In Sweden, new adventurous ideas include the back-to-nature resort of Kolarbyn in the north-west corner of Västmanland and Luleå in the north: try hovercraft and ice road tours. 2012 also introduces the ultra-modern, feng-shui-inspired Hotel Avalon in Gothenburg.
In Norway, there’s an excellent balance of cosmopolitan city breaks contrasted with fjord and northern wilderness itineraries and The Faroe Islands (part of Denmark) remain an off-the-beaten track option, perfect for nature lovers, birdwatchers and walkers.
Says Rachel Jelley, Sunvil’s Scandinavia programme manager: “Very few tour operators can match the diversity Sunvil Discovery offers in Scandinavia. Every year, we add to and refine our holiday ideas with the aim of providing clients with the real flavour of each country. In 2012, we have added active tours to the frozen Luleå region of Northern Sweden as well as a number of stylish hotels in Stockholm and Gothenburg which are at the pinnacle of Swedish design.”
NEW! Luleå, where the waters of the Bay of Bothnia freeze over in winter, joining together the 800 islands of the archipelago and creating a fascinating landscape ideal for Nordic adventure activities. Travellers can explore the environment on husky-sleds, snowshoes, snowmobiles and even hovercraft. The area is rich in wildlife and the perfect place for moose safaris and spotting sea eagles. Stay at the Hotel Elite Stadshotellet near the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gammelstad, with train links to Stockholm (16 hours) and Kiruna (3.5 hours). Three nights’ B&B cost from £562 pp (two sharing), including flights (Heathrow) and private transfers.
NEW! Escape the modern world at Kolarbyn, not far from Stockholm, based in the heart of a thick evergreen forest and with no electricity or running water. Stay in one of the 12 wilderness huts (made from wood and peat), learn all-important survival techniques from wilderness expert and owner, Andreas, and wash in a freshwater stream. A two-night stay at Kolarbyn, with a five-night stay at the more luxurious Färnas Hjarta, costs from £884 pp (two sharing), including flights (Heathrow), B&B and car hire.
NEW! Seven activities in Luleå, including snowmobiling (from £255 pp), moose safaris (from £163 pp), husky-sledding (from £182 pp) and the more unusual hovercraft pack-ice tours (£254 pp).
NEW! 13 new properties including – Nynäs Havsbad, Nynashämn, overlooking Stockholm’s southern archipelago, Trosa Stadhotell & Spa, Trosa – south of Stockholm – surrounded by picture-perfect red wooden houses, Färnas Hjärta, Färna, in Västmanland – west of Stockholm – offering over 40 excursions in the surrounding countryside, and Bryggan Fjällbacka, Fjällbacka – on the west coast – the hometown of Swedish crime writer, Camilla Läckberg, and the setting for her novels.
Stockholm lead-in price: A seven-night self drive stay at the Färnas Hjärta, Färna, costs from £706 pp (two sharing), including flights (Heathrow), B&B and car hire.
What’s hot? In response to increased demand in 2011, Sunvil Discovery’s Norway in a Nutshell tour will be returning in 2012. This variable itinerary, traversing some of Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery by coach, boat and railway, can be completed in as little as a single day, but travellers are welcome to stop off en route and enjoy the tour at their leisure. A recommended method of transferring from Bergen to Oslo, this tour is the perfect introduction to what makes the Norwegian countryside so unique. A day’s tour costs from as little as £146 pp, including all rail, coach and ferry fares.
NEW! Four Norwegian properties also feature, including the Molde Fjordstuer, located on the water’s edge in the centre of the fjord town of Molde, offering spectacular views across Romsdalsfjord. Seven nights cost from £1,387 pp (two sharing), including flights (Heathrow), B&B and car hire.
Lead-in price: A seven-night self drive stay at the Hotel Augustin, Bergen, costs from £680 pp (two sharing), including flights (Gatwick), B&B and car hire.
THE FAROE ISLANDS
An archipelago of 18 volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway
NEW! The family-run Hotel Streym – where the owners are eager to talk to guests and share stories about life on the archipelago. Based in Tórshavn, Streymoy – arguably the smallest capital city in the world, complete with cobbled streets and those famous grass-roofed cottages – the Hotel Streym is the perfect base for exploring these magical isles. Not far from the Vestmanna bird cliffs of western Streymoy, Tórshavn is connected by ferry to the agricultural island of Sandoy, which has an unspoiled landscape of rolling hillsides, ideal for ramblers and birdwatchers. Guided excursions, private taxi tours and helicopter island hops are also available across many of the islands.
Lead-in price: A three-night stay at Hotel Streym, Tórshavn, costs from £560 pp (two sharing), including flights (Stansted), B&B and shared transfers.
For a copy of Sunvil’s brand-new 2012 real Scandinavia brochure, call 020 8758 4747 (http://www.sunvil.co.uk).
Ends – 23 January 2012
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