From the 30th of April 2020, you can experience a unique holiday in the Arctic – whenever and wherever you are in the world!
Virtual travel experts Virtually Visiting have created their second four-day virtual holiday that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. Guests will get to explore the anticipated Arctic Bath, the new floating hotel and spa; experience the remote wilderness of the Aurora Safari Camp; and enjoy a spectacular hot air balloon ride over the Arctic tundra.
Fusing the digital and physical travel experience
This 360 VR holiday has been designed to be experienced with Virtual Reality goggles; but can be just as easily done through a computer, tablet or phone.
This amazing tour, designed by Virtually Visiting, will be released over four days from Thursday (30 April) through Sunday (3 May). But don’t worry if you can’t “travel” on those dates, the experiences will stay live on the site for you to watch whenever you like.
New experiences will be released each morning lasting from 5 to 20 minutes each. Each experience has been filmed to allow guests to get a true feeling of the adventures with expert guides throughout.
“This is the second full virtual holiday we have released with the aim of putting you, as the guest, right in the action. You’ll experience the tours as if you were actually there,” says Jonny Cooper, founder of Virtually Visiting. “This new tour is a really exciting opportunity to visit the Arctic Bath, one of the most anticipated and distinctive spa and wellness experiences, launched this winter, and soar above the Arctic wilderness on a hot air balloon ride. Both are new experiences this year, with two very different views of the Arctic.”
DAY 1 – Aurora Safari Camp
On Thursday April 30, virtual guests will travel to the region of Northern Sweden around the coastal city of Luleå, from which the unique tour begins. The tour’s first stop is the Aurora Safari Camp, just 70km north of Luleå. Here, guests will join Fredrik Broman on a tour of the camp, including a traditional Sami Lavu (teepee) where they will learn about the camp and the surrounding nature, and soak up some virtual warmth sitting around the fire.
DAY 2 – Arctic Circle, Hot Air Ballooning & Arctic Retreat
On Friday May 1, a triple treat awaits! Guide Fredrik Broman will first take guests on a nature walk to the Arctic Circle and discuss the complex balance of animals and plants, as they thrive in the Arctic. Then get ready to sit back and relax as you take off from a frozen lake and rise above Europe’s last true wilderness, on a Hot Air Balloon flight. This experience, which offers a different perspective of the Arctic, was newly introduced this year. To end off the day, guests arrive at Arctic Retreat, a traditional Arctic luxury log cabin deep in the Lapland wilderness. Here, your host will take you on a tour before leaving you to enjoy the countryside from an outdoor Jacuzzi.
DAY 3 – Arctic Bath
The highlight of the four-day holiday is revealed on Saturday (2 May), when you’ll join local guide Peter Engström on a tour of the long-anticipated Arctic Bath, designed by architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi. This floating hotel and spa is the world’s first Arctic floating spa which opened to guests in December 2019. It delivers wellness, mindfulness and cleansing treatments through spa partners Kerstin Florian. The Arctic Bath Hotel and Spa freezes into the icy Lule River in winter and floats on its summer waters. The tour will showcase the accommodation and main spa building as well as its local connection to history, culture and nature.
DAY 4 – Cape Wild & meeting the moose
As the trip nears its conclusion, there is time for one last experience on Sunday (3 May). As you head back towards Luleå, the trip will stop off for a nature encounter like no other: meeting the moose. Guests join local guide and founder of Cape Wild, Thomas Dahlquist, to meet “Zigge” and “Zebbe,” learning about these lovable creatures and feeding them. As heavy as 1400 pounds each, the moose at Cape Wild are gentle giants who love to be petted and fed snacks. The trip concludes after a short trip back to Luleå.
Feel transported to the icy Arctic
Virtually Visiting founder, Jonny Cooper, adds, “We really want to give people a true-to-life experience of these amazing activities and experiences led by some of the best and most knowledgeable guides in the region. We hope this will transport visitors to the region – so set the mood, turn off your heat, grab a wool hat and join us for our next virtual adventure.”
To join the FREE four-day virtual adventure, from 30 April-3 May, visit https://virtuallyvisiting.com/360-journeys/.
But don’t worry, the tour will stay online if you can’t experience it on those exact dates!
For more information on these and other virtual travel experiences, visit www.virtuallyvisiting.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Virtually Visiting
Virtually Visiting was set up by a group of travel and technology experts who believe in the power of travel and the good that it can bring to the world. Understanding that the planet is an ever-changing place and that travel is not always accessible, Virtually Visiting has combined advances in technology with their passion for travel. The result is real tours and experiences available online to everyone, everywhere.