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16th May 2017
Picture yourself in a cosy lodge with snow-laden trees, towering snow-capped mountains and a frozen river laid out before of you.
Now add a guided wilderness exploration with your own sled-dog team, an evening of wonder under the Northern Lights, local food that is out of this world and the sort of relaxation and feeling of well-being that only true ‘escape’ can bring. Now picture yourself on this holiday...
Your adventure begins in the great Arctic capital city itself, Tromsø, where you spend the first two nights of your trip. Famous for its lively atmosphere, tremendous location overlooked by the Lyngen Alps and its most popular winter activity (Northern Lights hunting) it provides a wonderful introduction to Arctic Norway prior to setting out into the beautiful Arctic wilderness.
Day 1 - Arrive Tromsø
Arrive at Tromsø Airport. Take a taxi or the airport bus to your hotel. The remainder of the day free to relax with the opportunity to explore Tromsø.
2 nights TROMSØ - Scandic Ishavshotell (B)
Day 2 - Explore Tromsø plus optional activities
A full day to explore Tromsø. Luckily much of the city’s old wooden architecture is preserved and contrasts well with the modern Arctic Cathedral, and you will find a busy centre of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Well worth a visit is Polaria, an Arctic themed experience centre with the fascinating Ivo Caprino film ‘Svalbard - Arctic Wilderness’ and the Polar Museum which provides an insight into how polar explorers of yesterday and today really were/are amongst the most daring and adventurous men and women on the planet!
Would you like to learn more about the Sami history and culture? Why not try a spot of reindeer sledding with a real Sami family. Or how about a Northern Lights chasing excursion? Or would you just prefer to relax with good food with a nice glass of wine? Tromsø has an excellent variety of restaurants to choose from including Emma's Drømmekjøkken. See the Excursions tab for more details.
Day 3 - Arrival in Norwegian Lapland
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before taking a taxi or the airport bus to Tromsø Airport for your mid-day flight to Alta. This is a short scenic flight over the Lyngen Alps to the county of Finnmark, Norwegian Lapland.
Met on arrival at Alta Airport for your transfer to Stengelsengården Lodge which nestles amongst the trees on the mountain edge, overlooking the frozen Alta River. Relaxing evening at the lodge.
3 nights ALTA - Stengelsengården Lodge
Day 4 - Dog Sledding with Northern Lights Husky
Enjoy breakfast in the lodge before the short walk to Northern Lights Husky ranch. Here you will be greeted by your guides and numerous excited, enthusiastic and rather noisy huskies.
DOG SLEDDING ADVENTURE INCLUDING OUTDOOR LUNCH
Want to know more about your hosts? (Meet the People - Trine Lyrek)
After meeting up with your guides, you will receive a briefing and instructions on how to harness your dogs for your full day dog-sledding adventure. When you’re ready, you pull up your snow hook and mush your team following your guide into the forest and mountains for a glorious exploration of the nature. A delicious homemade lunch is served during the day.
We guarantee all that after a day of all that fresh air and exercise, you will be looking forward to a delicious dinner and bed! Dinner is served in the lodge and is a 4 course, fine-dining experience - perfect. Your pillow will beckon...
Day 5 - Optional Activities followed by Dinner and Guided tour at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
Today we have given you a free day to either simply relax at the lodge or alternatively include another optional activity (see Excursions tab for more details).
VISIT TO SORRISNIVA IGLOO HOTEL INCLUDING DINNER
At 1700 you will transfer from Stengelsen Lodge to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel for a guided tour of Arctic Norway’s first ice hotel and its beautiful public rooms with ice sculptures, ice-bar and ice-chapel. Dinner is served in Restaurant Laksestua, a beautiful wooden building shaped like a Sami lavvo with a huge open fireplace at its centre. Here you have the opportunity to meet up with other travellers in Arcitc Norway and swap experiences. Of course, you could always join some of them for a little further adventure...why not take an evening Northern Lights snowmobile safari from the Igloo Hotel before dinner, or perhaps spend the night in your very own Igloo room? No problem - see the Excursions tab for more details on how we can arrange this for you.
Day 6 - Return home with memories to share
Breakfast is served at the lodge before your transfer to Alta Airport for your return flight home.
Days: Daily according to flight schedules.
