Price from £1,925pp
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Pace:Balanced
  • Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • Flights: return flights from London to Finland are included. Either direct or via Helsinki depending on your date of Travel. Regional departures may be available and subject to a supplement. Please ask our Travel Experts for more information. Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return group airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights’ accommodation in standard twin/double rooms. The hotel also has superior and fireplace rooms (subject to availability and supplements apply)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: Northern Lights snowshoe hunt, reindeer safari, Northern Lights hunt by sleigh or snowmobile, snowshoe in national park, husky safari (10km), snowmobile to Amethyst Mine, Aurora kota visit by car and wilderness kota 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

Your holiday base is the lovely Hotel Aurora (formerly Aurora Chalet), a delightful boutique-style hotel which has become one of our most sought-after destinations. Here, all the rooms come with a private sauna and the restaurant is famed for its skilfully prepared local and international dishes.

Luosto nestles amidst the fells and forests of this stunning region of Lapland and retains its charm whilst having some great facilities within easy reach.

This balanced itinerary has been created to showcase the key activities which are on offer whilst giving you plenty of time to simply relax and unwind. The activities are fairly gentle and usually last around half a day, giving you plenty of free time to enjoy your private sauna or hire snowshoes and cross-country skis to explore at leisure. There are even a few downhill ski slopes for you to enjoy if you wish to get your fix of alpine skiing or to have a short introduction, as lessons can be booked locally. Activities such as dog sledding, a reindeer safari and snowshoeing are all included, along with a visit to one of the last working amethyst mines in Europe.

Given the name of the holiday, you will also spend evenings looking for a potential Northern Lights display. This will be done in a variety of ways throughout the trip, with an Aurora hunt via snowmobile-pulled sled, an evening snowshoe excursion and dinner in a remote kota all included to aid you in your search. Your Aurora alert gives you an added bit of help in your quest.

Luosto has an exceptional Northern Lights record and, on the evenings where you have free time, your guides will be happy to tell you some of their favourite places for an Aurora stake-out.

You may also like to upgrade one evening to the spectacular 'Arctic View' rooms adjacent to the hotel. The glass rooftops provide unadulterated views of the night sky. See the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page for further details.

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  • 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.

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.
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Please note: the arrival day of this holiday changes depending on the date of travel chosen and the available flight routes. Because of this, the order of activities is a sample of how they may run and as a result, it may change. Your final itinerary will be provided to you upon arrival to Luosto but all will be included in your holiday (subject to availability).

Fri 01 Dec 2017
to Fri 08 Dec 2017
Adults£ 2,195 Single Adult£ 2,760
Tue 12 Dec 2017
to Tue 19 Dec 2017
Adults£ 2,025 Single Adult£ 2,590
Fri 05 Jan 2018
to Fri 12 Jan 2018
Adults£ 1,925 Single Adult£ 2,490
Fri 12 Jan 2018
to Fri 19 Jan 2018
Adults£ 1,925 Single Adult£ 2,490
Fri 19 Jan 2018
to Fri 26 Jan 2018
Adults£ 1,925 Single Adult£ 2,490
Fri 26 Jan 2018
to Fri 02 Feb 2018
Adults£ 1,955 Single Adult£ 2,520
Fri 02 Feb 2018
to Fri 09 Feb 2018
Adults£ 1,955 Single Adult£ 2,520
Sun 11 Feb 2018
to Sun 18 Feb 2018
Adults£ 2,295 Single Adult£ 2,860
Fri 23 Feb 2018
to Fri 02 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,955 Single Adult£ 2,520
Fri 02 Mar 2018
to Fri 09 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,955 Single Adult£ 2,520
Fri 09 Mar 2018
to Fri 16 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,955 Single Adult£ 2,520
Fri 16 Mar 2018
to Fri 23 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,955 Single Adult£ 2,520
Fri 23 Mar 2018
to Fri 30 Mar 2018
Adults£ 1,955 Single Adult£ 2,520
Fri 30 Mar 2018
to Fri 06 Apr 2018
Adults£ 2,295 Single Adult£ 2,860

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.

