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6 days - Wellness Program, Fireworks and New Year Concert at the Kuhmo Arts Centre
The beautiful scenery covered with a mantle of dazzling white snow, the crackling frost and the magical winter darkness create a special atmosphere for the New Year’s celebrations. Wild Taiga is dominated by taiga forests, frozen lakes and its misty blue hills, area is one of Finland's best known regions for guaranteed snow fall throughout the winter season.
On the New Year’s Eve, we will celebrate with a special Gala dinner before watching fireworks and raising a toast for the New Year.
- New Year's Eve Gala Dinner before Fireworks show and Live music/DJ & dancing
- New Year Concert at the Kuhmo Arts Centre
- Day 1
- Arrive and transfer to hotel
- Day 2
- Snow games and outdoor jacuzzi
- Day 3
- New Year's Eve party with DJ, dancing and fireworks
- Day 4
- New Year Concert at the Kuhmo Arts Centre
- Day 5
- Wellness Day
- Day 6
- Goodbye Finland
- Start/End Place
- Kajaani, Finland
- Country Visited
- 6 Days
- Self Guided
Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.
Local buses, dog sleds, snow mobile safaris and transfer from local airport, Kajaani.
- 5 night accommodation and breakfast
- Full board with soup lunches and breakfasts, 4 x half board dinners, special Finnish New Year's Eve dinner (alcohol not included)
- Return transfer from Kajaani airport
- Welcoming drink
- Evening sauna & jacuzzis daily
- New Year’s Day Concert + bus transfer
- Traditional tin casting, fireworks show and live band/DJ on New Year's Eve
- All activities listed in the itinerary: Guided snow game competitions, 2 hour snowshoe tour.
- Babysitters can be arranged
- Children's activities at the hotel such as kick-sledges, toboggans, DVD movies, Playstation and Nintendo WII games, Children's playroom, wireless internet, boardgames and library are also included. We suggest also bringing along your own favourite Christmas DVDs to watch as well. Drying closet for outdoor clothes available in the lobby.
- Free use of kick-sleds, sledges, Wifi and ski-waxing room.
- Winter clothes
- International flight tickets
- Luggage porter service
- Travel insurance
- Babysitting can be arranged
- Any items of personal nature.
There are many optional activities such as husky safaris, snowmobiling, snowshoe tours, cross country ski tours, ice-fishing, rapid floating available that can be pre-booked. There is also a comprehensive wellness centre in this hotel.
Day 1 - Arrive and transfer to hotel
Day 2 - Snow games and outdoor jacuzzi
After breakfast get-together with your New Year host; and get a few words
about the program and optional activities you can book. Guided Kalevala snow games: Let's get to know each other in the spirit of fun winter races! On these playful competitions you need co-operation skills and imagination.
After lunch, it is a free afternoon for optional activities, try ski school or spend your afternoon having fun in the snow with toboggans and kick-sledges.
Before dinner, enjoy an evening sauna with indoor and outdoor jacuzzi.
Day 3 - New Year's Eve party with DJ, dancing and fireworks
After breakfast, join a 2 hour snowshoe tour along taiga forest and frozen lake, incl. hot juice. Then it is time fro some more optional activities; such as cross-country ski school, rapid swimming or ice fishing.
Before dinner, join in a traditional Finnish New Year's Eve game - Tin casting in the lobby, the tin will tell your future for next year. Then it is time for the New Year Gala Dinner with live music/DJ & dancing. Later, just before the midnight, move to the terrace for the countdown and fireworks. The party then continues inside the bar with dancing until the early hours.
Day 4 - New Year Concert at the Kuhmo Arts Centre
This morning, enjoy brunch and a day of relaxing with jacuzzi's or optional activities. There is a bus transfer to New Year Concert at the Kuhmo Arts Centre in the afternoon before returning home for dinner.
Day 5 - Wellness Day
Today is free for more optional excursions. Perhaps you might like to dedicate the day to traditional Finnish wellbeing treatments such as a
peat sauna and traditional Finnish bone setting. After these two, maybe also try a herbal jacuzzi, classical massage and peat treatments.
Day 6 - Goodbye Finland
Breakfast and transfer to Kajaani airport
Price per person for double/twin share.
Family triple is 2 adults and 1 child in standard room.
Family quad is 2 adults and 2 children in a family room.
Child discount applies to age 4-12 years, children age 0-3 is free.
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There are special rates for children, depending on their age and their accommodation needs. There are many rooms in this hotel with interconnecting rooms.
We can help you organize your train or air tickets to Kajaani. Skiing options are also available for you to enjoy.
For those who are interested also in history and culture, you can add these experiences: Winter War Museum, Juminkeko - cultural centre for Kalevala - national epic of Finland and Karelian culture, Petola Nature Centre with exhibition of Finlands large carnivores (brown bear, lynx, wolverine, wolf) and many exhibitions in the town.
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Travelling with young children
Here are some suggestions and tips from our staff who have kids themselves, for travelling in Scandinavia with younger children. We hope that you will find this advice helpful and be sure to ask us for more information before travelling as our staff have all grown up in Scandinavia.
