Northern lights short break, Finland

“This is a leisurely group holiday with the emphasis firmly fixed on you fulfilling your Aurora Borealis dream every evening; how you spend your days is entirely up to you.”

Highlights

Luosto | Very comfortable hotel and excellent spa facilities | Hunting for the Northern Lights every evening | Snowmobiling | Husky sledding | Reindeer safari | Ice fishing | Personal Aurora Alert System so you miss nothing

Description of Northern lights short break, Finland

Take five days to discover the natural beauty of Finland on a leisurely small group tour that gives you an essential example of a Northern Lights holiday.

The pristine Arctic environment is the perfect place to make the most of the frozen wilderness and catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights; Finland tours also offer an excellent opportunity to keep active with snowmobile tours and dog sledding just a couple of activities to enjoy in between watching the skies.

Luosto accommodation options:

This Northern Lights Finland holiday includes hotel accommodation in the small ski resort and village of Luosto with superior guest rooms, spa and swimming facilities, adding to the laid back, and rather luxurious, nature of the tour.

For those who prefer a more rustic experience the hotel in Luosto also has some wonderfully cosy wooden cabins which are available to guests alongside all of the hotel’s on-site facilities.

One final accommodation option can also be found in Luosto in the form of a boutique hotel which boasts a fabulous restaurant as well as a really convenient central location.

Things to do in Luosto:

Plenty of free time throughout this five day Northern Lights Finland holiday allows guests to make the most of hotel facilities and traditional village amenities as well as having the freedom to explore at leisure within the winter setting surrounding the village.

More activities can be found in and around Luosto with sleigh rides by reindeer, snow mobile tours, husky safaris and trips to the local amethyst mine all adding to the excitement of nights spent searching for the Aurora Borealis.

Luosto also features seven downhill ski slopes and a good range of snowshoe and cross-country ski trails, with equipment available for hire at local stockists.

Nocturnal activities centre around the amazing lights in the sky with presentations, trails and evening meals in a traditional wooden hut (kota) in the wilderness all offering travellers a deeper understanding and a better chance of seeing the fabulous Northern Lights.

Although this is essentially a small group Northern Lights tour it’s also possible to tailor the itinerary to specific preferences with a special four night New Year option certainly one to remember.

Included within the price of this Northern Lights Finland holiday:

- Flights to and from London and Rovaniemi/Kittila via the capital of Finland, Helsinki. Note: Flights from airports outside of London are also available upon request and flight routes can be subject to change.
- All airport transfers.
- Four nights in superior twin or double guest room accommodation with upgrades to suite rooms available upon request. (All supplements apply.)
- Four breakfasts and four evening meals.
- A guided Aurora nature walk.
- Car transfer to the Aurora Kota.
- Evening meal in a traditional Finnish kota.
- All cold weather clothing offered throughout your stay.
- Experienced local guide and tour representative.
- Early morning (1am) Northern Lights alarm service.

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2020: 6 Jan, 13 Jan, 20 Jan, 27 Jan, 3 Feb, 10 Feb, 17 Feb, 24 Feb, 2 Mar, 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar
Our top tip:
Don't go OTT on thick winter clothes; lots are provided, so layers will do.
Trip type:
Small group, 4-24 adults (min. age 18).
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
Very comfortable hotel rooms and log cabins.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
4 breakfasts, 4 dinners.
Included:
Flights, transfers, accommodation, some meals, listed activities, cold weather clothing, expert guides.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.
“Gazing in wonderment at the Northern Lights from a remote cabin high on a Lappish Fell. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Northern lights short break, Finland

Environment

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.

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. We always offset our air travel emissions and would encourage you to do the same.

Community

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. 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.

16 Reviews of Northern lights short break, Finland

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Reviewed on 01 Apr 2019 by

Excellent. Everything is well organised and we did not have any worries from start to finish. The guides and hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. They all spoke English. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2019 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing the northern lights. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2018 by

The most memorable was snowshoeing on the fell above Luosto in a winter wonderland, leading a team of Huskies and snowmobiling in the dark. An excellent holiday, good accommodation, great activities, wonderful food. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2018 by

Wonderful experience BUT the weather was poor. Rain and wind caused our RIB Safari to be cancelled and the clouds /low solar activity meant we did not fulfil our dream of seeing the Northern lights. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2017 by

Of course we loved, loved, loved seeing the aurora and the dog sledding was incredible. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Feb 2017 by

Absolutely wonderful. All the people on site were magnificent - we can't speak more highly enough. We have never been looked after any better on any holiday we have taken. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Mar 2017 by

northern lights, all booked trips were excellent, and everything went to plan Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2016 by

Most memorable was the snow! Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2014 by

It was in my top three holidays and I have travelled a lot. An absolute must! Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2014 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was husky sledging...Daughter said, "best holiday ever". Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2014 by

When the skies opened up on our final night, it was like a big bow on top of a really special present. Amazing!...This was an amazing adventure. I would really recommend participating in all the activities as they provided me with an enthusiastic adventure each and every day. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jan 2014 by

I didn't see the Northern Lights, like for most people was my dream BUT I did have a fab time and will always remember the wonderful views/experiences. Don't expect to see them just think that you will still have that experience to look forward to. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2014 by

Fantastic, despite not seeing northern lights...All v well catered for Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2014 by

Most memorable was the last evening with the visit to Kuusiranta and Northern lights dinner. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Feb 2014 by

Spectacular scenery and powder snow. Loved the evening around the fire, eating salmon in kuurisanta. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Mar 2012 by

Seeing the Northern Lights was the most memorable part. Read full review

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