Winter – Northern Norway Explorer
€3965 per person
Best time to travel
December to April
Alta, Sorrisniva, Lyngen Alps and Tromso
This exciting 6 night tour showcases a variety of landscapes of Northern Norway and offers a very high chance of seeing the magical Aurora Borealis. Starting in the city of Alta and ending in Tromso you will also enjoy a unique night in an ice hotel and a couple of nights in a cosy lodge in the spectacular Lyngen Alps.
Alta, Sorrisniva, Lyngen Alps and Tromso
Arrive at Alta airport and our guide will meet you for the transfer to Scandic Hotel Alta.
Alta is the largest town in Norway’s northernmost county of Finnmark and lies at the inner reaches of the Altafjord. Here you can experience Sami culture up close, see UNESCO protected rock carvings, spend the night in an ice hotel or hunt for the Northern Lights.
Scandic Alta is a 4 star contemporary hotel, just 4 minutes walk from the Northern Lights Cathedral.
Overnight 1 x Superior Room, Scandic Alta, BB
City Tour of Alta: Immerse yourself in local culture in downtown Alta. Visit the Northern Lights Cathedral, a new church that has already become a well known icon and symbol of the town. Photo opportunities await both outside and in, as you tour the church that combines spiritual and natural elements in its design and artwork. Then, head to the ground floor under the church to BorealisAlta, a fun and fascinating exhibition with a Northern Lights theme. Learn about the science behind this phenomenon, and take a little extra time to dance and sing with the aurora in fun interactive stations. You’ll find a wealth of information delivered in a clear and engaging format – by the time you leave you’ll have a solid understanding of the Aurora and the history of its research!
Or for the more adventurous:
Fat Bike Tour: Join a daytime fatbike trip along the many scenic dog sledding and snowmobile trails in the Alta Valley. This means the best single tracks you can dream of and an unforgettable nature-based experience, no matter what the weather, with a large portion of exercise included for good measure. We stop en route at one of the Alta Valley’s many rustic shelters to light a fire and enjoy snacks and tea/coffee brewed on the fire.
Afternoon at leisure to explore the city.
Sleigh Ride Under the Northern Lights (dinner included): Your hosts will collect you from Alta and bring you out to their farm in the nearby countryside. From there, you will climb on board a sleigh and bundle up with blankets against the crisp, cold air. The sleigh is pulled by a Norwegian Fjord Horse, a breed that is sturdy and patient and has been in use in Norway for centuries. Your ride will take you through the forest and along the Alta River, floating on the sound of the cheerful sleigh bells through spectacular scenery all around. Near the end of the ride, you will arrive at a wilderness shelter and take a break. A late, light dinner will be served around a fire. You will have the chance to take photos of the magical Aurora Borealis if you are lucky!
Overnight 1 x Superior Room, Scandic Alta, BB
Breakfast and check out. Leave your bags in the hotel whilst you enjoy your tour.
Snowshoe and Ice Fishing with Arctic Lunch: Come take part in classic Norwegian outdoor activities! “Ut på tur” – getting out and about – is a cornerstone of Norwegian culture. You’ll be picked up from Alta by your outdoor enthusiast hosts, and outfitted with either skis or snowshoes. Then it’s off for a hike through the pine forest in the winter air, looking for animal tracks and breathing in the natural energy of the forest around you. You’ll be joined by your hosts and a cheerful Alaskan husky dog who will pull a pulk with food and equipment. Arriving at the midpoint camp, it’s time to drill a hole in the ice and try your hand at ice fishing. But don’t worry, even if the fish aren’t biting, your hosts will have everything they need to prepare a delightful hot meal over an open fire in a traditional lavvo tent. After lunch, you’ll hike or ski back to the starting point and return to Alta. Now you’re living like the locals!
Mid afternoon private transfer
Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel: Experience the Igloo Hotel – the worlds northernmost ice hotel, built from ground every year with different themes. Wander among handcrafted ice sculptures or take an ice drink in the bar. Everything is made from pure snow and ice!
Enjoy a 3-course dinner
Sami Reindeer Sled Tour Under the Northern Sky: Have a close encounter with reindeer and the Sami culture in the evening which is a perfect way to combine the visit with a chance to see the Northern Lights. You will meet your guide at Sorrisniva’s reception desk, dress warmly as needed, and then head out for a peaceful ride through the forest. As your traditional sled creaks through the trees, keep an eye out on the sky above for the Northern Lights. At the midpoint of the tour, you will arrive at a “lavvo” – a traditional Sami tent, and spend some time inside around a fire, warming up with a hot drink and learning about old traditions and the Sami culture from your guide. And on the way back… take the reins and hang on, as the reindeer return along the path back to Sorrisniva.
Overnight in 1 x double room at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
Breakfast and morning sauna to warm up!
Private Transfer to Lyngen Experience Lodge near Tromso (Approx 5 hours)
The transfer goes through some beautiful scenery and we can include a couple of rest breaks to stretch your legs!
Lyngen Experience Lodge is ideally situated by the ocean and among untouched mountains providing the ideal way to experience the Norwegian wilderness and Arctic environment. Stunning views combined with adventures in pristine nature will grant you memories that will last a lifetime.
Overnight in 1 x Double Room, HB
Snowmobile Safari: Go on a snowmobile safari in outer Lyngen surrounded by the Lyngen Alps. Follow the snowmobile trail up the mountains. During the trip, we will stop in several spots for photos and the sight of nature’s beautiful scenery. It is very special to see the mighty Alps while being so close to the sea. The trail starts with simple and flat paths, where you get to know the snowmobile and learn how to drive before it becomes more technical.
Driving in pairs with a chance to change drivers halfway.
Lunch can be purchased at the lodge (Not included)
Afternoon at leisure. Why not use the spa area?
Dinner and Northern Lights opportunities
Overnight in 1 x double room, HB
Breakfast and check out and store bags whilst you enjoy a final tour in the magical Alps.
Dogsledding tour: Experience a true Arctic adventure with dog sledding along the Lyngen Alps. Two people share a sled and 4-6 huskies run in front. Stop along the way to change “mushers” (drivers). The trip takes place in varied terrain, surrounded by a majestic landscape. A true bond starts between the huskies and the people on the sledge. You will quickly learn how to talk and guide them. Alaskan huskies love to run and get a hug!
Time for lunch in the lodge (Not included)
Private transfer from Lyngen to Clarion, The Edge – Tromso (Approx 2 hours)
Clarion, The Edge is a sleek high-rise overlooking the waterfront in Tromsø’s city centre. A 4 star hotel in walking distance to the museums, shops and restaurants.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city.
For your last evening head out on a unique tour
Northern Lights Sailing Tour: Sailing through the fjords in the polar night is a very unique and different experience. We are able to keep moving with the lights, while being able to go inside to grab a fresh coffee, stay warm and enjoy the lights on the net of a spacious catamaran. The skippers and guides have the knowledge and first hand experience to keep you safe and comfortable while enjoying the dancing night sky. After hundreds of sailing tours in the area they have found the best spots to give you the highest chances to see the lights. Includes a warming soup and drinks.
Overnight in 1 x standard double room, BB
Breakfast and check out
Private transfer to Tromso Airport
– Tour ends –
- Personal Insurance
- Upgrades in the form of accommodation or activities
- Winter kit
- Meals that are not stated
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
All activities are part of a small group tour unless noted as private.
Price quoted is an example only, subject to availability and supplier changes and should be reconfirmed before a quote is sent to clients.
Snowmobile drivers must be 18 years and hold a valid drivers license. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel closes 23rd – 25th December.
Prices may vary throughout the season.
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