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Visit Arctic Europe II

Digital fam trip - Summer 1:
Hammerfest - North Cape - Kirkenes - Nuorgam - Utsjoki - Inari -Saariselkä - Pyhä-Luosto - Salla - Posio
25.-26. August 2021

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Discover Arctic Europe from home

This trip is a great opportunity to make a digital journey along the eastern part of Arctic Europe from Hammerfest and North Cape in the north to Posio in the south. The trip starts from Hammerfest and North Cape in the most northern parts of Northern Norway especially famous for the midnight sun. Next up is Kirkenes that is in the most eastern corner of Norway on the border to Russia. In the most northern parts of Finland you will experience Nuorgam and Utsjoki by the river Teno that is the border river between Norway and Finland. Next up is the village Inari, that is the heart of the Sámi culture in Finland. Travelling south the next destinations are Saariselkä and Pyhä-Luosto. The next leg of the journey takes you to the middle of nowhere – Salla. The final destination of this trip is Posio in the southern parts of Finnish Lapland.

Online experiences for tour operators

The digital fam trip is a webinar in which a region or company presents its activities and services virtually via authentic, pre-produced videos. On August 25 and 26, you will have the opportunity to meet providers from Hammerfest, North Cape and Kirkenes in Norway as well as Nuorgam, Utsjoki, Inari, Saariselkä, Pyhä-Luosto, Salla and Posio in Finnland.

The digital fam trip is aimed at international tour operators. Participation is free of charge. To participate you only have to fill out the form below. Registration is possible until August 11. The previous trips were all fully booked after a few days, so if you are interested you should register as soon as possible. The link to participate will be sent to you by mail shortly before the digital fam trip takes place. 

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Program

9.00 - 11.00 h (CET, Central European time), 2 modules,
15 min. break in between

Day 1, Wednesday 25. August 2021

  • Module 1: 09.00 - 09.45 h
    Visit Hammerfest, Visit Nordkapp,  Scandic Destination Nordkapp, Destinasjon 71 Grader Nord
  • Module 2: 10.00 - 10.45 h
    Thon Hotel Kirkenes, Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd, Nuorgam Holiday Village

9.00 - 11.00 h (CET, Central European time), 2 modules,
15 min. break in between

Day 2, Thursday 26. August 2021

  • Module 3: 09.00 - 09.45 h
    Holiday Village Valle, Visit Inari - Safaris & Accommodation, Tradition Hotel Kultahovi, Siida - Sámi Museum and Nature Centre
  • Module 4: 10.00 - 10.45 h
    Visit Pyhä-Luosto, Kaivosyhtiö Arctic Ametisti Oy, Salla - in the middle of nowhere, Wilderness Hotel Kirikeskus / Holiday Village Himmerki

Destination Hammerfest / Visit Hammerfest

Hammerfest is the oldest city in Northern Norway and has a long and proud history. You will find hotels, restaurants & bars, local shops, and a museum telling the dramatic, yet not very known, story of the WWI destruction of Finnmark, and the reconstruction. Hammerfest is an ideal “hub” for guests that wants to explore breathtaking nature combined with history, culture, tasty food, and the comfort that a city has to offer.

Contact: Katrine Næss

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Destination North Cape / Visit Nordkapp

Experience the midnight sun at Europe´s northernmost point. Join in for a king crab safari in unique scenery and have a taste of these delicacies. Join in on guided tours to the iconic North Cape, experience the island beautiful scenery from the sea with a bird safari, rib safari, from paddle board or kayak. Deep dive back in time with a visit to Nordkapp museum or the North Cape Hall, or perhaps you would like to visit Tamsøya, a protected island with lots of cloudberries? All products and packages offered by local suppliers, with high standard and professionality.

Contact: Marte Gabrielsen

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Scandic Destination Nordkapp

Scandic is the largest hotel operator in the Nordic region with a network of 280 hotels with around 58,000 hotel rooms in operation in six countries.
Scandic Destination Nordkapp is one of the landmarks in Norwegian tourism and a unique travel destination. We have 3 hotels and the North Cape Hall - a visitor center at the northernmost point of Europe.
Guests can marvel at such wonders as the Midnight Sun and the most beautiful Northern Lights in addition to breath-taking landscape sceneries, picturesque fishing villages, rich wildlife, and warm hospitality. This is the realm of contrasts, and it is impossible to forget the beauty of this journey.
Nordkapp has always been a great journey. Adventurers, royalty, and expeditions have set it as their goal. We hope Nordkapp also becomes your journey. It will bring you to the end of a continent - and to the beginning of an adventure!

