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ARCTIC SPIRIT

WINTER 2018/19


Welcome Welcome to the brand new Arctic Spirit brochure from Transun, filled with our latest selection of trips to Europe’s last unspoiled wilderness, where nature thrives and the air is pure. Our tours take you to Lapland’s north western arm in the far north of Sweden and Finland. Set on Scandinavia’s Northern Lights route, where the fabled Aurora Borealis frequently grace the night sky, our specially-selected location lies in a region of unspoiled beauty and a land steeped in myths and legends. Here, deep within the Arctic Circle, you’ll witness the unique charm of Lapland. There is much to love here: the silence of wideopen spaces, the beauty of pine trees decked with layers of freshly fallen snow and the cleanest air in the world. And here too, you will discover a host of winter activities and experiences that will leave you exhilarated, recharged and eager to return.

Contents True Lapland

04-05

The Northern Lights

06-07

Adventures in the Arctic

08-09

The Sami

10-11

Unique Locations

12-13

Where to Stay

14-15

Davvi Arctic Star

16-17

Davvi Arctic Lodge

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About your Holiday

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How to Enjoy the Cold

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Come Fly With Us!

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For over 35 years, we have been creating travel experiences all over the world. As pioneers of travel to Lapland, Transun know the region inside and out and have an unrivalled level of local knowledge. Our specially-designed breaks show Lapland at its truest and our dedicated team will ensure that everything is taken care of along the way.

Our Tours

24-25

Festive Lights

26-27

Northern Lights

28-29

Aurora Hunter

30-31

As winter holidays go, adventures in the Arctic Circle with Transun are right up there with the best. Let’s make your next holiday one to remember…

Husky Sled Adventurer

32-33

Snowmobile Voyager

34-35

Optional Activities

36-37

Frequently Asked Questions

38-39

Booking Terms and Conditions

40-41

Dates & Departues

42-43


True Lapland The Far North with the Experts When you travel with Transun for adventures deep within the Arctic Circle, you couldn’t be in more experienced hands. We've been in the travel business for over thirty-five years, designing and delivering specialist holidays for our clients. We’ll take you further north than other operators to unique locations far away from overcrowded, commercial resorts to ensure you enjoy a winter holiday like no other.

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Carefully crafted tours...

Only with Transun

The tours in our Arctic Spirit collection will show you the very best of what the region has to offer, guaranteed to leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Lapland’s pristine landscape also provides the blank canvas on which to design your own perfect Arctic adventure - our Simply Arctic option gives you the opportunity to create the experience of your dreams with as many or as few excursions as you desire. Explore the surroundings on a snowmobile safari or mush a team of huskies across frozen rivers and icy tundra as you seek the fabled Northern Lights. Perhaps try your hand at ice fishing, reindeer herding, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your hotel - it is up to you!

Exclusive to Transun: The hotels and tours offered in this brochure have been chosen for their unique offerings not available elsewhere and remain exclusive to the guests of Transun! Here to Help: Our friendly reservations team and overseas representatives are available to ensure an enjoyable holiday from the moment you receive the brochure, to the moment you return home! Award-Winning: In the 2016 British Travel Awards we were voted the best tour operator to Central and Northern Europe by those who had travelled with us! Fantastic Value: Our holidays are based on a full-board basis and include a host of Arctic safaris – there are no hidden extras in the small print!

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The Northern Lights Under the Spell of Lapland’s Aurora There is no better place in the world to catch a glimpse of the captivating Northern Lights – a true marvel of Mother Nature. Our holidays are based along the official Northern Lights Route, meaning that the chances of your holiday being blessed by the Aurora Borealis are higher than anywhere! What could be a better ending to an exhilarating day in the snow than stepping out into the night to see the enchanting swirls of greens and pinks dancing through the Arctic skies?

Kilpisjarvi

Norway

Karesuando Enontekio

Sweden

Hetta

Finland

The Official Northern Lights Route Karesuando is located directly on the official Northern Lights Route – a stretch of road leading from Tromso in the north of Norway to the Bay of Bothnia. The route is officially designated as such by the governments of Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Sami Parliament since it is one of the best areas in the world to watch the Aurora. The lack of commercial city life nearby means that light pollution is virtually non-existent, and so the intensity of the Aurora appears greater than it would in cities such as Rovaniemi or Reykjavik.

The Northern Lights Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are a mirror of cosmic forces at play on the Sun, 93 million miles away. Each brilliant display can be traced to a titanic explosion on the surface of our nearest star. Each solar flare explosion is extraordinary. It releases a billion times the energy of an atomic bomb and usually rips away a giant swathe of the Sun’s atmosphere. This cloud of smashed atoms hurtles through space, seething with electrical and magnetic forces. Most disappear harmlessly into deep space but a small fraction head directly towards Earth. If one does strike us, the particles are deflected into the Polar Regions by our planet’s natural cloak of magnetism. At the end of this magnetic funnel, they strike our atmosphere causing the atoms we breathe to glow, turning the sky into a theatre of light. The Northern Lights are one of the true wonders of the natural world.

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Adventures in the Arctic Escapades Beyond the Arctic Circle Your Arctic Spirit holiday may include a host of exhilirating Arctic activities for you to enjoy. Many of these popular activities have developed from traditions over several generations, where as some are relatively new to Lapland. Here's what you need to know about the best of them...

Pals with Paws What better way to traverse the Arctic tundra than by your very own team of eager huskies? Originally bred as working dogs, Alaskan huskies, as the name implies, came from North America and their romantic adventurism was famed in Jack London’s short novel Call of the Wild. Along with their Siberian cousins, huskies started to be used for more recreational purposes in Lapland from the 1960s, and there are now an estimated 4,000 huskies in the region, just waiting to guide you across frozen lakes and silent forests.

In at the Deep End Come Sleigh with Me… Reindeer are the ultimate Lapland icon – and for good reason! It’s hard to travel to the region without seeing them dotted through the snowy landscape: all 20,000 of them, compared to the 2,000 people who live in this area of True Lapland. Reindeer have been the mainstay of the region for many centuries, originally being used as a mode of transport for the ancient Sami. Now, guests of True Lapland can also enjoy this traditional and peaceful way of traversing the land. The importance of reindeer is illustrated by the fact that in the Sami language there are some 400 names for reindeer according to gender, age, colour, and shape.

The activities were fabulous, everythig one could expect. Miss Tophau - Doncaster

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Once an important source of food, today ice fishing is seen as a mindful, even spiritual, experience. Fisherman spent hours sitting by their drilled hole, hoping for a catch. The time used waiting for a bite is ideal for reflection and taking in the wild, beautiful surroundings. Snowshoeing, on the other hand, requires a more energetic input. The large, flat, racket-like shoes make hiking a comfortable, efficient option amongst the snowdrenched landscapes. Dating back thousands of years, this is another essential tool, which helped locals hunt, live and survive the winter months.

