Finland
Adults from: £1595
Children from: £1125
Brochure code: 1509

Included in the price...

  • Duration: 6 nights (28 Dec 2014 is based on a 7 night duration)
  • Group size: Minimum group size of 6 people with a maximum group size of 30 people
  • Return flights from London to Rovaniemi (via Helsinki) (flight routes subject to change)
  • Return airport transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in double, twin or family rooms
  • Half board
  • Activities: Ice fishing, snowmobile safari to Amethyst Mine, cross-country ski school, reindeer park and safari, short husky safari, Aurora snowshoe trek (the order of activities is subject to change)
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay

 

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Our Multi Activity Taster trip title is fairly self-explanatory. Luosto offers all of the key arctic activities and a multitude of possibilities and so this holiday gives you a sample of all of these whilst including some free time in which to relax or take advantage of the downhill ski slopes and additional activities.

You will enjoy mainly half-day activities which include a thrilling snowmobiling trip, dog sledding with a team of eager huskies across the forested fells, ice fishing in the frozen lakes, cross-country skiing across the snow and some close encounters with the enchanting reindeer of Finnish Lapland. These activities have been designed to showcase the beautiful wilderness scenery of Lapland and allow you to enjoy some memorable and unique experiences.

Luosto is also renowned as a Northern Lights destination and so we include an Aurora snowshoe hike so you can search for the Lights.

As a small ski resort, Luosto is perfectly suited to this style of holiday as there are excellent facilities to take advantage of independently should you wish to. The downhill slopes are a real favourite for families to use in their free time and the swimming pool here is always a popular choice too. There is also a range of additional activities which can be booked locally so that you can tailor your holiday should you wish.

This is a fantastic introduction to Lapland and the joys of winter activities and has become a widespread favourite over the past few seasons.

Suitable for

Anybody aged 5 years and over.

Luosto Tunturi Hotel

The village and ski resort of Luosto is situated in the idyllic fells, forests and lakes of Lapland, offering families a beautiful backdrop to their winter adventures. The remoteness and size of the village ensures that it still offers traditional Finnish charm and you will also find a handful of shops and cáfes, so everything is within easy reach.

The Tunturi is a favourite for families for this reason as well as the facilities that it offers it guests - comfortable accommodation, lovely restaurant and a swimming pool popular with adults and children alike.

Hotel facilities
The hotel has seven small ski slopes for those who want to try out some downhill skiing in their free time and equipment and ski passes can be booked locally.

The restaurant here offers an expansive and varied breakfast buffet with foods such as cereals, bacon, eggs, fruit, yoghurt, porridge and breakfast waffles so there should hopefully be something to please all members of the family! Evening meals will consist of a range of salad starters as well as a buffet choice of main courses followed by dessert. For lunch you can make use of the hotel’s bistro restaurant or you can choose from other cáfes in the village.

The swimming pool here is always a popular choice and there are massage and waterfall points as well as a hot tub in the Amethyst Cave. There are also sauna facilities and a small gym.

The Amethyst Spa offers a range of beauty and complementary treatments for adults. At the time of booking we will provide you with the full list of available treatments and contact details for the spa to arrange any treatments that you wish.
Availability can be limited so we recommend that you book any treatments before you travel to avoid any disappointment.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Room types

Double/twin rooms
The hotel has spacious standard bedrooms all with an en-suite shower room, toilet, hairdryer, TV and clothes drying cabinet.

In each room you can convert the sofa into an additional bed for a third adult or two small children. A small number of family rooms are also available which are suitable for two adults and two to three children.

Tunturi and Amethyst Suites
The suites are ideal for families who require some extra space.

The twelve Tunturi Suites all have one bedroom for two people and the three Amethyst Suites have two bedrooms for two people in each. The suites also have a sofa which can be turned into an extra bed for two people.

All suites have a lounge area, well equipped kitchen (ideal for making a snack or warm drink during your stay), and shower room with private sauna, hairdryer, drying cupboard, toilet, telephone, TV and balcony.


