芬蘭冰雪奇緣賞極光 Aurora in Snow-clad Finland

許多人心中認為人生最不能錯過的其中一次旅行,就是極光之旅。芬蘭北部是世上最有機會與極光結緣的地方之一,隆冬積雪化成一種浪漫氣氛,窗外縱使寒風凜凜,
躺在溫暖的透明玻璃小屋上高床軟枕,從窗外見證著奇幻的極光飛舞,如此極致的旅程,一期一會,絕對難忘。

The enchanting aurora is listed as a must-see scenery once in a lifetime by many people. Northern Finland is one of the best place for people lying on
the cozy bed inside a warm glass house and viewing the magic-like auroras in snow-clad world.


隨時隨地看極光

在芬蘭看極光,最佳地區是北部的拉普蘭。其座落北緯68度以上,屬北極圈範圍之內,不僅是芬蘭最大之行政區,亦是聖誕老人的家鄉,省內有高低起伏的749座山,住上19萬頭馴鹿,自然靈秀的氣氛瀰漫四周。由於地理位置加上天氣關係,為極光出現製造了理想的條件,成為不少旅客追光的目的地首選。

拉普蘭首府羅瓦涅米是個配套齊全而優雅閒適的北極圈小城,也是最熱門的旅遊點。為追求更極致豪華的體驗,可選擇住在羅瓦涅米以北約8公里聖誕老人村內的Snowman World Glass Resort,入住剛於去年12 月才開幕的玻璃天幕式公寓別墅。每間獨立別墅均有40平方米,當中位於閣樓睡床旁的其中一面牆及頭頂天花板更是玻璃天幕式設計,即使室外在夜深極寒時低至零下四十度,屋內恆溫設施仍保持著令人舒適的溫度。一般極光團只能待在室外一兩小時等待極光出現,在屋裡便能全天候無後顧之憂地觀賞極光。別墅裡的浴室同樣設有偌大的玻璃幕牆,若然夠幸運,泡浴時也會看到極光在天空上舞動。幻化不定的光彩,現場看得令人著迷,即使旅程結束了仍令人回味不已。

Lapland is the largest and northernmost region of Finland with latitude of 68°N. It is also regarded as the home of Santa Claus, boasting about its 749 fells and more than 190,000 reindeers. It is the ideal place for aurora lovers thanks to its perfect weather and location.

Tourists often choose Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland as their first stop in this arctic trip for aurora. They can indulge themselves by staying at the newly opened Snowman World Glass Resort in the Santa Claus Village. Equipped with meeting room and kitchen, these 40 sq.m houses are detached and furnished in a Nordic style. The glass ceiling of loft and glass wall near bedside provide a full-day view of aurora, sparing you from standing in the frigid outside. The bathroom is also equipped with glass wall; you may enjoy the fascinating aurora while taking a bath. Being a live audience of aurora will be engraved in your memories.

聖誕老人村 Santa Claus Village


體驗冰屋與冰餐廳

若想來多一點有趣的體驗,在Snowman World Glass Resort旁邊,還有屬同集團範圍下的冰旅館Igloo Hotel,在芬蘭早已享負盛名。全旅館以冰塊建成,只有在嚴寒的冬季才能暫時保存,當春回大地之後又會化成水消失。冰屋是以居於北極圈的古人留下來的智慧而建,儘管外面降至零下三、四十度,冰房間內仍保持約零度狀態。走進房間,可看見由冰塊製成的床和桌椅,睡床上鋪上暖暖的厚毛氈,也有睡袋可以裹著進睡。在整個極光旅程中住一晚,是難能可貴的經驗,寒冰在燈光

下更營造出透明晶亮的冷艷美。若未能抵擋寒氣入住冰屋,倒可以到冰餐廳和冰酒吧來一次特色用餐或派對體驗。同樣在冬季期間限定,冰餐廳掛上華麗吊燈,坐在冰椅上,端來的一道道美食,包括最芬蘭最馳名的鮮美鮭魚,以及各式蔬菜和肉類均放在眼前的冰桌,來一頓有趣的美食之旅。

村內的住宿與聖誕老人村相連,住在這裡不愁沒有活動,到毗鄰探探聖誕老人、參加各種雪上活動,如馴鹿拉車、哈薩奇雪撬狗拉車、坐上雪地電單車飛馳,或穿上雪鞋在雪地漫步亦可。

If you are looking for something more exciting, you can stay at renowned Igloo Hotel beside the Snowman World Glass Resort. Constructed with ice cubes, only survived in the chilly winter and will melt when the spring comes.
Igloo, or ice house, is an old wisdom inherited from ancestors living in Arctic circle. The igloo keeping an indoor temperature of zero, providing a sanctuary against the outside -40° world. Everything inside including beds and chairs is made of ice. Guests sleep on the thick wool felt on the bed or in the sleeping bag. If you are daunted by the cold at night, you can still experience the Igloo by having food such as the most famous Finnish salmon and other meat and vegetables in the restaurant or joining the party in the bar. Dinning at the icy table and sitting on the icy bench would also be a once in a lifetime memory.

