Experience this unique journey to Northern Norway and Lapland. Immerse yourself in the most fascinating and invigorating winter activities, history and culture that the region has to offer. Explore the town of Tromso, join a king crab safari, visit a reindeer farm, snuggle up in an ice hotel and of course, hunt the Northern Lights on this 17 day comprehensive Nordic adventure.
DAY 1 STOCKHOLM
Upon arrival at Stockholm Airport, you will be met for your group transfer to your hotel. At check-in you will be presented a Welcome Letter with details about your welcome meeting later this evening, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program. Tonight you will enjoy a 2hour walking tour of the Swedish capital. Your hotel is located in the very heart of the capital and gives easy access to the main sights such as the walking street Drottningsgatan, the beautiful Kungsträdgaarden and the historic Old Town with the Royal Palace.
Stay at Scandic Anglais (4 star)
DAY 2 STOCKHOLM – LULEÅ
Meet with local guide and depart by private coach for a 3 hour city sightseeing tour. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm is proudly called “Beauty on Water” and this sightseeing tour includes a walk in the Old Town. The tour ends at Arlanda Airport where you will board for a 1hour 20minute flight to Lulea. The evening can be spent at your leisure. B
Stay at Clarion Hotel Sense (4 star)
DAY 3 LULEA – KIRUNA
After breakfast, enjoy free time to explore the city of Lulea, the largest city in Swedish Lapland located at the mouth of the Lule River. At 11.00hrs you will board the private coach for Kiruna. The scenic ride across the top of Sweden gives you time to relax while taking in the beauty of nature. Arrive in Kiruna, the northern most town in Sweden, and check-in to your hotel, where you can enjoy an early evening meal (at your own expense) prior to departing to visit the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko. You'll spend 4 hours gazing for the Northern Lights from a large, outdoor terrace and lookout tower. Inside you find a Northern Lights exhibition with a comprehensive presentation of the Aurora Borealis and in the warm cosy café you may treat yourself to “fika” (coffee break) and cake or browse around for a souvenir. B
Stay at Camp Ripan (3.5 star)
DAY 4 KIRUNA
Prepare for a day full of adventure. Today, your private coach takes you to Jukkasjarvi, where you will enjoy a guided tour of the most well-known Icehotel, the first in the world dating back to the late 80s. Next you'll visit the Jukkasjarvi Church with its striking interior, parts of which date back to 1608, making it the oldest surviving church in Lapland.
Right next door Nutti Sami Siida awaits you. Here you will have the opportunity to mingle with reindeer and a enjoy a traditional Sami lunch. During the visit you will be allowed into the reindeer enclosure (together with a guide) for an up-close encounter with the friendly animals.
Tonight there is the opportunity to enjoy a night at the Icehotel. Transfer to the Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel and spend an extraordinary night in an Ice Room “Igloo”. The rooms, all made of ice and snow and holds a temperature of approx. -5C. B, L
DAY 5 KIRUNA – NARVIK – SVOLVAER
This morning you will depart by private coach to the Kiruna Rail Station. Board the Arctic Circle Train and sit back and enjoy the most beautiful train ride in the region. This train line, part of the Iron Ore Line, played a central role during WWII, supplying the Germans with iron critical for wartime production of steel. Disembark in Narvik and continue towards Svolvaer by private coach.
Svolvaer has an age-old history as a fishing village and offers magnificent nature, a culture scene with many galleries and the well-known Lofoten War Memorial Museum. This evening there is the opportunity to join the Fishing Village Walk & Dinner at Borsen Spiseri. B
Stay at Svinoya Rorbuer (4 star)
DAY 6 SVOLVAER / BORG – LEKNES – REINE – NUSFJORD / SVOVAER
The first stop on today’s journey will be the Viking Lofotr Museum, where you can see the excavation of the largest known Viking House. Continue through the idyllic village of Leknes, before reaching Reine at for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, continue via Nusfjord and return to Svolvaer in the early evening. B, L
DAY 7 SVOLVAER / HENNINGSVAER - KABELVAAG / SVOLVAER
Continue discovering the wonders of Lofoten as you travel towards Henningsvaer, one of the most famous fishing villages, inhabited by only 1300 people. Here you have some free time to explore this beautiful town on your own and enjoy a lunch at one of the many restaurants. Next, travel to Kabelvaag, another important fishing village, for a visit to the North Museum where the history of the local fishing industry is presented in one of the best preserved squire farms of Lofoten. Return to Svolvaer mid afternoon and enjoy some free time before this evening's optional tour to search the Northern Lights. B
DAY 8 SVOLVAER - TROMSO
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before a long day of travelling to Tromso. En-route you will stop at the famous Polar Park, the northernmost animal park in the world! The Polar Park is home to large carnivores from the Nordic countries and prides itself with having the animals in their natural surroundings and the largest area per animal. After the visit to your journey continues to Tromso. Check in to the hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure or opt to see spectacular panoramic views of Tromso on the city's cable car. B
Stay at Radisson Blu (4 star) or Scandic Ishavshotel (4 star)
