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Notes from the field – Svalbard, Norway

There are few places on earth that even the most seasoned of travellers will have felt privileged to have visited, and one of these destinations is the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.  A joy to explore with a unique pulse and a magnetic pull. Now classed as

‘Holiday at the Extreme’ with Sunvil

Have you been watching ITV’s series ‘Life at the Extreme’ with Davina McCall? I’ve been hooked due largely to the fabulous cinematography and because each episode is packed full of interesting facts about animals who survive, and thrive, in some of the world’s harshest conditions. I’ve been

Things to do in Norway while waiting for the Northern Lights

While the reason most winter visitors to northern Norway brave the chilly temperatures and long nights is to get a sighting of the mysterious aurora borealis (or Northern Lights), there is plenty to do in the region while you’re waiting for nature’s greatest light show to begin

Introducing the Art Suite designs for the 26th ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland

Every year we, at Sunvil, wait with bated breath for the ICEHOTEL to release the designs for their magical suites. The wait is now over and yet again we have been bowled over by the creativity and artistic vision on display. Roll on December when we can return

Autumn escapes

This week may have seen the return of some brighter weather but, there is a distinctive chill in the air which tells us that autumn is on its way. As we start to pull out our jumpers and coats in the UK, we look south towards the

Winter Holidays in Swedish Lapland

The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, draw thousands of visitors to northern Sweden every year. Despite no guarantee of a sighting of what is without doubt one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena, many choose to make the trip in the hope that the night skies are clear

Wild landscapes of Svalbard – a photo post

  If you travel to a place that’s 80 degrees north of the equator and only 800 miles from the North Pole, there are certain things you can expect to find: snow, ice, polar bears, and a distinct lack of people. True, the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard

10 Fabulous Photos of the Northern Lights

A magical night under the Arctic skies experiencing a multi-coloured display of the Northern Lights is high on many people’s bucket lists. For those fortunate enough to have seen them, the hype is more than justified. Norway and Sweden are two of the most popular destinations for

7 Facts about the Northern Lights

1. What are the Northern Lights? “High energy protons and electrons spill over into our atmosphere; they get through our magnetic shield where it’s weak, at the poles.” “I don’t care what causes it… it’s still beautiful.” Fans of the 1980s film Local Hero might recognise the

Out of this World – The Tree Hotel in Sweden

Extreme sleeping is becoming something of a theme in northern Sweden. While the Ice Hotel has been offering a warm welcome to visitors for over 20 years, a newer option in unusual luxury accommodation is the Tree Hotel. With six unique rooms (and a treetop sauna for