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Arctic Expedition

Short breaks with overnight snowmobile or husky expeditions

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Departures from January to March

3,4 or 7 nights from £699/person

Overview

Travel through miles and miles of arctic tundra, pulled by your own team of huskies, or driving your own snowmobile. Our Arctic Expeditions take you into the depths of Lapland and invite you to embark on an adventurous journey of your choice, staying in genuine wilderness cabins along the way. There’s a one and a half day husky expedition, a snowmobile safari of the same duration, a combined safari for two and a half days and – the highlight! – a four-day ‘Arctic Triangle’ expedition by snowmobile, taking in the dramatic winter terrains of three Scandinavian countries: Finland, Sweden and Norway. These are rare opportunities for a genuine and unforgettable arctic expedition.

What’s included

  • Half-board accommodation
  • Thermal suits and boots
  • Choice of overnight expeditions (prices vary)
  • Return flights and airport transfers
What We Love
  • There’s a wonderful atmosphere on the overnight husky safari.
  • It’s only ever a small group but everyone chips in to help with the dogs and to cook over the fire at the cabin.
  • The wide range of regional departures, makes it convenient to fly from an airport near you.

Suitable For

  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Singles

Arctic Adventurer breaks are available from 2 Jan - 30 March 2014 for 3, 4 or 7 nights.

Departures are from Gatwick, Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Bristol, East Midlands, Newcastle, Humberside, Bournemouth and Birmingham.

Prices start from £699 for a 7 night break (excl. overnight excursions).

To check availability and prices, please call our reservations team.

 

Price Includes

  • Return flights
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Half-board accommodation
  • Choice of overnight adventures (prices vary)
  • A thermal suit and boots

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Itinerary 

Our Arctic Adventurer package allows you to visit True Lapland for three, four or seven nights, with just your all-in-one thermal suits and boots and half-board accommodation in Karesuando included. You then choose from an exciting range of thrilling adventures in the True Lapland wilderness, all involving one or more nights spent in the great outdoors, staying in atmospheric wilderness cabins, before returning to the warmth and comfort of your hotel.

 

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Overnight Husky Expedition   

A team of eager huskies waits to take you off on an adventure into Europe’s last wilderness. As the paws of the dogs pound through the stillness and silence of the snowscapes, the safari brings you into unforgettable intimacy with nature. You’ll take care of your team of dogs and help to prepare meals by the fire, as you spend one night in the heart of the forest in a wilderness cabin.

 Approx. 1 and a half days

£570 

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Overnight Snowmobile Safari

This modern form of transport will propel you through the unspoiled wilderness at speed. You will cross frozen lakes, rivers and fells to arrive at the wilderness cabin which is to be your base for the night. After breakfast, you will venture out into the arctic tundra for the return leg of your journey heading back to your Karesuando base.

Approx. 1 and a half days

£570

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Husky and Snowmobile Safari*

A wonderful opportunity to develop your Arctic skills, using both traditional and modern modes of transport. On this three-day adventure you will first ‘mush’ your own team of huskies through the Arctic landscapes, before the exhilaration of steering your own snowmobile as your expedition continues. You will spend two nights in genuine wilderness cabins, before returning to the comforts of your hotel to complete your week’s holiday.

Approx. 2 and a half days

£800

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Arctic Triangle*  

Set out in to the Lapland wilderness at the controls of your own snowmobile, on a four day expedition that will see you explore the Arctic wilderness of three Scandinavian countries, Finland, Sweden and Norway, staying in wilderness cabins in all three countries, before returning to the comfort of your hotel in Karesuando.

Approx. 3 and a half days

£1,600

 

PLEASE NOTE: Wilderness cabins are basic (without electricity or running water) and with outside WC but very atmospheric, especially in candlelight with dinner cooking over a wood stove. Some have a wood-heated sauna. With little light pollution, the cabins offer a great chance to glimpse the Northern Lights. You may have to share the wilderness cabin with other clients who have booked the same excursion; please remember the cabins do not offer private accommodation. What’s more, everyone is expected to join the evening activities, such as feeding the huskies or preparing dinner. It is all part of the wilderness experience.

