Luosto Finnish Log Cabin Taster Week
- Duration:7 nights
- Flights: return flights from London to Rovaniemi (via Helsinki). Regional and non-UK departures available on request (flight routes are subject to change)
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 7 nights in a log cabin
- Meals: 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
- The following activities are included: ice fishing, snowmobile safari to Amethyst Mine, reindeer park and safari, cross-country ski school, husky safari, Aurora snowshoe trek (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Services of our local guides and instructors
- One visit per person per week to the hotel pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi (additional visits payable locally)
Our Taster Week 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 for extra family fun, additional adventures or some downhill skiing. As a result, this is one of our most popular holidays!
The activities included are mainly half-day excursions, so you can use your free time to explore independently, play in the pool at the nearby hotel, add in more activities or take to the downhill ski slopes or cross-country tracks. There is also a great sledging slope which families love to make the most of.
Luosto also happens to have a fabulous Northern Lights record, so you may even get to witness the Aurora Borealis at its very best during your Aurora snowshoe trek.
Your base will be a cosy log cabin within easy reach of the Luosto Tunturi Hotel where your meals will be served. Cabins are equipped with a log-burning stove and private sauna, making them a wonderful retreat after a day of activities.
If you decide to travel on our New Year departure, there will be a special gala dinner at the hotel to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
We would recommend these cabins for families with children who are happy sleeping on a top bunk and also for families who are happy to sleep in one room. If you would prefer hotel accommodation, please see our ‘Luosto Finnish Lapland Taster Week’ holiday on this website.
Image credit: Graham Greenway Sarah Whale, Miika Hämäläinen, Visit Finland, Juho Kuva and Tea Karvinen
Day 1 Flights, Arrivals and Introduction
You will be welcomed at the airport before being transferred to Luosto, where you will be shown to your cabin 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 of your stay.
Day 2 Ice Fishing
Following breakfast, you will have some free time 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 then 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 wait for a nibble from the water below. Regardless of whether you land a catch, this is a delightful introduction to your new surroundings.
Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 3 Snowmobile Safari to the Amethyst Mine
Today is a real treat, as this activity is only available in Luosto and is always a family favourite. Following breakfast, you will travel on a snowmobile through the wild forests and fells from Luosto to the Amethyst Mine. Snowmobiles are great fun and during this trip, the adults will travel two people per machine. Those under 140cm tall will travel in a sleigh pulled by the guide’s vehicle. Winding your way up the side of a fell, you will arrive at the mine which sits right at the top. Please note that snowmobile drivers must be 18 years old and hold a valid driving licence.
On arrival, your hosts will give you all an insight into how the gems are formed and then lead you to an area where you can dig for your own amethyst (this is a covered surface mine rather than an underground mine). If you do hit upon a gem and you can close your hand around it then it is yours to keep – a rewarding experience for adults and children alike. You can also purchase some souvenirs and beautiful Amethyst jewellery from 'The Little Mine Shop' in Luosto.
Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 4 Reindeer Park and Safari
There is no way we could let you come to Lapland and miss out on meeting some reindeer, so after breakfast and some free time in the morning, you will be transferred to a reindeer park for a real ‘Narnia’ style experience.
These lovely animals are highly important to the economy and culture of the region and this is a great chance to get up close to them. Your guides will lead you on a reindeer sleigh ride lasting around 30 minutes and you will be able to chat with the herder and ask them any questions you may have about life up here in the Arctic. This is a really magical way to travel through the Finnish forests.
Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 5 Cross-Country Skiing
Cross-country skiing is a hugely popular pastime with families in these parts. Today it is your turn to try this classic Nordic activity. After breakfast, your guide will give you full instructions 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, our guests find the whole sport rather addictive and children, in particular, seem to take to it with ease. You can hire the equipment locally should you want to explore independently during your stay.
Dinner will be had in the hotel.
Day 6 Husky Safari
A husky safari is simply a ‘must do’ whilst in Lapland. Once you’ve had breakfast, you will transfer to the local sled dog centre for an introduction to the enthusiastic dogs, prior to meeting your eager husky pack. You will be given a briefing on how to handle a sled before heading off on the trail for a 10km 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; younger kids will travel in a sled). This is an unforgettable experience that is sure to provide you with some wonderful memories and ample opportunities for some family photos.
Following your morning on the trails, the rest of your day will be free for you to spend as you like. Why not hit the downhill slopes or enjoy the swimming pool? The choice is entirely yours!
Dinner will be served in the hotel.
