Lapland Experience - activities based in Luosto
Experience the delights of Finnish Lapland in excellent accommodation, off-the-beaten-track, but with activities available right by the hotel door. Our programme is based in the small Lappish village of Luosto, 130 km north from Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle.
That extraordinary spectacle of the northern sky, the Northern Lights, is never far away in this location, and features strongly in our hotel's accommodation and layout: every bedroom has special windows for viewing the colourful light display. Even the ambience of the restaurant is enlivened by panoramic windows facing north.
Typical Lappish activities and adventures, from the Aurora Borealis to reindeer safaris, are available right on the hotel doorstep, just waiting to be enjoyed. The package includes also one night in Rovaniemi, ideal for adding the Santa element to your Lapland experience, by visiting the Santa Claus Village and Santa Park, great fun for children of all ages.

Day 1: Arrival to Rovaniemi airport, on the Arctic Circle
Arrival to Rovaniemi by air. Transfer by regular (not private) airport taxi to your hotel.
Free time to visit Santa Claus Village on your own (easy access by bus or taxi from the city centre)
Overnight in 3 star hotel Rovaniemi centre with buffet breakfast.

Days 2 - 7 : Luosto
Morning at leisure in Rovaniemi - there will be possibilities to take optional activities such as snowmobile or husky tours (see our Rovaniemi programme below for full details).
In the afternoon transfer by bus north to Luosto, stopping directly by the hotel. Our chosen accommodation has 28 spacious and comfortably furnished rooms, some with fireplace. Standard room size is 25m2, and family rooms (superior rooms) are available at 28m2. Each room has its own sauna.
There is a lobby bar with open fire and an open-plan restaurant with grill. Superior rooms have laminated floors. Each room has internet connection, coffee/tea making facilities, TV, telephone, hair dryer and free Aurora Alarm-system for observing the Northern Lights!
Enjoy a 6 night stay in the heart of snow-covered Finnish Lapland - choose from a range of activities (see the optional activities list following). There is also a downhill ski centre at Luosto, within walking distance from the hotel.
Accommodation 6 nights on dinner, bed and buffet breakfast basis in Luosto.

Day 8: Journey Home
Take the morning bus back from the hotel to Rovaniemi airport.
Flight home via Helsinki.

Included in the price:
1 hotel night in Rovaniemi in central 3 star hotel with breakfast (Note this night will be either first night or last night depending on the availability)
6 hotel nights in Luosto in first class hotel in chosen room class with 3 course dinner and breakfast buffet
1 regular Airport taxi to hotel transfer in Rovaniemi (not private)
Regular bus transfer from Rovaniemi to Luosto, and return.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN LUOSTO
These activities can be pre-booked and included in your package, or booked on-the-spot. Tours start and end at the hotel.

MONDAYS

SCENIC SAFARI
Snowmobile safari though the beautiful Luosto scenery. A stop for coffee around a campfire.
Time: 10.30-13.00

ICE-FISHING TOUR
Ride in a sleigh drawn by snowmobile to a site suitable for ice fishing. Coffee around a campfire.
Time: 13.30-16.00

SNOWSHOE SEARCH FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Guided snowshoe trek in the nocturnal countryside to find the best spot for admiring the Northern Lights. Hot drinks will be enjoyed during the trek.
Time: 20.00-22.30

TUESDAYS

VISIT TO REINDEER FARM BY SNOWMOBILE
Snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm, with a brief introduction to reindeer herding, and coffee in a Lappish "kota" hut. Reindeer driving license as a souvenir.
Time: 9.30-12.30

SCENIC SNOWMOBILE SAFARI
Snowmobile safari though the beautiful Luosto scenery. A stop for coffee around a campfire.
Time: 10.30-13.00

SAFARI TO AMETHYST MINE
Ride in snowmobiles to the top of Lampivaara fell where a very special Amethyst mine is located. Learn about this fascinating stone and search for your own lucky stone.
Time: 13.30-15.30

AURORA SAFARI BY SNOWMOBILE
Snowmobile safari to Aurora 'kota' for an illustrated presentation on the Northern Lights. Return by snowmobile and, if you are lucky, the real Northern Lights may appear in the sky.
Time: 16.30-20.30

