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With the first snow already on the ground in Fjord Norway, the region's ski resorts are busily gearing up for the new season.

Small, safe and family-friendly, they offer excellent skiing suitable for beginners and experts alike. The biggest ski resorts are located in the town of Voss, just one-and-a-half hours from Bergen and one hour from both the Sognefjord and the Hardangerfjord.

Why not ski one day and take a fjord cruise the next? Or what about skiing and enjoying a fjord view at the same time? Have you heard about Ski & Sail or Ski & Surf? The possibilities are endless. Fjord Norway is also perfect for alpine touring/randonée skiing and backcountry skiing.

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Turgleder, based in Karasjok, Northern Norway, is a small company that until now has been based in the south of the country.

Offering a wide range of eco-friendly winter activities and excursions, visitors to the area will be spoilt for choice. These range from their most extreme, a 17-day trek across the Finnmark Plateau in February, to their most accessible, a few hours on snowshoes around Karasjok.

Right in the middle of the Sámi heartland, Sámi culture is an integral part of the tours.

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Fancy kayaking silently in the fjords against an impressive mountainous backdrop, or learning prawn-shelling skills from local Norwegian fishermen? These are just two of the activities available in 2012 as part of Hurtigruten's new 'The Spring Awakening' on board programme, which runs from 15 March to 31 May 2012.

For next year, Hurtigruten is focusing on the different experiences each season offers in Norway as they each have something unique to enjoy.

Prices for a spring voyage lead in at £766pp. In addition, for 2012, Hurtigruten will be offering a range of packages that include flights from Stansted for added value.


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Located 350 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is considered to be one of the best places to experience the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis. It was here that Joanna Lumley fulfilled her lifelong dream of witnessing this magical event.

Led by the same guide who accompanied Lumley, Sunvil Discovery is featuring an eight-hour 'Chasing the northern lights' tour, which offers a greater chance of sightings by moving from place to place to explore the spectacular landscape surrounding the city.

A seven-night stay at Hotel Thon Polar in the city costs from £1,066pp including flights, B&B and private transfers. The price of £243pp for the tour includes transport, a thermal suit and shoes, coffee and biscuits.

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SAS is to start up a brand new route from Manchester to Bergen to replace its Gatwick to Bergen service, which ceased operation on 01 November 2011. The new service will start on 06 January 2012.


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This special trip focuses on the northern lights, culture, history and nature of this stunning archipelago.

A specially chartered direct flight leaves Gatwick on 23 Feb 2012 when the group is met and escorted for the following five days. You'll visit exhibitions and museums that are normally closed at this time of year, learn about culture at the Viking Museum Lofotr, experience a Chieftain banquet, participate in northern light lectures and photo workshops at the Polar Light Centre and visit the Northern Lights Base Camp – one of the best places to spot the northern lights.

Prices are from £1,500pp and are inclusive of return flights, transfers and tours as described and four nights accommodation (BB).

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The Kendal Mountain Festival will take place this year from 17-20 November. Celebrating the best of mountain culture with film, lectures, art and literature, the small town with a big heart will once again open its doors to outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.

It has one simple mission - to inspire audiences with stories, films and presentations from the outdoor environment encompassing the spirit of nature. A team from Visit Norway will be there for the weekend to highlight the country's fantastic opportunities for walking and hiking.

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Visit Norway has joined forces with The Daily Telegraph to help promote its northern lights campaign. A special microsite has been launched, which shows the very best of Northern Norway – home to some of the best aurora activity.

As well as information about the enchanting northern lights, visitors to the site can also find details about getting to Norway, activities and excursions in the Arctic regions and two beautiful image galleries showing the very finest landscape from Northern Norway and stunning images of the northern lights. The microsite will remain live for the duration of the campaign.

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If you have been watching the hit ITV Porgramme 71 Degrees North and fancy following in the contestant's footsteps, now is your chance.

Visit Norway has teamed up with Hurtigruten to offer a lucky winner the chance to win a dream Arctic Highlights voyage for two.

Starting from Bergen, the voyage will take you up to North Cape and beyond to Kirkenes allowing you to witness the full splendour of Norway's coastline.

According to NASA, this winter will see the best northern lights activity for more than 50 years, due to the peak of the Solar Maximum. While this comes around every 11 to 12 years, NASA predicts it will be stronger than at any time over the last half century.

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You've read about them above and can now create your very own northern lights dance – with the opportunity to win a trip to Northern Norway to see them for real. The new northern lights website on Visit Norway lets users generate their own unique dance, in line with the popular myth that the aurora borealis are lights dancing in the sky. Simply log on via Facebook, select a dance partner and click to make your unique light display.

The prize is a four-day trip from Bodø to Lofoten with activities including searching for the northern lights on snowshoes and a visit to the Polar Lights Centre.

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