Responsible tourism: Finnish Lapland holiday, New Year in Luosto
Luosto’s splendid outdoor environment could easily be damaged, were it not for the dedicated care and attention of local guides, who are proud to both conserve their area and share it with holidaymakers from around the world.
This holiday follows a similar spirit – allowing clients to make the most of a Lapland destination like Luosto and have an unforgettable New Year while responsibly making the most of the local environment.
Whether on husky safaris or snowmobile rides, cross-country ski trails or snowshoe routes, holidaymakers are supervised by guides who have an immense knowledge and understanding of the local area. Snowmobiles used are of the four-stroke engine variety, which use fuel more cleanly and make less noise. Visitors are given full instructions on how to use equipment and vehicles to minimize any chance of harm to both the natural environment and themselves.
When on the Northern Lights snowshoe hike – particularly on this activity, but on all in general – clients are taught about the local fauna and flora to understand and appreciate this Arctic ecosystem.
Moving to a more geological form of education, the visit to the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine teaches clients about the natural processes responsible for forming amethysts, thus combining science and entertainment for an informative and enjoyable experience.
Reindeer herding is highly central to life in Lapland, which is the ancestral home of the indigenous Sami people. Taking holidaymakers to visit a reindeer farm and try out a reindeer sleigh ride ensures that they can learn about this age-old industry while additionally appreciating the Christmassy resonances of such an activity.
To watch the close bond between a reindeer herder and their herd is more than watching the bond between a human and their pet. Rather, it provides a lens into a way of life that might otherwise be rather unfamiliar to visitors from abroad. It might be said that looking around the reindeer farm covers the theoretical aspect of this process; the sleigh ride, on the other hand, might be seen as the practical side – all in all, this provides a dual form of cultural education.
Luosto has two hotels only, both of which are used on this holiday. We feel that these accommodation choices are especially authentic for their use of Finnish architecture and designs, as well as the fact that their restaurants serve proper Finnish cuisine. Food is put together with locally sourced ingredients, giving holidaymakers a genuine taste of Lapland produce.