Luosto - Northern Lights at Leisure
- Duration:4 nights
- Group Size: Minimum 8 persons, maximum 24 (approximately)
- Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information.
- Flights: Return flights between London and Rovaniemi/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 superior twin/double rooms. Suite upgrades are available (supplements apply)
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- Activities: The following activities and equipment are included in the price: Snow train and Arctic sky evening, Northern Lights presentation, guided Northern Lights trail, Aarnikota dinner (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay
- Services of our expert local guides and representative
- Aurora alert service until approximately 1am
We have designed our Northern Lights at Leisure trip for those people who wish to enjoy the wonderful Arctic environment and high chances of seeing the Northern Lights at a relaxed and gentle pace. Whilst snowmobiling and husky sledding can be hugely popular activities with our guests we understand that they are not for everyone. This holiday is therefore ideal if you wish to enjoy a more leisurely pace during your Aurora hunting ventures.
Your accommodation will be at the wonderful Luosto Tunturi Hotel which, with its swimming pool, spa facilities and superior rooms, makes for a delightful base for your Arctic retreat. Situated in the small ski resort village of Luosto, the hotel is centrally located so you can explore the handful of shops and cafés with ease.Read more
Your days are left free so you have complete flexibility in how you wish to spend them. You may want to relax in the pool, perhaps book some treatments or take a walk outside to soak up your idyllic winter surroundings and purchase some souvenirs.
For those looking to be a little more active there is a wealth of activities which can be arranged in Luosto and you can choose exactly how active you wish to be. You can enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride, visit an amethyst mine or try some of the more exhilarating activities such as snowmobiling and dog sledding. The cross country ski trails, snowshoe tracks and downhill ski slopes are also popular options.
During two of the evenings you will enjoy some dedicated Aurora activities and on the last night of your stay you will be served dinner in a traditional wooden kota, situated in an ideal Aurora vantage point.
Your first Northern Lights hunt will lead you to the top of a nearby fell (travelling in a unique snow train) where, should conditions be favourable, you may get an exceptional view of the night sky and with luck, the Northern Lights. On your second evening you will receive a presentation from a local Aurora expert who will give you an overview of the science behind the Northern Lights followed by a guided walk around the Northern Lights trail near the hotel.
We have been sending guests to Luosto for many years now and it is a location that is almost sure to charm with its fell scenery, laid-back activities and delightful spa and swimming pool. We love this trip for its relaxed pace which makes it ideal for guests who wish to tailor their holiday to be as gentle or active as they like.
Day 1 Arrival and introduction
Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcomed before being transferred to your accommodation at Luosto.
The drive will take you through the wilderness and forested fells of Lapland before you come upon the village of Luosto. The village retains a huge amount of traditional Lappish charm, which has made it a hugely popular option with our guests over the years.
When you have reached the hotel you will have the chance to settle into your rooms before dinner in the hotel restaurant. After dinner your guide will offer a brief introduction to your holiday as well as supplying you with your cold weather clothing and Aurora alerts.
Some groups may be arriving on a later evening flight. Should this be the case you will have a cold supper on arrival and receive your introduction, cold weather clothing and Aurora alerts the following morning.
Day 2 The Arctic sky
This holiday is all about relaxation and choice. This leisurely itinerary has been designed to provide you with free time to tailor your stay but we've included evening excursions to help maximise your chances of seeing the Aurora.
For the next few days you can simply take advantage of the hotel's facilities, which include the excellent Amethyst Spa and swimming pool, or revel in the silence outdoors.
As many of our guests want to try dog sledding, reindeer safaris, ice fishing, snowmobiling and more during their holiday we can arrange these for you in advance. All of the available options can be found in the 'personalise' section of the holiday page. To guarantee availability, activities should be confirmed with us prior to paying the balance of your holiday, nine weeks before departure. This should help ensure that we are able to arrange your ideal programme of activities. Activities can become fully booked during peak periods and we would hate for you to be disappointed.
