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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 5020
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Get an introduction to a wide range of Nordic activities with this excellent holiday at Luosto in Finnish Lapland. You will try traditional Finnish pastimes like cross-country skiing and husky sledding. There will be a trip by snowmobile to the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine and the chance to learn about the life of a reindeer herder before a sleigh ride. You will also hunt the Northern Lights on snowshoes with an expert guide.

What's included?

  • Flights: return flights from London to Finland are included. Either direct or via Helsinki depending on your date of travel. Regional departures may be available and subject to a supplement. Please ask our Travel Experts for more information. Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: return airport transfers
  • Accommodation: 7 nights in an en-suite double or twin hotel room at the Hotel Tunturi
  • Meals: half board
  • The following activities and equipment are included: reindeer park visit and sleigh ride, cross-country skiing, snowmobile safari to Amethyst Mine, Northern Lights snowshoe safari, 10km husky safari (the order of activities will vary depending on the departure date and are subject to availability)
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities
  • Services of our representative

Our Taster Week in Luosto takes you right into the heart of a beautiful landscape, giving you the chance to take part in a full range of Nordic activities, all while finding out more about the local culture.

Get familiar with the winter wonderland around Luosto on snowmobiles - easily one of the most popular ways to get about in Finland. You will drive them all the way to the famous Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, where you will be able to dig for your own amethysts.

Connect with nature as you learn how to cross-country ski on delightful trails. As Luosto is right inside the Aurora Zone, a snowshoe hunt for the Northern Lights has been included in your itinerary. There is also the chance to add in extra evening activities if you would like to further enhance your knowledge of the Aurora or your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.

There are two Arctic animal experiences that simply shouldn’t be missed in this part of the world. You will harness up the huskies to a sled and follow a guide on a ten-kilometre dog sledding trip through the wilderness. You will also travel to a reindeer park and observe how this traditional industry continues to the present day before enjoying a sleigh ride.

You will stay at the Luosto Tunturi Spa Hotel which has a wonderful pool area, spa and gym, and well-being facilities for guests to enjoy during their stay.

Please note: If you are travelling over the New Year then you will be joining in with the hotel’s wonderful celebrations. These will normally include a celebratory meal and live music on New Year’s Eve. Please ask our Travel Experts for further information.

Please note: some elements of this itinerary (including transfers and some activities) are shared with our sister company Activities Abroad and are popular with families during the school holidays.  If a child free holiday is important to your party when travelling, please speak to our Travel Experts for recommendations.


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Key facts

Duration:7 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • Please note: this is a sample itinerary which will vary depending on the arrival day of your holiday. All activities are subject to availability at the time of booking.

    On arrival at the airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Luosto. You can check in and familiarise yourself with your inviting hotel room before dinner in the restaurant. If you are arriving on a later flight a packed tea will be provided on the transfer or a chilled supper will be waiting in your accommodation upon arrival.

  • After breakfast, it’s time to meet some of Lapland’s most famous inhabitants. A short transfer to a local reindeer farm will be followed by an introduction to this centuries-old and traditional way of life. You will also be treated to a reindeer sleigh ride taking you along pretty forest paths. Tea and coffee will be served at the farm before you return to Luosto.

    Dinner will be served in your hotel’s restaurant.

  • Following breakfast, you will have a free day to make the most of Luosto as you wish. You could make use of the spa facilities or book activities locally and head out over the snow. Dinner will be served in your hotel’s restaurant.

  • Cross-country skiing is one the most popular pastimes in Finland during the winter and Luosto is well known for its routes. After breakfast, your guide will provide tuition prior to leading you on a ski trip along some delightful trails.

    Dinner will be served in your hotel’s restaurant.

  • After breakfast, you will go on a snowmobile safari to Luosto’s famous Amethyst Mine, based on the top of Lampivaara Fell.

    Having been shown how to control the snowmobiles, you will drive through the wilderness and along snowy forest routes. The trip is based on two people sharing a snowmobile and anyone wishing to drive must have a full driving licence. If you would prefer not to be on a snowmobile, you can choose to sit in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. It is also possible to upgrade to single snowmobiles if you would prefer to drive your own. Please ask our Travel Experts for more information and a quotation.

