Kuusamo - 1 hour 30 minutes
• Cup of coffee from €2.50 • Small beer from €5.00 • Bottle of house wine €35.00 • Reindeer steak from €35.00 • Glass of coke from €4.00 • Sandwich from €10.00 • Pizza from €10.00 • Burger & fries from €16.00
London Gatwick, Manchester
Less than 2 hour transfer
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So what's it like?
Great for winter activities
Fantastic snow conditions and quiet slopes make Iso-Syöte, Finland’s most southern fell, perfect for beginners and intermediates. All the accommodation is at the top of the slopes so if you’re an intermediate or above, you can ski virtually from your door. When you’re not on the slopes, there are lots of winter activities to do. You can visit Santa, go dog sledding or take in the views while snowshoeing. Learn-to-ski and improver packages are available and the lessons are set up around the activities so there’s nothing stopping you doing both and making the most of your trip.
If you have little ones, there’s two dedicated family runs and also Snow Land, an area of the slopes designed with kids in mind. The intermediate runs are on the middle and back slopes. And if you’re looking to learn new skills, Iso-Syöte has the largest snow park in Finland, where the World Snowboard Tour competition was held in 2014.
Off the slopes, try dog sledding, snowmobile safaris, reindeer rides and ice fishing. You can even spend a night in your own snow igloo. For something a bit more action-packed, test your driving skills with rally driving on ice. Finland is also the home of Santa so a visit at Christmas is a must. To keep you warm, you also get your thermal clothing and boots included. Create your own holiday or pick one of the activity packages available that include a selection of our most popular activities.
Ski Information Beginners
Iso-Syöte is great for beginners. Almost all the runs leading to the base are beginner runs. There's an excellent ski school with English speaking instructors and two dedicated family runs. During the week, the slopes are extremely quiet and remain groomed throughout the day.
Ski Information Intermediates
Intermediate skiers and boarders can access the slopes from the hotel and the cabins. Head to the middle slopes for the intermediate runs. Or for more of a challenge, there's a mogul run and a freeride area where you can test your skills amongst the trees. If you want to try freestyle skiing or riding in the park, go to Mini Street. This has all the features of the Iso-Syöte Snow Park, but on a much smaller scale.
Ski Information Advanced
Advanced runs are limited, but the slopes are quiet and the snow conditions excellent, which makes them great fun for cruising around on. Over on the back slopes is the freeride area with plenty of trees and natural obstacles to practise on. On the front side is the Iso-Syöte Snow Park with boxes, rails and the half pipe.
On weekdays, Iso-Syöte is quiet. The hotel restaurant is open for dinner every evening or you can relax with a drink at the hotel bar. For something a little different, there's a warming hut at the top of the slopes, where you can light a fire and spend the evening toasting marshmallows. If you like to dance, the hotel has a nightclub that opens at weekends.
Ice driving, ice fishing, indoor swimming pool, meet Santa
Other information - Cities
Arctic suits and boots are provided for you to use throughout the week. We recommend you bring thermal underwear and warm, light layered clothing to wear under the suits. Hand and toe warmers are also a good idea for children or anyone that feels the cold.
There's a ski bus (approx €2.50pp per ride) that takes you from the hotel at the top of the slopes down to the base, where you'll find the rental shop, ski school and the grocery store. The bus runs twice a day except on Sundays or you can take a taxi, which costs approx €15.
Iso-Syöte is great for families. In Snow World kids can learn to ski in their own dedicated area, which has an easy button lift, magic carpet lift and rope lift. For kids who are more experienced, there's an area with a race track and mini rails.
When they want a break from skiing, there's plenty of fun to be had in the snow tube park. And off the slopes, there's activities such as husky rides or reindeer sleigh rides, which can be enjoyed by kids of all ages.
There's also the Hippula daycare centre where kids of all ages will be kept busy with arts, crafts and playing games. Hippula is open from 11.00am until 5.00pm, every day between 26 Dec 14 and 6 Jan 15 and from 14 Feb 15 onwards. It's also open Saturday's during February. Price is approx €5 per child per hour.
Free lift pass for children 6 years old and under, if skiing with an adult and wearing a helmet (free for children 11 years and under). Free ski equipment hire (not snowboard) and free ski school for 5 & 6 year olds.
Free First time or Improver Ski or Snowboard package for a second child, if 2 adults & one other child pre-books the same. Valid for departures 12/01/14 – 09/02/14 inclusive.
Free lift pass for a second child, if 2 adults & one other child pre-books the same. Valid for departures 12/01/14 – 09/02/14 inclusive.