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winter 2012-2014

GREAT WAYS

TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Scandinavia Finland Greenland Iceland Russia The High Arctic Antarctica

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OUR WORLD AURORA BOREALIS FESTIVALS AND MARKETS AURORA, HUSKIES & WILDERNESS TROMS & LYNGEN ALPS NORDIC WINTER ODYSSEY NORDIC WINTER ADVENTURE SEARCH FOR THE LIGHT IN LOFOTEN NORDIC WINTER JOURNEY - Small group MOUNTAINS, FJORDS & CLASSIC COASTAL VOYAGE FAMILY SKI HOLIDAY IN GEILO DOGSLED EXPEDITION TO THE SHIP IN THE ICE ICE & AURORAS IN SWEDISH LAPLAND ICE, IGLOOS AND ARCTIC CIRCLE NORTHERN LIGHTS WEEKEND IN FINLAND CHRISTMAS IN FINLAND KINGDOM OF VOLCANOES & GLACIERS FIRE, ICE & THE BLUE LAGOON LAVA, HOTSPRINGS & GLACIERS AURORA BOREALIS ADVENTURE IN GREENLAND RUSSIAN WINTER EXPERIENCE LAPLAND TO LOFOTEN PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR SCANDINAVIAN BRICKS POLAR CIRCLE - ANTARCTIC PENINSULA ANTARCTIC BASECAMP FALKLANDS, SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARCTIC PENINSULA ROSS SEA ANTARCTIC ODYSSEY PRACTICAL INFORMATION

WELCOME
Tietse Stelma

Photo: CH/ Innovation Norway

For many southerners, our northern world in winter might simply bring to mind darkness, freezing cold and snow. For us it is a snow-covered playground full of magical experiences. From exhilarating safaris on snowmobiles, to sled rides by teams of reindeer or huskies, to skiing, ice skating and tobogganing. It might be hard to believe if youve never experienced it, but if the thermometer dips below Zero degrees Celsius, the

air tends to be dry and crisp with little wind, which makes it feel far more pleasant than you might imagine. Scandinavians compensate for the winter darkness through various traditions that are all about bringing candles and lights to every window. We are brought up to make our homes and hotels as cosy and welcoming as possible, and its no accident that Scandinavian furniture

design appeals to so many. In winter, a cobblestoned city street with the warm inviting glow of the cafes and shops will leave a lasting impression. Above the Arctic Circle, the sun does not rise for a month or more during winter though it is not completely dark. Dawn and dusk are extended, and even during the shortest days you will experience around 3-4 hours of

unique beautiful blue Polar light. Gradually the days get longer and in March you can enjoy 10 hours of daylight with beautiful sunshine. So, what would you like to do? The northern winter awaits, let us show you our world!

TRAVELLING WITH US
Our Team
At our head office in Australia, we have a multilingual team that is very passionate about our part of the world. We speak Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch and German and the majority of us are based here in Australia for love, of our adopted country and our partners. Knowing the local lingo is very helpful when it comes to building strong relationships with our partners in the region and this ensures that we can offer you the very best and most interesting activities. We plan our itineraries carefully, based on first hand experience, and we continue to improve and perfect our itineraries based on our team members ongoing travel experiences. If you have a question about any of the destinations we travel to, there will be a team member thats been there. We know how to pronounce all our destinations and we are also very happy to share our intimate knowledge of our world

Specialist Knowledge & Expertise

At 50 Degrees North we like to call ourselves specialists! We dont try to do everything - only what we know. As destination specialists, we are able to tailor make holidays to suit you, be that customising the itineraries shown in this brochure and on our website, or creating that special trip just for you. Therefore, if you cannot find exactly what you are looking for, tell us about your interests and budget, and we will get to work. We will do our utmost to make sure that your holiday is right for you.

Environment & Sustainability

Environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism is at the forefront of the 50 Degrees North philosophy. The area north of 50th parallel comprises some of the last true wilderness on Earth. We like to call it the last frontier where sustainable tourism infrastructure in some places is still incomplete. In these areas our aim is to support our local partners in their already substantial efforts to decrease their environmental footprint and become more sustainable in their practices.

Safety

We are doing our utmost to ensure the highest safety standards are met on all our tours. With over 20 years experience in the industry we have chosen only the best local operators who have an excellent safety record. Good preparation is one of the keys to a safe and enjoyable trip and this is our priority. I may say that this is the greatest factor- the way in which the expedition is equipped... the way in which every difficulty is foreseen and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order...luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time, this is called bad luck. From The South Pole by Roald Amundsen

Photo: Svein Petter Aagrd/www.visitnorway.com

Draw a line along the 50th parallel North and look at everything above - that is our world. 50 degrees north is where mainland Europe ends and Northern Europe starts. It is where the Central Asian deserts meet the deep forests of the Siberian Taiga and where Canada freezes over. It is an area of distinct seasons where light plays a more significant part of life than anywhere else. It is a region where we have a public holiday on the day the sun re-emerges back over the horizon after a

OUR WORLD

long winter; it is where the Aurora Borealis will throw waves of purple and green light across the sky in an incredible spectacle. The northern winter offers you snow, ice, fun activities and the magic of a white Christmas. It is also when we make our towns light up with candles, lights, cozy cafes and restaurants. Have a traditional glgg & a pepparkaka and allow yourself to be seduced by our winter wonderland.

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AURORA BOREALIS
When to go
The period between November and April are generally the best months to see the Northern Lights. The Northern Light emits more concentrated colours and longer experiences on the eve of a new moon. At full moon the lights may be less intense, but the effect of a full moon brings mysticism and romance to the region, and nothing beats a silent dog sled ride under a magnificent full moon. main cause of the Northern Light is the number of dark spots on the surface of the sun, i.e. the more spots the better chance of Auroras. These natural displays of green, white and purple light occur most frequently in the Polar Regions in a 2500 km radius off the geomagnetic pole. The zone with the most intense sightings of Aurora Borealis extends over Lapland in northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Siberia. Aurora happens when the sun sends off particles into space. These particles are charged, and form what is called solar wind. When solar wind hits Earths magnetic field in the Polar areas, where the magnetic shield is less powerful, it collides with particles in our atmosphere and creates electricity and light. It is this light that we see as the Northern Light, or Aurora Borealis. An Aurora can also occur when the charged particles rip through the electromagnetic field because of their power. The Aurora awed the ancient people. Aurora was the Roman goddess of the dawn. Boreal is a Latin word, meaning north - thus, the northern lights. The Finnish name for the lights, revontulet, comes from a Sami legend whereby the tail of a fox running along snowcovered fells strikes the snow drifts, sending a trail of sparks into the sky. Revontulet literally means foxfire. The Vikings believed the Aurora was the beautiful maidens called Valkyries, which escorted those killed in battle to the gods. The Sami people of Lapland believed they had power over the lights, and whistling under them would cause them to come closer. Many ancient peoples would not stare at or speak of the Aurora, due to a fear of insulting their divine nature.

Moon phases Northern winter 2012/13


New Full New Full New Full New Full New Full New Full 13 November 2012 28 November 2012 13 December 2012 28 December 2012 11 January 2013 26 January 2013 10 February 2013 25 February 2013 11 March 2013 27 March 2013 10 April 2013 25 April 2013

2013/14
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The science and legends

3 November 2013 17 November 2013 2 December 2013 17 December 2013 1 January 2014 15 January 2014 30 January 2014 14 February 2014 1 March 2014 16 March 2014 30 March 2014 15 April 2014 29 April 2014

The brochure you are now holding in your hands is unique. It is partly dedicated to the phenomena of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). This is because the northern winters of 2012/13 and 2013/14 are predicted to display some of the most intense occurrences of Aurora Borealis, as the 11 year cycle of the sun comes to its peak. The

FESTIVALS & MARKETS


Sunlight hours & average daytime temperatures
Troms Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr 4 hrs / -2.5C 0 hrs / -3.2C 2 hrs / -3.7C 8 hrs / -7.3C 9 hrs / -4.2C 16 hrs / 1.6C Reykjavik 6 hrs / 1.3C 4 hrs / -0.1C 5 hrs / -0.6C 9 hrs / 0.1C 11 hrs / 0.3C 15 hrs / 2.8C Stockholm 7 hrs / 2.8C 6 hrs / -0.4C 7 hrs / -1.7C 9 hrs / -1.9C 12 hrs / 0.8C 14 hrs / 4.9C Rovaniemi 9 hrs / -6.1C 5 hrs / -10.0C 3 hrs / -11.7C 8 hrs / -11.0C 11 hrs / -6.1C 15 hrs / -1.0C Longyearbyen 0 hrs / -11.0C 0 hrs / -11.6C 0 hrs / -15.2C 4 hrs / -10.3C 10 hrs / -16C 19 hrs / -7.7C Winter in Scandinavia is full of lights, warming drinks and hearty food. We celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December (this is when Santa delivers the presents) so the mad rush of Christmas tends to finish on 23 December. We also celebrate Advent and you will see candles in every window leading up to Christmas. Saint Lucia day on 13 December is a sight to behold and a unique experience (tasty too with special saffron buns and Glgg aplenty). If you are travelling in the region in November & December, then you have many options for Christmas Markets. Stockholms Skansen market is on weekends in November & December, Gothenburgs Liseberg Christmas market starts mid November and continues to the day before Christmas Eve. Oslo has many markets in December, one of the larger ones in the Oslo Folk Musuem. Copenhagens Tivoli gardens is home to the Danish capitals Christmas Market. Helsinkis Christmas Market in Old Student House starts in the second week of December and Tallinn starts late November and continues through to January. If you are lucky enough to be in the region for New Years Eve, you are in for a treat. We love our fireworks and when midnight on 31 December arrives, you will find most of the population in one of our many squares, watching the local fireworks and the neighbours best efforts! New Years Eve is an actual bank holiday so the celebrations start early! Throughout winter you will find other festivities that bring light to dark winter nights. Helsinkis LUX, Reyjkjaviks Winter Light Festival and Kirunas Snow Festival are highlights of January and February. Scandinavians certainly dont put their active lifestyle on hold during winter, Vasa loppet in Sweden, Finlands Finlandia Ski Marathon and the Lahti Ski Games are very popular events in February and March. There are many other local highlights in winter, such as the Cod fishing festival in Lofoten, held in the last weekend in March. Call us to help plan your winter holiday to fit with your favourite festival or market!

Temperatures are average for the cities listed, and note that inland temperatures will be lower than coastal. E.g. Troms is further north than Rovaniemi, but Troms is coastal. On days that indicate very short time of actual sunlight, it is important to note that as the sun trajectory is fairly flat there is a long dawn and a long dusk. The actual time of daylight hours, therefore, are considerably longer.