 

* Only available on seven-night stays

NB: Minimum on overnight safari is two.

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For information and bookings, call

Selection of optional excursions

There’s a full programme of additional excursions available to add to your Arctic Adventurer tour. You can add any of them when you make your booking.

 

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Icebreaker Day

This exciting new excursion gives you the opportunity to sail - and swim! - through the frozen bay of Bothnia. Having crunched the ice in its path, the ice breaker ship halts, allowing you time to don a dry suit and float in the Arctic sea.

£345

One day

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Fell Viewpoint Snowmobile Safari

A snowmobile tour to a breathtaking vantage point on one of the local fells, with far-reaching views. Based on two adults sharing a snowmobile. **

£110

3 Hours

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Igloo Interlude

Not many people can say they have spent the night in an igloo, in the heart of the Arctic wilderness. But that is the extraordinary experience you can enjoy (or brave!) during your Arctic Spirit break. Inside, the igloo is surprisingly warm and cosy. The ice bed has a snow surround, covered with warm reindeer hides. We will provide you with an Arctic sleeping bag. Candlelight lends the whole experience a romantic and special atmosphere. And don’t worry, there is the back-up of a warm room, just in case you feel the chill!

£120

Overnight

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Cross-Country Ski School and Tour

The Davvi Arctic Lodge is a great choice for cross country skiing. There are long wilderness trails, some groomed and illuminated, with one located next to the hotel. You will receive ample tuition before trying a short skiing trip. It’s not as complicated as it looks and great fun too. Guiding and equipment included. On completion of this tour, Ski hire is available for £20 per person.

£65

2 Hours

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Sámi Museum and Snow Castle

The small Sámi museum at Hetta (about 50mins drive) provides a fascinating insight into the culture and traditions of the Sámi people. The ice castle, reconstructed every year, features a number of rooms with ornate ice carvings.

£120

Half-day

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Ice Fishing by Snowmobile

This is a great trip for all the family. Travelling by snowmobile along a small stretch of the 200km Victoria Route, inaugurated by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, you arrive at a frozen lake where you can try traditional ice-fishing. Once you have drilled a hole in the ice, you may even catch your lunch. **

£85

2 Hours

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Northern Lights Husky Safari

Take a magical evening safari on a sledge pulled by a team of dogs. You will travel across frozen lakes and through silent forests and hopefully you will glimpse the beautiful Northern Lights evolving overhead (of course, this cannot be guaranteed).

£120

2 Hours

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Ice Hotel and Moose Park

A visit to the Moose Park in Sweden will bring you close to these majestic, friendly animals. From there, you will be taken to the world-famous Ice Hotel, a building carved entirely from the ice of the nearby River Torne. Here you can marvel at the chiselled, chilly interior, handcrafted anew each winter.

£200

Half Day

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Wilderness Romance

The ultimate experience for true romantics. Your night-time snowmobile ride will take you to your private kota (Sami tent), where a warming fire will await. The champagne is on ice, and the chocolate fondue is ready to enjoy as the Arctic night unfolds around you…

£275

2 Hours

 


 

Other Excursions

Hetta Downhill Ski - £150pp (min 2 persons), incl equipment and transfers

Levi Downhill Ski - £300pp (min 2 persons),incl equipment & transfers

Tromsø Overnight – From £275pp (min 2 persons), incl transfers, walking tour, visit to Polaria, cable car and overnight accommodation at Clarion on BB basis with light supper.

 



Further Information

All excursions are subject of minimum numbers and local conditions and are non-refundable. However, you will be automatically refunded the full price paid for your excursion if it doesn’t go ahead due to operational reasons.

Please note: On all safaris, you may be required to share with another person from the group. You can pay a supplement of £45 to secure a single rider. All prices are per person. All distances and durations are approximate and subject to weather conditions and route on the day.

*A €50 deposit is payable locally, this is non refundable in the case of damage to the equipment

**All Snowmobile activities carry a €550 damage deposit which is payable locally. A valid driving license must be shown upon arrival.


