Arctic vacation, Lapland to Tromssa in Norway

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Environment
This tour package is planned to work well with the direct flights from London Gatwick (=London Gatwick-Rovaniemi and Tromso-London Gatwick). For transfers in Finland we use a public bus and in Norway shared transportation.

The tour will start from Rovaniemi where we encourage our guests to visit the Arktikum Museum and Science Centre to find out about the life of the Arctic region in past and present. Next destination is Levi Ski village. Levi Ski village runs a "Green Start" environmental program for the local companies to join. The environmental projects include efforts to reduce traffic in the village by building cycle roads and providing free village cycles and running a public ski bus in winter season. Both in Levi and in Kilpisjärvi there is a functioning waste management service and the local companies are minimising their waste. This you can see in practice in hotels where linen are not changed daily.

In Kilpisjärvi and Lyngsfjod one can really feel how big is the nature around us and how important it is to take care of it. In Lyngsfjord you will stay overnight in lavvu, a Sámi tent or log cabin shared with other guests. The camp is heated by electricity from waterfalls in Norway. All activities take place on snow in winter time so no footprint is made in the fauna and it is strictly forbidden to leave any garbage behind. All meals take place in at the camp. All waste is delivered to the waste company unsorted in one transfer as the distance to the waste company being able to recycle the waste is too long.

All our clients will get a list of environmental requirements in their voucher including advise to drink tap water instead of bottled water, recycle all bottles (all plastic and glass bottles are recycled in every supermarket, you are paid back for returning the bottle), sort the waste if possible, respect the nature (everyman's right) and follow the rules of the National parks (no garbage, only locals are allowed to drive a snowmobile).
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The Impacts of this Trip

The most genuine experience during this tour is the reindeer ranch where hundreds of reindeer ramble free around the igloos. The owner of the ranch is a reindeer herder - 12th generation.

This really is a remote area far out in the wilderness by the road leading to Norway. There are 120 permanent inhabitants in the village of Kilpisjärvi. In summer, this area is a popular hiking area but in winter you do not see that many tourists here. Our intention is to take our guests to places like Levi where they can go skiing with the locals or to distant locations like Kilpisjärvi or Camp Tamok where they can experience something very unique in a small group.

All the guides and service providers in Kilpisjärvi and Lyngsfjord are local and are ready to share their knowledge and skills with you. Also in Levi, the company operating the slopes is local and the rental shops and apartments are family-owned companies.

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