The Arctic Circle & Northern Lights with A&K

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For intrepid travellers, Abercrombie & Kent has developed a new Inspiring Expedition into the wilderness of Finnish Lapland and Northern Norway, offering the best chance of observing the northern lights at the most dramatic time of year, around the Spring Equinox.

“I have spent half a century adventuring around the globe, and still the Northern Lights have eluded me,” explains Abercrombie & Kent Founder, CEO and Chairman, Geoffrey Kent. “I have designed this extraordinary adventure to the very heart of the Arctic Circle for the best opportunity to observe the bewitching display.”

Northern Lights and Soul of the Arctic (25 March – 1 April 2017) is a spectacular journey for just 20 guests, filled with high adventure and insider access – personally planned and accompanied by A&K’s pioneering founder Geoffrey Kent. Fly by private jet above the Arctic Circle. Luxury chalets feature an aurora observation dome with ensuite bathroom and private sauna. Revel in days filled with rally car ice racing, safaris by snowmobile and inspiring interactions with the Sami, the Arctic’s indigenous nomads.

“In such a remote location, accommodations are scarce, so we’ve taken over a wilderness lodge and are upgrading it to our exacting standards, just for this expedition,” says Kent. “We’re building luxury timber-clad chalets, featuring aurora observation domes that afford glorious views of the night skies.”

Highlights include:

  • A truly unique evening at Windsor Castle, which will set the stage for a week of insider access experiences.
  • Safaris by snowmobile, dogsled and reindeer sleigh with gourmet picnics in unforgettable landscapes.
  • Rally car racing on a purpose-built ice track in the middle of the wilderness, with instruction from champion race car drivers.
  • Lessons in winter survival skills from a world authority, then a chance to test your skills on an ‘Inspiring Arctic Expedition Treasure Hunt’
  • Rare and authentic interactions with Sami nomads, Shamans and their reindeer herds.
  • Scenic flight to observe the dramatic scenery of Northern Finland and the ice-clad fjords of Northern Norway.
  • An Arctic concert in an ‘ice temple’ designed, created and crafted exclusively for A&K guests.
  • Opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing through picturesque forests.
  • Travel to and from the Arctic Circle, into Finland and out of Norway, by private jet.

The ultimate in expertise

Leading the journey alongside Geoffrey Kent is Toby Fenwick-Wilson, one of A&K’s most celebrated and well-travelled guides, who worked with Kent to personally design the itinerary. A team of expert lecturers who specialise in the aurora borealis, the Arctic environment and the anthropology of the Sami peoples will join the group to provide unmatched insight.

Inspiring Expeditions

Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent enable intrepid travellers to explore the most remote and exciting lands, oceans and peoples on the planet. With an unfettered imagination and over half a century of logistical expertise and experience, Geoffrey Kent and his team bring a new level of comfort, luxury and access to the most inaccessible locations. And by using private jets to reach these destinations, Abercrombie & Kent has eliminated the hassles and uncertainty of commercial air travel, replacing it with elegance and ease.

These exclusive journeys were launched at the end of 2015 with Treasures of Palau (13-21 November 2016), which recreates Jacques Cousteau’s famous expedition to Palau in the utmost style aboard the exclusively chartered superyacht, MS Saluzi. Guests will enjoy some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling in the world, along with the opportunity to swim amidst millions of non-stinging Mastigias jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake, which A&K has reserved exclusively. Tour historic World War II battle sites and enter by special permission the Seventy Islands, a World Heritage Site off-limits to outsiders for nearly 60 years.

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