Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway

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Available between December and March
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Responsible tourism: Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway

Environment

The owner of the lodge in Northern Norway found this paradise spot on a ski trip with friends. A clearing in the Lyngen Alps opened up to magnificent views of the Lyngenfjord. Within moments, his vision was born which was to offer guests a taste of this paradise in a sympathetically constructed lodge. Just a few years later, this vision became a reality and in Norway everyone knows that without a profound respect for nature, little can be achieved. So the lodge is built with the environment at heart starting with the sympathetic timber architecture. The idea was to blend in seamlessly with the surrounding mountains whether covered in snow in the winter or among green hills in summer. The roof is laden with grass to assist with its camouflage and insulation and to offer wildlife an extra home in the warmer months. Timber offers a natural look and comes from nearby sources. The energy for the efficient lodge comes from geothermal heating as well as the fireplaces inside the building. The lodge actively promotes the enjoyment of nature and helps guests to learn more about this beautiful, yet fragile Arctic environment. Activities are selected on the basis that they cause minimal harm to nature and wildlife. The snow shoe tour includes a deep insight into the local flora and fauna and always inspires our guests with stories. Food miles are also kept to a minimum which means the menu is full of Arctic treats such as reindeer, salmon and other northern Norwegian delicacies.

Community

Lyngen Lodge is a special community in its own right. Being in such a remote spot engenders a need for a certain level of self-sufficiency. However, the Lodge has always been respectful towards and reliant upon neighbours in the area. From the moment that the land was purchased from a local farmer, the lodge has played an important role in the area bringing tourists to the Lyngen Alps but always in small groups. This means their presence is felt but in a purely positive way. Their business helps to sustain local activity providers which include a husky farm and local expedition leaders. Although the high season is in late winter, this trip is also offered in shoulder seasons which will help to attract visitors year round and generate even more employment opportunities locally. Local artists and craftspeople have helped to construct and design the lodge which includes art work and pieces from the surrounding area. This gives guests a really honest and authentic experience of the local culture and heritage.

Reviews of Northern Lights luxury short break, Norway

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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 01 Mar 2016 by

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


Swishing through the forest in a blizzard with head torches in the dark on the back of a speeding dog sled.

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


Thick weather suits and snow boots are provided so don't bother to buy/take your own.

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


The snowmobiles and husky sledges were definitely operated by local people although travel distances meant fuel is used.

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


Very good.

Reviewed on 02 Dec 2014 by

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


Every day was memorable but husky dog sledding was most exciting.

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


Take advantage of all the activities on offer. It is a great place to stay;
knowledgeable and experienced management and staff tailor everything to specific needs of individual guests.

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


Yes. The team are passionate about the local environment.

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


Marvellous.

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2013 by

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


The most memorable thing of the vacation was the location. The lodge was a perfect place to stay indoors, and also the perfect place to enjoy the nature.

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


Choose your flight remembering that it takes 3 hours from Troms to the lodge.

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


Yes, I felt that the vacation benefited to the local people.

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


My vacation was perfect, I really enjoyed it.

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