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Northern Lights

Arctic Circle short breaks in search of the Aurora Borealis

Northern Lights holidays in Finland and Sweden
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Northern Lights holidays at the Davvi Arctic Lodge cabins
Northern Lights holidays Huskies
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Departs on 07/01/2015 from Doncaster for 4 nights

Your party: price starts from £699

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Overview

You’ll never forget watching the fabled and elusive Aurora Borealis shimmering in the star-studded Arctic sky.  On our Arctic expedition tours, our guides will lead you on a trek through Arctic forests to a spectacular night time vantage point, where the setting for a possible encounter with nature’s most spectacular light show is second to none. Based in a cosy hotel or a traditional log cabin on Scandinavia’s official Northern Lights Route, conditions for seeing the Aurora will be at their best because there is such little light pollution in the Arctic wilderness.  

This short break in Lapland also includes a selection of exciting Arctic activities: ride snowmobiles along frozen rivers, reindeer sleighs through the snow-filled tundra, and mush your very own team of husky dogs. And, after a fun day in the snow, you can expect a warming welcome and sumptuous dinner at your cosy hotel or traditional log cabin of choice.

For longer stays you may like to view our seven-night Aurora Hunter tour.

 

What's Included

  • Your accommodation (full-board)
  • Return flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Thermal suit and boots
  • Northern Lights Snowmobile safari (2hrs)
  • Northern Lights Forest Trek (not on 2 nights)
  • Husky safari (1hr)
  • Reindeer camp (2.5hrs)
  • Snowshoe introduction (4 nights only)
What we love
  • A sighting of the aurora borealis from a vantage point overlooking the tundra
  • Racing across a frozen lake by snowmobile
  • Exclusive talks from guest astronomer Dr Stuart Clarke on selected dates
What you said

"We loved the inclusive activities such as the reindeer sleigh ride, mushing the huskies and snowmobiling. "

Mr Marc Human, Cambridgeshire

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Flights From

  • Birmingham
  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol
  • Doncaster
  • East Midlands
  • Exeter
  • Humberside
  • Leeds Bradford
  • London Gatwick
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle

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Price Includes

  • Your accommodation (full-board)
  • Return flights (and airport transfers)
  • Thermal suit and boots
  • Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari
  • Northern Lights Forest Trek
  • Call of the Wild Husky Safari
  • Reindeer Camp
  • Snowshoe Introduction (4 nights only)

Northern Lights Itinerary

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Your Northern Lights break begins with a flight to Kiruna* in Sweden or Enontekio** in Finland, the ‘Gateways to the Arctic’. From these airports, you make the 1-2 hour transfer to Karesuando a spectacular journey, travelling through the majestic forests and passing countless frozen lakes (2 hours from Kiruna, 1 from Enontekio). The highlight of your break will be the two occasions when you set off beneath an Arctic night sky in the hope of encountering the fabled northern lights.

Your itinerary includes all the activities detailed below. We’ll organise the running order according to the local conditions while you’re there. We can also give you the chance to choose from our programme of optional excursions: perhaps spend a night in an igloo – a highlight of our Arctic Spirit programmes.

In addition to these exciting excursions Dr Stuart Clarke, award winning author and fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, will be giving a series of exclusive talks on the Aurora Borealis (selected dates only). To view applicable departures please visit the dates and prices tab.  

Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari

Duration: Two hours

An evening excursion when, with the night sky overhead, you head out through the wilderness to a vantage point in the hope of seeing the fabled and magical Northern Lights. Two adults share a snowmobile.

Northern Lights Forest Trek (not included on two night breaks)

Duration: One hour

You will be guided on a walk through the forest to a spectacular viewpoint, overlooking the border-village of Karesuando. From here, you may be lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights dancing above the village.

Call of the Wild Husky Safari

Duration: One and a half hours

An unforgettable adventure into the wilderness, pulled by your own team of beautiful huskies. Two adults share a sled and dog team.

