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The months of October and November can produce Auroras to match any of the deep winter months so we have designed a trip for those who want to hunt for the Northern Lights in the autumn, ahead of both the crowds and the coldest winter months. There are many wonderful experiences to be had at this time of year.

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: return from London to Rovaniemi or Kittila (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routings are subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights' accommodation in standard twin/double rooms. Superior room upgrades are available on request
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: visit to the Amethyst Mine, Aurora hike, hike with huskies, visit to Aurora Kota, visit to reindeer farm, Aurora hunt by minibus (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing will be provided to guests for the duration of their stay if required
  • Services of our expert local guides
  • Aurora alert until approximately 1 am

There is so much on offer in Lapland during autumn and the colours can be stunning as the trees turn auburn and red before the arrival of winter. The winter can arrive anytime during October or November but the main snowfalls tend to arrive in late-November and December.

This holiday is based in the very aptly named Hotel Aurora (the hotel formerly known as the Aurora Chalet) and takes full advantage of the nearby Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory. The hotel works in conjunction with the Observatory to provide an Aurora alert system that alerts guests to any potential Northern Lights displays in the surrounding area.

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During the day, you will visit the remarkable amethyst mine in Luosto, hike with huskies and visit a reindeer farm. The evenings are dedicated to searching for the Northern Lights as you enjoy an Aurora hike, Northern Lights presentation and an Aurora hunt in a minibus.

You do need to travel with a flexible approach at this time of year as hikes, for example, can easily become snowshoe treks with the onset of the snowfall. This holiday will allow you to experience the region at its best whatever the weather.

Hotel Aurora now boasts the exceptional 'Arctic View' rooms which guests can upgrade to throughout their stay. These rooms have glass roofs and provide views of the night sky from the comfort of the bed. Full details can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

Please note: some elements of this itinerary (including transfers and some activities) are shared with our sister company Activities Abroad and are popular with families during the school holidays.  If a child free holiday is important to your party when travelling, please speak to our travel experts for recommendations.


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Key facts

Duration:4 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • Upon arrival in Lapland, you will be greeted and transferred to your accommodation at the delightful and rather aptly named Hotel Aurora (formerly Aurora Chalet), where dinner will be served. The hotel has an excellent reputation for serving delicious evening meals, featuring local produce, so you will get your first taste of Lapland tonight. 

    During their stay, many guests choose to upgrade for a night and stay in one of the ‘Arctic View’ rooms at the hotel. Full details can be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.

  • Your holiday begins with some spectacular views and some remarkable experiences.

    Luosto is home to one of the last few amethyst mines in Europe. Arriving by car it is a short walk up to the top of Lampivaara Fell is required in order to reach the summit and the mine. From here the views across the Lappish wilderness are absolutely stunning. In autumn, the colours on display can be as dazzling as the Aurora Borealis and you’ll really get a sense of just how immense this Lappish landscape is.

    Firstly, guests will enjoy a presentation detailing how amethysts are formed - the timescales are just beyond comprehension....3000 million years!!!

    The main mine is not open to the public but there is a section of fell that allows visitors to experience mining for their own gem. Have no fear; you do not have to venture underground for this, simply down some covered steps to the site where you will be invited to dig for your own gemstone. If you can close your hand around any of the gems you find, you may take one with you as a souvenir. 

    Back at the hotel, there will be some free time to relax before dinner and your inaugural search for the Aurora.

    Tonight you will be led by your guide into the silent night, on a hike to an ideal viewpoint for Aurora watching. Hopefully, the Northern Lights will provide the post-dinner entertainment.

  • Huskies are synonymous with Lapland and you do not have to wait until winter to get to know some of these eager dogs. In the autumn, the dogs are in the midst of their training programme, readying them for a winter of sledding.  It is really important to keep the dogs well exercised and in good shape for the winter months and so that is where you come in.

