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Andy Marshall

Dog Sledding in Sörbyn

Written by Andy Marshall
Monday, 27 February 2017

After a short stay at Brändön Lodge, we continued our journey north and ventured further into the Lappish wilderness. We were heading for a small village called Sörbyn, in Northern Sweden, where we would undertake perhaps the most anticipated activity. Dog sledding conjures up a variety of magical images but nothing quite compares to the reality.

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We arrived at the location of our activity in the early afternoon but already the sun had begun its descent casting an orange glow on the surrounding snow. Three teams of dogs lay in wait and the moment they saw us approach they began to realise the time had come for another journey. Never before had I witnessed such excitement amongst dogs. They were eager to set off, climbing on top of one another, barking and trying to pull a sleigh which was anchored into the snow.


Amy Hope

The 7th Room is finally here!

Written by Amy Hope
Wednesday, 01 February 2017

The magnificent Treehotel in Swedish Lapland has finally opened their latest accommodation - the new 7th Room.

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Jono Archer

Introducing ICEHOTEL 365

Written by Jono Archer
Thursday, 01 December 2016

The world’s first ICEHOTEL was founded in 1989, and for 27 years it has been constructed from ice taken from the frozen Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden - destined to melt away come spring for the process to be repeated the following year. This year welcomes an addition to this cycle with the construction of the fantastic new ICEHOTEL® 365- a year round icy experience.

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Amy Hope

The Swedish masterpiece that is the Treehotel has become a bucket list item, making travellers eager for an unforgettable night amongst the treetops. Now, they’ve expanded their unique portfolio of impressive contemporary accommodation to bring you the brand new magical ‘7th Room’

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Katharina Rogalski

An Experts Experience: Polar Bears in the Arctic

Written by Katharina Rogalski
Wednesday, 02 November 2016

Our Travel Expert, Kat recently visited Manitoba on our Ultimate Wildlife Experience to see the king of the Arctic - the magnificent polar bear. We caught up with Kat to find out more about her unforgettable adventure.

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Amy Hope

Over the last couple of weeks, Finland has been receiving some exceptionally good coverage around the world and has won the accolade of being named the safest country to visit by the Worlds Economic Forum and the Third Best Country to Visit by Lonely Planet (to be honest we’d have had it even further up the list there!). Here at Artisan, we are thrilled that one of our absolute favourite destinations is getting the exposure it deserves.

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Ali Mclean

Lapland is all too often associated with thousands of families searching for a big guy with a thick, woolly beard, a jovial laugh and a propensity for dishing out gifts in late December.

However, escape the “Santa Centrals” especially in January, February and March (when Mr & Mrs Claus holiday in The Bahamas) and Lapland is a treasure trove of outdoor wonder and activity. For adults, Lapland can be exactly what you need for your winter retreat

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Here are our top 17 things to do in Lapland that don’t include Father Christmas:


Ali Mclean

Even before setting off for the Azorean island of Sao Miguel I was filled with anticipation about the prospect of swimming with dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean. I knew that it wouldn’t be a sanitised marine park experience and, as with everything involving Mother Nature, the extent of my contact with these supremely intelligent animals would be very much in the lap of the gods. It was even possible that I wouldn’t see any dolphins at all but regardless, there were a few butterflies dancing in my stomach. After all, it’s not every day you get to tick off another animals item is it?

Dolphins credit Futurismo Azores Adventures


Andy Marshall

Land of the Icebergs

Written by Andy Marshall
Monday, 18 April 2016

It is only when flying over the Greenlandic Ice Cap that the sheer vast wilderness of the country strikes home. Of course I knew all the stats, this is a country the size of Western Europe with a population of a large town in the UK. But still, when I flew over on a beautiful clear day, with hundreds and hundreds of miles of Ice and mountain below me, the utter scale became apparent. It is very much the Arctic I imagined as a child.

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Ilulissat directly translated means ‘Iceberg’, and indeed the UNESCO protected Icefjord is the reason most people come here. Immediately on arrival at the hotel I could see 2 huge icebergs, floating a few miles away along the coast. From a distance they looked big…but nothing compared to the epic proportions, which become apparent up close to these imposing ice sculptures.


Sarah Whale

First winter in Finnish Lapland

Written by Sarah Whale
Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Our Artisan Travel representative Sarah has just spent her first winter in Luosto. We met up with Sarah to find out all about her experience in Finnish Lapland.

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Tell us about your role

Being an Artisan Travel representative gives you an unparalleled insight into what goes on behind the scenes in Luosto. Not only am I the face of the company talking to guests but I am also in constant contact with all the operations behind the scenes; the hotel, ski resort, safari office, wilderness chefs, husky guides, giving me such an insight and an experience that I would never get from a holiday. 


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