Reindeer Camp

Duration: Approx two and a half hours

Learn about herding and lassoing reindeer from reindeer farmers. Then venture into the wilderness on a reindeer sleigh safari.

Snowshoe Introduction (only included on four night breaks)

Duration: Two hours

This guided snowshoe tour is a fun and simple introduction to an age-old means of traversing the Arctic winter terrain.

 

*Flights from 3rd January - 5th April 2015 will fly into Kiruna, Sweden.

**Flights from 14th November 2014 - 3rd January 2015 will fly into Enontekio, Finland. 

Programme of optional excursions

There’s a full programme of excursions available on this tour. You can add any of them when you make your booking. They will be on an ‘on request’ basis and we will confirm them to you.

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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

2.5 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.

 


Accommodation

Davvi Arctic Lodge

FROM £1039

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

FROM £799

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) FROM £799

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 the 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.

Our Guests' Reviews

Review by Mr Marc Human

Overall we enjoyed the trip. We loved the inclusive activities such as the reindeer sleigh ride, mushing the huskies and snowmobiling. These did far outweigh the negatives detailed below. We were disappointed in the Night Forest walk where the transportation was inadequate only 1 five seater coach to ferry 25 people to the Davvi Arctic Lodge where the walk took place. So the walk started late, there was no explanation provided. The walk itself consisted of a hike up to a plateau in the forest (with no stops or dialogue en-route) where if the skies were clear you could have a good view of the Northern Lights, but as we had cloud every night they remained elusive. Once up at the plateau we were there for about half an hour maybe less, before being told to head back down, so quite disappointing. The two optional excursions we did seemed a bit overpriced for what they were. Snow shoeing with 'amazing' scenery, this consisted of a walk across the lake opposite the hotel and into some shrub land, it was okay but not exactly worth the £45 each paid. The ice fishing was also a bit disappointing which was also another locally organised trip from Finland out onto the river under the bridge between Finland and Sweden with little knowledge of whether there were fish there or not and having read a review on Trip Advisor which said that the 'traveller' went out and caught fish which they cooked on a fire and ate, there was no facility provided to do this with the Transun Guides, to cook or carry anything that was caught. Again I felt this was an expensive activity at £85 each for no real expertise. On the up side it was a good experience drilling into the river and at least try to catch something which turned out to be nothing! I also had a suit that was too big and the Rep (Sean) said he would bring a change of size for me, which basically was a fob off, as each time I asked he said it would be the next evening/morning and this turned out to be as elusive as both the Northern Lights and the fish!

Review by Mr Adrian Berryman

This was so very different from anything else I had experienced - marvellous. The activities at the resort were well organised and lived up to our expectations. I feel it would have been nice to have met some more local people to find out how they live in this land, even if it was just a talk in the hotel. Our room was warm, clean and comfortable, but basic, and the hotel food was also adequate, but only offered limited choice for vegetarians. Overall, an excellent short break and good value for money.

Review by Mrs Anne Yates

Holiday lived up to expectations, brochure information was accurate and helped us make the most of the holiday. The friendliness of staff creates a great atmosphere whilst at the hotel and on the excursions. Great having wifi connection for checking aurora forecasts. Hotel could benefit from offering beauty / massage treatments, after a day out in the open air it would be a great way to relax.

Review by Mr Simon Rawlinson

Just a superb trip which exceeded all of our expectations. The staff , even in the last week of the season were happy, knowledgable and professional. Far from being a one off trip, this has encouraged us to do more of this type of travel. We have already recommended Transun to our friends and family. Many thanks to your fantastic staff and resort crew. Simon & Gill Rawlinson

