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VISITING: Finland BROCHURE CODE: 5042
All prices include: transfers, accommodation, guided activities, meals and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Sample a spread of unmissable Finnish activities in Luosto and return each day to the comfort of your homely log cabin. You will be introduced to the Nordic sport of cross-country skiing, cross the wilderness with dogsleds, and track the Northern Lights on snowshoes. We’ve also organised a visit to a traditional reindeer farm and a snowmobile trip to the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine for a taste of local culture.

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 log cabin accommodation
  • 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

Try out a complete collection of classic Finnish activities during our Taster Week in Luosto in Lapland.

We waste no time in getting you immediately acquainted with Nordic favourites and local highlights. You will snowmobile through the snowy wilderness surrounding Luosto to its famous Lampivaara Amethyst Mine. Travelling all the way to this part of the world and not visiting this location would not be right. A fascinating presentation about the gems is followed by a visit to the surface mine. You will even be given the chance to dig for your very own piece of amethyst to take home with you – if it is small enough to enclose with your fingers!

You will also enjoy the delights of cross-country skiing during a ski lesson before taking to the trails which surround Luosto. A highlight of this holiday has to be the husky safari, where bounding dogs carry you through the breathtaking surroundings. A further animal-related experience comes with a reindeer park visit, allowing you to enjoy a magical reindeer-pulled sleigh ride in the forest.

As Luosto is well within the Aurora Zone, you will also have high chances of spotting the glimmering Northern Lights, and we will improve your chances with an Aurora snowshoe trek.

Retreating each day to your own cosy winter cottage is a joy. Each has a wood-burning stove and private sauna, making for a relaxing stay. You will also have access to the pool and well-being facilities at the nearby Tunturi Hotel, where your half board meals will be served. 

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.

    Upon arrival, you will be met by a driver and transferred to Luosto, where you can get settled into your cosy log cabin. Dinner will then be served in the hotel restaurant.

  • Following breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to a local reindeer park to meet with some of the animals. You will learn a little about the traditions of reindeer herding, many of which still play a prominent role in the lives of herders. A reindeer-pulled sleigh ride ends this wonderful experience.

    Warm drinks and snacks will be provided around a campfire.

    Spend the afternoon relaxing in your cabin before dinner in the hotel restaurant.

  • Finish breakfast and spend today as you wish in Luosto. You might like to try out some local activities or simply relax in your cabin. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

  • This morning you will be introduced to the world of cross-country skiing. After breakfast, an instructor will show you the best techniques before you take to the local trails. This is one of the most popular activities in Lapland and it can be very addictive.

  • After breakfast, you will drive snowmobiles to the Amethyst Mine. You will be given full instructions on how to operate the vehicles before following a guide on the marked snowy trails through forests and wild landscapes. You will travel two people per snowmobile and if you wish to drive you will need a full driving licence. If you do not wish to be on a snowmobile, you can sit in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. It is also possible to upgrade to riding one person per snowmobile.

    At the Lampivaara Fell, you will settle down in a warm kota and hear the story behind this fascinating destination. From there, you head to a covered section of this surface mine to hunt for your own gemstones. If you find one small enough to enclose in your hand, it’s yours to keep! You will then snowmobile back to Luosto.

    Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

     

  • On this second free day, you can book more local activities. After the previous day’s skiing, you might like to book out cross-country skis to explore at your own pace. Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant, leading into a Northern Lights search by snowshoe. You will be guided into the night-time countryside to search for the Aurora, stopping along the way for hot drinks.

     

  • Once you’ve had breakfast, there will be time to visit the hotel pool or take to the snowy trails outside.

    The afternoon brings what is often seen as a highlight of a holiday in Lapland: the thrilling husky safari. You will be taken by car to a husky ranch, where you can get to know the dogs and learn how to harness them to a sled. You will then enjoy a stunning ten-kilometre ride through the great outdoors. Returning to the ranch, you can relish a hot drink by a fire while talking to the mushers about their incredible lifestyle.

    Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

     

  • Tuck into a last breakfast before being transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Included in price

Luosto Log Cabins

Nights: 1-7

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

The Luosto Log Cabins are owned by the Luosto Tunturi Hotel, which is one of only two hotels in Luosto. They are just a short walk from the main hotel building, so you are within easy reach of Tunturi's facilities.

