Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 Tromso
Welcome to Tromso! Upon arrival, make your way to the Flybussen bus stop for your transfer to the city centre. After check in at your hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure to begin exploring Tromso at your own pace. This evening, you have the opportunity to join an optional tour, taking the Tromso Cable Car up to Storsteinen, enjoying the panoramic views from over 400 metres above the city. And if the Northern Lights make an appearance... it will make the moment even more magical.

Stay at: Clarion Hotel the Edge or similar (4 star) or similar

DAY 2 Tromso
This morning, be introduced to Tromso on a guided city sightseeing tour. Learn about the indigenous Sami people, their traditional culture, and most recent history. Tour around the island, passing Lake Prestvannet where the Meteorological Institute is situated before travelling across the bridge to the most iconic landmark of Tromso, the Arctic Cathedral. It can be seen from a plane or from a boat in Tromso sound, its' glass façade and concrete slabs that shape this building, creating an architectural masterpiece to admire externally and from the inside. Visit this masterpiece by Jan Inge Hovig built in 1965, the cathedral reflects North Norwegian nature, culture, and faith with a monumental stained-glass window.

This afternoon is at your leisure, but if you are wanting to discover more, there is an optional tour on offer to visit a couple of Tromso's most popular museums. A visit to the aquarium Polaria is a must to see up close the amazing sea life of this region and the Tromso University Museum offers a diverse and insightful look into the northern culture including the Vikings.

This evening, you will have the opportunity to partake in one of the most memorable optional tours, the Aurora Husky Visit. Drive out of town to the husky camp, where 300 friendly Alaskan huskies are waiting to greet you and enjoy your cuddles. After, a traditional Norwegian dinner is served in a cosy Gamme hut (turf home). As you sit around a warm bonfire your guide will keep a close eye on the sky, in case the Aurora appears.

Stay at: Radisson Blu Hotel or similar (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 Tromso – Alta
It's a long drive to Alta today that offers some of the most stunning scenery. Marvel at the magnificent nature and breathtaking vistas along the way including two ferry crossings. Lunch will be en route, with an afternoon arrival into Alta. Downtown Alta is located just below the 70th latitude and is closer to the North Pole than it is to Central Europe. Being at a very high latitude, midnight sun or polar nights are present for majority of the year.

Tonight offers another chance to experience the Northern Lights. Join an optional Sleigh Ride that follows the Alta River travelling through the magical forest at night. On a sleigh pulled by a Norwegian Fjord Horse, you will be taken to a wilderness shelter where a traditional dinner will be served around a warm fire.

Stay at: Thon Hotel Alta (3 star)
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 4 Alta
Alta is known as Norwegian Lapland, being the largest town located in the North of Norway. It offers wonderful opportunities to interact with the nature that surrounds it and today you will be offered optional tours to experience these unique adventures for yourself. Located in the town centre, we recommend at some point today you visit the modern Northern Lights Cathedral. It is an elegant and modern construction featuring concrete and wood with external cladding of titanium sheets and a towering spiral with belfry.

After breakfast, there is an optional King Crab Safari, rated as one of the best experiences in the World. Heading out on the Alta Fjord you will come face to face with this giant of the sea, which can reach up to two metres claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilograms. After making the catch for the day, you will be transferred to a remote cabin where the crab will be prepared for a delicious lunch!

In the early afternoon, you will be departing for the EMYA award-winning Alta Museum. This museum is situated on the site of the early settlement, Finnmark, dating from around 11,000 years ago. Its exhibits are on the local culture and historic industries which you will learn about from a guided tour of the museum before having some free time to walk around on your own.

The remainder of the day is free unless you wish to join the optional tour Northern Lights and Sorrisniva Ice Hotel, this evening. Visit the world's most northern ice hotel, where everything is built from pure snow and ice every year with different themes. Wander among handcrafted ice sculptures or enjoy an ice drink in the bar (own expense). Afterwards, you will begin your chase of the Northern Lights with your knowledgeable guide, who will explain more about the local history of Alta and the natural phenomenon, Aurora Borealis, as well as assist you with photographing this phenomenon if spotted.