Next year's provisional dates and prices

You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying a deposit but, the provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and 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. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Fri 30 Nov 2018
to Fri 07 Dec 2018
Adults£ 2,305 Single Adult£ 2,900
Tue 11 Dec 2018
to Tue 18 Dec 2018
Adults£ 2,130 Single Adult£ 2,725
Fri 04 Jan 2019
to Fri 11 Jan 2019
Adults£ 2,025 Single Adult£ 2,620
Fri 11 Jan 2019
to Fri 18 Jan 2019
Adults£ 2,025 Single Adult£ 2,620
Fri 18 Jan 2019
to Fri 25 Jan 2019
Adults£ 2,025 Single Adult£ 2,620
Fri 25 Jan 2019
to Fri 01 Feb 2019
Adults£ 2,055 Single Adult£ 2,650
Fri 01 Feb 2019
to Fri 08 Feb 2019
Adults£ 2,055 Single Adult£ 2,650
Sun 10 Feb 2019
to Sun 17 Feb 2019
Adults£ 2,410 Single Adult£ 3,005
Fri 22 Feb 2019
to Fri 01 Mar 2019
Adults£ 2,055 Single Adult£ 2,650
Fri 01 Mar 2019
to Fri 08 Mar 2019
Adults£ 2,055 Single Adult£ 2,650
Fri 08 Mar 2019
to Fri 15 Mar 2019
Adults£ 2,055 Single Adult£ 2,650
Fri 15 Mar 2019
to Fri 22 Mar 2019
Adults£ 2,055 Single Adult£ 2,650
Fri 22 Mar 2019
to Fri 29 Mar 2019
Adults£ 2,055 Single Adult£ 2,650
Fri 29 Mar 2019
to Fri 05 Apr 2019
Adults£ 2,055 Single Adult£ 2,650

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

This holiday requires a minimum of 2 participants on all dates except for the 12 February 2017 which requires a minimum of 8 people to take part. 

You will be joined by other visitors for the activities and the maximum group size is typically around 24 people. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

  • Wonderful winter wonderland 01 February 2016

    Most enjoyable activity: Seeing the Northern Lights and the husky safari... We are dog lovers, it was exhilarating, wonderful winter wonderland scenery.

  • All the staff were very friendly 06 December 2015 by Mary Renouf

    The hotel was excellent and catered for my dietary needs very well. All the staff were very friendly and helpful as were the activity guides.

  • Memorable and thoroughly enjoyable holiday 24 March 2015 by Martin Stone

    Activity guides were unfailingly enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly and helped us appreciate the features and qualities of the local area. Difficult to pick the most enjoyable (activity) from a succession of good experiences, though the Northern Lights themselves, at such a favourable time, have to be awarded the memorability prize. Husky safari, snowmobiling, both as drivers and sleigh ride
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    in the dark to remote Kota for Aurora viewing, reindeer caravan, snowshoe walk all excellent. Don't feel able to pick anything out as less enjoyable. This was a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable holiday that we would not hesitate to recommend to others. It has stirred our interest in Luosto as both a winter holiday destination (ski, skidoo etc) and spring/early summer destination (hiking, wildlife etc) and also given us an appreciation of the Finnish way of life.
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  • Awesome 20 March 2015 by Sonia Collins

    We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday as we had not done anything like this before. Karen and Graham who met us at the airport and looked after us through the holiday were excellent and the local guide Kaio, (not sure of the spelling) was lovely too. The hotel was lovely, room was comfortable and the food was excellent. Most enjoyed the dog sledding, something my husband has wanted to do for a long
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    time & snowshoeing, something we had not done before and the reindeer sleigh. Everybody looked after us, from booking, through to the transfers, the hotel and local guides. I would use your company again. Even the lights came out for us after five days of cloud.... Awesome.
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  • The holiday far exceeded our expectations. We were extemely pleased with our choice of hotel! 06 March 2015 by Anita Gorham

    The holiday far exceeded our expectations. We were extemely pleased with our choice of hotel!

