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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 2501
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Based in delightful Luosto, this holiday offers a splendid combination of gentle activities, comfort and stunning landscapes. With seven nights at your disposal and a range of Aurora activities, you have an excellent chance to witness the magical Northern Lights during your stay.

What's included?

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

  • 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 Aurora also has superior and fireplace rooms whilst Hotel Tunturi has Log cabin and suite upgrades available (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

‘Searching for the Aurora Borealis’ has proven to be one of our most popular itineraries over the years, so we offer it at both the Hotel Aurora and the Hotel Luosto Tunturi.

Whether your holiday base is the lovely Hotel Aurora (formerly Aurora Chalet) or the delightful Hotel Luosto Tunturi you will have access to wonderful facilities and services whilst being nestled amidst the fells and forests of this stunning region of Lapland.

Luosto itself offers a great deal, with a small selection of shops and cafés sheltered amidst at the base of the fells and tucked in amongst the trees. The cross-country ski trails and seven downhill ski slopes are also a real favourite with guests. If you wish to get your fix of alpine skiing or to have a short introduction, lessons can be booked locally.

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, hire snowshoes and cross-country skis to explore at leisure, or enjoy some downhill skiing. 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 Aurora. The glass rooftops provide unadulterated views of the night sky. See the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page for further details.

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:7 nights
Pace:Balanced
Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
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  • Please note: this is a sample itinerary which will vary depending on the arrival day of your holiday. All activities are subject to availability at the time of booking.

    Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by a driver before being transferred to your accommodation in Luosto.

    The village consists of two hotels, many log cabins and a selection of shops and cafés, offering guests a combination of a traditional Finnish village with easily accessible amenities. There are also seven ski slopes in the village which many guests enjoy during their stay.

    If you have arrived on an afternoon flight, once you have reached the hotel, you will have the chance to settle into your room before enjoying a welcome dinner with the group. This evening, you'll be strapping on snowshoes as you venture out with your guide on your first search for the Northern Lights. The pace will be gentle and the Aurora Borealis will hopefully light your way!

    In some circumstances, groups may be arriving on a later evening flight. Should this be the case you will receive either a packed supper on your transfer or a chilled supper on arrival before heading to bed. Your Northern Lights snowshoeing will be scheduled for a different evening of your holiday.

  • Reindeer are synonymous with Lapland and have been of the utmost importance to Sámi people for centuries, supplying them with food, clothing and transport. The traditional knowledge and centuries-old skills are still passed down through the generations and form an intrinsic part of the Sámi culture which is prevalent in this region.

    Today you will visit a reindeer farm where you can get up close with these gentle creatures and take plenty of photographs. There will also be the chance to take a short sleigh ride (approximately 30 minutes) through the snow-laden forest.

    After another delicious meal, you will be enjoying a final dedicated Northern Lights hunt, as you head out once more into the picturesque wilderness on a sled pulled by your guide's snowmobile. They will lead you to a nearby vantage point offering fantastic views of the sky should the Northern Lights make an appearance. If you wish to drive a snowmobile instead of being pulled in a sled, you can opt to do this instead at no extra cost, travelling two per snowmobile. If you want to drive a snowmobile you need to be over 18 and hold a full driving licence.

  • In our experience, snowshoeing is one of Lapland's most underrated activities. However, after guests experience the joy of walking in deep snow, in areas that would otherwise prove inaccessible, we receive exceptional feedback.

    This morning, you will depart with your guide on a snowshoe hike which offers a peaceful and sedate way to explore the environment around you. With a little luck, you may also meet some of the local wildlife.

  • For many people, dog sledding is a real bucket-list activity. There is something about travelling in this time-honoured fashion that provides a real connection to the landscape. The eager dogs' excitement is infectious and the noise they can create in anticipation of the trail is quite incredible. As soon as they start to pull, they fall silent and focus on the task at hand, allowing you to travel in peace.

    Today is your chance to try it out and see what all the fuss is about as you visit a husky farm and head out on a short husky safari.

    After instruction and a safety briefing, you will take the reins on the sled with a team of four to six huskies. You will travel two people per sled with one person standing on the back controlling the brake and the other person sitting on the sled. There will be the opportunity to swap drivers.

  • Your next activity is one of the most popular in Lapland – it is time to go snowmobiling. Apart from the Northern Lights, one of Luosto's other key attractions is the wonderful Amethyst Mine, and it is here you will be travelling today.

