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Price from £1,425pp
VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 2507
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
This holiday is for those who wish to enjoy a stunning Lappish landscape at a leisurely pace. With laid-back, dedicated hunts for the Northern Lights in the evenings and days which are free to enjoy your spa hotel, additional activities or even a good book. This is a relaxing break that still offers exceptional Aurora opportunities.

What's included?

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

  • Flights: direct return flights between London Gatwick and Rovaniemi. Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 4 nights' accommodation in twin/double rooms. Log cabin and suite upgrades are available (supplements apply)
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included in the price: guided Aurora trail walk, kota dinner, snowmobile search for the Aurora (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 1 am

We have designed our Northern Lights at Leisure trip for those people who wish to enjoy the wonderful Arctic environment and increase their chances of seeing the Northern Lights but, at a relaxed and gentle pace. Whilst snowmobiling and husky sledding can be hugely popular activities we appreciate 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.

You will be spoilt for choice with the wonderful accommodation options available in Luosto. These include the Luosto Tunturi Hotel which, with its swimming pool, spa facilities and superior rooms, makes for a delightful base for your Arctic retreat. Alternatively, you could choose to stay in the hotel’s cosy log cabins located just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel itself where you can make use of all of the hotel's wonderful facilities. Finally, you may choose to stay at Hotel Aurora, which is a smaller, boutique-style hotel with a truly fantastic restaurant. All of these wonderful accommodation options are centrally situated in the small ski resort of Luosto, meaning you can explore the village with ease.

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Throughout each day, you have been given free time to tailor your stay and have complete flexibility. You may want to relax in the pool, perhaps book some treatments (charges apply locally depending on the choice of accommodation) or take a walk outside to soak up your idyllic winter surroundings.

For those looking to be a little more active, there are 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.

You will enjoy a range of Northern Lights activities including a Northern Lights snowmobile safari, during which you can choose whether to spend the time driving or relaxing in a sleigh, an evening on the Aurora Trail and a dinner in a wilderness kota with excellent views of the night sky.

We have been sending guests to Luosto for many years now and it is a location that is sure to charm guests with its fell scenery, laid-back activities and friendly local people. We love this trip for its relaxed pace which makes it ideal for guests who wish to tailor their holiday whilst enjoying some dedicated Aurora activities.

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:Relaxed
Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • 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 for our guests over the years.

    When you have reached the hotel you will have the chance to settle into your rooms before a brief introduction to your holiday from your guide, who will also supply you with your cold weather clothing and Aurora alerts. Dinner in the hotel restaurant will follow, in preparation for your first activity of the trip.

    This evening you will meet up with your guide who will lead you on the Northern Lights trail which is located behind the Tunturi Hotel (just a short walk from the cabins and Hotel Aurora). The route circumnavigates the frozen lake behind the hotel and with very little light pollution to the North, it is one of the most convenient Northern Lights viewing spots in the village. Several members of our staff caught their first ever Aurora display here!

    If the Northern Lights decide to grace you with their presence then there are surely few better spectacles to witness.

  • 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 village’s facilities, which include a few small souvenir shops, some lovely walking trails and also the excellent Amethyst Spa and swimming pool at the Tunturi Hotel (supplements may apply depending on the choice of accommodation).

    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. Activities can become fully booked during peak periods and we would hate for you to be disappointed.

    This evening will be your only free evening of the trip, so why not take advantage by booking an optional Northern Lights activity, such as a visit to an Aurora Kota. You will transfer by car to a traditional Kota (a large tepee structure used in this region for many generations) to 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 may be able to listen to samples of real radio signals from space which correspond with displays.

  • Today is once again free for you to do as you wish. Don’t forget to check the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page if you would like details of optional activities.

    In the early evening, you will head out for another 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 where you will be greeted with a welcome drink. The kota is approximately a 20 – 25-minute walk away and this is taken at a gentle pace. If you do not wish to walk there then the hotel can help you in arranging a taxi (bookable and payable locally) which will reunite you with the rest of the group for the evening.