Dates: 3 January – 10 April 2018
Duration: 5 nights/6 days
Price from: Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room. Single supplement as shown.
|Dep. Dates||Price from
|3 - 25 Jan 2018||£2130||£240|
|26 Jan - 23 Feb 2018||£2265|
|24 Feb - 22 Mar 2018||£2225|
|23 Mar - 5 Apr 2018||£2130|
DEPOSIT: The deposit for this holiday is £200 per person.
TO BOOK: Either call us on 01274 875199 (our preferred option as we have the opportunity to chat with you about the holiday) or email your requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll respond to you as quickly as possible.
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SCANDIC ISHAVSHOTEL (4 star) - Tromsø
This hotel is something of a landmark, located directly in the harbour, with a view across the sound. This is the very heart of Tromsø and is situated amongst the city's shops, restaurants, bars and within close proximity to the airport bus stop and the Tourist Information Office. The hotel has a lovely modern restaurant, Roast Restaurant, serving delicacies from the sea and local meat. There is also cosy bar and lounge area on the first floor. All rooms are equipped with extremely comfortable beds, TV, telephone, mini-bar, trouser-press and hairdryer and all our clients receive a superior sea-view room as standard. All rooms have free WiFi. Lift to all floors. A truly fabulous buffet breakfast is served with a made-to-order omelette station, cold cuts of meat to raw fish, a cooked breakfast and fruit and muesli.
SORRISNIVA IGLOO HOTEL (unique) - Alta
A very seasonal hotel and impossible to give a star rating, although for the sheer uniqueness of this place, and the time involved to create something so imaginative, we feel it deserves 5 stars. The hotel is completely made from snow and ice and boasts its own bar and ice sculpture gallery along with hotel rooms (though not with shower and WC, these are located inside the 'warm area'). The beds are topped with reindeer fur and warm sleeping bags are provided to sleep in which are capable of keeping you comfortable and warm - even at minus 30 - though the temperature inside is usually between -4 and -7. Restaurant Laksestua is the Igloo Hotel's wonderful restaurant and is a traditional wooden building complete with large open-fire in the centre. It is the pefect place to meet other people and share your experience, plus the food is superb.
STENGELSENGÅRDEN LODGE (3/4 star) - Alta
Stengelsengården is one of three original fish farms overlooking the Alta River. The lodge is run by Trasti & Trine (Johnny Trasti and Trine Lyrek) and is a very special place to spend a few nights - the accommodation, food, hospitality and ethos are hard to beat. The lodge has 10 guest rooms in two buildings for a total of 19 guests and all have super comfortable beds and private shower and WC. The lodge is one of the cosiest and most comfortable guesthouses we know of with a large living room with an open fire and is the perfect location for guests to sit and relax and get to know one another and share experiences, whilst enjoying a hot drink or a glass of something slightly more intoxicating! The lodge has a lovely communal dining room where local, organic food is served from the kitchen which is under the direction of Johnny Trasti, Head Chef at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel's fabulous restaurant, Chef of the Year 2009 and one of the owners of the lodge. Johnny believes in only using fresh, seasonal ingredients and this is apparent in the delicious food the lodge is so proud of. The lodge is situated in a beautiful, peaceful area on the edge of a wooded forest, overlooking the Alta River and benefits from having no street lighting – all the better to view those mystical Northern Lights. We love it and are delighted to be able to share it with you. For further inspiration view their video below.
5-COURSE ARCTIC GOURMET DINNER AT EMMA'S DRØMMEKJØKKEN from Tromsø
Description: What can we say - delicious, delightful, scrumptious, divine……..all of them at the same time! Emma's is truly a treat. You will begin your gourmet delight with an aperitif…to set the tone…this is then followed by a 5-course gourmet dinner based on local produce – perhaps King Crab, perhaps reindeer, perhaps both, but don't worry they are also very well equipped for serving vegetarians and those with special diets too. Each course is presented by your waiter/waitress so you know where it is from and how it has been cooked, but don't ask for the menu in advance, these products are fresh and the chef will base the menu on what looks good on the day. Perfect for a special occasion or just to celebrate the first night of your holiday.
Price: £88 per person (5-course dinner), wine menu to accompany the dinner £65 per person.
