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A 4 or 5 day short break in Luosto, an area of Finnish Lapland, where you’ll have snow fun during the day, spot for the Northern Lights in the evenings and a night in a Glass Igloo. Base camp for your stay is the Hotel Aurora, a boutique style hotel and with every room facing North you'll never miss a chance to see the Aurora dancing in the sky if she choosses to. You’ll also enjoy great grub with dishes fashioned around forest berries, arctic char and venison from reindeer. You'll have a private sauna to chase the chill from your bones at the end of a day after one of our optional safaris,such as snowmobing, husky mushing and uniquely to this area a safari to an amethist mine.

 

Hotel Aurora

With its eponymous name the Hotel Aurora is a bit of a give way. Built on 3 levels with all 28 of its rooms facing north, just 15 meters from the edge of the forest and with an aurora personal guest alarm system linked to the Sodankyla Geophysical Laboratory this is a perfect spot for Northern Lights aficionados. Rooms are styled with russet brown fabrics and furnishings, wooden floors and tongue and groove walls; 12 have a slate fronted open fire stove. Larger (28m2) ones similarly have an open fire and come with a separate twin bedded room in addition to a sofa bed. All have, of course, a private WC/shower, TV, WI-FI and personal aurora alarm phone. The hotel’s small restaurant with its open kitchen and lava stone grill turns out dishes using local ingredients such as arctic char, venison from reindeer and forest berries. The lobby area and bar has a granite tiled floor, comfort seating, Lappish bric a brac pretty much everywhere and is the hotels focal point for TLC which manager Jari Vartanen doles out in big gloops.

Hotel Aurora's Glass Laavus

A cut above the average laavu, the tripodal tent used by the migratory Sami, Luosto's glass laavu's come toastily heated with all mod cons. Comparable in styling & comfort to the hotel's rooms proper each comes with its own shower/WC, entrance hallway, wrap round privacy curtains, double bed and glazed walls & ceiling. Probably (for the moment) the luxiest way to see the Northern Lights; just by gazing up at the night sky.

1st Day UK – Luosto

Fly Norwegian DIRECT to Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland, transfer to Luosto & the Hotel Aurora, check in to your room and take supper in the hotel’s lava stone grill restaurant. After your meal take a guided nocturnal snowshoe trek in search of the Northern Lights fortified en-route by copious quantities of hot chocolate.

2nd Day Snow Safaris & Northern Lights Spotting

After breakfast take an optional safari by snowmobile, reindeer or husky: we have two to four hour ones, all day or overnight hardcore ones . We also have guides to take you ice fishing, snow shoeing or cross country skiing and, whilst you can book on the spot, it’s best to confirm at least the ones you really want to do beforehand to ‘avoid disappointment’ as the ‘speak your weight ‘machine voices have it. And no we don’t speak with forked tongue – we have a Peter Jones ‘never knowingly undersold’ commitment on safari prices - you pay the same. For R & R at the end of the day you can chill out with a sauna in the privacy of your own and comfort of your own room before supper and an included Aurora spotting evening in a Kota (available during 5 day stay on Wednesdays only).

3rd/4th Day Snow Safaris & Igloo Night

After a leisurely breakfast and (if staying for 5 days*) why not take the option of combining two optional safaris in one by snowmobiling there and back to a husky kennels? After a short safety briefing & driving lesson scoot off through the forest along soft snow trails, over frozen ice lakes and mogul littered tundra. Modern 4 stroke snowmobiles with their low centre of gravity whether Bombardier Ski-Doos, Lynx or Polaris, are easy and safe to drive, controlled for acceleration and braking from the handlebar and have a 'kill switch' to shut down the engine in emergencies. When you arrive at the kennels the musher will show you how to balance on a dog sled, use the brake, steer and generally handle your own dog team. Whilst all this is going down the cacophony of wooing, singing and howling will reach a near deafening pitch only to subside the moment your team pulls away; then all you’ll hear is the slicing of the runners cutting through the snow. On your return, warm up with some sooty coffee by an open fire before snowmobiling back to Lousto (available during a 5 day stay on Wednesdays only). Take note: when on a 3 night/4 day* stay you have a snowmobile safari included on the 3rd day (Sunday). In the evening take supper and then retire to your glass Igloo to sleep under the stars, or at least under glass under the stars, and hopefully watch the Northern Lights dancing hand in hand with Cassiopeia. Sleep the sleep of children.