Stay at: Thon Hotel Alta (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 Alta – Levi
Early departure from Alta today, as you cross the border and travel south through beautiful Finnish Lapland. Sit back and relax as your eyes feast on the breathtaking landscape as it unfolds. On your way, you will visit Finnmark's first silverwork shop (est.1959) Juhls Silver Museum, which offers traditional and exclusive modern jewellery locally manufactured. International art and handcrafts are also presented in this beautiful and special setting.

Arrive in Levi, at The Northern Lights Village, your unique accommodation for the next 2 nights. You will be staying in an Aurora Igloo Cabin, a magical way to experience the wintery star filled sky and with some luck the dance of the Northern Lights, all while lying comfortably in your warm bed. Settle into your cabins before gathering together tonight to enjoy dinner at the local restaurant.

After dinner, there will be an optional tour on offer to go Aurora Hunting by Heated Sleigh. This tour is the best option if you do not wish to ride a snowmobile and would rather sit in the comfort of a heated sleigh pulled by the guide. Travel into the forest through the snowy, moonlit landscape away from the light pollution. Arrive at a fire and enjoy warm drinks and prepare your camera to take photographs of the northern night sky and if you are lucky, the Northern Lights will appear.

Stay at: Northern Lights Village Levi (4 star)
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 6 Levi
The natural beauty, diverse wildlife, varying terrain and, of course, the Northern Lights make Lapland and Levi very special places. From its river valleys and frozen lakes up to the fells with their spectacular views over the artic landscape, Levi is all about northern nature at its best. Today you will have the opportunity to get familiar with Lappish animals and the life of the locals and enjoy the magical tranquillity the Arctic nature offers.

After breakfast, you will get acquainted with the Sami Reindeer as you visit a local farm and take a sleigh ride. Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer and their importance to the Sami culture. Then you will head out in pairs on two person sleighs pulled by the reindeer to experience this traditional and peaceful way of travelling through the serene landscape. You will visit a cafe and museum followed by a traditional 3 course home made lunch.

The afternoon is then at leisure to relax or partake in the following optionals offered at the Northern Lights Village that would make this stay an even more authentic Finnish experience.

For some Finns the sauna is a daily ritual, with such a space being common in many homes. Take a sauna in the Igloo Sauna with its large sky window that offers a perfect combination of viewing the night sky while warming up in the Sauna and relaxing in a hot tub.

Or you may want to make the most out of the opportunity to photograph the Northern Lights. There is the option to join a photography workshop where you will learn all the tricks you need to capture the Northern Lights and the night sky in such a way that your photos are an accurate representation of reality. Your instructor has vast knowledge and experience of photographing the Northern Lights and will provide tips on how to handle your camera and set the exposure and shutter to be able to share the magic of the Northern Lights with your friends with the best possible photos.

Perhaps try snowshoeing this evening. The deep snow crunching under the shoes, the snow-hooded trees, and the pearly-white willow grouse watching you from afar – the winter nature is a magical world of its own. On this optional tour you will hike through the forest in snowshoes to a nearby fell where you will build a fire, enjoy a delicious meal outdoors, and enjoy the spectacular scenery including watching out for the Northern Lights. Your guide will provide information on the nature and animals of Lapland, and with any luck you may see a Siberian jay, a willow grouse, or a herd of reindeer wandering by. This trip is especially suitable for nature-lovers, who wish to take great photographs and enjoy the natural scenery in an ecological way.

Stay at: Northern Lights Village Levi (4 star)
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

DAY 7 Levi – Haparanda
Your adventure continues as you make your way to Haparanda, and it's quite scenic, especially during the winter months when the landscape is covered in snow. As you travel east, you will pass through the forests and hills of Finnish Lapland, which are dotted with small towns and villages. Once you approach the border between Finland and Sweden, you'll cross the Muonio River, which is wide and frozen in winter, and you may be able to see people ice fishing or skiing on the river. Notice the landscape change, become flatter as more fields begin to appear. Haparanda is located on the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia and you may catch glimpses of the sea as you approach the town.

Tonight, you will stay at one of the most famous turn-of-the-century hotels in Sweden, restored to its former glory, with the authentic character of the town’s number one establishment: red plush, crystal chandeliers, stucco. Haparanda, with Stadshotellet at its centre, at periods has been the European town with the fastest pulse rate. The building was designed by the architects Fritz Ullrich and Eduard Hallqvist from Stockholm. The hotel was built in the classical style, the master builder and the carpenters coming from Sundsvall, Sweden, the stucco workers came from Italy, much of the building material was from Silesia, etc.

