Culture, adventure, food and the Northern Lights

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Arctic travel and Northern Lights specialist, Off the Map Travel, has introduced a range of new experiences for guests interested in the Northern Lights, culture, adventure and food of the Arctic region.

Go wild with the Aurora Hideaway dinner

The Aurora Hideaway is a mobile restaurant on skis, meaning it can be moved by snowmobile to different areas of the Swedish Arctic wilderness. Guests can indulge in a candlelit dinner inside the hideaway of locally-sourced delicacies cooked on an open fire, and then step out into nature, under the night sky and (conditions permitting) the Northern Lights.

Get into the Scandinavian spirit at the world’s most northerly distillery

The Arctic, with its local herbs, berries and melting glacier water, offers the perfect conditions for distilling spirits. Guests can experience a tour at the world’s northernmost distillery. Guests will be guided by experts and will learn about Viking drinking customs and Northern Norwegian drinking habits as they learn about Arctic distillery.

Immerse yourself through dogsledding and fine dining

This is an Arctic food and adventure experience combined, and starts at the home of Johnny Trasti, Trine Lyrek and their Alaskan huskies, an Eco Lodge in the forest. During the day, guests will not only learn to drive (or mush) their own dogsled team, but will also return to the lodge to enjoy a fine dining experience which blends traditional and modern cuisine with local ingredients.

Hunt for the Northern Lights from your remote luxury Aurora wilderness Camp cabin with a clear roof

Sleep under the Arctic night sky with a mobile wilderness camp including cabins complete with a clear roof, and see the Northern Lights from the comfort of your wilderness bed. Aurora Wilderness Camp in Kilpisjärvi, Finland, includes two mobile sleeping huts and an Arctic fire, on which guests cook their dinner and learn more about local culture and the Northern Lights from their guide.

Celebrate New Year twice the Scandinavian way in Finland and Sweden

See in the new year twice once in Finnish and again in Swedish Lapland, and experience the Northern Lights. Guests will be treated to champagne from the ice bar, a three-course gala dinner, fireworks, bonfires and a traditional sauna, all in the Arctic wilderness on the frozen river Kalix. The New Year’s celebrations are enjoyed by locals as well as guests so there will be a chance to mingle, dance and sauna with the local Finnish and Swedish people as well as family, friends and other guests. The time difference of one hour between the countries allows for enjoyment of both New Years.

Take an Arctic dip with Aurora and Arctic floating

Taking a dip in a frozen lake is not the first experience that comes to mind on a Northern Lights adventure, however many are raving about this new Arctic experience. Off the Map Travel have uncovered two of the best ways to experience the Northern Lights and Arctic scenery where guests wear a head-to-toe rescue suit, allowing them to comfortably take a dip in the frozen Arctic waters, lie back and relax.

Feel the health benefits of the world’s only snow sauna

Guests can now experience the world’s first sauna made from snow, at the Arctic Snow Hotel and Glass Igloos in Finland. The snow sauna is the latest edition to the suite of snow architecture and spa offerings, which also includes a traditional Finnish sauna, and Jacuzzi under the Northern Lights.

Escape modern life through yoga and husky therapy

Dog lovers looking to experience a mixture of Scandinavian hospitality, relaxation and mindfulness should look no further than this wellness experience. In a family-run farm in Rovaniemi, Finland, guests can refresh both body and mind through a variety of yoga sessions with a trained specialist in a custom-built yoga shala on the shore of the lake, with either dog sledding or hiking (depending on the season) alongside the family’s eight Siberian huskies.

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