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The Northern Lights

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Nature's greatest light show

The Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights as they are more commonly known have left people spell bound for thousands of years. They epitomise the wonder of the natural world for many people and there can be few sights on Earth that are as awe-inspiring as seeing the Northern Lights dance across a northern sky.

The lights are visible in the all important Aurora Zone which cuts across Scandinavia and creates spectacular shows in the northern regions of Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland.

For many people to view the Northern Lights is a lifetime ambition and here at Artisan, we are thrilled that we can help our clients achieve their goal.

Ashleigh McNair-Templeton

Lapland Holidays

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Thursday, 19 February 2015

Lapland – a land of four seasons

When we think about Lapland we conjure up images of Father Christmas and commercialised whirlwind tours. Here at Artisan we want to blow those images into the stratosphere as there is so much more to Lapland. The region offers year-round experiences of the highest calibre and remains home to one of the few remaining indigenous people of Europe.

In winter the list of activities is endless when a blanket of snow covers the landscape and the 'blue light' created by the departure of the sun casts a magical light on the region. Of course this is a great place to enjoy Christmas and New Year but there is nothing commercial about our handpicked destinations and you will be far removed from the Father Christmas crowds.

During the spring the daylight starts to flood in across the snow-covered landscape and the Northern Lights remain frequent visitors to the night skies. The temperatures can be milder and more remote regions become accessible. Lapland is a true activity playground in the spring and you are sure to meet a lot of Finns from the southern regions holidaying here at this time.

The summer provides the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun and the landscape of forests, fells and lakes are bathed in a golden light. Berries and fruits start to grow and reindeer can be seen roaming freely in the wilds. Hiking, biking and kayaking replace the cross-country skisice fishing and snowmobiles in the locals' weekend activities.

Autumn offers perhaps the greatest abundance of colour here – with rich berries on the forest floor, the bright colours named 'Ruska' that engulf the canopies of the forest and the night skies are beginning to welcome back Nature's greatest light show – the Aurora Borealis.

Ashleigh McNair-Templeton


Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Thursday, 05 February 2015

Take some time out

The modern world is pretty hectic, whether you are working all the hours of the day or running around after the kids or grandkids, it can be hard to switch off and relax.

Modern technology has given us a lot but it also means that it is almost impossible to escape your inbox or phone and basically means that switching off is increasingly hard.

We all need some time out and time to ourselves and here at Artisan we have the perfect way to switch off – however you choose to do it.

Ashleigh McNair-Templeton

Christmas Bucket List Holidays

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Thursday, 19 February 2015

Christmas – far from the madding crowds

Lapland is, of course, synonymous with Christmas but throughout our extensive travels here over the festive period, we know there is so much more to this wonderful region than long queues to see Father Christmas.

We ensure our Lapland holidays are well away from anything commercial so that you can witness the beauty of the wild landscapes and participate in some incredible winter experiences, whilst also enjoying a festive Christmas holiday.

For those who want to steer clear of Lapland altogether, we also offer a Christmas trip to Iceland where whale watching and Aurora hunting is on the agenda. Alternatively, you could travel further afield to the Yukon, home of the famous sled-dog race, where you can spend your time in a cosy lodge surrounded by an abundance of soft, white, untouched snow.


Ashleigh McNair-Templeton

New Year

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Thursday, 05 February 2015

New Year – start as you mean to go on

New Year holidays are some of the most popular with our Artisan Travel guests, and with good reason. It can be difficult, and often anticlimactic, planning a New Year’s Eve celebration at home but with one of our bucket list holidays, there is no doubt your New Year will be absolutely unforgettable.

Picture dog sledding across the Arctic wilds, enjoying a glass of fizz in front of the fire in your log cabin or standing on a frozen lake gazing up at the Aurora Borealis - the memories made on a New Year holiday with Artisan Travel will last far longer than 12 months. 

Ashleigh McNair-Templeton


Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Thursday, 27 November 2014

With over 33,000 miles of shoreline and 586,000 square miles of terrain, there is certainly a lot to see. Browse our range of handcrafted itineraries, designed to show you the very best of this region. 

Ashleigh McNair-Templeton

Summer in the Norwegian Fjords

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Thursday, 27 November 2014

With its dramatic fjords, scenic mountain views, rugged coastline and plentiful wildlife, our holidays to Norway are a real feast for the eyes.


© Northern Norway

Ashleigh McNair-Templeton

Explore Iceland

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Tuesday, 25 November 2014

From bubbling geothermal lagoons to the brilliantly blue freeze of the glaciers, click here to see for yourself why Iceland is known as the 'land of fire and ice'. 

Ashleigh McNair-Templeton

Save £100

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Friday, 26 September 2014

Save £100 - book by 31st January

Book between 12/01/2015 and 31/01/2015 and save £100 (based on two people sharing) when you quote 'Winter Offer'.

This offer is valid on all winter holidays.

Terms and conditions apply; 'Winter Offer' must be quoted when booking, offer is not available to agents.

Click here to view all holidays

Ashleigh McNair-Templeton

Thank you for booking a holiday

Written by Ashleigh McNair-Templeton
Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Congratulations on making your preliminary booking with Artisan Travel.

Once your Travel Expert has finalised all the details and emailed you with a formal quote, they will then give you a call in order to take your deposit. Our standard deposit amount is £400 per person and the final balance is payable within nine weeks of departure.

All bookings are subject to availability and are not finalised until you have received final confirmation from our team. Please do not make any additional travel arrangements until informed that you are able to do so.

We aim to contact you within two working days. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact us on 01670 785 085. Our opening hours can be found here.

Please note we are receiving an unprecedented number of enquiries at the moment and so please do bear with us if it takes us a little longer than normal to respond to your request. One of our experts will be in touch as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your booking!

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