 

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Accommodation

Davvi Arctic Lodge

The Davvi Arctic Lodge is one of the most popular Arctic hotels that we offer. Exclusive to Transun, this traditional hotel is set in a quiet, secluded hillside location.

It offers guests a range of accommodation options including rooms, cabins and 2-3 bedroom Fell Houses for larger groups. In addition to these cosy and traditional options the hotel has recently launched the Aurora House offering designer accommodation for those who are looking for something extra special.

Location: Karesuando, Lapland
Why we chose it
  • Enjoying a hot chocolate by the hotel's open fire is our favourite way to relax after a day in the snow
  • During the festive period this hotel is ideal for families looking to enjoy a family holiday to Lapland however, from January onwards it becomes a haven for Aurora hunter's due to its unrivalled location. 
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Available Rooms..

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Aurora House Deluxe (Sleeps 2)

Sauna - Underfloor heating - Tea and coffee - Wood-burning stove - Free-standing bath

The deluxe room is perfect for two. This cosy, double room comes complete with modern features such as underfloor heating, a free standing bath, double sinks, a traditional Finnish sauna and a wood burning stove. The room is located in the grounds of the hotel and accessed via a lobby shared with just one other room.

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Aurora House Suite (Sleeps 2-7)

Sauna - Underfloor heating - Wood-burning stove - Free-standing bath - Lounge area

For the ultimate in comfort, we would highly recommend the Aurora House suite. With the deluxe room as the master bedroom, the superior room adapts into a chic living room, which also provides a second bathroom. In addition to each of the individual room amenities, with the full suite taken, you will also benefit from a private entrance and cloakroom to store your thermal outwear.

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Aurora House Superior (Sleeps 2-5)

Underfloor heating - Tea and coffee - Wood burning stove 

The superior room offers spacious, contemporary design and is the largest room type available. Our favourite feature within this designer room is certainly the comfortable seating area that surrounds your own wood burning stove. Whilst the room is designed for two, additional beds can be added if required. Located in the grounds of the hotel, access is via a lobby shared with the deluxe room.

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Cabin (Sleeps 2-4)

Sauna - Semi detached - Timber built

The semi-detached cabins are simple and cosy and all offer a porch area for storage and a private sauna. The cabin has an open-plan layout with either double or twin beds and a sofa bed. All cabins are located in the grounds of the hotel and are just a short walk from the main hotel building. Please note that if the cabins are filled to maximum occupancy levels, space will be limited.

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Double/Twin Room (sleeps 2-5)

The hotel rooms are set on two floors in a wing that extends from the main building, rooms are simply furnished and comfortable. All can accommodate an extra bed, usually a convertible chair and, depending on your party size, larger double rooms featuring a sofa bed with space for an extra chair bed are available in the downstairs of the hotel. Please note that if these larger double rooms are utitlised to their maximum occupancy, space and storage will be minimal.

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Fell House (Sleeps 4-9)

Television (local programmes only) and DVD player - Separate lounge area

The Fell House offers both 2 and 3 bedroom units, with a separate lounge area, making it ideal for families or groups. Located approximately 150m from the main Davvi Arctic Lodge hotel building, it is connected by a purpose built footpath through the forest. Whilst a short walk this path is on an incline with steps and may not be suitable for people with walking difficulties.

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Single Room (Sleeps 1)

No single supplement

The Davvi Arctic Lodge welcomes solo travelers with both its warm and friendly atmosphere and also its single rooms which are available with no single occupancy charge. Whilst these rooms do contain a double bed, they are designed for one and therefore have a small shower room. The rooms are conveniently located on the ground floor of the hotel next to the Sami lounge

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Two-bedroom cabin (Sleeps 5-6)

Sauna - Detached - Timber built

There are two large, detached cabins at the Davvi Arctic Lodge. These two-bedroom cabins can sleep up to 6, with one double bedroom and one twin bedroom, as well as a sofa bed in the separate lounge area that can sleep two children (or one adult). All cabins have their own private sauna and are located just a short walk from the main hotel.