Your first Northern Lights foray takes you to the top of Lampivaara, a nearby fell 400 metres above sea level. Do not fear, you do not have to walk up; instead you will travel in the Snow Train – a warm wagon pulled by a snowcat (an all-terrain tracked vehicle). At the top you will enjoy warm drinks and an introduction to star gazing from an expert.
If the conditions are kind and the skies are clear you will be spellbound by the sheer sight of the stars and planets above you. What a sight they are to behold in all of their glory. If the Northern Lights decide to grace you with their presence then there are surely few better spectacles to witness.
Day 3 Northern Lights presentation and trail
Following another day to tailor your own programme the evening arrives and the Northern Lights programme gets underway once more.
If you are travelling between the 12th January and the 25th March, tonight's meal will be served in the wonderful Kelo Log Restaurant. Situated just a short walk away from the hotel, this lovely log built restaurant is a delightful place in which to enjoy dinner.
Tonight you will receive a presentation from a local Aurora expert who will offer an initial insight into the phenomenon of the Northern Lights. You will hear tales of the ancient myths and beliefs surrounding the Lights and will be able to listen to samples of real radio signals from space which correspond with displays.
Following this presentation you will meet with an Aurora guide for the second part of the evening. Armed with the latest Aurora forecasts they will lead the group to Ahvenlampi, a small lake situated behind the hotel where you will walk the Northern Lights trail. You will be shown the best places to watch for the Aurora and will enjoy warm drinks around a fire as you await Nature's greatest light show.
Day 4 Northern Lights dinner at Aarnikota
Today on your final full day at Luosto your morning and early afternoon are again kept free for you to do as you wish and you can also book additional activities for this morning (subject to availability).
In the early evening you will head out for your final Northern Lights excursion which is a wonderfully special treat. Your guide will lead you through the village on a short walk to a traditional wooden kota building known as the Aarnikota where you will be greeted with a traditional welcome drink. The Aarnikota is approximately a 20 – 25 minute walk which is taken at a gentle pace. If you do not wish to walk to the kota then the hotel reception can help you in arranging a taxi (bookable and payable locally) which would reunite you with the rest of the group for the evening at Aarnikota.
You will then be able to relax around the open fire and reminisce with your fellow guests about the adventures you have enjoyed over the last few days.
Dinner will be a wonderful meal of traditional Finnish specialties, and afterwards you will be able to keep an eye on the vast Arctic sky should the Northern Lights make an appearance. The kota is situated in a wonderful vantage point far from any light pollution so your chances here are very high. Hopefully the lights will put on a farewell show for you.
If you would really like to end your holiday in style then you can choose to check out of the Tunturi early today and head to the wonderful Arctic View Rooms at Hotel Aurora. These glass-roofed rooms are rather luxurious and have been designed with the aim of providing guests with the chance to gaze at the Northern Lights from the comfort of their bed. You can find full details in the 'personalise' section of the holiday page.
Day 5 Depart or extend your stay
Today your relaxing retreat will draw to a close as you bid farewell to Luosto and return to the airport for your flights home.
If you wish to extend your time in Finland then we can arrange for you to enjoy a city break in Helsinki on the way home if you wish to see some of the other bright lights on offer in Finland.
Included in price
Luosto Hotel Tunturi
Luosto is a charming ski village in Finnish Lapland with a picturesque backdrop of forested fells, making it the ideal winter retreat. With its handful of shops and cafés, the village manages to maintain a traditional Northern Finnish feel and the guests have easy access to local facilities.
The four star Luosto Tunturi Spa Hotel is one of only two hotels in the village and continues to be one of our most sought after accommodation options. This is predominantly due to the varied range of facilities offered here.
