5 nights: 3 x ALTA, 2 x TROMSØ
A little bit of heaven in Arctic Norway and with so much adventure included! All topped off with some seriously superb food. Magic…
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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 ends in the great Arctic capital city itself, Tromsø, where you spend the final 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 in Norwegian Lapland
Arrival at Alta Airport by air from the UK (via Oslo). 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.
Time to settle in and relax before a delicious and relaxed 3-course country style dinner is served during the evening at Trasti & Trine restaurant which is located a comfortable 10-minute walk from the main lodge building. Those who really want to maximise their chances of seeing the Northern Lights may choose to join an optional Northern Lights Hunt with Glød (see Excursions).
3 nights ALTA - Stengelsengården Lodge (3/4*)
Meals included today: Dinner
Day 2 | Dog sledding adventure
Enjoy breakfast in the lodge before the short walk to Northern Lights Husky ranch to meet your guide at 9.30 am. Here you will be greeted by numerous excited, enthusiastic and rather noisy huskies.
DOG SLEDDING ADVENTURE INCLUDING OUTDOOR LUNCH
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 before returning back to base at 4 pm.
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 Trasti & Trine restaurant during the evening and is a 4 course, fine-dining experience - perfect. Your pillow will beckon...
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 | Optional activities - Dinner at the 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 Arctic Norway and swap experiences.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 | Tromsø
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge before your transfer to Alta Airport for your short scenic flight across the Lyngen Alps to the great Arctic capital - Tromsø. Take the airport express bus to your hotel. The remainder of your day is free for exploring Tromsø and the opportunity to pick from the city's wide variety of bars and restaurants. Alternatively, the city offers some excellent Northern Lights activities - see Excursions for more details.
2 nights TROMSØ - Scandic Ishavshotel (4*)
Meals included today: Breakfast
Day 5 | Explore Tromsø
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.
Meals included today: Breakfast
DAY 6 | Homeward bound
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before taking the airport express bus to Tromsø Airport for your flight home.
Meals included today: Breakfast
Days: Possible daily
Departure Dates: 6 Jan – 6 Apr 2020
Duration: 5 nights
Prices from: £2135 per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room.
Deposit: £200 per person
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- Scheduled flights with SAS in SAS Go class from the UK to Alta (via Oslo) and from Tromsø to the UK (via Oslo) including taxes, 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person. Alternative airlines available, ask for details and prices.
- Transfer from Alta Airport to Stengelsengården.
- 3 nights at the 3/4* Stengelsengården based on a double/twin room including daily buffet breakfast and 1 x 3-course country style dinner (Day 1) and 1 x 4-course fine-dining dinner (Day 2).
- Visit to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel including 3-course fine-dining dinner in Laksestua Restaurant, includes transfers.
- Full-day dog sledding safari based on each person mushing their own dog-team and including campfire lunch and thermal clothing.
- Transfer from Stengelsengården to Alta Airport.
- Domestic flight with Widerøe from Alta Airport including taxes.
- Return ticket for the airport express bus from Tromsø Airport to Tromsø centre (across the road from hotels).
- 2 nights at the 4* Scandic Ishavshotell in Tromsø based on a superior sea-view double/twin room with including daily buffet breakfast.
- Scandinavia Only travel documents wallet.
- 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
- ATOL Protection.
Stengelsengården Lodge (3/4*) – 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.
Scandic Ishavhotel (4*) – 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 high quality 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.
Overnight at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
Description: 1-night in exchange at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel (includes Snow Room with thermal sleeping bag, morning warm drink, breakfast and hot sauna). Adjacent to the main heated building with lockers, showers and lounge.
Price: £120 per person
Hunting the Northern Lights 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 your guides’ 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 they 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 momento 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? – Meet the People!
Aurora Fatbike Exploration 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? Meet the People!
Snowmobile Safari from the Igloo Hotel
Description: Experience the Arctic light and nature by snowmobile from Sorrisniva travelling through Alta Valley and up to the Finnmark plateau with its white, snow-covered expanse. Duration 2.5 or 4 hours (4-hour trip includes lunch at Jotka Mountain Lodge). Two people per snowmobile with opportunity to swap. Driving license required.
Price: £175 per person (2.5 hours), £280 (4 hours)
Snowshoe Exploration with Husky Companion
Description: Snowshoeing is a fun and easy activity and is a great way to explore the snow-covered Arctic landscape. Along with an Alaskan husky dog companion, you will trek through the Alta Valley along the banks of the Alta River. See how the landscape was formed by ice 10.000 years ago. Enjoy a nice break and make an open fire to brew tea, coffee or hot chocolate and some snacks.
Price: £110 per person
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 artefacts 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 31 Mar
Duration: 4 hours, departs 1000
Price: £165 per adult, £155 per child (13-17), £85 per child (4-12)
Price includes: transfers (45 mins one way), guide, warm clothes, traditional Sami meal of Bidos (reindeer stew), storytelling and Joik (Sami chant), and hot drink
Group Size: 4 – 48
Want to know more about your guides? Meet the people Tromsø Lapland.
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.
Want to know more about your hosts? Meet the people at Sørøya Havcruise
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: £90 per person (5-course dinner), wine menu to accompany the dinner £75 per person.
Want to know more about your hosts? Meet the people at Emma’s Drømmekjøkken
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 15 km one-way (30 km in total). 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.
Good to know: Read our simple guide to prepare for your snowmobiling trip.
The main requirement for this holiday is that you are steady on your feet and reasonably fit and active. You will be mushing your own team of dogs and will be very involved in the preparation for the trip and the care of the dogs during your journey. Dogs cannot run up hill with passengers on a sled, therefore there will be moments where you need to run up the hill at the side of your sled. Each participant will be responsible for their own team of dogs, that is you will not have a passenger to share this with - for most people this is the thing they look forward to most!
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.
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. For supplements to spend the night at the Igloo Hotel (either exchanging a night at the lodge or adding a night) please see the Departure Dates and Prices tab.
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.
If you are joining a dog-sledding or snowmobiling activity then you will be provided with special thermal overalls to wear during your activity. However, for the remainder of your stay you will need your own warm, winter clothing. Bear in mind that the Arctic coast of Norway, where Tromsø is located, is warmed by the Gulf Stream therefore temperatures do not drop here they way they can further inland, however in Alta the temperatures can be seriously cold. In Tromsø you will be fine with the same sort of clothing you would wear in the UK during a cold spell i.e. follow the layering principal - base layer (thermals), mid layer (fleece or jumper), outer layer (warm, waterproof coat). Gloves, scarf and hat are definitely recommended along with warm socks - in our opinion NOTHING is better than wool for your feet. Snow boots or good hiking boots and you are raring to go! In Alta you will need plenty of layers and we do recommend investing in good quality thermal base layers - merino wool is superb.
Please bear in mind that Norwegians are used to the ground being icy and therefore slippy. We strongly recommend you invest in a pair of grippers for your boots, something like Yaktrax or similar, for when you are out and about in Tromsø.
Absolutely, as long as you let us know in advance so that we can ensure our suppliers provide you with delicious alternatives.