Finnish Lapland Autumn Northern Lights holiday

“A five day holiday, travelling in a small group to see the northern lights in Finnish Lapland around the Luosto region and staying in Aurora specialist hotel throughout. ”


Northern Lights watching in Finnish Lapland | Hike with huskies| Luosto | Reindeer farm | Amethyst mine | Aurora kota visit

Description of Finnish Lapland Autumn Northern Lights holiday

This Northern Lights holiday in Finnish Lapland takes you into the winter wilderness, based in Luosto and staying at the perfectly named Hotel Aurora. We run this trip during October and November for the best chances to see the Northern Lights, but also enjoy other activities to make the most of your time up in traditional and tranquil Finnish Lapland.

As well as being near the Sodankyla Geophysical Observatory, a great point of interest for our Northern Lights fans because it provides an Aurora alert system for our guests, we take you on a visit to Luosto’s fascinating amethyst mine, on a hike with huskies and to visit a reindeer farm. During the evenings, we offer information evenings on the Northern Lights as well as an Aurora hunt.

The heavy snow doesn’t usually hit this region until later in the winter, but in case it comes earlier be prepared to add snowshoes onto your hiking boots and to bring layers to keep warm. Snowfall always add to the winter wonderland effect of course. Luosto is actually a small ski resort in winter, and so there are many cross country and snowshoeing tracks all around it, as well as proffering the perfect blanketed, hilly backdrop for the Northern Lights, when they come out to play.

Hotel Aurora, just one of two hotels in Luosto, now boasts the exceptional 'Arctic View' rooms which guests can upgrade to throughout their stay. These rooms have glass roofs and provide views of the night sky from the comfort of the bed. Full details can be found in the 'personalise' section of the holiday page.

The Hotel Aurora is one of only two hotels here and as well as having boutique charm, it offers cosy rooms, saunas and also some Arctic View rooms with glass roofs. Do please ask us about this if you would like to opt for this as an upgrade. The food is excellent, the owners priding themselves on their open kitchen where the chef prepares a fine array of local ingredients from fish to forest sourced meat on the lava stone grill. There is a lovely dining area from where you can watch the chef in an open kitchen working on a lava stone grill. All dietary requirements catered for of course.

The price of this holiday includes: Return flights London -Rovaniemi or Kittila (via Helsinki), with other flight options available upon request, transfers, 4 nights’ accommodation in twin or double rooms, 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, amethyst mine visit, Aurora hike, hike with huskies, Aurora Kota reindeer farm, Aurora hunt by minibus, winter outer clothing if needed, local guides, Aurora alert until 1am via supplied mobile phone.

Please note: 2020/21 prices are provisional and subject to change.

Photo credits: Graham Greenway and Hotel Aurora

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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 need.

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.

The Impacts of this Trip

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. Their 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.


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