    Dinner will be a wonderful meal of traditional Finnish dishes all served around the fire. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the vast Arctic sky throughout your time here; the Northern Lights are seen frequently from this prime viewpoint.

  • Your final day is once again free for you to tailor your time, being as active or relaxed as you wish.

    Tonight, you will spend your last evening of the trip gliding through quiet forests and over snow-covered fells on a snowmobile safari. In keeping with the relaxed nature of this itinerary, you can decide whether you would prefer to relax in a cosy sleigh as you speed beneath the lights, or take control yourselves and drive, two people per snowmobile, into the darkness. Please note that you must hold a valid UK driving license in order to drive a snowmobile.

    Your guide will take you to an Aurora look-out which is positioned ideally for spotting the Lights. Hopefully, they will make an appearance, shimmering and dancing above you as you enjoy a hot drink and a bun around a campfire, and also on your drive back to Luosto. The activity will last for around three hours in total.

    If you would like to spend your final night in one of the delightful Arctic View Rooms at the Hotel Aurora then we can arrange this for you this evening. Please see the ‘Personalise’ section for details.

  • 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

Option 1

Luosto Hotel Tunturi

Nights: 1-4

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 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.

Hotel facilities

  • 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 specialities 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 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 locally for you to explore the variety of trails surrounding the hotel.

  • There is free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel for guest use

Standard double rooms

The standard rooms are located in the hotel's main building. All rooms have twin beds, 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.


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Option 2

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

Luosto Tunturi Suites

Supplements from: £38pp

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.

Please contact one of our travel experts for a quote based on your requirements. 

Facilities

  • 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.

Luosto Log Cabins

Supplements from: £10pp

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 the Tunturi Hotel's facilities.

Log cabins

The log cabins are perfect for a private retreat and ideal for a couple. They comprise essentially of one main room with a kitchenette, dining area and a television. A cosy wood-burning stove provides a warming centrepiece. 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 and has a private sauna.

Hotel 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 
  • 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
  • In the Amethyst Spa area you can 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. The hotel will also help you arrange ski passes. Snowshoes and cross-country skis can be hired locally for you to explore the surrounding trails.
  • Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hotel

Hotel Aurora - standard room with fireplace

Supplements from: £42pp

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: £22pp

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 a 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.

Hotel Aurora - Arctic View Room

Supplements from: £150pp

The 10 spectacular Arctic View Rooms at the hotel are a favourite with guests and many people like to spend a night in one of these glass-roofed delights. If however, you would really like to maximise your Aurora watching options and treat yourself, then you may also upgrade for the duration of your stay.  

The rooms are situated a short walk from the main hotel building and all of them have excellent views of the night sky from their glass walls and rooftops. 

The Arctic View Rooms are en-suite with a shower room but they do not offer guests a private sauna and so this is something to consider when booking. 

The rooms are all beautifully furnished and offer a high level of comfort and a great chance to view the night sky and with luck, the Northern Lights, from the comfort of your bed. 


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


Credit: Hotel Aurora

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Exciting rides with snowmobiles and huskies

From £138pp

Spend four hours getting acquainted with two of the most popular activities in Lapland; dog sledding and snowmobiling.

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The activity starts with snowmobile driving instruction before you set off (travelling two people per machine) to a husky farm (around 12km away). When you get to the farm you will be given a full safety briefing and a demonstration on how to control a team of dogs and the sled. You will then enjoy an exciting 10km safari travelling two people per sled. 

On the way, you will stop for hot drinks around a campfire. You will then return to Luosto. 

Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

Available: Monday and Friday at 9 am

Duration: 4 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:

01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £169
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £162
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £169
19 March – 15 April 2018: £138


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Activities

Tour of the fells by snowmobile (100km)(from 10 Jan '18)

From: £134pp

This is the ultimate snowmobile trip for those looking to cover as much of the wilderness as possible. You will be fully instructed on how to work the vehicles before driving to the majestic Pyhä Fell.