FATBIKE EXPLORATION WITH GLØD from Alta
Description: This is a wonderful nature-based experience with a large portion of exercise included for good measure. A fatbike has tyres up to 5″, hence the name and with such wide wheels, cycling is possible year-round including on snow in winter. On this trip you have the option to take either the daytime trip or the late afternoon/early evening trip. During the evening you will use powerful head torches that light up the forest and trails and when you switch off the torches, there’s a good chance you will spot the majestic Northern Lights dancing in the sky above! You will stop en route at one of the Alta Valley’s many rustic shelters to light a fire and enjoy snacks/a light meal and tea/coffee brewed on the fire.
Operates: Year round, though Northern Lights trip are November - April.
Duration: 3 hours, departs either 1000 or 1800. Cycling time between 60 and 90 minutes.
Price: £100 per person (daytime trip), £110 per person (evening trip).
Price includes: Pick-up at your accommodation, bike rental, helmet, head torch and a light meal grilled on an open fire in one of the valley’s many rustic shelters.
Want to know more about your guides from GLØD? Meet the People.
HUNTING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS WITH GLØD from Alta
Description: A small-group tour (maximum 8 people) to hunt for clear skies and the ethereal Northern Lights. After picking you up from your accommodation, you will be taken straight to GLØD headquarters for a briefing about the Northern Lights in general and, more specifically, how to find it on that particular evening. Your guide will also explain how to photograph the Northern Lights. A simple soup is served with bread/flatbread to give you extra energy for the evening. Hot chocolate and a homemade sweet treat, mørlefse, will also be served.
Alta is an excellent place to see the Northern Lights. However, to improve your chances further, you leave the bright lights of Alta behind and become Northern Lights hunters! Equipped with the latest Aurora and weather forecasts, and local knowledge, you travel by minibus until you reach an area with clear sky and good views. This may mean a drive of up to 200 km, either along the coast, fjords or in the inland of Finnmark. Generally, you don’t need to drive so far, and around 100 km during an evening hunt is far more common.
You will be helped to adjust the settings on your camera so you can take your own photos of the Northern Lights. To take the best possible photos, we recommend a camera with manual settings, preferably an SLR camera. Don’t forget your tripod! In addition, your guides have professional camera equipment to ensure great photos of the evening’s Northern Lights activity. Local knowledge and the ability to see and compose subjects are essential, and over the years GLØD have developed their own techniques for photographing the Northern Lights. Your guides take wonderful landscape photos, but also take sharp and evocative photos of people with the Northern Lights behind. For many guests, having a photo of themselves with the Northern Lights blazing across the sky in the background is the image they want to take home as a memento and as an extra bonus, your own photo is included in your activity.
Operates: late September - early April
Duration: 4.5 - 6 hours, departs 1900 (Sep-Feb) and 2000 (Mar-Apr)
Price: £160 per person
Price includes: Pick up at your hotel. Guided hunt for the Northern Lights. Hot chocolate/coffee/tea and snacks. Thermo suit and over shoes if necessary. Assistance with your camera to enable you to take Northern Lights photos. Northern Lights photos of the evening (from the guide).
Want to know more about your guides from GLØD? - Meet the People!
NORTHERN LIGHTS DINNER CRUISE from Tromsø
Description: This is a lovely trip which departs directly from the harbour in Tromsø on board an authentic fishing catamaran. The catamaran is certified to carry 12 passengers and a crew of four which makes for a nice cosy atmosphere on board. As you pull out of the harbour you have a lovely view of Tromsø by night with the majestic Arctic Cathedral, then gradually the city lights fade and you are shrouded in darkness out at sea. It has to be said that most of the staff at Scandinavia Only have taken this trip and two of them, both terrible sailors, had NO PROBLEM at all which came as a surprise. The trip is in sheltered waters which makes it very comfortable and there is a cosy warm heated lounge where you can relax in between trips to the viewing deck to look for the lights. A delicious homemade fish dinner is served though vegetarian and other special diets are catered for if we know in advance.
Operates: 1 October - 31 March
Duration: 2030 - 2330
Price: £150 per person
Price includes: Boat cruise, guiding, traditional Norwegian fish dinner (boiled cod with potatoes, bacon, onions, vegetables, flatbread and butter. For dessert chocolate/biscuits/fruit and hot drinks), hiring of poncho and tripod.