  • Amazing and truly unforgettable!! 10 February 2015 by Nayanee Perera

    We were really impressed with the food. My sister is vegetarian and we thought the vegetarian selection was excellent. The staff at the activity providers were brilliant... friendly, helpful, patient, accommodating and really made all the activities fun and enjoyable. The hotel was absolutely lovely, especially the staff. We liked the balance between activity and having our own time to rest and
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    chill out. We took advantage of the time to try our hand at skiing. The pre trip documentation was very thorough and informative. We really had a fantastic time and have been telling all our friends about it. We can't wait to go again!! I think the true test is that we didn't see the Northern Lights once, but it didn't really matter because the rest of the holiday was amazing and truly unforgettable!!
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  • A winter wonderland 05 February 2015 by Kim Riordan

    What an awesome trip. Loved every moment of it. Every dealing with Aurora Zone has been faultless from initial enquiry, through to booking, greeting in Luosto and the holiday itself. Santa's Aurora Chalet was fabulous. Really homely. Great food and the catering for my vegetarian husband was also great. The staff at the hotel were friendly and appeared happy in their work. The in room sauna was
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    also definitely a hit. The activites - both of us enjoyed all of them and wouldn't change a thing. On our rest day we booked for cross-country skiing and the 20k husky sledding - also great. I think the husky sledding was probably the favourite (hence the extra booking) but all of it was great. The other people on our holiday also significantly contributed to the fun. A great group and we had lots of laughs. Only saw Northern Lights on first night (and a very weak one) but the holiday was memorable and one of my favourites and would still have been even if we hadn't seen the Northern Lights at all. Very happy to recommend to others and already have. Thankyou for a great holiday.
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  • A really memorable and magical experience 30 January 2015 by Carol Mackintosh

    Excellent activity guides and Karen and Graham were knowledgeable and helpful without being pushy. Visiting the huskies and sledging with them through the forest was a really memorable and magical experience.

  • Fabulous experience from the pre-booking through to the final farewells 02 January 2015 by Alexandra Thompson

    Fabulous experience from the pre-booking through to the final farewells. The office staff in the UK were amazing giving good advice even before I made a booking; the ground team in Finland seemed pleasant, but they perhaps were the people I felt we had least connection with. The husky sled riding/driving (was) an exhilarating experience, with good knowledgeable guides. Wish I had thought to film
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    it on my camera instead of taking stills. Believe this will sell the experience even more. For me the snowshoe walking was hard going & tiring. However I was pleased to participate in all the activities and really appreciate the accommodations the guides made.
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  • It was a fabulous trip for our 30th wedding anniversary and one we shall always remember 07 April 2014 by Neil Vicary

    From the moment of first enquiry by phone we found The Aurora Zone staff to be extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Thereafter our flight travel arrangements were excellent and the hotel surpassed all expectations. Our stay in Luosto was perfect in most every regard. The hotel staff and the activity guides could not do enough for us and were pleasant and enthusiastic throughout. It was a
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    fabulous trip for our 30th wedding anniversary and one we shall always remember.
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  • It was magical 06 March 2014 by Caroline Saunders

    The snowshoe walk at night in the woods - it was magical with the trees glistening as though covered in diamond chips. I had no idea it would be so wonderful so it was an unexpected treat. But I also really loved the trip to the reindeer farm too. It was so nice to learn about and experience something of the local culture.

  • We really couldn't find any faults 13 February 2014 by Hilda Charlton

    We really couldn't find any faults! We enjoyed all the activities for varying reasons, my personal favourite was the reindeer safari - loved the leisurely sleigh ride through the forest, could really appreciate the silence and the scenery, it was like travelling through Narnia! Also found the talk about the reindeer year very interesting and, of course, loved the reindeers.

