The safety of our travellers, staff and operators is a major priority of 50 Degrees North. With an operational office in Norway, 50 Degrees North has access to an up-to-the-minute flow of information regarding the countries we work in. We are also in regular contact with the various operators we use. Their in-depth knowledge and understanding of their various areas is vital.
Due to the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation we are offering the following postponement and cancellation policies to adapt to the constantly evolving nature of this pandemic.
For all travellers with departures up until 30 November 2020 you have the following options:
You can postpone your travel plans until later in 2020, or in 2021. We will hold funds paid in credit and apply these to your new booking. However, we will need to cover our costs directly related to your booking including unrecoverable costs. We will hold the remaining funds paid in credit towards a booking for a new date up until 31 December 2021.
Note that if you move your booking there may be additional costs charged on certain services (i.e. unrecoverable costs), and the total price for the trip on a new date may be different due to rate variations, supplier increases, exchange rates, or other reasons outside our control.
If you wish to cancel outright our normal booking conditions apply: https://www.fiftydegreesnorth.com/booking-conditions
For all travellers with departures from 01 December 2020 and beyond:
For any postponement or cancellation requests our normal booking conditions apply: https://www.fiftydegreesnorth.com/booking-conditions
If you want to book a trip for travel in the near future or at a later date we are currently offering a reduced deposit payment of 10% (down from 20%). Note, there may be elements of your booking that still require a 20% deposit (e.g. a Norwegian Coastal Voyage), and in such case we will inform you what the minimum deposit will be.
TRAVEL ADVISORIES & OTHER INFORMATION
Updated WHO recommendations for international traffic in relation to COVID-19 outbreak
Our recommendations for travellers in general;
If you are unsure if any travel restrictions, contact your airline and travel insurance provider for information on any changes in services.
Stay up to date with government travel advisories applicable to your home country, and those of your travel destination.
US Travel advisory
Canada Travel advisory
Australia Smart Traveller
New Zealand Safe Travel
UK Foreign Travel advice
Stay up to date with advice provided by the health department of your home country and that provided by the WHO https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
National Public Health Information in the Nordics
Please click below links for information from the various public health information sites in our region;
Norway - https://www.fhi.no/en/id/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/
Sweden - https://www.folkhalsomyndigheten.se/the-public-health-agency-of-sweden/communicable-disease-control/covid-19/
Finland - https://thl.fi/en/web/infectious-diseases/what-s-new/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-updates
Iceland - https://www.landlaeknir.is/koronaveira/english/
UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT ICELAND OPENING UP TO ALL INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS
Denmark - https://politi.dk/coronavirus-i-danmark/in-english
Estonia - https://www.terviseamet.ee/en/covid19
Faroe Islands - https://corona.fo/?_l=en
We hope this helps. Talk to us if you have further questions.
For further reference, we also recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for any country to which you are travelling and 'check in' where possible:
Note on safety:
We rely on public transport and car hire providers to maintain the vehicles we use in a roadworthy condition, but we do not perform independent tests on public vehicles. Privately chartered bus operators/drivers are required to comply with local licence and vehicle servicing standards. We don't recommend driving in winter conditions without extensive ice & snow driving experience.
On your tour, you will have many choices for optional activities. 50 Degrees North is not the provider of these optional winter activities, the local supplier that provides these optional activities will have indemnity forms to sign and safety information accessible at the start of each activity. If you have any concerns about the safety of the activity, before or during the activity, please let someone know.
For winter departures, you will receive a comprehensive Scandinavian winter packing list before you arrive. We recommend you read this carefully before departure and speak to your guides & locals about weather conditions, walking safely on ice and dressing warmly.
We ask that you inform us or your travel agent of any pre-existing medical conditions before travelling.
Vaccinations before departure:
It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with the health and vaccinations requirements applicable for the countries and/or regions you will be visiting.
Please click here to check any vaccination and travel health advice for your trip from the Australian Government.
Please click here for vaccination and travel health advice from the Canadian Government.
For advice from the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, please click here.