LAPLAND (NORWAY / FINLAND)

The Far North in the Polar Light Sea

AURORA - GROUP TOUR

TOUR CODE

WT-03-22-P1

DATE

21.02 - 02.03.22

DURATION

10 D. - 9 Nts

P.P. PRICE

From € 2690

PAX

15 - 20

LAPLAND - The Far North in the Polar Light Sea

Aurora - GROUP TOUR

INTRODUCTION

For centuries the auroras (also called northern lights) have fascinated people. In particular, their magical appearance illuminates the long, dark season of the high latitudes. Fortunately, northern Scandinavia is located in this northern light zone. March and October are the best time to travel to experience this natural spectacle. Our journey begins in Lapland with various possible winter experiences. The Inari Lake and the Pasvik Valley on the Russian border await us with husky, reindeer or snowmobile safaris. The Scandinavian sauna should not be forgotten either. You can also expect laser-assisted tours of the northern starry sky, lectures on the topic of the aurora borealis, interesting demonstrations with a stately small planetarium and various sun observations. But there will also be no lack of regional history with various possible winter experiences.

ITINERARY

Flights possible from various airports (Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Zurich) via Helsinki to Ivalo on Lake Inari in northern Finland. Transfer from Ivalo airport to Inari, 68.9 ° N. In order to enable undisturbed observations of the aurora borealis, the hotels chosen in Lapland are as far away from the disturbing city lights as possible. From the first evening we can expect auroras when the sky is clear.
Hotel Inarin, 5 nights with half board

Presentation of the tour. Optional tour: Visit to a Sami family with reindeer farm: Guided tour with reindeer feeding and getting to know the Sami culture. As on every evening of this trip, polar light observations will take place depending on the weather conditions. The first few days in Lapland are particularly suitable for photographing these celestial phenomena.
Today it is possible to visit the modern Lapland Museum as an optional tour. Other activities such as cross-country skiing or hiking are recommended.
Optional tours: Visit to a husky farm followed by a husky safari. Evenings: lectures and/or observations.
Optional tours: snowmobile safari or visit to the museum in Inari. Evenings: lectures and/or observations.

Drive to the Passviktal near Kirkenes on the Norwegian-Russian border, transfer (approx. 3 hours) along the Inari lake towards the Barents Sea, via Kirkenes to Svanvik in the nature reserve of the Pasvik valley, 69.5° N. In the evening, a lecture about the most impressive auroras of the last decades and, depending on the sky situation, auroras observations and laser-assisted introduction to the northern starry sky.
Hotel Svanhoved, 4 nights with half board

Depending on the weather: interesting observation of the solar prominences and the solar spectrum with hundreds of absorption lines. Hikes and sauna activities.
Optional: King crab tour (transfer to Kirkenes and boat or snow scooter trip to get to know the big king crabs with food). Evenings: lectures or/and aurora observations.
Interesting lectures and free time available for hiking or optional excursions.

Transfer to Ivalo and flight via Helsinki to Frankfurt
or start of the individual extension:

Astronomical programme:
is under expert supervision with lectures and aurora tours.

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ITINERARY

The accommodation / lodge Laugarbakki is one of the most famous Reirerhöfe in Iceland. Today we are allowed to take part in a horse demonstration at the nearby Gauksmyriequestrian center and visit the stables. Then we pay a visit to the Vatnsnes peninsula. You can see a seal colony at the famous elephant-shaped rock Hvitserkur. We get even closer to the marine mammals at a farm on the other side of the peninsula. Finally we make a stop in the village of Hvammstangi. There you have, among other things, the opportunity to buy typical wool products directly from a manufactorer.

With several short stops we drive to Reykjavik after breakfast, free time and transfer to the hotel.

In the morning transfer to the airport and flight back to Germany

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Picture gallery for the optional tours

Your astronomical expert and lecturer:
Joachim Biefang

Itinerary Hurtigruten Cruise tour (Optional Extension Cruise)
Cruise along the Norwegian coast. Transfer and tour of Kirkenes. Departure of the Hurtigruten cruise ship at 12:45 p.m. In the late afternoon you reach Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port on the north side of the Varangerfjord. An additional overnight stay and excursion in Bergen rounds off the programme.

Transfer to Kirkenes and departure of the cruise ship approx. 12:00 p.m. In the late afternoon you will reach Vardö, Norway’s eastern port on the north side of the Varangerfjord.
5 nights on board with full board

Today you come from the Barents Sea to the North Sea and reach the northernmost point of the journey. You reach Tromsø around midnight via Honningsvåg, Hammerfest and many other stops in the far north.
Optional: The island world of Vesterålen – the bus takes you from Harstad to Trondenes. You will visit the northernmost medieval church in the world and the historic center of the village. From here you take a short ferry ride with coffee and cake before you continue by bus to Sortland to your Hurtigruten ship. Past the Risoyrenna strait and the Raftsund, it goes to Svolvaer and Stamsund in the Lofoten Islands.
After Bodø you pass the Arctic Circle, 66.55 ° N. Passing the fertile banks of the Helgeland, the route goes over 5 smaller coastal towns towards Trondheim. Many legendary islands and mountains line the coast, such as the seven sisters and the well-known Torgatten.
In the morning you arrive in Trondheim, 63.4 ° N. Optional: City tour of Trondheim (approx. 2 hours). You continue past the island of Hitra and Kristiansund, which is built on three islands connected by bridges.