Review by Mrs Sharon Knight

We had a fantastic time on our 4 night trip. We stayed in the Arctic Star hotel, which was clean, warm and very friendly although our room was very small (premium rooms). I did take a travel kettle but didn't end using it as you get coffee tea with breakfast and evening meal. The food was was actually fine; not al a carte but tasted good. Don't forget you are in a remote area but very beautiful. There was a little bar area with a some sofas but not enough. The fact that the bar area was small it made people talk. We had a great group of people staying when we did and had a really fun time laughing about the activities. All the Transun staff were amazing and also the hotel staff couldn't do enough for you and very friendly. Sean was our rep and he made sure you had a great holiday and nothing was too much trouble. The activities were so much better than I could imagine. My favourite was the husky ride followed very closely by the reindeer sledging. My husband loved the night snow mobile ride across frozen lakes; quite surreal with the added bonus of the Northern Lights. We even hire some more on our last morning from the local garage. There was a restaurant over the bridge approx 2 miles each way but a lovely walk across the frozen lake. We would walk every day in between activities and have a coffee and cakes. You can get reindeer steaks if you wish. The shop attached sold most things at quite reasonable prices. I had to buy some antihistamine tablets which they had (Zirtek) at no dearer than at home. Overall we had the most amazing time and would definitely recommend Transun. Thanks

Review by Mr Martin Brook

Ab fab, would go again and recommend. Saw lights on 3 nights. Sean, our rep was great and very helpful, Transun are lucky to have him. All excursions were excellent and well organised. An amazing opportunity for a totally different type of trip. Well done and thanks.

Review by Miss Andrea Watson-Lee

The flight out was to schedule, the flight home was slightly delayed both leaving Kiruna and landing and leaving Bristol for Leeds. The accomodation was comfortable and warm. We would have liked a kettle and if we stayed again we'd bring our own. The excursions were great fun. For some of the excursions (the huskies in particular) we'd have liked a bit longer but that was because we had such a great time we didn't want to leave. Having read other reviews I was concerned the food wouldn't be great (but we weren't coming for a gourmet holiday) but it wasn't bad. It was warming and filling and to be honest, that was enough. There was some variety and it was all tasty. We didn't see the lights - but you can't book the weather. Overall it was a great holiday.

Review by Mr Phillip Davis

Had an awesome time. Saw the northern lights every night we were there, breathtaking! Activity's were great fun but not long enough. Overall , would do it all again tomorrow.

Review by Mr Peter Glaister

Brilliant holiday despite non-appearance of Northern Lights! Transun and Davvi staff were fantastic. Excursions were well organised and really good fun. Food at Davvi has received some bad press in the past. Whilst it is basic, due to the location, all of the food was well cooked, well presented and plentiful - no complaints at all. Only one minor black mark. Having to stop off at Bristol on the way back to Leeds Bradford was a pain, particularly as we had to disembark, pass through security again, and re-embark.

Review by Mr Geoff Bryant

A wonderful experience with very smooth running. No delays or problems. Hotel was basic but spotlessly clean. The Northern Lights were fantastic and I am hoping your rep will e-mail me a copy of the photo taken on the 28th fro my record. I would have no hesitation in recommending your organisation

Review by Mrs Dorothy Woollard

With the help of an advisor at the booking stage, we decided to make this once in a life time trip. From making the decision we had good communication from the booking staff, especially as we were a little late in paying! Flight out to Kiruna was on time and service good. On arrival we were greeted by Mandy. A lovely lady who was on hand for us all during our week and was there at the airport to say good bye. We did have a small problem in our cabin, but on reporting it, the problem was sorted by the time we returned, amazing given it was early evening when we reported it. It did come across that Transun appears to recruit staff that compliment each other, therefore making for a happy team. Can`t comment on Hotel accommodation, Cabin good, very large comfy bed. A little extra soft seating would have been nice, as down time from activities requires a bit more than a sofa that in reality is only comfortable for one and whilst the beds are really comfy, they don`t make for comfy seating. Food only average I`m afraid, whilst we didn`t go hungry, it was at times a varied mixture on our plates. Sad to say, that it seems as though as its the end of the season breakfast choices became limited. No fruit or yogurt, and the fruit juices watered down. Also the bar was run down so much that we had to request more supplies to be purchased, not just for ourselves but for the next visitor to Davvi Lodge. Our special thanks go to: Mandy, Michael, Michelle, Jade & Gavin and those we whose names we sadly can`t remember, also to the staff on reception. We will have no hesitation in recommending travelling with the help of Transun in the future.

