June 22, 2016 | Artisan Travel
There’s 24 hours of daylight during the summer months in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Why not enjoy a Scandinavian summer this year, swimming at midnight, encountering shy wildlife in the forest, foraging for nuts and berries in the never-ending daylight, or putting into practice new photography skills?
Artisan Travel introduces six of its most spectacular summer trips, promising resplendent views of fjords and mountains, all manner of modes of transport, from cruising to kayaking – not to mention hiking with huskies – and a wide variety of original styles of accommodation, from wilderness lodges to contemporary apartments.
Abisko – a Midnight Sun Adventure (four nights)
Based in the Abisko National Park, this trip includes a mountain hike under the Midnight Sun to 1,164m above sea level, expert-led nature trail tours, and hiking in the valley of Kärkevagge, known for its fairly-tale scenery complete with giant boulders, lush meadows and dense forest. Visit the ice factory at the ICEHOTEL® (the hotel is rebuilt to different designs every winter) for the inside track on how giant slabs of river ice are cut during the icy winter temperatures ready for modelling into hotel rooms, an Ice Chapel, an Ice Bar and a huge range of decorative sculptures – fascinating!
Costs from £815 pp (two sharing) including transfers, four nights’ accommodation, full board, activities and guides. Flights extra. Departures from now until 20 July.
Kangos under the Midnight Sun (seven nights)
High above the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland, Kangos is an extraordinary place to spend never-ending summer nights. Go walking under the Midnight Sun, spend a night in a wilderness cabin without electricity or running water, relax on a raft heading downriver, hike with huskies, get to know the dogs’ individual characters, try a beaver safari, and forage for dinner – all experienced in 24-hour daylight.
Costs from £599 pp (two sharing) including seven nights’ full-board accommodation, all activities and guides. Flights extra. Departures from now until 11 September.
Bears (and more) in Kuhmo (three nights)
Explore the Wild Taiga, where bears, wolverine, lynx, beavers and wolves roam throughout the forested wilderness. Venture deeper into ‘no man’s land’, on the Finnish-Russian border, and spend a night in a wildlife hide, with bears often grazing just a few metres away. The hide accommodates 12 people in bunk beds, with individual seats by the window and a photography hole. Top and tail the hide experience with a stay at the Hotel Kalevala, located next to the fascinating Petola Nature Centre. Why not book a dawn elk safari, and try to spot the rare wild Forest Reindeer?
Costs from £455 pp (two sharing) including three nights’ accommodation, most meals, activities and guides. Elk safari and flights extra. Departures from now until 31 August.
Photograph the Midnight Sun in Finland (three nights)
Voyage to the picturesque wilderness of Nellim in Finland, bathed in the unique light of the Midnight Sun around the clock during the summer months. Join two expert-led photography workshops, capturing key elements of the trip on camera – wild swimming under the Midnight Sun, foraging for berries on the colourful forest floor, night-time dining (but in daylight, of course!) over an open fire, and fishing in the forest’s lakes and rivers.
Costs from £835 pp (two sharing) including return flights (London) via Helsinki, transfers, three nights’ full-board accommodation, all activities and guides. Departures from now until 14 September.
Summer in the Norwegian Fjords (six nights)
Stay in the town of Ålesund, enjoying its array of colourful buildings, Art Nouveau architecture and boutiques, set against a dramatic backdrop of majestic fjords and mountains. Relax on a cruise in Hjørundfjord, the small motor-ship vessel dwarfed by the immense fjord walls, try sea kayaking in marine-life rich waters, and explore the town’s maze of streets by bicycle. On a free day, why not visit a bird sanctuary on Runde Island, or simply soak up the atmosphere at one of the characterful cafés in town?
Costs from £799 pp (two sharing) including six nights’ accommodation at the 100 year old Hotel Brosundet, daily breakfast, one lunch, activities and guides. Runde Bird sanctuary and flights extra. Departures from 1 July – 20 August.
Best of Northern Norway (nine nights)
Start this exciting self-drive trip in cultural Tromsø, home to the architecturally-impressive Arctic Cathedral, not to mention an excellent selection of eateries. Set off for Sommarøy, a tiny fishing village inhabited by just 300 people, with white sandy beaches lapped by emerald green waters, and mountain and glacier hiking opportunities nearby. Head to untouched Senja for glorious coastal views, before stopping in Andenes, a great spot for whale watching and puffin safaris. The Lofoten Islands are next, the landscapes providing much inspiration for artists and writers, and then an exploration of Narvik, a haven for history lovers, is a must. Finish the trip in Malangen, with a stay in a stylish apartment right on the fjord’s edge.
Costs from £1,195 pp (two sharing) including nine nights’ accommodation (B&B) plus one dinner, car hire, road maps and timetables. Flights extra. Departures from now until 31 August.
For further information, or to talk to an expert, call Artisan Travel on 01670 785 085 or visit www.artisantravel.co.uk.