Finnish Lapland activity vacation with log cabin

“This eight-day activity vacation is a real winter wonderland adventure, including a husky safari and chance to spot the Northern Lights. We love the cosy cabins with private saunas too.”

Highlights

Luosto | Reindeer park and sleigh ride | Cross country skiing on local trails | Snowmobile safari to Lampivaara Amethyst Mine | Northern Lights snowshoe trek | Husky safari through Lapland wilderness.

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2020: 21 Feb, 28 Feb, 6 Mar, 13 Mar, 20 Mar, 27 Mar
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Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travelers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Torassieppi is situated in the far north of Finland and is a traditional reindeer farm, which was diversified to include accommodation many years ago. Torassieppi is now owned and operated by a local family company who are our longest standing partners in Finnish Lapland.

The links between this historic spot, the local community, and the pristine environment in which it sits are very clear and of course we, and our local team have a responsibility to ensure that all of this is preserved and ideally enhanced by responsible tourism.

Torassieppi sits in a region characterised by fells and forests, and close to the incredible Pallas Yllas National Park. This spectacular wilderness environment of course must be preserved and protected.
As Torassieppi is also the base of a traditional reindeer farm, a way of life reliant on the environment, the responsibility is even more apparent here.

Torassieppi is now heated entirely by geothermal heating sources, which has replaced the previous oil system.

They have a strict recycling policy here and all guests are encouraged to do the same.

Food menus are designed to include locally sourced produce as far as is possible and this is a real focus of the restaurant here. All food waste is minimised where possible and so menus provide variety to a measured level.

The accommodation does not operate a standard change of linen in the hotel rooms. It can of course be requested by guests if needed, but in order to conserve water, this is not offered as standard.

Transfers are all operated in shared vehicles where possible to reduce the use of vehicles, and where possible activities start from the hotel grounds.

The activities included provide a broad overview of the options available in the region and have been designed with a focus on the local culture and way of life (see community).

The vacation includes the likes of traditional local skills and ice fishing, to snowshoe walks, dog sledding and snowmobiling, alongside the all-important Northern Lights activities. This vacation features far fewer motorised activities to ensure that the focus is on the local environment and on the Aurora, whilst minimising emissions.

Across all activities, a leave no trace policy in place. All waste is removed, and any wood used to make fires is collected from sustainable sources and is responsibly used. Wilderness toilet facilities (where provided) are natural composting toilets.

No plastic or disposable cups are used during the safaris.

Group sizes are limited to ensure that the impact of any activities on the environment is mitigated.
All trails for activities such as dog sledding and snowmobiling are designated and maintained throughout the season. These tracks produce relatively little impact on the landscape and the ground underneath is protected from damage by snow cover. The routes of course for snowmobiles do not venture into the National Park.
The fleet of snowmobiles has been upgraded to 4 stroke engines rather than the more polluting 2 stroke engines and e-snowmobiles are being considered for future upgrades as this technology is improving all the time.

Snowmobiling can be a controversial activity and of course it is possible for guests to abstain from this during this vacation, however the local team have done all they can to reduce the impact of snowmobiling and what has taken place is listed above. It is also worth noting that snowmobiles are very much a way of life in this region, and replace 4 x4 machines in many cases, which are far more polluting. The trails are managed as if they were roads and strict laws and rules apply to their use, which mitigates their impact on the environment and of course are in place for safety.

Guests also travel two people per snowmobile to limit the use of the machines.

The hotel’s owners aim to make their whole company carbon neutral and they are very much working towards this with their new policies and developments.

They are also starting tree planting initiatives in the local area, where guests in summer can plant their own tree. We will facilitate it so that our winter visitors can also contribute to this scheme if they so wish.

The team also use the waste from their Arctic Sled Dog center (located at one of Torassieppi’s sister properties) as part of a local community project which is converting this bio-waste into energy.

We do appreciate that some may feel that snowmobiles should not be included in such itineraries however in areas such as Luosto they are a way of life. They are the only means of keeping in contact with remote reindeer herders and communities as the road infrastructure is not extensive.

