Northern lights family holiday, tailor made

“The beauty of this Northern Lights family trip is the sheer variety of activities on offer for all ages and how well organised it is - no one will be bored any of the time.”

Highlights

Luosto | Central Lapland | Pyhä-Luosto National Park | Finnish wilderness setting | Fantastic hotel and spa facilities | Husky safari | Reindeer farm visit | Snowmobile safari | Snowshoeing | Evening hunts for the Northern Lights | Expert guides and instructors | Sledging |

Description of Northern lights family holiday, tailor made

This Northern Lights holiday is tailor made to provide the perfect short break in Finnish Lapland whereby you will have the best chance possible to see the Aurora. But while also packing in lots of winter holiday activities to fully immerse yourself in this remote part of Finnish Lapland. Based in Luosto, which is only 90 minutes from Rovaniemi airport, it is also in Pyhä-Luosto National Park.

Staying in Luosto Tunturi Hotel & Amethyst Spa, well known not only for its superb facilities but also for its warm hospitality, it proffers the perfect base for enjoying some typical Finnish Lapland winter activities. And thanks to its remote location in richly forested fell, with very little ground light, this increases your chances of seeing the great Northern Lights.

The hotel runs a wide array of activities to include your itinerary and they do book up in advance as the season is short, so we do advise you to choose the ones that appeal when booking your holiday. The activities vary according to the age of the children but include husky sledding and safaris, otherwise known as mushing, a firm favourite with children. We also recommend snowshoeing and cross country skiing through the white, blanketed forests. Or visit an amethyst mine, the only one in Europe, where you will be guided by a local geologist, plus have a chance to dig for your own.

In Luosto, we can also take a snowmobile trip to a reindeer farm, this traditional Lappish way of living still important to the local culture and economy. Or go on a night time snowshoeing or snowmobiling trip into remote parts of the forest to have an even better chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

Meanwhile, back in the hotel, you can enjoy the spa facilities, pool, saunas, warm lounge and great local food. We include breakfast and dinner at the hotel in the price of the holiday.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Places on activities get snapped up quickly, so decide what you want to do and get booked up!
Trip type:
Tailor made to your budget and preferences.
Activity level:
Leisurely/moderate.
Accomm:
3 nights excellent hotel.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
All breakfasts, all dinners.
Included:
Flights, transfers, accommodation, guides and instructors.
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.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Northern lights family holiday, tailor made

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.

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.

2 Reviews of Northern lights family holiday, tailor made

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Reviewed on 13 Jan 2016 by

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


Snowmobiling! What a fantastic day. The tour was informal, fun and adventurous. What more can you ask for. The setting couldn't have been better.

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


Pack suitable clothing. Although the warm outer gear is perfect for tours, it is a little cumbersome for just popping to dinner.
So good winter gear to go from the cabin to the main lodge. Also, we travelled with a 10 month old baby, so take a sling. The staff were fantastic and loaned us a cart with a reindeer skin, blankets and pillows to transport our baby from the cabin to the lodge. This was great! But if you wanted to go a bit further afield, the sling was important because it keeps the baby a lot warmer.

Don't overpack. In the winter you don't really need to change your clothes that often and there isn't a great deal of storage in the cabins. We had too much stuff and didn't use most of it.

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


All of the staff were local and I felt they were connected and dedicated to the local area.

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


Excellent! What a fantastic place to stay. I would not hesitate in recommending the accommodation used. The staff went above and beyond - no request was too difficult. From the collection to departure, each touchpoint was dealt with a smile and solution.

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2014 by

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


We loved all of it - the food, accommodation, tour guides and the northern lights were spectacular. The trip was very well organised and everything came together nicely. We travel a lot and this trip did not disappoint.

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


Bring a hairdryer as there was not one in our room. We might have been able to borrow one - we didn't ask.

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?


Excellent

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