Finland: New Year in Kuusamo
Our base for Christmas and New Year programmes is Kuusamo, located in north-east Finland, close to the Russian border, and reached easily by air with regular connections from Helsinki. In the region of Kuusamo is Ruka, one of Finland's leading downhill ski resorts, which is reached by ski bus directly from the hotel door. There are many other activities possible, which can be booked in advance as part of a package, or guests can book on-the-spot.

29 Dec: Arrival
Arrival by air to Kuusamo airport. Transfer by bus directly to the hotel. The bus meets every regular scheduled Finnair flight into Kuusamo (those arriving by charter flights may need to take taxis due to timing). Our hotel base is located in the centre of Kuusamo town. The recently renovated Sokos Hotel Kuusamo has 179 rooms. Guest saunas are included in the price, as is use of the indoor swimming-pool. The hotel also features a restaurant, bar, and night club. Cross-country skiing tracks and snow mobile routes start right behind the hotel and the Ski Bus takes guests directly to and from the downhill slopes.
Overnight in Kuusamo on a half-board basis.

30 Dec: Optional activities
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Free day to enjoy one of the range of optional activities, or go downhill skiing (see below). Evening and/or a morning sauna and swim at the hotel. Overnight in Kuusamo on a half-board basis.

31 Dec: New Year's Eve
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Evening and/or morning sauna and swim at the hotel Festive dinner in the evening and New Year celebration at the hotel.
Overnight in Kuusamo on a half-board basis.

1st Jan: New Year's Day - optional activities
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Free day to enjoy one of the ranges of optional activities, or go downhill skiing (see below). Evening and/or a morning sauna and swim at the hotel.
Overnight in first class hotel in Kuusamo on a half board basis.

2nd Jan: Departure
Return by bus from the hotel to Kuusamo airport.

Services:
4 hotel nights with half board (including one brunch and festive dinner on 24th December) New Year festive dinner and programme at the hotel Return transfers from Kuusamo airport with bus (meeting Finnair scheduled flights only)

Optional Activities in Kuusamo
These activities can be pre-booked and included in your package, or booked on-the-spot. We bly recommend pre-booking as due to the festive period, the tours are heavily in demand. Tours start and end at the hotel.

TASTE OF WILDERNESS (Monday & Sunday)
Get a taste of snowmobiling on varying terrain through snow-covered forests and fells. We offer a range of different routes suitable for various skill levels. This is great fun, even if you've experienced snowmobiling before.
Duration: 2 hours.

UNDER THE STARS (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) As the night sets in, begin an Arctic journey under the rising moon and watch the stars slowly appear. Ride through dark, snow-covered areas illuminated only by the headlight of your snowmobile. If you're lucky, you will see the Northern Lights. Snack and cup of coffee brewed over open fire included.
Duration: 4 hours.

IN THE HEART OF NATURE (Tuesday and Thursday)
Enjoy the great outdoors on this safari to the heart of nature. The trail traverses rugged fells and narrow valleys before coming to the first stop, where we serve a typical Lappish lunch prepared over a campfire. After a refreshing cup of b hot coffee, you'll continue onwards through the forest.Keep your eyes out for forest animals searching for food! Duration: 6 hours.

LEGEND OF FOUR WINDS (Wednesday and Friday)
Your trail will take you over frozen waters and through snow-covered forests to a reindeer farm. Sit around an open fire with a herdsman and learn about the North's oldest form of livelihood, the daily routines of reindeer herdsmen and hear the Story of the Four Wind Hat. Ride in a reindeer-pulled sleigh and receive your own reindeer driving license before returning to town.
Duration: 3 hours.

FISHING EXPERIENCE (Wednesday and Friday)
Transfer by car to a fishing venue. After a welcome from the host and hostess, examine the fishing nets on the ice-covered lake and try your hand at traditional ice fishing. Learn about the history and development of local fishing traditions. Once you finish fishing, enjoy a cup of hot coffee with tasty homemade bread and smoked whitefish. Cook your catch over an open fire in a Lappish kota (tepee-like structure).
Duration: 3-4 hours.

ARCTIC SPEED (Tuesday and Thursday)
Ride along a trail traversing snow-covered landscapes. Visit a husky camp and learn about the daily life and training of these friendly Arctic dogs. Take a ride in a sled pulled by a husky team and enjoy a cup of hot berry juice around a campfire.
Duration:
3-4 hours.

WHITE SILENCE ON SNOWSHOES (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday)
Challenge yourself on a snowshoe adventure through the picturesque snowy countryside. Experience the silence and beauty of wintery forests on this guided snowshoe hike.
Duration: 2 hours.

FRESH AIR ON SKIS (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
Your ski guide will lead you to the slopes after each participant has been equipped with skis, poles, boots and outdoor clothing. The instructor will teach you the basics of cross-country skiing (how to slide and stop, how to use the poles, how to fall down safely, etc.) and demonstrate some skiing techniques. Hone these skills during the trip and learn how to ski up and down hills. You will be allowed free use of the skis for the rest of the day.
Duration: 2 hours (skiing distance 2-5 km).

RIDE OF YOUR LIFE (Wednesday and Saturday) Transportation by car to a reindeer farm, where a herdsman will tell us about reindeers and their habits. Everyone will take a 5 km sleigh ride and receive a reindeer driver's license. After a successful ride, we'll enjoy a cup of coffee and some local cookies in a Lappish kota (tepee-like structure).
Duration: 2 hours.

HUSKY SAFARI (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)
Drive from the safari office to a husky camp, where the barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you. Before departing on the safari, you will be given instruction on how to control the sleds, which you will ride in pairs. Enjoy some hot berry juice by an open fire and chat with the husky breeder about these northern animals once you return to the camp.
Duration: 2.5 hours (2 persons/husky sled).



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