Northern Lights vacation, Finnish Lapland

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Responsible tourism: Northern Lights vacation, Finnish Lapland

Environment

All the activities on this trip have been chosen bearing the environment in mind. We have included in this program; snowshoeing, a husky safari and snowmobiling with ice-fishing . Snowmobiling we have used in this case, as otherwise it is impossible to get quickly and safe out on the lake in extreme conditions to try ice-fishing. Skiing, reindeer herding and Sami culture can be offered as an alternative to snowmobiling in other cases.
Food served in your hotel comes from the neighbourhood. You will get a lot of local pure fish and reindeer as well as local berries.

We hope our guests will get to see with their own eyes how beautiful the Arctic and its nature is, in turn gaining an understanding of the reasons behind why protecting this pristine environment is so important. We want our guests to learn to value silence. Many of us do not even understand how total silence feels as in cities it is never really silent, and therefore to appreciate the wilderness and help to protect it like we do. Local food is served in the hotel, allowing you to experience the great food which has been sources nearby.

Community

Your hotel is privately owned and run by a local family. After a total renovation an old school was turned into a nice hotel which has brought a lot of work to the local service providers: reindeer farm, husky farm, snow mobile guides, fishermen, skiing instructors, hotel employees to name a few.

Guests come here to enjoy silence and admire the night light show. No negative side-effects are caused to the local community, which is located in the wilderness with very few opportunities to make a living. We respect the local culture and try to include a short introduction to it in every tour if the timetable allows. Local food is served. In this area of Lapland berries, potatoes, reindeer meat and fish are typical ingredients. On the ice-fishing tour the guests will see, how it is possible to get fresh fish in wintertime, when the lakes are frozen.

We bring guests in small groups to hotels we have hand-picked, offer first-class service and pay attention to the environmental questions. If needed, we arrange accommodation and activities also on the way in Helsinki or other parts of Finland, helping other local economies.

Reviews of Northern Lights vacation, Finnish Lapland

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

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2016 by

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


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 travelers booking this vacation?


Dress in layers as the weather is so unpredictable.

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?


Perfect!

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2016 by

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


Snowshoeing in the dark

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


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 vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Supported local companies

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


Very good

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