REINDEER SLEDDING & SAMI CULTURE from Tromsø
Description: Join a real Sami guide for an unforgettable experience with reindeer sledding (3 km) and Sami culture in Tromsø. Your guides are from Sami reindeer herding families and are eager to share their stories with you; how the Sami lived in times gone past, how they live today. Just remember NOT to ask them how many reindeer they have! During your visit you will experience: reindeer sledding, lasso throwing, sightseeing at the camp, traditional Sami food, storytelling, display of cultural artifacts and joik (traditional Sami song). The trip departs at 1000 and returns at 1400. Warm clothes, guide, hot meal, hot drink and return transfer (30 mins one way) are included.
Operates: Daily, 1 Nov to 15 April
Duration: 4 hours, departs 1000
Price: £165 per adult, £80 per child (4-12)
Price includes: transfers (30 mins one way), guide, warm clothes, traditional Sami meal of Bidos (reindeer stew), storytelling and Joik (Sami chant), and hot drink
SNOWMOBILE SAFARI from Tromsø
Description: Mini-bus transfer to Camp Tamok for thorough safety introduction and driving techniques. Your snowmobile safari adventure travels through the valley of Finn to the lake of Tamok, a distance of 30 kms one-way. At the lake you can try out ice fishing. You will drive in pairs, one driver and one passenger on each snowmobile, with the opportunity to switch places half-way. Due to the dramatic topography reduced speed is held during parts of the tour however on flat land and frozen lakes you can speed up! A hot meal is served during the trip.
Operates: 1 December - 31 March NB! Risk of cancellation of excursions in December due to insufficient snow.
Duration: 7 hrs (4.5 hrs plus transfer). Departs: 0900 or 1700
Price: £190 per person (2 per snowmobile), supplement for solo snowmobile £75 per person
Price includes: Price includes: transfers (75 minutes each way), a light meal of reindeer stew with vegetables, flatbread and a hot drink, thermal clothing, helmet and head lamp (evening trip), guide. NB! Driving licence required.
Good to know: It is important that you read the following information regarding snowmobile safaris to ensure it is the right activity for you.
Who is this holiday suitable for?
Everyone. This holiday will appeal to people of all ages and abilities. The main requirement is that you are steady on your feet if you want to mush your own team of dogs but if you'd rather be a passenger (children under 16 must be) then just let us know and it can be arranged. This holiday includes some fine dining so it will appeal to those who like good, fresh, locally sourced food, and those with special diets such as gluten free, vegetarian, diabetic will also be provided with delicious alternatives as long as we are informed at the time of booking.
What sort of clothing will I need?
We would strongly recommend the layering principal (base, mid, outer) with man-made thermal fibres or wool. In our opinion wool is definitely best, and merino wool is soft and cosy and certainly a good investment. A good, waterproof outdoor jacket is essential, and also over trousers are a bonus if you have them. Wool socks (we wouldn't wear anything else here), perhaps a couple of pairs, and good hiking boots or snow boots are very important. Gloves, scarf, hat and you're raring to go! During dog sledding, snowshoeing, ice-fishing and Aurora hunting activities you will be provided with thermal overalls to ensure you are warm and cosy during extended periods outdoors.
Why have you only given the option to spend the last night in the Igloo Hotel and not simply made it a part of the itinerary?
Quite simply because not everyone wants to do it! For many people just visiting the Igloo Hotel and having a look around is sufficient, for others it is the opportunity to spend one of the most unique overnights ever. Offering the overnight as an optional means you can if you want to but don't have to if you'd rather not. There is a small supplement for the Igloo Hotel and we need to know at the time of booking if you would like us to confirm a room for you.
Are the husky dogs friendly?
Absolutely, immensely so!! Their enthusiasm is evident from the start and you will be welcomed with open paws (groan!!). They want to be stroked and cuddled and love having their photos taken but please remember, part of their enthusiasm means they will jump up and try to lick your face and they will compete with one another to do so. For us this is part of the joy and the reason why we do dog sledding at any given opportunity but some people, especially young children, may find this a little overwhelming at first. Knowing what to expect in advance and anticipating it helps. Your experience is very 'hands-on' and we know you will have nothing but admiration and respect for your furry partners at the end of your trip.
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