VISIT TO AURORA 'KOTA' BY CAR
Time: 17.30-19.30

WEDNESDAYS

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING SCHOOL
Learn the basics of cross-country skiing and enjoy the great surroundings of Luosto. Includes instruction and necessary equipment.
Time: 09:30.-11.30

TOUR OF THE FELLS
The high-light for snowmobile lovers!
Full-day safari from Luosto to Pyha fell. Lunch will be
enjoyed in restaurant.
Driving distance is about 100 km.
Time: 10.00-16.00

SAFARI WITH SNOWMOBILES AND HUSKIES
Snowmobile safari to husky farm.
A 4-km ride drawn by a team of dogs.
Coffee will be enjoyed around campfire and return back to Luosto by snowmobile.
Time: 13.30-16.30

SAFARI WITH HUSKIES, return transfers by car
Time: 14.15-15.45

EVENING SAFARI
Snowmobile safari though the beautiful Luosto scenery. A stop for coffee around a campfire.
Time: 17.00-19.30

SNOWSHOE SEARCH FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Guided snowshoe trek in the nocturnal countryside to find the best spot for admiring the Northern Lights. Hot drinks will be enjoyed during the trek.
Time: 20.00-22.30

THURSDAYS

SNOWSHOE HIKE IN NATIONAL PARK
Guided snowshoe excursion to the ancient spruce forests of Luosto.
During this trek you can enjoy the stillness of nature and beautiful scenery.
Small snacks will be enjoyed in between hiking. Time: 10.00-13.00

GET TO KNOW THE REINDEER'S LIFE
Snowmobile safari to a reindeer park where you will have a 1/2-hour ride in a reindeer-drawn sled. You will be given information about reindeer and reindeer herding.
Coffee around a campfire will be served before returning back to Luosto by snowmobiles.
Time: 13.30-16.30
VISIT TO REINDEER PARK as above, transfers by car

EVENING SAFARI
Snowmobile safari though the beautiful Luosto scenery. A stop for coffee around a campfire.
Time: 17.00-19.30

EXCITING RIDES WITH SNOWMOBILES AND HUSKIES
Snowmobile safari to husky farm for a ride for a dog-drawn sled lasting about 1 hour (2 persons / team). Afterwards, enjoying roasted sausages and black pot coffee by the fire. Return back to Luosto by snowmobiles.
Time: 10.00-14.00

HUSKY SAFARI for 1 hour, return transfers by car
Time: 10.45-13.15

SECRETS OF THE AMETHYST
Guided tour to Amethyst mine where you will learn about this fascinating stone and find your own lucky stone to take with. Return transportation is made with snowmobile-drawn sleds.
Time: 13.30-15.30

ICE-FISHING TOUR
Ride in a sleigh drawn by snowmobile to a site suitable for ice fishing. Coffee around a campfire.
Time: 14.30-17.00

SNOWSHOE SEARCH FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
Guided snowshoe trek in the nocturnal countryside to find the best spot for admiring the Northern Lights. Hot drinks will be enjoyed during the trek.
Time: 20.-22.30

SATURDAYS

SCENIC SAFARI
Snowmobile safari though the beautiful Luosto scenery. A stop for coffee around a campfire.
Time: 9.30-12.00

SAFARI TO REINDEER PARK
Snowmobile safari to reindeer park where you will have 1 hour ride in caravan of reindeer-drawn sleds. Afterwards plain lunch will be enjoyed in nice and cosy wooden 'Kopara' house.
Time: 10.30-14.30

LUOSTO GEMS
One of the highlights of the Luosto region; enjoy snowmobiling, visit the interesting Amethyst mine and enjoy a delicious lunch in a Lappish 'kota' during the day.
Time: 11.30-16.30

ICE-FISHING TOUR
Ride in a sleigh drawn by snowmobile to a site suitable for ice fishing. Coffee around a campfire.
Time: 12.30-15.00

SUNDAYS

HUSKY ADVENTURE
Full-day safari to forests with husky teams, 2 persons/team and people can take turns in driving. Small picnics will be enjoyed during the trek. All equipment included, return transfers from Luosto to husky farm by car.
Time: 10.00-15.00

SNOWSHOE HIKE IN NATIONAL PARK
Guided snowshoe excursion to the ancient spruce forests of Luosto. During this trek you can enjoy the stillness of nature and beautiful scenery. Small snacks will be enjoyed in between hiking.
Time: 11.00-14.00

Optional Activities in Kuusamo:
These activities can be pre-booked and included in your package, or booked on-the-spot. We bly recommend pre-booking as due to the festive period, the tours are heavily in demand. Tours start and end at the hotel.