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Arctic Star Hotel

The Arctic Star is a simple and traditional hotel situated on the outskirts of the small border-village of Swedish Karesuando, with superb views over both the majestic Muonio River and the Kaarevaara fell.

It’s a simple and comfortable hotel, drawing on local architectural styles and materials, especially Scandinavian pine. We think you’ll enjoy this traditional retreat, it is a great base for a winter adventure in Lapland.

Location: Karesuando, Lapland
Why we chose it
  • With just 27 rooms, we always enjoy the hotel's friendly and intimate atmosphere
  • One of our favourite things to do is walk over the border to Finland (15mins) - the perfect photo opportunity!
  • We love that the Dalai Lama once stayed here during his visit to Swedish Lapland
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Available Rooms..

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Deluxe Room (Sleeps 2)

Underfloor Heating - Rainfall shower

The deluxe rooms were refurbished in 2012 by the same team of Parisian architects that also masterminded the premium rooms. These double rooms offer the same features as the premium rooms including underfloor heating and a rain shower, but are larger in size. We highly recommended the deluxe room for guests that chose a longer stay.

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Superior Double Room (Sleeps 2-3)

Largest room type

These twin and double rooms enjoy a view from the first floor at the front of the hotel towards Kaarevaara Hill and the nearby frozen lake. These traditional rooms are the largest that the Arctic Star provides, at an impressive 17 square metres and their en-suite shower rooms were refurbished in 2011.

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Premium Double Room (Sleeps 2)

Underfloor Heating - Rainfall Shower

The premium rooms underwent a full refurbishment in the summer of 2012, masterminded by a celebrated team of Parisian architects. Refurbished to a high standard, these double rooms feature underfloor heating, glass panels between the rain shower room and bedroom and feature mirrors. While stylish, space is limited (13 square metres), with modest storage space.

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Standard Double/Twin (Sleeps 2-3)

These value-for-money twin and double rooms offer a generous 15.8 square metres of space, with en suite facilities. Whilst they have not been refurbished in recent years, the rooms are comfortable and traditional. They can also accommodate a third person on a fold-up bed if required, making them ideal for the budget conscious.

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The Arctic Winter

Winter in Finnish Lapland spans six months of the year, and as the season unfolds, there are different reasons to experience a winter break deep inside the Arctic Circle. Here is our guide to the best times to enjoy your Arctic Spirit break.

 

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Month by Month

November

  • This month marks the true beginning of an Arctic winter, with the year's first falls of virgin snow once more blanketing the landscape.

  • The polar nights being, which will eventually last 22 hours each day.

  • November is the beginning of the best period to see the Northern Lights. This month, nature's most spectacular phenomenon will once again return to light up the Arctic skies.

December

  • Now is the time to really experience the long polar nights, with 22 hours of darkness and the sun never quite managing to rise above the horizon.

January

  • With the harshest of the winter now over, the days are becoming a little longer, and the snow deeper underfoot.

  • If the weather is kind, you can experience polar blue skies amid the intense cold, while the northern lights still blaze frequently overhead.

February

  • This month sees the first traces of spring about the Arctic landscapes, although the snow remains deep and the days icy cold.

March

  • A wonderful month for an Arctic Spirit break. The deepest snows of teh winter, combined with longer daylight hours and more moderate temperatures.

  • Many people consider March to be the best month for spotting the northern lights

April

  • This month sees spectacular sunrises and sunsets as warmth at last returns to the Arctic landscapes

  • In April, Lapland benefits from the longer hours of daylight and also the remains of heavy snowfall from March.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to know and consider before I book?

How do I check availability and make a reservation?

1. Checking availability: Over the phone on 01865 265200, online at www.transun.co.uk or with your local travel agents.

2. Confirm reservation: We will require forenames, surnames and dates of birth for all persons travelling. We will also request contact details of someone that can be contacted in case of emergency and also details of your insurer if you decline our insurance. A deposit will be required or, if you book within ten weeks of departure, full payment. Payment can be made via credit* or debit card. (*For payments made direct via credit card, there is a 3% transaction fee. Other travel agents’ charges may vary.)