  • A holiday to remember 13 February 2014 by Catherine Worthington

    The Hotel Aurora and staff, the people of Luosto and the activity guides were fantastic, a holiday to remember. Saw the Northern Lights and will be back next year!! The snowshoeing activity was brilliant, the guides and group made the holiday and the activities memorable, all enjoyable and well run by the activity centre. Really enjoyed the holiday from the booking, getting advice and during
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    the holiday. A holiday to remember and repeat.
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  • One of the best, if not THE best of our lives 29 April 2013 by Malcolm Langford

    Favourite activity? Teepee Dinner as we saw a fantastic Aurora Borealis display between courses! The activities were all so good and different it would be unfair to say. Improvements? No I don't think so except an Aurora Borealis display every night!!! One of the best, if not The best of our lives. The pace was perfect and we had plenty of time to walk several miles ourselves each day and time to
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    absorb the activity.
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  • What can I say - you can't improve on perfection! 29 April 2013 by Jane Burrows

    What can I say - you can't improve on perfection! We really enjoyed the diversity of the activities on offer but we booked an additional 60km snowmobile safari, which was awesome and there was plenty of time to relax as well. We even got to see the Northern Lights, which was obviously our prime aim, but if they hadn't made an appearance we wouldn't have been disappointed by our holiday. There was
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    no 'least enjoyable' activity - they were all diverse and interesting. Don't change a thing! Peter and Lorna, your representatives in Luosto, were terrific and great ambassadors for your company. The activity providers were also terrific. We had all our own clothing but the suits they provided were surprisingly tasteful and no-one we spoke to had any complaints about being cold or uncomfortable. The Guides were also terrific - we had Tomas and Antcien (I know I've spelt the names wrongly but you know who they are). They had a sense of both authority (in observing the safety aspects) and peace (which gave everyone of any ability a feeling of confidence). They ensured that on more active pursuits there were adequate rest stops, so that everyone could complete the tasks without feeling they were pushing themselves beyond a comfortable limit. They were knowledgeable and very proud of their environment and had a great sense of humour. We will certainly be looking at other holiday destinations covered by the Aurora Zone - it was the best winter holiday we have ever had - but I feel it would be a mistake to return to the same resort. Finland was beautiful and the resort offered us all we needed.
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  • Such a brilliant holiday 18 April 2013 by Elizabeth Simmons

    Thank-you for such a brilliant holiday which was to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday. The Hotel Aurora was great with friendly staff. The food was excellent and it was great that they would save what was left in your bottle of wine for the next evening. The rooms were comfortable and warm and the sauna was lovely after the activities of the day. Our introductory briefing from Peter and
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    Lorna was very helpful and they were on hand during the week to assist if necessary (although everything was so well organised I don't think they had too much to do!). The acitivites were great. My favourite was the reindeer sleigh ride through the forest. Magical! The thermal gear they provide is brilliant, particularly for the cold nights. (The days weren't that cold when we were there - around zero to minus 3). It's quite a faff getting into / out of the gear but much appreciated when the temperature went down to about minus 20 one night. The weather throughout the week was fantastic and we were lucky enough to see the Aurora four nights in a row. We went to the "cul-de-sac" on a couple of nights and to the frozen lake on the other evenings. It was more companiable at the lake and the fire in the hut was useful for a quick warm up now and then. The best display was as we arrived at the ice restaurant for our meal on the Friday. We had a well-balanced week of activities / relaxation and found our travelling companions very friendly. All in all a great holiday. Thank-you again.
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  • One of the most amazing holidays that my wife and I have ever been on 11 April 2013 by Steven Spensley

    We booked the Searching for the Northern Lights and stayed at the Aurora Chalet in Luosto on 24 March for one week. This was one of the most amazing holidays that my wife and I have ever been on. The hotel was everything that we expected and more. The food and service were excellent. The hotel is kept at a lovely temperature so once inside it does not matter how cold it is outside, so don't only
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    take warm clothing. We booked a room with fireplace, but we did not need it..! Everything that was arranged was superbly done and the guides were fabulous, especially Thomas and Anti. The thermal suits and other cold weather clothing that they supplied was excellent, especially if you were out at night searching for The Lights. The trip for dinner in the snow igloo was absolutely fantatstic, but so were all the activities. The resort representatives Peter and Lorna were also very helpful, the introduction meeting was very informative so in all honesty we did not need them much for the rest of the week. To top it all, we got to see The Lights on 4 consecutive nights, the best place to view we found was the frozen lake, behind the Tunturi Hotel, which is about a 10 minute stroll from the Aurora Chalet. Thanks to all, and we will be booking via yourselves in the future.
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  • Unexpectedly brilliant holiday 11 April 2013 by Deborah Robinson

