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Destination 71 degrees north - Day Tours

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Honningsvag, Norway
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Experiences - Destinasjon 71° Nord Be tempted by the ultimate nature experience! Destinasjon 71° Nord will take you on a spectacular and memorable experience in Finnmark, northern Norway. Are you tempted by exciting adventures such as king crab safaris, ocean rafting, deep sea fishing, snowmobile safaris and ATV safaris? Or are you more excited by the peacefulness of nature and the serenity of the horizon? We can guarantee you and your friends or colleagues a Finnmark experience you won't soon forget.
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Les wrote a review Mar 2020
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When planning our cruise which took us along the Norway coast, we asked ourselves, what can we do in Honningsvag that we could not do in Australia? ICE FISHING! Yes, we wanted to give this a go and we were not disappointed. After getting off the boat we made our way to the meeting point where we were kitted out in our thermals and then driven out to a lake by Johnny our guide. Just the three of us in pristine snow on a beautiful sunny day. But, where is the lake? We then put on our snow shoes and trudges out onto what looked like a flat area and after digging through about a foot of powdery white snow, we struck ice and found the lake. Johnny showed us how to drill a hole through about two feet of ice, handed us our tiny little rods and after a few instructions it was up to us to see what we could catch. Yes, there are fish down there but in winter they are so dormant, that you virtually had to hit them on the head to get them to bite. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find our fish but I am sure the ones that got away were huge. As you know, fishing is not just about catching a fish but just as much about enjoying the experience. And, what an amazing location, so quiet, so beautiful and peaceful and it doesn’t matter that we didn’t catch anything, it was still one of the highlights of our trip. For something different which is a much loved pastime in Norway, I couldn’t recommend this more highly. The organisation is very professional and will do their best to make your experience something special. So, give yourself a break and go fishing.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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theresa875 wrote a review Jan 2020
Munich, Germany1 contribution
I was travelling alone for five weeks and north cape was my last station. This last night doing the Aurora ATV tour was the best end of my journey I could imagine.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Adrian wrote a review Jan 2020
Perth, Australia7 contributions5 helpful votes
We have opted for the North Cape Midnight Expedition adventure as my wife and I were thinking of doing something out of the ordinary. We were quite unsure in terms of what will we be getting from this expedition as there weren't a lot of reviews or info for reference. Before the tour even started, the Operation Manager, Yves who was also our guide for the tour, sent his apology to us to ask if we were willing to take the tour on ATVs rather than the snowmobiles. This was because the snowmobile tracks were still closed as due to the unusually warmer winter, there had not been enough snow. We were more than happy to accept the change as we have never previously rode an ATV on snowy/icey road. We met at the Destinajon 71 office to change to our thermal suits and left the office within 20 minutes. On our way to meet up with the convoy, we made a slight detour to a viewing point to briefly check for Northern Lights - but to no avail. The access road to this view point was full of snow. This didnt deter us from driving up as the ATV itself was quite powerful and able to plough through the snow. We then continued our ATV safari to meet with the convoy. As it was just two of us + Yves, we were able to drive at really high speed and enjoyed the thrill. There were 4 other cars in front of us plus us in the ATVs. The access road is very exposed to bad weather, hence is always accompanied with a convoy. Can you imagine driving an ATV on icey road at minus temperature and suddenly there is a strong wind coming through? Nevertheless, we got there at the end safely. On arrival at North Cape Hall, there were 2 permanent staff members, Marcela and Peter who greeted us. Yves showed us to our room and asked us to settle in while he prepared dinner for us. The excursion on Destination 71 website originally stated that the course will start with a 3-course dinner at Scandic Bryggen. Yves improvised and said to us (in the original apology) that the 3-course dinner will be served at the North Cape Restaurant instead. While waiting for dinner, we were allowed to go out of the hall and walked around to take happy snaps - the wind was pretty wild though. Our 3-course dinner menu for the night was: - Creamy Pumpkin Soup - Boiled Whole King Crab served with pita bread, mayonaise and chill aioli - Homemade Belgian Chocolate Mousse + Wines/Drinks P.S. The king crab is absolutely amazing. Orgasmic all over. As it was just the