AURORA, HUSKIES & WILDERNESS


A perfect Winter Adventure to see the Aurora Borealis! Experience the incredible wilderness of Norway, have fun commanding your own husky team, ride a snowmobile, a reindeer sled and learn more about the Smi, the indigenous people of Lapland. Day 1: Welcome to Troms, the Capital of the Arctic Troms, is a city packed with culture, history, fresh food in its numerous restaurants & amazing architecture. It is also surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands, you wont get bored here! Day 2: Dog Sledding under the Northern Lights After breakfast, explore Troms with a sightseeing tour including Polaria, the Arctic Experience Centre, and the Arctic Cathedral. In the afternoon, transfer to a Wilderness Camp located in the beautiful Tamok Valley. Enjoy the magic of an After dark dog sled ride followed by a hot meal by an open fire in a lavvu (Smi herdsmens tent). Day 3: Smi Culture, Reindeer and Snowmobiles Experience a reindeer sled tour through amazing mountain landscapes. Have a go at lasso throwing and learn more about Smi people. Relax over lunch by an open fire. In the late afternoon, head off for a snowmobile safari up mountains and along frozen lakes. Transfer back to your hotel in Troms. Day 4: Good Bye After breakfast, say farewell to Troms and take a taxi back to the airport for your departure flight.

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2 nights in comfortable 4 star hotel on Troms harbour 1 night in wilderness cabin Daily breakfasts Full board when at wilderness camp Return transfer from Troms to wilderness camp Private guided Troms city walk Dog sledding excursion day Sami reindeer experience day Snow mobile ride 1/2 day

TROMS & LYNGEN ALPS

Troms is the gateway to the Arctic and is located in the middle of the Aurora zone. Following the planets rotation, Troms moves into the Aurora zone around 6 pm until midnight. Just east of Troms lies the Lyngen Alps, home of the Lyngen Lodge, a traditional timber lodge beautifully located on a fjord. This is a perfect and tranquil place to observe the Northern Lights, combined with daytime activities such as dog sledding, snowmobile riding or skiing. Day 1: Welcome to the Capital of the Arctic Arrive in Troms and enjoy an afternoon private walking tour including visits to the Polar Museum and the Polaria, the Arctic experience centre. Day 2-4: Lyngen Alps In the morning, we will pick you up in Troms for the 2-hour drive to your base in the Alps, Lyngen Lodge, located above a fjord with a striking mountain backdrop. Enjoy nature and snow activities or just laze around by the open fire in the lodge. Each evening, be prepared to marvel at the Aurora Borealis. Day 5: Dinner Cruise under the Northern Lights In the early evening transfer to Skjervy where you will board the Hurtigruten ship for a 4 hour cruise along the coast back to Troms. Feast at a buffet dinner on-board while keeping a watchful eye out for the Northern Lights. Day 6: Farewell to the Arctic In the mid-morning make your own way to the airport for your flight out.

INCLUSIONS

2 nights in comfortable 4 star hotel on Troms harbour 3 nights at high end and remote wilderness lodge in the Lyngen Alps Daily breakfasts, and full board at Lyngen Alps Transfer from Troms to Lyngen and to Skjervy Private guided Troms city walk Dinner cruise from Skjervy to Troms

Lyngen Alps Troms

Photo: Graham Austick, Lyngen Lodge

QUICK FACTS
4 days/3 nights Easy tour with some adventurous winter activities Independent tour departs any day from November to early April Start Troms (TOS) End: Troms Minimum 2 people to run - single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list

Troms

QUICK FACTS
6 days/5 nights Easy tour with some adventurous winter activities Independent tour departs any day from November to mid February Start Troms (TOS) End: Troms Minimum 2 people to run - single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list

Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/www.visitnorway.com

NORDIC WINTER ODYSSEY


The Nordic Winter Odyssey is designed to optimise the chances to see the Aurora Borealis. It combines a short stay in the winter capitals of Oslo and Stockholm with a voyage around the North Cape, a stay in the Lyngen Alps and Troms, before heading to Swedish Lapland for a night to remember, sleeping on a reindeer fell in ICEHOTEL. It includes boutique hotels and lodges, local transport and gives you access to all the activities that make chasing the Aurora so wonderful. Day 1 & 2: Oslo - a fairy tale winter town Oslo is cozy and inviting with lots of winter lights and coffee shops to visit. Ice-skating in the centre, snow skiing on the fringes, Oslo has lots of winter activities to enjoy. Day 3: Fly to Kirkenes In the morning make your way to the Oslo airport for a 2-hour flight to Kirkenes. Day 4 & 5: Coastal voyage over the North Cape. In the morning make your way to the pier and board the Hurtigruten ship for an overnight voyage over the top of Norway rounding the North Cape and the beautiful North Norwegian coast. Arrive Skjervy in the evening of day 5 and transfer to your base in the Lyngen Alps. Day 6-7: Lyngen Alps Your lodge sits in a natural forest clearing above a fjord with a striking mountain backdrop. High in the Arctic Circle, its as remote a spot as you could hope to find. It is a place to enjoy nature, dog sledding, skiing and other snow activities. Or you can just laze around with breathtaking views across the fjord and the Alps. Day 8: Troms After breakfast transfer by road to Troms for a free afternoon to explore the city. Day 9: Travel to Abisko Take the fast boat south along the coast to Harstad and drive through winter landscapes to Abisko in Sweden. Enjoy an exclusive dinner at the Aurora Sky Station in the evening. Abisko, in the middle of the Aurora zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. With its fresh, clean air and its practically permanent cloud-free sky the prerequisites in Abisko are optimal. More or less active northern lights can be seen almost every night, however, can never be guaranteed.
Lyngen Alps Troms Abisko Jukkasjrvi

On day 12 we have organised an exclusive excursion where you get an insight in a dog mushers exciting everyday life. The journey will take you by dog sled through the snow covered, arctic landscape to a wilderness camp far from civilisation. In the evening we depart on a guided snowmobile excursion in search of the Northern lights. Day 13 & 14: Stockholm Mid morning transfer to the airport for your flight south to Stockholm. Day 14 is free to enjoy Stockholm, and you can spend it strolling through the Swedish capital, and/or join an optional city tour of Stockholm visiting the Royal Palace, the Parliament Buildings, the island of Djurgrden and the Old Town (Gamla Stan). Day 15: Depart from Stockholm Our services end after breakfast.

INCLUSIONS

Domestic flights Oslo - Kirkenes & Kiruna - Stockholm including taxes 12 nights in comfortable hotels and lodges (4 to 4.5 star) 1 night in twin outside cabin on coastal voyage 1 night in ICEROOM at ICEHOTEL Daily breakfast Full board on coastal voyage & in Lyngen Alps Half board at Abisko Exclusive Nordic dinner at Aurora Sky Station including entrance and cable car Coastal voyage on board Hurtigruten ship from Kirkenes to Skjervy Transfer Skjervy Lyngen - Troms Express boat Troms to Harstad Private transfer Abisko Harstad Train tickets Abisko - Kiruna City passes 24-hours for Oslo & Stockholm Activities/excursions: Reindeer sledding & Sami experience in Abisko including small lunch Dogsled excursion including lunch at ICEHOTEL Aurora Snow Mobile safari including dinner at ICEHOTEL

QUICK FACTS
15 days/14 nights Easy journey through northern Scandinavia with some adventurous activities Independent departs any day from November to mid April Start Oslo (OSL) End Stockholm (STO) Minimum 2 people to run single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list
Oslo

Day10: Winter activities in Abisko In the morning we take you to a Sami village where a local herder shows us the homestead and offers us lunch. Day 11 & 12: ICEHOTEL - a night to remember. Take the morning train to Kiruna and transfer to ICEHOTEL in the village of Jukkasjrvi. You will enjoy one cold night in an ICEROOM followed by a warm night in the hotel. Inside ICEHOTEL, the temperature is never colder than -5 C to -8 C, regardless of how cold it may be outside.

Stockholm

Photo: ICEHOTEL, Vroom Vong Milling Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/www.visitnorway.com

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NORDIC WINTER ADVENTURE

The Nordic Winter Adventure is the more adventurous and cheaper alternative to our odyssey. You follow the same route from Oslo via Troms to Abisko, Kiruna and back down to Stockholm. Try yourself as a dog musher, a reindeer herder or a snow mobile driver all under the magical Polar skies. This is a staff favourite, as we all long for the magical winter landscapes of Scandinavian Lapland. Day 1 & 2: Oslo - a fairy tale winter town Oslo is cozy and inviting with lots of winter lights and coffee shops to visit. Iceskating in the centre, snow skiing on the fringes, Oslo has lots of winter activities to enjoy. Day 3: Fly to Troms In the morning make your way to the Oslo airport for a 2-hour flight to Troms. Day 4: Troms & dogsledding in the Tamok Valley Enjoy a morning in Troms to visit the Polar Museum and the Arctic Cathedral. In the afternoon transfer to the Tamok Valley for an evening of dog sledding under the Polar skies. You will musher the dog sled by yourself into the beautiful white winter landscape.

Tonight you will spend the night in our nicely heated timber cabin at our wilderness camp, which will give you the chance to experience the Northern Lights away from city lights. Day 5: Reindeer sledding, snow mobile safari & Aurora Borealis The day is packed with winter activities, starting with a reindeer sled safari - the oldest form of transport in the north, and an ancient part of Sami culture. You will also visit a Sami lavvu (Sami herdsmens tent), and learn about Sami culture and history. In the afternoon we take you on a fun and exhilarating snow mobile adventure. On flat land and frozen lakes, you can speed up, and if time and weather permit, you can try out ice fishing on this lake. We transfer back to Troms in the evening. Day 6: Travel to Abisko Take the fast boat south along the coast to Harstad and drive through winter landscapes to Abisko in Sweden. Enjoy an exclusive dinner at the Aurora Sky Station in the evening. Abisko, in the middle of the Aurora zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. With its fresh, clean air and its practically permanent cloud-free sky the prerequisites in Abisko are optimal. More or less active northern lights can be seen almost every night, however, can never be guaranteed.

Day 7: Winter activities in Abisko In the morning we take you to a Sami village, where a local herdershows us the homestead and offers us lunch. Day 8: Snowmobile ride to search for the Aurora Borealis Take the morning train to Kiruna make your way to the lodge. In the evening we take the snowmobile out into the darkness, and hopefully we will see the extraordinary Aurora Borealis. Day 9: Dog mushing Today you have the opportunity to partake in an optional (not included) excursion where you get an insight in a dog mushers exciting everyday life. Day 10 & 11: Stockholm Mid morning transfer to the airport for your flight south to Stockholm. Day 11 is free to enjoy Stockholm, and you can spend it for a stroll through the Swedish capital, and/or join an optional city tour of Stockholm visiting the Royal Palace, the Parliament Buildings, the island of Djurgrden and the Old Town (Gamla Stan). Day 12: Depart from Stockholm Our services end after breakfast.