All trails are well managed. The alternatives to snowmobiles would in most cases be large, gas-guzzling off road vehicles. All snowmobiles are regularly serviced and kept as fuel efficient as possible. Our suppliers also utilise new 4-stroke engines that are less polluting.

The snowmobile service industry is also another vital source of employment in these remote areas. We always ensure that all litter is removed from any of our activity sites, we strongly encourage group transfers to reduce traffic volumes and we make our clients aware of their obligation to the environment.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

This vacation is especially focussed on the local culture of Lapland and its traditions and provides a rounded insight for guests.

The vacation includes a local culture activity where guests learn about the history and importance of reindeer herding, enjoy a sleigh ride and also visit a museum in the farmhouse which dates back to the 1800s (it is a rare historical building which was not impacted by the war). Lunch is served in a traditional kota around a fire.

Guests learn some recipes for traditional local dishes during a cookery workshop, highlighting the importance Torassieppi places on local foods.

Local skills such as fire lighting will be taught, and guests will also have the chance to try ice fishing. These pastimes and skills are intrinsic to the local way of life, and so they are important for guests to try.

The spiritual side of the region is also explored during a ceremony with a traditional shaman.

The presence of tourists in such a wild area and, is of course noticeable, and so it is exceptionally important that any local impact from visitors is a positive one.

The local team have a charter that they follow in this respect and they aim to:

• Preserve the Lappish traditions in planning of programmes and services.
• Raise the environmental and cultural awareness for the guests, reindeer herding, Lappish and Sami culture heritage presented in the programmes in respectful way.
• Promote animal welfare in our husky and reindeer safaris and their living conditions
• We are founding members in the Animal welfare in tourism services – project in co-operations with University of Lapland
• Family values in all operations.

Torassieppi is very much a family owned business (the family own three hotels in the area) and the business shas passed through the generations. The hotels employ a huge number of people in the local area, both directly and indirectly through the tourism multiplier effect. Together with our suppliers, we always try to ensure that tourism expenditure is retained by the local community and benefits them directly.

At all their hotels, including Torassieppi, this is achieved by sourcing as many products locally as possible, employing local transportation companies, employing and training local guides, contracting local services for anything outsourced.

We fully appreciate the impact of tourist visits on local communities and their residents and strive to ensure that we are having a positive effect. We always encourage all of our clients to respect and embrace the lives and culture of local inhabitants by learning a few important words: hello, goodbye, please, thank you etc.

We have also included activities with a cultural base in our vacation. In addition, we always encourage our clients to get involved in local events and activities which help to sustain traditional values and customs. In all of our destinations we ensure that we use local suppliers, enabling locally owned businesses and the economies in which they work to benefit directly.

Our suppliers in Luosto provide a vital source of employment throughout the whole region. The restaurant serves as much local produce as possible. Many of our safaris in Luosto also utilise other local enterprises such as the amethyst mine and the remote smoke sauna and restaurant we use in one of our activities is the primary income for a local couple.

Through the tourism multiplier effect, this all helps to generate incomes and employment where the drift might otherwise be towards larger employment areas such as towns and cities. In a small and remote village such as Luosto the effects of such a drift could be devastating.

The use of small businesses means that the tourism income, generated by our presence, stays where it should, in the local economy. We firmly believe in paying a fair price for all the services provided by our suppliers regardless of where they are in the world.

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8 Reviews of Finnish Lapland activity vacation with log cabin

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Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020 by

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


Both the husky and reindeer days. Well organized, interesting and great fun.

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


Do not take more clothes than are recommended. The clothes
supplied are marvelous and everything you need except inner stuff. Also, the hotel and bedrooms are very warm.

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


Totally! We are keen conservationists and it was amazing to see how much effort is put into explaining the importance of it to their guests

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


Wonderful!!! My husband is celiac and there were gluten free options for him at every meal - even the outings. The food, by the way, was totally delicious and plentiful

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2018 by

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


The whiteness of the wilderness!

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


Snowmobiling is actually quite tough! After several hours you can feel it on your back, knees & shoulders, so keep that in mind. Also, snowmobiles had heated bars so no need for thermal gloves under the mitts, so choose mitts that fit perfectly to make it easier on the grip.