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The epic scenery will meet you along the way: serene forests and icy marshes, as well as frozen waterways and rolling snowy spaces. At Pyhä, lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant before the journey back. After this 100km adventure, you will certainly be in need of an invigorating sauna trip to end the day! You will be out for around six hours in total.

Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

Available: Wednesday and Saturday at 9.30 am from 10 January 2018 onwards

Duration: 6-7 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £162
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £157
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £162
19 March – 15 April 2018: £134

Aurora Borealis safari by snowmobile

From: £91pp

Lose yourselves in the Arctic night, driving snowmobiles through quiet forests and frozen expanses. While full instructions will be given, it is ideal to choose this safari if you have had experience of snowmobiles earlier in your holiday.

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Your guide will take you to a well-positioned Aurora lookout, from which you can get spotting the Northern Lights. Hopefully, they will also light the sky for your return to Luosto! You will be out for around three hours in total. 

Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

Available: Thursday and Saturday at 6 pm Dec - Feb; 7 pm in March (not available in April)

Duration: 3 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £112
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £107
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £112
19 March – 15 April 2018: £91

Husky safari (10km)

From: £102pp

No holiday in Lapland would be complete without a husky safari. A short transfer will take you to a local husky farm where you will meet your enthusiastic team of dogs. You will be given full instruction on how to manage the sled before you hit the trails on a 10km route, travelling two people per sled.

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There will be a break for a warm drink before you head back to Luosto. The activity lasts a total of around two hours and fifteen minutes. 

Guides, instruction, and equipment included.

Available: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1.30 pm

Duration: 2.5 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £125
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £117
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £125
19 March – 15 April 2018: £102

An afternoon with the huskies (20km)

From: £148pp

Those looking for a longer husky safari will especially enjoy this option. On being transferred to a local husky farm, you’ll greet the loyal pack which will pull you around, as well as receive full instructions on sled control.

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After this, you will head right out onto the 20km trail, which will take you through over some exceptional terrain filled with wonderful scenery. You will travel two people per sled, with the chance to swap over during the journey. There will be an en-route break for snacks and a hot drink. The activity lasts around three hours in total.

Guides, instruction and equipment included.

Available: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 2 pm

Duration: 3.5 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £176
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £168
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £176
19 March – 15 April 2018: £148

Snowmobile safari to the reindeer farm

From: £114pp

Mix two of the very best Lapland activities as you snowmobile to a reindeer farm, where you can learn all about the lifestyle of the region’s traditional reindeer herders. Get close to the animals themselves before they pull you along on a sleigh ride.

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Hot drinks will be served before you return to Luosto on snowmobiles. Everyone will get full instruction on how to use the snowmobiles and will travel two to a vehicle, covering around 30km. The activity lasts for around three hours in total. 

Guides, instruction, and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

Available: Tuesday and Thursday at 9.30 am

Duration: 3.5 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £127
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £122
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £127
19 March – 15 April 2018: £114

Introduction to the Northern Lights (trail and presentation)

From: £48pp

This is a great introduction to the Northern Lights and the leisurely pace is sure to suit everyone. The evening commences with a multimedia presentation, hosted by an Aurora expert at the hotel. You will have the chance to listen to real radio signals from space whilst also gaining an insight into the myths, legends and of course the science which surrounds the Northern Lights.

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After your presentation, you will head out in the hope of catching a real display. With your guide leading the way you will be shown to Ahvenlampi, an ideal viewpoint just a short walk from the hotel. Hot drinks will be served around a campfire.

This activity lasts around three hours and you will meet in the reception of the Tunturi hotel.

Available: Monday and Friday at 8 pm

Duration: 3 hours (approximately)

Please note: we would advise that you do not book this activity alongside “Visit an Aurora kota by car” as both activities include the same presentation.