Hotel facilities

  • In the main building, you will find the two hotel restaurants
  • The Tunturi Restaurant (used for the majority of our packages), serves a wide range of local and international dishes in buffet style. 
  • The hotel also has the Bistro restaurant, which is a smaller restaurant
  • The Kelo Log Cabin restaurant is an additional restaurant, situated a short walk away from the hotel, and is usually used on one night of the itineraries
  • A popular feature of the Luosto Tunturi is the pool and spa area, which offers an ideal retreat after a day's activities. In addition to this, there is also a hot tub and a sauna wing where both Turkish and Finnish saunas are heated daily. These facilities are available to log cabin guests for a small supplement
  • At the Amethyst Spa area, you can also book a range of massage and beauty treatments in advance or on arrival (subject to availability)
  • 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.
  • Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hotel

Guest bedroom types

Log cabins: The log cabins are situated just a short walk from the hotel and are perfect for a private retreat. The cabins are ideal for a couple. The cabins are comprised of essentially one main room with a kitchenette, dining area and a television. A cosy wood burning stove provides a warming centrepiece. The beds are arranged in a unique bunk format with the lower bunk formed of two double beds and the upper bunk housing two single beds. Each cabin is en-suite with a private sauna.

Please note: pool, spa and gym usage is not included when you stay in a log cabin, however, this can be added to your package. Please speak to our Travel Experts for further details.

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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£ 2,125 Single Adult£ 2,725
Fri 04 Jan 2019
to Fri 11 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,625 Single Adult£ 2,225
Fri 11 Jan 2019
to Fri 18 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,635 Single Adult£ 2,235
Fri 18 Jan 2019
to Fri 25 Jan 2019
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Adults£ 1,735 Single Adult£ 2,335
Fri 25 Jan 2019
to Fri 01 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,755 Single Adult£ 2,355
Fri 01 Feb 2019
to Fri 08 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,745 Single Adult£ 2,345
Sat 09 Feb 2019
to Sat 16 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,955 Single Adult£ 2,555
Sat 16 Feb 2019
to Sat 23 Feb 2019
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Adults£ 1,955 Single Adult£ 2,555
Fri 22 Feb 2019
to Fri 01 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,610 Single Adult£ 2,210
Fri 01 Mar 2019
to Fri 08 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,610 Single Adult£ 2,210
Fri 08 Mar 2019
to Fri 15 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,610 Single Adult£ 2,210
Fri 15 Mar 2019
to Fri 22 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,610 Single Adult£ 2,210
Fri 22 Mar 2019
to Fri 29 Mar 2019
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Adults£ 1,610 Single Adult£ 2,215
Fri 29 Mar 2019
to Fri 05 Apr 2019
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Adults£ 1,495 Single Adult£ 2,095

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
Fri 30 Nov 2018
to Fri 07 Dec 2018
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Adults£ 2,100 Single Adult£ 2,700
Sat 28 Dec 2019
to Sat 04 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 2,380 Single Adult£ 2,980
Fri 03 Jan 2020
to Fri 10 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,820 Single Adult£ 2,420
Fri 10 Jan 2020
to Fri 17 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,835 Single Adult£ 2,435
Fri 17 Jan 2020
to Fri 24 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,945 Single Adult£ 2,545
Fri 24 Jan 2020
to Fri 31 Jan 2020
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Adults£ 1,965 Single Adult£ 2,565
Fri 31 Jan 2020
to Fri 07 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 1,955 Single Adult£ 2,555
Sat 08 Feb 2020
to Sat 15 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 2,190 Single Adult£ 2,790
Sat 15 Feb 2020
to Sat 22 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 2,190 Single Adult£ 2,790
Fri 21 Feb 2020
to Fri 28 Feb 2020
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Adults£ 1,805 Single Adult£ 2,405
Fri 28 Feb 2020
to Fri 06 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,805 Single Adult£ 2,405
Fri 06 Mar 2020
to Fri 13 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,805 Single Adult£ 2,405
Fri 13 Mar 2020
to Fri 20 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,805 Single Adult£ 2,405
Fri 20 Mar 2020
to Fri 27 Mar 2020
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Adults£ 1,805 Single Adult£ 2,405
Fri 27 Mar 2020
to Fri 03 Apr 2020
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Adults£ 1,675 Single Adult£ 2,275

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Holiday group size (approximate)

This holiday requires a minimum of 2 participants on all dates.

You will be joined by other visitors for the activities and the maximum group size is typically around 24 people.

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

All of the included activities were amazing 13 March 2018 by Rhiannon Beacham & Andrew Way

All of the included activities were amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed them. We booked an additional activity on our second day, however, which was a highlight for us both. This was the daytime snowshoe hike. The guide was excellent and it was our first experience close up of the spectacular scenery in the fells.