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


Definitely. Local guide, local places we stay & ate at.

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


Super

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2017 by

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


The husky safari was wonderful. We were also lucky with the northern lights which put on an amazing display for several hours on New Years eve.

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


Useful to take plenty of your own hats, gloves, scarves & winter clothes (so you can layer up and adjust to changing temperatures/activities) even though Torressieppi provides good clothing and boots.

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


Torressieppi appeared a good employer - staff seemed really happy and keen to stay. I also liked the fact that we only had a walk (no driving) to get to the husky farm, reindeer farm, cross country ski location etc. The only driving outside the start and finish days was to go to the nearby national park a couple of times (20 minutes away).

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


Fantastic.

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2015 by

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


Husky ride and Reindeer sleigh. And snowmobile. It was all great.

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


I would recommend 2 pairs of gloves at least, wear one under the other if you can.

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


Yes - all locals that we met, guides etc..

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


Brilliant, only one thing would be more activities or more afternoon activities. Every day we were finished by 4/5pm or earlier, so plan more to do in afternoons. We didn't realize this before hand and if we had know would have planned the evenings better to fit lots more in. The guide Jussi was very helpful and informative.The hotel was warm and comfortable.

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2014 by

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


All of it!!
Family time, snow, Father Christmas, organized activities, accommodation, meals.
Being from Australia it was such a contrast from hot summer Christmas vacations.

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


Dress as you are advised. We did, and were comfortable and warm all the time.
Try all the activities, they are fun - even for the 'big kids' !

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


Yes, it provided employment to many which they enjoyed during a very long , dark and cold time over December.

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


Truly excellent. Very well organized, accommodation spotless, warm, beautiful meals, clean winter suits, great activities, friendly staff, and the support of the operators representative if you needed it.

Reviewed on 31 Mar 2014 by

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


I enjoyed all of it.

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


Can't think of any.

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?


Very good.

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2014 by

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


The place itself - the quietness. Luosto is so very quiet. I took a hike around the lake behind the hotel one morning and in the hour it took to amble around met maybe 8 people? All out for a quiet walk like me. I saw a reindeer hoof print in the snow to the side of the path and probably the reindeer saw me although I can't attest to that!

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


Be aware that meal times in the Tunturi Luosto Hotel will probably not give you romance or a quiet intimate atmosphere. The buffet tends to be crowded and busy especially around weekends or the vacation season. There are a lot of people moving around and some of them are less than well mannered. Your best defense is finding people you like to sit with at mealtimes. That said the quality of the food was pretty good and there was enough choice to eat properly everyday. Staff were helpful as on the morning that the rye grain porridge ran out by 9 am when some kind person in the kitchen cooked up a new batch for me and some other lucky people.

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


Many local people are involved in tourism related activities in Luosto. I liked the fact that we were meeting locals and learning from them. Also the fact that we did not have to buy a lot of winter gear to make the trip comfortable is a good thing. Cold weather gear is bulky and expensive especially if you are not going to be using it again anytime soon. Harianna from whom I made most of my purchases locally whether it was slippers for inside the hotel, souvenirs for family and friends or that wool blanket that is currently warming me up every night has a nice, well stocked store. If you need it - she probably has it!

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


Overall enjoyable. I really had fun with the outdoor activities and I enjoyed the area itself. However I wish there had been a quieter option for meal location than the dining hall.
Because of the timing of flights I was put on I missed both a breakfast and dinner. The morning I left I was up at 5am to finish packing, check the room, get all my gear downstairs and check out by 6:20.
There was no breakfast available that day. The first place I could get anything to eat was the airport after passing through security. That was after 8:30am. I think that the hotel should arrange some sort of meal we could have eaten on the bus. It's a 90 minute bus ride so there would have been plenty of time for us to have had some sort of picnic breakfast onboard.

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2013 by

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


The variety of experiences. The beautiful pristine snow. The northern lights

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


Clothing in layers. No point in taking dressing up clothes if staying in log cabin as the walk from there to hotel etc means dressing up for the cold then shedding layers when inside

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


Hope so, by bringing money into community and contact with other nationalities

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


Very good thanks

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