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50 Degrees North

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Unique travel experiences including the Northern Lights... 50 degrees north and beyond

The Nordic & Arctic regions | Scandinavia | Finland | Iceland |Greenland | Russia | the Baltic's | Faroe Islands | Mongolia | Kamchatka

Unique travel experiences including the Northern Lights... 50 degrees north and beyond

Draw a line along the 50th parallel north and look at everything above – that is 50 Degrees North's specialist region.

True Destination Specialists

50 Degrees North is a family owned, boutique destination specialist tour operator for the Nordic region and the Scandinavian Arctic. The company’s entirely Nordic sales staff offers in-depth knowledge of all its destinations. Luxury for us means experiencing something extraordinary beyond your everyday life; immersing yourself into the local culture, nature and people and, when possible, venturing away from the well-trodden paths and into the ‘un-known’. With offices in Norway, Canada and Australia, 50 Degrees North is able to provide our travellers with support 24/7.

Our Nordic Region

It is an area of distinct seasons where light plays a more significant part of life than anywhere else. It is a region where they have a public holiday on the day the sun re-emerges back over the horizon after a long winter; it is where the northern light will throw waves of purple and green light across the sky in an incredible spectacle; and it is where you can enjoy 24 hour sunlight.

From Longyearbyen to Å, and Helsinki to Ulaanbaatar & Nuuk, 50 Degrees North is about inspiration, unparalleled experiences and personal achievements undertaken beyond the 50th parallel north.

Tours and expeditions are high on quality, not for luxury standards, but for the unique and groundbreaking focus.

Winter in the Nordic Region

From exhilarating safaris on snowmobiles, to sled rides by teams of reindeer or huskies, to skiing, ice-skating and tobogganing... active adventures await intrepid travellers.

Throughout winter you will enjoy festivities such as Helsinki’s LUX, Reyjkjavik’s Winter Light Festival and Kiruna’s Snow Festival, Jokkmokk Winter Market in Sweden, Finland’s Finlandia Ski Marathon and the Lahti Ski Games to name a few.

Winter in Scandinavia is full of lights, warming drinks and hearty food. Christmas is celebrated on the 24th of December so the mad rush of Christmas tends to finish on 23 December. Scandinavians also celebrate Advent and you will see candles in every window leading up to Christmas.

Northern Lights

The hero of this season for many is the chance to see the Northern Lights. The zone with the most intense sightings of Aurora Borealis extends over Lapland in northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland and Finland. Between October to March each year, 50 Degrees North offers independent tours staying in unique accommodation designed to maximize the chances of seeing the Northern Lights such as private lodges, Glass Igloos cabins, Glass roofed log cabins and snow hotels.

Christmas and New Years

50 Degrees North specializes in fully inclusive, escorted Christmas tours to Finland, Norway and Sweden for families. For independent travellers, we go out of our way to offer you unparalleled experiences at Christmas and New Years; from exclusive adult-only Lyngen Lodge stays in Northern Norway, sleeping in glass igloos under the skies of Finland or a Laavu in Sweden. We also specialize in multi-generation family travel programs.

Summer in the Nordic Region

Scandinavia and Finland is home to bustling cities, stunning mountains, beautiful fjords, and the quiet solitude of Finland's Lake District and Sami Lapland. 

In terms of wildlife and nature, you will find unique wildlife and flora. The king of the forests, the awe-inspiring moose, lives here, and so does the myth-like Polar bear, whose fascinating habitat is threatened due to the melting ice. You may also encounter lynx, lemmings, brown bears, muskox, reindeer, wolves and wolverines in the expanses of pine and birch forests. Stay on your own island retreat in Sweden, head to the mountains for comfortable hut-to-hut hiking tours or stay in designer coastal cabins with epic views of the coast.

In Iceland, you can choose a comfortable touring option or you can go trekking, ice climbing, super-jeep riding, fly fishing or jump on the back of an Icelandic horse. Our independent tours of Iceland bring you the glory of the Icelandic summer.

