New Day Trip To The Arctic Launches

Jolyon Attwooll, The Daily Telegraph, July 30, 2013

Transun, an independent tour operator, has just revealed details of its ambitious latest trip, which would see visitors fly beyond the Arctic Circle and return without even staying the night.

Described as “an action-packed adventure getaway”, the tour will go to Finnish Lapland and costs £499.

Visitors will be met at airport by snowmobiles, which will take them away to sample a traditional lunch in the heart of the forest, surrounded by frozen lakes and snow.

They will also be able to take lessons in the “ancient art of snow-shoeing”, as well as a husky sled safari.

Their time in the Arctic will conclude with a snowmobile ride back to the airport, before visitors return back to Britain before the day is over.

Several dates have been scheduled for this December, including from London Gatwick, East Midlands airport, Birmingham Airport, and Bristol.

While the day-trip may seem extravagant to some, it is restrained in comparison to one tour operator, which released details of a stag-do to the North Pole last year, including Champagne and caviar.

For further information on the Arctic day-trip, visit or call 01865 265 200.

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