    You will meet with the mushers at the husky centre and be given some details about the lives of the dogs and their winter roles. The mushers will then select some dogs to join you for a hike – they are very enthusiastic about 'walkies' so be prepared for a cacophony of canine yelping! This walk allows you to really explore the Lappish environment and enjoy the beauty of the autumnal wilderness. You will also come to learn and understand more about the bond between the huskies and their mushers.

    After dinner your Aurora quest continues in Sodankyla, the focus of Aurora scientific research in the region, and after the 35km drive you will arrive at the Aurora Kota. Here you will be given a presentation about the Northern Lights and some of the myths and legends which surround them. Hopefully, the Aurora will help to guide you back to Luosto.

  • Reindeer are right at the heart of the Lappish culture and you will be taken to a local reindeer farm where you will meet the herders and learn about the vital part the animals play in their lives and the region's economy.

    After some time to relax this afternoon, you will enjoy your final dinner at Hotel Aurora, before your guided minibus hunt for the Northern Lights. The extra mobility that the bus provides means that should there be any cloud cover locally, you may be able to outrun it. Your guide will consult Aurora and weather forecasts prior to setting off and they will use their local knowledge to ensure that you get the best opportunities to see the Aurora.

  • Today you must sadly bid farewell to this region.

    We can, however, help you to extend your stay should you wish, and arrange for you to enjoy the sights and sounds of Helsinki en route home. Please see the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page for details or contact one of our Aurora Travel Experts. 

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Hotel Aurora, Luosto

Nights: 1-4

With spectacular scenery, a tremendous Northern Lights record and a huge array of activities, Luosto is an ideal destination for a holiday within the Aurora Zone.

As Luosto is a small ski resort. There are seven slopes to keep downhill enthusiasts entertained as well as a network of perfectly maintained cross-country skiing and snowshoe tracks, so there is always a way to get outdoors and enjoy the landscape if not on an arranged activity (all equipment is available for hire and is payable locally).

There are a couple of souvenir shops available and a small supermarket where you can buy drinks and snacks. There are also two additional restaurants and a cheap and cheerful café at the small ski centre.

The Hotel Aurora is one of only two hotels here and has proved to be one of our most popular accommodation options in Finland with its boutique charm, excellent gourmet food and cosy rooms with private saunas.

Hotel facilities

  • On arrival at the Hotel Aurora, guests are provided with an Aurora alarm. Essentially this is a mobile phone which will receive text alerts. The alarm operates via the Geophysical Observatory in Sodankylä which sends a message to the hotel. If the conditions in Luosto are promising then the hotel will alert guests (until around 1 am - please confirm this with the hotel on arrival). The system is designed to aid you in your Northern Lights hunt but as conditions can change very quickly you should not rely solely upon this and should try and keep an eye out yourselves.
  • There is a lovely dining area from where you can watch the chef in an open kitchen working on a lava stone grill. Local ingredients are very much to the fore and you will witness fish from the lakes and meat from the forest being transformed into delicious dishes that any restaurant would be proud to serve.
  • Breakfast is a typical Scandinavian buffet and in the evening you will be served a set three-course meal (special dietary requirements such as gluten-free and vegetarian diets can be catered for if we are made aware of them at the time of booking).
  • There's a small lounge area with a log fire where you can enjoy a pre or post-dinner drink.

Room Types

Standard rooms

Hotel Aurora has eleven beautifully decorated and furnished standard hotel bedrooms. A combination of dark wood and warm colours creates a tranquil and distinctly Lappish atmosphere. All rooms have their own private sauna and en-suite shower room with hairdryer. The rooms are also equipped with wireless internet, television, telephone and include tea and coffee making facilities.


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Other options

Hotel Aurora - standard room with fireplace

Supplements from: £48pp

For those who want a little extra then you can choose to upgrade to a room with a log burning stove should you wish to relax by the fire in the evenings.

The 12 rooms are all equipped with their own private sauna and en-suite shower room with hairdryer. The rooms have wireless internet, television, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities. Starter kits for the fires are provided along with instructions for use.

