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Record high demand for Scandinavian and Polar travel

But Bentours warns of illegitimate 'specialists'

With 2017 set to be the most spectacular year yet for the Northern Lights, coupled with the appeal of incredibly deep fjords, cascading waterfalls and grand glaciers that never melt, it’s no surprise that more Australians are adding Scandinavian and Polar travel to their bucket lists.


According to some predictions, this season may produce some of the most vibrant and remarkable Northern Lights in more than 50 years, resulting in a recent surge in popularity and demand for tours.


Bentours, Australia’s leading Scandinavian and Expedition Cruising specialists for over 35 years, are advising agents to book now to avoid disappointment. Bentours have availability on their Follow the Lights 2017 March departures and limited spots left for February. Otherwise travellers will need to wait until the next round of Follow the Lights departures from November 2017.


Damian Perry, CEO of Bentours, says the Northern Lights, Scandinavia and the Nordic region including Iceland and the remote regions such as Svalbard and the High Arctic, are bucket list destination and are now in high demand.


Perry advises agents to be wary as some operators are now claiming to be specialists but many are often using low cost Eastern European operations with limited genuine local travel experiences.


“At Bentours we are fortunate to be carrying on the amazing work of founder Bent Rønnov who is the true founder and creator of the Scandinavian experience. Our local team have been with us for many years both in Australia and locally on the ground. We wouldn’t ask for a more experienced specialist operation to support our travellers” he said.


Bentours has put together six special 15 day tours especially designed to give you an opportunity to see the Northern Lights for yourself, with prices starting from $6,995 AUD $7,638 NZD per person twin share.


“Our Follow the Lights special departures tour has been extremely popular. January departures are sold out; we have spots left in February and March but you will need to get in quick” said Perry. 


According to Perry, February and March is an excellent time to travel with clear nights still allowing for the Northern Lights to be seen in all their glory but the temperature is warmer, with some hours of daylight available, as the long winter days begin to give way to spring.


There is also plenty to experience beyond the Northern Lights with Finnish Lapland offering remarkable Artic wildlife, traditional Sami culture and the medieval town of Tallinn in Estonia to discover.  While Iceland boasts extraordinary landscape with its dramatic volcanic terrain and natural splendour of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches. Beer is fresh, food straight from the ocean and down to earth characters that bring your day alive.


Offering both Expedition Cruising and Voyages as well as land packages, Bentours have a range of travel options for any and every type of traveller. 


Bentours offer the widest range of ready-made or tailor-made travel for groups and individuals with multi-country packages for travellers who wish to discover the diverse cultures, landscapes and traditions of a number of key destinations.


Bentours have been providing services to these stunning destinations for over 35 years, and know a thing or two when it comes to traversing these unique regions of the world.


Perry says his company’s knowledge and firsthand experience is the key to their success.


“Our team at Bentours are dedicated and experienced both here in Australia and New Zealand and locally in Scandinavia” he said.  


If your travellers are ready to tick off one of these bucket list destinations then call Bentours to reserve your spot today or enquire about any of our other great packages inScandinavia, Finland, Iceland, Russia and Far East, Antarctica and much more.


For more details contact [email protected] or call 1800 221 712


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Published: 27 June 2016

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