Day 1: Flights, arrivals and introduction
Your family will be welcomed before being transferred to your accommodation at the Luosto Tunturi Hotel. Upon arrival you will be briefed on the week ahead and be given your cold weather clothing before enjoying dinner in the hotel restaurant with the group. Before bed you may want to take a walk to the frozen lake behind the hotel as this is a prime spot should the Northern Lights make themselves known.

It may be that your group is arriving on a later evening flight- if so you will have a cold supper on arrival and be given your introductory talk the following morning.

Day 2: Ice fishing
This morning you have free time to explore Luosto. A short walk is enough for you to determine that you are in the heart of a spectacular fell and forest landscape that is just begging to be explored. There is also a selection of small shops that sell some local handicrafts should you wish to have a browse.

In the afternoon you will be taken in a snowmobile-drawn sled to a local ice fishing spot. Your guide will give you a few hints and tips and then it’s simply a case of waiting for the fish to bite. This is a great introduction to the Arctic as ice fishing provides the perfect time to sit back and relax. For children it is of course all about the anticipation and with any luck you will catch something for your supper.

Day 3: Snowmobile safari to the Amethyst Mine
There can be few better ways to explore the wilderness than by snowmobile. A snowmobile safari is not only thrilling but really showcases the scale of the landscape here. Today you will be given full instruction before heading to the top of Lampivaara Fell. You will travel two people per snowmobile with smaller children in a sled pulled by the guides’ snowmobile.

Once you reach the top of the fell the views are reason enough to visit this place, but you are here to visit Europe’s only remaining Amethyst Mine. Once inside you will be given details about how the gems are formed over thousands of years and will see the mine and have the chance to dig for your very own Amethyst. This is a really fun activity for children and the rule is - if they can fit it in a closed fist they can keep it – if not, it has to stay there!

Day 4: Cross-country skiing
You will probably have noticed that cross-country skiing is a rather popular pastime in these parts and today it is your turn to try this most Scandinavian of activities. Your guide will give you full instruction before you join one of the many trails that wind their way around Luosto.

We assume that you have had no previous experience so please don’t worry if you’ve never tried any form of skiing in the past. The equipment is yours for the rest of the day so you can practise your skills. In general we find that children pick it up exceptionally quickly so they will no doubt want to hire skis later in the week during their free time.

Day 5: Reindeer park and safari
There is no way you can visit Lapland and not meet some reindeer, so this morning after some free time for independent activities or relaxation you will be transferred by car to a local reindeer park.

The guides will lead you in a reindeer sleigh ride lasting around 30 minutes. This is a truly traditional and peaceful way to take in the beauty of the Lappish wilds. Children love this activity for the magical charm of the reindeer but for adults it will hopefully give you an interesting insight into animals which are an intrinsic part of the culture, traditions and knowledge of the indigenous Sámi people of Lapland.

Day 6: Huskies and Aurora snowshoe trek
Husky safaris are always a highlight for families on a trip to Lapland. You will be transferred to the local sled dog centre and will have a chance to look around before meeting your team of willing huskies. You will be given full instruction on how to handle a sled before heading off on the trail for a short husky safari. You will travel two people per sled and both of you will have the chance to drive.

Luosto’s reputation as a Northern Lights destination is cemented by the presence of Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory around 30km away. In many cases you can see a display by simply stepping outside but if the Lights have eluded you then hopefully this evening you will have more luck.

Tonight you’ll be guided on a snowshoe search for the Northern Lights. You will head to a spot either deep in the forest or on the fells above the village. Away from all artificial lights and deep in the wilderness you should have an incomparable view if the Aurora should appear.

Day 7: Departure
Today it is time to say goodbye to this remarkable place as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.