INCLUSIONS

Domestic flights Oslo - Troms & Kiruna - Stockholm including taxes 10 nights in comfortable hotels and lodges (3.5 to 4 star) 1 night in wilderness camp Daily breakfast, full board in Tamok Valley and half board in Abisko Transfer Troms Tamok Valley return Express boat Troms to Harstad Private transfer Abisko Harstad Train tickets Abisko - Kiruna City passes 24-hours for Oslo & Stockholm Activities/excursions: Reindeer sledding, dog sledding & snow mobile ride in Tamok Valley Reindeer sledding & Sami experience in Abisko including small lunch Northern Lights snow mobile chase in Kiruna

Troms

QUICK FACTS
12 days/11 nights Easy journey through northern Scandinavia with some adventurous activities Independent departs any day from November to mid April Start Oslo (OSL) End Stockholm (STO) Oslo Minimum 2 people to run single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list

Abisko

Stockholm

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Photo: Wolfgang Greiner, Visit Sweden

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SEARCH FOR THE LIGHT IN LOFOTEN


The Lofoten Islands are located just north of the Arctic Circle. The weather in Lofoten changes rapidly in winter, providing the islands with magnificent light conditions that have inspired many artists. The magical Northern Lights will often flicker across the night sky and during the day you can see the sun just flirting above the horizon creating a magnificent blue twilight. Every autumn, herring and killer whales swim up the Tysfjord and Vestfjord to spend the winter here. From mid-October until midJanuary, sea mammal safaris set out from Lofoten in large passenger boats and rubber dinghies. From mid-February until the end of April, the Arctic cod swims down from the Barents Sea in their millions, en route to the spawning grounds near Lofoten. Professional fishermen from the entire coast of Norway arrive in Lofoten to catch these cod. Come out to sea and try your luck at fishing whilst witnessing the magnificent Sea Eagles hunt for their share. Watch the fish being hung out on the drying racks, enjoy the hustle and bustle at the fishing villages, have a chat to the local fishermen in the pubs and taste some local delicacies. Day 1: Welcome to Your Private Fishermans Cottage Arrive in Svolvr and transfer from the airport to your own fishermans cottage (rorbu). You will stay at a Rorbu complex of self contained fishermans cottages built on stilts above the water. This will be your home in Lofoten. Daily breakfasts are included. Day 2-5: Enjoy Spectacular Lofoten We have not packed your stay in Lofoten full of pre-arranged activities. The reason being there is simply so much to see and do and the choice should be yours. Try some of these activities: visit to the impressive Lofotr Viking Museum, kayaking, ocean rafting trip in a rib boat, try your luck at fishing on a traditional fishing boat, snowshoe trekking along of the well marked paths and alpine skiing. Day 6: Depart Lofoten After breakfast and your last big breath of fresh Lofoten Islands sea air, transfer back to the Svolvr airport for your flight out.

Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson

NORDIC WINTER JOURNEY


- Small group

Kiruna

QUICK FACTS
Small group adventure, max group size is 16 10 days/9 nights Easy itinerary with fun and active winter activities Start Troms (TOS) End Kiruna (KRN) Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list
Oslo

Stockholm

INCLUSIONS

Arrival transfer from Svolvr Helle Airport (SVJ) 5 nights in a self contained Rorbu Daily breakfast Optional car hire is available for exploring the archipelago

Join our only Nordic winter small group Journey to Northern Scandinavia. We will take you snow mobile riding, dog mushing and reindeer sledding; all under the spectacle of the Northern Lights. We travel through beautiful winter landscapes, blanketed in snow from Troms in the far north of Norway to Swedish Lapland. We stay in cosy family run lodges, central hotels and wilderness cabins, enjoying winter activities and hot chocolates by the fire. Experience a Nordic winter accompanied by one of our experienced Scandinavian staff. Day 1: Arrive Troms Arrive Troms, the Aurora Borealis heartland. We will hold a group briefing in the reception area of the arrival hotel at 18:00 this evening. Day 2: Explore Troms You have the most of the day free to explore the city together with your tour leader. Troms is the main town in northern Norway and home to the Polar Institute, which is Norways national institution for polar research. Day 3: Camp Tamok Winter activities at Camp Tamok, including dog sledding and a snow mobile adventure. Day 4: Overnight in lavvu You have a full morning to enjoy the serenity of Camp Tamok. In the afternoon we go reindeer sledding and sleep in a traditional Sami lavvu Day 5: Express boat along the coast In the mid morning we will make our way back to Troms and straight to the port and board the express service along the coast south to Harstad.

Day 6: Arrive Abisko Abisko, in the middle of the Aurora zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. Day 7: In the Aurora zone at Abisko We have a full day available in Abisko with lots off opportunities to join optional activities such as snow showing, or more snow mobiling and dogsledding. You are in the middle of a winter wonderland and can also go ice fishing, or skiing at the Riksgrnsen ski resort. The day is yours. Day 8-9: Activities in Kiruna On arrival in Kiruna we check in at Camp Ripan. You have the afternoon and the full next day to explore Kiruna. This may include an excursion to see the infamous ICEHOTEL, built out of ice blocks carved out of the Torne River, or you may enjoy yet more winter activities. Day 10: Tour ends Most flights down south to Stockholm leave in the mid morning. You may also chose to take the overnight train back down to the Swedish capital.

QUICK FACTS
Lofoten

Oslo

6 days/5 nights Easy week of adventures or relaxation in Lofoten Independent any day all year Start Svolvr (SVJ) End Svolvr Minimum 2 people to run single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list

INCLUSIONS

All transportation as described Full board at Camp Tamok Half board at Abisko All accommodation in twin share rooms including breakfast Reindeer sledding, dog sledding & snow mobile ride at Camp Tamok Reindeer sledding & Sami experience in Abisko including small lunch Northern Lights snow mobile chase in Kiruna No forced single supplements

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Photo: Andrea Giubelli/www.visitnorway.com

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This classic journey begins in Oslo and takes you across the mountains to the western fjords of Norway. You will enjoy a ride on the famous Flm Railway, as well as a fjord cruise under towering cliffs. The coastal voyage begins in Bergen and calls at 34 ports as you make your fascinating journey north. A winter expedition along the coast of Norway, when the landscape is covered in pure white snow, is a beautiful and refreshing experience. During the winter, the sun is low on the horizon and north of the Arctic Circle it remains below it for some weeks. This creates fascinating shades of light ranging from blue to purple and yellow tones. The highlight for many , of course, is the appearance of the majestic Northern Lights. During your journey into the Arctic you will also learn more about the local culture and history. You have the chance to enjoy interesting presentations and activities will be arranged both on board and land.

Day 1: From Oslo to the Mountains Early morning train to Myrdal. Flm Railway through wild and beautiful scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain cliffs to the Sognefjord. Continue by boat to Gudvangen and further by coach up the steep and spectacular hairpin bends to Voss. Day 2: The Capital of the Fjords Morning train to Bergen, the capital of the fjords. Free day to explore this old Hanseatic harbour city. Day 3: The Coastal Voyage begins Free time in Bergen before embarking on the coastal voyage in the late afternoon. Day 4: Sail through Skerries and Islands After stops in the beautiful Art Nouveau town of lesund and Molde with its magnificent view of the Romsdal Alps, the ship will carefully navigate a belt of islets and skerries, before docking at Kristiansund.

Day 5: The Royal City of Trondheim Early morning arrival in Trondheim. Free time to explore Norways first capital. Cross the old city bridge to see the restored wooden buildings in Bakklandet and the great gothic cathedral of Nidaros. Day 6: Arctic Circle and Lofoten Islands After crossing the Arctic Circle, the ship sails through islands and skerries with majestic rock formations. Then further across open sea to the Lofoten Islands. Day 7: Troms - Gateway to the Arctic This morning youll pass the medieval Trondenes church before calling at Harstad for breakfast. Later youll stop at Troms, the Paris of the North. Day 8: Honningsvg and the North Cape Watch for rookeries of puffins and gannets along the cliffs and pods of orca hunting for herring. After calling at Honningsvg, the capital of the North Cape, the ship heads east toward the pretty fishing villages of Kjlleford, Mehamn, and Berlevg.

Day 9: Kirkenes Disembark in Kirkenes and fly to Oslo where your tour ends

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2 nights comfortable 3.5 to 4 star hotels 6 nights twin outside cabin with private facilities on coastal voyage Daily breakfast, and full board during voyage Norway in a Nutshell package from Oslo to Bergen via Flm, including seat reservation 24-hour Bergen city card Classic Voyage North with Hurtigruten Flight Kirkenes Oslo including taxes

MOUNTAINS FJORDS & CLASSIC COASTAL VOYAGE


Kirkenes Troms

Optional extra:

OVERNIGHT IN A SNOW ROOM?


Every room in the Snowhotel is like a small treasure. The rooms are five metres in diameter, and are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable night. The beds are framed with ice blocks, but inside you sleep on a comfortable mattress with thermal insulation on top. Around you wrap a warm sleeping bag graded for -35 degrees Celsius. And before you go to bed, join us for a drink in the Icebar where you are served icecold Vodka in glasses made of ice. Welcome to the coolest bar in town! Optional excursion includes: Transfer from Kirkenes city centre, 3-course dinner in wilderness restaurant, overnight in Snow room, warm sleeping bag, sauna and breakfast. The Kirkenes Snow Hotel is open from 20 December to 20 April.

