Norway wildlife vacation

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This vacation is available between June and September.
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Responsible tourism: Norway wildlife vacation

Environment

Your hostess at Skagakaia is the initiator of Ecotourism Norway and is the developer of the national ecotourism certification scheme. To sustain the environment in every act they do, and to be a responsible and respectful business within the local community is of vital importance for Skagakaia Guesthouse and their activities. In every day life they follow the more than 100 criteria of Ecotourism Norway and aim to become more sustainable and more aware of the possibilities they have to be a true and honest ecotourism operator in Norway.

Wildlife: There is rich wildlife consisting of seals, elks, minks, foxes, otters, whales, killer whales, dolphins, eagles and a rich bird life in the area. We do not feed animals and we do nothing to attract them, they are a part of the wildlife treasured by us and our guests and something we talk about to share knowledge. We offer whale safaris and while on tours we often spot wildlife. We have developed guidelines for encounters with wildlife, whether at sea or on land.

Energy: The energy used us guaranteed green electricity coming from local waterfalls. All light bulbs are energy efficient. We burn wood at extra cold days. Hardly any need for artificial lights most of the summer as the midnight sun provides us with plenty of light.

Community

Skagakaia is the home of our suppliers. They have grown up in this village and know the people, the history, the places, the hidden paths in the hills and the islands ashore. A knowledge they are happy to share with their guests.

Skagakaia is both a place for the tourists and for the locals. And the aim is to create a place for travelers to meet the locals.

For the local community our aim is to take care of the history of Skagen and the memory of those who have lived and worked there in past generations. This is taken care of by collecting stories, old pictures, taking care of the authenticity of the old buildings and the many historical items within the buildings. Many elderly people in particular come by to tell their stories and to memories from the old days.

The restaurant is also a meeting place for locals and a nice place to dine on special occasions..

Local employees are hard to find, but so far the employees are all local and highly treasured. Family often plays a vital role in order to make it work and sometimes guests work voluntarily to help out a few days and to learn about the culture and to have a special travel experience.

The locals collaborate with the other tourism businesses in the area and recommend each other. The guesthouse purchases their groceries at the local shop and buy directly from local fishermen and farms. They are very aware of the important mission they have to share history of the place, tell the stories of the village, highlight the traditions and local food.

Reviews of Norway wildlife vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our drive from Harstad airport to Andenes. The scenery was stunning, the traffic negligible and we spotted a moose, a dolphin and a pair of white-tailed eagles.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Take time to enjoy the drive. If going whale-watching follow the tips of reviewers and take warm, waterproof clothes. Norway is expensive and so self-catering options can help to keep costs down

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We brought some tourism at a less busy time of year.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing the Northern Lights - we were lucky to see them as both the night before and after the skies had been too cloudy, it was a very surreal experience - they were so ethereal and beautiful.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Try and keep a spare night free in case you fail to see the lights the first time you try, Tromso has numerous places that offer tours but some are cons so check them out carefully before parting with your money (I was lucky).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The dog sledding activity yes, the rest was about the same.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous. Slight issue when the whale watching tour didn't have my name and it was only due to the kindness of strangers opting to go another day that saved the day.

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