The restaurants at the hotel serve an array of local and international dishes. The main Tunturi restaurant, used for the majority of our trips, serves buffet style meals. The meals often include choices of one or two dishes and local specialties, such as reindeer or Inari white fish for evening meals. There is also the Bistro restaurant, which is smaller and serves à la carte meals. Finally, the Kelo Log Restaurant, just a short walk down the road, is a vast log cabin restaurant and is used in some of our programmes on one evening.
- A highlight of the facilities at the Tunturi is the pool as well as the spa facilities, which are a wonderful place to unwind in after a long day outside.
The pool has massage and waterfall points and there is also a hot tub for guest use
The sauna wing at the hotel offers both Turkish and Finnish saunas, which are heated daily
The Amethyst Spa offers guests a range of massage and beauty treatments which you can book in advance or upon arrival (subject to availability and payable locally)
The hotel also has a small gym with a limited mix of cardio and weight machines.
There are seven neighbouring downhill ski slopes and ski hire is available locally. The hotel will also help you arrange ski passes. Cross-country skis and snowshoes can also be hired from reception for you to explore the variety of trails surrounding the hotel if you have some previous experience
There is free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel for guest use
Superior twin or double rooms
The superior rooms are all in the new wing of the hotel and have been recently renovated.
All rooms have an en suite toilet and shower room with heated floor. Other facilities include a hairdryer, a drying cupboard, a mini bar and television. In addition, there are tea and coffee facilities in each room.
There is also a sofa in each room that can be converted to sleep one extra adult.
Luosto Log CabinsSupplements From: £8pp
Luosto is a charming ski village in Finnish Lapland with a picturesque backdrop of forested fells and frozen lakes, making it the ideal winter retreat. With its handful of shops and cáfes, the village manages to maintain a traditional Finnish feel and the guests have easy access to local facilities.
The Luosto Log Cabins are owned by the Luosto Tunturi Hotel, which is one of only two hotels in Luosto.
The log cabins are just a short walk from the main hotel building, so you are in easy reach of Tunturi's facilities.
- In the main building you will find the two hotel restaurants
- The Tunturi Restaurant (used for the majority of our packages), serves a wide range of local and international dishes in buffet style. Finnish specialities such as reindeer and whitefish are often included
- The hotel also has the Bistro restaurant, which is a smaller restaurant.
- The Kelo Log Cabin restaurant is an additional restaurant, situated a short walk away from the hotel, and is usually used on one night of the itineraries
- A popular feature of the Luosto Tunturi is the pool and spa area, which offers an ideal retreat after a day's activities
- In addition to the pool (with its massage and waterfall points), there is also a hot tub and a sauna wing where both Turkish and Finnish saunas are heated daily
- At the Amethyst Spa area you can also book a range of massage and beauty treatments in advance or on arrival (book and pay locally)
- The hotel has a small number of neighbouring ski slopes for guests to use. Snowshoes and cross country skis can be hired locally for you to explore the surrounding trails if you have some previous experience
- Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hotel
The log cabins are situated just a short walk from the hotel and are perfect for a private retreat. The cabins are ideal for a couple. The cabins comprise of essentially one main room with a kitchenette, dining area and a television. A cosy wood burning stove provides a warming centre piece. The beds are arranged in a unique bunk format with the lower bunk formed of two end to end double beds and the upper bunk housing two single beds. Each cabin is en suite with a private sauna.
Luosto Tunturi SuitesSupplements From: £53pp
For those who wish to upgrade their accommodation and enjoy a little more space during their stay then we highly recommend taking advantage of one of the suites at the hotel. They offer additional facilities and space to relax, all with convenient access to the hotel facilities.
Guests can choose from either a one bedroom Tunturi Suite or two bedroom Amethyst Suite. There are only 12 Tunturi Suites and 3 Amethyst Suites available so we recommend booking early.
The price detailed is based on two people sharing a Tunturi Suite. Please contact our travel experts for a full quotation based on your requirements.
All suites have a sitting room area with TV, a kitchenette, en suite shower room with private sauna, hairdryer, drying cupboard and balcony.