Review by Mr Stephen Goward

Excellent experience in a remote location-a very different but enjoyable Winter break

Review by Mrs Jane Hall

Absolutely fantastic three days, action packed, thrilling, fun, definitely lived up to expectations. Everything very well organised, most of the reps very friendly and helpful, must mention Sean and Michael. Hotel spotless, very Ikea! Activities were superb, reindeer sleigh ride magical, forest trek very pretty,cross country ski-ing brilliant, huskies fun, fun, fun, and night time snow mobile ride exhilerating- what an experience! and we got to see the Aurora Borealis which was incredible. I would highly recommend this holiday, it was worth every penny and we will definitely go again.

Review by Miss Hannah Giles

Thank you. We had a really fabulous time. Our cabin was warm and comfortable. Staff great fun and friendly. The only negative was that the activities went far too quickly as they were so enjoyable and addictive! We didn't see the northern lights however, still had a truly magical, memorable holiday, lots of giggles & would definitely recommend. Don't go expecting luxury - remember you are in the artic circle!

Review by Miss Sharon Hiscox

Fabulous, unforgetable, amazing

Review by Mr John Leslie Fowler

we had a fantastic time, the excursions were thrilling the transun staff and the hotel staff were helpful and friendly. the davvi lodge cabins were warm and cosy it was overcast for the 3 days we were there so didnt see the norhtern lights, but not to dissapointed becase we had a wonderful time,good excuse to go again.

Review by Miss Patricia Williams

The Arctic Star Hotel was warm and clean and exactly what we expected. We heard some people quibbling over the odd detail but they did not appear to grasp that they were not in a city where everything is immediately to hand. The sense of being remote is a key element of the overall experience. Our activities were well organised; we were very clear about what we were doing and when. The activities were great value; preceded by briefings and attended throughout by supportive and enthusiastic guides. It was a pity that the Lights hid behind a cloudy sky but we enjoyed the trip very much nontheless. The snowy landscape was awesome, Narnia-like and simply walking on frozen lakes and rivers was such a new experience.

Review by Mrs Janice Gardiner

This was a first rate, three night, extremely well organised break from start to finish. On the coach you are told your Room Number and your Activity Group Number - keys are in the room door so no need to queue at Reception, and a listing of activities is posted in Reception so you immediately know what you are doing and at what time throughout the holiday. Our room was in the main hotel at the Davvi Lodge. Rooms are adequately furnished - a little warm for us but you can adjust the radiator thermostat. On the first night we were sent to get our suits & boots before eating and on return, a lot of the food was finished, which left a limited choice but we didn't go hungry. The staff were extremely helpful and very friendly. When on an excursion [husky sled/reindeer sleigh/snowmobile] everything was thoroughly explained and the staff were very attentive throughout, making you feel as safe as is possible. The one thing we would have appreciated was a blanket when on the reindeer sleigh; maybe because we were inactive, we felt the cold more on that outing. We failed to see the Northern Lights, but look upon this as the perfect reason to do it all again :-) Absolutely Brilliant!!!!!

Review by Mr Steven Wilson

Review by Mrs Valerie Norton

Group of four staying in aFell Lodge. Accommodation a bit basic could have done with a few more home comforts plus coffee/tea making facilities in room. Needs a more modern bathroom and general refurb. Main hotel- comfortable general areas. Food perfectly acceptable, one night late to dinner and chef cooked us a meal from scratch. Trips all good fun and well organised. Disappointed weather conditions against us to see northern lights but what made trip was helpfulness and friendliness of staff who all went out of their way to be chat to people and make sure we had a good time.