Available  Limited places  On request 
 
Price per person based on 2 adults sharing with 1 child
Depart Adult Child (5 - 12) Availability
14/12/2014 £1675 £1125
22/12/2014 £1725 £1145
28/12/2014* £1845 £1225
15/02/2015 £1595 £1125
Supplements :
Name Adult Child (5 - 12)
3rd adult sharing a standard room (13 and over in an extra bed) (£115) -
Single bedroom supplement £235 -
Amethyst Suite (two bedrooms) per suite per week £400 -
Tunturi Suite (one bedroom) per suite per week £350 -
Family room (min 2 adults sharing with children) per room per week £65 -
Child (5 to 12) sharing standard room with one adult (deduct from adult price) (£245) -
Family room (one adult sharing with two or more children) per room per week £260 -
N.B. Prices in brackets denote a price deduction.

Pricing Notes

*28 December 2014 is based on a duration of 7 nights. 

Additional departure dates are available on request. Please ask our sales team for a quotation.

Single snowmobiles

All snowmobile safaris are based on two people sharing. If this is not possible in your party then the supplement will be automatically applicable to one member of the group.

Getting there

Flights from London Heathrow to Rovaniemi (via Helsinki) are included.

Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main source of employment and income, replacing traditional industries such as forestry. Working within this growth industry in rural and remote areas means that we must take a great deal of responsibility; socially, environmentally and economically.

We fully appreciate the impact of tourist visits on local communities and their residents and strive to ensure that we are having a positive effect. We always encourage all of our clients to respect and embrace the lives and culture of local inhabitants by learning a few important words: hello, goodbye, please, thank you etc.

We have also included activities with a cultural base in our holiday. In addition, we always encourage our clients to get involved in local events and activities which help to sustain traditional values and customs.

In all of our destinations we ensure that we use local suppliers, enabling locally owned businesses and the economies in which they work to benefit directly.

Our suppliers in Luosto provide a vital source of employment throughout the whole region. The restaurant serves as much local produce as possible. Many of our safaris in Luosto also utilise other local enterprises such as the amethyst mine and the remote smoke sauna and restaurant we use in one of our activities is the primary income for a local couple.

Through the tourism multiplier effect, this all helps to generate incomes and employment where the drift might otherwise be towards larger employment areas such as towns and cities. In a small and remote village such as Luosto the effects of such a drift could be devastating.

The use of small businesses means that the tourism income, generated by our presence, stays where it should, in the local economy. We firmly believe in paying a fair price for all the services provided by our suppliers regardless of where they are in the world.

Our holidays rely on visiting beautiful and un-spoilt areas, and they don't come more un- spoilt than Luosto. Naturally we wish to maintain the natural settings in which we work, not just for the future of our company, but also for future generations. We always insist that our local providers are equally conscious of this.

The wooden chalets that we use as accommodation are built using sustainable timbers and are all extremely well insulated to ensure maximum efficiency.

We do appreciate that some may feel that snowmobiles should not be included in such itineraries however in areas such as Luosto they are a way of life. They are the only means of keeping in contact with remote reindeer herders and communities as the road infrastructure is not extensive.

All trails are well managed. The alternatives to snowmobiles would in most cases be large, gas-guzzling off road vehicles. All snowmobiles are regularly serviced and kept as fuel efficient as possible. Our suppliers also utilise new 4-stroke engines that are less polluting.

The snowmobile service industry is also another vital source of employment in these remote areas. We always ensure that all litter is removed from any of our activity sites, we strongly encourage group transfers to reduce traffic volumes and we make our clients aware of their obligation to the environment.

We always offset our air travel emissions and would encourage you to do the same.

Amy Griffiths - Activities Abroad
Our Opinion

“Over the years that we have been running this trip, Luosto has received some amazing feedback from families with high praise for its facilities and wonderful winter setting. It is one of my favourite places as the activities here provide a great introduction to your surroundings and let you try out the best that Lapland has to offer – snowmobiling, husky sledding, snowshoeing and more. The Tunturi is always welcoming and family friendly and whenever I am there I very much enjoy the sauna and swimming pool in my free time.”  Amy Griffiths

Our Customers' Feedback

 All the activity guides were excellent, very helpful and they couldn't do enough to help out.
Paula Wood - Jan 11

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