Whilst the rooms are all fully heated at Hotel Aurora, a fire can be a delight after a day and night of activities out in the Arctic wilds.

Hotel Aurora - superior room

Supplements from: £25pp

There are four superior rooms at Hotel Aurora, all of which are around 28m² and offer spacious accommodation for guests.

The rooms are all equipped with saunas and en-suite shower rooms. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided as well as TV and wireless internet. The primary difference in these rooms is that they offer guests more space and a sofa seating area. This sofa can also be turned into an additional sleeping area as it functions as a twin sofa bed.

There are also two superior rooms with their own fireplace (shown) which are slightly higher in cost but provide the warming glow of the stove in the evenings.

There is also one suite available at the hotel which can sleep four people. This is subject to an additional supplement so please contact our Travel Experts for details.


Special Nights

Spend the night in an Arctic View Room

From: £132pp

Why not end your holiday in real style with a night in a stunning Glass Arctic View Room! These rooms are situated close to the Hotel Aurora, a short walk from the Tunturi Hotel and the cabins.

These luxurious rooms offer great views to the northern skies. The panoramic windows and partially glassed roofs mean that they are ideal for keeping your eye out for a potential Aurora display.

Hotel Aurora's ten rooms will bring guests closer to the Finnish polar nights in total comfort – with high-quality features, fully-equipped bathrooms and great views.

Our standard price is based on guests spending their first or final night in the Arctic View Rooms. You will, therefore, be asked to check out of your previous hotel room or cabin on the morning before your stay.

As most guests will be enjoying an evening activity, you will return to the Arctic View on your return.

If you would prefer to keep your hotel room or spend a different night in these unique rooms (or indeed if they are fully booked for your final night) supplements will apply.

Please contact one of our Travel Experts for a quote for your chosen departure date.


Please note: Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.

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Spend the night in an Arctic View Room

From £132pp

Why not end your holiday in real style with a night in a stunning Glass Arctic View Room! These rooms are situated close to the Hotel Aurora, a short walk from the Tunturi Hotel and the cabins.

These luxurious rooms offer great views to the northern skies. The panoramic windows and partially glassed roofs mean that they are ideal for keeping your eye out for a potential Aurora display.

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Hotel Aurora's ten rooms will bring guests closer to the Finnish polar nights in total comfort – with high-quality features, fully-equipped bathrooms and great views.

Our standard price is based on guests spending their first or final night in the Arctic View Rooms. You will, therefore, be asked to check out of your previous hotel room or cabin on the morning before your stay.

As most guests will be enjoying an evening activity, you will return to the Arctic View on your return.

If you would prefer to keep your hotel room or spend a different night in these unique rooms (or indeed if they are fully booked for your final night) supplements will apply.

Please contact one of our Travel Experts for a quote for your chosen departure date.


Please note: Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.


Other options

Trip Extensions

Helsinki city break

With our destinations being so remote, the majority of flights to Finnish Lapland are operated by Finnair and therefore involve connecting through Helsinki Airport. Many of our guests choose to extend this stop and spend some time in the Finnish capital, either at the start or end of their holiday.

We can arrange a wide variety of city centre hotel accommodation for guests to choose from and some options closer to the airport should you prefer. We know that everyone tends to be looking for something different so please contact our travel experts for their opinion on the hotels which may best suit you and your party.

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Located on the peninsula of the Baltic Sea, Helsinki enjoys a charming coastal location and has much to offer its guests. This thriving city has a rich culture and arts scene with many museums and galleries to enjoy alongside the exciting gastronomy.

Despite its cool urbanism and a reputation for cutting-edge design, Helsinki also retains its charm and visitors will enjoy this city's very friendly atmosphere.

