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Arctic Finland & Norway

3 Aug — 11 Aug 2018 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand

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Tour Director

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Kevin Hand, MSc, MCIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

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Itinerary

Day

1

Morning flight from London to Ivalo via Helsinki. Transfer to Menesjärvi for four nights at Hotel Korpikartano.

Day

2

Morning: guided tour of the Siida Sámi Museum and Nature Centre. Afternoon: boat trip to Ukko Island (Sámi sacrificial site until the 19th century).

Day

3

Morning in Lemmenjoki National Park. Afternoon boat trip to Ravadas Falls along River Lemmenjoki.

Day

4

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.

Day

5

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.

Day

6

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.

Day

7

Whole day excursion to Varangerhalvøya National Park (searching for gyrfalcons, ptarmigans, mountain hares).

Day

8

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.

Day

9

Return to Ivalo for morning flight to London via Helsinki.

Tour Dates

3 Aug — 11 Aug 2018

Days

9

Cost

£2515

Tour Code

AFNO-18

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Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, six lunches (some packed), dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £300.

 
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