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Inspiration and News from the region above 50 degrees north.
Inspiration and News from the region above 50 degrees north.

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It isn't too late to plan a holiday to see Santa in Finland this Christmas... We have several family spots available for this tour, designed for families with smaller children. https://www.fiftydegreesnorth.com/tours/christmas-in-finland/overview #visitfinland #santaholidays #whitechristmas
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Experiences not to be missed on your Northern Lights holiday

From fall until spring, Northern Lapland enjoys spectacular displays of aurora borealis. Thousands of people from across the globe visit the region every year for a chance to see the magical northern lights. We propose you do it a bit differently with help from us. We will get you off-the-beaten path, staying in cozy cabins or unique hotels, enjoying adventures without the crowds. Nearly all of our Northern Lights packages include dogsledding, reindeer sledding and snowmobiling - what sets us apart from the crowd, is that we try to include intimate experiences with locals determined to show you the best of their home country. #NorthernLights #auroraborealis

Here are our top five suggestions for ways to see the Northern Lights a little differently in 2018!

1. Sami Cultural Experiences

The Northern Lights are very significant to the Sami people of Arctic Europe who have lived and worked in the area that stretches over the regions now known as Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Russian Kola Peninsula. The lights figure prominently in their mythology and legends and you can learn about these stories whilst you are visiting our region.

2. Hot tub, saunas and bubbles

For something a little lighter, why not combine your Northern Lights experience with a little bit of fun! Many of our cabins and lodges have outdoor hot tubs, saunas and snow to jump into afterwards to cool down.

Some of these hot tubs are rustic and simple, others glamorous! Some on the edge of fjords or on frozen rivers, others within luxurious hotel grounds.You can often hire out a ‘sauna and hot tub experience’ – these can seem expensive but it generally means you have pretty lovely facilities and services to yourself. A very unique and romantic way to see the Northern lights above!

3. Unique Glamping & Glass Igloos

Don’t follow the crowds when it comes to places to stay in the Aurora Zone. There has been a flurry of building in our region to accommodate all the Northern Lights fanatics and with each year, new glass igloos and hotels designed to maximise the chances to see the Northern Lights from your rooms are opening. We know what's opening next - just ask us! Review our complete range of Glass Igloos & Domes holidays here.

4. Thrill Seekers: Why not Surf, Ski & Snorkel with the Northern lights

Yes, Mick Fanning surfed under the Northern Lights in the Lofoten Islands, Norway and the image of his feat has be published world wide. So why not, ski or perhaps snorkel under the lights as well.

Many of our winter tours are based close to ski fields and whilst the runs may not be long, they are certainly fun! Finland and Sweden have carved out a niche in snow parks & jumps and are all super family friendly!

Iceland provides you the chance to snorkel and then see the Northern Lights afterwards. In Silfra you float between the North-American plate and the Eurasian plate surrounded by the amazing clarity of the water and the mesmerizing colours of this underwater world. Afterwards, you can join different options to extend the chance to see the Northern Lights by boat. Our custom-made 9-day Active Iceland includes snorkelling at Silfra.

5. Proposing under the Northern Lights or something else romantic...

This picture pretty much sums it all up! March this year, Photographer Dale Sharpe asked his girlfriend Karlie Russell (who is also a photographer) to be his wife while the Aurora Borealis danced behind them. Read more about their romantic adventure here.

Another romantic option is to reserve window seats at one of the local restaurants that have awesome views over the mountains such as the Abisko Sky Station. The Loen Skylift is opening up this May in the heart of Fjord Norway - what a great place to pop the question!! It isn't as high as the Arctic Circle but conveniently located near Bergen - just remember to look North!

https://www.fiftydegreesnorth.com/news/2017/04/experiences-not-to-be-missed-on-your-northern-lights-holiday
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Take the less trodden path and experience the Norwegian fjords and mountains the active way. Three magnificent day hikes are included in this short tour. Professional guides, extra safety equipment, 'off the beaten track' routes, added inclusions such as canoeing and transfers between villages gives you the assurance of hiking at ease in Norway.

Highlights of this Norway tour include:
Trolltunga - the spectacular scenic cliff that looks like a tongue sticking out
Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) - the massive slab of rock
Kjerag - the boulder hanging between cliffs above Lysefjord
One-hour fjord cruise through the Lysefjord
Hardanger express boat back to Bergen

https://www.fiftydegreesnorth.com/tours/trolltunga-kjerag-and-pulpit-rock/overview

📷 Johannes C. Apon
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3/28/17
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Sailing past the Lofoten Archipelago in Norway on the Hurtigruten #Hurtigruten #Norwegiancoastalvoyage #visitnorway
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Sneak preview inside the ICEHOTEL Sweden 2016 during our small group tour, Christmas Adventure in Swedish Lapland. #ICEHOTEL #visitsweden

https://www.fiftydegreesnorth.com/tours/christmas-adventure-in-swedish-lapland-escorted/overview
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12/23/16
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ONNEA SUOMI - Congratulations Finland!
Today the Finns are celebrating their 99th Independence Day. It is a day for remembering those who fell in the wars to protect Finland’s independence, which was achieved in 1917.
2017 will be then a commemorative year with a varied programme marking Finland’s 100th year independence celebration. Perfect time to visit this beautiful northern country!
Send your greetings to Finland by writing your comment below...
Credit: Juha Metso
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Loads of new Iceland self-drive itineraries available to book now. Don't leave it too late as boutique tours to Iceland will be full soon. #iceland #visiticeland #inspiredbyiceland
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Last few spots available for our #Hurtigruten escorted voyage to Norway and Finland - with an overnight stay in the #glassigloos of Finland as well. https://www.fiftydegreesnorth.com/tours/arctic-light-and-hurtigruten-escorted-tour/overview
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Best of Iceland Tour - premium boutique self drive tour.
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11/10/16
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HURTIGRUTEN and Coastal Norway options are limitless with our Nordic Destination Specialists designing your tailor-made tour. Review our latest ideas and get more out of your Norwegian holiday. #hurtigruten #norwegiancoast #visitnorway

https://www.fiftydegreesnorth.com/styles/hurtigruten-norway
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