On the last day of your cruise, there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating fjord landscapes to discover. Arrival in Bergen, 60.4 ° N, at 2:30 p.m. Transfer to the hotel and then the opportunity to get to know Bergen.
Hotel Bergen, 1 night with half board

Transfer to Bergen Airport and return flight (if booked) individually to Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

HOTEL

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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TOUR COST

Tour date:
21.02. – 02.03.2022

(Tour programme without international flights is also available on request)

02.03. – 08.03.2022  (Optional Cruise tour)

Tour Price:
2,690 € p.p. in a DBL / half board
3,155 € in SGL / half-board

Price for the Cruise-Extension: on request

INCLUDED

 Flights Frankfurt-Helsinki-Ivalo, Ivalo-Helsinki-Frankfurt with Finnair (flights from / to Munich / Hamburg or Berlin possible on request) (airport tax included)
9 nights in typical 3 * hotels with half board
All transfers and tours in Norway / Finland (except for the tours / programmes indicated as optional)
Local tour guide and expert astronomical support
Additional Information about the tour/country

NOT INCLUDED

 Other meals and drinks
Tips
The optional tours specified in the programme
Any fuel surcharges
Personal expenses
Travel insurance
(possible connecting flights to / from Frankfurt within Germany, Vienna or Zurich surcharge € 150 to 200)

INFORMATION

We recommend that you take travel cancellation insurance (RRV). This should be completed immediately after booking. We strongly recommend that you take international health and ambulance insurance, ideally as a complete insurance that also includes, for example, travel accident, luggage and travel liability insurance. In contrast to the RRV, all of these insurances can be taken out immediately before the start of the journey. We would be happy to book your desired insurance for you.
Our group tours are carefully planned so that you are almost certain to see the Northern Lights. But: Northern lights are a natural phenomenon. While there is a very good chance that you will see the Northern Lights during your trip, we do not guarantee that you will see them. Photos or animations created from them usually have too much colour saturation and therefore do not correspond to the visual appearance of auroras.
In Lapland there is predominantly sunny weather in a snowy winter landscape with dry and therefore not perceived cold. On the Norwegian coast, the further south we go, the temperature and humidity rise due to the Gulf Stream. A wintry landscape can be expected all the way down to Trondheim.

EQUIPMENTS

Binoculars and spotting scope if available
Sturdy shoes for the hikes
Warm clothes for evening observation / photography
Rain cover / jacket, Sun protection
Daypack
Folding stool (if needed)
(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

For the Photo Seminar:
Digital camera(s), SLR camera(s), mirrorless system camera(s)
Manual(s)
Battery, if possible also one (or more) replacement battery(s)
Charger(s)
Memory card(s) with sufficient capacity, at least one replacement card
Bellows, brush, cloth and lens cleaner for cleaning
If necessary, gear for sensor cleaning
Photo lens(s), all focal lengths can be used, depending on your preference(s)
Long focal length (telephoto / telephoto zoom) lens for animal photography
Lens hood(s) for the lens(s) (= “lens hoods”)
Data backup, e.g. notebook with external hard drive / USB stick(s), card reader, photo safe or a corresponding    number of memory cards
For extensive / high-quality equipment: list of devices including serial numbers
(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

GENERAL INFORMATION

●  We reserve the right to change the schedule of excursions, sightseeing and observation programmes – even at short notice due to natural events such as volcanic activity.
The tour can be cancelled by the tour operator, if the minimum number of participants is not met. In this case, Wittmann Travel e.K. can withdraw from the contract 28 days before the start of the journey. As a rule, however, we inform all participants earlier.

PAYMENT MODE

● 20% of the tour price (billing amount) has to be paid at the time of confirmation.
● Balance payment is to be made 28 days prior to departure.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Travel documents:
Since Finland & Norway are part of the Schengen area, German and Austrian citizens only need a valid identity card or passport to enter Finland and Norway. Citizens of other nationalities should contact your Foreign Office or the respective embassy for information about the entry regulations that apply to you.

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LAPLAND - NORWAY / FINLAND

The Far North in the Polar Light Sea

TOUR CODE

WT-03-22-P1

DATE

21.02 - 02.03.22

DURATION

10 - 9 Nts

P.P. PRICE

From € 2690

PAX

15 - 20

Online Request

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Current Status

Tour Active

Booking Status

Minimum participants booked

Eligibility

RTPCR test required (24 hours prior to travel) even for vaccinated (Covid19) and recovered participants

Theme Leader

Name of theme leader

Language

English and German

Please Note

Program can be changed without prior notice
Also possible to book half double room