If you are anything like us then you have probably been longing for the chance to escape the heat of summer and cool down! Now it might still be the summer holidays but the good news is that winter is around the corner and here at Activities Abroad we think that there are plenty of reasons to get excited about the colder months!
After my helmet was fitted, I beamed around at the others in the group before heading outside to cool down whilst I waited for the rest of the group to have their helmets fitted too.
Once we were all outside our guide Laura called to get our attention and introduced herself and the other guide before taking us over to a row of large red and black snowmobiles. We all listened attentively whilst she showed us the controls and the hand signals we would use on the safari. Once we were all confident and found our snowmobiles we set off in single file, moving through the snowy landscape.
For those that really push themselves, there is a reward waiting for them near the village of Luosto.
There is a refuge café called Torvisen Maja, that sells munki (freshly made doughnuts) and reindeer pancakes. The tiny little cabin is the oldest café in Luosto. It is situated on the side of the cross-country track and is easily accessible for the Finnish locals who have been brought up cross-country skiing but more difficult to reach for the eager tourists, who rather than having to battle with the hard cross-country ski runs, take the two-hour snowshoe walk to get here!
Arriving at the reindeer farm in Luosto we were met by a fellow in a startling blue cloak decorated with a bright red trim. On his head sat a giant fur hat with flaps similar to that of a deerstalker; his feet were as interesting as the rest of his outfit as, casting my eyes down, I noticed he wore furry shoes that could have been furry slippers that curled around at the toe.
He welcomed us by opening his arms and standing very straight and tall and introducing himself as Joonas; telling us that he is a reindeer herder before he led us towards his reindeer, about 30 metres away. The reindeer stood fairly still as we approached, moving their heads only to check who we were. They were then harnessed up and attached to a sleigh and behind that reindeer’s sleigh was another reindeer and then another sleigh and so on; so standing in front of us was a ridiculously cute reindeer train!
Tell us a little bit about your role here in Luosto
'My job consists of meeting the customers, giving them an orientation of this pretty winter village, explaining what they can expect during their stay, giving them helpful tips and hints. I then spend my time catching up with my customers over the week and help with any queries they may have.'
Our Activities Abroad representative Sarah has just spent her first winter season in Luosto. We caught up with Sarah to find out all about her time there.
How would you describe Luosto?
Luosto is small but extremely friendly. From the guides to the hotel staff and shop keepers everyone seems to know everyone and there is no shortage of helpful, smiling faces if you ever need anything. There is always something to do too, whether that be checking out the local scenery or relaxing at the spa, playing in the snow, or hitting the slopes, you are never going to be bored in this beautiful town.
What activities did you experience this winter?
Give me playing in the snow over sitting behind a desk any day. Over the course of the winter I tried to get out and try as many activities as I could fit into my week. The huskies and anything to do with snowmobiling were the top of my bucket list and easily my favourite activities. I mean what’s going to beat speeding through the snow on a glorified quad bike or cuddling up to the most adorable puppy I think I have ever seen.
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