After the staycation summer of 2020, Magnetic North Travel predicts 2021 will be the year of the Nordic “isocation” as the specialist tour operator helps clients to escape to the wild corners of Scandinavia and the Nordic countries.
Magnetic North Travel has highlighted some of its most naturally Covid-secure trips to assist travellers in planning an escape. These include remote fjordside cabins, secluded forest retreats, glass igloos, island escapes, empty road trips and treetop houses.
Founder Laura Greenman explains why travellers should consider the Nordic countries in 2021. “As we view images of crowded beaches, busy beauty spots and packed campsites in the UK, travellers wishing to maintain social distancing will be lured to the freedom and space offered in the Nordic countries,” she explains. “With its abundance of wilderness, a holiday in Norway, Finland, Iceland or Sweden provides a stress free post pandemic getaway.”
The Nordic countries benefit from low population densities, with just 17 people per square kilometre in Finland, compared to England at 430 per sq km. “All of our Nordic partners will follow respective government guidelines to maintain social distancing measures without compromising on guest experience” says Greenman. “In some cases very little will need to change as outdoor adventures are always in small groups and distance between guests can be sustained. I believe travellers will be looking for reassurance from the industry to help them feel confident to board a plane and venture overseas. Travelling to the Nordic countries is a great first step out of the pandemic and into a new way of exploring the world.”
Magnetic North’s Top Five Nordic Isocations
Varanger Lodge – Northern Norway
On Norway’s empty Arctic coast, a pair of isolated cabins overlook stunning fjord and mountain vistas. Here wildlife lives undisturbed and visitors feel as though they have reached the edge of the world. Magnetic North offers self drive holidays along the Arctic coastal highway, and winter adventures in search of the Northern Lights.
Loggers Lodge – Arctic Sweden
The only neighbours for miles around are moose, reindeer and husky dogs. It’s just you, the forest and your private host a short walk away. The accommodation is a luxury converted cabin, complete with sauna and outdoor hot tub.
Levi Glass Igloo – Finnish Lapland
Create your own social bubble at this small luxury resort in the fells of Finnish Lapland. Meals can be delivered to your glass igloo and then it’s your choice of relax, or explore the empty trails surrounding the resort.
Self Drive Tour of Iceland’s Westfjords
The west of Iceland is uncompromising in its isolation. Here wildlife seeks refuge and civilisation is replaced by sorcery. Discover the stories and sagas hidden among the fjords, mountains and glaciers of this remote region on a week long self-drive holiday of Iceland’s Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Westfjords.
Eagle View Suite – Finnish Lapland
Ideal for lovebirds, the Eagle View Suite sits atop the Iso-Syote ski resort. With winter activities suited to social distancing, this romantic break may be the perfect post lockdown treat to look forward to.
For more Nordic isocation inspiration, visit: https://www.magneticnorthtravel.com/nordic-isocation
Magnetic North Travel is a UK-based boutique tour operator specialising in Scandinavia and the Nordic countries. Founded in 2009 by Laura Greenman after honeymooning in Sweden, the company’s focus is primarily wilderness, nature, and outdoor adventures for independent travellers and small groups. The company’s specialism is unique experiences that immerse guests into the region, whether it be with a local guide, a food experience or nature-based adventure.