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £56
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £55
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £56
19 March – 15 April 2018: £48

Dinner at the Wilderness Kota

From: £36pp

This is a great chance to experience a meal in a traditional Finnish kota (wooden tepee). Your evening begins with an easy guided walk through the forests around the village. Upon arrival at the cosy kota you will relax around an open fire and enjoy a delicious meal cooked up over the campfire. This is an excellent way in which to really sample a taste of Lapland.

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The price includes a reduction for your meal at the hotel and you will be out for around three hours in total. The meeting point for this special evening is in the Luosto Tunturi Hotel reception.

Available: Wednesday at 7 pm

Duration: 3 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £42
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £46
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £42
19 March – 15 April 2018: £36

Start at the Slopes (Downhill ski school)

From: £85pp

This activity is ideal for those looking to try downhill skiing or perhaps those who have taken a break from the sport and are looking to get back into it. Luosto's gentle slopes are ideal for some tuition and this group lesson lasts for around 50 minutes. The price includes your tuition, ski pass and equipment.

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After the lesson, you will have an additional hour to enjoy the slopes independently if you wish to do so.

Please note that the thermal overalls that are provided for you during your stay are not suitable for skiing and so you will need to bring your own ski wear. You will meet your instructor at the main building on the ski slopes (Knooli).

Available: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 pm

Duration: 2 hours (approximately)

'The Luosto Special' snowmobile safari

From: £89pp

This snowmobile safari offers up wonderful views of the fells which surround the village. After full instruction and a safety briefing, you will take to the trails around Luosto travelling two people per snowmobile. 

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Rounding the bottom of Luosto Fell you will then head to Keski-Luosto Fell where the panoramic views of the area open out before you. The safari continues with a break for a warm drink around a campfire in a kota before you return to Luosto.

You will be out for around three hours in total and will cover around 20km during your safari. 

Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

Available: Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 10 am

Duration: 3 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £107
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £104
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £107
19 March – 15 April 2018: £89

Snowmobile safari to the wilderness

From: £83pp

Choose to journey into the depths of Luosto’s natural environment during a guided snowmobile safari. You will be given full instructions on how to operate the vehicles before driving past icy lakes and snow-laden forests. There will be a stop along the way for hot drinks to keep you fuelled up.

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This activity is based on two sharing a snowmobile (both must have a full driving licence if wishing to drive). It is possible to upgrade to single snowmobiles subject to availability and at a supplement – ask our travel experts for more information.

Availability: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 4.30 pm

Duration: 2 hours (approximately)

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Search for the Northern Lights by snowshoe

From: £49pp

Aurora hunters will not want to miss this activity, which involves a guided snowshoe trek to the perfect Northern Lights spotting point. Relax with a hot drink as you wait for the night-time show to begin. You will be out for around two and a half hours. 

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Guides, instruction, and equipment included.

Available: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 pm

Duration: 2.5 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £60
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £57
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £60
19 March – 15 April 2018: £49

A snowshoe hike in a national park

From: £47pp

A tranquil way to enjoy the Lapland countryside, this snowshoe hike will take you into age-old forests of spruce close to Luosto. There will be a snack break on the way and your guide will show you signs of wildlife and point out some of the highlights of the landscape during this three hour (approx) activity.

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Guides, instruction, and equipment included.

Available: Thursday and Sunday at 12.30pm

Duration: 3 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £57
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £56
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £57
19 March – 15 April 2018: £47

Reindeer safari

From: £89pp

Reindeer have always been associated with Lapland and are central to life in the region. After being swiftly transferred to the reindeer park, you will take a 30-minute sleigh safari through the forest. You will be able to enjoy a snack and hot drink while sitting around a campfire, learning about the lives of Lapland’s reindeer herders.

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Guides, instruction and equipment included. The activity lasts around one hour and forty-five minutes including transfers. 

Available: Wednesday and Saturday at 11 am

Duration: 1.5 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £99
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £95
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £99
19 March – 15 April 2018: £89

Snowmobile safari to the husky farm

From: £113pp

This experience makes for a superb introduction to two classic Lapland activities: snowmobiling and dogsledding. Having received full instructions on how to operate the snowmobiles, you will take a safari which ends at a local husky farm.

