Luosto Finnish Lapland Taster Week
- Duration:7 nights
- Group Size: Minimum 8 people and maximum 30 (approximately)
- Suitable for: Anybody aged 8 years or over. See terms for details
- Flights: Return flights from London to Kittila/Rovaniemi/ Kuusamo (via Helsinki). Regional and non UK departures may be available on request. Flight routes are subject to change.
- Transfers: Return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 7 nights’ hotel accommodation
- Meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
- The following activities are included: 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)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors
- Services of our dedicated local representative
Our Taster Week title is fairly self-explanatory. This holiday gives you a sample of all of the key winter activities available in Lapland whilst including some free time in which to take advantage of the downhill ski slopes or additional activities available.
You will enjoy mainly half-day activities which include a thrilling snowmobiling trip, dog sledding with a team of eager huskies, ice fishing over 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.Read more
Luosto is also renowned as a Northern Lights destination and so we include an Aurora snowshoe hike so you can take part in a family hunt for the Aurora.
As a small ski resort, Luosto is perfectly suited to this style of holiday as there are excellent facilities. The downhill slopes are a real favourite for families and the swimming pool at the Tunturi Hotel is always a popular choice too. A range of additional activities can be booked locally so that you can tailor your holiday should you wish.
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Luosto during the Christmas or New Year period then there will be some really special evening meals provided by the hotel for your family to enjoy. At New Year there will also be fireworks around the village so we recommend doing what the locals normally do and getting wrapped up warm and seeing in the New Year together as a family in a stunning Lappish location!
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Day 1 Flights, arrivals and introduction
Your family will be welcomed on arrival before being transferred to your accommodation at the Luosto Tunturi Hotel. Upon arrival you will be briefed on the week ahead and provided with your cold weather clothing. Dinner will then be served in the hotel restaurant.
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 be visible.
Day 2 Ice fishing
You will have some free time this morning to try out the pool or explore. The village is home to a handful of small souvenir shops and everything is within easy walking distance. There are also some delightful short walks very close to the hotel.
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; you will drill through the ice and drop your line. Then it’s simply a case of waiting for the fish to bite. The excitement builds as you await a nibble from the water below. Regardless of whether you land a catch, this is delightful introduction to your new surroundings.
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 and this is sure to be a real delight for adults and children alike. Today you will be given full instruction before heading to the top of Lampivaara Fell. You will travel two people per snowmobile (drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence. Anyone more than 140cm tall can travel as a passenger; otherwise they will travel in a sled pulled by the guide's 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. This is a surface mine which is covered to protect it from the elements and you will be given details about how the gems are formed over thousands of years before having the chance to dig for your very own Amethyst. This is a really fun activity for children and the rule is - if you find a gem and you can close your hand around it then you can take it away with you.
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. In general we find that children pick it up exceptionally quickly. You can hire skis locally if you would like to explore independently later in the week.
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 you will be transferred by car to a local reindeer park.
The guides will lead you on a reindeer sleigh ride lasting around 30 minutes. This is a traditional and 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 Husky safari
Husky safaris are always a highlight for families. 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 (only children over the age of 15 are allowed to drive the sled).
Enjoy a relaxing evening with dinner in the hotel and hopefully an appearance from the Northern Lights tonight!
Day 7 Free day and Aurora snowshoe trek
Your final full day in Finnish Lapland has been left free for you and your family to design your own agenda. If you wish to be active you can hire snowshoes or cross-country skis or perhaps make use 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 playground one last time.
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 – a wonderful way to spend your final night in Luosto.
Day 8 Departure
Today you will bid farewell to Luosto as you are transferred to the airport for your flights home.
Included in price
Luosto Tunturi Hotel
The small village and ski resort of Luosto is situated in the idyllic fells, forests and lakes of Lapland, offering families a beautiful backdrop for their winter adventures. The remote location and size of the village ensures that it still offers traditional Finnish charm and you will also find a handful of shops and cafés to enjoy; everything is within easy reach.
The Tunturi is a firm favourite for families due to the facilities that it offers its guests - comfortable accommodation, a lovely restaurant and a pool which is popular with adults and children alike.Read more about this accommodation
- This small resort 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 (including a waffle maker!). Evening meals will consist of a range of salad starters as well as a buffet choice of main courses followed by a dessert selection. For lunch you can make use of the hotel’s bistro restaurant or you can choose from other cáfes in the village depending on your schedule for the day
- The swimming pool 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 for guests to use free of charge
- Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel
Standard double or 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 (please contact our Travel Experts for availability and a quote).
Luosto Tunturi Hotel - Tunturi and Amethyst Suites
The suites are ideal for families who require some extra space or those who would like their own little home in Lapland but don’t want to have to walk from one of the log cabins for meals.Read more about this accommodation
Situated within the superior wing of the Tunturi Hotel and with indoor access to all the hotel’s facilities these are a wonderful option for those travelling with children.
The twelve Tunturi Suites at the hotel, all have one bedroom for two people and the three Amethyst Suites have two bedrooms. 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.
Please contact our Travel Experts for a quotation based on your party (subject to availability).
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Arctic View Rooms
For a touch of luxury and fun at the end of your exciting family holiday, a night in a fantastic Glass Arctic View Room is a real treat!
Located outside the Tunturi’s neighbouring hotel, Hotel Aurora, these are just a short walk away from your hotel room or cabin.
With their large windows and partial glass roofs they allow their occupants to enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the night’s sky, making them ideal for keeping watch for an Aurora display. Inside you will also enjoy complete comfort and Nordic elegance with cosy furnishings and a fully equipped en suite shower room and TV.Read more
Each also has a double or twin beds and a sofa bed which can accommodate one more person (although it may be a bit of a squeeze!).
The price quoted will be based on spending the final night of your trip in the Arctic View Room. This means you will need to check out of the Tunturi before your stay. There is the option to stay in these a different night of your trip and keep your hotel room, but supplements may apply. Dinner will be served at Hotel Aurora and will consist of a set menu of typically local specialties. Breakfast the following morning will also be served at the Hotel Aurora and will be a buffet of warm and cold dishes.
Please speak to our Travel Experts for further details and a full quotation.From £245 per adult
Dates & Prices
Tour dates and prices
Price per person based on 2 adults sharing with 2 children
Sat 19 Dec 2015
to Sat 26 Dec 2015
|Adult Price (Per Person): £1715.00||Child (age 8 -14): £1135.00||Book now Book|
Sun 27 Dec 2015
to Sun 03 Jan 2016
|Adult Price (Per Person): £1645.00||Child (age 8 -14): £1075.00||Book now Book|
Sun 14 Feb 2016
to Sun 21 Feb 2016
|Adult Price (Per Person): £1395.00||Child (age 8 -14): £895.00||Book now Book|
The recommended minimum age for this holiday is 8 years old, however, children aged 11 and under will not be able to drive their own dog sled and will travel as passengers. Those aged 12 and over may, with their parents’ permission and at the guide’s discretion, be able to drive their own team of huskies.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.