Finnish Lapland activity holiday with log cabin

“This eight-day activity holiday is a real winter wonderland adventure, including a husky safari and chance to spot the Northern Lights. We love the cosy cabins with private saunas too.”

Highlights

Luosto | Reindeer park and sleigh ride | Cross country skiing on local trails | Snowmobile safari to Lampivaara Amethyst Mine | Northern Lights snowshoe trek | Husky safari through Lapland wilderness.

Description of Finnish Lapland activity holiday with log cabin

This eight-day activity holiday is an excellent introduction to the picture-perfect wonderland that is Lapland in winter. During this week in Luosto, Finland, you値l the chance to try out a range of Nordic activities as you enjoy a real snow-filled adventure.

You値l travel by snowmobile to the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, enjoy a cross-country ski lesson before taking to the plethora of trails that criss-cross Luosto and visit a reindeer park for a magical reindeer-sleigh ride through the forest. A real highlight of this holiday is a husky safari, where you値l experience the exhilaration of travelling at speed through breathtaking snow-covered forests and across frozen lakes.

The traditional small ski village of Luosto is well into the Aurora Zone and as such offers a good chance for you to spot the Northern Lights during your trip. As well as keeping your eyes on the sky outside your cabin, you値l also enjoy a night-time snowshoe trek out into the wilderness to improve your chances of seeing the lights.

Each night you値l retreat to your log cabin, ideal for couples looking for a cosy retreat. A wood-burning stove and private sauna will keep you toasty and if you need to unwind further you池e welcome to use the wellbeing facilities and pool at the main hotel where your half-board meals are also served. You値l also be provided with cold-weather clothing for the duration of your stay.

If you池e travelling over the New Year you値l also have the chance to participate in the hotel痴 festive celebrations usually a delicious meal accompanied by live music.

Do note that some activities and transfers may be shared with families during school holiday times, but there are options for you if a child-free holiday is important to you and your travel companions.

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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痴 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池e 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池e not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they値l let you know which local restaurant serves great value food without running the risk of travellers tummy. They値l 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痴 cheaper than a tailor made tour. It痴 sits somewhere in the middle and we think it痴 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稚 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壇 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
的 won稚 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.

典here won稚 be any free time
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

典he accommodation will be basic
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won稚 have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

的 won稚 like the other travellers!
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you値l even make new friends.

展ill 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痴 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.

Responsible tourism

Finnish Lapland activity holiday with log cabin

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

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.

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.

7 Reviews of Finnish Lapland activity holiday with log cabin

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Reviewed on 18 Mar 2018 by

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


The whiteness of the wilderness!

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


Snowmobiling is actually quite tough! After several hours you can feel it on your back, knees & shoulders, so keep that in mind. Also, snowmobiles had heated bars so no need for thermal gloves under the mitts, so choose mitts that fit perfectly to make it easier on the grip.

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


Definitely. Local guide, local places we stay & ate at.

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


Super

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2017 by

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


The husky safari was wonderful. We were also lucky with the northern lights which put on an amazing display for several hours on New Years eve.

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


Useful to take plenty of your own hats, gloves, scarves & winter clothes (so you can layer up and adjust to changing temperatures/activities) even though Torressieppi provides good clothing and boots.

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


Torressieppi appeared a good employer - staff seemed really happy and keen to stay. I also liked the fact that we only had a walk (no driving) to get to the husky farm, reindeer farm, cross country ski location etc. The only driving outside the start and finish days was to go to the nearby national park a couple of times (20 minutes away).

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


Fantastic.

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2015 by

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


Husky ride and Reindeer sleigh. And snowmobile. It was all great.

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


I would recommend 2 pairs of gloves at least, wear one under the other if you can.

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


Yes - all locals that we met, guides etc..

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


Brilliant, only one thing would be more activities or more afternoon activities. Every day we were finished by 4/5pm or earlier, so plan more to do in afternoons. We didn't realize this before hand and if we had know would have planned the evenings better to fit lots more in. The guide Jussi was very helpful and informative.The hotel was warm and comfortable.

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2014 by

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


All of it!!
Family time, snow, Father Christmas, organized activities, accommodation, meals.
Being from Australia it was such a contrast from hot summer Christmas holidays.

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


Dress as you are advised. We did, and were comfortable and warm all the time.
Try all the activities, they are fun - even for the 'big kids' !

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


Yes, it provided employment to many which they enjoyed during a very long , dark and cold time over December.

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


Truly excellent. Very well organized, accommodation spotless, warm, beautiful meals, clean winter suits, great activities, friendly staff, and the support of the operators representative if you needed it.

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2014 by

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


I enjoyed all of it.

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


Can't think of any.

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 good.

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2014 by

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


The place itself - the quietness. Luosto is so very quiet. I took a hike around the lake behind the hotel one morning and in the hour it took to amble around met maybe 8 people? All out for a quiet walk like me. I saw a reindeer hoof print in the snow to the side of the path and probably the reindeer saw me although I can't attest to that!

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


Be aware that meal times in the Tunturi Luosto Hotel will probably not give you romance or a quiet intimate atmosphere. The buffet tends to be crowded and busy especially around weekends or the holiday season. There are a lot of people moving around and some of them are less than well mannered. Your best defense is finding people you like to sit with at mealtimes. That said the quality of the food was pretty good and there was enough choice to eat properly everyday. Staff were helpful as on the morning that the rye grain porridge ran out by 9 am when some kind person in the kitchen cooked up a new batch for me and some other lucky people.

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


Many local people are involved in tourism related activities in Luosto. I liked the fact that we were meeting locals and learning from them. Also the fact that we did not have to buy a lot of winter gear to make the trip comfortable is a good thing. Cold weather gear is bulky and expensive especially if you are not going to be using it again anytime soon. Harianna from whom I made most of my purchases locally whether it was slippers for inside the hotel, souvenirs for family and friends or that wool blanket that is currently warming me up every night has a nice, well stocked store. If you need it - she probably has it!

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


Overall enjoyable. I really had fun with the outdoor activities and I enjoyed the area itself. However I wish there had been a quieter option for meal location than the dining hall.
Because of the timing of flights I was put on I missed both a breakfast and dinner. The morning I left I was up at 5am to finish packing, check the room, get all my gear downstairs and check out by 6:20.
There was no breakfast available that day. The first place I could get anything to eat was the airport after passing through security. That was after 8:30am. I think that the hotel should arrange some sort of meal we could have eaten on the bus. It's a 90 minute bus ride so there would have been plenty of time for us to have had some sort of picnic breakfast onboard.

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2013 by

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


The variety of experiences. The beautiful pristine snow. The northern lights

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


Clothing in layers. No point in taking dressing up clothes if staying in log cabin as the walk from there to hotel etc means dressing up for the cold then shedding layers when inside

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


Hope so, by bringing money into community and contact with other nationalities

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


Very good thanks

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