Whether it’s superb, affordable heli-skiing, great off-piste slopes or skiing under the midnight sun until late June, read on for some ski holiday ideas that your readers are sure to love Download discover_the_world_lapland_beyond_brochure_ski_release.doc
We now have more details about our our new direct flight with SAS to Kiruna, Swedish Lapland. For more information, please click on the press release button in the navigation pane above or click here
In addition to the new flight, we are also developing combined Icehotel/Ski packages as well as ski-only itineraries which will be detailed in our Lapland & Beyond brochure (due out in the second week of June). The resorts are Riksgransen & Bjorkliden and offer some of the world's best off-piste skiing as well as very affordable and absolutely amazing heli skiing opportunities (I was there last week and it was incredible - sunshine, fresh powder snow (this late in the season!) and people-free mountains!).
We were even skiing at 1230 in the morning thanks to the midnight sun - where else can you do that!
What a combination - especially if you visit the icehotel in the same holiday.
Watch this space for more details and if you would like our Lapland & Beyond brochure (2007/2008 winter season) then let me know - 01737 214 294 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting the Swedish Icehotel will become even easier next winter thanks to Discover the World & Scandinavian Airlines' ground breaking agreement to operate an exclusive charter flight series between Heathrow and Kiruna on selected dates between December 2007 and April 2008.
This means that the Icehotel will be brought within only three and a half hours of London, making the lengthy transit through Stockholm unnecessary.
We will also be adding skiing to our winter in Lapland programme as Swedish Lapland offers some of the most exciting and challenging skiing in Europe and with guaranteed snow right the way into June, this is an experience not to be missed.
I'll keep the media room posted on further developments so watch this space!
If, in the meantime, you would like further information then call me on 01737 214 294.
One of the perks of travel for us people on the other side of the 'journalist fence' (i.e. PROs) are fam trips. Occasionally we're lucky and snag a great trip and I did just that over the weekend, returning from the Swedish Icehotel on Tuesday.
With DTW strong on sending its staff out to the front line (woohoo!) to experience first hand what our clients/journalists do, I couldn't have asked for a better trip.
With our direct flight (with SAS) beginning next winter, we are also adding skiing options (where snow is virtually guaranteed, unlike southern Europe's mountains!), as well as exclusive packages to stay in both the Icehotel and the Esrange Spacecentre, chosen by Virgin Galactic as its European launch pad for its non-astronaut flights.
I can't get over the sheer amount of amazing activities - avalanche training, ice driving (absolutely amazing!), northern lights by snowmobile, reindeer sledging, husky sledging, ice climbing, skiing, off piste skiing, xc skiing, heli skiing, snow shoeing, ice sculpting and the list goes on.
However, the thing I'll take away from the trip is the stunning scenery and the HUGE amounts of snow. The Kiruna region offers so much anyway in the form of activities and attractions but the mountains, lakes and rivers covered in several feet of snow literally took my breath away time after time. Sounds cheesy I know but it was just so amazing.
Ok, so the ice driving experience is also something I'll never ever forget!!
You can download plenty of unique story angles here - Download icehotel_angles_discover_the_world.doc - that will no doubt inspire (it's a big document so may take a minute or two to download. Email me - email@example.com - instead and I'll send it through).
Should you need further details of our Icehotel holiday, please visit www.discover-the-world.co.uk/icehotel or call me on 01737 214 294.
Story Angle: Space travel for mere mortals takes a step forward - Branson stamps his mark on Lapland and the city of Kiruna, whilst close by is an experience of a different sort - the Swedish Icehotel
According to www.sweden.se, british entrepreneur Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic have picked Kiruna (the northernmost city of Sweden) as one of their platforms for space tourism. In September 2004 Branson announced that his Virgin Group of companies had commissioned five spacecrafts. These vessels would be the first in the Virgin Galactic fleet, aiming to carry private passengers with adventurous spirits, not to mention fat wallets, beyond the atmosphere of Earth and into space.
The first commercial space tourism adventures will be launched in the US, from Spaceport America in New Mexico, starting as soon as 2008. Shortly thereafter, perhaps in 2011 or 2012, these atmospheric escapes will begin in Kiruna as well.
So...if unique experiences to space aren't quite within your readers' budgets, how about an alternative experience, visiting the icehotel and even taking part in husky sledging, snowmobiling, moose watching and of course sleeping on ice!
It just so happens that the Swedish Icehotel is around 20 minutes from the satellite control center and Discover the World offer a 3 night holiday experience (Dec - Apr each year) to the Swedish Icehotel from £751 based on twin share (1 night on ice, 2 nights in 'warm' accomodation). Click here for more details.