Review by Miss Tracy Michelle Jones

Review by Mrs Norma Bridgstock

I took my friend for her birthday, she likes snow/cold/activities so it was a big change for me to pack thermals instead of bikinis, she has previously been skiing and knew what to expect. The Arctic Star was great we didn't feel like tourists but more like family and all staff were wonderful people. Excursions were fantastic even I even bought the Northern Lights Husky trip at night as we enjoyed the day one. Knife Factory was interesting + I actually bought several things but I wouldn't want to visit Knife Factory again to go again,so perhaps you could offer an optional within the price.Snow Mobiles were great as was everything. I know it is difficult to please everyone, meals at times could have been a little hotter but plenty on offer and all enjoyable and for us both it was nice to have someone else doing the cooking. All in all a wonderful exciting but relaxing holiday. The only thing I think needs to be considered is for hot water/paper cups/sachets of coffee/hot chocolate/tea/milk to be available so that if someone wants a hot drink in between breakfast and dinner then they can help themselves rather than have to pay extra for if they want a coffee/chocolate/tea to drink. It would only mean a black plastic bag so people could throw their empty paper cups in/empty satchets so no extra washing up for the staff. I would recommend a Transun winter holiday & the Arctic Star. Will defintely be coming again, hopefully next year or even 2014 and will stay at the Arctic Star. Maybe had a sight of the Northern Lights, not sure but it didn't make any difference to our stay. Thank you Norma Bridgstock & Linsay Curtis

Review by Ms Sue Eley

The Artic Star was exactly as you described it, only better! You cannot describe the warmth of both the building and the staff, who were friendly and professional, seemingly nothing was too much effort. The first night the lights came the bar area remained open until 1.30-2.00, allowing all us excited visitors to sit together, chill and share our amazing experience. I travelled with my daughter who is 24, I am 63 and we had the best time, laughing throughout. All excursions surpassed our expectations. Improvements? we took a kettle, cuppa soups and flapjacks and they were a must and also perhaps more info prior to trip re heat pads/specialised clothing for hands and feet that would get cold very quickly if we had to stand and wait re excursions. We loved the fact the Dalai Lama stayed there, incredibly pleased there was no tv........ meant we all spoke together and made friends. You cant please all the people all the time, but really there was nothing to complain about! My daughter said she thought it to be one of her best holidays ever........ a huge thank you to all at Transun, we had the most beautiful, awesome and fun adventure ever.

Review by Mrs Janet Green

Brilliant holiday ! Lots of variety, very pleased with hotel and all activities, would definitely recommend to others

Review by Mr Ronald Button

My only complaint was the airline (substandard) and the fact we had to go to Bristol airport on route to pick up other passengers which was not on my original itinerary at time of booking. otherwise the best 4 days holiday we have ever had and at 68 & 69 that is saying something.

Review by Bell

One of the best holidays we've had as a family despite having a freak accident on the snow mobiles, which meant a 2.5 hr journey in an ambulance to the nearest open hospital on a Saturday. But what do you expect when your in the remotest part of Sweden; the Hotel reps were brill and made sure I was well looked after. (A timely warning to ensure you have medical insurance for winter sports). The Northern Lights came out and it was the icing on the cake. The excursions included were fantastic and we couldn't have wished for better. We would have liked to do additional excursions but we had to multiply by four and this put most beyond our budget and chose a land ski trip, which unfortunately I missed due to being in hospital for the day. Some people complained about the simpleness of some of the meals however, it was all well cooked and wholesome and plenty of it and we all thought it was really good grub. Admittedly, there's not much to do indoors but we had paid alot of money to see snow so, we played in it at every oppertunity and it was marvelous. Our reps were second to none working long hours and doing what they could to make our stay enjoyable. Yes there were a few glitches but they made every effort to please as many as possible but, as we know you will never please everyone. Go with an open heart and allow the child in you to enjoy the snow, praise the staff for what they do do and write to the Bosses when you get home if you have any gripes, they're the ones with the power to effect change. We meet a great bunch of fellow travellers the week we were there, many of whom we will no doubt remain friends with. Bogden was our star in the bar (best alcoholic coffee and choc in the North) keeping it open as long as we wanted. Prices are not bad considering you are in the wilds but our party of four along with the Irish, Suthy Lisa, and the Wessy crew really did manage to drink the bar dry. Thanks also to Sean and Antoinette and the rest of the rep gang we had a ball. If we can get the cash together we'll definitely be there next year.

