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Jeris - Activity Pick and Mix

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With a huge choice of activities, this holiday in Finnish Lapland will be tailored to make your perfect family holiday, full of snowy adventures.
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Staying on the edge of a frozen lake, surrounded by pine forest far in the north of Lapland, Jeris is a wonderful place for a fun, wintery family holiday. Make your base in the hotel or in one of their cosy cottages in the forest and then choose from a huge range of activities - from snowshoes to snowmobiles, ice-fishing to skiing. Get to know the local Lappish people and find out about their traditional lifestyle - and of course keep a watch for a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights.

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The Jeris - Activity Pick and Mix is available on select dates from January-March.

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You will be staying on half board at the family-run Hotel Jeris, on the shores of Lake Jerisjarvi, approx. 20km from the nearest town - the perfect setting to escape from everyday life in the magic of the wilderness of Finnish Lapland. There is also great potential for seeing the mystical Northern Lights. Choose between double or twin rooms (sleeping up to 4 - the 4th bed is only suitable for young children) in the main hotel or one of 32 cottages in the surrounding forest.

Looking for something extra special?

If you'd like to add something extra special you can add any of the following to your holiday:

  • A night in the Arctic Firefox Lodge - a private lakeside retreat with panoramic views across Lake Jerisjarvi and a clear room that offers unobstructed views of the night sky
  • Overnight in the wilderness lodge - a shared cabin deep in the forest where, away from any light pollution, you are perfectly situated to hopefully catch the Northern Lights
  • Aurora Glamping - stay overnight in your very own  cosy Aurora Dome, with see-through sides to give wonderful views of the wilderness and maybe the Northern Lights too
  • Snow Igloo - spend a night in a real snow igloo, cosy in an Arctic grade sleeping bag on a soft mattress, on the snow.
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With this 'pick and mix' holiday, the itinerary is up to you. You decide when you want to travel and for how long. Then you match your stay to the activities available on the days you're there. The wide choice of activities may include:

  • A visit to Arctic Sauna World with Shaman
  • Snowmobile with net fishing
  • Snowtrain - an Aurora hunt through the wilderness
  • A visit to the Arctic Elements Lakeside Spa and its smoke sauna
  • Horse riding - a gentle, guided ride through wintery forests
  • Northern lights horse riding safari
  • Snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm and Torassieppi Winter Village, made of snow and ice
  • Learn the secrets of the Northern Lights - from myths and legents to the science behind the magic
  • Northern Lights explorer, by minibus
  • Ice fishing
  • Lappish culture - visit a reindeer farm and meet the herders, visit a small museum, enjoy a sleigh ride, have lunch in a traditional wooden teepee and explore Torassieppi Winter Village
  • Reindeer sleigh through the forests to perhaps glimpse the Northern Lights
  • Daytime snowmobile safari
  • Nighttime snowmobile safari, looking out for the Northern Lights
  • Husky sled safari (15km or 25km)
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Daytime snowshoe walk in the national park
  • Nightime snowshoe walk, looking out for the Northern Lights

You can also hire cross-country skis, snowshoes and fat bikes during your stay.

Please note: each activity is offered on different days (for example, some every day, some once or twice a week) and for different periods of the year.  There is also a minimum age for each activity. Please go to the Activities Abroad website for these details. Please also bear in mind that the order you do activities is on request only and may be subject to change.

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Adult price from £785 per person plus activities. Reduced prices for children (5-12 years). Minimum age 5 years.

Price includes: return flights, return airport transfers, min. 3 nights in a twin or double hotel room, half board, cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay, fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors for any activities, services of a dedicated local representative.

Activities are priced individually and will be added separately to your base holiday price. 

Please note: the from price is based on the lowest available air fares. These fares can sell out quickly and as a result prices may increase and supplements may apply.

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The Best Bubble Holidays for 2020 and 2021

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We share the top contenders for family holidays far from the madding crowds.
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Can you go on holiday and still socially distance? Sure you can, to a large degree, if you book a 'bubble holiday' – an exclusive-use villa, lodge, cabin or cottage, a whole (small!) hotel, an island, a boat or an organised itinerary with another family, friends within your existing bubble, grandparents or other relatives. Our travel agents have shared their favourites for winter 2020 and into 2021 – browse the below or pick up the phone (020 3633 0653) or fill in our enquiry form and they will be happy to guide you through your options.

For the latest on the ever-changing quarantine and self-isolation regulations for different destinations, see FCO or @PPCharles on Twitter. Holidays sold by us are ATOL and ABTA protected.


