firework shows and gala dinners. In particular, the capital cities of Oslo, Reykjavik, Helsinki and Stockholm put on great shows that are scattered across the town. Let us know if you are interested in extending your trip to enjoy this fabulous night in the city of your choice.
Interactive Tour Map
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Travelling with young children
Here are some suggestions and tips from our staff who have kids themselves, for travelling in Scandinavia with younger children. We hope that you will find this advice helpful and be sure to ask us for more information before travelling as our staff have all grown up in Scandinavia.
In general, Scandinavia and Finland are very child-friendly destinations and if you have any special requests or questions while here, please contact the staff at your hotel immediately. Almost all restaurants can be considered child-friendly with baby chairs and sometimes also drawing utensils, books or toys, and when using public transport, Scandinavia offers some great support for families with younger children. Baby changing tables in public toilets, play equipment and play rooms at airport terminals and family wagons in trains with playing area for the little ones are common place.
When possible, we suggest arriving to Scandinavia or Finland a day or two earlier before your holiday program begins so that your younger children can adjust to the time zone. Young children arriving from the Southern Hemisphere generally wake up at around 4 - 5am for the first few mornings before they get accustomed to the new time zone. Be sure to have breakfast provisions ready for this, as it is unusual for anything to be provided from the hotel at this early hour. We suggest bringing packages of the child's favourite breakfast cereal from home plus tea bags etc. to help in those first few days. Likewise, quiet entertainment for those early hours might be a good idea as well.
Hotel rooms in Scandinavia more likely than not, only have twin beds pushed together to make a double if required. The spare children's beds are often foldout beds. Generally, it is easy to arrange at reception for the cots but be sure to ask for help if something doesn't seem right. We were provided a cot without a mattress once - very uncomfortable indeed if we hadn't chased that up!
Also, in Scandinavia it is not common practise to have tea or coffee provided in the room, and even if there is a kettle, there might be nothing else. We suggest travelling with a small supply of your own tea bags/coffee, and asking directly at reception for a kettle on arrival.
Feeding your children adequately is probably the hardest thing to do on an arranged holiday - kids are out of wack with jetlag, fussy and hungry for their own comfort food. When hotels and packages provide set times for meals and buffets, it is important to come prepared.
It is handy to take a small cooler bag already from home filled with snacks, utensils and fresh food. From the breakfast buffets it is usually acceptable to take a small amount of fresh food such as boiled eggs, rolls and fruit for morning and afternoon tea for the little ones.
We would also suggest that you give your kids a taste of what’s to come before their holiday on some foods that they are likely to get in Scandinavia. Meatballs, European flavoured sausages, soups & then treats like cinnamon buns and waffles are typical children's menu items. Cinnamon is a very common flavour used in Scandinavia and Finland.
If you are part of an arranged program, be sure to ask at reception if you need anything in particular. The hotel staff will be more than happy to warm up baby food and organise more snacks or fruit.
We recommend seeking all available information from the reception or activity provider when considering what optional activities will suit your younger children. These activities can be cold and involve a transfer a certain distance from the hotel. If you are uncertain why the activity is being run at a particular time, please ask for clarification as there is often a reason that you might be unfamiliar with. We all know as parents that children generally perform better earlier in the day than later, however, the activity providers might have a safety, logistic or climate reason for picking a certain time.
In Scandinavia, it is often left up to the parents to make decisions about age limits and suitability (unlike other regions where everything is stipulated) so be sure to ask reception or other guests who have done the activity for further advice.
We usually don't recommend winter activities, such as longer husky safaris, snowmobile safaris and late evening Aurora Hunts to children under the age 4-5. This of course depends very much on a child as every child is different, but for younger children we recommend shorter excursions as it can get very cold sitting still in a sled. Some operators also do not take children under the age of 5 on their tours, so please ask us specifically before travelling about these limitations.
This is going to make or break your holiday in Scandinavia in the winter. Be sure to refer to our comprehensive packing list provided in your pre-departure information and be on the look out for the best protection for your children in the cold. Winter is great time for kids to play outside and snow-based activities will keep the young ones entertained for hours as long as they have appropriate clothing.
Extra (non-cotton) layers that can be added or taken away when needed, heat warmers and slip on crampons for the older children are recommended. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves, and extra pair of mittens will come in handy after building a snowman or two. A balaclava type of hat that covers both the neck and ears and which can also protect part of child’s face if needed, is also great under a warm and windproof beanie.
The base-layer next to skin should be either wool or synthetic blend, never cotton. With perspiration cotton turns quickly damp and then cold, no matter what other warmer clothing items are layered on top of it.
Many of the hotels and activity providers also do offer warm outer clothing for hire, but if traveling with small kids, please do check beforehand that correct sizes are available.
- Heat warmer pads for inside gloves and boots. Please note that these should not be used directly against the skin, hence for hands, you will need to use the pads in between the two pairs of gloves/mittens recommended in our packing list
- Good boots and warm woolly socks for your little ones
- Bags & suitcases that can easily be carried by one parent if the other is carrying children. Many of us use Trunkies for our travels so that our kids can sit on them, or sometimes the kids can pull the cases themselves. If your child is small enough to be carried, we highly recommend a baby or toddler carrier that leaves your hands free for handling the luggage.
- Provisions for the first day or two whether it is snacks, nappies or fruit drinks.
- Books, drawing pencils or other tranquil inside activity and your child’s favourite teddy!
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.