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Digital fam trip - Winter 7:
East to West: Posio - Salla - Pyhä-Luosto - Senja - Harstad - Vesterålen - Lofoten
8.-9 . June 2021

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Discover Arctic Europe from home

This trip is a great opportunity to get to know the most eastern parts of the VAE II region in Finnish Lapland as well as the most western parts of the arctic region in Northern Norway. The trip starts from the magic of Posio, goes to the middle of nowhere Salla and continues to the idyllic Pyhä-Luosto region.

From there we make a virtual transfer to the arctic coast of Norway starting with the island of Senja, known as Norway in miniature. From there we go to Harstad situated on Norway’s biggest island and further on to Vesterålen well known for whales. Finally we finnish our east-west journey on the spectacular Lofoten islands.

We invite you to meet companies participating in Visit Arctic Europe II along this journey and experience their hospitality and nature based activities digitally.

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 June 8 and 9, you will have the opportunity to meet providers from Posio, Salla and Pyhä-Luosto in Finland as well as Senja, Harstad, Vesterålen and Lofoten in Norway.

The digital fam trip is aimed at international tour operators. Participation is free of charge. To participate you only have to fill out one of the forms below. Please choose the most suitable times for you. Registration is possible until May 17. 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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More information about all our digital winter fam trips.

Program

The program of trip 7 takes places on two consecutive days.
As the morning session is already fully booked, you can only sign up for the afternoon session. 

Fully booked: Morning sessions 8. and 9. June:
9.00 - 12.00 h (CET), 3-2 modules per day
Afternoon sessions 8. and 9. June:
13.00 - 16.00 h (CET), 3-2 modules per day
Note: the afternoon session is the repetition of the morning session!

Destination Posio / Posio Tourism Association

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.

Contact: Marja Hannula

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Wilderness Hotel Kirikeskus / Holiday Village Himmerki

We have two accommodations; Wilderness Hotel Kirikeskus and Holiday Village Himmerki located by the most beautiful lakes in Posio, Southern Lapland. Both of our companies have own high quality restaurants serving local food and we have lots of activities to offer for our guests. We have also workshops for fishers, photographers, yoga and ceramic artists, for example.

Contact: Janica Suominen

Posio Lapland-Naali Lodge
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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 -programme. New Salla National Park will be established in year 2021.

Contact: Paula Aspholm

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Destination Pyhä-Luosto / Visit Pyhä-Luosto

Pyhä-Luosto resorts offers the possibility to enjoy the space, silence and nature. The heart of these two resorts are the small villages, where all quality services are in walking distance. Untouched nature is just few steps away from your door. The resorts are connected by the Pyhä-Luosto National Park and its’ impressive chain of 12 fells. Pyhä-Luosto is for active outdoor travelers who come to discover nature and take advantage of the many opportunities offered by this region.

Contact: Anu Summanen

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Lapland Hotels / Lapland Hotels Luostotunturi

Lapland Hotels is the largest privately owned hotel chain in Finland. The chain consists of 18 hotels in 13 destinations all over Lapland and Finnish urban cities such as Helsinki, Kuopio, Tampere and Oulu. There´s a selection of rooms, holiday apartments and cabins available in most of our destinations and special accommodation such as a Snow Hotel can be found from Lapland Hotels Snow Village in Ylläs.

Lapland Hotels Luostotunturi’s Amethyst Spa is located in the middle of the atmospheric log village of Luosto. The Amethyst spa is like an oasis in the middle of the village in the fell, offering only the very best for the quality-conscious: enjoyable accommodation, the Amethyst spa has luxury treatments, functional conference services and wireless Internet throughout the whole hotel - not to mention the extensive range of restaurants.

Have an active exercising holiday, or a true relaxing vacation in the middle of the beautiful nature. The intriguing exercise grounds of Pyhä-Luosto National Park start right in front of the hotel.

Contact: Asko Antikainen

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Lapland Safaris

Lapland Safaris is a specialist in Lapland’s nature and the Lappish lifestyle. Since 1982, we have provided our guests visiting Lapland with exciting nature activities and memorable travel experiences. At the heart of our activities lies the culture of Lapland. We draw inspiration from the local history and day-to-day ‘Lappishness’. The stories and legends relating to these form the basis of the programs offered to our customers.

