6 independent reviews for Northern Lights short break, Finnish Lapland

Reviews for Northern Lights short break, Finnish Lapland

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review 24 Jul 2017

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

All of the accommodation, guiding and tours in Lapland and Repovesi were of a terrific standard and in some cases outstanding. The most memorable part of a very memorable trip was the Tentsile camping experience. This is where we camped overnight in beautiful surroundings with comfortable bedding in a tent suspended in the trees. The catering and camping facilities were exceptional.

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

Our tour organiser co-ordinated everything so that all we had to do was "turn-up". We think that having access to individual tour components on the website enabled us to have an intelligent conversation about the best travel options in a country we knew little about. Riita then just made things happen by providing transport options between the various components so our "tour" became seamless. We should add that this was done with a very short notice period. So the main tip is to consider the options on offer and then engage directly with the organiser. The second tip is stay a minimum of two nights in each place and in some three-this was our mistake, we rushed the trip and would in retrospect have added a night at each stop.

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

Having communication with a local Finnish operator made us feel that local people were actively engaged. We felt this strongly as we talked with each of the guides assigned to us. In all cases the guides emphasised the environmental impacts of tourism and what they were doing to enhance sustainability. The hotels themselves also promoted care for the environment. An important experience for us both was a guided tour of the Sami parliament in Inari. Learning first hand how indigenous people were attempting to maintain their cultural integrity had a major impact on us.

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

Amazing! We really started with a blank sheet and and a short notice period so it was challenging for anyone to organise . The operator put a lot of care and thought into the organisation of our trip and the result for us meant a thoroughly enjoyable and stress-free travel experience. It has left us wanting to return to Finland again.

review 30 Mar 2017

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

All arrangements went very well. The programs arranged were excellent. My wife and I enjoyed the husky rides and snow mobile safari. Had 2 night of fantastic aurora experience.

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

Come during the end of winter and beginning of spring. Even during this period aurora watching in the open is extremely cold. Need to be proper attired.

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

Yes, learned a lot about the Sami culture.

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

Excellent.

review 22 Mar 2017

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

Watching the glorious Northern Lights in an igloo room in Nellim in the northern part of Lapland; spending the night in a cabin in the wilderness for photographers near Kuhmo in the east, close to the Russian border; spending 2 days in a non-touristic huskies farm;

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

Go to the Lapland end of February to mid-march, it's the best time. Don't worry if you do not speak a word of Finnish, everyone speaks English.

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

Not really, but it did not damage it. I wish there was more obvious recycling, though.

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

Exquisite, magical, enriching and extremely well organized by our agent Ritta. Although it was hard at the beginning to make her understand our travel needs and demand, she did understand them and completely satisfied them. She could not have done much better: it was seamless.

Read the operator's response here:

There is a very high national standard of recycling in Finland. Maybe we should make it more visible. Your wish will be communicated to the local service providers, which in this case were many.

review 16 Feb 2017

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

It's hard to say as every aspect of the holiday was fantastic. If I have to say one thing it would be the activities, exciting, brilliantly organised and great fun!

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

Take warm socks. We were advised to take good socks and it was good advice! So thank you Riitta x

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

A lot of the staff and activity leaders were local so I guess it is good for local tourism? It was clear that all the staff took care of the environment.

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

Best holiday ever!

review 20 Mar 2016

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

Everything, but if I really had to choose - husky sledding and seeing the Aurora the three nights I was there!

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

Dress in layers as the weather is so unpredictable.

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?

Perfect!

review 15 Feb 2016

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

Snowshoeing in the dark

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

Leave plenty of time between arrival at Rovaniemi and your flight, as there is only 2 desks, and 1 security lane, and lots of Japanese with huge suitcases.

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

Supported local companies

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

Very good

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