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Greet the dogs and get a briefing from the friendly mushers before embarking on a 4km husky ride. Returning to the farm, you will be served a hot drink before snowmobiling back to Luosto. The total activity duration is around three hours.

Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

Available: Wednesday and Saturday at 10 am

Duration: 3 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £137
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £132
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £137
19 March – 15 April 2018: £113

Husky Adventure (full day)(from 7 Jan '18)

From: £209pp

This incredible day-long safari driving your own husky team on a safari covering 20 to 30km. You will stop off part-way for a picnic lunch in the wilderness before making a return to Luosto. By this point, you will have mastered the art of dog sledding!

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Guides, instruction, and equipment included.

Available: Sunday at 10 am from 07 January 2018 onwards

Duration: 5 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £242
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £233
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £242
19 March – 15 April 2018: £209

Snowmobile safari to the Amethyst Mine

From: £88pp

Take a gentle snowmobile journey to the summit of Lampivaara Fell, home to the only Amethyst mine left in Europe, and a spot with outstanding views of the surroundings.

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Following a presentation on the gemstones, you will head down the steps into the mine and have the opportunity to dig for your own amethysts (this is a covered surface mine and so you do not venture underground). On the safari, everyone will ride two people to one snowmobile, covering around 10km. The total activity duration is around two hours. 

Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

Available: Tuesday and Friday at 1.30 pm

Duration: 2 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £101
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £97
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £101
19 March – 15 April 2018: £88

Day tour to Rovaniemi (from 12 Jan '18)

From: £113pp

A transfer of around 1.5 hours will take you to the city of Rovaniemi. You will have the chance to look around the Arktikum Museum and the internationally-renowned Santa Claus Village before travelling back to Luosto. In total, you will be out for around eight hours. 

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Available: Friday at 9.30 am from 12 January 2018

Duration: 8 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £126
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £123
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £126
19 March – 15 April 2018: £113

Credit: Visitfinland and Raija Lehtonen

 

Overnight husky safari (from 15 Jan '18)

From: £500pp

This is an authentic dog sledding adventure, set in the wilderness. Following a complete instruction briefing, you will head off on your journey, with one person per husky sled.

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Stopping at a wilderness cabin, you can look forward to an evening of fun around the campfire. Away from running water and electricity, you can abandon creature comforts for a truly unforgettable experience close to nature. Everyone will assist with gathering firewood and meal preparation before settling down in the cabin accommodation. You will travel roughly 20km per day depending on conditions.

Available: Monday and Wednesday at 12 noon (returning midday the following day) from 15 January 2018 onwards

Duration: 24 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £568
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £552
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £568
19 March – 15 April 2018: £500

Cross-country skiing trip

From: £47pp

A traditional Nordic activity, cross-country skiing is a fast-paced way to get acquainted with the snowy environment. Seasoned instructors will school you in the basics before you explore the 3 to 5km trails by Luosto (total activity time is around two hours).

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It will be possible to re-hire the equipment to head off on your own explorations later in your holiday – given that the sport is incredibly addictive, we won’t be surprised if you do!

Guides, instruction, and equipment included.

Available: Monday and Friday at 10.30 am

Duration: 2 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £57
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £56
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £57
19 March – 15 April 2018: £47

Ice fishing experience by snowmobile

From: £91pp

Ice fishing is immensely popular in Lapland and well worth trying for yourself. After receiving full instructions on how to drive the snowmobile, you will ride two people per machine to a specially-selected fishing spot.

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Here, your guide will show you how to drill through the ice and set up your line. Enjoy a snack and a hot drink around a campfire and take in the wilderness while waiting for a fish to bite.

