Northern Lights vacation, Lofoten Islands, Norway

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Responsible tourism: Northern Lights vacation, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Environment

The accommodation at Svinøya Rorbuer showcases excellent examples of environmental sustainability through its construction which restored and renewed old fisherman’s huts to be used as an accommodation option. In creating these, the hotel’s owners placed considerable emphasis on maintaining the authenticity of these cabins and preserving the timber and time-honoured craftsmanship of the structures and they evoke a feeling of the traditional fishing industry which has long been of the utmost importance to this region.

The Scandic hotel chain has long been a leader in environmental sustainability in the hospitality environment, indeed it was a member of the Scandic hotel chain that suggested the ‘hang up your towel if you want to use it again’ which is standard in numerous hotel chains now across the world. It now has numerous policies to help encourage environmental sustainability such as recycling, water wastage management and using renewable energy as much as possible. Scandic Hotel Svolvær has the Nordic Ecolabel showing that it promotes products and services that are the most environmentally sound.

Community

When it comes to community, the family run Svinøya Rorbuer encourages interaction with local communities and strives to highlight the importance of fisheries to the region. This is shown in its small on-site museum and also through its à la carte restaurant, which is not only housed in an old quayside warehouse but serves locally-sourced fish and produce.

There are also many community funded and run museums and art galleries which our guides promotes as places to visit. On our trip we include a visit to the World War ll museum, an ideal place to learn more about the island’s past – it is a key historical attraction that is run mainly by local volunteers.
There are plenty of other cultural attractions which you can visit during your free time. The island has a long tradition of attracting artists who come here to enjoy the unique landscape and ever changing light so there are also a range of art galleries to enjoy. We actively encourage our clients to visit these local artists and support the local community.

Reviews of Northern Lights vacation, Lofoten Islands, 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 20 Feb 2017 by

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


Seeing the Northern Lights

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


If you are a couple ask for Cabin 22 or 23.

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


Benefited local people as it helps their economy. But the RIB safari is providing food for the Sea Eagles which discourages their natural hunting instincts.

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


Excellent. Exceeded expectations, which were high.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Amanda,
We are delighted that you had such an excellent trip with The Aurora Zone and also witnessed the wonderful Northern Lights.

Regarding the feeding of the Sea Eagles, there are various arguments for this practice. The eagles usually soar over the water and the ground looking for prey and tries to catch its prey while flying but unfortunately, it isn't always that successful – it, therefore, relies heavily on dead and dying fish, birds, and mammals for its survival. Global warming has also affected the migration routes of the Sea Eagles and numbers are, sadly, dwindling so feeding can be
seen as actually helping to maintain current numbers (they were driven to extinction here in the UK until they were successfully reintroduced to the west coast of Scotland in the 1970s and 1990s and to the east coast in 2007).

With regards,
The Aurora Zone Team

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