In the city itself, Senate Square is the main feature, showcasing neoclassical architecture and offering easy access to the surrounding shops. With Helsinki once part of the duchy of Russia, it offers similar striking architecture, with wide streets and bold facades. For those looking for more of an insight into the city's past, we would suggest visiting the Ateneum Art Museum which houses over 20,000 pieces of art, or the Helsinki Design Museum which showcases the history of design in the country from traditional folklore to postmodernism.

A 15-minute ferry ride from the main city is the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Sea Fortress which was constructed in 1748. As well as being a unique monument, it is also a lovely day trip, as the island has numerous shops and parks to explore.

Helsinki's food scene has seen a recent evolution, with a growth in street food which showcases the city's multicultural population. Helsinki is famed also for its specialist dishes of seafood and Russian cuisine so there is much to sample!

Finland is famed for its coffee consumption so you can be sure of a thriving café culture here. Be sure to include an obligatory stop for a coffee and a cinnamon roll during your explorations!

Whether you add your city break onto the start or the end of your holiday, spending a night or two in Helsinki is not something that you will regret.

Please contact our Travel Experts for a full quotation. All city breaks are subject to flight availability. 

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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment of £350pp is due by 01 April 2019 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

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Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 4 and maximum 16 people (approximately)

GROUP SIZE

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOLIDAY TO OPERATE

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

Medical History and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

PREGNANCY

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

INSURANCE

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced Mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.

If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern. In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time.

You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER 

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                    New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                  Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                      The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Aurora alerts

During your stay, you will be supplied with an Aurora alert. This is typically a mobile phone system to which the staff will send a text should the Northern Lights be sighted. The alerts generally operate until 1 am but it is best to confirm with your guide as times may vary.

The alerts are designed as an aid to Aurora hunting and, although every effort will be made to issue an alert should the conditions seem conducive to a display, things can change very quickly so you should not rely solely on them and should also keep an eye on the sky yourself.

Autumn activities: The daytime activities included in this holiday may be amended to accommodate the arrival of winter's first snows (an unpredictable science!). Walks may become snowshoe treks and guests may need to be flexible in their approach. This is unlikely to be the case in September but changes become more likely in October and November. Your Aurora hunting activities should be unaffected.

If cold weather clothing is required and will make your stay more comfortable then this will be included and issued to you upon arrival. If you would like to borrow any additional equipment then please just speak to one of the local guides. For more information please see the trip dossier.

Call out charges for Luosto

If you need to call a doctor out to assist you in Luosto during your holiday the following charges will apply: Call out to Luosto approximately - €400 (min 350€)

To make an appointment and go to the clinic during the week is as follows (plus taxi costs):

20 mins - €62
30 mins - €77
45 mins - €102
60 mins -€142

Weekends an average of €134

The doctor on call does accept credit card payments (except American Express) and depending on your insurance policy you may be able to claim these charges back upon your return to the UK. Please carefully read your policy documentation or speak to your insurance company to double check this and you may also need to produce a receipt to assist with your claim.

Hotel Aurora room key policy

Please remember to keep your room key with you and secure at all times!

Reception is open from 1 am until 11 pm. If you forget your room key whilst reception is closed then you will need to contact 'Keyservice' on +358 (0)40 748 3423. There will be a charge of 70€ for opening the door.

If you lose your room key, please advise the reception immediately. Please note, that there is a charge of 100€ for a lost key.

Travelling in the Autumn requires a degree of flexibility. This period is a time of change in the far North and the arrival of the first snowfall can be very unpredictable. 

Autumn activities: The daytime activities included in this holiday may be amended to accommodate the arrival of winter's first snows (an unpredictable science!). Walks may become snowshoe treks and guests may need to be flexible in their approach. This is unlikely to be the case in September but changes become more likely in October and November. Your Aurora hunting activities should be unaffected.

If cold weather clothing is required and will make your stay more comfortable then this will be included and issued to you upon arrival. If you would like to borrow any additional equipment then please just speak to one of the local guides. For more information please see the trip dossier.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 8 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.

Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.

