This is one of our most popular holidays for the simple reason that it includes a little bit of everything as well as some time to simply relax and enjoy your wintery surroundings.
Our Multi Activity Taster does exactly what it says on the tin – it allows you to experience all of the key activities you would expect on a winter holiday but with a healthy dose of free time thrown in so that you can tailor the trip to your own needs.
The activities included are mainly half day excursions so you can use your free time to explore independently, add in more activities or take to the downhill ski slopes or cross-country tracks. Luosto offers a multitude of options including a fun sledging slope.
Luosto also happens to have a fabulous Northern Lights record and so you may even get to witness the Aurora Borealis at its very best during your Aurora snowshoe trek.
Staying in the cosy log cabins, close to the Luosto Tunturi Hotel where your meals are all served, offers a very appealing combination. You get your own little Lappish home for your holiday but someone else does all the cooking and washing up whilst you relax by your fire or in your sauna.
Anybody aged 5 years and over.
Day 1: Flights, arrivals and introduction
You will be welcomed at the airport before being transferred to your accommodation at Luosto. Once here you will be shown to your cabin which will be your home for the next seven nights before making your way to the hotel restaurant for a meal with your group.
After dinner the guide will brief you on your upcoming activities and what to expect from the week ahead. You will also be supplied with the cold weather clothing that will be yours for the duration.
Some departure dates may have a later evening flight - if this is the case 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. You may want to enjoy a gentle walk, or, if your family want to be a bit more active, you can hire snowshoes and cross-country skis (payable locally).
In the afternoon you will be taken in a snowmobile-drawn sleigh to a local ice fishing spot. Your guide will give you a few hints and tips whilst drilling a hole for you through the thick ice and then it's simply a case of waiting for the fish to bite. Patience is of the essence but it is seriously exciting if you get a catch on the line and even if you don’t the scenery is quite stunning from this vantage point.
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 thrilling and today you will be given full instruction before heading to the top of Lampivaara Fell. The views from the top are reason enough to visit this place but you are here to visit Europe’s only remaining Amethyst Mine.
You will be given details about how the gems are formed over thousands of years before being led into the mine. Here you will be given appropriate tools to dig for your very own piece of Amethyst to take home. The rule is ‘if it’s smaller than your fist you can keep it’ - if it is larger you will be asked to leave your treasure in the main building for future visitors to enjoy. You can also purchase some souvenirs and beautiful Amethyst jewellery from the mine in the shop located in the village of Luosto near the hotel.
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 Lappish 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 our guests find the whole sport rather addictive and children in particular seem to take to it with ease.
Day 5: Reindeer park and safari
You have free time this morning to relax or enjoy additional activities (payable locally) before being transferred by car to a local reindeer park.
There is no way you can visit Lapland and not meet some reindeer as these enchanting creatures form an intrinsic part of the culture and economy here. The guides will lead you in a reindeer sleigh ride lasting around 30 minutes and you will be able to chat with the herder and ask him any questions you may have about life up here in the Arctic. This is a truly traditional and peaceful way to explore and take in the beauty of the Finnish wilds.
Day 6: Huskies and Aurora snowshoe trek
Husky safaris are a ‘must do’ in Lapland. Today you will transfer 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 (only children over the age of 14 are allowed to drive the sled). This is an experience that is not easily forgotten and is sure to provide you with some wonderful photographs.
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 an Aurora should appear.
Day 7: Free day
Your final full day in Finnish Lapland has been left free for you and your family to design your own agenda. You might want to simply relax and enjoy the peaceful quietness of your snowy scenery. If you wish to be a bit more active you can hire snowshoes/cross country skis or perhaps make us of Luosto’s nearby downhill slopes for the morning. Luosto also runs a weekly programme of activities so additional excursions can be booked in advance with us should you wish to make use of this vast arctic playground one last time.
Day 8: Departure
Today you will bid farewell to Luosto as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.
*Based on a 6 night duration.
Additional departure dates are available on request. Please ask our sales team for a quotation.
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.
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.