We have just got back from "Christmas in Luosto" with Canterbury travel, staying in one of the log cabins with our five year old.
The whole Santa and his elves part of the experience is impossible to fault - it was truly magical to be pulled into the forest on a sleigh and be welcomed into Santa's home on Christmas day itself. We were hugely impressed by the enthusiasm and friendliness of all the elves, and the kids' entertainers at the Merry Elf in the evenings were excellent too.
The log cabin was warm and comfortable, and a 5 minute walk from the restaurant where we had our meals served. We loved the cosiness of having our own cabin, with its log fire and sauna. The only downside of being in a cabin was that it was a bit of a faff to get all kitted up to go out for meals, particularly breakfast - other families had brought breakfast foods with them, and since the log cabin is equipped with a kitchenette this could be a good option if you're just as happy with Weetabix as with eggs and bacon. Bring a travel kettle though as there is none in the cabin.
The food in the Kello log cabin restaurant is very basic, as were the lunches we were served whilst out on activities.However, the atmosphere is lovely, the service is good, and there is plenty to go round so we were well fed. There were usually chips and sausages etc for kids. The Christmas dinner was actually quite good.
Luosto itself is small and quaint, and the area is incredibly beautiful and uncommercialised. It was -24 degrees, and we were glad we had balaclavas under our warm hats and ski gloves with "magic gloves" underneath. Handwarmers (in our boots!) were useful too. The gear from Canterbury consisits of a snowsuit and snowboots which did the job fine.
Go on this holiday for Santa, the elves and the magic of it all. Don't go expecting much from the huskies or snowmobiles. The husky or reindeer sleigh rides each lasted a maximum of 5 minutes. However, that was probably enough for a 5 year old so we were happy with that. We were somewhat disappointed however with the snowmobiles. The kids got one chance to ride a mini snowmobile round whilst held on a rope, rather like being on a horse in a ring. The adults had very little opportunity to ride - due to a mixture of breakdowns and lack of helmets, my husband had one 2 minute ride and that was it. The activities consisted really of playing games in the snow with the elves - the highlight for us being "musical huskies" with Tricky Dicky, with the adults on hands and knees woofing in the snow. You had to be there.
The "search for santa" involves all the coaches circulating round the various activities at different times. This was well co-ordinated between them all in that we never met another coach party at any activity. However, it did mean that even our tour guide sometimes seemed to have no idea quite what the day's itinerary was going to look like as we set off. Twice we had lunch only 2 hours after breakfast.
Overall, this was a great experience and whilst some aspects could be improved, the really important bits are done brilliantly and I am sure we will remember this trip for a lifetime. I have given it 4 stars due to the slight issues mentioned - but my son would give it 6 stars. I am off now to put on my souvenir CD of the Elf Song....
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