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9 days/8 nights Easy cultural tour/ voyage through Norway Hurtigruten voyage departs any day all year Start Oslo (OSL) End Oslo Trondheim Minimum 2 people to run - single supplement available Bergen Pricing and departures, refer to our Oslo website or enclosed price list

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Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Photo: Helge Staerk

Photo: Ute foto, Innovation Norway

QUICK FACTS
6 days/5 nights Independent departs any day January to April Start Oslo (OSL) End Oslo Family itinerary based on 4 people sharing a cabin Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list
Geilo Oslo

DOGSLED EXPEDITION TO THE SHIP IN THE ICE


From the first of March until mid May, the 100-year-old schooner s/v Noorderlicht lies frozen into the beautiful Tempel Fjord in Svalbard waiting for todays adventurers! We offer a special program where you can learn how to mush your own team of Alaskan Huskies travelling from Longyearbyen to our comfortable Basecamp Ship in the Ice. Dogsledding at Svalbard is an experience that touches your soul, with the wide open landscape and the breathtaking scenery. Only the panting of the dogs and the scraping of the sled runners against the snow, break the complete silence. During this expedition you will look after your own dog team and have a chance to bond and feel the amazing connection between humans and dogs. Day 1: Arrive Longyearbyen After arrival in Longyearbyen, take the airport shuttle to Basecamp Trappers Hotel. Afternoon is free to explore Longyearbyen. Day 2: Dog sledding to the Ship in the Ice Transfer to the dog kennels at the Basecamp Trappers Station in Bolterdalen. After careful instructions on how to handle a dog sled team, you are ready to mush into the white open landscape and to the Ship in the Ice.
Oslo

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5 days/4 nights Longyearbyen Moderate to strenuous adventure where you mush your own dog team Small group journey departs in March & April only Start Longyearbyen (LYR) End Longyearbyen Troms Minimum 2 people to run - single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list

FAMILY SKI HOLIDAY IN GEILO


Geilo is the perfect winter holiday destination for families with kids. As parents we have designed a ski holiday package that we are confident others will like. The accommodation is in self-catering log cabins close to the ski slopes, and the shops. This allows you to keep your family holiday stress free and affordable. Geilo offers a great variety of winter activities for the whole family. There are a total of 39 alpine slopes to enjoy, including everything from advanced black slopes to easy slopes for children and organised ski classes. In addition you will find terrain parks, crosscountry ski tracks and opportunities to enjoy the wilderness at the nearby Hardanger mountain plateau (Hardangervidda). You can also try dog sledding and a snow scooter safari through magical snow white landscapes. Day 1: Arrive Oslo, travel by train to Geilo Depart from Oslo train station for the scenic journey to Geilo, in the Norwegian mountains. Day 2 & 4: Geilo - Skiing and Family winter adventures You have three days to explore the Geilo ski slopes and surrounding areas. Geilo has total 20 ski lifts of different kind, and a large capacity! Due to this, you will hardly ever experience long queues. Another great benefit of skiing in Geilo, there are 40 slopes of different types and levels. Day 5: Explore the Fjords of Norway Today you will experience Norways most popular round trip; Norway in a Nutshell. The excursion takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery with waterfalls and steep mountain sides reaching a height of 900 metres and down to the Sognefjord. You will be back in Geilo in the evening. Day 6: Return to Oslo At your leisure, you can depart to Oslo by train. Your dont have to worry about cleaning your cabin, to minimise the boring bits for the kids, its included for you.

Day 3: Dog sledding around the Tempelfjord A new day of exploring Tempel Fjord and its surroundings with your dog sled. Day 4: Return to Longyearbyen After breakfast, ride your dog sled back to the Basecamp Trappers Station, say goodbye to your dogs, and return to your hotel at Longyearbyen. Day 5: Tour ends After breakfast, free time to relax & explore Longyearbyen and its sights on your own. An early afternoon shuttle bus transfer back to the airport is included.

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Train tickets Oslo Geilo return Norway in a Nutshell with Flm Railway and fjord cruise 5 nights in a self contained family cabin

Accommodation The ski in cabins are very spacious, with 10 beds, a large open living room with fireplace, fully equipped kitchen & 2 bathrooms. The cabins are idyllically situated, surrounded by nature with easy access to the ski slopes and cross-country ski tracks. Extras: A three day adult lift pass in Geilo is approximately AUD150 per adult and AUD120 per child (7- 15 years). Children under 7 ride for free. A day of ski schooling for children is approximately AUD85.

2 nights at trappers lodge in Longyearbyen 2 nights in twin cabin on board SV Noorderlicht frozen in the ice yes, its nicely heated! 1 person per husky team Safety equipment, thermal suit, snow mobile boots, windproof mittens, facemask, goggles and hat. Daily breakfast in Longyearbyen, and full board outside town

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ICE & AURORAS IN SWEDISH LAPLAND


The original ICEHOTEL is located 200km above the Arctic Circle, in the small village of Jukkasjrvi. As soon as winter begins, a team of snow builders, architects, designers and artists from all over the world gather to create each years version of ICEHOTEL. On average, 2000 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow are used in building this monument of art and architecture. Abisko, in the middle of the Aurora zone, is considered to be one of best places on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. A visit to the Aurora Sky Station, accessible only by a chairlift which is high up above the lights of the village, allow you a great chance to experience the Northern Lights. Day 1: Overnight at ICEHOTEL Upon arrival in Kiruna, transfer to ICEHOTEL. Be brave and overnight in an ice room. You will sleep in thermal sleeping bags laid out on reindeer skins above a special bed built of snow and ice. A night to remember! Day 2: Dog sledding and Aurora Hunt What better way to start the day than a dog sled journey across the snowy landscape to a wilderness camp, followed by lunch. Afterwards ride back to the kennel to learn more about the Arctic dogs and their daily life. In the evening, rug up for a snowmobile excursion in search of the Northern Lights. Dinner included at a wilderness camp. Day 3: In the Middle of the Aurora Zone After breakfast transfer to Kiruna train station for an hours train ride to Abisko. An evening visit to the Aurora Sky Station, including an aurora exhibition and dinner. Day 4: Feed the Reindeer In the morning, visit the Smi Village of Gabna and local reindeer herders homestead. After lunch, feed the reindeers and have a go at driving a reindeer sledge. Day 5: Good Bye After breakfast transfer to Kiruna Airport.

QUICK FACTS
7 days/6 nights Easy tour with some adventurous winter activities Independent departs any day from December to early April Start Kemi (KEM) End Ivalo (IVL) Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list
Ivalo Kakslauttanen Rovaniemi Kemi

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1 night in an ice room at ICEHOTEL 1 night in warm hotel room at ICEHOTEL 2 nights in cosy family owned lodge in Abisko Daily breakfast, and half board in Abisko Dogsled ride to wilderness camp with lunch Evening snow mobile ride with dinner (2 people per scooter) Dinner at Aurora Sky Station Visit reindeer farm including lunch Warm winter clothes at ICEHOTEL and in Abisko (not in between)

ICE, IGLOOS AND ARCTIC CIRCLE


If you feel youve been everywhere and done everything, this is a trip for you! Start in Kemi, a port town on the northern Gulf of Bothnia, in Finland. Ride snowmobiles along the frozen sea to Icebreaker Sampo, which after thirty years of duty keeping the sea-lanes open for commercial vessels, has retired to the life of a cruise ship for ice adventurers. On board learn about icebreakers and try swimming in a waterproof thermal suit among the broken ice blocks. Then travel further to Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus on the Arctic Circle. Visit Santas home and take part in a special ceremony for crossing the Arctic Circle. Finish the trip in style with an overnight stay in a Glass Igloo. Spend the night admiring the starry sky and hopefully - the dance of the Northern Lights above your bed. Day 1: Welcome to Kemi Upon arrival in Kemi, transfer to your hotel. Day 2: Icebreaker Cruise Snowmobile ride along frozen sea to Icebreaker Sampo. Onboard, tour the ship, enjoy lunch and swim among the broken ice in special waterproof suits. Day 6: Huskies & Northern Lights After breakfast meet the Huskies and join your own dog team through the snow-covered wilderness. Lunch en route by open fire. After dinner Reindeer sled tour in search of the Northern Lights. Day 7: Depart Ivalo Transfer to Ivalo airport.

Abisko Jukkasjrvi

Day 3: Train to Santas Home Town Morning free to explore Kemi. Train to Rovaniemi. Free time to visit Arktikum Museum and its exhibition about life in the Arctic. Day 4: Reindeers & Santa Claus Village Snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm to learn about reindeer husbandry and Lappish culture. Take a reindeer ride and attend a special Lapp ceremony for crossing the Arctic Circle. In the afternoon continue by car to Santa Claus Village to enjoy lunch and a chat with Santa. Day 5: Igloo night Take a 3-hour bus trip north of the Arctic Circle to Kakslauttanen. Spend the night in your heated Glass Igloo.

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5 days/4 nights Easy tour with some adventurous winter activities Independent tour departs any day December to early April Start Kiruna (KRN) End Kiruna Minimum 2 people to run - single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list
Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson

Arrival and departure transfers between airport and hotel day 1 and 7 4 nights in comfortable 4 star hotels 1 night in log cabin 1 night in Glass Igloo Daily breakfast and half board at Kakslauttanen Snow mobile ride and Icebreaker voyage including lunch Train tickets Kemi to Rovaniemi Visit Santa Claus Village Arctic Circle certificate & Lapp ceremony Bus tickets Rovaniemi to Kakslauttanen Dog sled excursion with lunch Reindeer sled excursion

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NORTHERN LIGHTS WEEKEND IN FINLAND


Harriniva Hotel is located 230kms north of the Arctic Circle in the Finnish part of Lapland and offers a great range of winter activities. A comfortable Scandinavian style accommodation combined with a wellness centre with a wide range of therapies and treatments, offers you a great weekend getaway. During the day time, you get to know huskies and reindeers and at night, our guides will take you out on snowshoes as well as snowmobiles to hunt for the Northern Lights. This short tour is ideal for beginners and families with kids. Day 1: Welcome to Lapland Arrival to Kittil airport and transfer to Harriniva Hotel. Day 2: Huskies & Snowshoeing In the morning enjoy a 2-hour Husky Safari. After dinner pack up your snowshoes. Snowmobiles will take you to a perfect spot to catch a glimpse of the elusive Aurora. Day 4: Farewell After the breakfast transfer to Kittil airport.

QUICK FACTS
8 days/7 nights Christmas package with plenty of activities for children and adults 21 28 Dec only Start Kajaani (KAJ) End Kajaani Minimum 2 people to run - single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list

Kajaani

Day 3: Reindeers & Snowmobiles Visit to a local reindeer farm to learn about reindeer herding. Try lasso throwing and reindeer sleigh riding. In the evening a snowmobile safari to the nearby fell to watch the Northern Lights.

