We had an amazing holiday in Luosto organised by Activities Abroad. Aurora Chalet is one of two hotels in Luosto and definitely the better of the two. The Tunturi is much larger with a huge dining room and feels less cosy and inpersonal The Auroa Chalet staff are lovely, the food was plentiful and amazing every night (especially the reindeer steak!) and the rooms warm, cosy with lots of storage space for all those winter clothes. The sauna in each room is a real treat after a day out in the cold. The reception also has a lovely cosy area with a fire which was nice to chill in with a glass of mulled wine every evening. One thing I would say is that the mattresses are really soft - I had really broken sleep the whole week which is very unlike me and the only reason I can think of is because of the mattress but the rooms are still lovely. Also, the hotel says it has open fireplaces in some of the rooms - this isnt actually the case - they are wood burners and you have to keep them closed but still a lovely thing to have in the room.
The hotel also has a changing room for storing your snowsuits and boots which is great as you dont have to put them in your room everyday.
We were lucky enough to see the Northern lights 4 times in a week, one of which lasted an hour and was stunning. If the alarm had not gone off that time we would have missed it as they came out very early - 7:30pm so most people were having dinner. On another two occasions the alarm didnt go off but we saw the lights from our window (you can see them if you have the lights in your room off) but by the time we put on all our layers and ran outside they had disappeared! Tip for photographing the lights - take a tripod!
The hotel is in a great location - 2 mins walk from an ideal place to see the lights and 5 min walk to the ski slopes and the frozen lake. The whole trip was really well organised and we loved all the activities, especially the snowmobiling and husky sledging.
Luosto itself is very small and quiet and although its mainly geared towards tourists, it never felt touristy and often we hardly saw anyone else whilst out looking for the lights or having a romantic stroll around the lake everynight. The ski slopes were also really quiet so an ideal place to learn to ski.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique Arctic Glass Igloos with glass ceiling and walls anta's Hotels has built 10 entirely new kind, lavishly appointed glass igloos in Luosto by Santa's Hotel Aurora. Rooms have been introduced in February 2015. Santa's Hotels' glass igloos are intended for year-round use. The new glass-roofed, arctic view rooms offer a whole new opportunity to experience Lapland, the ever-changing nature by bringing it closer than ever. Staying in these rooms a unique landscape of Luosto presents itself outside the windows every day in a new way. Northern lights, midnight sun, autumn colors and winter polar night are nearby and you can experience them while enjoying the comforts of a hotel room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aurora Chalet Hotel Luosto