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Arctic Finland & Norway

4 Aug — 12 Aug 2017 | 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 with Finnair. Transfer to Menesjärvi for four nights at Korpikartano Hotel.

Day

2

Morning: local walks around the forest and lake surrounding our hotel. Afternoon: boat trip on Lake Inari to Ukko Island (Sami sacrificial site until 19th century), returning to Inari on foot via Pielpajärvi 18th century Wilderness Church (approx 7km).

Day

3

Morning in Lemmenjoki National Park (4km walk along river and through pine forest). Afternoon boat trip to Ravadas Waterfalls along River Lemmenjoki.

Day

4

Bird-watching in the Ivalo River delta (looking out for cranes, short-eared owls, wood sandpipers) followed by Siida Sámi Museum and Nature Centre (presenting the spiritual and material culture of the Finnish Sámi).

Day

5

Travel north into Norway, with stops for bird-watching, to Vadsø, for four nights at Vadsø Fjordhotell.

Day

6

Whole day in the Ekkerøy Nature Reserve (possibly Steller’s eiders, sea eagles, purple sandpipers, razorbills, Lapland buntings and many waders).

Day

7

Whole day in the Varangerhalvøya National Park (searching for gyrfalcons, ptarmigans, mountain hares).

Day

8

Vardø for striking Steilneset Memorial (dedicated to 91 people executed for witchcraft in the 17th century), followed by drive towards Hamningberg (one of the most northern points in mainland Europe) stopping en route for rock formations, seabirds and walking.

Day

9

Return to Ivalo for morning flight to London via Helsinki with Finnair.

Tour Dates

4 Aug — 12 Aug 2017

Days

9

Cost

Tour Code

AFNO-17

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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 £265.

 
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