Guests have access to the main hotel facilities including the swimming pool and restaurant without having to venture outdoors.
You can purchase tea and coffee supplies, or any other favourite hot drinks, at the small supermarket in the village so you can make the most of your kitchenette. Alternatively you may choose to bring your own from home.
All suites are subject to availability.
Personalise this tour
Snowmobile Safari to Reindeer Farm (30km)From £103pp
Today you can combine two very Lappish activities as you drive a snowmobile to a reindeer farm where you will gain an insight into the lives of the reindeer herders of Lapland.Read more
You will be able to get up close to some of the animals before you take a short reindeer sleigh ride. A warm drink will be served prior to your snowmobile ride back to Luosto. Full driving instruction will be given and you will travel two people per snowmobile covering around 30km. Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.
Total duration: Approximately 3 hours
Available: Thursday at 09.30
Reindeer safariFrom: £78pp
Reindeer are totally synonymous with Lapland and this activity offers the chance to enjoy a peaceful reindeer sleigh ride.Read more about this activity
After a short transfer you will arrive at the reindeer park where the sleighs await. You will enjoy a scenic and peaceful short safari through the forest. Following this you can enjoy a warm drink and snack around a campfire and gain an insight into the lives of the reindeer herders here in Lapland. Guides, instruction and equipment included.
Total duration: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes
Available: Saturday at 14.00
Afternoon with the huskiesFrom: £135pp
For those who want to enjoy a longer husky safari this is a great option.Read more about this activity
Following a transfer to the farm you will meet you team of huskies and be given full instructions on how to control the sled. It's then straight out on the trail for a safari covering around 20km. There will be a break for warm drinks and a snack en route. This is sure to be a memorable afternoon in the company of these trusted dogs and will allow you to see some spectacular scenery. You will travel two people per team throughout but can swap drivers. Guides, instruction and equipment included.
Total duration: Approximately 3 hours
Available: Saturday at 2pm
Snowmobile safari to husky farmFrom: £90pp
This experience is great for those who wish to enjoy an introduction to both snowmobiles and dog sledding.Read more about this activity
You will be given full instruction before setting off on a snowmobile safari to a nearby husky farm. Here you will meet the dogs who will welcome you with their excited howls. After a briefing from the mushers you will enjoy a 4km husky safari. Back at the farm a warm drink will be served before you snowmobile back to Luosto. Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.
Total duration: Approximately 3 hours
Available: Saturday at 10am
Snowmobile tour of the fellsFrom: £130pp
This is a full on snowmobile trip for those who want to cover some great distances. Following full instruction you will set off on a thrilling drive to Pyha Fell.Read more about this activity
You will travel through forests, across frozen marshes and waterways and take in some of the epic Lappish scenery. On arrival in Pyha you will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and fuel up for your return journey. In total you will have covered around 100km today and so will be in need of a sauna tonight no doubt. Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.
Total duration: Approximately 6 hours
Available: Saturday at 09.30
Wilderness snowmobile safariFrom: £72pp
This snowmobile safari will allow you to cover some delightful ground and offers a real sense of the scale of the wilderness here.Read more about this activity
You will cross frozen marshlands, wind through forests and enjoy stretches of open terrain where the views are just spectacular. There will be a break for a warm drink en route and you will return to Luosto with a real sense of having explored the region. Throughout you will travel two people per snowmobile and there will be the chance to swap drivers. Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.
Total duration: Approximately 2 hours
Available: Friday at 16.30
Snowmobile safari to the Amethyst MineFrom: £80pp
On this exhilarating tour you will journey to the top of Lampivaara Fell where you will find one of Europe's last remaining Amethyst Mines and one of the very best views in Lapland.Read more about this activity
After a presentation about the gems you will head down the steps to the mine area where you will get the chance to dig for your own Amethyst. You will travel two people per snowmobile and cover around 10km. Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.