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3 nights at Scandinavian hotel/wellness centre Arrival and departure transfer between airport and hotel Half board Warm winter clothing 2-hour husky safari Evening snow mobile safari (2 people per scooter) Visit a local reindeer farm
Photo: Lapland Safaris

CHRISTMAS IN FINLAND
Take a landscape of snow and Finnish Christmas traditions, combine it with Santa and his elves and you have a recipe for a perfect family getaway. We provide snow, great family friendly accommodation, fun activities and simple pleasures such as hot drinks by the open air, freshly baked gingerbread, Christmas Carols at a local hall and a chance to pick your own Christmas tree in the nearby forest. All you need to bring is the kids! Day 1: Welcome by Santas Elves You will be welcomed by Santas Elves at Kajaani airport. Transfer to Kalevala Hotel. Welcome dinner. Day 2: Tobogganing, Reindeers & Christmas Carols This morning is free for outdoor activities: tobogganing, kicksledding & visiting our reindeers. After lunch, help the elves to make some Christmas pastries. In the evening, enjoy a Christmas concert at the Kuhmo Arts Centre. Day 3: Fairy Tale Christmas Tour An unforgettable experience awaits, a Fairy Tale Christmas Tour in Christmas Village. You will bake Santas favourite gingerbread and then try to find him with some help from his elves and forest animals. A small gift for the kids is included. Day 4: Traditional Christmas Eve Celebration After breakfast, we go to a near-by forest to find the perfect Christmas tree & bring it back to the hotel for decorating. In the afternoon you can visit the local Church Yard to light a candle for your loved ones far away. Santa Claus comes to visit before the traditional Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner. This evening, enjoy a traditional Christmas night church service. Day 5: Christmas Day at Your Leisure Christmas day is yours to spend at your leisure - optional activities, resting. Dinner, and perhaps dancing if you like, at hotel restaurant. Day 6: Boxing Day Activities on Frozen Lake Spend Boxing Day by the lake: enjoy a taster of outdoor activities sleigh rides with huskies, reindeer, horse and even snowmobile. After dinner, gather outside by the open fire to hear a story of Sampo told by a Kalevala Shaman. Day 7: Day for Relaxing This is a day for optional activities, shopping, relaxing. Dinner with folklore program. Day 8: Good Bye Finland After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Kajaani.

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Kittil

QUICK FACTS
4 days/3 nights Easy family itinerary with fun winter activities Independent departs any day December to early April Start Kittil (KTT) End Kittil Minimum 2 people to run - single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list

7 nights in the cosy Kalevala Hotel (100 rooms only) Return transfer from Kajaani airport Evening saunas and jacuzzis daily All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners and 1 Christmas Eve Gala dinner All activities; Fairy Tale Christmas tour in Christmas village Christmas concert Santas visit Short dog sled ride Horse sled ride Reindeer sled ride Snow mobile drive Childrens activities at the hotel such as movies, play station, childrens playroom, wireless internet, board games and library

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Photo: Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson

Join us for a winter escape to the land of ice and fire in the middle of the North Atlantic. We will take you out to see the most famous sights around the Golden Circle and treat you to Lobster Soup under the spectacle of the Northern Lights. As a finale you will have a day and night at the Blue Lagoon for a soak in the warm healing waters. Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik Arrive into Reykjavik and take the door-to-door Flybus to your hotel in the centre of town. Day 2: Golden Circle and Magical Nights Enjoy a full day tour to the famous Golden Circle with a visit to a geothermal spa with hot spring bathing, dinner and a chance to enjoy the natural magic of the Northern Lights! Day 3: Glacier Walk Lobster Soup Northern Lights Combine two amazing winter highlights in Iceland on a day excursion to the south shore and the Mrdalsjkull glacier. On the way we pass impressive waterfalls as well as the world famous Eyjafjallajkull volcano. A safe and easy glacier walk on crampons will take you up on to the ice field of Slheimajkull to discover a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses. To cap the day we head to one of Icelands most renowned seafood restaurants for an unforgettable Lobster Soup dinner.

FIRE, ICE & THE BLUE LAGOON


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Day 4: Soak in the Blue Lagoon After a relaxing morning in the Icelandic capital transfer to the Blue Lagoon for a therapeutic afternoon and evening in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon. Stay overnight at the Blue Lagoon, which is just a stone throw from the international airport. Day 5: Depart Reykjavik Our services end after breakfast and a bus transfer to the international airport.

KINGDOM OF VOLCANOES & GLACIERS


This is an outstanding trip to one of Icelands most attractive areas, and includes the famous Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, Skaftafell National Park, the Jkulsrln glacier lagoon and the famous Laki volcano. You will be walking through volcanic sceneries with breathtaking panoramic views over glaciers and spectacular mountain peaks. And if you are lucky, you might even witness the Northern Lights over the ice cap of Vatnajkull. Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik Upon arrival make your own way to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the Capital of Iceland. Day 2: Geysers, Waterfalls and Glaciers Visit to the Geysir geothermal area including Gullfoss, one of Icelands most beautiful waterfalls. Continue east through one of the largest agricultural areas to a comfortable countryside hotel where you will stay for the next 4 nights. Day 3: Vatnajkull National Park Skaftafell In the Skaftafell National Park walk through a birch forest up to the Svartifoss waterfall, famous for its black basalt columns. On the way you will get fantastic views of Europes largest glacier Vatnajkull and its highest peak Hvannadalshnkur (2110m). Day 4: Volcano Laki Visit to the craters of Laki that are mostly covered with green moss, making a huge contrast to the black and red colour of the underlying lava. Day 5: Jkulsrln Slaga Today you will visit the rfajkull and Breiamerkurjkull glaciers before arriving to Jkulsrln lagoon with its picturesque floating icebergs. In the afternoon, explore with a walk at the foot of the rfajkull glacier, where you can enjoy fantastic views over the vast sand plains of the river Skeiar. Day 6: Vk Hot springs of lkelduhls Reykjavik Relax with a walk on the black beach in Vk followed by a visit to the geothermal area of Reykjadalur. Enjoy a relaxing bath in a warm stream before returning to Reykjavik.

Return airport transfers with FlyBus (efficient airport bus) 3 nights at centrally located 3.5 star hotel in Reykjavik 1 night at local inn by the Blue Lagoon Daily breakfast Golden Triangle day tour with geothermal spa and dinner Glacier walk with guide, and including safety equipment and Lobster soup dinner Entrance to Blue Lagoon

QUICK FACTS
7 days/6 nights Moderate tour with 2 to 4 hours walks each day Kirkjubjarklaustur Reykjavik Small group journey Vik departs all year Start Reykjavik (REK or KEF) End Reykjavik Minimum 6 people to run - single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list

Day 7: Depart Reykjavik Your tour finishes after breakfast.

QUICK FACTS
5 days/4 nights Easy tour with some day walks and a glacier walk Independent departs any day November to April Start Reykjavik (REK or KEF) End Reykjavik Minimum 2 people to run - single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list

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2 nights in comfortable 3.5 star hotel centrally in Reykjavik 4 nights in comfortable country hotel Daily breakfast, and half board (BD) when outside Reykjavik English speaking Icelandic guide Vehicle transportation in minibus
Photo: Visit Iceland

Reykjavik

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LAVA HOTSPRINGS & GLACIERS


Experience the hotsprings, glacier walking, volcano tour and Icelands black sand beaches, all while having the independence of a hire car, stop where you want, see what you want. There are opportunities to grill your own sandwich on lava, enjoy a splendid unique hotel in Southern Iceland and delve into Rekjaviks nightlife and design worlds. Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik Individual transfer from Keflavik Airport or Reykjavik domestic airport by scheduled airport bus to your hotel in Reykjavik. Reykjavik is an intimate city with a big personality and some striking landmarks Day 2: Head off to Vik via geothermal spa, Laugarvatn Fontana Grab your towel and enjoy a visit to a geothermal spa, Laugarvatn Fontana with its hot spring bathing. Relax in the hot tub, built at a slightly higher level than the other baths, providing a panoramic view of the beautiful surroundings while the healthy water nourishes both body and soul. Day 3: Day tour of Volcanoes and Glaciers After breakfast, set off for a day tour, combining super trucks and hiking. Travel with a local guide who will show you the amazing features of the region. Day 4: Tour the local area Black beaches, rock formations and Northern Lights at night. After breakfast, head off in your own car to explore the area of Vik. Head down to the black beaches, have a look at the amazing rock formation of Dyrhlaey and Reynisfjara in the distance. During nesting time, you might even see a puffin or two. Day 5: Highlands Adventure and Northern Lights Icelands highlands are different, amazing, scary, beautiful all at the same time. Today is a day to choose an optional excursion depending on the weather. Ice hiking, Glacier exploring or enjoying the open fire. Day 6: Head back to Reykjavik Today is a day of meandering back to Reykjavik, at your leisure.

AURORA BOREALIS ADVENTURE IN GREENLAND


A visit to Greenland is almost like travelling in time you will find yourself surrounded by a landscape similar to the ice age where prehistoric Musk Oxen are seen in front of massive glaciers. Most of your time will be spent in and around the township of Ilulissat, where large icebergs will be floating by your hotel window.

Ilulissat Kangerlussuaq

QUICK FACTS
8 days/7 nights Easy adventure to remote West Greenland with optional dog sledding and other excursions Independent departs any day January to April Start Copenhagen (CPH) End Copenhagen Minimum 2 people to run - single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list

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Arrival transfer with FlyBus (efficient airport bus) Car hire for 5 days 6 breakfasts & 4 dinners Accommodation at rural hotel and centrally located 3.5 star hotel in Reykjavik Super jeep day tour

Copenhagen

Photo: Greenland Tourism

Day 1: Arrive in Copenhagen Today is your free day to explore Denmarks picturesque capital. We have included a 24 hour Copenhagen Card that gives you free public transport and free access to major attractions. A wander along Strget to Nyhavn is a must. Day 2: Into the Heart of Greenland Start with a morning flight to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, and continue by flight north to Ilulissat. Transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon join an historical city walk of Ilulissat.

Day 7: Return to Copenhagen Transfer back to the airport for your flight to Copenhagen where you arrive in the late evening. Day 8: Tour ends Your tour ends after breakfast.

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QUICK FACTS
6 days/5 nights Easy self drive itinerary Reykjavik Independent departs any Thorsmork day November to April Start Reykjavik (REK or KEF) End Reykjavik Minimum 2 people to run - single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer toour website or enclosed price list
Photo: Visit Iceland

Day 3 to 5: Experience Greenland These three days are free in Ilulissat and can be filled with any of the optional excursions on offer: sailing among the Icebergs, dogsledding to a hunters settlement or a helicopter ride to the Ilulissat glacier. Day 6: Kangerlussuaq Fly back to Kangerlussuaq. With a proportionally large number of starry nights, Kangerlussuaq is one of the best destinations in the world to experience the Northern Lights.