    At Lampivaara, you will learn more about the history of the Amethyst Mine, prior to journeying to a covered section of the mine to seek out a gemstone of your own. If you uncover one which is small enough to fit inside a closed fist, you can keep it! You will then drive the snowmobiles back to Luosto.

    Dinner will be served in your hotel’s restaurant.

  • Today you will have the morning and afternoon at leisure. You might like to get back on the cross-country skis and snowshoes and explore more of Luosto’s landscape or to try something new. A lazy day at the hotel is also possible if you prefer to completely relax!

    Dinner in the hotel restaurant paves the way for a Northern Lights snowshoe hunt. Led into the tranquil night by a guide, you will walk and look for the Aurora as you go, with a hot drink served en route.

  • A free morning gives you time to try out the snowy outdoor trails after breakfast. The afternoon kicks off your itinerary with your final holiday highlight: the 10km husky safari.

    You will be transferred to a husky farm where you will meet the dogs and receive full instruction on how to handle a team. After that, you will be off on an exciting ride around Luosto’s surroundings. On your return to the farm, you can learn more about these splendid dogs from the mushers while sipping drinks by a fire. This is sure to be a truly unforgettable experience.

    Dinner will be served in your hotel’s restaurant.

  • Enjoy a final breakfast before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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Luosto Tunturi

Nights: 1-7

Luosto is a charming ski village in Finnish Lapland with a picturesque backdrop of forested fells, making it the ideal winter retreat. With its handful of shops and cafés, the village manages to maintain a traditional Northern Finnish feel and the guests have easy access to local facilities.

The Luosto Tunturi Spa Hotel is one of only two hotels in the town and continues to be one of our most sought after accommodation options. The hotel combines 150 comfortable bedrooms in varying room types, with a swimming pool, spa facilities and three restaurants.

Hotel facilities

The restaurants at the hotel serve an array of local and international dishes.

The main Tunturi restaurant, used for the majority of our trips, serves buffet style meals. The meals often include choices of one or two dishes and local specialities for evening meals. There is also the Bistro restaurant, which is smaller and serves à la carte meals. Finally, the Kelo Log Restaurant, just a short walk down the road, is a vast log cabin restaurant and is used in some of our programmes one evening. 

  • A highlight of the facilities at the Tunturi is the pool as well as the spa facilities, which are a wonderful place to unwind in after a long day outside
  • The pool has massage and waterfall points and there is also a hot tub for guest use
  • The sauna wing at the hotel offers both Turkish and Finnish saunas, which are heated daily
  • The Amethyst Spa offers guests a range of massage and beauty treatments which you can book in advance or upon arrival (subject to availability and payable locally)
  • There are seven neighbouring downhill ski slopes and ski hire is available locally. The hotel will also help you arrange ski passes. Also cross-country skis and snowshoes can be hired locally for you to explore the variety of trails surrounding the hotel.
  • There is free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel for guest use

Room types

Standard double/twin rooms: There are 64 standard rooms at the Tunturi which all have an en-suite toilet and shower room and other facilities including hairdryer, drying cupboard, minibar and television

Each room also has a sofa bed which you can convert into a bed for an additional adult

Superior double/twin rooms: The superior rooms are similar to the standard rooms but are all in the new wing of the hotel and have been recently renovated. All rooms have an en-suite toilet and shower room and other facilities including a hairdryer, a drying cupboard, a minibar and television. In addition, there are tea and coffee facilities in each room.

There is also a sofa in each room that can be converted to accommodate one extra adult.

Upgrade supplements will apply - please speak to our Travel Experts for more information and a quote.

The Tunturi and Amethyst suites: The hotel also has a small number of suites for guest use, which are ideal for those looking for a bit more space. The twelve Tunturi Suites each have one bedroom for two people. The three Amethyst Suites have two bedrooms and accommodate up to six people.

All the suites are equipped with a lounge area, a kitchenette, shower room with private sauna, a hairdryer, a television, a drying cupboard and a balcony.

Upgrade supplements will apply - please speak to our Travel Experts for more information and a quote.

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Our pick

Multimedia show and Northern Lights hunt

From £62pp

Get fully immersed in the science, myth, and legend behind the Northern Lights with an expert-led audio-visual show. This will have you fully prepared for the Aurora hunt that follows, with a guide taking you to a special outdoor spot for watching and taking photos. Camera tripods will be available and hot drinks will be served by a campfire.

