Northern lights family vacation, tailor made

“The beauty of this Northern Lights family trip is the sheer variety of activities on offer for all ages and how well organised it is - no one will be bored any of the time.”

Highlights

Luosto | Central Lapland | Pyhä-Luosto National Park | Finnish wilderness setting | Fantastic hotel and spa facilities | Husky safari | Reindeer farm visit | Snowmobile safari | Snowshoeing | Evening hunts for the Northern Lights | Expert guides and instructors | Sledging |

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Places on activities get snapped up quickly, so decide what you want to do and get booked up!
Trip type:
Tailor made to your budget and preferences.
Activity level:
Leisurely/moderate.
Accomm:
3 nights excellent hotel.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
All breakfasts, all dinners.
Included:
Flights, transfers, accommodation, guides and instructors.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Northern lights family vacation, tailor made

Tourism in Finnish Lapland has become the main source of employment and income, replacing traditional industries such as forestry. Working within this growth industry in rural and remote areas means that we must take a great deal of responsibility; socially, environmentally and economically.

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.

Our vacations rely on visiting beautiful and un-spoilt areas, and they don't come more un- spoilt than Luosto. Naturally we wish to maintain the natural settings in which we work, not just for the future of our company, but also for future generations. We always insist that our local providers are equally conscious of this.

The wooden chalets that we use as accommodation are built using sustainable timbers and are all extremely well insulated to ensure maximum efficiency.

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.

We always offset our air travel emissions and would encourage you to do the same.

5 Reviews of Northern lights family vacation, tailor made

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Reviewed on 27 Aug 2018 by

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


Really enjoy searching for the northern lights, enjoyed the time on the Fells, dog sledding was a fun experience, small group experience was welcomed.

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


Book through a tour company that includes all aspects of the trip from airport transportation to the hotel to tours. There was a problem with the original hotel
not being ready for customers but we were taken care of with a new location and same tours without a problem or lapse in our trip momentum.

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?


MAT was extremely helpful with all questions, generous of his time to teach the group planetary patterns in the sky above us, helped everyone how to
better take photos of the night sky. Hopefully you hired him to be a steady staff person for he is great with your customers. Sorry for such a delay in
responding to your questionnaire. Let me know if you want a few photos from my trip in December 2017

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2018 by

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


Husky sledding was amazing.

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


If you have young children (my daughter is 3 and a half), don’t hesitate booking. I was concerned she would be too young but she thoroughly enjoyed playing in the snow and all the excursions.

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


It benefited local people in terms of employment maybe...

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


Amazing - we all loved it. Great accommodation, activities and restaurant.

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2018 by

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


We loved all the activities. I think the huskies would be voted top by most of the party. But just the experience of being surrounded by a beautiful snowy trees and scenery and for small (and larger) children, the constant availability of sledges and slopes and lovely deep snow is magical. Just being able to go in to the zoo every day we were there and see those animals and birds once more was also special.

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


Be prepared for an ambivalent relationship with your snowsuit and other protective clothing, gloves, helmets etc. Taking them on and off takes time and they feel clumsy and uncomfortable at times - know that you will grow to LOVE them once you realise you can only enjoy the snow and the adventurous activities if you are wearing them. 10 mins without those layers will convince you. This can be a tough lesson for small children initially.

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


It certainly seemed that many of the employees at Ranua were local and they were using local people such as reindeer and horse farmers to provide activities. We were impressed that we were taken to what appeared to be a local supermarket not one which belongs to an international chain. Lots of local food and drink on offer.

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


A very special vacation. My Australian son in law and granddaughter (aged 6) had never touched snow before. I wanted to share a special experience with them and my daughter and it was certainly that. It worked for us all whatever age or stage. Its a relaxed and welcoming place where you feel they are taking care of you but they are also providing challenging and memorable activities and sharing their own experience and passion for the landscape and its wildlife. The standard of accommodation and food is high.

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2016 by

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


Snowmobiling! What a fantastic day. The tour was informal, fun and adventurous. What more can you ask for. The setting couldn't have been better.

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


Pack suitable clothing. Although the warm outer gear is perfect for tours, it is a little cumbersome for just popping to dinner.
So good winter gear to go from the cabin to the main lodge. Also, we travelled with a 10 month old baby, so take a sling. The staff were fantastic and loaned us a cart with a reindeer skin, blankets and pillows to transport our baby from the cabin to the lodge. This was great! But if you wanted to go a bit further afield, the sling was important because it keeps the baby a lot warmer.

Don't overpack. In the winter you don't really need to change your clothes that often and there isn't a great deal of storage in the cabins. We had too much stuff and didn't use most of it.

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


All of the staff were local and I felt they were connected and dedicated to the local area.

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


Excellent! What a fantastic place to stay. I would not hesitate in recommending the accommodation used. The staff went above and beyond - no request was too difficult. From the collection to departure, each touchpoint was dealt with a smile and solution.

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2014 by

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


We loved all of it - the food, accommodation, tour guides and the northern lights were spectacular. The trip was very well organised and everything came together nicely. We travel a lot and this trip did not disappoint.

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


Bring a hairdryer as there was not one in our room. We might have been able to borrow one - we didn't ask.

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?


Excellent

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