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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE | ESCAPE - W O R D S : C H A N TAY LO­GAN For de­tails and prices go to mumpack­travel.com

RE­ALLY LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE

A new ho­tel on skis has launched in Fin­land al­low­ing guests to watch the North­ern Lights from the cosiest of beds. The wellap­pointed glamp­ing cabin is towed into a re­mote wilder­ness lo­ca­tion, deep in the Arc­tic Cir­cle. Avail­able to book through Off the Map Travel un­til mid-April, the rooms in­clude a clear Au­rora view­ing roof and are lo­cated 6km east of Kilpisjärvi. Guests can use the cabin’s snow­shoes and kick­sled to ex­plore the local area dur­ing the stay. “The wilder­ness sur­round­ing Kilpisjärvi is known for its re­mote and un­in­ter­rupted Arc­tic tun­dra,” says Off the Map Travel’s Jonny Cooper. “Away from any man-made light pol­lu­tion, it is here that the wilder­ness camp is placed for the win­ter, giv­ing guests the best pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the North­ern Lights and sim­ply en­joy the si­lence of the Arc­tic plains.” Local snacks and hot drinks are pro­vided, with a warm­ing break­fast also in­cluded in the overnight ex­pe­ri­ence. Sta­tis­ti­cally, the Kilpisjärvi area has more clear night skies and records more North­ern Lights ac­tiv­ity than any other place in Fin­land. For tailor-made travel itin­er­ar­ies go to offthemap.travel

CRUISE SOLO AND SAVE

Solo trav­ellers will be happy to see a Euro­pean river cruise of­fer from Flight Cen­tre with no sin­gle sup­ple­ment. Pay from $6995 and re­ceive a 15-day river cruise aboard ms AmaVenita in an out­side cabin from Bu­dapest to Am­s­ter­dam, fine dining with 40 in­cluded meals, a range of on­board bev­er­ages, all-in­clu­sive sight­see­ing in up to 15 des­ti­na­tions and the ser­vices of an ex­pert cruise direc­tor. Visit Vi­enna, Durn­stein, Mu­nich, Re­gens­burg, Nurem­berg, Bam­berg, Wurzburg, Mil­tenberg, Rudesheim and Cologne along the way. De­part­ing Novem­ber 24, the pack­age is valid for sale un­til April 30. Call 131 600 and quote deal code 5147329 or go to flight­cen­tre.com.au

GET BACK TO NA­TURE

Book an es­cape to Carnar­von Gorge Wilder­ness Lodge through Trav­elOn­line to spend three days ex­plor­ing the na­tional park, laz­ing by the pool and savour­ing great food at the lodge’s restau­rant. Criss­cross fresh­wa­ters streams, climb sand­stone cliffs, visit an­cient Abo­rig­i­nal art sights and pass tran­quil wa­ter­falls, along the more than 25km of graded walk­ing tracks through the out­back. Priced from $330 per per­son twin share, the pack­age in­cludes three nights in a Queen Cabin valid for sale and travel un­til Oc­to­ber 28. Go to trav­elon­line.com or call 1300 883 887

GIVE MUM A PROPER BREAK

It’s a dream for many mums – a lux­u­ri­ous over­seas hol­i­day with kids – how­ever, many strug­gle with not only trav­el­ling alone with their chil­dren, but hav­ing to en­ter­tain them when they ar­rive. Fam­ily travel in­flu­encer Evie Far­rell has been trav­el­ling the world for two years with her eight-year-old daugh­ter Em­mie and says she has the so­lu­tion: lux­ury mum and kids’ re­treats in Bali. “I started trav­el­ling with Em­mie when she was four months old, and I of­ten won­dered if other mums felt com­fort­able trav­el­ling alone with their kids. I had an idea to cre­ate hol­i­days for mums and kids, so that when they ar­rived at their des­ti­na­tion they were im­me­di­ately in a com­fort­able place with a small group of other mums to spend time with and kids to play with. It just takes the stress out of a solo-par­ent hol­i­day with kids and means ev­ery­one gets to have a good time.” The Mumpack Travel Mum and Kids Lux­ury Bali Re­treat is on from June 22 — 29. “We want mums to have a mem­o­rable and lux­u­ri­ous hol­i­day where they can re­lax and en­joy a few wines, massages, din­ners and out­ings while the kids play in the pool, have movie nights and learn about the cul­ture here in Bali,” says Evie. Evie also runs Sri Lanka fam­ily hol­i­days (for dads too) four times a year.

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