• Travel above the Arctic Circle to explore some of Europe’s largest remaining wilderness landscapes: from taiga forest to sparse tundra and dramatic coastline
• Investigate the fascinating Sámi culture and living traditions
• Look out for arctic flora and fauna, including reindeer and a host of birdlife, from owls to seabirds
conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant
Depart London Heathrow 0825 on Finnair via Helsinki, arriving Ivalo 1755. Transfer to Menesjärvi for four nights at Hotel Korpikartano.
Morning in Lemmenjoki National Park. Afternoon boat trip to Ravadas Falls along River Lemmenjoki.
Morning: guided tour of the Siida Sámi Museum and Nature Centre. Afternoon: boat trip to Ukko Island (Sámi sacrificial site until the 19th century).
Morning: birdwatching in the Ivalo River delta (looking out for cranes, short-eared owls, wood sandpipers). Afternoon: guided tour of Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos and free time to explore Inari village.
Travel north into Norway to Vadsø for four nights at Vadsø Fjordhotell, with stops for birdwatching and a guided tour of Varanger Sámi Museum en route.
Whole day excursion to Ekkerøy Nature Reserve (chance to see Steller’s eiders, sea eagles, purple sandpipers, razorbills, Lapland buntings and many waders) followed by guided tour of Kjeldsenbruket Museum.
Vardø for visit to Steilneset Memorial (dedicated to 91 people executed for witchcraft in the 17th century) followed by drive towards Hamningberg, stopping en route for rock formations, seabirds and walking.
Whole day excursion to Varangerhalvøya National Park (searching for gyrfalcons, ptarmigans, mountain hares).
Return to Ivalo for 1245 departure via Helsinki, arriving Heathrow 1805.
7 Aug — 15 Aug 2020
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Participants should be comfortable walking over sometimes rugged terrain, and a good level of fitness is required. The group size is limited to 15.
For customers happy to organise their own flights or travel arrangements, we are happy to offer a reduction of:
Cost of £2635 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, six lunches (two packed), dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double for single use supplement £315.