- 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
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.
Image credits: SnowGames
Arrival in Lapland
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.Included Meals: Dinner
Reindeer Park Visit and Sleigh Ride
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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Snowmobile Safari to the Amethyst Mine
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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Northern Lights Snowshoe Safari
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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
10km Husky Safari
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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Enjoy a final breakfast before you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Multimedia show and Northern Lights hunt
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.
Duration: 45 minutes presentation and 2 hour Northern Lights hunt on foot
Visit to an Aurora Kota by car
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.
Duration: 2 hours
Image credit: Vicky Mowbray (client)
Ice fishing by snowmobile
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
Dates & Prices
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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).
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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying a initial deposit of £400pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. 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.
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We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, 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
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
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
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 and equipment hire
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.
In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
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.
Travel Safety and Foreign Office Advice
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/ The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
The activities were all great in different ways - the programme was varied and fun but did leave enough time for relaxation. The Lapland safaris guides were fantastic and gave a great introduction ensuring we had lots of fun and learnt about our activities but stayed with us at the same time.
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, 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 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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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!
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.