• Skandinawiese Winter Belewenis en die Noorderligte

Skandinawiese Winter Belewenis en die Noorderligte

2 Februarie – 11 Februarie  2020 – BEPERKTE PLEK!

28 Februarie – 9 Maart 2020 – BEPERKTE PLEK!

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Day 1

Day: Johannesburg – Stockholm

We meet in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International airport for our flight to Stockholm.

Day 2

Stockholm

Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. The beautiful buildings, greenery, fresh air and proximity to water are distinctive traits of this city. The Royal National City Park (the first National City Park in the world) is a green space indispensable to the bustling city.

On arrival, we are met by our tour guide and we start our city tour of Stockholm, visiting the most famous buildings and views of this wonderful Swedish capital. This includes a stop at Fjällgatan for a magnificent view of Stockholm’s islands and waters. On this tour we see Södermalm, Kungsholmen, Djurgården, Royal Palace, the Opera, City Hall and many other sights. We also visit the Vasa Museum.

Tonight we enjoy our welcome dinner and get to know one another.

Overnight Hotel Kung Carl Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3

Stockholm – Kiruna

After breakfast, we depart by bus to the Arlanda Airport for our flight to Kiruna. Kiruna is the northern-most town in Sweden, situated in the province of Lapland. It is well known for spotting the Northern Lights

On arrival we are met and transferred to the ICE HOTEL Jukkasjärvi.

It is a world-famous hotel and an art exhibition made of ice and snow. Founded in 1989, it is reborn every winter in a new guise in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi – 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The Torne River, the arts and creating a setting for life-enriching moments are at the heart of it all.

We enjoy a guided tour of the ICE HOTEL. The loan of snowsuits, boots, mittens and balaclavas, as well as the use of the sauna is free.

Our Kaamos accommodation, in keeping with Jukkasjärvi’s traditional look, is housed in six or eight rooms each in wooden single-floor houses with a green roof where wild Arctic flowers blossom in summer. The hallway and en-suite bathroom have heated stone floors and each room has two floor-to-ceiling corner windows that lets in plenty of light and overlooks spruce and birch growing wild.

Tonight we try to spot the Northern Lights from here! We join a nightly excursion to hidden places in the wilderness around Jukkasjärvi – away from the intruding electric lights of human civilization, the conditions for catching the lights are at their best. While we wait for the Aurora to make her appearance in the night sky, your guide takes you through the basics of night-time photography and capturing the northern lights on camera.

Overnight Ice Hotel Jukkäsarvi Breakfast and dinner

Day 4

Jukkasärvi

We have a typical Lap breakfast before we start with a visit to the Sámi camp.

A Sámi camp is a us a temporary housing and workplace where one or more reindeer herding Sámi families spend parts of the year. Markanbaiki is a reconstructed Sámi camp right next to river Torne and reminiscent of the district’s cultural history. A dozen reindeer near the goahti dwellings, storage buildings and other exhibits from the nomadic period on the ancient market and assembly place in Jukkasärvi. A Sámi handicraft shop is adjacent.

The meal served is suovas, i.e. the Sámi signature dish of lightly-salted and cold-smoked reindeer meat that is sliced, and fried in a pan over open flames. The meat is then served on traditional gahkku (Sámi flat bread) with a dish of lingonberry jam and eaten like a wrap. Lingonberry juice and fresh boiled coffee/tea is served in a birch wood cup.

Experience the beautiful winter wonderland from a dog sled. This is a perfect activity for families travelling with kids or for anyone wanting a calm and cosy tour. On this tour, you ride as a passenger in the sled and experience the dogs’ tremendous desire to run and pull. Sit back and marvel at the wonderful surroundings — the only thing you hear is the dogs’ breathing and the sound of the sleds’ runners against the snow. You stop along the way for wilderness coffee and cake served by an open fire.

We again have the possibility to spot the Northern Lights.

Dinner for your own account.

Overnight Hotel Jukkasärvi Breakfast

Day 5

Jukkasärvi – Train Abisko

After breakfast we depart by bus to the train station of Kiruna.

We depart to Abisko on arrival we are transferred to our hotel.

We enjoy a light lunch.

With snowshoes and a guide we explore the wilderness of Abisko. A Swedish FIKA waits when we return.