This morning enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Tromso where you'll learn about the history and traditions of the Sami people, visit the world's northernmost Botanical Gardens, visit the Tromso University Museum and learn fascinating facts on nature and culture in Norway. Continue your tour around the island, passing Lake Prestvatn, travel across the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral and finish the tour with a visit to the Arctic experience centre Polaria. Tonight you will visit another Aurora Camp and their 300+ huskies. After some sky gazing and huskie cuddles, enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner in a cosy Gamme hut. As you sit around a warm bonfire your guide will keep a close eye on the sky in case the Aurora appears. B, D
DAY10 TROMSO - ALTA
Depart Tromso and journey to Alta, marvelling at the breathtaking scenery along the way. Enjoy lunch en-route and arrive into Alta in the afternoon. Enjoy your evening at leisure before the optional sleigh ride under the Northern Lights. B, L
Stay at Thon Hotel Alta (3 star)
After breakfast, depart for the UNESCO Alta museum which dates back 11,000 years and presents exhibitions on local culture and historic industries. You will have a guided tour of the museum as well as some free time to walk around at your own pace. After, visit the modern Northern Lights Cathedral, the elegant and modern construction houses artwork by the Danish artist Peter Brandes. The rest of your day is spent at leisure.This evening, you can opt again to stay in an Ice Hotel (Sorrisniva) and do some more sky-gazing in hopes to see the Northern Lights. B
DAY12 ALTA - KIRKENES
Depart early this morning and travel east through beautiful northern Lapland. Sit back and relax as your eyes feast on the breathtaking landscape as it unfolds. Stop in Karasjok, where you will enjoy a 3-course lunch. Arrive into Kirkenes and check into your hotel before enjoying an evening at leisure. B, L
Stay at Thon Hotel Kirkenes (4 star)
DAY13 KIRKENES - SAARISELKA
This morning experience one of the highlights on Northern Norway, King Crab Safari. You will come face to face with the giant of the sea, the red king crab can reach up to two meters from claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilograms. Your catch of the day will be prepare in a remote cabin for a delicious lunch. After the safari travel south to Inari, the capital of Lapland. Here you will visit the Sajos Sami Culture Centre and parliament on the shores of Lake Inari. Continue on to the small village of Saariselka, the centre of winter sports in Finland. Check-in to the hotel and enjoy a free evening. B, L
Stay at Santa's Tunturi Hotel (4 star)
DAY14 SAARISELKA - SINETTA
Your adventure continues as you make your way to Sinetta. Along the way you'll visit Sami Reindeer Farm and have a sleigh ride. Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer and teach you how to throw Suopunki (Sami lasso). A traditional lunch will be served after the sleigh ride. Continue south and arrive at the Arctic Snow Hotel where you will check in to your Glass Igloo. This afternoon you may wish to try the Optional Snow Sauna and Outdoor Jacuzzi. In the evening, enjoy a traditional 3-course dinner in a wooden "Kota'. B, L, D
Stay at Arctic Snow Hotel in Glass Igloo
DAY15 SINETTA - ROVANIEMI
Depart Sinetta late morning to one of the most idyllic Husky Safaris of the region. The head musher will talk about life and training of these animals, you will have the chance to take some great photos. Enjoy a husky ride to a traditional outdoor lunch. After, continue to the magical Santa Claus Village. Stroll through the village filled with souvenir shops, Santa's Post Office and cafes, you may even have the chance to meet Santa Claus himself. After the visit you'll be transferred to Rovaniemi and enjoy the rest of your evening at leisur or opt to take an excursion to Aurora Borealis Camp by Snowmobile. BL
Stay at Santa's Hotel Santa Claus (4 star)
DAY16 ROVANIEMI - KEMI (Ice-breaker Cruise) - ROVANIEMI
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a full day filled with activities. First visit the Snow Castle and enjoy the snow sculptures and complex with its special snow slide. Next experience one of the highlights of your winter adventure as you board the Sampo Icebreaker and spend four hours on this powerful vessel breaking through the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia. This incredible experience includes a guided tour of the ship and lunch at the restaurant on board before the opportunity to jump in the sea and float. You will be fitted with a survival suit and those who are brave enough to hop in the sea will receive a certificate for your courage. Early evening arrival to your hotel in Rovaniemi. Tonight, opt to partake in an unforgettable dinner for your last night in an igloo. BL
Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer for your onward journey.B
**Optional Tours require pre booking as they are not available to be booked once on tour.
Passport details are required for booking flight at time of booking. Luggage weight limit on the flight is 20kgs.
Please Note: The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking driver and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time may occur.
It is important to note that in all the winter programs that they can be physically demanding and you may be exposed to different kinds of physical strain. Uneven grounds during walking tours, snow and ice are common surface in our destinations. All activities involving sailing, snowmobiling, reindeer sleighs, husky sleighs, igloo dinners and ice breaker will include appropriate thermal equipment. It is recommended that warm (wool or fleece) undergarments are worn for your additional comfort.
Please Note: All guests are requested to arrange Travel Insurance which covers also winter sports, snowmobile tours, boat trips, fishing tours, husky safaris, and general winter and summer activities. Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase and 1 piece of hand luggage per person.