3. Confirmation: A confirmation invoice will be sent via email. Please check all details carefully and advise us of any discrepancies within seven days. Any changes made after this will incur an amendment fee.

4. Tickets/Travel Documents: Travel documents will be sent approx. seven days prior to departure, where possible via email. You no longer require physical tickets to travel.

 

What insurance do I require?

We recommend the insurance offered in this brochure. If you choose to obtain other insurance cover, it is essential that your policy covers you for ‘winter sports’, including snowmobiles and huskies. For more information on insurance, view our policy here.

 

I know it can get cold in Lapland but how cold?

Temperatures rarely rise above freezing temperatures usually ranging between -7C and -35C. You will need a series of base layers under your thermal suit. Those needing thermal suits outside the usual children’s sizes and adult small/medium/large range are recommended to buy their own before travelling, to avoid disappointment with the limited sizes.

 

Will my party be in the same excursion groups if I make seperate bookings?

When booking online or over the phone, please note that we can only guarantee that guests will be in the same excursion groups if they are all under the same booking reference. Therefore, if you are two or more families travelling together it is advisable that you book together.

 

How much daylight will there be from November to April?

There are four to five hours of daylight on average in December and January. This is called ‘grey light’ in Finland and is usually between the hours of 1000 and 1430. Either side of these times, it will be as night-time. Snow ensures a good level of reflection making it possible to see where you are walking. The darkness adds to the magical setting of your surroundings and is often emphasised by using the light of fires and outdoor candles (where appropriate). Some wilderness locations may be without artificial light. In February the days are longer and by March there will be approx. ten to twelve hours of day light.

What is the time difference?

Finland is two hours ahead of the UK whilst Sweden and Norway are just one hour ahead.

 

Will I be safe in Lapland?

The local operators are experienced and safety conscious and their equipment complies with local safety standards. To keep safe, you must ensure you follow the safety instructions given by our guides before commencing activities and exercise caution. And please remember that the animal rides are traditional and authentic and use untamed animals. Rides are taken at your own risk, although that risk is very small. Parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision of their own children and those within their party at all times. For all snowmobile activities you will require be required to sign a disclaimer which carries an excess of E550 in the event of damage to the machines. No one should travel without insurance.

 

How much snow can I expect?

Snow falls in Lapland between October and May and it is common to find thick snow cover throughout the winter. However, it is also possible that there may be a period of warmer weather, especially given the effects of global warming, which may cause the snow and ice to melt before the next snowfall.

 

What happens to my activities if there is not enough snow or it is extremely cold?

If there are insufficient levels of snow or ice for activities to operate upon the day of participation, then our suppliers will move all activities to a position where snow is available, adjust tracks accordingly so a modified activity programme can operate or provide alternative activities that are not reliant on snow and ice. Because it is possible that snow will fall just the night prior to one of our planned trips, Transun will not cancel trips nor refund payments in the event of no snow on the day and will endeavour to arrange all activities to replicate those planned. In cases where an exact replica is not possible a suitable alternative will be offered. Where this happens no refunds will be made.

All activities are arranged subject to local weather conditions, which are outside of our control. Should temperatures reach an extreme, then modified programmes will operate. We reserve the right to amend or cancel any part of tours or safaris if our suppliers or we consider that conditions are unsafe.

The provision of igloos and an ice bar is wholly reliant on the appropriate weather conditions being available for construction and safe use. Transun does not accept any liability for these facilities not being provided.

Can Igloos and IceBars be guaranteed?

No. Igloos and IceBars are reliant on a prolonged period of very specific weather conditions for the manufacture of the snow and the harvesting of the ice from the local river. Whilst we endeavour to create them each year, we are reliant on the appropriate weather conditions which can not be guaranteed.

I have a dietary requirement: can this be catered for?

It is recommended that passengers with special requests including nut-free, gluten-free, vegan, diabetic etc. carry supplies of foodstuffs. For any dietary requirements, you must advise us at the time of booking and we will pass this request on to the relevant supplier who will endeavour to fulfil your requirements. However, this cannot be guaranteed.