Jeris - Activity Pick and Mix, Lapland (Finland) 

Book yourself a cottage with a private sauna and explore the Arctic wilderness as part of this freewheeling activity holiday perfect for families who like the liberty to pick and choose their own activities rather than being bound to a structured itinerary. These include snowmobile safaris, dog-sledding (ages 12 and up), snowshoeing, ice fishing and Aurora borealis hunting.

The cottages are in the vast grounds of a hotel situated on the edge of a frozen lake in the far north of Lapland, nestled within a pine forest, and represent  the ultimate in cosy comfort. Guests can also choose to spend one night in the Arctic Firefox Lodge, the dorm-style Wilderness Cabin, the Aurora Dome luxury tent with its see-through side wall for Northern Lights spotting, or even a snow igloo. 

Prices start at £825pp (£605/child) for 3 or more nights, with departures from 3 January to 20 March 2020. The operator is a fully bonded member of ABTA and AITO.

G Adventures 'Book a Bubble' Holidays

This long-established operator running activity-packed holidays everywhere from the Peruvian Andes to South Africa, and from Costa Rica to Thailand, has recently introduced adventure holidays that allow you to travel solely with friends or family. Choosing from 80 of its standard tours, you can even grab fantastic savings of 50% for the 8th person in a group or a free place for a 12th person. The minimum age for these trips is generally 12 years.

Other options are to book an 'off-the-rack' version of any of G Adventures' other itineraries (more than 700, all around the world) and make it a private trip for your own social bubble, or to create your own TailorMade private adventure, either on a self-guided itinerary or with one of G Adventures' Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) leading the way.

All trips are covered by G Adventure's 'Travel with Confidence' policy, including cancellation/rebooking options and physical distancing and enhanced cleaning measures on all trips.

Forest Holidays, UK

'Distant by design', Forest Holidays' 11 idyllic UK locations (Delamere Forest, Cheshire;  Argyll and Strathyre, Scotland; Cropton and Keldy, North Yorkshire; Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire; Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire; Thorpe Forest, Norfolk; Deerpark, Cornwall; Blackwood Forest, Hampshire; Beddgelert, Snowdonia) allow you to hole away in luxurious cabins widely spaced around some of the most glorious forests in the country and to take advantage of all the fresh air and secluded nature on your doorstep. Some cabins even have their own hot tubs, and the largest have 4 or 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 10, making them perfect for 3G holidays with grandparents or other social bubbles. Deliveries of food and other treats can also be made to your door, ordered using your in-cabin TV. Book a Forest Holidays stay arriving up to 31 December 2020 and get a 10% discount courtesy of TaketheFamily. 

Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences, Cyprus

This luxury property within quick and easy reach of the airport at Paphos offers the best of both worlds: the facilties of a resort along with the privacy of self-catering luxury apartments and super-luxurious villas, some of the latter with their own heated pools and gardens making them perfect for social distancing. Food hampers and deliveries can be arranged. Aphrodite Hills holds the High Level Covid-Shield Certification: measures include the enforcing of face-mask wearing in public areas, regulated distancing between loungers, and a limited capacity (and pre-booking only) for the kids' club and baby crèche.

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands

Famously owned by Sir Richard Branson, this tropical island can be booked as a private retreat for up to 34 people. Great for relaxing but also ideal for active family holidays, it offers a wealth of activities including SUP paddleboarding, water-skiing, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, ziplining, tennis and yoga. Promoting sustainability and community involvmement, Necker is also a wildlife haven, with flamingos, iguanas, giant tortoises and imported lemurs.

See also our hand-picked villa holidays with partners Simpson Travel, James Villa Holidays and Oliver's Travels.

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Family Adventure Holidays in the UK & Channel Islands

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While adventure holidays normally conjure up visions of far-flung climes, you don’t have to travel far from home to have a fantastic adventure – or even leave the UK.

England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands have an exciting range of organised holidays that help outdoorsy families make the most of its stunning landscapes, from rivers and mountains to the coast. Most involve walking and/or other outdoors activities, and often they operate from one base. 

With lower costs and shorter travel times than overseas adventure holidays, what’s not to like?!

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A Family Glamping Break in the Lee Valley, Hertfordshire/Essex

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Staycations are all about improvisation and a parent’s ability to keep up the spirits even when things go wrong. I’m reminded of this perennial truth as we peer into the empty basin of the white-water rafting course built for the 2012 Olympics and I see my 12- and 16-year-olds struggling to contain their disappointment. 

Navigating the man-made rapids at the Lee Valley White Water Centre was the sole reason we came all the way down from Manchester, and a long-held dream for my boys. But if there’s anything that the Coronavirus pandemic has taught us, it’s that things are not always within our control. 