Contact: Asko Antikainen

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Amethyst Mine / 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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Destination Senja / Visit Senja Region

Norway’s second biggest island Senja far above the Arctic Circle is full of contrasts and a destination made for adventures. Often called “Norway in minature” Senja awaits you with impressive sceneries with a mixture of steep mountains, the wide sea and deep fjords. At the ocean side the coast drops 7,800 metres from the mountain peaks to the sea. Between the harsh/ raw landscapes one can find colorful fishing villages, sheltered bays and sandy beaches that remind of the South Sea. The inland is shaped by lakes, forest and mountains whereas the coast that is facing the mainland amazes with lush green nature.

Visit Senja Region is a joint tourism organization for tourism companies, municipalities and organizations in the Senja region. We have interests related to the tourism industry and the profile of the region, specifically in the municipalities of Senja and Dyrøy. Our 40+ partners have a wide range of both activities and accommodation.

Contact: Julie Lauritzsen

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Destination Harstad / Visit Harstad

Visit Harstad represents a wide range of activity providers operating in all seasons. Activities in the region stretches from sea to mountains, combined with local culture, history and excellent local food. Try cross-country skiing with one of our partners, or challenge yourself on ski and sail with highly skilled guides. If you are not into skiing you can go snowshoeing with a local guide, or maybe try fully suspended e-bikes with spiked tires for winter-biking in the Arctic. No matter your interest, Visit Harstad is more than happy to help you put together the perfect program for your guests.

Contact: Lisbeth Hansen

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Destination Vesterålen

Vesterålen is a region and part of a group of islands about 300 km north of the Arctic Circle off the coast of Norway. To the northeast, it is connected to the better-known Lofoten region.
Vesterålen offers fantastic nature experiences all year around. Here you'll enjoy beautiful nature with majestic mountains and fjords, white sandy beaches and the ocean close by. Being called the "kingdom of whales" and due to the location close to the continental shelf, Vesterålen is certainly one of the best places to experience whales year-round. 

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Whalesafari in Vesterålen
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Scandic Sortland

The hotel’s unique harbourside location right in the heart of Sortland offers panoramic views of the Sortland sound and scenic Vesterålen mountains, with the majestic Møysalen mountain at the helm. Scandic Sortland has a modern decor with 128 rooms. On the ground floor, you’ll find our reception, lobby, meeting rooms, restaurant and a monumental glass facade with views of Vesterålen.
Sortland is located in the middle of Vesterålen and is a geographical and communicational hub for the region.If you enjoy culture, sports, wellness, speed and excitement, then Sortland is the perfect starting point. With unique sea and mountain views, the hotel is perfect for active and adventurous guests. The closest airport is Stokmarknes Airport, about 20 minutes from the centre, and Harstad-Narvik Airport in Evenes is about 1 hour 45 minutes away by car. Scandic Sortland offers plenty of parking spaces right outside the hotel. The central location makes the hotel the obvious choice.

Contact: Sven Walczak

Scandic Sortland

Museum Nord / Hurtigruten Museum

Hurtigruten Museum is brand new. There was a smaller Hurtigruten Museum in Stokmarknes - this has been closed and a brand new, spectacular building is now preserving and displaying what presumably is the world's largest museum object: the former Hurtigruten ship ms Finnmarken.

The new museum will tell the stories of what happened along the Norwegian coast when the Hurtigruten started more than 100 years ago. The museum is not yet open to the public - opens in June 2021 - but is expected to be a highly interesting, must see and impossible to overlook-museum.

Contact: Hege Eilertsen

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Hvalsafari Andenes

Whalesafari Andenes offers whale-watching tours throughout the year. Our crews are very experienced in searching and approaching whales and we offer a unique whale guarantee, giving a refund to our guests when we fail to find whales on a tour (or a new safari for free). We are located by the port of Andenes, and our centre includes an exhibition about whales besides our reception and offices, a small souvenir shop, and a restaurant/café. Part of the whale safari is the guided tour in the whale exhibition, led by our guides who are for the most part biologists from different countries in Europe. We also offer northern light and snowshoe tours in wintertime, and cooperate with other activity providers on Andøy. At present we are working towards getting an environmental certification as Eco-Lighthouse (Miljøfyrtårn). 

