Luosto Hotel Aurora - Searching for the Aurora Borealis

VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 2501
Price from £1,815

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Pace:Balanced
  • Group Size: Minimum group size 6 and maximum 20 people (approximately)
  • Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
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  • Flights: Return from London and Rovaniemi or Kittila (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request. Routings are subject to change
  • Transfers: Return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights’ accommodation in standard twin/double rooms. Superior room upgrades are available (supplements apply)
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included in the price: husky safari, introduction to snowmobiling, leisurely snowshoe hike, visit to the Aurora Kota, reindeer safari, kota dinner, secrets of the amethyst, Northern Lights snowshoe and Aurora hunt via snowmobile-pulled sled (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 skillfully prepared local and international dishes.

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

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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 downhill skiing or just to have a short introduction, as lessons can be booked locally. Activities such as snowmobiling, 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 shall 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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  • Glass Arctic View Rooms at Hotel Aurora

    From £195pp

    Why not end your holiday in real style with a night in the stunning Glass Arctic View Rooms at Hotel Aurora. Situated close to the hotel but with views to the northern skies, these rooms have panoramic windows and partially glassed roofs meaning that they are ideal for keeping your eye out for a potential Aurora display. This is luxurious Aurora hunting at its best.

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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. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant; breakfast the next morning is also included.

    The price detailed is based on guests spending their final night in the Arctic View Rooms. You will therefore be asked to check out of your previous hotel room on the morning before your stay. If you would prefer to keep your hotel room or spend a different night in these unique rooms (or indeed if they are fully booked for your final night) supplements will apply, so please ask for a quotation. You can of course also choose to spend an additional night in Lapland to enjoy these rooms following your holiday.

    For single occupancy supplements and availability please contact our travel experts who will be happy to help and give you a full quotation.


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    10km Husky Safari

    From: £94pp

    A dog sled safari is one of the highlights of any trip to Lapland. After a short transfer you will arrive at the husky farm where you meet your eager team.

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    The mushers will give you full instructions on how to control the sleds before you set off on the trails with your dogs leading the way. You will travel two people per sled and cover around 10km during the safari. Some hot juice or coffee will be enjoyed by a fire when you return back to the husky farm. There will also be the chance to speak with the mushers and ask any questions you may have regarding the dogs. Guides, instruction, and equipment included.

    Total duration: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes

    Available: Thursday and Friday at 13.30

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    Day tour to Rovaniemi

    From: £105pp

    You will be driven to the city of Rovaniemi (around 1.5hrs away).

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     Here you will have the chance to visit the Arktikum museum and world famous Santa Claus Village before heading back to Luosto.

    Total duration: Approximately 8 hrs

    Available: Friday at 9.30 from 14 January 2016

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    Exciting rides with snowmobiles and huskies (approx 4 hours)

    From: £135pp

    Today you will travel by snowmobile to a husky farm offering an excellent introduction to both activities.

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    Following full driving instructions you will travel two people per snowmobile for around 12km to reach the huskies where you will meet the dogs and set off on a truly memorable safari of around 10km (again travelling two people per sled). Warm drinks will be served around a campfire upon your return to the husky farm and by the time you arrive back in Luosto you will have travelled 25km. Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

    Total duration: Approximately 4 hours

    Available: Friday at 9am

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    Cross-country skiing (approx 2 hours)

    From: £49pp

    Cross-country skiing is one of the most popular Nordic activities and this is your chance to learn the basic skills.

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    You will be taught the fundamentals before exploring the trails around Luosto covering around three to five kilometers. Many guests then like to hire the equipment again later in their stay to explore independently – it is a very addictive sport. Guides, instruction and equipment included.

    Total duration: Approximately 2 hrs

    Available: Friday at 10.30

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    Snowmobile safari to the Amethyst Mine

    From: £80pp

    On this exhilarating tour you will journey to the top of Lampivaara Fell where you will find one of Europe's last remaining Amethyst Mines and one of the very best views in Lapland.

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    After a presentation about the gems you will head down the steps to the mine area where you will get the chance to dig for your own Amethyst. You will travel two people per snowmobile and cover around 10km. Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

    Total duration: Approximately 2 hours

    Available: Friday at 13.30

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    Wilderness snowmobile safari

    From: £72pp

    This snowmobile safari will allow you to cover some delightful ground and offers a real sense of the scale of the wilderness here.

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    You will cross frozen marshlands, wind through forests and enjoy stretches of open terrain where the views are just spectacular. There will be a break for a warm drink en route and you will return to Luosto with a real sense of having explored the region. Throughout you will travel two people per snowmobile and there will be the chance to swap drivers. Guides, instruction and equipment included. Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.

    Total duration: Approximately 2 hours

    Available: Friday at 16.30

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    Helsinki City break

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Helsinki's food scene has seen a recent evolution, with a growth in street food which showcases the city's multi cultural population. Helsinki is famed also for its specialist dishes of seafood and Russian cuisine so there is much to sample!
    Finland is famed for its coffee consumption so you can be sure of a thriving café culture here. Be sure to include an obligatory stop for a coffee and a cinnamon roll during your explorations!

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

    Please contact our Travel Experts for a full quotation.

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Dates
Sat 05 Dec 2015
to Sat 12 Dec 2015
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Adults£ 1,815 Single Adult£ 2,285
Sat 16 Jan 2016
to Sat 23 Jan 2016
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Adults£ 1,815 Single Adult£ 2,285
Sat 06 Feb 2016
to Sat 13 Feb 2016
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Adults£ 1,875 Single Adult£ 2,345
Sat 13 Feb 2016
to Sat 20 Feb 2016
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Adults£ 1,935 Single Adult£ 2,405
Sun 28 Feb 2016
to Sun 06 Mar 2016
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Adults£ 1,895 Single Adult£ 2,365
Sun 13 Mar 2016
to Sun 20 Mar 2016
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Adults£ 1,875 Single Adult£ 2,345
Sun 27 Mar 2016
to Sun 03 Apr 2016
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Adults£ 1,875 Single Adult£ 2,345

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Minimum age

This holiday is operated for those aged 18 and over only. All guests must also be a minimum height of 160cm to ensure that all participants are able to ride pillion on a snowmobile. To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old. There may be younger children staying at the accommodation or utilising shared transfers but they will not take part in the same activity programme (this excludes any additional activities arranged).


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