Tonight is special when we hunt the lights with a guide. Abisko National Park is well known for spotting the Northern Light. Warm clothes are provided before we go up to the Aurora Sky Station, 900 meters high, with a chairlift. Up at STF Aurora Sky Station there is a large, outdoor terrace and a lookout tower, where you can stand gazing at the Nothern Lights and the stars. Inside is a Northern Lights exhibition with a clear explanation of the Aurora Borealis. Enhance your experience with one of our popular guided tours. In the warm cozy café, treat yourself to “fika” or browse around for a souvenir.

Overnight STF Turiststation Abisko
(countryside location) Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6

Train from Abisko – Narvik

After breakfast we depart by coach through beautiful country side to Narvik. Our hotel is next to the War Museum.

Narvik has a double personality. On the one hand, its location is spectacular, pincered by islands to the west and mountains in every other direction, while spectacular fjords stretch north and south. The town was founded in 1902 as the port for the coal-mining town of Kiruna in Swedish Lapland. The trans-shipment facility bisecting the city annually still loads several million tonnes of ore from train wagons onto ships. Even today, the downtown area still houses heavy industry.

On arrival, we depart by bus from the station in Narvik to our hotel. On our way, we visit the Krigsmuseum, housing a large collection from WWII. The museum tells the stories of WWII in Northern Norway and the dramatic fight for Narvik in 1940. The museum also has a section devoted to universal questions related to war and human rights. The quality and design of the exhibition is exquisite and must be experienced!

We might see the Northern Lights again, weather permitting!

Overnight Hotel Scandic Narvik Breakfast and dinner

Day 7

Narvik – Polar Park – Tromsø

After breakfast, we depart for the Polar Park by public bus. Our entrance is paid and we spend three hours in the park visiting the winter wilderness.

The Polar Park is more than a traditional zoo, but not a park where you drive around. It takes quite some time to see the animals like Moose, Elk, Lynx, bears and of course the Wolves. You can pre-book to enter the Wolf-camp at an additional cost.

They place great emphasis on animal welfare. The main goal is to create a Norwegian wilderness experience with the beautiful surroundings of Northern Norway’s nature as a setting for a visit to Polar Park.

During a winter visit, it is possible to see the animals in their thick winter coats. In winter the animals are also more active because of the low temperatures (apart from the hibernating bears). The mating season for wolves and lynx typically fall between February and April.

At 15:00, we depart for Tromsø. After check-in we enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Overnight Thon Hotel Breakfast and dinner

Day 8

Tromsø

The arctic city of Tromsø is the world’s most northern university town and the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle. The city lies amongst the sharp craggy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, and combines wild scenery with urban life.

Due to the city’s location right in the middle of the planet’s Northern Lights belt, Tromsø offers the one of the world’s best chances of spotting the Northern Lights.

We have the day at leisure to visit the museums shop or maybe, weather permitting, go up by ski lift to the mountain top, a magnificent view from there.

Tonight at 18:00, we depart for our six-hour excursion to chase the Northern Lights. During the evening our guide will provide us with interesting information about the Northern Lights, both the science and the folklore. We will also be shown how to adjust our camera settings for pictures of the northern lights.

We visit our lavvo (our modern Sami shelter) and sit around the nice warm bonfire to enjoy a warm meal.

Return to the hotel around midnight.

Overnight Thon Hotel Breakfast and dinner

Day 9

Tromsø – Oslo

We enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we fly to Oslo. On arrival we start our city tour.

In the next three hours we get to know the Norwegian capital. The panoramic tour of the city with its main monuments, the city hall, the “Storting” or Norwegian Parliament, the Royal Palace, and the entrance to the Nobel Centre dedicated to the Nobel Peace prize.

We enjoy our farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight Scandic St Olavs Plass Breakfast and dinner

Day 10

Australis Cruise – Wulaia Bay & Cape Horn

During the early morning we navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station — which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area — passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travellers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis. In the afternoon we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbours legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition — and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland — Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a light keeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.

Overnight: M/V Stella Australis

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   

Day 11

Johannesburg

Arrive in Johannesburg after a holiday of a lifetime!

BON VOYAGE!

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