Kamben cross country skiing in Norway

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27 Dec 2017
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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kamben cross country skiing in Norway

Accommodation and meals:
We stay in a locally owned hotel Kamben Hoyfjellshotell, set amongst Norwegian pine trees and private cabins. Like many hotels in Norway the hotel has an active approach to responsible tourism. With a strong emphasis on protecting the local environment, this is done through high levels of recycling, low energy lighting, fossil-free energy supplies through solar panels and sourcing local produce.
The hotel has a restaurant serving a perfect mixture of local cuisine including lamb, salmon, cod, homemade soups even the beer is brewed locally. Packed lunches are made up from the buffet breakfast and the hotel offers to fill thermos flask with tea or coffee free of charge. The tap water in Norway is very good and the hotel doesn’t sell bottled water, so be sure to bring a bottle or camelback to fill.

Activity:
As we spend the week cross-country skiing, we have a very low impact on the environment. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We believe in leaving no more than footprints, however we do want toleave behind a positive cultural exchange by engaging with locals and using local businesses. By hiring our skis locally and using transport in the area, we are immediately having a positive effect on the community.

Local Craft and Culture:
Due to the remote location of Kamben Hoyfjellshotell there is little opportunity to purchase local crafts. Although handmade woollen socks can be bought from reception as well has popular Norwegian snacks, traditionally associated with outdoor activities like skiing and hiking. Staying here you will immerse yourself in Norwegian culture. The communal lounge and dining room date back to 1922 and are decorated in the traditional styles of rural Norway, while the remote location also means the hotel receives few international guest, further enhancing the local experience.

A Fair Deal:
We have established a long term partnership with our local operator who is committed to boosting rural economies through tourism. They work in partnership with our UK leader who are both committed to responsible tourism and helping to preserve the way of life in this area. The leaders will give a briefing on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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