In general, Scandinavia and Finland are very child-friendly destinations and if you have any special requests or questions while here, please contact the staff at your hotel immediately. Almost all restaurants can be considered child-friendly with baby chairs and sometimes also drawing utensils, books or toys, and when using public transport, Scandinavia offers some great support for families with younger children. Baby changing tables in public toilets, play equipment and play rooms at airport terminals and family wagons in trains with playing area for the little ones are common place.
When possible, we suggest arriving to Scandinavia or Finland a day or two earlier before your holiday program begins so that your younger children can adjust to the time zone. Young children arriving from the Southern Hemisphere generally wake up at around 4 - 5am for the first few mornings before they get accustomed to the new time zone. Be sure to have breakfast provisions ready for this, as it is unusual for anything to be provided from the hotel at this early hour. We suggest bringing packages of the child's favourite breakfast cereal from home plus tea bags etc. to help in those first few days. Likewise, quiet entertainment for those early hours might be a good idea as well.
Hotel rooms in Scandinavia more likely than not, only have twin beds pushed together to make a double if required. The spare children's beds are often foldout beds. Generally, it is easy to arrange at reception for the cots but be sure to ask for help if something doesn't seem right. We were provided a cot without a mattress once - very uncomfortable indeed if we hadn't chased that up!
Also, in Scandinavia it is not common practise to have tea or coffee provided in the room, and even if there is a kettle, there might be nothing else. We suggest travelling with a small supply of your own tea bags/coffee, and asking directly at reception for a kettle on arrival.
Feeding your children adequately is probably the hardest thing to do on an arranged holiday - kids are out of wack with jetlag, fussy and hungry for their own comfort food. When hotels and packages provide set times for meals and buffets, it is important to come prepared.
It is handy to take a small cooler bag already from home filled with snacks, utensils and fresh food. From the breakfast buffets it is usually acceptable to take a small amount of fresh food such as boiled eggs, rolls and fruit for morning and afternoon tea for the little ones.
We would also suggest that you give your kids a taste of what’s to come before their holiday on some foods that they are likely to get in Scandinavia. Meatballs, European flavoured sausages, soups & then treats like cinnamon buns and waffles are typical children's menu items. Cinnamon is a very common flavour used in Scandinavia and Finland.
If you are part of an arranged program, be sure to ask at reception if you need anything in particular. The hotel staff will be more than happy to warm up baby food and organise more snacks or fruit.
We recommend seeking all available information from the reception or activity provider when considering what optional activities will suit your younger children. These activities can be cold and involve a transfer a certain distance from the hotel. If you are uncertain why the activity is being run at a particular time, please ask for clarification as there is often a reason that you might be unfamiliar with. We all know as parents that children generally perform better earlier in the day than later, however, the activity providers might have a safety, logistic or climate reason for picking a certain time.
In Scandinavia, it is often left up to the parents to make decisions about age limits and suitability (unlike other regions where everything is stipulated) so be sure to ask reception or other guests who have done the activity for further advice.
We usually don't recommend winter activities, such as longer husky safaris, snowmobile safaris and late evening Aurora Hunts to children under the age 4-5. This of course depends very much on a child as every child is different, but for younger children we recommend shorter excursions as it can get very cold sitting still in a sled. Some operators also do not take children under the age of 5 on their tours, so please ask us specifically before travelling about these limitations.
This is going to make or break your holiday in Scandinavia in the winter. Be sure to refer to our comprehensive packing list provided in your pre-departure information and be on the look out for the best protection for your children in the cold. Winter is great time for kids to play outside and snow-based activities will keep the young ones entertained for hours as long as they have appropriate clothing.
Extra (non-cotton) layers that can be added or taken away when needed, heat warmers and slip on crampons for the older children are recommended. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves, and extra pair of mittens will come in handy after building a snowman or two. A balaclava type of hat that covers both the neck and ears and which can also protect part of child’s face if needed, is also great under a warm and windproof beanie.
The base-layer next to skin should be either wool or synthetic blend, never cotton. With perspiration cotton turns quickly damp and then cold, no matter what other warmer clothing items are layered on top of it.
Many of the hotels and activity providers also do offer warm outer clothing for hire, but if traveling with small kids, please do check beforehand that correct sizes are available.
- Heat warmer pads for inside gloves and boots. Please note that these should not be used directly against the skin, hence for hands, you will need to use the pads in between the two pairs of gloves/mittens recommended in our packing list
- Good boots and warm woolly socks for your little ones
- Bags & suitcases that can easily be carried by one parent if the other is carrying children. Many of us use Trunkies for our travels so that our kids can sit on them, or sometimes the kids can pull the cases themselves. If your child is small enough to be carried, we highly recommend a baby or toddler carrier that leaves your hands free for handling the luggage.
- Provisions for the first day or two whether it is snacks, nappies or fruit drinks.
- Books, drawing pencils or other tranquil inside activity and your child’s favourite teddy!
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.