Total duration: Approximately 2 hours
Available: Friday at 13.30
Cross-country skiing (approx 2 hours)From: £49pp
Cross-country skiing is one of the most popular Nordic activities and this is your chance to learn the basic skills.Read more about this activity
You will be taught the fundamentals before exploring the trails around Luosto covering around three to five kilometers. Many guests then like to hire the equipment again later in their stay to explore independently – it is a very addictive sport. Guides, instruction and equipment included.
Total duration: Approximately 2 hrs
Available: Friday at 10.30
Exciting rides with snowmobiles and huskies (approx 4 hours)From: £135pp
Today you will travel by snowmobile to a husky farm offering an excellent introduction to both activities.Read more about this activity
Following full driving instructions you will travel two people per snowmobile for around 12km to reach the huskies where you will meet the dogs and set off on a truly memorable safari of around 10km (again travelling two people per sled). Warm drinks will be served around a campfire upon your return to the husky farm and by the time you arrive back in Luosto you will have travelled 25km. Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.
Total duration: Approximately 4 hours
Available: Friday at 9am
Day tour to RovaniemiFrom: £105pp
You will be driven to the city of Rovaniemi (around 1.5hrs away).Read more about this activity
Here you will have the chance to visit the Arktikum museum and world famous Santa Claus Village before heading back to Luosto.
Total duration: Approximately 8 hrs
Available: Friday at 9.30 from 14 January 2016
Ice fishing by snowmobileFrom: £90pp
Ice fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in the region. After full driving instructions you will follow your guide on a snowmobile (two people per machine) through the snowy forests to a frozen river or lake to find an ideal fishing spot.Read more about this activity
Your guide will help you drill through the ice and drop your line into the icy depths, then it is simply a game of patience in the hope that a fish will bite. Warm drinks and a small snack will be served around a campfire as you enjoy the stunning wilderness location. Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.
Total duration: Approximately 3 hours
Available: Thursday and Saturday at 13.30
10km Husky SafariFrom: £94pp
A dog sled safari is one of the highlights of any trip to Lapland. After a short transfer you will arrive at the husky farm where you meet your eager team.Read more about this activity
The mushers will give you full instructions on how to control the sleds before you set off on the trails with your dogs leading the way. You will travel two people per sled and cover around 10km during the safari. Some hot juice or coffee will be enjoyed by a fire when you return back to the husky farm. There will also be the chance to speak with the mushers and ask any questions you may have regarding the dogs. Guides, instruction, and equipment included.
Total duration: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes
Available: Thursday and Friday at 13.30
Snowshoe hike in the national parkFrom: £45pp
Your guide will take you into the ancient spruce forests which surround Luosto.Read more about this activity
This is the ideal way in which to enjoy your surroundings and take in the tranquility of the silent Lappish countryside. You will take a break for a snack en route. Guides, instruction, and equipment included.
Total duration: Approximately 3 hours
Available: Thursday at 12.30pm
Glass Arctic View Rooms at Luosto Tunturi
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.Read more about this activity
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 Winter's polar nights in total comfort – with high-quality features, fully-equipped bathrooms and great views. Guests will enjoy dinner in the delightful restaurant at Hotel Aurora and breakfast the next day is also included.
The price detailed is based on guests spending their 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. 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, so please ask for a quotation. You can of course also choose to spend an additional night in Lapland to enjoy these rooms following your holiday.
For single occupancy supplements and availability please contact our travel experts who will be happy to help and give you a full quotation.
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.Read more about this activity
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 UNSECO 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 multi cultural 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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Dates & Prices
Tour dates and prices
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Order of activities
The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination
Medical History and advice
If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.
See our booking conditions for further information.
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 lever 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.
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Group sizes and minimum numbers
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.
If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).
If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.
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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.
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Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).
Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.
Aurora alerts: During your stay you will be supplied with an Aurora alert. This is essentially a mobile phone to which the staff will send a text should the Northern Lights be sighted. The alerts generally operate until 1am 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 upon them and should also keep an eye on the sky yourself.