Contact: Mykolas Masiukas

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Destinasjon 71 Grader Nord

Destinasjon 71 Grader Nord is an outdoor activity provider located at the far northern end of mainland Europe, the North Cape. We offer a variety of tours throughout the entire year, focused on king crab and our Polaris ATVs and snowmobiles. Stand-up paddle boarding, ice fishing, snowshoeing and deep sea rafting On top of the activities, we rent out two seaside cabins with a capacity of 7 guests each. Just outside of Honningsvåg, these cabins are situated in one of the most scenic spots on the island and only 40kms from the iconic North Cape. At our fjord location, we also manage a restaurant with a total capacity of 140 guests, ideal for group dinners, receptions, family reunions, weddings and much more.

Contact: Yves Jacobs

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Destination Kirkenes

Kirkenes, located north east in Northern Norway about 400 km north of the Arctic Circle, is known as the capital of the Barents Region and the gateway to the east. Just 15 km far from the Russian border, 10% of the people in Kirkenes are Russians. Kirkenes is the turning point of the Hurtigruten coastal steamer. During winter, activities like dog-sledge trips, snowmobile tours, northern light and king crab safaris are offered. Experiences in summer are fishing for giant crab, river boat trips to the Russian borderline, quad bike safari through the taiga or hiking tours.

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Thon Hotel Kirkenes

Thon Hotel Kirkenes is a high quality accommodation with delicious breakfast, professional meetings with high standard equipment.

Contact: Helena Friskilæ

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Destination Nuorgam

Nuorgam is the northernmost village in Finland and the EU, located 500 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, and a stone’s throw from the Arctic Ocean.

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Nuorgam Holiday Village

Nuorgam Holiday Village - Wellbeing in arctic wilderness - Nuorgam holiday village is a small, idyllic family-run company in the northernmost village of Finnish Lapland, situated on the shores of River Teno, close to Norwegian border and Arctic Ocean. The most important things to us are cosy atmosphere, friendly customer service, hospitality and delicious homemade food, wellbeing, pure nature, fresh air and silence together with activities. We wish you welcome to our home to experience arctic life with us!

Contact: Marjatta Holmberg

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Destination Utsjoki

Utsjoki is the northernmost municipality of Finland and Finland’s only municipality with a majority of Sámi population. Utsjoki offers an opportunity to experience modern, everyday Sámi culture: a culture you can live, see, hear, taste and feel.

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Holiday Village Valle

Holiday Village Valle is a family owned small hotel in the most remote and peaceful area of Finland – Utsjoki! We are located by the river Teno and offer high quality accommodation, food and activities, without big industrial tourism. Our roots are strongly in the area and in the indigenous Sámi culture. We stand in the Northernmost point of Finland, surrounded by great wilderness, just 80km away from the Arctic ocean! Utsjoki is one of the best places in Lapland to see the Aurora Borealis, the Northern lights, because of the extreme Northern location. Statistically there are Northern lights in 3 of 4 nights. During the Summer we get to experience Midnight Sun from mid_may until the end of July! Welcome to experience the pristine arctic scenery and the vast quietness of Utsjoki!

Contact: Satu Laiho

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Destination Inari / Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd

Inari-Saariselkä Tourism Ltd in North Lapland region is a destination management organisation, which works in close collaboration with 100 tourism companies and the municipalities of Inari and Utsjoki, the state-owned forest management company Metsähallitus, and other stakeholders. Our operations encompass marketing, accessibility, year-round tourism and sustainability. The North Lapland region covers municipalities of Inari and Utsjoki and the northern part of Sodankylä. We coordinate joint marketing activities via various channels. We organize media and travel company visits, collaborate with travel agencies, analyse visitor flows and statistics, and participate in projects to promote tourism.

Contact: Eeva Flinkman

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Visit Inari - Safaris & Accommodation

Visit Inari Safaris & Accommodation is family owned, private company providing tourism services in Inari region year around. We offer accommodation in Visit Inari Hotel and Visit Inari Holiday Village. From our services you'll find suitable solution for many needs. Our Aurora restaurant offers you tasty experience with good food and perfect location in the middle of Inari village and view to Lake Inari. We have a long experience on safari production and we have a wide selection of different activities year around. One of our specialties is the Cruise on Lake Inari during the summer and autumn time. Add to activities we also provide transfers from Inari-Saariselka area to Kirkenes airport and Hurtigruten. Come and experience more with us.

Contact: Petri Saastamoinen

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Tradition Hotel Kultahovi

We have a traditional Saami family owned and run hotel in Inari village, northernmost Finnish Lapland. We offer hotel accommodation in our historical Traditional Hotel and nature-themed River Hotel. We have an award winning Restaurant Aanaar onsite, offering high-level cooking with pure Lapland flavours you have never tasted before. We co-operate closely with local activity companies and transfer providers. Our main seasons are both summer and winter. We have also Green Key sustainability certificate.