Outlandish Manoeuvres The snowmobile is a relative newcomer to Lapland, used by many for zipping across frozen lakes or bounding over a wintry tundra. Versatile and speedy, the snowmobile has revolutionised the lives of those who live in the Arctic, allowing them to race through the snow in record speeds. This is an exhilarating as well as a practical experience, and you will enjoy the sights of the forests and fells unfolding as you travel. A full driving licence is required to drive a snowmobile and local suppliers usually require a bond of €980. Two adults share a snowmobile. VISIT WWW.TRANSUN.CO.UK | CALL 01865 265200 | OR VISIT YOUR LOCAL TRAVEL AGENT


The Sami Europe's Last Indigestions People The Sami are Lapland’s indigenous people, in the same way as the Eskimos are of Greenland. The only European ethnic group to be recognised as an Aboriginal people, the Samihave been divided by national borders for centuries. They are a diverse people who speak several dialects of the Samilanguage. Whilst some remain reindeer herders, many Samihave also entered the global system as writers, artists and political activists. There are some 75,000 Samipeople, inhabiting a vast area - called ‘Sapmi’ in the Samilanguage - that stretches all the way from central Norway and Sweden, across the far north of Finland and well into Russia’s Kola peninsula.

The life of the locals

The Sami language, their national dress, reindeer farming and the joik (a traditional Sami chant traditionally a part of Sami spiritualism) are the most distinctive features of the Sami culture. The Saminational dress, or Gakti, though instantly recognisable and predominantly red, yellow and blue, actually differs from one area to another, thus identifying where the wearer’s family comes from. The Saminational dress also reflects the vivid, glowing colours of the autumn leaves, a spectacular natural display.

The Arctic Spirit

When you come to True Lapland you will come to the conclusion that this magnificent region is magical. The ancient Samis agreed. They believed everything has a spirit, not just people but animals, plants, mountains, rocks and islands, as well as the earth, the sea and even space. Therefore, everybody was expected to move quietly in the wilderness, not making a disturbance. This beautiful concept still prevails among the Sami.

The Sami and the reindeer

Reindeer became the mainstay of the Sami people since it was a source of food, tendons and sinews for sewing and leather for clothing and shoes, as well as transportation. To this day, many Sami are reindeer herders.

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Unique Locations Karesuando Our Arctic Spirit winter breaks are based in Karesuando, a small border village set on the edge of a vast wilderness where beauty, nature and wildlife abound, virtually unsullied by modern man and his ways.

The main village sits on the Swedish side of the river Muonio, which is where the Davvi Arctic Star hotel is situated. The warm and welcoming Davvi Arctic Lodge is situated on a fellside just into Finland. (It’s on the northernmost point of European highway route E45 which stretches all the way down to Sicily in the Mediterranean.) The village has an attractive wood-built church - the most northerly in Sweden as well as a handful of local shops and amenities.

Furs and fables

This is a region that has fascinated the rest of the world for centuries. As early as 880AD, the Viking adventurer Ottar captivated King Alfred at his English court with tales of the Northern Lands, their people and their myths. For centuries, maps of the unknown northern terrain simply did not exist, denoted ‘terra incognita’ by generations of cartographers. But in the age of exploration in the 16th century, the search for trading routes brought adventurers here, as expeditions sought out the fabled North East Passage. Hunters and trappers also flourished with Karesuando becoming an important trading point, a crossroads for commerce with Europe and Russia and a retreat for wealthy Swedes. The indigenous people of the north, the Sámi, (see pages 10-11) had a reputation around Europe for witchcraft and sorcery. It was not until the late 19th century that such myths were replaced by the understanding that True Lapland is a region of resplendent beauty and hospitable people.

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A famous resident...

Karesuando’s most famous resident was Lars Levi Laestadius, who was the vicar there from 1826 to 1849. Married to a Samiwoman, he was behind a radical revival movement within the Church of Sweden, called Laestadianism, which promoted a God who cared for ordinary people and condemned priests and traders who lined their own pockets at the expense of others. The movement had a profound influence on the lives of local Samis. Laestadius was invited to join the La Recherche Expedition to Samiland of 1838-40. One result of that trip was his book Fragments of Lappish Mythology, which recorded traditional Sami beliefs.

A distinguished visitor

This extraordinary place has attracted many who seek peace and enlightenment amid unspoiled nature. Not least, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who visited Karesuando in 1996, staying at the Grapes hotel, the oldest hotel in the Kiruna district. Today, that same hotel is called the Davvi Arctic Star and is one of the welcoming local hotels exclusively offered by Transun. This is a unique corner of the world, unspoiled and extraordinary. It's no wonder we want to share its secrets with those who, like us, value the true luxury of unspoiled nature, wide open spaces and an unsullied environment.

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Where to Stay

Davvi Arctic Star

Exclusive Hotels in Unique Locations

Scandinavian Living in Swedish Lapland

Our small specially-selected accommodation options range from standard rooms to traditional rustic log cabins, offering a clean and comfortable place to stay with standard facilities. Our travel specialists have personally stayed in the properties featured and know that whichever option you choose, you’ll have a hospitable base from which to enjoy all of the activities on offer in the pristine snowy wilderness. In addition, as all of our chosen properties are way out in the depths of Lapland, they are ideally situated for optimal Aurora viewing - luck dependent of course!

Situated on the outskirts of Swedish Karesuando, the Davvi Arctic Star Hotel is a modern and friendly hotel. A 20-minute walk from the Finnish border, the location feels genuinely remote and offers superb views over both a lake and the Muonio river. The rooms are relatively simple and cosy, whilst the hotel boasts a good range of facilities, including a bar and restaurant that offers hearty local dishes. The Davvi Arctic Star Hotel is in a good location to explore Karesuando by foot, dropping in at Sweden’s most northerly church, visiting the local museum and crossing regularly between Sweden and Finland. It also offers the chance to follow in some very famous footsteps, as the Dalai Lama stayed at what is now the Davvi Arctic Star on a visit to Lapland.

Standard Rooms Davvi Arctic Star rooms are basic and contain all the things required for your Arctic break. All rooms are en-suite with shower. The main hotel building contains twenty three rooms and there are a further four rooms in a separate building in the hotel grounds – ideal for stepping out and hopefully gazing up at the Northern Lights. Please note that when at full occupancy, space in some of the rooms can be limited.

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Davvi Arctic Lodge Rustic Accommodation in Finnish Lapland The Davvi Arctic Lodge is set on a quiet secluded hillside in Finnish Karesuando. Here, you will experience the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful region, unsullied by mass tourism or commercialisation. Accommodation here is basic and offers a warm welcome – just what is needed after a day in the snow! The centrepiece of the hotel is a beautiful restaurant, which provides spectacular panoramic views across snow-covered hillside towards the Swedish part of Karesuando, just across the nearby border. The circular design of the restaurant is inspired by the shape of the Sami reindeer corral.

Standard Rooms The Davvi Arctic Lodge hotel rooms are set on two floors in a wing that extends from the main building. There are rooms sleeping two or three, which are simply furnished and comfortable. Please note that if the rooms are utilised to their maximum capacity, storage space will be limited. All rooms are en-suite, although some of the bathrooms (shower, WC) are small.