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Here are a few different story angles across a selection of our destinations. If you need images or further information then let me know (01737 214 294 / firstname.lastname@example.org):
The Icehotel with a wildlife twist... Icehotel & Orca safari – Swedish & Norwegian Lapland (5 nights) – a short break that (probably) can’t be rivalled for sheer excitement. This escorted two-centre trip combines an amazing wildlife experience – swimming with orca whales as they feed on the shoals of herring - amidst breathtaking scenery on Norway’s stunning coastline with a stay at the Swedish Icehotel®, one of the world’s most unusual hotels. Needless to say, an array of snowy activities are available.
Prices start from £1262 per person which includes flights, accommodation and all other inclusions which can be seen on our website.
Husky mushing in its true form ( Greenland
With departures between March & April 2007, the chance to learn about a way of life unique to the Arctic region is what our Greenland Husky Safari is all about. Explore the frozen wilderness of East Greenland by husky sledge and visit a traditional Greenlandic community amongst other activities on this 5, 6 or 9 night adventure that includes at least 1 night in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik at either end of the trip.
Prices start from £1214 per person based on 2 sharing and includes flights, accommodation and husky sledge tours as described in the itinerary and all other inclusions which can be seen on our website.
Pure nature and total indulgence
Aurora spa break – Finnish Lapland (4 nights) - The fell area of northern Finland with its never ending pristine and glittering landscape, is perfect for all types of adventure (including husky sledging and snowmobiling) for the boys, whilst the ladies can pamper themselves with two superb spa treatments, leaving everyone involved exhilarated and/or relaxed. A taste of Lapland
Prices start from £1038 per person based on 2 people sharing and full board basis (drinks not included) and include flights, two spa treatments and other activities which can be seen on our website.
Pristine snow cloaked log cabins (as well as huge amounts of adventure!)
Kakslauttanen Cabins and igloos – Finnish Lapland (3 nights) - Authentic Finnish log cabins with their own private sauna, ice igloos, glass igloos, northern lights (possibly!), pristine snow-cloaked forests...the list of unique attractions goes on!
In addition to the numerous excursions (reindeer sledging, husky sledging, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, etc), this short 3 night break is an ideal surprise getaway, romantic escape or even a family break. This is an unforgettable long weekend with a choice of accommodation – various log cabins, glass igloos or ice rooms
Prices start from £695 including flights, accommodation and other inclusions which can be seen on our website.
Romance is in the (purest) air (in the world):
A new break for the winter time and a perfect break for the festive and/or valentine romantics, our Iceland based Romantic Winter Retreat self drive visits Reykjavik as well as the stunning Hotel Budir, located on the beautiful Snaefellsness peninsula in Iceland’s west. The 5-night holiday finds just the right balance between long cosy nights spent in romantic hotels and days out exploring Iceland
Prices start from £552 per person including flights, accommodation, car hire and other inclusions which can be seen on our website.
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Wow...have a read of these fantastic tales from our naturalist Cathy Harlow who is currenty guiding in the Lofoten area of the Norwegian Fjords. Although the appearances have been late this year, last week huge shoals of herring appeared, closely followed by some hungry Orcas!
Here's Cathy's update:
As we pulled out of Skutvik harbour, it was trying hard to sleet. On board MS Leonora spirits were high as we had just heard that great shoals of herring had swum in overnight off Henningsvaer in Lofoten. And then the news that we had dreamed of came through – huge numbers of orcas were there too. It was full steam ahead for Leonora as we laboured through the swell of the open fjord to get there. As the first blows came into view the excitement mounted and all of a sudden we were surrounded by orcas. Whatever direction your eye travelled, there were fins and blows but then the action stepped up. A young orca breached three, or perhaps it was four times in succession right by our boat, hurling itself backwards out of the water. As every camera focused on that awesome event, another started up just in front of the zodiacs. What followed can only be described as pure undiluted magic – breaches and spy-hops galore to one side, while on the other a young orca just wouldn’t stop tail-slapping, to the delight of everyone on board.
As well as just getting completely absorbed in this exuberant display of orca antics, we were trying to gather some useful recordable data. This was clearly more than one group, so two or perhaps even three were there as there were definitely 50 or more orcas around us. They didn’t appear to be feeding as there weren’t any signs of herring in the immediate area. Perhaps they had finished feeding and were socializing after a really satisfying meal? Certainly, quite a few happy whale watchers came home last Wednesday.
We offer a number of departures to see the Orcas in early 2007. If this isn't inspiration enough however, all the holidays are combined with the Swedish Icehotel on our Icehotel & Orca holiday. This is a great combination of two unique experiences where 2 nights will be spent at the Icehotel, before a scenic train journey takes you to the fjords of Northern Norway where you can experience the Orcas feeding on huge shoals of herring. Be warned though...availability is very low due to the popularity of this trip.
If you need great images or more information then let me know (01737 214 294 / email@example.com)
Many thanks. Alexis