 

How accurate is the brochure and this web page?

Details within this brochure and online are correct at the time of going to press. All excursions and itineraries are subject to alteration and withdrawal in response to local conditions, timings and demand. We cannot accept any liability for opening times of places of interest during your visit. All breaks are subject to Transun’s Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions (listed on each tour). Prices are subject to change and are confirmed at the time of booking. Throughout this brochure ‘child’ prices etc. refer to all children aged 2 to 12 years inclusive, unless stated otherwise. Please note that we do not recommend our Arctic Spirit breaks for children under 10 years.

Are the photographs on the website genuine?

Many of the photographs on the website were taken during our 2010 and 2011 season. However, we have also included other photography for the purposes of illustration. We can not guarantee that the exact scenes will be replicated.

Are the itineraries in the brochure and online correct?

The itineraries shown within the brochure and online are for guidance only and subject to change. You may not do the activities in the order they appear within this brochure. For short break clients, we will endeavour to advise you of any major changes before you travel. However, this is not always possible and you will receive your full itinerary on arrival.

Is the trip suitable for disabled, elderly or severely ill visitors?

We cannot provide any special assistance or care and we do not have specially-made vehicles nor adapted sleighs etc to offer specialist facilities to those who need them. While our staff have always done their best to help, they do not have specialist training in care for the disabled, so we strongly recommend that specialist carers who are experienced in providing expert help (lifting, etc) accompany any disabled travellers.

Physically challenged visitors are advised to discuss needs with our staff before making a reservation. Please note that acceptance of your booking by us does not mean that your needs will be met.

 

Flights

The flight time is approx. 3.5hrs. Flight plans may change before departure and we reserve the right to substitute alternative carriers and/or aircraft types where necessary. All flight times are provisional until confirmed on your tickets. Where this situation arises, it is not possible to transfer to another short break or cancel without incurring normal cancellation charges (see booking conditions). Airline regulations vary but many will refuse permission to fly for women who will be 28 or more weeks into pregnancy. In-flight meals will be provided to all passengers departing during November and December. For all other passengers, a buy on board catering service will be available. Please note that on some occasions, flights may touchdown enroute at a regional airport within the UK to collect additional passengers. If this is applicable to your flight it will be detailed on your confirmation documents. You will not be required to leave the aircraft during your outbound flight, however, due to UK aviation law, if this touchdown affects your inbound flight we will ask you to disembark the aircraft, pass through security and re-board. This is a simple process and takes up to one hour.

 

Luggage

The checked-in allowance on all flights is 18kg per person. Sometimes specific airline’s allowances can vary so please check your departure documents to confirm. The allowance for hand luggage is 5kg per person and size restrictions apply – 55x40x20cm.

 

What clothing do I need?

We provide you with an all-in-one thermal suit and boots on arrival in Lapland on all of our trips. Please note that on some trips this will be on day 3 or 4, check your tour itinerary for more details. It is also essential that you bring a warm hat, scarf and gloves. We recommend that you visit the mybooking area of the Transun website (www.transun.co.uk/my-booking) for further details regarding clothing. Please note that exceptional sizes may not be available. Those needing thermal suits outside the usual children’s sizes and adult small/medium/ large range are recommended to buy their own, before travelling. Minimum child sizes: 90cm suit and 25/26 boots. Maximum adult sizes: 48” chest and 47/48 boots.

The following guidelines are, in our opinion, a minimum requirement to ensure maximum comfort and enjoyment during your tour:

• Layer One: Thermal underwear or long-sleeved top and leggings, woollen tights, socks.
• Layer Two: Fleece or jumper and trousers (cotton or fleece i.e. jogging bottoms), woollen socks.
• Top Layer: Balaclava, hat, scarf, all-in-one suit (provided), gloves or mittens, boots (provided).