Log Cabins The wooden cabins are conveniently situated within the hotel grounds. The traditional timberbuilt buildings are cosy and all are en-suite (shower, WC) with a private sauna. Most cabins are semi-detached and sleep two or three, with one double or two single beds plus a sofa bed in an open-plan area. All cabins are located just metres from the main hotel building, where meals are taken.

The Aurora House Fell Houses The Fell House provides spacious, basic accommodation that is ideal for families. The two-bedroom rooms sleep 4-6 with one double bedroom, one twin bedroom, and a sofa bed in the sitting room. The three-bedroom rooms accommodate 6-8, with one double bedroom, two twin bedrooms, and a sofa bed in the sitting room. The Fell House is located approximately 150m from the hotel building and may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

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The Davvi Arctic Lodge offers comfortable designer accommodation for those who would like to enjoy something extra special. The Aurora House takes your Arctic experience to new levels, with a choice of superior or deluxe rooms to choose from, each equipped with added comforts for your stay. The deluxe room is perfect for two. This cosy, double room comes complete with underfloor heating, free standing bath, separate rain shower, double sinks, sauna and a modern wood burning stove. The superior room offers spacious, contemporary design. Both underfloor heating and a wood burning stove can be found inside this room, along with tea and coffee making facilities. There is a rain shower, but no bath.

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About your Holiday

How to Enjoy the Cold

Hints and Tips for Capturing the Moment

It’s Snow Joke…

Preparation is key to a safe and happy holiday. Before you book, we advise you to read the following sections which provide you with an overview of all the important information you need. If you have any additional queries, please refer to pages 38-39 for Frequently Asked Questions or do not hesitate to contact us.

The Weather

True Lapland is a wonderful, authentic wilderness location and there is little wonder Santa has chosen it for his home. But please keep in mind that when it comes to visiting Santa, you are flying deep into the Arctic Circle in the height of winter when weather conditions can at times be adverse. Our experts give you their tried and tested advice from years spent experiencing the wonders of True Lapland. Here are nine essentials on Transun’s list:

Thermal hat

Waterproof gloves

Scarf or snood

Thermal socks

Balaclava

Snow boots

Thermal under layer

2-3 Layers

Thermal suit

Including fleece

Provided by Transun up to 48” chest

Northern Lights (%)

Temperature: Winter in Lapland is extremely cold compared to the UK. Temperatures rarely rise above freezing in winter and range between +3°C and -40°C. You should dress appropriately with plenty of layers to keep warm. Daylight: The sun scarcely skims the horizon at the height of winter so daylight is in short supply. There are three to four hours of ‘grey light’ on average in December, and January usually between the hours of 10.00 and 14.30. (This may vary by up to an hour according to location). Either side of these times, it will be as night-time. Don't forget to pack a head torch!

Provided by Transun up to size 47/48

Average Snowfall (cm)

Average Temperature (°C)

Insurance: You must have insurance to cover all aspects of your holiday. It is essential that your policy covers you for ‘winter sports', specifically snowmobiling and husky sledding. For more information on insurance, please see pages 40-41. European Health Insurance Card: If you are a UK resident, we recommend you carry an EHIC at all times during your holiday. It does not replace your holiday insurance. For more information, visit: www.gov.uk/european-healthinsurance-card.

Daylight (hours/day)

Please remember appropriate clothing and footwear will be required for walking to/from the aircraft and when collecting/returning the thermal suits and boots.

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Come Fly With Us! Your Flight Options

Enontekio

Transun are proud to offer the widest selection of departure airports from the UK to Lapland – more than any other operator. Our direct charter service, exclusive to Transun, operates to Enontekio Airport in the far north of Finland. We fly from 13 UK airports, making it easier for you to reach Lapland from your local point of departure. In addition, due to the small size of Enontekio airport, all Transun guests benefit from a fast and efficient service when landing and boarding.

Fly from:

Fly to:

Fly time:

13 UK airports - making it easier for you to reach Lapland.

Enontekio, Finland (ENF)

Approximately 3 hours, 30 minutes

Globe view

Arctic Circle

Sweden

Finland

Norway

Glasgow

Newcastle

Leeds Bradford Humberside Doncaster Sheffield Manchester

What is included?

East Midlands Birmingham

Stansted Bristol London Gatwick Exeter

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Bournemouth

Direct Flights

Luggage

Transfers

Fly direct from 13 UK airports, avoiding stop overs at Helsinki.

An allowance of 18kg of hold luggage per person is included.

Coach Transfers to and from the resort to meet your flights.

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Our Tours Deep in the Arctic Circle, in the far north of Finnish and Swedish Lapland, we have curated a range of spectacular holidays capturing the true spirit of the destination. Carefully designed to showcase the very best of this magical region, our tours are located amidst a vast snow-covered landscape of ancient fells, frozen lakes and tranquil forests. Whether you have just three nights or a whole week to spare, our collection offers the chance to indulge in a huge selection of exhilarating activities. Focus on snowmobiling, husky mushing or tracking the Aurora Borealis, or let your imagination run wild and design your own Arctic adventure.

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Festive Lights Chase the Aurora during the Christmas period

As twinkling lights start to adorn windows and trees, so the Christmas countdown begins. But nothing could herald the festive season more majestically than witnessing nature’s most magical light display in the heart of True Lapland. Our Christmas adventure takes you in search of the mesmerising Northern Lights, a colourful spectacle illuminating the clear Arctic night sky. On your three or fournight break, absorb the pristine snow covered landscapes and Lapland's laidback atmosphere. Each short break includes three quintessential Lapland activities - be immersed in the local Samiculture with an introduction to reindeer herding, followed by a gentle sleigh ride. Dash across the frozen tundra aboard a sledge pulled by a team of spry huskies and venture into the night on an exhilarating snowmobile safari, hopefully witnessing your own unforgettable Aurora Borealis performance. Our Festive Lights tours in 2018 are based at the Davvi Arctic Star in Swedish Lapland.

Prices from...

£859

per person

Please see pages 42-43 for details of dates and departures.

What’s included... ✓ Northern Lights snowmobile safari (2hrs) ✓ Reindeer Camp (2hrs) ✓ Call of the Wild husky safari (1hr) ✓ Full-board accommodation at the Davvi Arctic Star ✓ Return flights with meals on board ✓ Airport transfers ✓ Loan of thermal suits and boots ✓ All taxes and government air passenger duty

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Northern Lights A short break in search of the fabled Aurora

Swathes of iridescent light dancing in the night sky prove a captivating experience for many travellers to Lapland. Join the search for the Aurora Borealis on our three or four-night short breaks running from January to March when the nights are longer and darker. A selection of included activities lets you experience the wonders of this pristine Arctic wilderness. Be guided across frozen rivers on a husky drawn sled, take a more gentle view of your surroundings from a sleigh pulled by reindeer and, if you are staying four nights, enjoy an introduction to snowshoeing, a unique way of traversing the crisp white landscape. Venture into the night on two excursions, seeking the Northern Lights by snowmobile and on a guided forest walk, accompanied by a magical anticipation that the sky will come alive for you and that the Northern Lights will paint the sky with their unique palette of colour.