2 nights comfortable and central hotel in Copenhagen 24 hours city pass for Copenhagen Flight Copenhagen to Ilulissat via Kangerlussuaq return including taxes Return airport transfers in Ilulissat 4 nights at a 3.5 star central hotel in Ilulissat Historical city walk of Ilulissat 1 night at basic lodge in Kangerlussuaq Daily breakfast

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RUSSIAN WINTER EXPERIENCE


Travelling to Russia in winter has unique advantages - there are no crowds in the museums, there are no queues in front of the palaces and it is easier to get tickets to famous ballet performances. St. Petersburg, laid on more than 65 islands with more than 300 bridges, is full of the palaces of the Czars and the noble, making it a magical place to visit. Walk across the frozen Neva River from Hermitage to the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and enjoy a traditional horse sleigh ride in the snow covered Pavlovsk Park. In Moscow the ice-skaters are out and the citys numerous parks are home to fledgling ice sculptors. The Red Square and the Kremlin towers look amazing against the white backdrop on a crisp winters day. And if you need to warm up, enjoy a hot drink or a shot of vodka in one of the many new trendy cafes. Day 1: Arrival Upon arrival in St. Petersburg, transfer to your hotel. Day 2: City Sights with Hermitage Museum Enjoy a panoramic city sightseeing tour, including visits to Peter & Paul Fortress and St. Isaacs Cathedral, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy an in-depth tour of the Hermitage Museum, featuring Old Masters, the Impressionists Exhibition and the State Rooms of the Winter Palace. Day 3: Palaces & Parks Today, go on a tour of Catherines Palace, the pearl of the Russian Baroque architecture. Weather permitting; experience a Troika (traditional horse sled) ride at the park followed by traditional Russian lunch at Podvorye. In the afternoon tour of the Yusupov Palace, site of the mysterious death of the notorious Rasputin. Day 4: Train to Moscow Morning free. Early afternoon train to Moscow. Transfer to your hotel. Day 5: Kremlin & Red Square by Metro Explore the famous Moscow metro on the way to Kremlin. Included is a comprehensive tour of Kremlin including visit to the Armory with its collection of Faberge Eggs. For lunch you may want to try one of the trendy cafes of the Manege shopping mall or GUM. In the afternoon, enjoy a walking tour of the Red Square. Day 6: Moscow After breakfast, head off on a sightseeing tour of Moscow. Free time for lunch and then in the afternoon visit the Tretyakov Gallery, housing the largest collection of Russian national art from icons to modern art. Day 7: Departure Buffet breakfast at the hotel, followed by a transfer to the airport or station.

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6 nights in comfortable and central 3.5 to 4 star hotels Daily breakfast Private sightseeing as per description with English speaking guide Express train St Petersburg to Moscow Arrival and departure transfers between airport/train station & hotel

QUICK FACTS
7 days/6 nights Easy cultural tour Independent departs any day all year Start St Petersburg (LED) End Moscow (SVO or DME) Minimum 2 people to run - single supplement available Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list

St Petersburg Moscow

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SCANDINAVIAN
Design Your Own Nordic Experience We have put together a selection of short stays in all the major cities in the Nordic region, taking a bit of inspiration from another classic Scandinavian invention, Lego, pick and choose your own city breaks, or choose from our range of suggested itineraries. Use our bricks to create a winter get-away or add them to the itineraries featured in this brochure to extend your stay. Remember, if you cannot find what you need, we are just a phone call or email away!

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Suggested short itineraries
Oslo & Copenhagen
6 days/5 nights 2 nights in Oslo, overnight ferry to Copenhagen, 2 nights in Copenhagen or v.v. 24 hour City Card Oslo & Copenhagen 3.5-4* or 5* option

Oslo in winter has traditionally been associated with ski jumping in Holmenkollen. But, Oslo is also a city where you can take the metro to the closest toboggan run just 30 minutes out of town and ice skate in the city centre. There are more than 50 museums worth visiting, including the world renowned Viking Ship Museum, and beautiful outdoor attractions such as the Akershus Fortress and the Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Oslo Short Break


3 days/2 nights 24 hour City Card 3.5-4* or 5* option

Oslo Extended Break


4 days/3 nights 48 hour City Card 3.5-4* or 5* option

Stockholm, Lule & Treehotel

Oslo & Stockholm

7 days/ 6 nights 3 days , 2 nights in Stockholm, overnight train to Lule, 1 night in Lule, transfers to Tree hotel, 2 nights Tree hotel, including half day Moose safari. Transfers to/from Treehotel 24 hour City Card Stockholm 3.5-4* or 5* Option

5 days/4 nights 2 nights in Oslo, train to Stockholm, 2 nights in Stockholm or v.v 24 hour City Card Oslo & Stockholm 3.5-4* or 5* option

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Lule & Treehotel Short Break

5 days / 4 nights 2 days / 1 night Lule, transfer to Treehotel 3 nights Tree hotel, including Moose Safari Transfer Treehotel to Lule airport

Bergen is a world heritage city that is over 900 years old. The beautiful Bryggen (wharf) is one of the most familiar images in all of Norway. The city centre is situated among a group of mountains known collectively as the seven mountains (de syv fjell). A short ride on the Flibanen Funicular will reward you with remarkable views over Bergen and its harbour, 320 metres above sea level.

3 days/2 nights 24 hour City Card 3-3.5* or 4.5* option

Bergen Short Break

Norway in a Nutshell

Bergen Extended Break


4 days/3 nights 48 hour City Card 3-3.5* or 4.5* option

2 days/1 night (Flm or Voss) Routing options - Bergen to Bergen, Bergen to Oslo or Oslo to Bergen 3.5-4* or 4.5-5* option

Helsinki & Rovaniemi

Norway in a Nutshell, Extended


5 days/4 nights Oslo 2 nights, Norway in a Nutshell & Bergen 2 nights 24 hour City Card Oslo & Bergen Routing options - Bergen to Bergen, Bergen to Oslo or Oslo to Bergen 3.5-4* or 4.5-5* option

7 days/6 nights 2 nights in Helsinki, return overnight train HelsinkiRovaniemi-Helsinki, 2 nights in Rovaniemi 24 hour City Card in Helsinki, Santa Claus Safari in Rovaniemi

Helsinki & Tallinn

4 days/3 nights 2 nights in Helsinki, return ferry to Tallinn, 1 night in Tallinn 24 hour City Card Helsinki & Tallinn

TROMS

Oslo, Troms & Longyearbyen


6 days/5 nights 2 nights Oslo, flight Oslo Longyearbyen return incl taxes & stopover in Troms, 2 nights Troms, 1 night Longyearbyen 24 hour City Card Oslo

Helsinki & St. Petersburg

Located 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, Troms is home to the worlds northern-most university, brewery, botanical garden and cathedral. This is one of the best places on earth to observe the Northern Lights with a season that lasts from October to March. Here in Norways north, enjoy some of the best and freshest ingredients in the world delivered right to your dinner table.

Troms Short Break

3 days/2 nights 2 hour city walk with a private guide 3-3.5* or 4* option

6 days/5 nights 2 nights in Helsinki, train to St. Petersburg, 2 nights in St. Petersburg 24 hour City Card in Helsinki, Sightseeing in St. Petersburg

Troms Extended Break

4 days/3 nights 2 hour city walk with a private guide 3-3.5* or 4* option

Stockholm & Copenhagen

St. Petersburg & Moscow

5 days/4 nights 2 nights in Stockholm, train to Copenhagen, 2 nights in Copenhagen or v.v 24 hour City Card Stockholm & Copenhagen 3.5-4* or 5* Option

7days/6 nights 3 nights in St. Petersburg, train to Moscow 3 nights in Moscow Sightseeing in St Petersburg & Moscow

Reykjavik is an intriguing city and has lots to offer in winter. From geothermal pools to design shops, from cosy restaurants and cafes to art galleries, glaciers and concerts. In December, shop for unique gifts at the Christmas Market in the city centre or visit the charming Christmas Village in Hafnarfjordur. Visit the Christmas Cat (one of many Icelandic Christmas creatures) at the local Zoo, ice-skate around a decorated Christmas tree or be dazzled by the Spectacular New Years Eve firework display.

REYKJAVIK

Reykjavik Short Break


3 days/2 nights 24 hour City Card 3.5* or 4.5* Option

Stockholm & Helsinki

6 days/5 nights 2 nights in Stockholm, overnight ferry to Helsinki, 2 nights in Helsinki or v.v 24 hour City Card Stockholm & Helsinki 3.5-4* or 5* Option

Reykjavik Extended Break

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4 days/3 nights 3 nights in Reykjavik, 24 hour City Card, 1 night Blue Lagoon, Intl airport transfers to/from Blue Lagoon, Blue Lagoon entrance fee 3.5* or 4.5* Option

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STOCKHOLM

Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on 14 islands and you are never far from the water. It is a city with a spectacular combination of medieval buildings and modern architecture. Stroll down the cobblestone streets of the Old Town (Gamla Stan), have a coffee and a warm cinnamon bun in one of the numerous cafes, drop in to some of the design shops, visit the unique Wasa museum, or go on a cruise around the archipelago.

Stockholm Short Break


3 days/2 nights 24 hour City Card 3.5-4* or 5* option

HELSINKI

Stockholm Extended Break


4 days/3 nights 48 hour City Card 3.5-4* or 5* option

The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts. Influences from both the East and West are visible in the citys architecture, culinary culture, events and traditions. In Helsinki the beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with hightech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. Go ice-skating, design shopping or visit the UNESCO heritage listed Suomenlinna, one of the worlds largest historical maritime fortresses.

Helsinki Short Break


3 days/2 nights 24 hour City Card 3.5-4* & 5* options

4 days/3 nights 48 hour City Card 3.5-4* & 5* options

Helsinki Extended Break

LULE

Situated in Swedish Lapland, where the cold mountain water of the Lule River meets the saltwater of the sea, there is a perfect place to experience the magnificence of nature and Sami culture. Bars, theatres and a teeming nightlife make Lule a perfect base for adventures in the far north of Sweden.

Lule Short Break


2 days / 1 night Lule 3.5-4* or 5* option

ST.PETERSBURG

To visit St. Petersburg in winter is fascinating. Snow covers the parks and squares, the Neva river and the canals are usually frozen. The city, built on more than 65 islands with more than 300 bridges, is full of palaces of the Czars and the noble, making it a magical place to visit. In winter you will have all the advantages of traveling off-season, there are no crowds in the museums, there are no queues in front of the palaces and it is easier than ever to get tickets to famous ballet performances.

St.Petersburg Short Break


3 days/2 nights Private sightseeing 3.5-4* & 5* options

St.Petersburg Extended Break


4 days/3 nights Private sightseeing 3.5-4* & 5* options

COPENHAGEN

There are many fantastic things to do in Copenhagen during winter. You can go ice-skating, see the wonderful museums and enjoy a dinner at a cosy restaurant. It is not hard to find a great restaurant in Copenhagen as the 2012 Michelin Guide has awarded Copenhagens restaurants a total of 14 stars! The Tivoli Christmas market in Copenhagen is a must during the winter season. The atmosphere is much like that of a small carnival, filled with the pungent smells of ginger cookies and glgg, Christmas carols and Danish arts & crafts.