Why travel with 50 Degrees North

  • True specialist destination knowledge
  • Only the best partner suppliers
  • 24/7 Support with ‘on the ground’ office in Norway, Vancouver and Australia
  • High quality travel experiences
  • Value for money
  • Expert local leaders
  • Great & unique overnight stays
  • Sustainable tourism

Unique Experiences offered by 50 Degrees North

• A comprehensive range of Norwegian Coastal voyages; Extended stays in the Lofoten Islands with jump on/jump off Hurtigruten itineraries and very small ship voyages in Svalbard
• Independent Journeys and Self-Drive itineraries across the region, including the Baltic States.
• Norwegian Fjords and Scandinavian Capitals by rail and ferry allow you to travel independently using unique accommodation and local transport. 
• A Trans-Mongolian Railway option is designed for those wanting to complete this epic journey independently.
• Nordic manor houses, beautiful historic hotels and Danish castles feature in our range of independent self-drive itineraries. These well-crafted tours offer the discerning traveller a modern alternative to well-trodden European destinations.
• A selection of group tours and voyages include small-group adventures in Iceland & Kamchatka, coach tours through Scandinavia & Russia, a canal cruise along the Göta Kanal and an expedition voyage to the North Pole.
• Added to the range of active adventures are n cycling and hiking trips in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, as well as treks in Iceland and Greenland.

INDEPENDENT JOURNEYS & SELF DRIVE

  • Treasures of the Norwegian Fjords
  • Scandinavian Capitals by rail and ferry
  • Norway by Design & History - self drive
  • Norway in a Nutshell - independent by rail, bus and ferry
  • Sognefjord & Hardangerfjord in a Nutshell
  • Pulpit Rock & Trolltunga Hiking tours
  • Tromsø & the Lyngen Alps
  • Basecamp Nordenskiöld - Arctic adventure
  • Castles & Gourmet in Denmark - self drive
  • Gothenburg to Stockholm - self drive
  • Journey through Lapland - self drive
  • Log Cabins & Bears of Finland - self drive
  • Iceland Circle - self drive farm stay
  • Treasures of the Faroe Islands - self drive
  • South Greenland Explorer
  • St Petersburg & Moscow in style
  • Jalman Meadows Ger Camp
  • Trans Mongolian Railway - independent

GROUP TOURS

  • Nordic Capitals
  • Scandinavia, Finland & Russia
  • Treasures of Scandinavia & Finland
  • Fjords of Norway & Coastal Cruise
  • Baltic Highlights
  • The Baltic States & Poland
  • Iceland Complete
  • Kingdoms of Volcanoes & Glaciers
  • Bears & Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  • Mongolian Odyssey

ACTIVE TOURS

  • Across Jotunheimen
  • Landmannalaugar to Skógar
  • Hiking at the End of the World
  • Mongolian Horse Trek
  • Mongolian Yak Trek - yak supported trek

VOYAGES & CRUISES

  • Norwegian Coastal Voyage & Nordic Capitals
  • Classic Norwegian Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage
  • Lofoten Summer Voyages
  • Göta Kanal
  • Volga River Cruises
  • Spitsbergen Voyages
  • Polar Bears Voyages
  • Northwest Passage
  • West Greenland Coastal Voyage
  • Arctic Wilderness Voyage
  • North East Greenland
  • Chukotka - Across the Top of the World
  • Greenland Coastal Voyages
  • Arctic Expedition Ships

HURTIGRUTEN VOYAGES

  • Depart on almost any day all year round
  • Your choice of cabin category
  • Themed voyages available

INDEPENDENT WINTER JOURNEYS

  • Depart on any day
  • For one or more people
  • Pre-booked accommodation and tickets structure the tour
  • Enjoy the luxury of setting your pace
  • All itineraries can be tailored to suit your needs
  • Your choice of hotel – directors choice, design or historic

INDEPENDENT WINTER ADVENTURES & SKIING

  • Unique locations such as Russia, Iceland, Svalbard and Greenland
  • Special activities: dogsledding in Greenland, bathing in a hot spring in Iceland and skiing in the Far North
  • Independent and group departures available
  • Ask about more adventures and special interest

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR

  • Independent Christmas Holidays
  • Options for singles, couples and families
  • Emphasis on celebrating an authentic White Christmas
  • All-inclusive packages



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