'The great thing about having a dog is that you have to get out whatever the weather – and that goes double when you’re staying in a tent or a cabin where space is at a premium. There was only so long we could stay in playing camping games, watching Man v. Food or napping – or only so long that Coco would let us do so.'

Hunkering down in our dog-friendly Big Chief ‘wigwam’ at our campsite on a bend in the river at Dobb’s Weir, I checked and re-checked the weather forecast and sighed inwardly. With its fold-down beds and alfresco eating area on the decked terrace, the wooden cabin was perhaps a little too cosy for the four of us and our labrador Coco if this drizzle and wind really was set to continue for the full three nights of our weekend break. I didn't even want to think about the storm icons on my weather app.

Escaping to the neighbouring Fish and Eels waterside pub beside Dobb’s Weir itself – an atmospheric low-head dam complete with its original workings – I calmed down over a balloon-glass gintonica as we feasted on great family-friendly food and Coco was made a royal fuss over. Olympic venues aside, the Lee Valley Regional Park is an outdoorsy family’s mecca, packed with nature reserves, traffic-free cycling and walking trails, boating areas, and picnic spots. There was nothing for it, I said, but to get out and about in spite of the weather. Over their brownies, the boys exchanged a dubious glance.

But the great thing about having a dog is that you have to get out whatever the weather – and that goes double when you’re staying in a tent or a cabin where space is at a premium. There was only so long we could stay in playing camping games such as Gentlemen’s Hardware ‘Would You Rather’, watching Man v. Food or napping – or only so long that Coco would let us do so.

Thus it was that we spent a day following the Lee Valley Walk South leading down towards the White Water Centre from Broxbourne Old Mill and Meadows. Having breakfasted on hearty bacon butties at Old Mill’s cute café (and promised ourselves some of the alluring home-made cakes on our return), we set out along the towpath along the river, passing colourful houseboats festooned with ripening tomato plants, marrows and other home-grown produce. It wasn’t long before the boys had talked me into looking into booking us a houseboat holiday and perhaps even investing in our own houseboat – not such a bad idea, I thought, in times like these.

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Boating on the Lee

Our walk took us through Silvermeade, a stronghold for the highly endangered water vole as well as home to hairy dragonflies, banded demoiselle damselflies and birdlife galore. My teen and tween are not huge walkers, but there was enough to see and do to distract them from the distance we were covering, including trails through little bird sanctuaries and an orchid plantation, natural play areas and even a dog agility course. Indeed, barely a moan issued forth from either of them during the several hours that we walked – much to my amazement and probably even theirs too. Meanwhile, Coco – used to hour-long excursions to the local park or nature reserve – didn't know what had hit her.

Other days were spent fishing – possible in the campsite itself, beside Dobb’s Weir and at many other points of the Lee (permits need to be bought from designated points) – and picking blackberries on the riverside path that took us as far as Glen Faba, a wild area of water, grassland, reedbeds and walks also perfect for wildlife-spotting. Other families were out enjoying the Valley by bike, canoe or small electric boats.

When we weren’t checking out local pubs and cafés, the Big Chief had a toaster, a hob, a kettle and a microwave for basic cooking, and we hired a fire-pit and barbecue for the obligatory sausage fests and marshmallow-toasting sessions without which any camping holiday is incomplete. With a small play area and a shop selling the basics, Dobb’s Weir is a very quiet campsite – so quiet that when darkness falls, the local rabbits come out and make the place their own.

It’s strange, in such peaceful surrounds, to think you’re so close to London; trains from Broxbourne to London Liverpool Street take just over 30 minutes. That makes camping in the Lee Valley a viable way of seeing the British capital on a budget - we all know how expensive it is staying in the city itself. 

But we resisted the bright lights of London in favour of exploring more of the local area. A lovely find was an area of nearby Epping Forest called Warren Pond/Barn Hoppitt, where – as a storm rumbled overhead – we discovered some of England’s oldest trees. Certain trees here are thought to be as old as, if not older than, nearby Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge, built on the orders of Henry VIII in 1543. Again, as well as being fantastic for another social-distancing dog walk, this area of the forest is recognised by scientists as as internationally important for the rare insects and fungi that inhabit it.

England is full of surprises, bad and good. Go with the flow and you might just be surprised by what you find.

Big Chief Wigwams sleeping 4 plus a dog at the Lee Valley Dobb’s Weir cost £85/night. There are also safari tents (no dogs). Bike, canoe and boat hire is available around the Valley, including campsites, Broxbourne Old Mill and the White Water Centre. Rafting Unleashed at the Lee Valley Whitewater Centre costs from £50pp, family rafting is £200 per raft holding up to 5, including a £25 soft drinks voucher for the café. At the time of writing there were limited slots for family rafting for ages 8 years and up, but ’Rafting Unleashed’ – open to ages 12 and up– was not yet up and running again. Check the website for updates.