NB: This is a very similar presentation to the one included in the visit to the Aurora Kota; we do not, therefore, recommend booking both of these activities.

Availability: Monday

Duration: 45 minutes presentation and 2 hour Northern Lights hunt on foot


Other options

Activities

Visit to an Aurora Kota by car

From: £92pp

You will transfer to the Aurora Kota for an engaging presentation on the Northern Lights. A ‘kota’ is a typical tent used by Finland’s native Sámi people and makes for a highly atmospheric venue; this version is crafted from wood so it is nice and cosy.

NB: This is a very similar presentation as included in the Multimedia Show and Northern Lights hunt so we do not recommend booking both of these activities.

Availability: Tuesday

Duration: 2 hours


Image credit: Vicky Mowbray (client)

Ice fishing by snowmobile

From: £118pp

Having been shown how to safely operate a snowmobile, you will follow your guide through frozen forests and the Lapland countryside to a specially chosen spot on an icy lake. Here, you will be taught how to drill through the ice and set up a line. Then it’s just a matter of patience to see whether you make a catch! Your guide will offer insider tricks and tips, and coffee will be served with a snack by a campfire.

Availability: Thursday and Sunday

Duration: Approximately 3 hours

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Please note: the arrival day of this holiday changes depending on the date of travel chosen and the available flight routes. Because of this, the order of activities is a sample of how they may run and as a result, it may change. Your final itinerary will be provided to you upon arrival at Luosto but all will be included in your holiday (subject to availability).

Dates
Sat 29 Dec 2018
to Sat 05 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 2,005 Single Adult£ 2,425
Fri 04 Jan 2019
to Fri 11 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,545 Single Adult£ 1,965
Fri 11 Jan 2019
to Fri 18 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,565 Single Adult£ 1,985
Fri 18 Jan 2019
to Fri 25 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,665 Single Adult£ 2,085
Fri 25 Jan 2019
to Fri 01 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,660 Single Adult£ 2,080
Fri 01 Feb 2019
to Fri 08 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,655 Single Adult£ 2,075
Sat 09 Feb 2019
to Sat 16 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,895 Single Adult£ 2,315
Sat 16 Feb 2019
to Sat 23 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,895 Single Adult£ 2,315
Fri 22 Feb 2019
to Fri 01 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,565 Single Adult£ 1,985
Fri 01 Mar 2019
to Fri 08 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,565 Single Adult£ 1,985
Fri 08 Mar 2019
to Fri 15 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,565 Single Adult£ 1,985
Fri 15 Mar 2019
to Fri 22 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,565 Single Adult£ 1,985
Fri 22 Mar 2019
to Fri 29 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,565 Single Adult£ 1,985
Fri 29 Mar 2019
to Fri 05 Apr 2019
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Adults£ 1,445 Single Adult£ 1,865

Please note: Our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity in order to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

Next season's provisional dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

Dates
Sat 28 Dec 2019
to Sat 04 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 2,290 Single Adult£ 2,710
Fri 03 Jan 2020
to Fri 10 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,730 Single Adult£ 2,150
Fri 10 Jan 2020
to Fri 17 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,755 Single Adult£ 2,175
Fri 24 Jan 2020
to Fri 31 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,900 Single Adult£ 2,320
Fri 31 Jan 2020
to Fri 07 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 1,890 Single Adult£ 2,310
Sat 08 Feb 2020
to Sat 15 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 2,125 Single Adult£ 2,545
Fri 14 Feb 2020
to Fri 21 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 2,125 Single Adult£ 2,545
Fri 21 Feb 2020
to Fri 28 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 1,755 Single Adult£ 2,175
Fri 28 Feb 2020
to Fri 06 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,755 Single Adult£ 2,175
Fri 06 Mar 2020
to Fri 13 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,755 Single Adult£ 2,175
Fri 13 Mar 2020
to Fri 20 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,755 Single Adult£ 2,175
Fri 20 Mar 2020
to Fri 27 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,755 Single Adult£ 2,175
Fri 27 Mar 2020
to Fri 03 Apr 2020
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Adults£ 1,620 Single Adult£ 2,040

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Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor-made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures, you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers, you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases, we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday, then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Minimum age

Unless otherwise stated, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company: www.activitiesabroad.com

Single supplements

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation. 