Contact: Sara Mesiti

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Destination Lofoten

Far above the Arctic Circle located across the rough waters of the Norwegian Sea you can discover Norway's beautiful Lofoten Islands. The untamed islands are known for excellent fishing, unspoilt nature and remote fishing villages. The winter on the Lofoten islands is both stunning with magic Northern Lights flaring across the sky and beautiful pastel colors and exciting as lots of winter adventures like snowshoe treks, hikes trough fishing villages and eagle safaris are offered.

Destination Lofoten is the official marketing and information organisation for Lofoten. Our goal is to inspire you and your customers to visit Lofoten. Lofoten has been welcoming guests from near and far for hundreds of years and now it’s your turn to savour everything Lofoten has to offer. The natural history and landscape of Lofoten are truly majestic and breathtaking, and the region is a mecca for those seeking inspiring walks, canoeing, diving, climbing, surfing, skiing, and lots more besides. All you have to do is relax and have fun.

Contact: Hege Haugerud

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Thon Hotel Lofoten

Thon Hotel Lofoten is situated in the scenic harbour of the idyllic arctic village of Svolvær, in the heart of Lofoten. The Coastal Express quay is mere steps from the hotel, which is within walking distance of all of Svolvær’s attractions. The hotel is adjacent to Lofoten Kulturhus, a local arts &culture centre. In our restaurant, you can enjoy one of Norway’s best breakfasts, every day.

Contact: Kari Andreassen

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Museum Nord / Lofotr Vikingmuseum

Lofotr Vikingmuseum is a major attraction in Northern Norway. Normally, the museum is open all year and offers guided tours, exhibitions, activities (mainly summer) and Viking style meals.

Contact: Hege Eilertsen

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Reine Rorbuer

Reine Rorbuer is located in the western part of Lofoten, at the mouth of Reinefjord, where the majestic Lofoten peaks and the Arctic Ocean are our next-door neighbours. All 42 separate rorbu cabins are newly renovated and combine the atmosphere of their old use as fishermen's dwellings with high standard and comfort (and high-speed wi-fi). In Gammelbua Restaurant we offer dishes based on local ingredients and seasonality. This to create a “real” Lofoten food experience.

We offer tailor-made activities for our guests, including guided kayak tours, e-bike tours, Northern Lights workshop & hunt, photography & sightseeing tours. We deliver with heart and make sure our guests experience magic moments and warm hospitality while staying with us. Our guests can enjoy the long days and the Midnight Sun or the short days and the Northern Lights while staying in authentic rorbu cabins in the living fishing village of Reine.

Contact: Alicja Kass

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Målselv

The deep woods and mountains of Målselv lie just a short hour drive south of Tromsø. With narrow rivers and open mountain plateaus, Målselv has the typical Northern Norwegian inland landscape and offers excellent hiking opportunities, well fitted for both families and more extreme hikers. During winter there’s a selection of activities to participate in such as dog sledding, snowmobiling, moose safaris or reindeer sledding. Furthermore the region enables getting knowledge about Northern Norwegian and Sami culture up close and personal.

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Målselv Fjellandsby

Målselv Fjellandsby is a north Norwegian mountain resort located on 360 m above the sea level. The alpine destination is closely located to Bardufoss International Airport and the city of Tromsø can be reached in a 2-hour drive. Målselv Fjellandsby offers fantastic paronama views and high standard accommodation in apartments and cabins that are located in the middle of the ski slopes. The arctic resort is the perfect place for outdoor adventures, all kinds of skiing activities, husky and snowmobile safaris, sami experiences and much more.

Contact: Lena-Elise Trulssen

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Registration

The Digital FAM Trip will take place on two dates (same program). The program is exactly the same in the morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session is already fully booked, so if you are interested to join, please sign up on the form for the afternoon session.
Registration is possible until May 17. 

Participation is free of charge and no software needs to be downloaded. You can register one person/ company per trip. Afterwards we will send you a recording for internal use with your colleagues.

Digital Fam Trip - morning session fully booked

8.-9. June 2021
The morning session of trip 7 is fully booked. If you would like to receive the recordings, please sign up below.

Digital Fam Trip - sign up for the afternoon session

8.-9. June 2021
Repetition: Afternoon sessions on both days, 
approx. 13.00 - 16.00 h