The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 15 years old however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no affect on the activity experience.
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.
We had a fabulous time 23 March 2015 by Lyn Ferguson
Most enjoyable: Definitely the trip to the reindeer farm & the sleigh ride. We had a very frisky reindeer who thought it was a race! The husky safari was also excellent. Least enjoyable: All were very enjoyable, especially the Lappish dinner on the final night which was a lovely way to round off the holiday. The only thing that was not enjoyable was having four cloudy nights so no lights!! On the day we left, it suddenly was sunny & clear.............what a shame! Obviously, we shall just have to keep trying! We realise you have no control over this!! We had a fabulous time &, had the lights appeared, it would have been the icing on the cake.
The most magical, breathtaking experience ever! 02 January 2015 by Angela McLay
Well what can only be described as the most magical breathtaking beautiful experience ever! Possibly the most beautiful place I've been. We were here for five days, the hotel was stunning, the food was delicious, the staff very welcoming and friendly. Our two reps Karen and Graham were fantastic, always there if you needed them. Huge choice of activities and the husky sleigh was easily my favourite. Snowboarding, snowmobile sleigh Aurora hunt... everything was spectacular! I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone as it's a trip of a lifetime... and the biggest bonus was we saw the Northern Lights on the 3rd night.... breathtaking! Thank you Karen and Graham... I'll see you next year :)
I saw the Northern Lights 06 November 2014 by Daniela Pountney
I wanted to say a great big thank you for the trip I had hoped for AND I saw the Northern Lights! Everything worked really well. Hotel and food were much better than I had expected; Graham and Karen could not have been more helpful and the information you provided was extremely useful.The cold weather gear invaluable. All in all, superb, and I will definitely recommend your company.
The holiday of a lifetime 11 March 2014 by Duncan Mclauchlan
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say we had an absolutely amazing time in Finland. The reps over there (Karen and Graham) were amazingly helpful and very nice. We loved all the activities (particularly ice fishing!), plus the food was great. Sadly we didn't see the Northern Lights (silly clouds!), but there is always next year! Thanks again - it truly was the holiday of a lifetime.
A wonderful holiday 20 January 2014 by Anthony Lane
We have just come back from our holiday. The holiday was wonderful, starting at the airport all the connections were fantastic. The hotel was nice and clean. The activities we went on were well worth the money as the Finns really welcomed you there. The weather was cold, down to - 26 on a few days, but the clothing supplied was great. To top off the holiday we actually saw the Northern Lights!!! Aurora zone organised everything so we had no worries at all. Recommend this holiday.
Our Lapland Adventure 30 December 2013 by Russell Moss
I took my wife to Luosto for her 40th birthday (total surprise). This was the most amazing holiday we have ever been on. Karen and Graham, the holiday reps, were amazing and could not of been more helpful. The hotel was the best hotel we have ever stayed in. All the staff were helpful and friendly. The food was amazing and delicious. Our room was beautiful. It had a balcony with amazing views of the scenery. All there is in Luosto is the Tunturi hotel, a couple of gift shops, a small supermarket and the most amazing cafe we have ever been too (perfect amount of facilities). In the morning, you must go there for hot cinnamon doughnuts and coffee. AMAZING! Every night we did the short walk to the frozen lake in hope of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. We only went for four nights so we knew that we would be extremely lucky if we saw them. On the 3rd night, they came and they were stunning. We pre-booked with Aurora Zone snowmobiles and a husky ride. Both were events to remember, awesome! The cold weather gear supplied by Aurora Zone were brilliant and kept us toasty. Yohannis, our Snow Mobile Guide was fantastic. We would go back in a heart beat again. Just got to save up again. Aurora Zone, you were amazing!
