Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities

“A winter wonderland escape that dreams are made of. Your dreams, as you can pick and choose which activities you want to include in this tailor-made Arctic adventure.”

Highlights

Luosto | Cosy log cabin accommodation with private sauna | Access to hotel pool and spa facilities | Optional activities: Husky safaris, snowmobile rides, snowmobile safari to Amethyst mine, snowmobile visit to reindeer farm, reindeer park and sleigh rides, snowmobile Aurora safari, snowshoe search for Northern Lights, snowmobile safari to husky farm, snowshoe hike to national park, ice fishing

Description of Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities

Departures between 06 January 2020 and 28 March 2020

Create your own Arctic adventure on this tailor-made holiday to Finnish Lapland, choosing from a list of adventurous activity ingredients and combining them into your perfect winter wilderness trip of a lifetime.

Your base is a cosy log cabin with a private sauna in the traditional Finnish ski resort of Luosto. One of the region’s best-kept secrets, this small village backed by frozen lakes and forested slopes offers a lovely mix of authentic Lappish charm and a myriad of exciting winter activities. This trip really is tailored just for you. You can choose to enjoy the exhilaration of a husky safari, snowmobile ride or a day on the ski slopes, or choose to sample more traditional Arctic activities such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or ice fishing.

Other activities on offer include visits to a reindeer farm with a reindeer-pulled sleigh ride through the winter wilderness or a visit to the Aurora Kota where you can learn more about the fascinating Northern Lights and the role they play in traditional local folklore.

While spotting the Northern Lights is never guaranteed, Luosto’s location deep inside the Aurora Zone and lack of light pollution gives you an excellent chance of seeing them if they appear. You can improve your chances by choosing to include an evening Aurora snowmobile or snowshoe safari – or you can even choose a magical stay overnight in a remote wilderness cabin.

Cold weather and protective clothing is provided for the duration of your trip, and to make the most of your time, a minimum stay of three nights is recommended. Book at least five activities before you leave and receive a 5% discount on the total activity cost.

Image credit: Snow Games, Julie Eason (client)

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Log cabin holiday in Finland, with activities

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

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.

Our holidays rely on visiting beautiful and un-spoilt areas, and they don't come more unspoilt 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.

The wooden chalets that we use as accommodation are built using sustainable timbers and are all extremely well insulated to ensure maximum efficiency. 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.

Community

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. The 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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Reviewed on 01 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Food, the Huskies, the snowmobile trip.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Dont take too much clothing as most day to day items will be supplied and they keep you nice and warm. Socks and thermal clothing are a must along with light layers to go under your all in one suit.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very well organised from the flights, connections, trips and the food was good.

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Most memorable time was mistaking a false fire alarm for a Aurora alert [not knowing how an Aurora alert would sound like] around midnight. :)

Exciting part was the Snow Shoe walk at night in the Woods with an experienced guide imparting knowledge about the fauna and wildlife.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


For travelers from the tropical regions, do not hesitate to join the snow activities like husky safaris, snow shoe walk or even go on the snow mobile. it would be an experience to behold.
[I would caution though, that it may not be easy to handle the snow mobile due to the weight and the 600cc capacity for those weighing below 50kgs] :)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I am not sure if my holiday had benefited the local people, but i am convinced that the fresh air and the clean environment was a bonus to the mind and well being of someone who comes from a polluted Asian city.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very memorable and would not hesitate to visit again, given the time and opportunity.

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Though not able to see any northern light, the only memorable night was the smoked salmon dinner, however, the drinks should had been included and not to be paid separately as the tour was supposed to include 6 dinners!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The followings are needed to be addressed :-
1. The arriving night was not well planned. Arrival time at the hotel should be earlier so that proper dinner is given and not the miserable cold piece of "meal" with cold water!
2. The transit time at Helsinki airport should be shorter than the scheduled 5 hours. There was ample time to take the earlier connecting flight to Rovaniemi at 4.20 p.m. whereby the transit time would only be 1 hour 30 minutes.
3. The second night dinner was a let down and with no order drinks available!
4. There was no prior notice that the new year eve dinner did not include the ordered drinks. Surprised and disappointed looks all over when asked to pay for the drinks.
5. Day to day pragramme was subject to last minute change of time!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Perhaps only benefit the local people in turn of economic income.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Could be better due to the above reasons.