To drive a snowmobile, you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old. To travel on a snowmobile (as passenger or driver) guests must also be a minimum of 140cm tall.

Traveller Reviews

Amazing holiday 16 February 2017 by Natasha Weaver & Andrea Photiou

Amazing holiday so many new experiences, can't wait to go back. Amazing holiday, amazing company, no hassle just sit back and enjoy the experience because they covered everything!

Lights, shooting stars and snow flurries 24 November 2014 by Kathleen Yeo

Hotel was cosy and warm, dinner service & food was excellent! Service staff were generally friendly and warm too! Wifi service was erratic in room but was alright in the lobby/dining area. Olli was a friendly and great host! While he was not a man of many words, he was always smiling and willing to give a hand/explain things. Most enjoyable activity was the car hunt for Northern Lights. An
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unforgettable experience, complete with the Lights, shooting stars and snow flurries.
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A wonderful time 20 November 2014 by Victoria Mowbray

Hi! I came back from my trip to Luosto (7th-11th November 2014) and want to thank the team so much for such a wonderful time. I have attached some photographs from the trip and have many more! Thanks again, Vicki 

Best organised trip 18 November 2014 by Elizabeth James

One of the best organised trips I've been on. A special thanks to the two guides Pascale and Oleg, who were excellent.

An excellent holiday 11 March 2014 by Christine Pearson

We got back home last night at 10.00.p.m. after five excellent days. The connections and transfers went really well and the location was perfect. Excellent walks around the village and the hotel and beautiful scenery with nearby lakes as well (not that you can miss a lake in Finland!!!) We had snow the first night we were there which made the scenery very beautiful and we saw the Northern Lights
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twice, so we were very, very lucky. The Hotel was warm, friendly and comfortable and the food (Table d’hôte menu) was excellent as was the choice at breakfast time. Nothing was too much trouble. Our Guides, Pascal and Sallie (Not sure how you spell their names) were absolutely wonderful. Full of information and very caring about the whole group. We were looked after extremely well. A very big thank you to them. The Trips were well organised and very informative. The Walking with Huskies was fun - they took us for a walk! The Aurora Kota was very informative and interesting and a beautiful location and the Reindeer visit was again, very, very informative - such a different way of life and very hard. The Aurora hike was hard because of the slight snow fall which made the walk a little more difficult but again, interesting and good exercise - just a shame that night was windy and cloudy. Hey ho.....just one of those things. The Amethyst Mine was very informative and fun to find our own...and we did........!! In short Amy, an excellent holiday that I would recommend to our friends and family and very well organised from the office and on location. Many thanks, Kind Regards, Chris Pearson
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The whole package was superb 13 February 2014 by Rosemary Thompson

The whole package was superb which meant even though weather conditions resulted in us being unable to see the Northern Lights it was still a fantastic experience which gave a real insight into the lives of the Finnish people in the area.

Fantastic! Magical 13 February 2014 by Julie Hughes

The guides went the extra mile and arranged extras such as a sleigh ride as we had plenty of snow. Fantastic! Magical. We returned feeling so refreshed. The husky sled trip through the forest and the sleigh ride to the amethyst mine were our favourite activities.

A great Aurora holiday 30 September 2013 by Reginald Miller

We have just returned from our five day trip to Luosto arranged by your company. Unfortunately the Aurora was not co-operative and we did not see the Northern Lights. However we did have one of the best short break holidays we have ever had. Good organisation, no untoward incidents, the hotel, staff and food were high quality and the activity guide, Pascal, was excellent. All in all a great
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holiday. Thanks Aurora team. Regards, Reg and Margaret Miller, Australia.
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Fantastic time in Lapland 19 December 2012 by Dorothy Scott

Mike and I had a fantastic time in Lapland. Everything was excellent from the flight, guide, hotel, food, hospitality, trips and even the weather. We only had five days there but would recommend a visit to everyone. The holiday could not have been better!! Dot Scott.



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