An amazing experience in this beautiful winter wonderland!! 15 January 2017 by Rachel and William Andrews

Booked Lapland for my husband's 30th and what a trip it has been!! We booked through Artisan Travel which was so easy and straight forward! The staff at Artisan were so helpful and the whole holiday was amazing. Every activity was booked and organised and we just felt so relaxed during our stay. We stayed in the log cabins at Luosto Tunturi and it was so cosy! We had all we needed, very rustic and
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quaint. The cabins were kept so warm and had a lovely wood burner and sauna which was fab after a day out in -20 degrees! Our package was half board which meant breakfast and dinner were included which was adequate for us. Both sittings were buffet style and although nothing fancy, were sufficient. Dinner was held at the Kelo Restaurant on Tuesday's and Friday's, just a short walk from the hotel which had a lovely atmosphere.We felt that the hotel kept to the feel of the place. Everything was kept to an excellent standard and all staff very friendly. Whilst in Luosto we went on five excursions which were included in our package; husky sleighing, the amethyst mine, the reindeer farm, cross-country skiing and snowshoe walking to find the Northern Lights!! Each activity was brilliant and we would highly recommend them. We also arranged an ice fishing experience which was fantastic and managed four outings on the slopes as we learnt to snowboard for the first time...which I have to say we fell in love with! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely book again! Thank you very much for such an amazing experience in this beautiful winter wonderland!!
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Luosto is the perfect location 08 January 2017 by Connie Glover and Claire Brunnen

From start to finish our experience with Artisan was great. They were more than helpful at every step of the way and provided excellent customer service. The online trip document service is an extremely efficient way to deliver information. The holiday itself was incredible. Everything ran smoothly and without any hitches. From the moment we landed and were collected from the airport we knew
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this holiday was going to be one to remember. We stayed in one of the Log Cabins which just added to the magic of the holiday. It gave us more space and was set in beautiful surroundings. Greta who met us at the hotel was an excellent host and representative of Artisan. She was really welcoming and was on hand whenever we needed her to answer questions or just to have a friendly chat. We can't speak highly enough of her, she is a real asset to your team. The activities were extremely well organised, so much fun and gave us a real taste of life in Lapland. Having cold weather gear provided for the week also took the hassle out of preparing for the holiday. We were so warm and snug. We would highly recommend the husky safari, which was truly brilliant, the snowshoeing at night time which was a real adventure and snowmobiling is a must for anyone looking for that adrenaline rush. The reindeer provided us with much entertainment due to their antics and misbehaviour.... all the guides were very friendly and knowledgeable and seemed genuinely happy to be taking us out on trips! For those looking for a break from reality, peace and quiet in stunning scenery and some unforgettable activities, Luosto is the perfect location. We would definitely recommend Artisan to others and hope to use you again.
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Absolutely fantastic 28 February 2016 by David & Julie Balfour

Absolutely fantastic. Would recommend 100%. Spot on.

Our reps (Karen and Graham) were really lovely and helpful... 27 February 2015 by John Robinson

Our reps (Karen and Graham) were really lovely and helpful and whenever they saw us would come over for a chat and see how we were getting on, nothing like any reps I've known on holidays in the past who have often been completely absent or only there to try to sell trips!

Fantastic holiday, loved every bit of it 16 February 2015 by Stuart Lowney-Reger

Fantastic holiday, loved every bit of it, Karen and Graham were excellent, very approachable, gave lots of useful information and very caring, even brought us a bottle of wine for our birthday celebrations. The activities were brilliant, we did the taster week and got to experience so much and enjoyed every activity, the guides were also amazing and patient with us. The food was delicious in the
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Kelo Restaurant, but the main buffet was not as good but still tasty. Our transfer there was smooth however on the way back the flight got changed and was disruptive however it could not be helped and we landed home on time with our luggage. All the equipment was provided for the whole stay and was very useful, I would have brought my own mitts as the ones provided were very big and snow games only had 1 size. We loved all the activities but must enjoyable was the husky safari, everyone had a great time, and was such an amazing experience. The guide Laura was excellent very clear and lovely to talk to. Although the snow trek to search for the northern lights was fun there was a big group of us, would have preferred smaller groups on the trek. Most activities there were just 3 couples which was a good number of people. Also the reindeer safari was probably the most slow paced but still fun and glad we did it. The log cabin was great, very homely.
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