Prices from...

£799

per person

Please see pages 42-43 for details of dates and departures.

What’s included... ✓ Northern Lights snowmobile safari (2hrs) ✓ Reindeer Camp (2hrs) ✓ Call of the Wild husky safari (1hr) ✓ Northern Lights forest trek (approx. 1hr ) ✓ Snowshoe introduction (2hrs, 4-night stay only) ✓ Full-board hotel accommodation ✓ Return flights ✓ Airport transfers ✓ Loan of thermal suits and boots ✓ All taxes and government air passenger duty

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Aurora Hunter Extended chances of glimpsing the Northern Lights

Lapland is a captivating destination that will enthral you with its unspoiled beauty, indigenous Sami culture, exhilarating activities and the incredible Aurora Borealis. Our spectacular sevennight itinerary showcases every element of this beautiful winter landscape and offers plenty of opportunities to search for the fabled Northern Lights, which frequently decorate the night sky with a kaleidoscope of colour. Venture into the night on a snowmobile safari, crossing frozen lakes to reach the best Northern Lights vantage points. Enjoy a guided forest trek to a wilderness viewpoint, hoping to catch your own magical Aurora performance. Mush a team of huskies on a thrilling sled ride across the icy tundra, learn about reindeer herding and enjoy an insight into the colourful local culture with visit a to the SamiMuseum. Our Aurora Hunter tours are based at either the Davvi Arctic Lodge Star Hotels in Swedish Lapland or the Davvi Arctic Logde in Finnish Lapland.

Prices from...

£1099

per person

Please see pages 42-43 for details of dates and departures.

What’s included... ✓ Call of the Wild husky safari (1hr) ✓ Reindeer camp (2hrs) ✓ SamiMuseum (half-day) ✓ Northern Lights snowmobile safari (2hrs) ✓ Northern Lights forest trek (approx. 1hr) ✓ Snowshoe introduction (2hrs) ✓ Full-board hotel accommodation ✓ Return flights ✓ Airport Transfers ✓ Loan of thermal suits and boots ✓ All taxes and government air passenger duty

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Husky Sled Adventurer Hear the Call of the Wild in True Lapland

There could not be a more iconic way to explore the majestic scenery of Lapland than with a team of energetic four-legged guides. Choose from a three or four-night relaxing break in Karesuando, a charming village surrounded by spectacular Arctic scenery of icy fells, frozen rivers and snow-capped forests - a wonderful backdrop for your husky sled adventure. Two included excursions allow ample opportunity to befriend these energetic animals and experience the excitement of 'mushing'. Take turns to ride or drive your own team of husky dogs across the tundra. Enjoy the rush of your sled over the snow as you seek the Northern Lights on a night safari. On the full day excursion, your eager team will bound through the wilderness, stopping at a picturesque lunch spot. Enhance your Lapland adventure with an optional snowmobile excursion or spend the night in an authentic igloo.

Prices from...

£879

per person

Please see pages 42-43 for details of dates and departures.

What’s included... ✓ Northern Lights husky safari (1hrs) ✓ Husky Adventure (full day - including travel time) ✓ Full-board hotel accommodation ✓ Return flights ✓ Airport transfers ✓ Loan of thermal suits and boots ✓ All taxes and government air passenger duty Tour requirements: • Aged 12 and over to participate in the excursion • Aged 18 and over to ‘mush’ a husky team • A good level of fitness and a sense of balance • Based on 2 people to a sled.

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Snowmobile Voyager Travel the Arctic Tundra by Snowmobile

Lapland’s vast frozen wilderness is the perfect playground for an exhilarating snowmobile adventure. Our three or four-night short breaks in Lapland's far north are dedicated to the thrills of rushing over Arctic terrain by snowmobile, ideal for those wanting to master their driving skills. Head out into the crisp night air on a two-hour magical snowmobile safari, traversing the frozen tundra to a vantage point where you may have the fortune to be dazzled by the fabled Northern Lights dancing in the star-studded sky. Race through the crisp air along a frozen river on a full day excursion exploring Lapland's pristine scenery of ice lakes and fells, teeming with majestic forests, home to Arctic hare and reindeer. Perhaps try your hand at ice fishing or snowshoeing along the way. Add to your Lapland experience with an optional cross-country ski excursion or even a Northern Lights Husky Safari.

Prices from...

£879

per person

Please see pages 42-43 for details of dates and departures.

What’s included... ✓ Northern Lights snowmobile safari (2hrs) ✓ Ice fishing and Snowshoe session ✓ Snowmobile adventure (full day) ✓ Return flights ✓ Airport transfers ✓ Loan of thermal suits and boots ✓ Full-board accommodation Tour requirements: • 15 and over to participate on this tour • A driving licence is required to drive a snowmobile • Based on 2 people to a snowmobile

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Optional Activities Add extra memories to your holiday Your tour includes some fantastic adventures in the Arctic Circle. Should you wish to be further immersed into the charms of Lapland and create even more memories to last a lifetime, we offer a range of additional excursions to enjoy during your stay. Bore a hole into the ice and try to catch a fish, visit the famous IceHotel in Jukkasjarvi or spend a night in an authentic hand-built igloo. What’s more, the Northern Lights excursions give you a better chance of witnessing this phenomenon. Whilst these activities can also be booked in resort, places are limited so we recommend booking before you depart.

Ice Fishing by Snowmobile

Reindeer Camp & Sleigh Safari

Traversing across the icy Arctic tundra by snowmobile, you will take an exhilarating journey to a frozen lake where you can try your hand at traditional ice fishing. After drilling a hole in the thick ice, you will set your line and - with luck maybe catch your own lunch. A memory to take home and reel out for years to come!

Reindeer are an icon of Lapland, and our excursion offers a wonderful opportunity to discover more about these gentle, friendly creatures. Enjoy a close encounter learning about herding and even how to lasso a reindeer! Next, climb aboard a traditional wooden sleigh; gently drawn by reindeer, you will glide quietly over a frozen lake.

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£85 per person

2 Hours

£110 per person

2 Hours

Ice Hotel Visit

Igloo Interlude For a quintessential Lapland experience, exchange your hotel room for an icy igloo. Despite the Arctic temperatures, your frozen accommodation is surprisingly warm and cosy - the bed made of snow and ice is beautifully insulated by warming reindeer hide. The night is totally silent beneath the starlit skies as you settle down for a memorable night’s sleep.

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£120 per person

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Re-created and re-imagined each year, the IceHotel is an iconic and unmissable destination in Swedish Lapland. Chiselled and carved from thick ice harvested from the adjacent Torne River, the hotel is a masterpiece of construction. Incredible pieces of ice artwork and sculptures adorn the uniquely themed suites. (Available January to March only)

Snowshoe Introduction Follow in the footsteps of the locals with an introduction to snowshoeing, a practical means of traversing the snow-laden winter terrain. A short, fun tuition session will equip you with the skills for a brief excursion into the spectacular wilderness. Pad gently into the peaceful forests, perhaps spotting the tracks of Arctic hare, as you explore at a leisurely pace.