    Well, what can I say? It was an unexpectedly brilliant holiday! My husband and myself have never done a snow holiday before so had no idea what to expect. Luosto is very small so everything was easily accessible from the hotel. Make sure you venture to the ski slopes (even if you don't ski) as there is a toboggan run and there are lots of toboggans there that you can just help yourself to. It
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    makes you feel like a big kid all over again. We really enjoyed all the activities, especially the snowmobiling (we did it again on our free day). None of the activities start particularly early and don't go on too long so you feel very relaxed even though there's at least one event planned every day (except your free day). Generally you get a hot drink and a snack ( a piece of cake or similar) on most of the events. The Aurora Chalet was really pleasant although the breakfast could have done with a little variation. However there was always plenty available. The fixed menu in the evening (included in our package) was fabulous. We ate things that we may not have chosen and thoroughly enjoyed everything we tried. The hotel is quite warm so you need to take something more relaxed and not so warm for wandering around the hotel. A lot of people wore flipflops or slippers. We forgot to take ours but missed being able to slip something relaxed on after wearing your snow boots most of the day. It was a bit warmer when we were there (-3ish) but the temperature drops at night expecially if it's clear (when you're more likely to see the Lights). Even if you think you don't need them, make sure you have several sets of thermals and fleecy jumpers to put under the snow suit you get given. You will need them. Standing out waiting or trying to take pictures of the Lights can get really cold. If you can fit it in your luggage take a flask (a warm drink would have been really welcome). We were really lucky with the Northern Lights, we saw them 3 out of 7 nights. The mobile they give you to send text alerts when there is high activity works really well although you do see them when you haven't had a text so keep looking. If you want to capture the Lights make sure you take a tripod, an SLR camera that will allow long exposures and preferably a remote switch so you don't have to press the button on the camera and wobble it at the end. We went to the 'Cul-de-sac' which was really good for getting pictures but if you want to stay warmer whilst you're waiting go to the lake as there are huts with fires. The week we went was a full moon right in the middle of the week. If we went again I'd try to go when there was a new moon so it's not too bright, I also believe that around the Equinox is a particularly good time. Lorna & Peter, our reps, were really good. They were always around if you needed them but generally they left you to your own devices. The information they gave at the Welcome Meeting was invaluable so make sure you go to that. All in all it was brilliant, 10/10. You feel like you've been on an adult holiday for big kids.  
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  • Our choice of The Aurora Zone proved to be perfect! 05 April 2013 by Janetta Martin

    Your recommendation that March would be ok for seeing the lights proved spot on - thank you very much! The activity guides were absolutely brilliant and really made our first Northern Lights experience a very positive one. Peter and Lorna were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and always available for advice. The variety of activities makes it difficult to choose one (favourite) in particular. The
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    range of activities was brilliant and allowed us to experience things we had never done before. Obviously seeing the Northern Lights was an experience in itself. We loved the snowmobiling, the husky sledging and the snow-shoe walking in particular. We also very much appreciated the stunning ice restaurant for our Friday night meal. Nothing was not enjoyable, if pushed we would say that the visit to the amethyst mine ranked lowest of the activities, but was still worth including. We are really glad we did this holiday and our choice of Aurora Zone proved to be perfect! We were lucky to see the lights on several nights, which was a tremendous bonus. We found our companions to be friendly and interesting and they added to the whole experience.
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  • Totally awesome - beyond our wildest dreams! 25 February 2013 by Susan Pierce

    Totally awesome - beyond our wildest dreams! The whole holiday was way beyond all expectations. What a start when the Northern Lights appeared on our journey to the hotel! The coach driver stopped and let us out to enjoy the full experience. Plus the fact that you were never too sure exactly what the activity entailed made the experiences surreal - did I really just do that? Our final meal at the
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    ice house was the best surprise ever! 
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  • Holiday of a lifetime! 20 February 2013 by Robert Elsworth