    Guides will answer any questions that guests may have and provide assistance as needed. The groups travel at a leisurely pace so you can enjoy the experience and the scenery. Anybody wishing to drive a snowmobile must be in possession of a full driving licence.

    Reaching the mine, all will enjoy a presentation detailing how amethysts are formed – the timescales are just beyond comprehension...3000 million years! Warm drinks will also be served.

    The main mine is not open to the public but there is a section of fell that allows visitors to try mining for their own gem. Don't worry, you don't have to venture underground, but simply down some steps to a covered area of the surface mine, where you begin your dig. If you strike it lucky, and you can close your hand around the gem you find, you can take it with you. You will return to Luosto on the snowmobiles.

    If you do catch the snowmobiling bug, then additional safaris can be arranged later in the week (payable locally)

    Later this evening, you will set out for your second dedicated Northern Lights experience, when you are transferred by car to the Aurora kota.

    Here, you will be given a presentation by a local expert on the phenomenon of the Northern Lights. This will include scientific information and details on the myths and legends that the Northern Lights have inspired over the centuries. You are also in prime location for a live show, so fingers crossed the Lights will make an appearance.

  • Today has been left free for you to enjoy Luosto at your own pace. You might like to head out on the ski slopes or book out snowshoes or cross-country skis and explore wilder trails. There are many optional activities which can also be booked today and you will be able to finalise and pay for these locally.

    This evening's dinner is rather special. You will be led on a short walk from the hotel to a kota in the forest, where dinner will be served. The menu will be made up of traditional dishes and will be enjoyed around a fire.

    It may be hard to pull yourself away from dinner, but don't forget to pop your head outside from time to time in case the Aurora prospects are good.

  • Once again, you can spend the day as you wish. You can relax in your sauna, explore the village, hit the downhill ski slopes or book some additional activities.

  • Today you will bid farewell to your relaxing adventure as you head to the airport for your flights home.

Included in price

Option 1

Hotel Aurora, Luosto

Nights: 1-7

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.


 Image credits: Matt Robinson

Option 2

Luosto Hotel Tunturi

Nights: 1-7

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.


 Image credits: Matt Robinson

Other options

Luosto Log Cabins

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: £77pp

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: £42pp

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

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

Luosto Tunturi Suites

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.

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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.


Other options

Special Nights

Spend the night in an Arctic View Room

From: £270pp

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. Guests will enjoy dinner in the delightful restaurant at Hotel Aurora and breakfast the next day is also included.

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. 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. You can of course also choose to spend an additional night in Lapland to enjoy these rooms following your holiday.


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.


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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).

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
Fri 04 Jan 2019
to Fri 11 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 2,170 Single Adult£ 2,810
Fri 11 Jan 2019
to Fri 18 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 2,170 Single Adult£ 2,810
Fri 18 Jan 2019
to Fri 25 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 2,170 Single Adult£ 2,810
Fri 25 Jan 2019
to Fri 01 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 2,200 Single Adult£ 2,840
Fri 01 Feb 2019
to Fri 08 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 2,200 Single Adult£ 2,840
Sun 10 Feb 2019
to Sun 17 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 2,580 Single Adult£ 3,220
Fri 22 Feb 2019
to Fri 01 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 2,200 Single Adult£ 2,840
Fri 01 Mar 2019
to Fri 08 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 2,200 Single Adult£ 2,840
Fri 08 Mar 2019
to Fri 15 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 2,200 Single Adult£ 2,840
Fri 15 Mar 2019
to Fri 22 Mar 2019
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Fri 22 Mar 2019
to Fri 29 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 2,200 Single Adult£ 2,840
Fri 29 Mar 2019
to Fri 05 Apr 2019
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Adults£ 2,580 Single Adult£ 3,220

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)

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.

Traveller Reviews

snowmobiling at night was magical. 04 March 2018 by Anthony and Caroline Hutchins

The Aurora hunt by snowmobile, was brilliant the guide was great, and snowmobiling at night was magical.

We will be booking another trip with you! 21 February 2018 by Ian and Julia Cooper

A fantastic holiday, surpassed our expectations. Anna & Jenny are a credit to your company and could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable. All activities well organised. A good balance of activities and fee time.

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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