Contact: Kaisu Nikula

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Siida - Sámi Museum and Nature Centre

Siida is your guide to Sámi culture and northern nature. Our exhibitions and events give our visitors a window into the north: we provide information on the ancient and vibrant Sámi culture and on arctic nature. Siida is renewed in 2020–2022. The extension parts have been completed in the spring of 2021. The renovation of the present Siida Building is on at this moment as well as the renewal of the main exhibition. The new exhibition “Enâmeh láá mii párnááh – These lands are our children” will be finished in April 2022.

Contact: Minna Muurahainen

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Destination Saariselkä

Approximately 250 kilometres North of the Arctic Circle is Europe’s northernmost outdoor resort, Saariselkä. A wide range of accommodation options and other services are nearby, yet the peace of the wilderness is only a few steps away. First and foremost, visitors come to Saariselkä to indulge in outdoor activities in the magnificent backdrop provided by the fells. Saariselkä serves as a gateway to Finland’s second-largest national park of the Urho Kekkonen National Park.

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Destination Pyhä-Luosto / Visit Pyhä-Luosto

Pyhä-Luosto has a central location in Finnish Lapland, only 1,5 hours from Rovaniemi, 2 hours from Kittilä and 3 hours from Kuusamo. During summer and the midnight sun there are plenty of time for outdoor activities. For travelers seeking activities Pyhä-Luosto offers unforgettable experiences like hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding. All activities are available during the autumn, when northern lights season starts, as well. The Pyhä-Luosto National Park is one of the oldest in Finland and is well-known for its geology, gorges, wetlands and up to 400-ear-old forest. Accessible directly from your accommodation, the national park is a superb destination for day trips and short hikes all year round. In Luosto the Lampivaara Amethyst mine, located in the middle of the Pyhä-Luosto national park, is a unique gemstone mine that welcomes visitors all year round. Pyhä-Luosto resorts offers the possibility to enjoy the space, silence, and untouched nature.

Contact: Anu Summanen

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Kaivosyhtiö Arctic Ametisti Oy

Amethyst mine is an unique attraction in Lapland en route from Rovaniemi to Ivalo, located close to Pyhä and Luosto recreation resorts that also provide accommodation and restaurant services.

The sustainable gem mine is located on the top of a fell with view over best Lappish landscape to the horizon 80 km away. The area is among the first rock formations on the earth. The amethyst is considered to be oldest in the world, crystallize 2 000 million years ago. At the mine we tell about geology, history, practical uses and beliefs of amethyst. After stories everyone is allowed to dig one lucky amethyst for keeps.

Contact: Tuija Sandberg

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Salla - in the middle of nowhere

Salla is a cozy and authentic destination situated in Finnish Lapland above the Arctic Circle, next to the Russian border and in the middle of one of the largest wilderness areas in Europe. There is living only 0,6 pers./km² and more than 10 000 reindeer. Oulanka National Park and the wilderness areas surrounding Salla offer breathtaking views and beautiful sceneries. You can explore the wilderness in a fatbike, canoeing, hiking or snowshoe trip or join a husky, snowmobile or reindeer safaris with our experienced local guides. There is over 300 km marked hiking trails, 15 slopes and 160 km of cross-country skiing trails in Salla. There is available cozy and unique accommodation in cottages and apartments. The nearest airports are in Kuusamo and Rovaniemi. We are a pilot destination in the Sustainable Travel Finland-programm. New Salla National Park will be established in year 2021.

Contact: Paula Aspholm

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Destination Posio

Posio is an idyllic municipality in southern Lapland located between Rovaniemi and Kuusamo at the foot of the Riisitunturi fell - Lapland's most famous fell - and also the centre of Finnish ceramic culture. The endless landscapes and snow-covered forests have provided artistic inspiration for generations. Posio's spectacular nature and unique culture welcome visitors to experience the magic of Lapland all year round! In October 2020, Posio became the first destination in Finland to receive the Sustainable Travel Finland label - the sustainable travel certificate developed by Visit Finland.

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Wilderness Hotel Kirikeskus / Holiday Village Himmerki

Holiday Village Himmerki and Wilderness Hotel Kirikeskus are small and unique family-run businesses from Posio. We offer hotel and cabin accommodation and our partners offer wide range of activities. We have weekly programs to winter and summer seasons. Also we are proud of our Green Key- and Sustainable Travel-certificates.

Contact: Janica Suominen

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