How do you keep warm when searching for the Northern Lights?
If there’s one rule I've learned to always follow it is to always go one size up. Whether that be with your overalls or boots the more air you have inside your clothes the warmer you will be. Even if it means walking around looking like the Michelin Man. On the flip side there’s also one other very important lesson that everyone needs to know, cotton is bad! If used as a base layer it is guaranteed to make you very cold and as a result probably very miserable. It’s a myth that just because its only one layer it’s not going to make any difference. As soon as cotton gets damp, as it inevitably will, it will start drawing all the heat out of your body. Invest in a good pair of thermals and some woolly socks and you’ll never have to worry about being cold again.
Which month is your favourite and why?
So I’m in Lapland the home of Santa Clause and thus of Christmas and in all honesty I haven't had a more Christmassy, Christmas in my life. But it wasn't December that really did it for me in fact it was March. Twelve hours glorious sunshine and clear blue skies can’t help but put a smile on your face. March is also still a great time to see the Northern Lights. Everything's just that couple of degrees warmer (although I'm still being called insane for venturing out in a t-shirt) and I’d never realised quite how quiet it was until I was woken up at the crack of dawn by bird song.
Is there anywhere unique to stay in Luosto?
In Luosto there are a few different options when it comes to accommodation. The real treat comes from the log cabins and Arctic View rooms. The log cabins provide a truly authentic Finnish experience. The wilderness log cabins with the wood burning fires provide an idyllic way to relax after an active day of snowmobiling. Also the Arctic View rooms give you a truly unique way to experience the wonder of the Northern Lights from the comfort of your own bed. It has been a favourite with our clients over the season.
What’s your favourite client memory of the season?
This role had allowed me to interact with such a wide-ranging mix of people in such an amazing location it’s almost impossible to pick a favourite memory. However it is safe to say that my first winter in Luosto, Finland has been wonderful!