Copenhagen Short Break


3 days/2 nights 78 hour City Card 3.5-4* or 5* option

MOSCOW

Copenhagen Extended Break


4 days/3 nights 48 hour City Card 3.5-4* or 5* option

Russias capital city is a must visit. Moscow is experiencing very exciting changes, gone are the days of strict censorship. Winter turns this metropolis of 10 million people into a much softer and inviting city. The snow covered churches and palaces gleam in the sunshine, ice-skaters are out and citys numerous parks are home for fledgling ice sculptors.

Moscow Short Break


3 days/2 nights Private sightseeing 3.5-4* & 5* options 4 days/3 nights Private sightseeing 3.5-4* & 5* options

Moscow Extended Break

Copenhagen & Dragsholm Castle

5 days/4 nights 2 nights Copenhagen, 3-day car hire, 2 nights Dragsholm Castle with half board 24 hour City Card 4.5-5* option

TALLIN

Winter is when youll find Tallinn at its most enchanting. A fresh coat of snow covers the gabled rooftops of the medieval Old Town and outdoor candles fill its cobblestone lanes with a flickering glow. Enjoy a variety of cultural events not to mention great shopping in boutiques & handicraft shops.

Tallin Short Break


3 days/2 nights 3.5-4* & 5* options

Tallin Extended Break


4 days/3 nights 3.5-4* & 5* options
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POLAR CIRCLE

QUICK FACTS
12 days/11 nights Ushuaia Easy voyage with optional physical activities South Shetland Islands Start and finish in Ushuaia (USH) Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list Antarctic Peninsula

ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

channel to Petermann Island and most likely sail to within the Antarctic cirle. Depending on the weather, you will visit the Ukrainian Antarctic station for an insight in to life in close quarters 12 months a year. You can expect at least two landings each day, not to mention 3 delicious meals every day, and snacks/ coffee available free in the bar. A pair of binoculars is a must bring and the captain is always up for a chat if you are spotting wildlife from the bridge.

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experience the sights and sounds of Antarctica in our interactive, free iBook. Click here for a direct link

Day 10-11: Sail back through Drakes Passage During your return, you will enjoy more interesting presentations by the crew on-board and this is also a chance to swap photos/ addresses with your fellow passengers. If you had kayakers, divers or passengers that camped a night on your trip (perhaps you were one of those!), they will usually share some of their sights and experiences with everyone.
Photo: Esbjrn Torstensson

Day 12: Disembark Ushuaia Say goodbye to your newfound friends and finish back in Ushuaia.

Antarctica is a continent of superlatives. It is the worlds highest continent; it is the coldest, windiest and driest place on Earth. During the summer months of November to March, it is also one of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the world, where its jawdropping scenery is only matched by the unique wildlife encounters. True once in a lifetime experiences. There is not a single moment wasted on our trips, our ships average about 100-110 passengers, which guarantees quick and efficient landings and allows you an opportunity to get to know all passengers on your trip. If you have limited time, the Antarctic Peninsula trip is perfect for you, a 12-day trip with 6 full days cruising the peninsula and South Shetland Islands.

Day 1: Depart Ushuaia Upon arrival at Ushuaia airport catch a 10-minute taxi to the port and go for a wander in the city at the end of the earth before departing late afternoon Day 2 & 3: Sailing the Drakes Passage During the two day Drakes passage crossing, spot lots of birds unique to the area, including Albatrosses, and listen to the various presentations by the crew which will further enhance your knowledge of what youre about to see.

Day 4-9: Explore the High Antarctic You are in safe hands here with a crew that will do their very best to ensure you will get the best experience, everything from places you visit to the organisation on-board is perfect. Deception Island, Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour are amongst the places you will visit, close encounters with Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguins, Weddell & Antarctic Fur Seals awaits. During the latter half of summer, you are very likely to come across humpback & right whales and if youre lucky, fin whales. You will also sail through the spectacular Lemair

INCLUSIONS

All meals, coffee & tea on your ship All excursions on the zodiacs Lectures and presentations by the specialist crew

Optional Extras (prebookings essential) Camping one night Kayaking Diving (drysuit)

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Since you are considering heading all the way down to Antarctica, why not try something different? This trip is a fantastic combination of wildlife and zodiac landings, combined with activities such as kayaking, camping, photo workshops by Leica and hiking, all included. A very popular option is diving which is not included, but very reasonably priced. If you have questions about whats required to dive, and the cost, contact us any time. This trip will take down to the Weddell Sea and the protected waters of Herbert Sound and the North Side of James Ross island will be your activity base camp. You will also sail to the west coast of the peninsula to picturesque Neko Harbor and Paradise Bay. Day 1: Depart Ushuaia Upon arrival at Ushuaia airport catch a 10-minute taxi to the port and go for a wander in the southern most city in the world before departing late afternoon. Day 2 & 3: Sailing the Drakes Passage During the two-day Drakes passage crossing, you have full

access to the decks of the boat (depending on weather) and this is also a good opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers. There are lots of opportunities to spot birds such as Albatrosses, and listen to the presentations by the crew on topics ranging from wildlife to the geology of Antarctica. Day 4-5: Antarctic Sound to Basecamp on North side of James Ross Island We will sail into the Weddell Sea through the ice-clogged Antarctic Sound. Huge tabular icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to visit Devil Island and Vega Island with a large colony of Adelie Penguins and a magnificent view for those hikers who can make it to the top of the hill. Melting ice sometimes provides spectacular waterfall from the cliffs close to point Well-Met. The protected waters around Herbert Sound at the North side of James Ross Island will become our Basecamp for all activities. This place is hardly visited by other ships and offers us a great opportunity to scout this region first time on foot, per zodiac and during kayak trips.

Day 6: Paulet Island & Antarctic Peninsula Weather and conditions permitting we will land on this remote island to see the remains of the Nordenskjld expedition and thousands of Adelie penguins. We might also have time to visit Brown Bluff in order to make a continental landing at the Northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Day 7: Roe Island We will sail along the Wright Ice Piedmont at the Antarctic continent, named after the brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright who made the first flight with a plane in 1903. Exploration of Roe Island, an island lying in the entrance of the Curtiss Bay just about 2 miles west of Graham Land (Antarctic continent) Day 8: Neko Harbour and Paradise Bay We hope to sail to Neko Harbor and Paradise Bay to reach the southernmost area of our voyage, where we have again the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glaciers. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. Conditions permitting we will look for a place to erect our tents for a camp night ashore.

Day 9-11: Melchior Island & Drake Passage We commence our return journey to Ushuaia via the Melchior Islands towards the open sea of the Drake Passage. We have again a chance of seeing many seabirds. During your return journey, there will be many interesting presentations by the crew so even if you didnt partake in some of the activities available; you can still share some of the experiences of your fellow travellers. Day 12: Disembark Ushuaia We arrive in the morning and disembark in Ushuaia, a final goodbye (or perhaps au revoir) to your new friends.

INCLUSIONS

All meals, coffee & tea on your ship Lectures and presentations by the specialist crew Activities: Kayaking, Camping, Photo workshops by Leica Hiking

ANTARCTIC BASECAMP
QUICK FACTS
12 days/11 nights Ushuaia Easy journey with some adventurous activities Start and finish in Ushuaia (USH) Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list Antarctic Peninsula
Photo: Esbjrn Torstensson

Optional extras: Diving (drysuit)

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FALKLANDS, SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARCTIC PENINSULA


Why go to South Georgia and the Falklands in addition to the Antarctic Peninsula? Well, you will either visit now or have to save up for a second Antarctica trip - this area of the world does that to you. Both the Falklands and South Georgia have their own unique wildlife that exists only here, not to mention fascinating scenery. So, if you have the time, why not make your journey to this part of the world as extensive as possible? Day 1: Depart Ushuaia Upon arrival at Ushuaia airport catch a 10-minute taxi to the port and go for a wander in town before departing late afternoon, consider a day trip to the nearby glacier or hire a car and go exploring yourself. Day 2: Sail towards the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Plenty of opportunity to spot birds such as albatrosses and shearwaters on the way, also time to get your sea legs on. Day 3: Explore the western archipelago A hike along the shore of Carcass Island, will reward you with your first views of Gentoo & Magellanic penguins. Day 4: Stanley Experience the unique Falkland culture, which has some South American & Victorian characteristics. You will have time to explore Stanley on your own. Day 5 & 6: Sail towards South Georgia On your way to South Georgia, you will enter Antarctic waters and the temperature will drop by as much as 10 degrees. Day 7-10: Exploring South Georgia In the afternoon of day 7 we arrive at our first landing site in South Georgia. We might visit the bay of Elsehul, with its very active fur seal breeding beach, and then set course to Right Whale Bay, Salisbury Plain, Godthul, St. Andrews Bay, Gold Harbour, Cooper Bay and Drygalski Fjord to give you a good opportunity to see a wide spectrum of landscapes and wildlife, like the introduced Reindeer, Elephant seals, Fur seals, King and Macaroni Penguins. At Fortuna Bay we might try to follow in the footsteps of the great British Explorer Ernest Shackleton and hike over to Stmness Bay. There and at Grytviken well see an abandoned whaling village, where King Penguins now walk in the streets and seals have taken over the buildings. Day 11-13: Sailing towards Antarctica, via South Orkney Islands During you journey, there will be lots of interesting presentations by the crew. We might encounter sea-ice and you have more opportunities to spot the birds of the region. The plan is to visit an Argentine base on the South Orkney Islands where the friendly staff will show us around the facilities. Day 14-16: Antarctic Peninsula Huge icebergs will announce our arrival to the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula. We plan to visit Brown Bluff where we may set foot on the Continent. In good sailing conditions we may decide to extend our time in the Weddell Sea. At Deception Island is a sub-ducted crater; here youll find warm springs, go for a swim if youre brave, and an abandoned whaling station. Go for a short trek up one of the hills for amazing views and look out for Antarctic Fur & Elephant Seals Day 17-18: Antarctic Peninsula Start your return journey to Ushuaia, there will be ample time to swap photos with your fellow travellers and listen to more interesting presentations by the crew. Day 19: Disembark Ushuaia Say goodbye to the crew and other travellers, why not stay for a while and travel around Patagonia!

