2019 Crazy Travelista Spring Group Trips: Lofoten Islands & Jordan (+ possible Beirut add-on)

2019 Crazy Travelista Spring Group Trips: Lofoten Islands & Jordan (+ possible Beirut add-on)

Spring 2019 Female Group Trips 

Lofoten Islands: March 7-12, 2019 (Update: will be moved to Oct/Nov now)

Jordan: March 27-April 3rd

Beirut, Lebanon add-on: April 3-7th

My 2019 Group Trips will all be run based on demand. Since these destinations got the most votes, these are my first set of group trips for 2019. I will do 2 more trips by the end of the year (in the fall) so stay tuned for those as well.

Lofoten Islands, Norway Group Trip (Oct/Nov 2019)

UPDATE: Due to some schedule conflicts, this trip will be moved to Oct/Nov now. Stay tuned for the exact dates in the next few months.

Last March, I took a small group of adventurous ladies to the remote Lofoten Islands in Norway and it was an absolute blast! I can honestly say that it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen (& I’m pretty sure all the girls would agree). 

Not only that, but we had the most breathtaking cozy cabin right on the lake with the most AMAZING VIEW of the mountains and water, the perfect setting to view the Northern Lights! (which we saw right from our living room!).

The Northern Lights from our living room in Lofoten

We had such a great trip that I wanted to open up a second trip in March 2019!

The Lofoten Islands are an archipelago off of Northeast Norway known for their cute little traditional fishing villages, epic mountain peaks, stunning fjords, and breathtaking panoramic views.

The Lofoten islands aren’t the easiest (or cheapest) to get to, which is why they aren’t on the main tourist track (another reason they are so intriguing to me). The good news is I took all the stress out of planning this trip for you!

The Lofoten Islands are a photographer’s dream, especially because they are a good place to see the Northern Lights. And there is nothing prettier than seeing these cute little seaside towns all covered in snow.

Trip Details:

  • Dates: October/Nov 2019
  • Start: Bodø, Norway 
  • End: Bodø, Norway
  • Activities: photographing arctic landscapes, hikes (weather permitting), Northern Lights

On the Agenda

We will meet in the town of Bodo, Norway, which is like the gateway to the Lofotens. The next morning we will take a short 20 minute flight to the islands.

I have rented a car and plan to drive around to some of the best photo spots on the islands like cute little villages, arctic beaches, and viewpoints over the islands.

There are also some EPIC hikes to do in the Lofotens, although only some are accessible during the winter time. But I do plan on doing 1 of the smaller hikes if the weather gods permit. We will check the avalanche warnings the night before and decide from there. So ya, you kinda should be into hiking and be in moderate shape.

That being said, you will need waterproof boots/hiking shoes and microspikes. It is still very much snowy this time of year and we will be walking around all day so it would suck to have wet and soggy feet.

At night, it’s gonna be all about searching for the Northern Lights. There is never a guarantee that they will come out to play (so you have to set your expectations accordingly). However, the Lofoten Islands are 100 km above the Arctic Circle so that gives me lots of hope! We saw them on our last night of our trip and it was MAGICAL!

Morning coffee with a view

We will stay in a cute little cozy red cabin (just like you see in all the pictures…and the same one as last year) right on the water in Homnøy, the most photographed village in the Lofotens. There is a deck overlooking the water and mountains, which is the perfect setting if the Northern Lights appear. How cool would that be to just walk outside and see them without having to go anywhere? My dream! (Update: this actually happened!!!)

So What’s It Gonna Cost Me?

  • Non-Refundable Deposit: $400
  • Total Trip Cost: $1675 

Another important note: As with all group trips, travel insurance WILL be required for this trip. Plus, it’s foolish not to travel without it anyway.

Norway is expensive AF! In fact, Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world, so this is definitely NOT a budget trip. This is more like a bucket list trip!

