A greater emphasis has been placed on ‘suggested itineraries’
The 2013 winter programme has also been expanded to include a more diverse range of excursions, ranging from hands-on husky sledding to a king crab fishing trip. New property highlights include the innovative Treehotel in Swedish Lapland and the boutique Hotel Myhregaarden in the spectacular Norwegian Fjords.
WHAT’S NEW IN SWEDEN?
•A three-night ‘Winter adventures in Swedish Lapland’ itinerary that includes husky dog sledding, snowmobiling, an elk tour and a Northern Lights excursion amid the pristine forests, frozen lakes and snow-capped mountains of this glorious winter playground. Prices from £1,415 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow), B&B, transfers and excursions (page 43).
•An exclusive, hands-on four-night ‘Silence of the Winter – Husky Experience’ in northern Sweden that teaches participants how to lead, mush and care for the dogs who, for generations, have breathed life into the communities across the Arctic Circle. Prices from £1,333 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow), full board, transfers and excursions (page 51).
•A four-night ‘Hovercraft, Harads and Huskies’ itinerary that combines an invigorating hovercraft tour across Lulea’s frozen archipelago waters and a fun-filled husky sled excursion with a one-night stay at the unique Treehotel in a wilderness setting in Harads. Prices from £1,961 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow), two nights’ B&B, two nights’ half board, transfers and excursions (page 55).
Seven properties, including:
•Abisko Mountain Station STF in the heart of Abisko National Park, Swedish Lapland, where the microclimate provides some of the best conditions for Aurora Borealis viewing. Three nights’ B&B are from £774 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and transfers (page 46).
•Pine Tree Lodge in Kangos, Swedish Lapland, the perfect retreat for those seeking to immerse themselves in the unspoilt wilderness of Northern Sweden. Three nights’ full board are from £1,101 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and transfers (page 50).
•The secluded and awe-inspiring Treehotel in Harads, Swedish Lapland, where five contemporary cabins are suspended above the forest floor, offering fantastic views in a natural setting. Three nights’ B&B are from £1,425 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and transfers (page 54).
WHAT’S NEW IN NORWAY?
•A three-night ‘In the land of the Northern Lights’ trip, designed to maximise the chance of seeing this remarkable natural phenomenon. Includes a snow mobile tour to the Valley of the Finn from Tromsø. Prices from £1,218 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow), B&B, all transfers and excursions (page 93).
•A seven-night, two-centre itinerary to Tromsø, the largest Nordic city above the Arctic Circle, and Kirkenes, a frontier town close to the Russian border. Activities include snowmobiling through the valley of the Finn, dog sledding and a king crab fishing excursion, as well as a visit to the Kirkenes Snowhotel. Prices from £2,249 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow), B&B, transfers and excursions (page 96).
•The Olympic town of Lillehammer, gateway to the unspoiled Gudbrandsdalen Valley, offering extensive walking trails and a range of outdoor activities including white water rafting, caving and wheel-bob sleighing (page 61).
•Stavanger, Norway’s fourth-largest town, combining some of the fjords’ most remarkable scenery with a cluster of beautiful beaches, and historical and cultural attractions (page 68).
•A UNESCO World Heritage Site, magical Roros in the Fjords is one of Northern Europe’s best-preserved wooden towns (page 69).
Five new properties, including:
•Hotel Myhregaarden, a stylish boutique property located in Stavanger’s historic heart and within walking distance of all the major sites. Three nights’ B&B cost from £515 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) (page 70).
•Hotel Thon, offering modern waterfront accommodation on the largest of the scenic Lofoten islands in Svolvaer, considered to be the capital of the archipelago. The Hurtigruten terminal is 50 metres away. Seven nights’ B&B cost from £1,445 pp (two sharing), including flights (Heathrow) and car hire (page 89).
WHAT’S NEW IN THE FAROE ISLANDS?
•Hotel Klaksvik, a modern property with harbour views, conveniently located in Klaksvik, the second- largest settlement in the Faroes. The islands (part of Denmark) remain an off-the-beaten track option, perfect for nature lovers, birdwatchers and walkers. Three nights’ B&B cost from £573 pp (two sharing) including B&B, return flights (Gatwick) and car hire (page 108).
Sweden: Stockholm (east coast) and the surrounding countryside (Sörmland and Västmanland)
Norway: Oslo and Lillehammer, the Fjords, Trondelag and northern Norway. Hurtigruten cruises are also available.
The Faroe Islands: Excursions and tours are available across most of the islands.
Brochure lead-in price: A three-night stay at Hotel Elite Plaza in Malmö costs from £469 pp (two sharing) including flights (Stansted), B&B and return rail transfers (page 22).
For a copy of Sunvil’s brand-new 2013 real Scandinavia brochure, call 020 8758 4747 (http://www.sunvil.co.uk).
Ends / 6 December 2012
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