A northern lights holiday is one of the most thrilling travel experiences imaginable and as we emerge from COVID 19 many of you will be wondering what travel may be like to Swedish Lapland.
The sparse population and wilderness nature of what is one of the last great wilderness areas in Western Europe makes ‘social distancing’ the norm and as such the destination has only superficially affected by COVID 19.
Sweden did take a different path in the face of Coronavirus and kept everything open and running. This has led to comparative cases to countries that pursued a complete lockdown but the good news for northern lights travellers is that the north of the country in Lapland has been relatively untouched by the virus.
Cabins are private, lodges and hotels are small and your experiences are outdoors which is an environment where there is negligible risk of catching COVID 19.
Abisko, widely regarded as one of the best locations on earth for consistent sightings of the northern lights, has a permanent population of 50 so that gives you some idea as to the likely interactions you will have!
However we do appreciate that we need to do more than to just reassure you as to how relatively unscathed both destinations have been so here are further reassurances / measures we / our partners are implementing.
Reducing the Risk to you when making a booking
To give you peace of mind for new bookings from June 2020 we have updated our terms and conditions to give you more flexibility and to book with a smaller deposit amount
*Please note with all postponements due to health concerns resulting in special measures by local authorities in the end destination you are visiting we would move your holiday to agreed new dates within 12 months of your original departure date, provided the cost is equivalent. (So you can’t change from March to New Year for example). Please note if you change your travel date for any other reason than new FCO advice not to travel to your destination then our normal terms and conditions apply.
We Step in and help you if you have problems abroad
We track all of your flights and will know about any issues before you do which enables us to help you. We had lovely feedback about how we helped people who were travelling when the Coronavirus struck and as borders were being shut down, as we re-arranged their itineraries so that they could still fulfil their holiday dreams and get home safely. We are very proud that none of our clients got stuck abroad . Here are just 3 of the lovely feedbacks we received from people affected.
Flying to Sweden
The airports have put in new procedures to ensure multiple daily sterilisation procedures of all areas with specific focus on high touch areas such as trolleys, check ins, bathrooms, doorknobs and handrails to mention a few.
SAS have put into place procedures to keep you safe from infection. It is worth noting that on a flight air is replaced every 2-3 minutes as it passes through a series of filters 20-30 times per hour. The HEPA filters on board mean the air on board is better than in an office environment. The following surfaces are specifically disinfected before you board: screens, seat belts and buckles, tray tables, arm rests and window shades, light switches and air circulation controls, head rests, overhead lockers, as well of course as the restrooms. You will need to wear Masks at airport and on the flight. The crew will also be wearing masks and you will be asked to take your seat immediately and not to move around during the flight. Only ONE hand luggage is allowed and this must fit under your seat. The cabin lockers are not being used to reduce contact points. If it does not fit in then it will need to be checked in (at no extra cost). No Food or drinks will be served on board the flight
Once in Sweden
All of our suppliers have put into place new hygiene procedures to ensure regular antibacterial cleansing is done in between tours and transfers. New hand sanitizing stations are being introduced where necessary and as in the UK, everyone is frequently washing their hands. In hotels sanitizing of high touch areas have been increased, and tables, chairs and menus are sanitized in-between sittings.
Whilst social distancing measures have never really been necessary in Swedish Lapland as the incidence of Covid 19 was so low the locals understand that you are used to social distancing and so will keep their distance .