Guides, instruction, and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

Available: Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 1.30 pm

Duration: 3 hours (approximately)


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £112
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: 107
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £112
19 March – 15 April 2018: £91

Visit to an Aurora Kota by car

From: £76pp

Leaving Luosto by car, you will head to the Aurora kota close to Sodankylä. A kota is a traditional wooden tepee and it's a very fitting venue for tonight's presentation. A local expert will offer you an insight into the science behind the Northern Lights, giving you a better understanding of this magical natural phenomenon.

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Transfers and guide included.

Available: Tuesday at 5.30 pm

Duration: 2 hours (approximately)

Please note: we would advise that you do not book this activity alongside “Introduction to the Northern Lights (trail and presentation)” as both activities include the same presentation.


Please note that prices vary depending on departure date:
01 Dec 2017 – 07 Jan 2018: £84
08 Jan – 04 Feb 2018: £81
05 Feb – 18 March 2018: £84
19 March – 15 April 2018: £76

Special Nights

Spend the night in an Arctic View Rooms

From: £230pp

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 Winter's polar nights in total comfort – with high-quality features, fully-equipped bathrooms and great views.

Our standard price 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.

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.

Lainio Snow Village

From: £400pp

We have sent many happy guests to Lainio Snow Village in recent years but this year the artists have really outdone themselves. The Snow Village has been attracting worldwide press attention due to its incredible theme this year…. HBO’s Game of Thrones. The show was created from a series of books written by George R. R. Martin and has now grown to be a worldwide phenomenon.

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The Game of Thrones theme is primarily centred around the public areas and whether you are a fan of the show or not, it is impossible not to be impressed by the gigantic dragon watching over the ice bar, the 7-foot-tall suit of armour and the medieval style table and chairs carved completely from ice which look like they came straight from Winterfell. The Snow Village’s famous ‘ice slide’ is back for the young at heart and this year it is guarded by another one of the majestic Dragons.

There are also many other incredible artworks carved into the public areas and also the suites in the rest of the hotel. They include all manner of wildlife with frogs, owls, bears, a lion, a lynx and also some fish all making an appearance. There is also a small-scale princess castle which you can explore and of course the ice restaurant where your evening meal will be served.

Room types 

Standard rooms

The standard rooms at the Snow Village are made from snice (a mixture of snow and ice) and carved into an igloo shape. The only decoration in these rooms is the bed frame made from ice. Regardless of the outside temperature, the rooms will stay between -2 and -5 Celsius due to the insulation from the rest of the hotel. 

Very high-quality sleeping bags and fleece liners will be provided by a guide who will also advise on the best practice for sleeping and what you will need to wear to be as comfortable as possible during the night.  You will be provided with warm berry juice in the morning and can make use of the nearby communal (separate gender) shower and toilet facilities.

Snow Suites

These rooms have all the same features as the standard rooms but have been designed and decorated by one of a handful of artists and carved from the structure of the Snow Village. The design for each suite is completely unique and as the hotel is completely redesigned each year it is extremely limited edition!

For both room types, there are emergency warm sleeping facilities (a large dormitory-style room) just in case someone cannot spend the night in the ice room as planned. This is extremely, extremely unusual and is very much designed as a backup plan. The sleeping bags provided are wonderful quality and if you follow the guides instructions you will be very comfortable during the night. Toilet facilities are also located a short walk away in the warm area of the hotel. There are no toilet facilities in the cold areas.


 Image Credits: Tuomas Kurtakko

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays, you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
Price guarantee

Next season's provisional dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. 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.

Dates
Mon 07 Jan 2019
to Fri 11 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,460 Single Adult£ 1,645
Mon 14 Jan 2019
to Fri 18 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,475 Single Adult£ 1,660
Mon 21 Jan 2019
to Fri 25 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,425 Single Adult£ 1,610
Mon 28 Jan 2019
to Fri 01 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,460 Single Adult£ 1,675
Mon 04 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,475 Single Adult£ 1,690
Mon 11 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,540 Single Adult£ 1,755
Mon 18 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,475 Single Adult£ 1,690
Mon 25 Feb 2019
to Fri 01 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,475 Single Adult£ 1,690
Mon 04 Mar 2019
to Fri 08 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,475 Single Adult£ 1,690
Mon 11 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,475 Single Adult£ 1,690
Mon 18 Mar 2019
to Fri 22 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,425 Single Adult£ 1,640
Mon 25 Mar 2019
to Fri 29 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,485 Single Adult£ 1,700

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 in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2, maximum 24 

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.

