Simply Sweden has launched new ways to embrace the Northern Lights this winter by adding new holidays, each with an authentic take, to its collection.
‘Husky Expedition – Finnmark’ provides guests with the chance to drive their own teams of huskies on an adventurous three-day journey through the wilderness of the Finnmark Mountain Plateau in northern Norway. Priced at £1,755 per person, clients will journey beneath the Northern Lights to the snow deserts of Øvre Anarjohka and Stabbursdalen national parks and stay in cabins used by Sami reindeer herders.
Also offered in northern Norway is the three-night ‘Malangen Fjord’. Snowmobile safaris, ice fishing and snow-shoeing are all on the itinerary at Camp Nikka, a wilderness camp close to the shorefront hotel where guests stay, with prices leading in at £925.
For those looking for an ice drive adventure, a three-night weekend in Arjeplog in Swedish Lapland comes complete with two full days racing go-karts on a frozen lake used on weekdays by the world's car manufacturers. A layer of ice that can safely carry a load of up to 100 tonnes will support guests as they race around the challenging course under the guidance of a professional instructor, with prices from £2,495.
Alternatively, ‘Forest to Mountain’ opens the gateway to Europe's last great wilderness, Laponia. On the five-night trip guests check into the Treehotel and stay in one of the cabins set in the branches of the Boreal Forest. Priced from £1,685, the location is on an historic Sami migration route and serves as a base from which clients can explore the surrounding mountains on snowmobile and husky rides, learn about Sami life and view the Northern Lights from a sled.
The operator is encouraging early bookings for its four-night ‘Family Activity Holiday’ in the February half-term school holidays, which has limited availability and just one departure date on February 13. Offering a total tech-detox, families are based at the cosy Brändön Lodge in the heart of the snowy forest. Here they can enjoy authentic winter-skills sessions, a snowmobile trip over the frozen Bothnia Bay, a husky-driving excursion and a Northern Lights snow-shoe walk. Rates start from £1,595 per adult and £995 per child.
Meanwhile, the company has designed a new tour for guests to experience both the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights.
The one-off escorted tour, Wonders Of The Sun, travels to Svalbard, the Norwegian fjords and the Swedish mountains in August. The 11-night trip, which offers 16 places, has been precision-timed to arrive during the Midnight Sun just when the Northern Lights are at the peak of their cyclical activity and visible under a new moon. Guests will land in Svalbard under the Midnight Sun to enjoy a range of activities, including the chance to see polar bears. Tromsø is the next stop, where highlights include a cultural tour led by a Sami guide, then guests will board the Hurtigruten for a cruise across the Arctic Circle, passing through the Vesterålen and Lofoten archipelagos. The tour continues to the Scandes mountains and Tännforsen, Sweden's largest waterfall, for more aurora-watching opportunities in dark skies. Prices lead in at £3,990 per person, based on two sharing, including flights, transfers, full-board accommodation and activities.
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