Various attractions are prepared for visitors who choose village accommodation. Besides a mysterious appointment with Santa Claus, amazing activities including husky and reindeer rides, snowmobile tours and snow shoeing can be found in the village as well.



看完極光享受芬蘭浴

羅瓦涅米的聖誕老人村為相對熱鬧的景點,若依然意猶未盡,而且比較鍾情自然與寧靜,可到比羅瓦涅米更北的伊瓦洛小鎮去,下榻在森林中Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort之豪華玻璃圓頂屋中,期待接迎另一次極光到臨。從赫爾辛基坐內陸機直抵,酒店在芬蘭烏爾霍凱寧國家公園旁,相當具名氣,坐上半小時車程便可抵達。透明圓頂以及全天候躺在床上觀看極光的玻璃小屋向來趨之若鶩,前年年底更推出住宿升級版,加建了與玻璃屋木屋相連的套房別墅,房間更大之余,設備更齊全。

下榻在這裡可特別向前檯職員要求「極光通報」,當極光出現時馬上通知,便不用擔心錯過美妙的時刻。除了房中的私人桑拿,酒店範圍內還設有世界最大的桑拿浴室,最多可容納一百人。當中的傳統煙燻桑拿浴更不能錯過,在充滿木香和煙燻氣味的浴室內享受完桑拿蒸氣浴,夠勇氣的可直接衝入冰湖上開鑿出來的冰水洞中來個冰火享受,行氣活血之餘,更能體驗傳統特色。

If you prefer natural and serene sites, it should be a good choice to leave for Ivalo, a village located on the north of Rovaniemi. Only half an hour from Ivalo Airport, the well-known hotel is next to Urho Kekkonen National Park. Living in the luxury glass igloos, numerous visitors have experienced the precious time by lying in bed all day to witness northern lights through the transparent dome. At the end of 2016, an upgraded plan with suite and villa has come out to supply more equipments and spaces.

As a special service, ‘aurora call’ can be requested at the reception to make sure you won’t miss the moment of excitement. Or you may be interested in invigorating the circulation of blood through rushing into the water hole in frozen lake, after enjoying the traditional smoking sauna in the world’s largest sauna bathroom owned by the hotel.


 

乘坐破冰船看日出與極光

從羅瓦涅米到拉普蘭海濱地區凱米市,坐上曾為當地居民服役四分一世紀、如今轉型成為遊客獨特航海體驗的桑普號,在隆冬時冰封的波的尼亞灣進行破冰之旅。曾經是全球唯一的民用型破冰船,1987年退役一年後引入凱米市,每年由12月底至4月中春天來臨前,負責接載來自全球之遊客體驗破冰。設有不同的行程選擇,包括在冰海破冰看日出、破冰後到小島上玩雪地摩托車,又或在漆黑夜裡冰海上看北極光,每個行程約4小時。只要願意花點
時間在凱米市住上一兩晚,便可把三個行程統統玩一遍。日出和黑夜的行程令人特別喜歡,前者在朝陽照耀下,冰海的美景格外動人;黑夜裡猶如冒險式的破冰旅程亦很獨特,當耳際傳來冰塊破裂時發出的聲音,眼前則是極光舞動,此情此景大概只能在這裡才可感受到。在凱米市還可以遊走冰堡壘。最後一提,從赫爾辛基可乘內陸機分別到羅瓦涅米、伊瓦洛及凱米市,而曾有無比幸運的乘客曾在飛機上看見北極光!當然,北極光最引人入勝和最動人之處是她的奇幻與虛無飄渺,有人一次便可看到,有人則要到北歐兩三次才有機會結緣,而最後能看到多少,得看與它的緣份如何了。

From Rovaniemi to the northern port town named Kemi, visitors are encouraged to explore the Gulf of Bothnia in cold winter on the civil icebreaker Sampo. Since its retirement in 1987, Sampo have been operating as a base for lovers of frozen seas all around the world. With each cruise of approximately 4 hours, passengers will watch the perfect sunrise, ride electric bike on the snowfield or observe the beautiful aurora borealis in dark nights optionally as the routes vary. It is worth mentioning that since domestic flights are available from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Ivalo and Kemi, several lucky passengers have witnessed the aurora borealis on the plane! Whereas, the most enchanting and touching part of the light should be its bizarre occurrence. Some may run into it at the first time of arrival, others may need to visit Europe a couple times in order to enjoy the great view.


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