See our booking conditions for further information.

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.
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

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.

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.

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.

Minimum age

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 effect on the activity experience. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. 

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.

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 approx - €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.

Traveller Reviews

Fantastic holiday 19 March 2018 by Chris Trickey

Fantastic holiday. We were really lucky to see the Northern Lights at their dancing best, and the introductory walk was really helpful in helping us know where to view them from. Husky riding is the most amazing experience and the one you should do if no others (one rides on the back and is reasonably active, while other sits on sled). Snowmobiling also really good fun. Both take some physical
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strength from the driver, but not much. The rest of the time we just chilled out, took one of the many walks in the valley ourselves and explored local restaurants. Transfers were very efficient and comfortable. Thoroughly recommended!
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Overall an excellent holiday 19 February 2018 by Paul Moran and Caroline Ede

Overall an excellent holiday. The location and activities were excellent.

Loved the small, quiet resort. 10 January 2018 by Kathryn and William Watson

Really enjoyed the 20 km husky trip, we were looking forward to this activity and it didn’t disappoint. Excellent trip, hotel staff and facilities really superb. Loved the small, quiet resort.

Everything was as advertised 25 March 2017 by Stacey Choat & Sharon Mertz

Everything was as advertised. My mom and I had a great time! Everything from seeing the Northern Lights to dog sledding to snowmobiling to reindeer sleigh. All tour guides were excellent. Greta was very nice and answered all our questions.

An absolutely amazing experience! 22 January 2017 by Elizabeth Forrester and Brian Starbuck

The hotel was well-equipped, warm and comfortable. Staff were delightful, friendly and helpful. Ella in particular - a 'Jill of all trades' flitting from receptionist to waitress to bartender to chambermaid (wouldn't have been surprised if she drove the snow plough but we weren't up early enough to see that!). I would describe the ambience as homely and relaxed. Rooms were functional - well
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heated (a bit too much for us - can't believe we slept with the window open at such extreme sub-zero temperatures!). Comfortable beds and spotless bathrooms with an individual sauna. Food - quality was excellent. It exceeded our expectations (especially the reindeer sirloin). On most evenings we were tempted to lick our plates ;-). The young reindeer farmer who spoke after the reindeer safari was excellent. He spoke with such feeling about his work and his life in Lapland. The equipment provided was top-notch. It made the holiday so much easier because we didn't have the worry (or expense) of ensuring we were properly kitted out. A particular bonus was that when our overalls and gloves got wet after a sweaty day's snowshoeing, we were able to swap them for fresh, dry kit to enable us to go out aurora-hunting in the evening. Without a doubt, the most enjoyable activity was the husky safari. We didn't originally plan to do it - neither of us being 'doggy' people, and also a little bit concerned about driving the sled ourselves. However, it was an absolutely amazing experience! The dogs were so eager to get going, jumping around and barking like crazy. When they were finally set free they went like the wind. My initial surge of terror was soon replaced by a feeling of awe, dashing through the snowy forest by this age-old method of transport. Magical! We had such a fabulous time and are already planning a further trip with the company next year. By the way, we would like to give a special mention to our rep Greta who was so helpful and went out of her way to make sure we had a great time. Thank you!
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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
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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.
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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
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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 :)
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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
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Lights!!! Aurora zone organised everything so we had no worries at all. Recommend this holiday.  
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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
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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!
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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
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work around the schedule.
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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
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- 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.
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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
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our very last night.
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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... 
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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....
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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
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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.
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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 -
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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?
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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
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delightful and of an excellent standard.
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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
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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!
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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
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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!
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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
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organised and knowledgeable. We could not have asked for a better service.
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