Review by Mr Fred Mcarthur

What was promised was delivered. The activities were very good in that they were of appropriate duration and you were properly involved (i.e. driving the sledge dog team/snow mobile) as opposed to just being a passenger. Briefings were appropriate and informative.

Review by Mrs Clare Walsh

Had a really good holiday. Would recommend to anyone. Only 2 small things not perfect - the fabulous husky safari did not go far enough and the accommodation needs a refurbishment but was clean and very warm. The Transun reps were helpful and hard working and very well organised.

Review by Mr Michael Cutts

excellent holiday would recommend this to anyone fit enough to enjoy the activities.

Review by Mrs Elaine Edmunds

We had a wonderful time a holiday of a lifetime. It was great how much hands on the experience was. The huskies were feat and loved handling the sled. We were pleasantly surprised by how long the snowmobiling lasted it was well led and memorable. The staff at the hotel were very helpful, especially Mandy I ink her name was who me thus and introduced us to the holiday. The food was wholesome and tasty and we had no complaints. The room was adequate and warm. I would certainly recommend this holiday experience and Transun to others.

Review by Ms Jennifer Jones

Brilliant holiday, amazing place saw lights on 2 consecutive nights which was great. Hotel basic but comfortable, excursions well organised and fun. Husky dog sledging really good fun good to see the dogs so well looked after.

Review by Mrs Lelia Burgess

An amazing and really enjoyable holiday which exceeded our expectations. We loved the activities. We found the Davvi Arctic Lodge to be comfortable, staff efficient and helpful and the food to be very tasty and plentiful. Only critizism is that Transun Reps said in welcome meeting that we would be told when Northern lights were visible but this never happened. We did see them several times but only because we were up on the hill looking for them! Those in the hotel were not told. It would be better to make it clear in beginning that you have to look yourself.

Review by Miss Bridget Barnett

The hotel was a little basic, and hot drinks throughout the day would have been a massive improvement. However the overall holiday experience outweighed the negatives. The food was hot and plentiful and the soups were delicious. We saw the northern lights 4 times and the sledge and sleigh rides are something to remember. Elle and Bognor were particularly fantastic, along with the great group we were with. Thanks for helping to make it such a memorable holiday x

Review by Mr Robert Sellars

Having read previous reviews we were a little worried about what to expect. We had no need to worry. We were very impressed by the accommodation, the food and the friendliness and service provided by the staff of the hotel and all the reps. We even got to see the Lights. Thank you for a truly memorable holiday. Top tip - take very warm gloves and socks. ps special mention to the 'rugged handsome'Scotsman from Dundee

Review by Miss Conna Archibald

fantastic holiday, action packed but relaxing at the same time. Hotel and staff were great and really friendly. I would return tomorrow if I could.

Review by Mr James Peters

We absolutely enjoyed the location, the activities and the cabin having a sauna. We would have preferred more time on each activity as we enjoyed them so much. The food is no more than adequate but edible and sustaining. The food and drinks at the bar are expensive. There are no tea and coffee making facilities in the cabins, but we took our own kettle, etc. The setting is amazing: perched on a snowy hillside, surrounded by pine woods,with wonderful views over the valley in deep snow. Generally, the staff are enthusiastic and helpful. There is obviously no guarantee that you will see the Lights,and you have to be prepared to put the time in to looking out for them, but if you do see them as we did, you will be awe-struck! Even if you don't see the Lights, the husky and reindeer sleding and snow mobile driving are tremendous fun. We would recommend this holiday for the out-door type.