TASTE OF WILDERNESS (Monday & Sunday)
Get a taste of snowmobiling on varying terrain through snow-covered forests and fells. We offer a range of different routes suitable for various skill levels. This is great fun, even if you've experienced snowmobiling before.
Duration: 2 hours.

UNDER THE STARS (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)
As the night sets in, begin an Arctic journey under the rising moon and watch the stars slowly appear. Ride through dark, snow-covered areas illuminated only by the headlight of your snowmobile. If you're lucky, you will see the Northern Lights. Snack and cup of coffee brewed over open fire included.
Duration: 4 hours.

IN THE HEART OF NATURE (Tuesday and Thursday)
Enjoy the great outdoors on this safari to the heart of nature. The trail traverses rugged fells and narrow valleys before coming to the first stop, where we serve a typical Lappish lunch prepared over a campfire. After a refreshing cup of strong hot coffee, you'll continue onwards through the forest.Keep your eyes out for forest animals searching for food! IN THE HEART OF NATURE (Tuesday and Thursday) Enjoy the great outdoors on this safari to the heart of nature. The trail traverses rugged fells and narrow valleys before coming to the first stop, where we serve a typical Lappish lunch prepared over a campfire. After a refreshing cup of strong hot coffee, you'll continue onwards through the forest.Keep your eyes out for forest animals searching for food!
Duration: 6 hours. 6 hours.

LEGEND OF FOUR WINDS (Wednesday and Friday)
Your trail will take you over frozen waters and through snow-covered forests to a reindeer farm. Sit around an open fire with a herdsman and learn about the North's oldest form of livelihood, the daily routines of reindeer herdsmen and hear the Story of the Four Wind Hat. Ride in a reindeer-pulled sleigh and receive your own reindeer driving license before returning to town.
Duration: 3 hours.

FISHING EXPERIENCE (Wednesday and Friday)
Transfer by car to a fishing venue. After a welcome from the host and hostess, examine the fishing nets on the ice-covered lake and try your hand at traditional ice fishing. Learn about the history and development of local fishing traditions. Once you finish fishing, enjoy a cup of hot coffee with tasty homemade bread and smoked whitefish. Cook your catch over an open fire in a Lappish kota (tepee-like structure).
Duration: 3-4 hours.

ARCTIC SPEED (Tuesday and Thursday)
Ride along a trail traversing snow-covered landscapes. Visit a husky camp and learn about the daily life and training of these friendly Arctic dogs. Take a ride in a sled pulled by a husky team and enjoy a cup of hot berry juice around a campfire.
Duration: 3-4 hours.

WHITE SILENCE ON SNOWSHOES (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday)
Challenge yourself on a snowshoe adventure through the picturesque snowy countryside. Experience the silence and beauty of wintery forests on this guided snowshoe hike.
Duration: 2 hours.

FRESH AIR ON SKIS (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
Your ski guide will lead you to the slopes after each participant has been equipped with skis, poles, boots and outdoor clothing. The instructor will teach you the basics of cross-country skiing (how to slide and stop, how to use the poles, how to fall down safely, etc.) and demonstrate some skiing techniques. Hone these skills during the trip and learn how to ski up and down hills. You will be allowed free use of the skis for the rest of the day.
Duration: 2 hours (skiing distance 2-5 km).

RIDE OF YOUR LIFE (Wednesday and Saturday)
Transportation by car to a reindeer farm, where a herdsman will tell us about reindeers and their habits. Everyone will take a 5 km sleigh ride and receive a reindeer driver's license. After a successful ride, we'll enjoy a cup of coffee and some local cookies in a Lappish kota (tepee-like structure).
Duration: 2 hours.

HUSKY SAFARI (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)
Drive from the safari office to a husky camp, where the barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you. Before departing on the safari, you will be given instruction on how to control the sleds, which you will ride in pairs. Enjoy some hot berry juice by an open fire and chat with the husky breeder about these northern animals once you return to the camp.
Duration: 2.5 hours (2 persons/husky sled).



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