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50 Degrees North is a niche, independently owned and fully licensed tour operator specialising in the regions above the 50th parallel north, including Scandinavia, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, the Arctic, the Baltics, Russia, Kamchatka and Mongolia – and now also Antarctica! 50 Degrees North is recognized for its local expertise, the originality of their programs and detailed, personalised operation. The company was founded in 2010 and has offices in Lillehammer, Melbourne, and Vancouver. Co-founder and CEO, Tietse Stelma, was appointed Norway’s Consul-General in Melbourne in 2018, in honor of the company's dedication and contribution to the destination.
50 Degrees North's vision is to be top-of-mind for operating innovative, authentic and responsible travel experiences above the 50th parallel north.
• Explore Norway’s magnificent and less known areas (e.g. the Western fjords)
• Visit the remote Siglufjörður peninsula in north Iceland
• Discover the Kingdom of Crystal in south central Sweden
• Spend a summer's day in Skagen, where the Scandinavian romantic painters used to lose themselves
• View brown bears in the deep forests of eastern Finland
• See the puffins return on the same date (14th April) every single year at Lovund on the central Norwegian coast
• Discover the peaceful and remote Faroe Islands perched in the middle of the North Atlantic
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The story of 50 Degrees North starts in 2010 when Tietse Stelma and Jayde Kincaid left their secure roles at Peregrine Adventures and The Outdoor Education Group respectively, to start 50 Degrees North. The business started off in Jayde & Tietse’s front room in Clifton Hill, which was the official business address for the first 18 months of business.
In March 2012, 50 Degrees North moved into offices at Suite 203, 7 Jeffcott Street, West Melbourne with 2 employees + Jayde & Tietse. Since then, 50 Degrees North has grown steadily, while increasing its number of employees in Melbourne.
In January 2015, we opened the office in a small town near Lillehammer, Norway with Satu taking on the Managing Director role for the Norwegian business. We have now grown into a financially stable and mid-size company now employing 30+ staff in our offices in Melbourne, Lillehammer (Øyer) and our latest addition: Vancouver.
Indeed, in January 2017, we employed Natalie Lauzon in Vancouver, Canada, and began our Canadian adventure.
Read more about 50 Degrees North in the following articles:
2019 Traveller, Sydney Morning Herald
Read Mark Daffey's article Icy vistas from a cosy cabin in this Arctic Circle archipelago here.
2019 Toque & Canoe
Read Margo Pfeiff's article Meet Norway's Bathing Angels here.
2018 Signature Luxury Travel and Style
Read Barry Stone's article 'Design and Nature in Norway' here.
The following articles in the Vacations & Travel magazine Kamchatka Vacations and Travel Jan2012 Barry Stone and DestinAsia Magazine KAMCHATKA Destinasian Jan2012 by Barry Stone, released 2012
Signature Magazine. Cruising in Greenland by Barry Stone
Signature Magazine. Self Driving in Iceland by Barry Stone
Holiday with Kids Magazine. Santa's secret hideway in Finland by Mark Duffey
PAX Magazine, Canadian Travel Trade News
Hurtigruten Early Bird Deals for Australia
New Tour Western Fjords 2019 - using a 50 Degrees North minivan
Virtuoso Award 2018 Destination and Experience Growth
New Hotels in Scandinavia, opening in 2018
Details about our new tour Beautiful Norway with private 50 Degrees North minivan
Escorted Photography tour with David Evans and Hurtigruten
Christmas tours explained
50 Degrees North opens Vancouver office - US Edition
New Glass Igloo tour
Hurtigruten Escorted Photography tour - last spots available
We have a small collection of 50 Degrees North images (mostly of our hotels and small group tours). Please ask us for access to the dropbox.
For professional images, we would recommend accessing the image banks of our partners, the tourist boards of our region. These can be accessed with a password and are easy to use. Most of the time, the password is provided immediately. If you are looking for something more specific, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Find out more about what we are up to on our news page.