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A Family Holiday at Al Fresco Holidays' La Rive, Atlantic Coast, France

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With memories of childhood camping holidays complete with dodgy shower blocks, midnight treks to the loo, boiling hot tents and nowhere to put anything away, I’m not a natural camper. But the facilities at the five-star campsite La Rive in a forest near Biscarrosse on the southern French Atlantic coast, and its proximity to some fabulous beaches, persuaded me to give it another try.

'The site has its own lake beach – ideal for younger children but also for those who like it active, with paddle-boards, kayaks, canoes, windsurfers and even flyboards.'

As a family, we love this coast for the waves, the usually cooler climate than the Mediterranean coast, and the space on those stunning beaches. Plage de Vivier was a particular favourite. A little quieter than the main Biscarrosse Plage, it has easy, shaded parking – though it's a slightly longer walk from the sands, which might be trickier with very small children. 

Most of the beaches have lifeguards and designated swimming/surfing areas, and many have shallow lagoons at low tide – ideal with younger children. Lake Biscarrosse is also enormous, with plenty of beaches around its edges that work particularly well for children who don’t enjoy waves.

Away from the beaches, attractions include mini-golf, a large water-park and a high-ropes course. We also scrambled up Dune du Pilat, the highest sand dune in Europe, to enjoy the incredible views.

The site has its own lake beach, which is also ideal for younger children as the water is warm, there are no waves and it’s incredibly shallow. This pretty beach also has a walkway almost to the water, which makes it easy to navigate for those with buggies, and the trees around the edge offer shady areas. But those who feel like being a little more active can rent paddleboards, kayaks, canoes or windsurfers or even have a go at hovering above the water on a flyboard.

There’s also an impressive water park with slides and play areas suitable for all ages, a fun giant bucket suspended up high that tips over around every 10 minutes, delighting the squealing children below, an adults-only pool suitable for swimming lengths, and plenty of loungers.

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Water park at La Rive

Our two-bedroom Rossini Riviera Lounge mobile home was surprisingly spacious and well thought out, with plenty of storage space, a decent bathroom with properly sized shower and, most excitingly of all, efficient air-conditioning. We loved the large terrace with its proper canopy (so no fighting over the shady spot) and wicker furniture. And while the indoor kitchen was largely well equipped, with a full-sized fridge-freezer, the gas BBQ was a very welcome addition.

The wood-clad cabins are fairly close together but largely positioned for maximum privacy while you're outside. The Al Fresco section of the site is at the far end, away from the entertainment area. which makes it nice and quiet. The huge trees of the forest offer shade and also help break up the rows of cabins.

You definitely need a car here. The peaceful location means no noise from nearby nightclubs or bars but the nearest sea beaches, at Biscarrosse, are around 20 minutes’ drive away. There's a small supermarket on site, however, as well as a bar, a restaurant, a couple of takeaways and a general shop selling souvenirs, beach gear and the like. 

While large, the site is very contained and feels safe – the few cars going to and from their cabins drive very slowly, and it’s the kind of place where many parents might feel happy letting their children having a little bit of freedom to wander, although bit more signage might be useful in helping them find their way back.

A two-bedroom Rossini Riviera Lounge + AC sleeping up to 6 (but more comfortable for 4) at La Rive, Biscarrosse, Aquitaine costs from £180/wk in low season and from £1,390 in high season. Find out more about Al Fresco Holidays and book now.

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Book a Bubble with G Adventures

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With G Adventures' new 'Book Your Bubble' offer you travel with only friends and family, for added confidence and peace of mind. Choose your adventure trip in one of the following three ways:

  1. The Book Your Bubble Collection - pick from one of 80 tours and make great savings on the trip price - 50% off for the 8th person in your group or book 12 people and get the 12 spot FREE! *
  2. Off-the-rack - choose from any of G Advenures' other existing itineraries (over 700, across 7 continents!) on one of the proposed departure dates and make it you own social bubble's private trip.
  3. TailorMade - create your own private adventure, with the itinerary tailored to exactly what you'd like and how you want to see the world. Be your own guide or let one of G Advenures' Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) lead the way!

All trips are covered by G Adventure's 'Travel with Confidence' policy, including new physical distancing and cleaning measures on all trips.

Book with Confidence: until 31st of December 2020, all trips departing before 31st December 2020 can be cancelled and re-booked up to 14 days prior to your departure date. For trips departing 1st January-31st December 2021, trips can be cancelled and rebooked up to 30 days prior to your departure date.

* Within the 'Book Your Bubble Collection' the minimum age on trips is generally 12 years.

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