    From the start to the end of our holiday everything was above and beyond our expectations. The guides made us laugh and feel safe and were always there to answer any questions or concerns you may have. The activities we had were excellent and nothing was too much for myself or my Husband. This holiday was booked for our late Honeymoon and was the perfect setting for or wedding Anniversary. How
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    many people can say they had a reindeer pulled sled through a magical forest deep in snow followed by a sauna and a candle lit steak dinner with Champagne. The first four nights were cloudy, but on the 6th and 7th night we were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights! All in all to much to say about this magical holiday but in a nut shell (Speechless). Hopefully we will be booking again with activities abroad in a few years time!
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  • Best experience I have ever had 11 February 2013 by Peter Scott

    This was by far the best holiday experience I've ever had. So much achieved in so little time, it was full steam ahead from day 1. I loved it.

  • One of the best holidays we have ever experienced 16 January 2013 by Pamela Moore

    This was one of the best holidays we have experienced. Everything that was promised was delivered, the Aurora hotel was excellent, the food, service and the general ambience was perfect.

  • Hotel staff were brilliant 14 January 2013 by Carol Deans

    The hotel staff were brilliant - particularly how well they catered for my mum's very restricted diet. It was great that we were able to keep the snow suits, boots and mittens throughout our stay. I really loved the holiday and the way the activities were spread out. It was even more special as we did get to see the Northern Lights. 

  • Fabulous week in Luosto 14 January 2013 by Chloe Cox

    Fabulous week in Luosto. We went hoping to see the Aurora, unfortunately the skies were cloudy most of the week. We booked the Aurora Chalet, which I think is now called Santas' Aurora Chalet. Hotel was welcoming, helpful and food was good. The activities included in the package were fantastic. They were completely professional and generous with their time and information. If we had read the
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    instructions properly we would have know that we got full thermal suits and gloves and specialist equipment when necessary. We paticularly loved the huskies and snowmobiling and would do these again. Extra activities were available and easy to book so we tried cross-country skiing.  You are given a mobile phone which provides an Aurora alert but it is worth checking anyway as inspite of the cloudy forecast the skies cleared and we got at least an hour of Aurora. The photos are more intense than the real thing on a cloudy night so if you want photos make sure you have a camera that you can operate on manual settings. We were often able to take a photo and see the building of the Aurora which was obvious with the naked eye. The experience has made us keen to search again for the Aurora but based on this current we we will always look for activities to do too.
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  • Thoroughly enjoyable holiday 21 March 2012 by David Cushing

    A thoroughly enjoyable holiday which generally exceeded expectations. It wil remain in our memory as one of the best holidays we have had and we have travelled extensively. 

  • An excellent trip 08 March 2012 by John Copley

    Overall an excellent trip. A very good intro given we had never before done either a winter trip, or an organised activity trip. A good range of "taster" sessions. Locals were good at giving background and context.

  • Perfect weather, splendid Northern Lights, enjoyable activities 06 March 2011 by Julie Whitehead

    A fantastic holiday - perfect weather, splendid Northern Lights, very enjoyable activities. To celebrate my 50th I wanted to see the Northern Lights but didn't want to buy a holiday that consisted of staring at the sky and nothing else and I wanted to try something different like skiing whilst I was still fit enough to manage it! It was great. Nothing too demanding, nothing difficult, no worries
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    about being 50 yrs old and not keeping up. Activities were wonderful - husky sledding, reindeer farm, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing at night, snowmobiling - loved them all. Would advise you to take a good book or something to do when you are activitie'd and sauna'd out as there is little to do if you don't like sitting in the bar all night. On the other hand it means it is dark enough to see the Aurora when it sneaks out and it's quiet and peaceful at night after all your activities have worn you out. It was great. Don't think too much about it - Just Go!
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  • Fantastic experience 14 March 2010 by Pamela Llewellyn

    My friend and I have just come back from Finland. What a fantastic experience. Absolutely everything was perfect. The guides provided everything we needed and the staff were wonderful, the other people in our group were all great and we all had great fun. Nothing we did was not manageable as long as you had the courage to try. Many personal goals were met, it has given me the bug to try even more
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    new experiences. And yes we did see the Northern Lights ‘twice’.
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