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Yes, that’s right I outlined the idea last year ....well at least your a few hours nearer the destination if yiu could go , but yes it’s a big drive....Really nice! Just looked at my calendar, and I will only be able to squeeze in a week in September … I guess it is too short, but I really would love to go. As I recall you posted similar last year?
Good question Steve and thanks , it’s indeed a pleasure to team up with other members on a trip like this . This isnt of course a short trip and I will make the exact timings shortly .
Meanwhile here is an outline for everybody reading the thread .
The drive up ( and of course back ) is about 38 hours , from Calais, roads won’t be that busy but I think I’ll take my time . Not everyone will need to do that but I’d be happy to go in Convoy , I’ll be leaving from South of France and driving through the google maps route , probably , picking some decent places to stop over hopefully .
The first real ‘team up spot ‘ if people don’t travel up together will be in region of Troms , west of Tromsø , on or week or so after equinox, which is 23rd Sept.
It’s optional just how long people take here ( some may arrive later than others ) , but myself I’ll plan for at least a week, probably a bit more , stay in Troms , leaving for the next leg of the trip around 7th or 9th Oct . There is a lovely camping area in a stunning location it’s Free , nice toilets apparently but no shower , although this place it depends on numbers...only 6 motorhomes are officially allowed there , .so I’m also looking at other options nearby with the benefit of use of a shower etc . Perhaps a rented house to use as a base for us all and also using the Cali’s for accommodation on top Its not very cold that time of year around this area. Of course there are some traditional camping places, but they are not in the best locations for the lights .
After Troms there will be a bit of travelling in far North Lapland , it’s lovely but for some the actual North Cape is a bit of a disappointment, not so much to see , it’s rather like lands end , so if we do that leg , we won’t hang around . Troms is much more scenic and it has great viewing places etc . Tromso is also a nice city , do it’s worth focusing more in this region .
Then we will travel to a place just South of Ivalo , Saariselkä. It’s colder here and I’m organising the Cabins which provide a very comfy base to go out from for viewing the lights from our warm Cali’s . Subject to confirmation tomorrow from the resort I’m booking Cabins there for a week , probably WC 13th October.
These are 120sq m , 4 bed cabins , big lounge , kitchen and nice Sauna room . All very very clean and high level of quality . Each double room has it own toilet and sink and there are 2 real bathrooms . All linen and towels provided . Probable cost for the week for each couple about £125 . its hugely cheaper than the advertised price , those wanting their own totally private accommodation it’s probably also possible, but the cost will be at least triple if I can fix it and much more if I can’t . There is also a pool and SPA / steam etc on site at extra cost . At the moment I’m reserving 6 double rooms , that’s two cabins and it leaves one room in each free so we have plenty of space, I hate the crowded feeling .
I’m taking two double rooms , there's me and a French couple have already asked to join too , so it leaves of this reservation 4 double rooms . Please let me know what you think about having one of these ASAP
To increase chances of seeing the lights we have to go out and stay out from around 7.30 pm to 1 or 2 am . Near where these cabins are there are some excellent viewing spots , one of them is close to the Russian boarder , near the wilderness hotel , it can be very cold , it’s certainly going to be minus something there at night and a warm Cali is going to be the perfect place to wait and watch from .
On the 2Oth October we drive back , via Sweden , just before the snow really starts a few stopovers on the way back too TBC .
That’s about it for now...but I’ll make a far more exact and easy to read step by step guide shortly with precise details of locations and prices etc.
HAVING GOT TO LAPLAND THERE ARE THREE WEEK LONG STAGES TO THIS TOUR , ALSO IT WILL TAKE UP TO A WEEK TO DRIVE THERE AND UP TO A WEEK TO DRIVE BACK . MAX TIME FOR WHOLE TRIP 5 WEEKS MINIMUM 3 IF ONLY DOING ONE STAGE .
1) START DATE IN NORTH NORWAY / TROMS , AT EXACT LOCATION TBC , FROM 30TH SEPTEMBER TO AROUND 7TH OCTOBER ( I’ll be arriving earlier discuss please if you would like to too)
2) TOURING NORTH LAPLAND TO NORTH CAPE 7TH TO 13TH OCTOBER
PROBABLE STOPS IN LYNGEN, ALTA , NORTH CAPE
3) FINISH DATE IN FINLAND / SAARISELKÄ , ARRIVE 13TH OCTOBER DEPART 20 TH OCTOBER
Hi Trebor, Had a long chat with + Niborn, Robin, this morning and the trip will be an amazing experience. I confirm that we are also in for the whole trip. Obviously lots to arrange and fabulous that Robin has floated this out to the group.Morning Niborn . Have just discussed with Caligirl and we would like to do the whole trip . We would like to book a double room in all cabins / accommodation arranged .Am happy to pay deposits when booked . I don’t think we’ve met before . We’re based In Bournemouth. Where are you ?
T6 CFO Thanks for your note . We’re out tonight but will reply tomorrow . Looking forward to it .Hi Trebor, Had a long chat with + Niborn, Robin, this morning and the trip will be an amazing experience. I confirm that we are also in for the whole trip. Obviously lots to arrange and fabulous that Robin has floated this out to the group.
Looks like we already have a committed group which will make bookings smoother for Robin.
We are in Bristol and happy to join up with others in the U.K. for the trip.
Mike & Jane
We are interested in this trip
Here are the lastest detailsYes. I would be interested Please add me to the mailing list.
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I am planning my tour of Lapland at the moment particularly to take pictures of the Northern Lights, which I’ve done 7 times before , each time with improving success and I now know the region well and how to take good pictures of the lights . Although this time will be the first in the Cali.
I’m leaving late autumn probably the middle of September. It’s not too cold , all season tyres will be fine especially if they have the snowflake, just in case . Although snow normally hasn’t fallen at this time . The Equinox is thought to be one of the best times to take Northern Light pictures .
The drive will be up through Sweden and then a stay on the west coast of North Norway , an idyllic place I know well and is ideal for Free California Camping . I’ll be posting more details about this place . I think it’s particularly good because it’s much warmer then yiu might imagine in this spot , the Gulf Stream makes a huge difference. Briefly near there I also intend to hire a village house in a small fishing town , just to clean up properly. This house has 5 double bedrooms and is also in a magnificent location with a simply amazing viewing place for Northern Lights , it’s at 68 lattitude, that’s right under the lights , as you see in the pictures .
I know a good few locals in the village and I’m sure we will be made welcome . Then a move up to the North cape with more free camping . Finally down into Finland to stay near Ivalo near the Russian border . its much colder in Finland so I will hire a very comfortable large 4 bed cabin with a large sauna , I belong to the club there and I have about an 60% discount on the cabin rates if another is required , they have two to four bedrooms options all ensuite. I will be using the Cali to stay out in whilst waiting for the lights, again I know where is best for viewing. After that straight back down to the South again , with a few well planned stops in nice places.
Does anyone want to join in their own Cali for all or part of this trip ? Costs will not be too high and common costs shared on an equal basis between participants.
Please just register interest with me if you’d like to come along . More details will follow soon , some of these will depend on numbers so I’d like to get a general idea first .
These pictures were taken in the same locations