two of us, we had the whole restaurant to ourselves - it was like an exclusive private tour. So amazing. We then had a full North Cape hall tour where we were also shown places where regular visitors would not have access to. The next day started with Yves preparing us an arctic-styled breakfast, where we were also informed by him that we will be stranded at the North Cape for the day. This is due to the heavy snow overnight, where the North Cape access road was closed by the Norwegian Road Authorities as well as many other road closures around the Magerøya island - especially in Honningsvag where there were avalanches. It turned out our stay at the North Cape lasted for 5 nights rather than 1. During this period though, I could not emphasized enough the care and effort Yves had done to ensure our extended stay remained comfortable. While he was in constant contact with the local authorities as well as his 1-up to get an update on the conditions and etc, he slowly became from a tour guide to a 'personal chef' and friend. He made breakfast, lunch and dinner for us everyday with different dishes each day while improvising. The food he made was delicious and I wouldn't believe that he had made it! It was unreal. As for the room, there was a shared toilet/bathroom and laundry where we used to wash our clothes considering we didn't pack for this event. Yves also made contact with our hotel in Honnigsvag to ensure our room remained blocked out and our belongings were left untouched. What else did we do then during this period? Don't worry - we were never in distress or bored. We went out for a walk when the weather permit, walking in deep snow, played different board games, watched movies at the North Cape cinema and did a phone interview with a local radio tv channel. We constantly checked the weather forecast and road map to check the conditions as well as for any possible aurora activities. Luckily enough, we managed to witness the Northern Light on our very last night (although quite faint - but still the lady light regardless). We also had a North Cape certificate with so many different dates on it to represent the number of days that we were staying there for - apparently the first with so many dates on it! When we were finally "located", there were 2 snow blowers and 1 snow plow who made their way up to the North Cape. This kinda illustrated the situation we were in - road closed due to heavy snow. On our way back, some of the snow swept by the machines were as high as 5m. We also managed to stop by at another viewpoint where we could oversee the whole Honnigsvag town on a clear winter night! This was without a doubt the highlight of our trip and whilst albeit expensive (like everything in Norway) it was very well worthwhile. A truly fantastic experience and I would throughly recommend this company to anyone else looking for an exciting adventure, and ask for Yves too if you have the chance. Can't thank him enough for his professionalism throughout the expedition as well as the 2 staff members of North Cape. We will definitely be back again to book with Destination 71.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Alaine B wrote a review Aug 2019
Sydney, Australia40 contributions18 helpful votes
Initially Destination 71 Nord was really disorganised in their ATV touring... we were told to come back at 1445 in preparation for a 1500 trip but when we arrived they didn't seem to know what to do with us and left us standing in the shop. No where to sit, nothing to do, just stand idly in the shop. After 20 minutes they made us all walk outside and around the back, and then proceeded to take 20 more minutes to get us all suited up. They provide a jumpsuit, gloves and a helmet - no balaclava or boots like other ATV tour providers. On the day we went, it was very foggy and with a misty rain, so we got really cold and wet. Despite this, the tour itself was fabulous - it went for over an hour and half and we got a really good chance to drive around Honningsvag. If the visibility had have been better, the view would have been spectacular. The guides we had were good, and it was really pleasing to see that they keep good control over the group and when one driver was simply going too slowly due to nerves, they re-allocated the group and put the driver in one of their ATV's so as not to slow or endanger the whole group. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour despite the weather, and if Destination 71 Nord could streamline their organisation at the start of the tour, it would have been a five star rating from us.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Fi Cotter Craig wrote a review Jul 2019
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Amazing, brilliant, exciting, informative, interesting, exhilarating. Everything a day trip should be. Works for all ages, run by a great young team, the RIB journey has just enough of a hint of James Bond, the crab haul and prep is properly interesting and the subsequent meal just delicious. All staged on the quayside and then inside a Sami Tepee. If you’ve made the effort to go to the edge of the world inside the arctic circle, do yourself a favour and sign up for this. You’ll thank me.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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