Read the operator's response here:

Hello HC Toh,

Thank you very much for your comments regarding your holiday to Finland over New Year. All of our guests are sent the flight times for the holiday before any booking is confirmed. Flights to Finland during this period are in incredible demand and whilst we go to every effort to secure the ideal flights for our guests we always make anyone booking any of our holidays aware of all flight times (including connection times at airports) and only once we have their acceptance in writing is a booking confirmed.

We also describe on our website that for our guests who are arriving after dinner service has finished that a cold plate will be waiting for them upon arrival. As I'm sure you can appreciate it is not possible to keep the kitchens open late into the night so the hotel offer this solution. This pre-prepared selection of sandwiches and salads have been much appreciated by previous clients after a long day of travelling.

We do not state anywhere in our literature that drinks are included within the half board meal basis and in our experience this is not standard in any European hotels. The bar area of the restaurant and the drinks menu provided on the tables clearly states the price of each drink and our local representatives, along with the hotel staff, were on hand during all meal times to answer any questions you may have. The bar area is always open during dinner service and alcoholic drinks are available for purchase. Selected soft drinks and water are provided with the hotel meals.

It clearly states on all of our pre-departure information that the order of activities is subject to change. This can be for a number of reasons but safety being at the forefront of any decision. If adverse weather is forecast or our guests enjoyment of an activity may be affected in any way the local guides occasionally make the decision to change the order of activities. As many of the factors which influence these decisions are completely out of the guides control sometimes this decision does have to be made at short notice however our local representatives are always present to assist and answer any questions people may have.

I hope you feel we have addressed your comments in an efficient and comprehensive manner and would welcome any further feedback you have from your holiday in Finland.

Very best regards,
Amy Griffiths
Product and Operations Manager

Reviewed on 14 Dec 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We had a fabulous trip and so many new experiences, it's hard to choose but I
would say our snowmobile and husky safaris were the absolute highlights.
Then our stay in a log cabin was fantastic and just being in the arctic landscape
was breathtaking.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't expect to see the Northern Lights - it seems it is real pot luck and you
may be lucky or you may not, so if it is the only reason you are travelling to
this destination - you may well be disappointed!
Take lots of removable layers - socks, vests, leggings, hats.
Ladies - forget hair styling and make up.
Try all of the different activities on offer - even though they may seem similar, each experience is really different i.e husky and snowmobiling safaris and if possible book for the morning slots as night comes really early and you'll be travelling in the dark if you start after 2.30pm and will miss the views and possible wildlife.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most of the people we met who worked providing the activities, came to work
just for the season from other parts of the country and your company reps were
English, so it was only really the hotel workers who were local who benefitted.
The environment seemed to be well protected and people were kept to specific
paths and routes within the national parks - which are vast.
Seeing this incredible landscape did make you so aware of nature and the need
to conserve our beautiful wild places.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was fantastic and a great introduction to winter sports and activities.
The care taken by all the guides made you feel safe and informed. Snow suits and protective clothing provided was really effective, clean and functional.

The accomodation was a dream for us - staying in an authentic log cabin which
was so warm and well designed with our own personal sauna. The food was good, great variety and lots of local dishes and my vegetarian requirements were no problem.

Value for money I would say is pretty good, especially if you are going on your first trip to Lapland and you just want everything to be easy with peace of mind. Only sad thing is we didn't catch the Northern Lights (one of the main reasons we went) - we were given a mobile phone to give aurora alerts but it never rang - even when there was a small display but we realise it's a natural phenomena and not guaranteed.

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