A guided tour like no other
TEXT: SUNNIVA DAVIES-ROMMETVEIT | PHOTOS © ERIC FOKKE
Arctic Guide Service was the first company to offer tailored excursions in one of Norway’s best-known areas of outstanding beauty, the Lofoten Islands.
“We saw an unmet need in the tourist market, so we first set up in Lofoten back in 2001,” explains product and marketing manager June Remmen. “We wanted to give visitors a completely memorable experience of the archipelago, and many now know us as the leading tour guide service here.”
In order to provide first-class tours, Arctic Guide Service works hand in hand with locals, and handpicks its tour guides to make sure that their knowledge of the archipelago’s nature and local cultures is second to none. “This area is rich in history and steeped in culture − we want to convey all of this to our visitors, so that they come away with a true understanding of Lofoten,” Remmen says.
Depending on the season, Arctic Guide Service offers trips to photograph the northern lights, or takes guests hiking in fantastic nature before heading for an Arctic beach bonfire. “It’s something you’d never think to do above the Arctic Circle, but the gulf stream makes Lofoten relatively temperate considering its latitude,” explains Remmen.
Tours come highly personalised, and the firm caters to individuals on their own Arctic adventure, while also working with tour operators and cruise companies, including Hurtigruten. “We listen to the interests and needs of our customers and tailor trips to suit them,” Remmen explains, adding: “That’s why we love doing this − we offer totally unique experiences with expert guides.”