Review by Mrs Diana Connor

We had a great time in the snow - only disappointment was the absence of the 'Lights'. All the excursions were great fun, well organised and the staff were helpful. The cabin we stayed in was basic but spotless, warm and comfortable - we didn't spoend long in there. Suits and boots enables us to stay out in the snow and yet be warm and dry. Sledges for our use at the hotel were an added bonus - great sledging! Lovely to be in the mieddle of nowhere with peace and quiet, yet the hotel bar was a welcome refuge after a hard day of playing in the snow. Some of the reps were excellent (snowmobile crew in particular) although a few of the others could have more local knowledge to show they had researched the area. We will be back - got to see the Northern Lights. Tahnk you for a great break with lots of fun.

Review by Mrs Julie Parini

We had a great time and enjoyed every minute of the trip. It can't always be easy in that location to get everything right, but on this occasion you did. Thanks

Review by Miss Christina Goodison

This trip to the artic circle was one of the best I have been on.. As soon as we touched down in entoknio everything was run really smoothly, from getting our baggage to checking in at the Davvi hotel , We could not believe how relaxed but organised it all was. The transun staff are a complete credit to you, they are friendly, helpful and we have not experienced hospitality like it. The excursions were spread out really well and they were all excellent. We didn't see the northern lights on our trip but it justs gives us a reason to go again but to be fair the trip was magical without that. We will definately travel with transun again. Thank you so much xx

Review by Mr Julian Wood

Having read some less than glowing reviews on Trip Advisor the day before departure I wondered what I had paid and was letting myself in for. However either they went to a different Davvi hotel or the service had dramatically improved in the space of a week. The staff were helpful, food plentiful and tasty and the accommodation was of a good "skiing chalet" standard. The included activities of husky sledging, reindeer farm visit with sleigh ride and skidoos not to mention the fact we saw incredible northern lights on all three nights made for a full programme of activities, but with sufficient free time to do a bit of exploring on one's own. The relaxed atmosphere of the hotel and the "group" trips meant that we talked with many other guests on our stay. Already two sets of friends have asked about details for Transun having heard of our wonderful experience. Thanks for a wonderful four days and nights.

Review by Mr Glenn Payne

Thoroughly enjoyable holiday, staff on the excursions excelled with their enthusiasm - which made our holiday. Seeing the Northern lights was brilliant, Lapland was delightful. Although the food was fairly basic, it was delicious and warming at the end of action filled days, staff were attentive in all areas.

Review by Miss Rachel Whitbread

We really enjoyed the holiday, the only thing that might be better would be to be able to choose the timing of the activities- so you run the activities through out the day and people can chosse what time to go on them as some of them were quite late or every early, I expect this was to stagger it and avoid everyone wanting the same times - we thought the size of the groups at about 8 were good though. We enjoyed the activities although found the reindeer camp a bit tame and a bit long winded(sorry) - overall though we thought the staff were really friendly, the rooms were good and had no complaints really. Thanks.

Review by Mrs Jane Austen

Service and facilities excellent - outdoor staff especially helpful, willing and fun to be with. A one off experience and efficiently run within the confines of the limited environment. Thank you for a holiday to remember.

Review by Mr Peter Phillips

This was a very enjoyable 4 days spent in the land of the Northern Lights (although none of the organised trips got to see them on this occasion). The organisation of people on trips was sometimes rather haphazard, as was the return to airport bus journey (having been allocated a specific bus number, changing the bus number once everyone had boarded is *not* a good idea!). Although the snow suit and boots were admirable and did their job very well indeed, it would have been useful if gloves were also made available to those who, like me, did not have gloves really suited to such low temperatures as it gets very cold on the snow mobiles and husky rides. Enter Air, the carrier about whom I knew nothing at all, proved to be a very efficient airline with extremely pleasant and helpful cabin crew, though why Manchester Airport's website indicated that the flight was going to Warsaw not Kiruna will forever be a mystery! All in all, a great trip with some excellent photo opportunities and memories

Review by Mr Graham Harvey

Staff very friendly, willing to please given the conditions. Knew what to expect, afterall its the arctic, shame other guests din't grasp that fact. Food basic home cooked but plenty off it, minor suggestion - would have been nice to have some local food for the main meal during the stay eg local stew or something similar. We had a great time, we thought it was shame we didnt booked the the full week...would have like to have done the 24 snowmobile trek, overall thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.... especially the husky's great fun.