When choosing your clothing, we recommend you:

• Take lots of extra gloves, socks and scarves.
• Wear lots of thin loose fitting layers so you can add or remove layers as required.
• Avoid denim and other restrictive clothing, the best insulation is provided from wool.
• Select a hat similar to a balaclava or one that has flaps that can be fastened to cover your ears.
• Wear thermal boots too big which allows for extra socks.
• Wear a pair of thin gloves under a thicker pair.
• Use hot pads, which you insert into your gloves and boots, and provides useful protection against the cold.
• Avoid water-based creams or balms on your face, lips and hands.
• The temperature can drop rapidly so always ensure you have hats, scarves and gloves with you.
• If your hands or feet get wet whilst on activities, change into a dry pair of socks/gloves.
• Mittens are better than gloves as they allow warm air to circulate between your fingers.

 

Can I buy duty free?

Finland is part of the EU and therefore you are no longer able to purchase duty-free goods when travelling to Lapland.

 

What should I wear on the flight?

You do not need to wear too many layers for the flight to Lapland. You will be either on the flight, in the airport or on the transfer coach. The only times you will be facing the elements is the very short walk between the arrival lounge in Kiruna/Enontekio and the transfer coach. Wear whatever you are comfortable in and have a warm outer layer ready for if you get cold. Ensure you have a warm coat and suitable footwear for the short period of time you will be outside before collecting your thermal clothing – ie. from the plane, into the airport, and into the coach.

 

On arrival at the airport in Lapland

After you have collected your luggage you will be met by one of our local representatives who will direct you to your warm transfer coach which will be waiting for you. You will also be given your full itinerary on arrival.

 

Transfers

Transfer times can vary according to weather conditions but as a guide the transfer time from Kiruna airport to Karesuando is 2 hours and from Enontekio is just 1 hour. Transfers from Karesuando to Tromso is approximately 3.5 hours.

 

Health & medical care

Finland has reciprocal health care agreements with the UK. This entitles you to emergency medical treatment and to prove eligibility for this treatment you only require a British Passport. Non-British nationals should obtain an EHIC. Clients who have special diets or are taking regular drugs for heart conditions, diabetes, etc, should ensure that they have ample supply, which should be carried with them at all times as well as required foods.

 

Passport

A full, valid EU passport (period of validity is dependent on country) to travel to Lapland is required. Please note that children who are not already included on an existing full passport are now required to hold their own passport. Non-British citizens should enquire at the Finnish, Norwegian or Swedish Embassy.

 

What can I expect in Lapland?

 

Will I see the Northern Lights?

The Northern lights is a natural phenomenon which is dependent on a number of natural events combining to produce the appropriate conditions. All of our breaks take place in an area which has been officially designated as part of the Northern Lights route. We make every attempt to take excursions to areas where there is little light pollution or to vantage points from which a large portion of the sky can be seen. However, we can not guarantee a sighting of the Northern Lights.

 

Can anyone drive a snowmobile?

Please ensure you bring your driving licence with you. A damage waiver must be signed before commencing the activity. Credit card copies are taken and a 550 Euros excess is payable locally for any damage, irrespective of severity. Normal traffic laws apply on snowmobile routes, including restrictions on driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. Safety helmets must be worn at all times. (Please note this is not a definitive list of instructions and liabilities, further information is available upon request). Children under the age of 15 will not be able to ride on the snowmobile. We will endeavour to provide a sleigh for children to travel in, this will be pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. However, we are unable to guarantee this.

How easy is it to ‘mush’ a husky team or drive a snowmobile?

‘Mushing’ a dog team is reasonably straightforward and is mastered by most people quickly. A certain degree of physical strength is needed as well as a sense of balance. It is not a strenuous activity although you should note that you will be required to stand up, on the two runners at the rear of a sled, for the duration of your excursion. In the case of overnight expeditions, a reasonable level of physical fitness is required to cope with the cold and the longer time standing controlling the dogs. In some cases, where track conditions are particularly harsh, you may be required to help the dogs by removing your weight and pushing the sled through deep snow.

Driving a snowmobile is easy. All snowmobiles are fully automatic and do not require any expertise or previous experience. In the case of overnight expeditions, a certain level of physical fitness is required to maintain composure against the cold and driving posture.

 

Towels

Towels are provided in all accommodation for the duration of your stay and housekeeping will change these at your request. Linen will not be changed during your stay.