Photo: Mike Murphy, Oceanwide Expeditions

QUICK FACTS
Falkland Islands 18 days/17 nights South Georgia Easy journey with optional physical activities Ushuaia Set departures, contact us for more details Start and finish in Ushuaia (USH) Pricing and departures, refer to our Antarctic Peninsula website or enclosed price list

INCLUSIONS

All meals, coffee & tea on your ship All excursions on the zodiacs Lectures and presentations by the specialist crew

Optional Extras (included) Snowshoeing

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ROSS SEA ANTARCTIC ODYSSEY


Welcome aboard one of the most spectacular expeditions on our planet. A true discovery voyage, including the Ross Sea and the southern Antarctic Peninsula. Depart Invercargill in New Zealand and travel towards Ushuaia in South America (or vice versa ). You will get to experience landings by zodiacs and, if weather permits, helicopters. This is a true expedition and we operate this itinerary in the worlds most remote area, we are therefor ruled by the forces of nature. If all goes to plan, there will be five helicopter landings which will allow access to hard to reach landing sites. Prepare for a once in an lifetime journey! Day 1: Depart Ushuaia Upon arrival at Ushuaia airport catch a 10 minute taxi to the port for an afternoon departure. Day 2 & 3: Crossing the Drake Passage to Get to know your fellow passengers and enjoy briefings by the crew. Day 4: Arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula Sail through spectacular Lemaire Channel towards Pleneau and Petermann Islands where you will be able to view Gentoo Penguins & Elephant Seals. Day 5: Penola Strait & Fish Islands Observe Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. Day 6 & 7: Bellingshausen Sea We may start encountering our first pack-ice

Day 8: Peter I Island An uninhabited volcanic island, claimed by Norway. Elephant Seals and colonies of Southern Fulmars have been observed here. Days 9-14: Sailing through the Amundsen Sea Sail through the outer fringes of the pack ice and depending on weather, view glimpses of the Antarctic continent. You may view Emperor penguins, Orcas and Minke Whales in this area. If the sea ice allows, we will try to land on Shephard Island. Day 15: Approaching the Ross Ice Shelf We approach the Ross Ice Shelf, a floating mass of land ice with a front that is 30 Metres high. Our aim is to do a helicopter landing here. Day 16: Sail along the Ross Ice Shelf Relax and enjoy the spectacular views. Day 17-21: Explore the Ross Sea Visit Ross Island with all the famous spots of the British expeditions of last century, such as Cape Royds with the cabin of Ernest Shackleton. We will attempt to visit (US) McMurdo and (NZ) Scott base. We will attempt a helicopter trip over the Dry Valleys, the nearest conditions to Mars on our planet. Day 22-26: Exploring the Ross Sea Sailing northward along the eastern west coast of the Ross Sea, we pass by the Drygalski Ice Tongue and the Italian Station in Terra Nova Bay and further cape Hallet. Cape Adare is the

place where people for the very first time wintered on the Antarctic Continent. The hut where the Norwegian Borchgrevink stayed in 1899, is surrounded by the largest colony of Adlie Penguins in the World. We also sail along the Balleny Islands, discovered in 1839 by the British captain John Balleny. Day 27-28: At Sea Sailing towards Macquarie Island which is a Tasmanian State Reserve and a world heritage site. Day 29: Macquarie Island The fauna is fantastic with colonies of King, Gentoo, Royal and Southern Rockhopper penguins. The Australian Antarctic Division has its permanent base here. Day 30-31: At Sea Enjoy more interesting crew presentations and compare photos with your fellow travellers. Day 32: Arrive Invercargill, New Zealand Disembark in the morning for your home, or onward journey. Note; this voyage also operates in the reverse direction.

INCLUSIONS

All meals, coffee & tea on your ship All excursions on the zodiacs & helicopters Lectures and presentations by the specialist crew

QUICK FACTS
32 days/31 nights Easy journey with optional physical activities Start Ushuaia (USH) and finish in Invercargill (IVC) or vice versa. Pricing and departures, refer to our website or enclosed price list
Ushuaia

Invercargill

Ross Sea

Antarctic Peninsula

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Photo: Delphine Aures, Oceanwide Expeditions

STAY WARM & COMFORTABLE IN THE ARCTIC


As the Nordic people know all too well, it is important to stay warm, cozy and comfortable when visiting the Arctic and coming to see the Northern Lights. This is why we have paid particular attention to choosing accommodation that will serve this purpose. Cabins will have open fireplaces and often saunas or hot tubs. All accommodation is comfortably heated (except the ICEHOTEL), and warm doonas and/or blankets are provided. Below is a presentation of some of the accommodation you will enjoy during our trips. Lyngen Lodge is a luxurious pine wood lodge hotel on the shoreline of the Lyngen Fjord, providing spectacular views over the dramatic Lyngen Alps and unique Norwegian fjord scenery. The experience of staying here combines high end living, fine dining and high emotion adventure into nature - all delivered from a friendly team committed to high service. Lyngen Lodge is suitable for both families, individuals and groups.

OUR SHIPS IN ANTARCTICA


AIRPORT TRANSFERS
The fastest and most affordable way to get from the airport to the city and your hotel is; either by express train (Oslo & Stockholm), taxi, or the local bus service. Private transfers are often expensive and take longer. Approximate fares: Copenhagen Kastrup to city is best by taxi at AU$40. There are also regular bus services and a Metro. Oslo Gardermoen to city is AU$30 one-way by express train. 20 mins. By taxi its 40 mins. and AU$100. Stockholm Arlanda to city is AU$40 one-way by express train. 20 mins. By taxi its 40 mins. and AU$85. Helsinki Vantaa Airport to city is best by the Finnair bus, which is about AU$10. A taxi is approx. AU$60. Keflavik Airport (Reykjavik) to city is best by the FlyBus+ door-todoor service costing AU$25. A taxi is AU$80. In Moscow & St Petersburg we recommend a private transfer, which is always included in our packages. Please ask for a quote if you still prefer a private transfer.

Lyngen Lodge, North Norway

MV ORTELIUS

The Rorbu cabins are idyllically located between the quayside buildings and fish racks, with the sea on one side, and the spectacular Lofoten mountains on the other. Each cabin has one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen cum lounge, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet. Considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the authenticity of all the Rorbu cabins.

Svinya Rorbuer, Lofoten Archipelago

The log cabins at Kakslauttanen are first class, some of which are queen suites, one a honeymoon turf chamber and one traditional Lappish farmer log house. The cabins come in different sizes, accommodating from 2 up to 10 persons. Each cabin is equipped with a fireplace, shower/toilet, kitchenette, own sauna and are located sufficiently far apart so that each one has its own peaceful snow garden.

Log cabins in Kakslauttanen, Finnish Lapland

Hotel Rival is a boutique hotel situated on Mariatorget in Stockholm. The hotel has been converted from the old Rival Cinema to a beautiful and stylish hotel with 99 rooms. Rival is wholly owned by ABBAs own Benny Anderson. The idea behind the interior design has been to create a colorful and multi-facetted environment, stretching from the festive original interior of the cocktail bar to more contemporary design. Youll love this hotel

Hotel Rival, Stockholm

The ice-strengthened vessel MV Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure in remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land. MV Ortelius was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989 and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. MV Ortelius is a great expedition vessel for 100 passengers with lots of open-deck spaces and a very large bridge which is accessible to the passengers. The vessel is manned by 34 highly experienced Russian nautical crew, 15 international catering staff, including stewardesses, 6 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 5 guides/ lecturers) and 1 doctor.

The unique and modern GLO Hotel Kluuvi is a real treat situated right in the centre of Helsinki. All the hotel rooms are spacious and all have modern high quality beds and textiles and flat TV screens. This is the perfect hotel for your Helsinki stay.

Hotel Glo, Helsinki

MV PLANCIUS
CITY CARDS - your sightseeing companion
Close to everyone in Scandinavia speaks excellent English, and it is easy to get around, therefore, we recommend that a City Card or Pass is the best and most affordable way to experience these metropolitan cities. The cards are available in each of these capitals (except Russia) and offer free public transport within the city limits, free entry to most museums and attraction, discounted tours, and many other benefits. Cards cost approx. AU$60 per person per 24 hours. We can also organise your private vehicle and guide if this is your preference.

At ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjrvi you can choose between several different types of accommodation. The ideal is to combine one cold night in ICEHOTEL with several warm nights in our hotel rooms or hotel chalets. Inside ICEHOTEL, the temperature is never colder than -5 C to -8 C, regardless of how cold it may be outside. Dress in warm thermal underwear, put on a hat and slip into the cozy sleeping bag. You are awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside.

ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjrvi, Swedish Lapland

Volcano Hotel is one of the smallest country hotels in Iceland, and is located in the southern most area of Iceland, in the beautiful surroundings of Mrdalur valley. The hotel lies between the amazing black beaches and the strikingly beautiful volcano glacier, Mrdalsjkull. All the rooms have large quality beds and linen to make your stay comfortable. Most rooms have warm wooden floors, combined with natural stones from the black beaches in the area.

Volcano Hotel, Vik, South Iceland

MV Plancius was built in 1976 as an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy. The ship sailed for the Dutch Navy until June 2004. MV Plancius is a Dutch flagged completely rebuilt and converted 114-passenger vessel.

Ship details
- Comfortable and nicely decorated, but not luxurious. It is made for explorers - Spacious yet small ship character, comfort & style with modern technology - Small ship operation: 114 passengers in 53 passenger cabins with private toilet and shower - 5 quadruple cabins, 10 twin with porthole cabins (ca. 15 m2), 26 twin with window cabins, 2 twin deluxe cabins and 10 twin superior cabins (ca. 21 m2) - All cabins offer lower berths (either two single beds or one queen-size bed), except for the 5 quadruple cabins (2 bunk beds,) - Restaurant/lecture room (deck 3) and a spacious observation lounge (with bar, deck 5) with large windows offering full panoramic views - Large open deck spaces (with full walk-around possibilities on deck 4) - Equipped with 10 Mark V zodiacs - 2 gangways on starboard side, that guarantees a swift zodiac operation

SECRETS OF THE CITY


When booking with us, we will offer you expert advise and give you detailed notes on what to do and see in each of the Nordic capitals. As we have lived in these cities ourselves this will span beyond the regular museums and attractions. You can rest assured that we will give you recommendations that will make your stay memorable, and not just taken out of a tourist brochure.

GENERAL HOTEL STANDARD


Other than the uniquely hand picked accommodation, the trips in this brochure stay in comfortable and often boutique 3.5 to 5 star hotels. Hotels are chosen for their central location and charm. You can rest assured that the hotels are the best ones in their category as we appreciate the importance of a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Note that double beds in Scandinavia can often be made up of linking two twin beds together. Upon request, all tours can be upgraded to 4.5 or 5 star standard where available.

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