7 independent reviews for Northern lights short break, Finland 4 star rating

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Alison Ferguson review 9 Mar 20145 star rating

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


Husky sledging.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Snowsuits extremely warm, packing a lot of heavy clothing unnecessary.

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


Yes.

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


Daughter said, "best vacation ever".

Rene Ostapuk review 10 Mar 20144 star rating

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


Seeing the Northern Lights! When the skies opened up on our final night, it was like a big bow on top of a really special present. Amazing! We also enjoyed all the activities provided through the local operator. They were well organized and easily accomplished. The surrounding forest is so beautiful and it was incredible to venture out into the pristine surroundings.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't stress or worry about bringing extra warm clothing. As long as you have layers you will be fine with the suits provided. The only time we were too cold was when we stood in the middle of the frozen lake waiting to view the lights, about 3 hours. For this, the heat packs and balaclava were very beneficial. There is a fire pit available on shore to help keep you warm. We brought a lot of heat packs and used only a few.

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


Absolutely! We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the husky and reindeer farms. The reindeer farmer explained that his family has raised reindeer for generations. Tourism helps to pay for the feed, now needed to sustain his herd, due to
the fact that the forest is too young to produce the moss that used to feed the reindeer. We were told of similar stories from the husky camp. We also shopped at the local market and ate local food in the restaurant.

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


This was an amazing adventure. I would really recommend participating in all the activities as they provided me with an enthusiastic adventure each and every day. The lights were an amazing bonus, especially since clouds were forecast for our entire trip. It was very difficult to leave and return home; I wanted to stay longer!

Tricia Callaghan review 5 Jan 20144 star rating

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


Snowmobile safari to the amethyst mine. Digging for your own - I found a really
big one! I could almost close my hand around it so they let me keep it. The
views were breathtaking. We didn't get to see the Northern Lights but I still
enjoyed every minute of it. The staff were great, so friendly. It dipped to
minus 10-12 but with the outdoor gear we were given we never felt cold!
The Finnish people are lovely.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you are traveling alone be aware of the single supplement on the activities
- it is quite hefty.

Outdoor gear including mittens boots and overall - brilliant don't bother
taking your own. Do take a good hat.

Try as many of the activities as possible.
There isn't much chance to dress up - don't bother taking anything too smart.
The hotel food is good - the salmon was out of this world.

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


Benefited local people.
Huge amount of electricity needed to heat the rooms etc so I can't say it helps
reduce environmental impact.

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


I didn't see the Northern Lights, like for most people was my dream BUT I did
have a fab time and will always remember the wonderful views/experiences.
Don't expect to see them just think that you will still have that experience to
look forward to.

Nicola Cullen review 3 Jan 20144 star rating

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


Husky sledging!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Nil.....all v well catered for.

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


Yes

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


Fantastic, despite not seeing northern lights.

John Thorpe review 7 Mar 20143 star rating

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


The last evening with the visit to Kuusiranta and Northern lights dinner.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Read the information you are issued by The activity company carefully and take note especially on the clothes you actually need. Don't assume you need to spend loads of money on special clothing....you don't.

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


It certainly benefitted the locals in as much as not only the hotel staff are all local but also the guides and suppliers of the winter wear and all the activities were hosted by locals and very good they all were.

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


Very good. Although it is not cheap. it is a one off. Although we were not fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights, nearly all on the trip would not return as the cost was prohibitive.

Anne Stevenson review 10 Feb 20143 star rating

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


The room was well equipped and comfortable. Spectacular scenery and powder snow. Loved the evening around the fire, eating salmon in kuurisanta.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't go expecting to see the Northern Lights. We were there for 5 nights and there was only low level clouds covering the sky. Once you accept this, it's still lots of fun. But do pre-book anything you desperately want to do....I missed out on the husky dogs and ice fishing, as they were fully booked.

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


I didn't see any recycling bins anwhere so not sure how this is managed. Most activities in the area seem to be focused on tourism, so I'm sure locals do benefit economically.

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


Excellent, relaxing....such fun.

Diane Wilkinson review 4 Mar 20124 star rating

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


Seeing the Northern Lights.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't take too many clothes - either smart ones or extra warm ones.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Certainly very green.

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


Very good indeed.

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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