Norway is also one of my top 10 favourite countries in the world (out of 83 that I’ve been). The natural beauty is unmatched and keeps bring me back for more (this will be my 4th trip). Trust me when I say the steep prices are 100% worth it!

I’ve also taken a look at photography tours of Lofoten Islands and they run anywhere from 2500 EUROS to 4500 EUROS! I am not a professional photographer, hence the lower prices. But I definitely have more skill than the average person, which I will use to help you get some awesome shots!

What’s Included:

  • 5 nights accommodation in double occupancy (you will have your own twin bed in a room shared with another female traveler..possibly your new BFF)
  • Return flights from Bodø to Lofoten islands and back
  • Private transport around the islands
  • Lifelong memories and friendships!

What’s NOT Included:

  • International flights to Norway
  • Food (however, there will be a kitchen where we stay and I will be making grocery store runs…restaurants are limited on the islands so this is a good option to eat cheap). I think we all spent less than $80 on food for the few days we were there. 
  • Alcohol
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)

Where Can I Sign Up?

I am only taking 4 other adventure travellers with me so spots are VERY limited. You can sign up HERE (Oct/Nov dates will be announced at a later time, but feel free to fill out this form so i have your email and to assure you get first dibs on spots!). Please only fill this out if you are super serious about gong.♥

Jordan Group Trip

Dates: March 27-April 3rd, 2019

Trip starts in: Amman, Jordan on March 27th

Trip ends in: Amman Jordan on April 3rd

Visa Required: YES (for US citizens, this can easily be obtained during your passport check on arrival)

Activities: Petra, Petra by Night, luxury stay on Dead Sea, desert glamping (with actual beds)

I am SO excited to go back to Jordan as it is one of my favorite destination of 2017 and my favorite country in the Middle East! I went solo and felt totally safe, in case you are wondering!

On this trip, we will spend 2.5 days in Petra and I will show you all the epic viewpoints I found on my last trip. There is some hiking involved so you must be ok with this! But no hiking experience needed, don’t worry!

World nomads insurance review

After Petra we will spend one night glamping in the desert (there will be beds inside your tent so it’s not roughing it by any means).

We will also visit the Dead Sea and stay in a luxury hotel with a sea view.

The trip starts and ends in Amman so we will have time to explore the city as well.

Jordan Trip Itinerary 

March 27: Amman

March 28-31: Petra

March 31-April 1: Wadu Rum desert glamping

April 1-2: Dead Sea resort luxury hotel

April 2-3: Amman

Trip Cost

Non-refundable deposit: $400 due by January 23rd

Total Price: $1600 (due by February 23rd)

*For any past guests on my previous group trips, you will get a special discount, just ask 🙂

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights accommodation in double occupancy (you will have your own twin bed in a room shared with another female traveler). 
  • Private transport around Jordan
  • Petra by Night entrance fee
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Lifelong memories and friendships!

What’s NOT Included:

  • International flights to Jordan
  • Jordan Visa Fee* (see below)
  • Entrance to Petra for 2 days* (See below)
  • Food (other than the breakfasts mentioned above)
  • Alcohol (It’s a dry country so there will not be much alcohol consumption)
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)

*I did not include the 2 day entrance fee to Petra since its cheaper to buy the Jordan Pass before you enter Jordan, which reduces your visa entry fee. I’ll give you more details about it once you book the trip, don’t worry! It’s pretty easy 🙂

Where Can I sign up?

To book, fill out this form here

Beirut, Lebanon Add-On (April 3-7)

Beirut, Lebanon is a quick and cheap flight from Amman, Jordan so it makes sense to add this onto a Jordan trip!

After zipping around Jordan I will be heading to Beirut, Lebanon for 4 days, hoping to explore but also relax after the jam-packed Jordan trip.

It will be my first time in Beirut myself. I plan on exploring the city and coastline, as well as going on a day-trip to Byblos (one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world).

Based on demand, I will put together an actual itinerary, so if you’re interested, let me know (there is a question about it in the Jordan sign-up form above). ♥

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