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£120 per person

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£45 per person

2 Hours

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Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari

Northern Lights Husky Safari

This safari showcases the magic of Lapland after dark. Traversing across the Arctic tundra and through the majestic silent forests, you will seek the mystical Aurora Borealis. Venturing deep into the wilderness, you will hopefully be rewarded by a display of the magnificent kaleidoscopic colours of the Northern Lights. Based on two adults sharing a snowmobile.

Under the Arctic night sky, join your team of husky dogs who will lead you on a wonderful quest to seek the magical Northern Lights. Bounding effortlessly through majestic forests and over snow glazed tundra, the huskies will lead you through the nocturnal wilderness. And, with luck, the elusive Aurora Borealis will paint the sky with their beguiling palette of colour.

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Fell Viewpoint Snowmobile Safari

Call of the Wild Husky Safari

A snowmobile safari is the most breathtaking way to uncover the scenic secrets of Lapland’s wilderness - our two-hour excursion does not disappoint. Dashing across the icy tundra, through forests and over frozen lakes, you will climb to a vantage viewpoint atop a snowcapped fell where panoramic views abound. Based on two adults sharing a snowmobile. (Available Jan - March)

Traverse the Arctic tundra aboard a sleigh eagerly led by a team of spry huskies, mushing the dogs yourself. This is an unmissable experience and an unforgettable way in which to uncover the delights of Lapland’s true wilderness. Frozen lakes, icy fells and snow dappled forests create a beautiful backdrop for this exhilarating journey.

Cross-Country Ski School & Tour* Lapland’s snow laden landscapes offer the ideal playground in which to master a new skill. Find your cross-country ski legs with an introductory tuition session before venturing out for a ski excursion. Following beautifully groomed tracks, this gentle way of travelling offers the perfect pace to combine healthy exercise with admiring the scenery of this spectacular frozen wilderness.

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Frequently Asked Questions WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER AND KNOW BEFORE I BOOK? What’s the weather like? If you missed it, see the information on page 18. Are the tours suitable for children? Due to the extreme weather conditions in Lapland, we generally don’t recommend the tours in our Arctic Spirit collection for children under the age of twelve since a great deal of time will be spent outdoors in Arctic conditions. Is the trip suitable for disabled, pregnant or elderly visitors? It is imperative that you speak to a member of our team on 01865 265200 prior to booking. We cannot provide any special assistance or care and we cannot guarantee specially-made vehicles. In addition, we do not generally recommend our trips in the Arctic Circle for wheelchair users given that we operate in very remote, wilderness locations where snow can be up to four feet deep and paths are not always cleared, making the terrain difficult to traverse. Plus, not all of the activities would be accessible as some require travelling through the snow to get to. With regards to those who are pregnant, our snowmobile and husky safaris would not be suitable due to the vibrations of uneven tracks and the exhaust fumes of the snowmobiles, and you should always consult a doctor before travelling.

this is not a definitive list of instructions and liabilities, further information is available upon request, and will be provided in resort).

Transun’s Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions. Prices are subject to change and are confirmed at the time of booking.

Will we get to ‘mush’ our own husky dogs? Guests over 18 years old will have the opportunity to ‘mush’ their own sleds; this is dependent on trail and weather conditions. Guests under 18 years old will travel in a sled. All participants on our husky excursions will be required to sign a Husky Waiver; parents or guardians will sign on behalf of any children under the age of 18. (Please note this is not a definitive list of instructions and liabilities, further information is available upon request, and will be provided at resort).

I’M GETTING READY TO TRAVEL, WHAT INFORMATION WILL I FIND USEFUL?

How easy is it to ‘mush’ a husky team or drive a snowmobile? ‘Mushing’ a dog team is reasonably straightforward and is mastered by most people quickly. A certain degree of physical strength is needed as well as a sense of balance. All snowmobiles are fully automatic and do not require any expertise or previous experience. Are there toilet facilities? Due to the natural environment, toilet facilities may not be widely available but temporary or wilderness toilets will be on hand at activity points. We recommend that guests use the facilities in their hotel or other establishments when they are available.

Are we guaranteed to be on the excursion for the specified amount of time? Lengths can sometimes vary dependent on weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control. The duration of the activity includes safety briefings. Transfer times to the activity sites can vary.

What are the hotel ratings and are they suitable for everyone? There is no official rating for the properties in Finland or Sweden and therefore you will not find any within our brochure. We have listed all the facilities available within each property to help guide your selection. Where additional beds are provided, these may be sofa or portable beds. Please note that if accommodation units are filled to their maximum occupancy they may be cramped and storage can be minimal. The operation and supervision of overseas property, transport and other services is subject to local laws, regulations, standards and codes of practice of individual countries. The legal and safety requirements may be of a different standard to that of in the UK and the standards imposed will be that of the country you are visiting, not of the UK.

Can I book optional activities in resort? Yes, but places are limited so we recommend that you do this at the time of booking or as soon as possible before travel. Please note that all excursions are non-refundable and non transferable. Transun accepts no responsibility for excursions which are booked through other providers. What happens to my activities if there is not enough snow or it is extremely cold? All activities are arranged subject to local weather conditions, which are outside of our control. If there are insufficient levels of snow or ice for reliant activities to operate upon the day of participation, then our suppliers will move all activities to a position where snow is available, adjust tracks accordingly so a modified activity programme can operate or provide alternative activities that are not reliant on snow and ice. Where this happens no refunds will be made. Should temperatures reach an extreme, then modified programmes will operate. We reserve the right to amend or cancel any part of tours or safaris if we or our suppliers consider that conditions are unsafe. These judgements are usually made when the temperature falls below -20°C; a variety of factors may influence decisions. NB: Periods preceding or post extreme weather may be subject to changes in itinerary or operational order.

How much snow will there be? Snow falls in Lapland between October and May and it is common to find thick snow cover in November and December. However, it is also possible that there may be a period of warmer weather, especially given the effects of global warming, which may cause the snow and ice to melt before the next snowfall. Are drinks provided? No, drinks are not provided, so we recommend bringing some cash with you. The currency used in Finland is Euro (EUR). The currency in Sweden is Krona (SEK). Please note that the Davvi Arctic Star does not accept cash and only accpets payment by credit or debit card. Can I pre-book seats on the plane? It is not possible to prebook seats on our flights, but our suppliers endeavour to seat groups and parties together.