Day 7 Free Day and Aurora Snowshoe Trek
After breakfast, you will have your final full day in Finnish Lapland left free for you and your family to enjoy as you please. If you would like to be active after breakfast, you can hire snowshoes or cross-country skis or even 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 Sodankylä 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
Following breakfast, it will, unfortunately, be time to say goodbye to Lapland. You will be transferred back to the airport with an array of life lasting family memories.
Included in price
Luosto Tunturi Log Cabins
The log cabins are situated just a short walk (around 5 - 10 minutes with smaller children) from the main hotel, allowing you to make use of the hotel’s facilities whilst still having your own cosy retreat.
The cabins have one main room containing two large double beds (end to end), above which there are two single bunks (again end to end) that are accessible by ladder (please keep this in mind if you have young children). These cabins are only suitable for those who are all happy to sleep in one room. There is also a kitchenette and dining area as well as a separate shower room and toilet.
Each cabin has its own private sauna and a wood-burning stove (logs are provided) to make your cabin extra cosy in the evenings. A clothes drying cupboard is also provided and there is a small entrance area for luggage storage.
On your arrival day, you will enjoy your first meal in the hotel restaurant before checking into your log cabin. If you are arriving late then this may be a chilled supper rather than a hot meal.
- In the main building, you will find the two hotel restaurants
- The Tunturi Restaurant (used for the majority of our packages), serves a wide range of local and international dishes in buffet style.
- The hotel also has the Bistro restaurant, which is a smaller restaurant
- The Kelo Log Cabin restaurant is an additional restaurant, situated a short walk away from the hotel, and is usually used on one night of the itineraries
- A popular feature of the Luosto Tunturi is the pool and spa area, which offers an ideal retreat after a day's activities. In addition to this, there is also a hot tub and a sauna wing where both Turkish and Finnish saunas are heated daily. These facilities are available to log cabin guests for a small supplement
- At the Amethyst Spa area, you can also book a range of massage and beauty treatments in advance or on arrival (subject to availability)
- There are seven neighbouring downhill ski slopes and ski hire is available locally. The hotel will also help you arrange ski passes. Also, cross-country skis and snowshoes can be hired locally for you to explore the variety of trails surrounding the hotel.
- Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hotel
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
Adult price based on a minimum of 2 adults sharing a cabin. Child price based on children (5-12 years) sharing with 2 adults (extra beds)
Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment of £350pp is due by 01 April 2019 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.
Sat 28 Dec 2019
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|Adult price (per person): £2415.00||Child (5 - 12): £1600.00||Enquire|
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 8 people and maximum 30 (approximately)
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination.
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical history and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
Most of the activities we offer have been designed for beginners who have no prior experience and are of all age ranges and fitness levels. Our guides provide expert advice, tuition and instructions prior to any activity going ahead. Activities are designed to be enjoyed and not endured, but some, do require a more basic level of fitness than others. If you have any questions, then please contact one of our Travel Experts who can provide first-hand advice.
The only holidays which are not as suitable for complete beginners are the multi-night safaris which involve several days in wilderness cabins travelling by either snowmobile or husky safari. Again, this all depends on the individual taking part, but some prior experience and understanding of these types of activities can be very helpful and a greater level of fitness is recommended.
Guides & Safety
When partaking in any activity, it is imperative that everyone in your group listens very closely to the instructions provided by the guide and that they are abided by at all times. Our guides are experts in their field and no one knows the environment better than these highly knowledgeable and experienced providers.
Prior to starting any activity, please make it clear to your guide if there is any element of the safety briefing you are unsure of or would like to clarify before you set off.
Our guides will always take local conditions into account when considering whether an activity can go ahead. This is, in part, why your itinerary is subject to change at short notice. This rarely happens, however, if it does, we will always endeavour to reschedule the activity for later in your holiday. If this is not possible then the cost of the activity will be refunded to you when you return home.
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.
NB: In order to participate in our holidays, all guests must be able to understand instructions given in English. These instructions may be delivered verbally or in writing and will include vital safety information and ongoing instruction during activities.
Minimum and Maximum Age
The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the holiday overview.
Younger family members may be able to participate but may not be able to take part in all activities. Please contact one of our Travel Experts if you have any questions.
Booking activities locally and equipment hire
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
Children and snowmobiles
For safety reasons, children under the age of 16 will typically travel in a sledge pulled behind the guides’ snowmobile on any snowmobile tours. From approximately 15 years onwards, children may be allowed to ride pillion on the back of a parent’s snowmobile. The guide will make a decision on the day as to where each individual child shall travel, and this may depend on the child’s height and the guide’s confidence in their ability to travel safely as a pillion for the duration of any safari. The guide’s decisions are final.
The driver of a snowmobile must be 18 years or over and have a valid driving licence. If an adult is unable to share a snowmobile with either a child or another adult in their party, they will be required to pay a single snowmobile supplement as all prices are based on two people sharing.
