Finland
Adults from: £1545
Children from: £975
Brochure code: 1509

Included in the price...

• Duration: 7 nights (dates marked with an asterisk are 6 night durations)
• Group size: Minimum group size of 2 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
• 7 nights hotel accommodation
• 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.

Lainio Snow Village

Lainio Snow Village in North West Finland is a marvellous spectacle of snow and ice design which showcases the immense talent of local designers and architects. The hotel is constructed anew each year, covering 20,000 square metres and offering families with older children a uniquely exciting overnight option.

The overnight option here has been designed to be done on the final night of your trip, as an alternative to spending your last night at the hotel. After your night at Lainio you will be transferred to the airport the following day for your flight home.

Your flight is most likely to leave in the late afternoon so the morning at Lainio will be at your leisure. Whilst there may not be any scheduled activities that you can add here, your family can hire snowshoes or cross country skis, or relax in the hotel’s sauna (all bookable and payable locally).

Hotel facilities

The Snow Village consists of 30 rooms and suites alongside a restaurant, bar, chapel and a variety of outdoor sculptures and slides which have all been designed and beautifully carved from snow and ice.

On site there is also a warm restaurant and guests can choose to dine here or in the cold restaurant (subject to availability). The food at Lainio is hearty and delicious and will usually include some local Finnish specialities such as whitefish or reindeer dishes. Breakfast is served buffet style with both hot and cold food which is the ideal meal after a night in a cold room.

Beneath the Snow Village there is an underground level which contains a sauna, shower and toilet facilities as well as a large room with fireplace. Here you will also find a small number of beds in warm bedrooms which families can retreat to should they find themselves unable to sleep in the cold rooms in the middle of the night.

Following your night in the cold room you will be awoken with a warm glass of berry juice.

Room types

Standard snow rooms
The snow rooms, which are usually around -5°C, have each been crafted from snow and ice and each contain a bed and bedside table. The beds are each topped with a mattress and reindeer skins for warmth. You will be provided with a fleece lined sleeping bag and given advice on what to wear to bed to keep warm.

Ice suite
Slightly larger than the standard snow rooms, the ice suites have also been individually designed with unique lighting and ice art.


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: 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.

Available  Limited places  On request 
 
Price per person based on 2 adults
Depart Adult Child (5 - 12) Availability
30/11/2014 £1545 £975
07/12/2014 £1575 £995
14/12/2014* £1595 £1045
22/12/2014* £1695 £1125
28/12/2014 £1745 £1145
04/01/2015 £1695 £1095
11/01/2015 £1595 £995
18/01/2015 £1595 £995
25/01/2015 £1595 £995
01/02/2015 £1595 £995
08/02/2015 £1595 £995
15/02/2015* £1675 £1125
22/02/2015 £1675 £1055
01/03/2015 £1675 £1055
08/03/2015 £1675 £1055
15/03/2015 £1675 £1055
22/03/2015 £1675 £1055
29/03/2015 £1675 £1055
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 £345 -
Tunturi Suite (one bedroom) per suite per week £240 -
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) (£200) -
Family room (one adult sharing with two or more children) per room per week £260 -
Overnight at Lainio Snow Village in a snow room (minimum of 2 sharing) (per person) £195 £150
Transfers to & from Lainio Snow Village (total transfer cost per family) £570 -
N.B. Prices in brackets denote a price deduction.

Pricing Notes

*Based on a 6 night duration. 

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.

Lainio Snow Village
Overnight price includes accommodation in a snow room, welcome drink, buffet breakfast, 3 course evening meal and cold weather clothing.

Please remember to add the transfer supplement - prices for return transfers are per family, not per person.

If you would like to upgrade to an ice suite please speak to a member of our sales team for a quote.

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

Overall Holiday Rating: Excellent. Most enjoyable activity? All fantastic but the husky sleds were the best. This from a petrol head who thought he would enjoy the snowmobiles more! Your comments? We thought it might be a bit rushed being a taster week with lots of activities, but found we had plenty of time to relax, explore and not feel pressured. The fact that everything was in the local area and didn't require daily long coach journeys was ideal. We saw many tour buses come and go with a lot of stressed looking people, whilst we wandered along to our activities without a care in the world - 5 stars! Planning another run next year.
Geoff Beresford - Dec 09

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