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Coronavirus Policy Swedish Lapland

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

  1. Deposit is now reduced to 15% of the value of the Booking (Previously 50%), Second Payment of 85% due 60 days before travel.
  2. Until the second payment you can change your holiday at no cost* if health concerns are resulting in special measures by local authorities in the end destination you are visiting .
  3. Until 7 days before you can change the ground arrangements at no cost* if health concerns are resulting in special measures by local authorities in the end destination you are visiting . Your fight value, if cancelled, will be carried forward to the new date. If your flight does indeed fly then there might be a cost of a new flight or a change fee or fare cost difference associated with moving them to new dates. That would be the only cost of delaying a trip due to new health warnings at that stage.
  4. If Sweden introduces quarantine, or the country is in lockdown, at the time of your travel you have the choice to postpone to a new agreed date at no cost, assuming the period is cost equivalent, or for a full refund.
  5. If you are not able to go on your trip as you have Covid or have to self isolate you can change the booking to a new person for a change fee of £60 per person. (This change fee is charged by the airline and we would not charge any admin costs)
  6. If you feel that winter 2020 is too soon to travel we have a Northern Lights Holiday price guarantee for early bookings for winter 2021 (Dec 2021 onwards). Book now for at £100 per person deposit and lock in the current ground cost of your chosen holiday. All we will do is to quote you for the flights and add these to your booking when they are published 11 months prior to your chosen departure date. That way you can sit back and know you have an amazing holiday to look forward to but at a time that you may feel a lot more comfortable about travelling.

*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 .

 

 

 

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