 

Souvenirs

A small selection of locally produced souvenirs can be purchased in resort for a memento of your special Arctic break, or as a present for loved ones back home.

 

Check in/out times

Rooms will be ready upon arrival, on your day of departure, check out is normally 9am. This will be confirmed during your stay. Luggage will be stored in a communal area and you are advised to take all valuables with you.

 

What are the hotel ratings and are they suitable for everyone?

There is no official rating for the properties in Finland and therefore you will not find any within our brochure. Additional beds provided may be sofa or portable beds. The operation and supervision of overseas property, accommodation, transport and other services is subject to local laws, standards and codes of practice of individual countries.

What is the food like?

Given the remote nature of the location, fresh fruit and vegetables are less plentiful than in the UK. Dishes that might make up a typical menu include:
- Starters - spinach, cheese, tomato soup.
- Main Courses - frankfurters in sauce, meatballs, fried fish fillet, beef stew, roast pork.
- Desserts - berry pudding, apricot dessert, pancakes.
(All other items are at extra cost).

It is often possible to sample local dishes, such as reindeer meat and poached salmon however these are not guaranteed.

Making a booking

How do I check availability and make a reservation?

You can check availability in real time on this website. To book select your preferred departure date on the appropriate tour/holiday page and then you can work your way through our easy-to-use online booking process. Alternatively, you can call us on the number at the top of this page, or visit your travel agent.

Book with confidence

How accurate are the itineraries on this website?

Information on this website is correct to the best of our knowledge. Departure dates and prices are feed directly from our reservations system, and is constantly updated. All excursions and itineraries are subject to alteration and withdrawal in response to local conditions, timings and demand.

How do I know that my holiday is in safe hands?

We are a member of ABTA and so we are required to meet the high standard of service laid out in their Code of Conduct. For more information, see the Book with Confidence section of our website.
All our holidays are ATOL protected, which means that your money is safe even in the very unlikely event of our insolvency. For more information, see Book with Confidence section of our website.

After you’ve booked

What will happen after I’ve booked?

Once you’ve booked, we will email immediately email you a confirmation invoice. Please check all details carefully and advise us of any discrepancies within twenty four hours of receipt. Any changes made after this will incur an amendment fee.
You will also access to the My Booking portal on our website, where you can update your Advance Passenger Information, make a balance payment on your booking, and check your documentation.

Once I’ve booked, can I make a change to my booking?

Requests for changes to confirmed bookings should be made by the person who made the booking. Where we can meet a request, all changes will be subject to any applicable rate changes or extra costs incurred as well as any costs incurred by ourselves and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. Amendment costs are £25 per person per change plus any other supplier charges. Changes include (but are not limited to): holiday package, accommodation, passenger names, dates of birth.

Can I cancel my booking after I’ve booked?

If you or a member of your party wishes to cancel your booking, notice of your cancellation must be received by us in writing at our offices signed by the person who made the original booking. Your notice of cancellation will only take effect on the day it is received in writing at our offices. We recommend that you use recorded delivery, upon receipt of which the following cancellation charges will apply:
* More than 70 days: deposit only
* 29-70 days: 50%, or deposit if greater
* 15-28 days: 70% or deposit if greater
* 14 days or later: 100%
Cancellation charge shown as % of total break price, excluding insurance premium. Insurance premiums purchased with Transun are not refundable.
You may be able to make a claim to recover the cost of your holiday, if your cancellation falls within the terms of the insurance policy offered with your Transun break. Clients taking alternative travel insurance should refer to their own policy.

After you’ve travelled

What happens if I want to make a complaint?

If you’re not completely satisfied with your holiday, then please do let us know.
If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (eg the hotelier) and our local agent or representative immediately, and fill out a complaint form. We need you to follow this procedure, otherwise we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint while you are overseas and this may affect your rights under the terms of your holiday contract with us.
If the problem is not resolved locally, and you would like to make an official complaint, please write to us within 28 days of your return home, addressing Client Relations at Transun Travel, 1a Iffley Road, Oxford OX1 4AS.

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