The afternoon is free to enjoy this opulence or perhaps try another common winter activity - ice fishing! This optional tour takes you to Tornionjoki River, the biggest free-flowing river in Europe in which whitefish and salmon spawn. Your guide will teach you how to drill a hole in the ice and prepare the ice-fishing rod and baits. Then it’s time to test your skills.

Gather tonight for dinner at your Hotel.

Stay at: Haparanda Stadshotell (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 8 Haparanda - Kemi – Rovaniemi
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a full day filled with activities in the town of Kemi. First, a visit to the Winter Park with its special snow slides, enjoy the snow sculptures and Snow Experience 365 complex followed by lunch at Seaview Restaurant.

Afterwards, drive to the harbour where you will embark on the impressive vessel Sampo Icebreaker for a cruise through the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia to make your adventure unforgettable. Let the magical moments in artic nature blow you away. After a guided tour around the vessel all the way from the Captain's bridge to the engine rooms, you can then either feel the arctic freedom on the deck or relax in the warm indoors sipping hot beverages in the Icebreaker bar. Before returning to the port, the ship will make an hour stop to enable each visitor to participate in the ice floating event, in the middle of the largest ice field in Europe. Here, you can jump into the sea and float comfortably dressed in survival suits.

After an adventure filled day, sit back as you continue to Rovaniemi, located right on the Arctic Circle. Upon arrival, enjoy the evening at leisure, perhaps at the many wonderful restaurants of the capital of Lapland.

*The Winter Park is dependent on weather conditions and therefore cannot be guaranteed to be open during January

Stay at: Santa's Hotel Santa Claus (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 9 Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village – Rovaniemi
Today, meet your local guide and drive through the white nature to visit a Husky Farm located right on the Arctic Circle, where the barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you to the most genuine Husky farm in Rovaniemi. The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals. Don't forget to take great photos! After a brief instruction, you will embark, riding in pairs and taking turns to drive, run through the forest behind your pack of huskies.

Afterwards, continue with a visit to the world famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle and home to Santa Claus. Stop by his busy post office where you can ask Santa to send a letter to your loved ones before Christmas. Feel the magical world of Santa's home, it's something that you will always remember.

Later return to your hotel by bus and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Adventure awaits tonight with an optional Aurora Borealis Safari by Snowmobile on offer. Experience the Arctic night by driving through the snow-covered forest and on the frozen river. With a little luck, you will travel under a bright sky lit by the moon and the stars. Perhaps the Aurora Borealis will appear to show you the way. You will also stop to sip warm beverages and savour a snack by a campfire and learn more about the Northern Lights and the beauty of Lapland.

Stay at: Santa's Hotel Santa Claus (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10 Rovaniemi
Enjoy breakfast and your day at leisure until your group transfer to Rovaniemi Airport for your onward journey. We hope you have had an exceptional Arctic adventure!

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: All the optional tours require pre-booking as they are not available to be booked once on tour.

  • 7 nights, 3 and 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 2 nights, Aurora Igloo cabin
  • Multi-Lingual Tour Manager (English & Spanish or Portuguese) Day 1-9
  • Arrival transfer via Airport bus from Tromso Airport (first day only)
  • Group departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport (last day only)
  • Transport by coach with Wi-Fi (Day 2-9)
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris as mentioned
  • 9 buffet breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners

Guided tours

  • Tromso City
  • Sami Reindeer Farm visit and sleigh ride
  • Sampo Icebreaker cruise and ice floating
  • Husky farm visit and safari

Visit

  • Arctic Cathedral
  • Alta Museum
  • Juhls Silver Museum
  • Santa Claus Village
  • Snow Sculptures Winter Park*

Pricing

 
 
09 Jan 2025
23 Jan 2025
13 Feb 2025
20 Feb 2025
06 Mar 2025
20 Mar 2025
Ultimate Arctic Adventure
Twin/DoubleSingle
Prices per adult in Australian Dollars (AUD)
$8,530$11,120
$8,530$11,120
$8,530$11,120
$8,530$11,120
$8,530$11,120
$8,530$11,120

*The Winter Park is dependent on weather conditions and therefore cannot be guaranteed to be open during January.
Northern Lights are a natural occurrence and we are unable to guarantee activity, vibrancy or colour.