We had a great time 29 April 2013 by Olga De Haan
We had a great time. The fact that Luosto is small so everything is in easy walking distance was great. The people were friendly and helpful, in a laid-back but efficient way, the food was great, the activities were good fun and we saw the Northern Lights to top it all off - couldn't have asked for better. In addition the local reps went out of their way to enable us to make our stay our own and work around the schedule.
A holiday of a lifetime 09 April 2013 by Margaret Roberts
This was for us a holiday of a lifetime, like no other holiday experienced. From first to last it was so well organised with no hitches. The hotel was warm and comfortable and the special clothing provided was ideal. We will never forget the trip to Kuusiranta, fishing on the frozen lake and then enjoying a wonderful meal around the camp fire. The guides were very knowledgeable, kind and friendly - always looking out for our safety and well-being. The high point of our trip of course has to be the sightings of the Aurora Borealis. How can one ever forget standing on the frozen lake and viewing the beautiful spectacle of the Northern Lights. A truly memorable holiday. Thank you.
Just to let you know that we had a great time in Luosto 25 March 2013 by Godfrey Welchman
We had a great time in Luosto. The hotel is superb, your team on the ground are very professional and friendly, as are the guides. We were lucky enough to get a brief display of Northern Lights on our first evening, followed by a faint one the next night. But I'm so glad that I booked the extra nights, because we saw a spectacular hour and a half display, including an active dancing curtain, on our very last night.
Excellent trip 09 March 2013 by Royston Jennings
Excellent trip. We both enjoyed ourselves and the services that you provided.
Snowmobiling and huskies 19 February 2013 by Rosalind Godward
Fantastic trips on the Snowmobiles and the Husky sleds. Sadly no photos of the Aurora but they remain in the memory.
No Aurora, but a fantastic experience 03 February 2013 by Nicholas Veck
Unfortunately, Luosto was totally cloud-covered for most of our stay. It was clear on the first night though, and my camera picked up a faint Aurora (using a 20 second exposure), even though we could see nothing with the naked eye. Nevertheless, we had a terrific time - all the activities: snowmobiling, husky sledding, snowshoe walking, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, amethyst mining... they were all excellent first-time experiences. Hosts Peter and Lorna were really friendly and helpful - even if Peter did try to trick me into ice-bathing!! All the food was super - especially the reindeer and the smoke-cooked salmon on the last night. Now looking forward to trying again next year....
Fantastic holiday in Finnish Lapland 03 February 2013 by Paul Rowse
My wife and I have just had a fantastic holiday in Finnish Lapland in the resort of Luosto. You are in the wilderness surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The Hotel Amethyst Spa is extremely comfortable and our hosts Peter and Lorna couldn't be more helpful and welcoming. You have the chance to relax and take in the surroundings or take part in a range of activities which are with guides to instruct and inform you of the history of the area. We want to go back and would recommend this trip to anyone. Thank you. Paul & Helen Rowse.
The most wonderful time 20 January 2013 by Jacqueline Campbell
Well, we didn't get to see the Northern Lights (too cloudy) but we had the most wonderful time. Hotel was warm and friendly, food tasty and plentiful - no complaints. The support from Peter and Lorna was first class. But what really made the holiday was the breathtaking beauty and peace of Luosto and surrounding area and the fantastic activities. Snowmobiling to the amethyst mine was great - fascinating, beautiful and fun. And, yes, we found our amethysts (or they found us, according to the talk we had). Night time walk to the lake to find the lights was great - our guide was fantastic and taught us so much. And the biggest highlights? Driving our husky team and the husky farm (fabulous) and the wonderful evening at Kuusiranta - ice fishing, sauna and traditional Lappish meal, served with incredible hospitality and warmth. Truly magical memories to cherish. And the lights? Well - we'll just have to go back again, won't we?
Our last evening at Kuurisanti was magical 12 January 2013 by Brenda Preece
The trip to the Husky Farm was the best. The 4km ride through the Forest was a white knuckle ride with my daughter at the helm! The Amethyst Mine was also very good. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Our last evening at Kuurisanti was magical.
