Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway

Price:
From £1299 (4 days) excluding flights
Group prices are available.
Vouchers: accepted
Dates:
Available between 1 December 2014 and 1 March 2015
Reviews:
1 review4 star rating
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Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway

Responsible travel: Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway

Environment

The owner of the lodge in Northern Norway found this paradise spot on a ski trip with friends. A clearing in the Lyngen Alps opened up to magnificent views of the Lyngenfjord. Within moments, his vision was born which was to offer guests a taste of this paradise in a sympathetically constructed lodge. Just a few years later, this vision became a reality and in Norway everyone knows that without a profound respect for nature, little can be achieved. So the lodge is built with the environment at heart starting with the sympathetic timber architecture. The idea was to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding mountains whether covered in snow in the winter or among green hills in summer. The roof is laden with grass to assist with its camouflage and insulation and to offer wildlife an extra home in the warmer months. Timber offers a natural look and comes from nearby sources. The energy for the efficient lodge comes from geothermal heating as well as the fireplaces inside the building. The lodge actively promotes the enjoyment of nature and helps guests to learn more about this beautiful, yet fragile Arctic environment. Activities are selected on the basis that they cause minimal harm to nature and wildlife. The snow shoe tour includes a deep insight into the local flora and fauna – and always inspires our guests with stories. Food miles are also kept to a minimum which means the menu is full of Arctic treats such as reindeer, salmon and other northern Norwegian delicacies.

Community

Lyngen Lodge is a special community in its own right. Being in such a remote spot engenders a need for a certain level of self-sufficiency. However, the Lodge has always been respectful towards and reliant upon neighbours in the area. From the moment that the land was purchased from a local farmer, the lodge has played an important role in the area – bringing tourists to the Lyngen Alps but always in small groups. This means their presence is felt but in a purely positive way. Their business helps to sustain local activity providers which include a husky farm and local expedition leaders. Although the high season is in late winter, this trip is also offered in shoulder seasons which will help to attract visitors year round and generate even more employment opportunities locally. Local artists and craftspeople have helped to construct and design the lodge which includes art work and pieces from the surrounding area. This gives guests a really honest and authentic experience of the local culture and heritage.

The story of the provider of Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway

Our trips have been inspired by personal experiences in some of the most beautiful places on Earth. I myself travelled to Norway for my honeymoon 5 years ago and fell in love with the country. On my return, I was introduced to one of the founders who also had a keen interest in Scandinavia and the Nordic countries. Preferring the outdoor life, he spent a gap year with a Norwegian school that encourages its students to have a close connection with nature in the belief it enriches their lives. We decided that this ethos should form the base of our travel company and should be the inspiration for our tours. Our Nordic-inspired adventures draw upon the Norwegian philosophy of ‘Friluftsliv’, or ‘Free-air life’ – the importance of being in remote places and enjoying simple things together. We opened our doors in 2010 so others can also enjoy active days and comfortable nights in among the seas, mountains, fjords, and forests of Northern Europe and Scandinavia.

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Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 05 Dec 2013 by Marta Bindi4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable thing of the holiday was the location. The lodge was a perfect place to stay indoors, and also the perfect place to enjoy the nature.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Choose your flight remembering that it takes 3 hours from Troms to the lodge.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, I felt that the holiday benefited to the local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


My holiday was perfect, I really enjoyed it.
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