A great holiday made better by the friendliness and helpfulness of all the people we met. 22 February 2018 by The Pueschel Family
All activities were very enjoyable, but the husky safari was probably the overall favourite - it was a great feeling being pulled along the track on the sled plus the fact that you had to try and help the dogs when the going got tough and you could interact with them afterwards made it an excellent all-round experience.
I can't fault the holiday 14 February 2016 by Lynda Ford
As you can see I can't fault the holiday, it was everything I had hoped it would be. The holiday description is a true representation of what to expect. It is really hard to single out one activity as being the best as we enjoyed each one for different reasons. Snowmobiling, husky rides and cross-country skiing were exhilarating, the reindeer farm and amethyst mine were fun but also informative and educational. Ice fishing and the snowshoe trek made you feel close to nature. There really wasn't a least favourite.
Loved everything 27 February 2015 by Elizabeth Southern
Loved everything. Amethyst mine trip for the spectacular views. Snowshoe trek utterly surreal experience. Everything with animals a huge hit with the children.
Really hard to pick the best activity 13 February 2014 by Samantha Patterson
Really hard to pick the best activity as the cross country skiing, snow trekking and ice fishing were really popular with us all. The amethyst mine was great - actually digging for the amethysts was engrossing. Husky sledging was fantastic.
Great experience 28 February 2013 by John Ellison
Many thanks for a great experience. I am 59 years old and all the activities were well within ease. A great thank you to your Activities Abroad guide and team on site who were invaluable, especially the first night when we lost our log cabin. 1 phone call and they were there to take us to our home for the week. Thanks to Peter and his wife.
Great holiday 22 January 2013 by Ian Rix
We had a really great holiday.See general photos of our trip.
Just the right balance 07 January 2013 by Sandra Peters
Loved the log cabin and self-catering was the perfect option - don't try to put people off; the walk isn't that bad, the facilities are full, ie a complete oven not just microwave or hob (as in many ski s/c experiences in France), the shop is sufficient if you bring rice/pasta with you etc. We paid for one hotel breakfast but it wasn't worth the money - and no discount. Our rep couple was superb - they both worked very hard and took a real interest in each person/couple/family; they went out of their way to help in all circumstances, and we would like to thank them for their help finding Santa! Equally they were not intrusive and we could just get on with it if we chose - just the right balance. Activity guides - awesome - loved them all! Very passionate about what they do and SO considerate and genuine. Brilliant with children too and very patient.
Magical environment 02 February 2012 by Jonathan Green
This was an extremely special holiday in a magical environment. The accommodation was outstanding. When we ate out, the food was much higher quality than we had anticipated. The activities were a wonderful balance of adrenaline and information delivered in an un-patronising fashion which made us feel we were genuinely learning something.
Fun week in Finland 08 March 2011 by Karen Marshall
I travelled with my 3 children to Luosto in Finland for a week of winter activities. The travelling was very relaxed with our guide to meet us at the airport. The log cabin was a bit further from the hotel where the meals were taken, but it was cosy and well furnished. Luosto is a very small, quiet resort, perfect for the nervous downhill skier. On our day off it was very simple to go skiing, and at times we had the easy slopes to ourselves. The activities during the week were well organised and just the right length - the snowshoe evening walk in the forest was very good even if we didn't see the Northern Lights. All the equipment used was of a good quality and the local guides were very friendly and helpful - thanks for a relaxing week in the snow
A terrific holiday 30 December 2010 by Steve Harris
A terrific holiday, great venue, cosy cabin, helpful guides and we were lucky enough to have a great bunch of people to share it with. Safe to say the snow mobiles were the most popular with young and old alike!! Although all activities were enjoyable the snowmobiles had the edge as they were exhilirating, fun and gave a great sense of freedom.
Actvity guides were brilliant 05 April 2010 by Caroline Marshall
Excellent holiday! The activity guides were brilliant. They were very friendly and patient with us and had excellent knowledge of the area and the way of life. We have been to Luosto before, but learnt so much more about Lapland this time! The activities were just the right length of time for a young family. Gave us plenty of time for sledging! We really enjoyed all of the activities, and we were so lucky and saw an active display of the Northern Lights!! Amazing!!
Memorable activities 22 February 2010 by John Brier
Excellent holiday 14 December 2009 by Matt Lendon
Excellent holiday! Your activity guides are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their area of expertise. Taking the extra time to be friendly and explain what they were doing was most appreciated. It's difficult to have a favourite activity as all are very different. I liked snowmobile / amethyst mine and my wife liked the huskies. I least enjoyed going home when it was over.