4th/5th Day Luosto - UK

After breakfast transfer back to Roveniemi Airport for your return DIRECT flight to London UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flight(s) with Norwegian from London Gatwick* DIRECT to Rovaniemi
All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes
Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board food service
Carriage of luggage (1pc carry on & 1 pc checked in)
Airport/Hotel return transfers in Lapland
Hotel accommodation as per itinerary
Lodgings in twin room with private WC/Shower/Sauna (2/3 nights)
Lodging in glass Igloo with private WC/Shower (1 night)
3/4 buffet breakfasts & 3/4 buffet suppers
Guided Northern Lights Search on Snowshoes (2½ hours)
Aurora Evening in a Kota (2 hours)**
* Optional flights with Finnair via Helsinki from Heathrow ot Manchester.
** Only available on a Tuesday. On weekend 3night/4 day stays an afternoon snowmobile is included instead 

Departure Dates & Prices:

Fridays January 5th - March 23rd 2018 (4 day stay) Mondays January 8th - March 23rd 2018 (5 day stay). 
Guide £1099*pp 
*Guide Prices are based on our mid-level contract air fares which are real time variable unlike our ground costs. We don't do fancy lead in prices and always use the lowest air fare available at the time you confirm your booking. This may mean your holiday being slightly less or more in which case a proportionate reduction/supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holdays. 

Lousto Snowmobile Safaris

The ultimate ATV for use on snow & ice, the snowmobile is the supersonic Jeremy Clarkson way of getting around in Sapmi, and riding one through the forest is just about as boy's own racer as it gets. Modern 4 stroke machines whether Bombardier Ski-Doos, Lynx or Polaris with their low centre of gravity are easy and safe to drive, controlled for acceleration and braking from the handle bar and having a 'kill switch' to shut down the engine in emergencies. Scooting through the forest along soft snow trails, over frozen ice lakes and across mogul littered tundra is a magic way of enjoying the Lousto fjell's landscapes. At the mid-point of your safari you can take a breather while your guide prepares an arctic al fresco lunch around an open fire and you savour the silence of the wilderness and the sound of the wind winding round the tops of the pines. Departs from Luosto at 09.30hrs on Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun. 2 hours. £89pp. Lousto to Phya Fjell safari departs at 09.30 on Wed, Sat. 8 hours. £142pp. Night time Aurora Safari departs at 18.00 on Thur, Sat. 3 hours. £98pp. The shorter safari includes an Arctic al Fresco lunch; the Fjell Safari a restaurant lunch; the aurora one sooty coffee, berry juice & cookies.

Lousto Reindeer Corral & Snowmobile Safari

Combine two safaris in one with a visit to a reindeer corral, snowmobiling there and back. After a short safety briefing & driving lesson you'll scoot off through the forest along soft snow trails, over frozen ice lakes and across mogul littered tundra. Modern 4 stroke snowmobiles with their low centre of gravity whether Bombardier Ski-Doos, Lynx or Polaris are easy and safe to drive, controlled for acceleration and braking from the handle bar, and have a 'kill switch' to shut down the engine in emergencies. When you arrive at the reindeer corral, the owner will show you around, tell of the reindeer in Sapmi (Lapland) and a nomadic herder’s life before taking you on a short sled ride. After some sooty coffee you can swop drivers for the scoot back to the Lousto. Departs from Lousto at 09.30 on Tue, Thu. 3 hours approx. £117pp

Amethyst Mine Safari

The ultimate ATV for use on snow & ice, the snowmobile is the Jeremy Clarkson way of getting around: modern 4 stroke machines whether Bombardier Ski-Doos, Lynx or Polaris with their low centre of gravity are easy and safe to drive, controlled for acceleration and braking from the handle bar and having a 'kill switch' to shut down the engine in emergencies. Scoot through the magnificent scenery of Pyhä-Luosto to the top of Lampivaara mountain and the only active amethyst mine in Europe. Drive around the edge of Luosto Fell to Keski-Luosto Fell where a magnificent panorama of surrounding fell vista opens up on the way to Orresokka. Midway Kota Stop for sooty coffee. Departs from Luosto at 13.30 Tuesdays & Thursdays.3 hours approx. £99p
 


 

Snowmobile Safari on Luosto Fell | Holidays to Lapland

  • 4/5 Days at Luosto in Finnish Lapland
  • Boutique Hotel with Food to Die For
  • Unique Glass Laavu shaped Igloos
  • 2 Safaris inc Protective Thermal Clothing
  • DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM GATWICK
  • Guide Price £1099 pp (4 days)