Can anyone drive a snowmobile? On each of our excursions, there will be two passengers per snowmobile, swapping halfway. Driving a snowmobile in Finland is like driving a car, and similar laws apply. A full valid driving licence is required - please ensure you bring this with you as it must be presented in resort. A damage waiver must be signed before commencing the activity. Credit card copies are taken and a €980 excess is payable for any damage, irrespective of severity, prior to departure from resort. Normal traffic laws apply on snowmobile routes. Safety helmets must be worn at all times. All children 15 and under will travel in a sleigh pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. Children 15 and over can ride as a passenger behind a responsible parent/adult, however this is at the guide’s discretion, their decision being final. Parents or guardians will be required to sign the damage waiver on behalf of any children under the age of 18. (Please note

How accurate is the brochure? Details within this brochure are correct at the time of going to press. All excursions and itineraries are subject to alteration and withdrawal in response to local conditions, timings and demand. Many of the photographs in our brochure were taken in previous seasons in Karesuando and Hetta. Some photography is for purposes of illustration only. Transun cannot guarantee that the exact What clothes should we take? To re-iterate, temperatures can reach as low as -40˚C. It is the responsibility of the guest to bring adequate clothing for this weather. Our largest suit size is a 48” chest or approx. size 20 (women’s UK sizing); our smallest suit size is 34” in height. Our largest shoe size is 12 (UK); our smallest shoe size is 8 (UK child). Should a guest be outside the range of this sizing, they will need to purchase their own winter

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What clothes should we take? To re-iterate, temperatures can reach as low as -40˚C. It is the responsibility of the guest to bring adequate clothing for this weather. Our largest suit size is a 48” chest or approx. size 20 (women’s UK sizing); our smallest suit size is 34” in height. Our largest shoe size is 12 (UK); our smallest shoe size is 8 (UK child). Should a guest be outside the range of this sizing, they will need to purchase their own winter gear for use in Lapland. Thermal suits and boots should be worn at all times when outdoors in Lapland. Should a guest bring their own thermal suits and boots, the responsibility lies with them to ensure they are suitable for Arctic conditions. Advice on other clothing to bring is provided in the predeparture information in the ‘My Booking’ section of the website. What currency should I take? The currency in Finland is the Euro. All Transun optional excursions are advertised in Sterling; credit and debit cards are accepted as payment for excursions booked in resort. The Davvi Arctic Star in Sweden does not accpet cash payments. Can dietary requirements be catered for? Any dietary requirements must be advised at the time of booking; we will pass this request onto the airline and accommodation where applicable, who will endeavour to fulfil your requirements. However, given the remoteness of the locations, this cannot be guaranteed and it is recommended that any passengers with a special request carry some supplies of foodstuffs with them. WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN LAPLAND? How long is the transfer from the airport? Transfer times can vary according to location and weather conditions. The transfer from Enontekio to Karesuando is around one hour. Will I be safe in Lapland? The local operators are experienced and safety conscious and their equipment complies with local safety standards. However, it must be borne in mind that the activities are authentically Lappish as we are offering the experience of local adventures. To keep safe, you must ensure you follow the instructions of our guides and exercise caution. Keep in mind that the animal rides are traditional and authentic and use untamed animals. Rides are taken at your own risk, although that risk is very small. Parents and guardians are responsible for the supervision of the children in their party at all times. No one should travel without insurance that covers snowmobiling and husky mushing.

Will I see the Northern Lights in resort? The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon dependent on a number of natural events combining to produce the appropriate conditions. All of our hotels are based in optimal locations, however, we cannot guarantee a sighting of the Northern Lights. OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION Flights: In most cases we charter direct flights on a fast, reliable and comfortable B737, A320/321, or B757. However, flight plans may change before departure and we reserve the right to substitute alternative carriers and/or aircraft types where necessary. Where this situation arises, it is not possible to transfer to another break or cancel without incurring normal cancellation charges (see booking conditions). All of our flights are non-smoking. Airline regulations vary but many will refuse permission to fly for women who will be 28 or more weeks into pregnancy on the date of return travel. Transun operates direct flights but these may occasionally stop to off-load or pick-up clients. A direct flight does not necessarily mean a non-stop flight. It may sometimes be necessary to substitute an intended destination airport with a nearby alternative and we reserve the right to do so. Such a change would be made with passengers’ safety or enjoyment in mind and would not constitute a ‘major change.’ When you make a reservation, you will be issued with provisional flight times on your booking confirmation and informed of the actual flight times on your departure documents once airport runway slots have been confirmed by the airline. Health & medical care: Finland and Sweden have reciprocal health care agreements with the UK. This entitles you to emergency medical treatment and to prove eligibility for this treatment you only require a British Passport. Non-British nationals should obtain a European Health Insurance card (EHIC). Treatment is available either free of charge or for a standard fee, depending on the municipality. Transfer to medical facilities and all costs incurred are the responsibility of the guest, however staff in resort will endeavour to assist and provide advice. The number for emergency services in Finland is 112. Clients who have special diets or are taking regular drugs for heart conditions, diabetes etc, should ensure that they have ample supply, which should be carried with them at all times as well as required foods. Passport: A full UK passport which is valid on day of return is necessary to travel to Lapland. Non-British citizens should enquire at the Finnish Embassy on 0207 8386200 or www.finemb.org.uk: see terms and conditions for further information. It is now a requirement for all passengers to submit to Transun in advance of travel full and accurate passport information. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of flight ticket. Visit www.transun.co.uk for full FAQs.

What is the food like? Food on all breaks is basic yet warming and plentiful. You should keep in mind that given the remote nature of the location, fresh fruit and vegetables are less plentiful than in the UK. Menus will vary from establishment to establishment. Drinks are not included. Will I be able to downhill ski whilst in Lapland? Downhill skiing is not currently available in the wilderness locations where our breaks are set, but there is a chance to try cross-country skiing as an optional excursion. Can I smoke in Lapland? The regulations governing smoking in Finland are similar to those in the UK and smoking is not permitted in public places or within any of the hotels. We request that you do not smoke whilst on activities or when in large groups. Please dispose of your cigarette butts in the ashtrays provided.

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Booking Terms & Conditions YOUR CONTRACT IS WITH Transun Travel Ltd, a Member of ABTA. 1. Your holiday contract When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you live there and wish to do so. 2. Your financial protection We provide full financial protection for our package holidays, by way of our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 1967. When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate. In some cases, where we aren’t able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. 3. ABTA We are a Member of ABTA, membership number V4462. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution of disputes which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. If we can’t resolve your complaint, go to www.abta.com to use ABTA’s simple procedure. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com. 4. Your Holiday Price 1) We reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the holidays shown in our brochure. You will be advised of the current price of the holiday that you wish to book before your contract is confirmed. 2) When you make your booking you must pay a deposit of £200 per person. The balance of the price of your travel arrangements must be paid at least 10 weeks before your departure date. If the deposit and/or balance is not paid in time, we shall cancel your travel arrangements. If the balance is not paid in time we shall retain your deposit. Please note that in accordance with Air Navigation Orders in order to qualify for infant status, a child must be under 2 years of age on the date of the return flight. 3) Changes in transportation costs, including the cost of fuel, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports, and foreign currency exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. However there will be no change within 30 days of your departure. We will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that, plus an administration charge of £1 per person together with an amount to cover agents’ commission. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you will have the option of accepting a change to another holiday if we are able to offer one (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. Should you decide to cancel: i) you must do so within 14 days from the date on your final invoice ii) We will provide a refund of insurance premiums paid to us if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. 4) All monies you pay to the travel agent are held by him on behalf and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust at all times. This is subject to the agent’s obligation to pay it to us for so long as we do not fail. If we fail, any money held at that time by the agent, or subsequently accepted from you by him, is and continues to be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation to pay that money to us. 5. If You Change Your Booking If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be in writing from the person who made the booking or your travel agent. You will be asked to pay an administration charge of £25 up to ten weeks prior to departure and £75 between ten weeks and your departure date, and any further cost we incur in making this alteration. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Note: Certain travel arrangements (particularly flight tickets) may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements. All charges are per person, per change. Optional excursions and activities are non-refundable and non-transferable. 6. If You Cancel Your Holiday You, or any member of your party, may cancel your travel arrangements at any time. Written notification from the person who made the booking or your travel agent must be received at our offices. Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, you will have to pay cancellation

charges as follows: Period before departure at which you notify us:

Cancellation charge:

More than 70 days

Deposit only

29-70 days

50% or deposit if greater

15-28 days

75% or deposit if greater

14 days or later

100%

Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. 7. If We Change or Cancel Your Holiday It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements, but we do plan the arrangements many months in advance. Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. Safety and wellbeing are a priority and it may sometimes be necessary to change routes, durations and other aspects of excursions in Lapland given the harsh environment such changes constitute minor changes, and every effort will be made to ensure that excursions go ahead, where possible. Most of these changes will be minor and we will advise you or your travel agent of them at the earliest possible date. We also reserve the right in any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements. For example, if the minimum number of clients required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached, we may have to cancel it. However, we will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 10 weeks before your departure date, except for reasons of force majeure, failure to reach an economic minimum number of passengers on that departure, or failure by you to pay the final balance. If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements, you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us, if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). In accordance with EU Regulation 2111/2005 we are required to advise you of the actual carrier operating your flight/connecting flight/transfer. Any changes to the actual airline after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Such a change is deemed to be a minor change. Other examples of minor changes include alteration of your outward/return flights by less than 12 hours, changes to aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same standard. If we make a major change to your holiday, we will inform you or your travel agent as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling your booked holiday and receiving a full refund of all monies paid. In all cases, except where the major change arises due to reasons of force majeure, we will pay compensation as detailed: Period before departure at which you are notified by us:

Amount you will receive from us:

56 days or more

NIL

43-55 days

£10pp

22-42 days

£15pp

8-21 days

£20pp

0-7 days

£25pp

Insurance premiums are non-refundable. Force Majeure: We will not pay you compensation if we have to cancel or change your travel arrangements in any way because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. These can include, for example, war, riot, industrial dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, epidemics and pandemics, unavoidable technical problems with transport, restrictions of Air Traffic Control, sanctions imposed by a state, local, or governmental authority. 8. If You Have A Complaint If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform the relevant supplier (e.g. your hotelier) and our resort representative immediately who will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to our Customer Services Department at Transun House, 1A Iffley Road, Oxford, United Kingdom OX4 1EA giving your booking reference and all other relevant information. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to fully investigate all matters raised if the complaint is raised after 28 days following your return. Please keep your letter concise and to the point. It is strongly recommended that you communicate any complaint to the supplier of the services as well as to our representative without delay and complete a report form whilst in resort. If you fail to follow this simple procedure we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were in resort and this may affect your rights under this contract. Please also see clause 3 above on ABTA. 9. Our Liability to You If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed by us or our suppliers we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements. However we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.

Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to the value of your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to (a) The contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements. These terms are incorporated into this contract; and (b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions. Under EU Regulation 261/2004 you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details will be publicised at EU airports and available from airlines. However reimbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us. Your right to a refund and/or compensation from us is set out in clause 7. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline will be deducted. 10. Prompt assistance in resort If the contract we have with you is not performed or is improperly performed as a result of failures attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services, or as a result of failures due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised, or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall, and you suffer an injury or other material loss, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is reasonable in the circumstances.

Travel Insurance Adult 18-65yrs

Child 2-17yrs

Family 2 Adults+ Children

Adult 66-69yrs

Adult 70-75yrs

Day

30

20

60

60

90

2 night

39

29

78

78

117

3/4 night

43

33

86

86

129

7 night

53

43

106

106

159

Transun Travel Insurance 2018/19 (Valid from 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019) All of the winter adventure activities shown in our Lapland brochure are covered by our personal travel insurance scheme. It is obligatory that when you book you either accept our insurance or you arrange an alternative policy that provides equal or greater cover. If you are not taking the Transun insurance cover you must provide details of an alternative insurance together with the policy number if possible. You must also clearly decline the Transun insurance by completing and signing the statement contained on the booking form. If you do take out the Transun insurance a policy wording will be sent to you with your tour/confirmation invoice. This will include full details of how to make a claim and also how to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions. We reserve the right to refuse passengers to travel should adequate insurance arrangements not be made. TRANSUN INSURANCE SCHEDULE OF COVER LIMITS (PER PERSON) This is only available for trips arranged and/or operated by us. Our policy is administered by our insurance brokers Campbell Irvine Ltd and the Insurance Company who are both authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). A schedule of the cover provided is shown below. It does not however contain all the conditions and exclusions but a full policy wording will be sent via email upon booking. SECTION

COVER

LIMIT

A B C D E F

Medical Expenses In Patient Benefit Criminal Injuries Additional Mountain Rescue Personal Liability Personal Accident Cancellation or Curtailment Delayed Departure or Arrival Cancellation due to Delayed Departure Hi-jack of Aircraft Interruption of Transport Personal Effects Money Tickets Passport and Visas Temporary Loss of Baggage Legal Expenses

£10,000,000 £200 £5,000 £2,000 £2,000,000 £25,000 £5,000 £100 £2,000 £3,000 £300 £2,000 £500 £1,000 £250 £100 £25,000