Review by Mr Victor Newland

The wonderful wilderness location of the Davvi Lodge and an interesting and well-planned activities itinerary, made this a most enjoyable holiday, even though the cloud-cover meant that we did not see the Aurora. The Transun rep. and hotel staff were all extremely helpful and we found the atmosphere relaxed and informal. The cabin was spacious and comfortable and we enjoyed the sauna. The food choice was limited, but good and plentiful. We were surprised to find instant coffee served at breakfast instead of decent, proper coffee. Not everyone drinks tea, so it might be an idea to take your own coffee bags if you dislike the instant stuff.

Review by Mr Royston Dyer

Food was sparse particularly breakfast not alot of selection.Staff were excellent. we think that tea and coffee should be available at all times for free not be expected to pay as being so cold and the price of the holiday. Extra excursions were over priced so did not take any but the excursions that were provided were very good.

Review by Mrs Naomi Vaughan

We had a fantastic holiday in a great setting, the excursions were fab and probably exceeded our expectations. The staff were friendly and some of the guides we had on our trips were very funny and added to the enjoyment. The hotel was comfortable and very warm, sometimes too warm, but was welcome after being in minus temperatures. Overall the food was fine - to be fair to Transun the food was sold to us as basic simple food which is what it was so we weren't disappointed. If you prefer to stay in a 5 star hotel and be served gourmet food this is not the hotel for you.However if you want a wonderful holiday in a magical setting and enjoy some great experiences, including the chance to see the northern lights, this is the holiday for you.We were lucky enough to see the northern lights twice and it was the icing on the cake.

Review by Mrs Lesley Hardware

We had a brilliant 4 day Northern lights break and were lucky enough to see the spectacular Aurora Borealis on two nights from the balcony at the Arctic Star. The skies were amazing, beautiful sunsets and clear stargazing nights. The activities were well planned and very enjoyable. We found the snow mobile trip out into the wilderness along a frozen river excellent. As astronomers we had the chance to view the spectacular clear night sky without light pollution. The husky dog sledging was also a wonderful experience. Unfortunately we were the last group before the flight home and due to the timing we did not have time to fit in lunch before the transfer to the airport. Our waiter James made sure we had sandwiches to take with us. The staff were all very helpful and sociable. The hotel was clean and very warm. Unfortunately the cups in the dining room could do with replacing as lots were chipped.

Review by Mrs Mary Read

Already done one review. What can I say? Can't wait to travel with you again and will be doing so soon. Excellent from booking to coming home. Don't believe the negative feedback. Could not have wished for anything better. Magical! An experience not to be missed by anyone.

Review by Mr Brian Webb

The BEST Holiday we have had, without doubt. Everything and everyone was brilliant. An amazing experience, and we saw the lights.

Review by Mrs Julia Pritchard

Fantastic holiday. Beautiful scenery, excellent excursions. Fell House perfect for us - short walk from hotel not a problem, very quiet, good sized rooms (no kettles in rooms but took a travel kettle etc.). Staff very friendly. Particularly enjoyed the huskies and snowmobiles, although the forest trek and snowshoeing was surprisingly good fun. Reindeer farm also entertaining but very very cold. Children loved sledging next to the hotel and walking on the frozen river. Overall a magical experience - would definitely recommend.

Review by Mr Russ & Mrs Mary Read

we have just returned from the holiday of a lifetime. we wish to congratulate all concerned for the excellent service from booking until getting home. the location was idillic and should be experienced by everyone. we saw the northan lights 3 times it was out of this world. all excursions were organised well and we were never kept waiting. we will be returning in 2 years for our 25th wedding celebrations and can't imagine anywhere better

Review by Sue Cross

I have just returned from a week at the Davvi Arctic Lodge and what a fantastic week it has been. Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved in this holiday. It has been a fantastic experience and one that I didn't want to return from. We also saw the lights which were amazing! Once again, many thanks and I will be going back.

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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