We saw the Northern Lights four times 05 April 2012 by Karen Gartside
We travelled to Luosto the week of the 10th March and we were very lucky seeing the Northern Lights four times and wow what an experience, what a great way to spend a special Birthday. Everything on our trip was perfect, the hotel was good, and the food was excellent. We enjoyed the husky ride, one of the highlights, such fun. The local Reps were excellent. Overall 10/10.
Wonderful holiday in a magical place 01 March 2012 by Kathryn Bostock
A wonderful holiday in a magical place. I loved how it was unspoilt by tourism though it did cater for tourists.
Really enjoyed this holiday 01 March 2012 by Julia Head
We really enjoyed this holiday - the Northern Lights didn't appear but that made no difference to our enjoyment, it would just have been a bonus!
Overall, this was a great holiday which exceeded expectations 06 February 2012 by Marianne Hough
Overall, this was a great holiday which exceeded expectations. Was expecting a fairly basic hotel with basic food yet it was of a very good standard. The 10 Euro buffet lunch was excellent value and the breakfasts were superb with an enormous range including DIY waffles and porridge as well as the usual hot and cold choices. Dinner in the hotel's log restaurant which was about 300 metres away was delightful and of an excellent standard.
A truly exciting exciting experience all round 03 February 2012 by Paul Smith
My partner and I have just returned from a five day break in Luosto. The main purpose of the trip was to celebrate his 60th Birthday. We both knew of course, the Aurora are a natural phenomenon, so went out with my best policy "hope for the best, but expect the worst". On arrival at the hotel Tunturi, after a very smooth and efficient days travel from Manchester and transfer from the airport, we were handed our "Aurora alert" by the receptionist. The hotel was very clean and quite modern, food on the first evening was taken in the log cabin up the road, on following evenings in the hotel restaurant. Tasty and plenty to choose from, always a meat dish and a fish dish for mains. Breakfast was excellent, buffet style with hot and cold, including porridge, pancakes and pastries. The "Aurora alert" worked! On day two, just as we were starting off on a snowshoe trek the alert went off, yet it was only 8pm, surely this was too early? No it wasn't, the lights appear when they want to, not when you want them to. And so we had an absolutely fantastic display of the lights at their best, for over an hour, while stood in a clearing high above Luosto. Words will never describe that experience. The alert went off again at 1:30am, but we chose to stay in the warm. and just take in what we had experienced just a few hours before. Everything about the break was great, from the use of the cold weather gear, to the excursions, of which there are plenty; snow mobiling, husky rides, reindeer rides snow shoes etc. The spa at the hotel was very good, pool jaccuzi and sauna. Hotel staff very friendly. Activities Abroad/Aurora Zone reps very friendly and good company. Overall, a truly exciting experience all round, and the lights being the icing on the cake for my partner's birthday!
Everything about our short holiday was amazing 31 January 2012 by Jeffrey Ainsworth
Everything about our short holiday was amazing. My wife requested assistance from Finnair and they had everything timed to perfection with professional and friendly staff throughout. The hotel staff and facilities were excellent. The food was very good with a nice range of menus over the 4 days and they even arranged something for our breakfast when we had an early start (7am!) which was left in our room. Your local reps Peter and Lorna were both charming and helpful. We saw the Aurora on 2 nights out of 4 - what a wonderful display. As far as organised activities were concerned I really enjoyed the snowmobile ride to the reindeer farm; very exhilarating!
We could not have asked for a better service 20 December 2009 by Katie Curnin
Snowmobile ride to the mine was my favourite activity. The scenery was great and the ride back down was thrilling. Richard really enjoyed the Huskies and would have loved to spend more time with them. Hotel was great, very clean and warm despite lots of people tramping in and out all day covered in snow. All of the activity provider staff were wonderful. They were extremely friendly, well organised and knowledgeable. We could not have asked for a better service.