Medical history and advice

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Reduced mobility
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our Travel Experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness
Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition are provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example, you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required. If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost every day.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience are unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides, please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice, but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally
In almost all our destinations, you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car hire
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Traveller Reviews

Would definitely book through yourselves again! 13 March 2018 by The Williams Family

I think everything was fully covered within this holiday. There is enough time for activities and own time. The Huskey safari was the best, as this opportunity won't come around again. It was an exhilarating afternoon. I have already recommended artisan travel for a winter activity holiday and would definitely book through yourselves again!

A most enjoyable holiday full of all the activities we were looking for 05 February 2017 by Michael and Dawn Taylor

A most enjoyable holiday full of all the activities we were looking for, that were run in a professional and reassuring manner for first-time participators like myself and my wife Dawn. Also, some spare time to try our hand at ice fishing that we booked at the hotel, in addition, the activities provided. We enjoyed all the activities. If I have to say one was least enjoyable, it would probably be
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the reindeer sleigh ride itself, just because it was very sedate. However, the talk given by the Reindeer 'farmer' was most enjoyable and very informative giving a great insight into a year in the life of a reindeer 'farmer'. A big shout out must go to Greta Henderson, the rep at the LoustoTunturi Hotel, for not only a very friendly welcoming and informative briefing about what to expect from the activities, but also her continuity throughout the week with regards to any queries or questions we had and that they were answered or actioned to our complete satisfaction. This was evident one breakfast time when we got chatting about a local ice skating sign we had seen near the hotel and Greta actually interrupted her breakfast to go seek information from another colleague in the restaurant. I’m in no doubt that Greta's enthusiasm to help enhanced our holiday experience.
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Thank you again for a really memorable trip! 15 January 2017 by Stuart and Lynne Smith

We thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities whilst we were in Luosto. A great week of varying activities. We would like to say thank you to all of the team at Artisan we had a really enjoyable holiday. A special thank you goes out to the amazing Greta who was truly brilliant! From the moment that we arrived Greta did everything she possibly could to ensure that we had a great experience. She was
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very friendly and extremely helpful even spending the time to look into additional activities like ice climbing, she even introduced us to a colleague who had previously ice climbed so that we could gain more details. Nothing was ever too much trouble and we would say that she is a great asset to your company. Please send her our regards. Thank you again for a really memorable trip!
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A 'once in a lifetime' experience 14 February 2016 by Sarah March

All of the activities were very enjoyable and we had the most amazing time. Luosto is a very special place to be in the winter. We were provided with an accurate description of the holiday and were very well informed of what we would experience. The holiday surpassed both of our expectations and it truly was a 'once in a lifetime' experience.

Already recommending it to all our friends 22 March 2015 by Stephen Payne

The activities were all good but we did enjoy the cross-country skiing and the snowshoe trek. This was our 2nd trip to Luosto and we have already recommended it to all our friends.

No hesitation to recommend your company! 17 February 2014 by Ian Briscoe

Just returned to England after a great week in Luosto. Despite not having seen the Northern Lights we had great fun. A massive thank you to Graham and Karen who did a fab job out there. We enjoyed our cabin and even managed to get the fire going! No hesitation to recommend your company.

We had a great time in Luosto 17 February 2014 by Antonie Van de Bovenkamp

We had a great time in Luosto with the multi-activity taster trip. Everything ran like clockwork, and looking back now at the pictures much of the magic is preserved. We didn't see the Northern Lights but it still made for a superholiday.

Everything ran very smoothly 08 March 2012 by John Price

I thought everything before the trip ran really smoothly. I had all the information I needed in plenty of time and felt very well prepared for the holiday re what clothes to take etc. When we arrived we were greeted by our reps who were brilliant. They were very approachable and could not do enough for you or to help you out. All the activities were brilliant and superbly run. I cannot put into
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words how impressed I was with them. Everyone was very friendly and very helpful. The equipment they provided was in great condition and they were happy to loan absolutely anything we needed. The hotel was very nice; having a north facing room was a great bonus. I thought the food was of a high standard.The holiday was brilliant and I really want to do the whole thing again!
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Most perfect week ever 09 February 2012 by Elizabeth Langwade

The most perfect week ever.All of the activities were great. We really enjoyed doing a taster trip and taking part in activities we might not have chosen ourselves.



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