EXCESS £70 Nil Nil £70 £250 Nil £70 Nil Nil Nil Nil £70 £70 £70 £70 Nil £250

11. Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Transun Travel Insurance 2018/19 (Valid from 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019) 12. Medical Problems and Insurance If you or any member of your party has any medical issue or disability which may affect your stay, please provide us with full details before you confirm your booking so that we can advise as to the suitability of your chosen arrangements. We strongly recommend that you have appropriate personal travel insurance in place for all members of your party. You can arrange insurance through us. It is your responsibility to ensure that any insurance you purchase is suitable and adequate for your needs. Travel without adequate personal travel insurance is at your own risk and Transun accepts no liability for clients who are uninsured. Please ensure that you read your policy details fully and take them with you on holiday. 13. Excursions Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are on holiday are not part of your package holiday provided by us. For any excursion or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office produces up-to-date travel information to help British travellers to make informed decisions about travelling abroad. For further information please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ Alternatively, you can contact ABTA’s Go Travel Consumer Helpline on 0203 1170599. DISCLOSURE OF PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS The following is a summary of the insurance rules regarding the disclosure of pre-existing medical conditions. A full copy will be sent to you with your policy wording. These rules apply to you and any travelling companion(s) or anyone your travel arrangements may depend such as a close relative or business associate. You must make a separate disclosure for each Transun trip you book. The Insured Person will not be covered under Section A - Medical Expenses, Section B - Personal Accident or Section C - Cancellation or Curtailment for any claims arising directly or indirectly from: either A) At the time of taking out this policy: i) Any Pre-existing Medical Condition unless you have contacted the medical helpline on 0844 826 2686 and the Insurer has agreed to provide cover and you have paid the additional premium required. ii) Any Medical Condition that the Insured Person or any other person not necessarily travelling but upon whom travel depends such as a Close Relative has received a terminal prognosis. iii) Any Medical Condition the Insured Person is aware of but which has not had a formal diagnosis. iv) Any Medical Condition for which the Insured Person or any other person not necessarily travelling but upon whom travel depends such as a Close Relative is on a waiting list for or has knowledge of the need for surgery in a hospital. v) Any circumstances the Insured Person is aware of that could reasonably be expected to give rise to a claim on this policy unless the Insured Person has been given the Insurer’s written agreement. or B) At any time: i) Any Medical Condition the Insured Person has in respect of which a Medical Practitioner has advised them not to travel or would have done so had they sought his/her advice. ii) Any surgery, treatment or investigations for which you intend to travel outside your normal country of residence to receive (including any expenses incurred due to the discovery of other Medical Conditions during and/or complications arising from these procedures. iii) Any Medical Condition for which the Insured Person or any other person not necessarily travelling but upon whom travel depends such as a Close Relative is not taking the recommended treatment or prescribed medication as directed by a Medical Practitioner. iv) Pregnancy when you are expected to give birth within two months of the return date of your trip. Definitions of a Pre-Existing Medical Condition: Means a) Any respiratory condition (relating to the lungs or breathing), heart condition, stroke, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, allergy, or cancer for which you (or any other person not necessarily travelling but upon whom travel depends such as a Close Relative) have ever received treatment (including surgery, tests or investigations by your doctor or a consultant/specialist or prescribed drugs medication). b) Any Medical Condition for which you (or any other person not necessarily travelling but upon whom travel depends such as a Close Relative) have received surgery, in-patient treatment or investigations in a hospital or clinic within the last twelve months or taking prescribed drugs or medication. COVER IS EXCLUDED FOR ANY DEFINED PRE-EXISTING MEDICAL CONDITION. IF IN DOUBT PLEASE CALL OUR MEDICAL SCREENING HELPLINE IN CONFIDENCE ON TELEPHONE NO: 0844 826 2686 The medical screening helpline may be contacted between 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday and 10.00 to 16.00 on Saturdays. The medical screening helpline is optional for those persons wishing to establish if additional cover may be offered to include Pre- Existing Medical Conditions. You will be asked for your personal and travel details. Please have your individual policy number to hand if known. You will be advised whether the Pre-Existing Medical Condition may be covered, an optional additional premium may be quoted and whether any amendments will be made to the policy terms and conditions. If terms can be provided for the condition and you elect to take up the offer of the additional cover, you will be given a medical screening reference number and a letter will be sent to you upon receipt of payment. Any additional premiums must be paid directly to the medical screening company and not the company you are arranging your travel insurance with. Should you not wish to take advantage of the optional terms quoted by the medical helpline, cover for the Medical Condition in question will be excluded. If there is a change to your health which arises between the date of purchasing the policy and the planned date of departure please contact the medical screening helpline for further advice, in order to establish if the change in your health will affect your cover under this insurance. There is no cancellation or curtailment cover for a Pre-Existing Medical Condition of persons not necessarily travelling but upon whom travel depends, such as a Close Relative, unless disclosed to the medical screening helpline and additional cover agreed.


Dates & Departures

Dates & Departures

Tours during December 2018

Tours from January to March 2019

Date

Departs

Nights

Festive Lights (from)

Date

Departs

Nights

Northern Lights (From)

Husky Sled Adventurer (From)

Snowmobile Voyager (From)

Fri 23 Nov 18

Bristol

3

£859

Wed 02 Jan 19

London Gatwick

4

£859pp

£919

£919

Mon 26 Nov 18

Stansted

4

£899

Sun 06 Jan 19

Manchester

4

£859pp

£919

£919

Fri 30 Nov 18

Humberside

3

£859

Thur 10 Jan 19

London Gatwick

3

£799pp

£879

£879

Mon 03 Dec 18

London Gatwick

4

£899

Sun 27 Jan 19

Leeds Bradford

4

£859pp

£919

£919

Fri 07 Dec 18

Birmingham

3

£859

Thu 31 Jan 19

Exeter*

3

£819pp

£879

£879

Mon 10 Dec 18

East Midlands

4

£899

Thu 31 Jan 19

Humberside

3

£819pp

£879

£879

Fri 14 Dec 18

Manchester

3

£859

Sun 10 Feb 19

London Gatwick

4

£999pp

-

-

Fri 14 Dec 18

Doncaster

3

£859

Thu 14 Feb 19

East Midlands

3

£899pp

-

-

Mon 17 Dec 18

Glasgow

3

£859

Sun 17 Feb 19

Bristol

4

£929pp

-

-

Thu 20 Dec 18

Bristol

3

£859

Thu 21 Feb 19

Doncaster

3

£859pp

-

-

Sun 23 Dec 18

Birmingham

4

£1099

Sun 24 Feb 19

Birmingham

4

£899pp

£929

£929

Sun 23 Dec 18

Stansted

4

£1099

Thu 28 Feb 19

Newcastle

3

£819pp

£879

£879

Thu 27 Dec 18

Manchester

3

£999

Sun 10 Mar 19

Manchester

4

£859pp

£919

£919

Thu 27 Dec 18

London Gatwick

3

£999

Thu 14 Mar 19

Bournemouth

3

£819pp

£879

£879

Sun 30 Dec 18

Birmingham

3

£1099

Sun 30 Dec 18

London Gatwick

3

£1099

Brochure Prices... Prices for our short tours are based on a minimum of two people sharing the lead-in room type. A variety of accommodation types are available at ranging prices, including traditional log cabins. Date restrictions, terms and conditions apply to our special offers. Prices are correct at time of going to press. Please visit www.transun.co.uk or call one of our Travel Specialists on 01865 265200 for up to date availability and pricing.

Why not stay longer for 7 nights? Date

Departs

Nights

Aurora Hunter (from)

Sun 13 Jan 19

Bristol*

7

£1099

Sun 13 Jan 19

Manchester

7

£1099

Sun 20 Jan 19

Bournemouth*

7

£1099

Sun 20 Jan 19

Leeds Bradford

7

£1099

Sun 3 Feb 19

London Gatwick*

7

£1149

Sun 3 Feb 19

Doncaster

7

£1149

Sun 3 Mar 19

Birmingham*

7

£1149

Sun 3 Mar 19

Newcastle

7

£1149

* Denotes departures which include collection or drop off of other passengers at a UK airport en-route.

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