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Northern Arctic adventure lights up

From the moment we arrived in Oslo, Norway, our group were ready to experience everything that our Northern Arctic Adventure tour had to offer.

Starting in Oslo we saw up close how scary and high the Holmenkollen Olympic Ski jump is, then visited the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park, an amazing timeless open air exhibition of people and the circle of life.

Our tour saw us on one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world from Oslo to Bergen via the quaint town of Voss, spending a night in the Fleischers Hotel, a popular holiday destination for Royalty throughout the years.  We stopped at frozen waterfalls that had torrents of water flowing beneath the ice and saw colourful fishing villages dotted along the shore of the fjords.

Every extended stop our Hurtigruten ship made to Norwegian fjord coastal villages saw the group experiencing new adventures as the ship carried out the important role of delivering supplies and mail to these isolated communities.

From bus or walking tours of the fishing villages to dog sledding, to the stunning North Cape tour which took us to the northernmost point of the European continent, there were numerous photographic opportunities.

At North Cape, we had to follow a snow plough in our bus convoy to ensure the road stayed visible in an area that is renowned for weather changes in the blink of an eye. And what a view once we arrived – the grandeur of the moon scape of untouched snow and the sheer cliffs of the cape, covered in deep white powdery snow.

Mother Nature put on a show of Northern lights during the northern part of our cruise when just after dinner the sky lit up with dancing white lights that turned green once photographed. The ship had two more alerts the same night for guests to scramble out of their cabins to view the lights exploding in curtains across the dark sky.

We had another opportunity to witness the lights during our stay at Saariselka when the sky exploded in a green and purple display that lasted only around five minutes but will stay with those that witnessed it for a lifetime.

It was here from the Santa’s Hotel in Saariselka that we headed off through the breath-taking scenery of Finland on a reindeer safari, taking us on a journey through the snow-covered countryside before hearing the story of the reindeer farmers of the region and how the reindeer are set free each Summer to graze the countryside returning in Winter to be fed and cared for by farmers.

There were lots of adventures to try in Saariselka with some of the group doing a snowmobiling expedition and another heading off on some cross-country skiing.

The following day saw us bring out our inner child when we visited Santa’s village in Finnish Lapland. We were all in awe meeting the REAL Santa. Two of our group gave Santa a letter from their granddaughter that he read out, all whilst being videoed. Their family can now log into the link and see it – it was a special moment for them to be able to share. We visited Santa’s workshop and village, sending off postcards and enjoying a reindeer burger, taking photos of the Arctic Circle markers, and of course buying some souvenirs from this famous village.

We travelled to Sinetta, where we not only got to stay in a unique glass-topped, heated igloo, but also toured the ice hotel.

At Rovaneimi we visited the extraordinary Arctic museum then we headed south to Helsinki, touring the city and sights, and sailing on a ferry larger than a lot of cruise ships, to the medieval town of Tallinn, Estonia.

Staying overnight in Estonia, we enjoyed a fabulous medieval feast in a candlelit restaurant with musicians playing ancient instruments that took everyone to an era we have only ever read about in history books.  We walked through the walled town and saw unique churches, ancient buildings, and paved roadways in one of the best preserved medieval towns in the world.

You too can experience this magical Northern Arctic Wonderland adventure of a lifetime on our 25th January 2018 departure – see below for more details. For a full itinerary contact Trade Travel on 1800 034 439 or email groups@tradetravel.com

Kathy Rivett
The Victorian Probian
April – May 2017 Edition 

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