Alta - Aurora Hunting Adventure
All of the activities and services below are included in the holiday price
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation in a double/twin hotel rooms
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
- Activities: Northern Lights hunt, snowmobile safari, entry to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel and 3-course meal in the award-winning restaurant, evening reindeer sleigh ride and Aurora hunt, snowshoeing, ice fishing, evening husky safari (order subject to change)
- Local expert guides on hand throughout your holiday
- Cold weather clothing during most activities (excludes fat bike trip and tour of Alta and Northern Lights hunt)
- A note on flights: whilst flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our Travel Experts for details of the available options from your preferred departure airport. Our team will offer you the best available flights and fares.
Alta is a fascinating city and an excellent base from which to explore the fjords and mountains of this corner of Northern Norway. With its own Igloo Hotel and an exceptional Aurora reputation, it's a wonderful base for a short break.
This four-night holiday is packed with experiences which will give you access to remote and beautiful landscapes, an insight into the culture of the Sámi people of Norway and the chance to experience some activity highlights and unforgettable experiences. The focus in the evenings is on searching for the Aurora Borealis and, as Alta is named the 'City of the Northern Lights', you are in a prime location.
One of the key Aurora activities is a Northern Lights hunt on your arrival day in Alta. With a local expert guiding you and using the latest forecasts you will be in the best possible hands. You will also enjoy an Aurora reindeer sleigh ride and evening husky safari.
A key highlight is the chance to meet some of the local Sámi people and hear something of their culture and traditions before enjoying a short reindeer sleigh ride. Other activities in the itinerary include snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing, as well as a visit to the wonderful Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.
To add the proverbial cherry on top, we can also arrange for you to spend the night in a snow room at the Igloo Hotel. Full details on the upgrade can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page. We have also left plenty of free time for you to tailor your trip with activities to suit you. Choose from our extensive list in our 'Personalise' section.
Image credits: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life, Casper Tybjerg, CH - Visit Norway, Innovation Norway, Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Roger Johansen, Jørn Losvar - Sorrisniva Safari, Trygve Nygård/www.glod-alta.no
Arrival and Northern Lights Hunt
Upon arrival in Alta, a local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your centrally-located hotel.
After you have had some time to settle in, we recommend you enjoy an early dinner as your Northern Lights hunt will kick off your holiday at around 7 pm.
You will be picked up by your expert guide for this inaugural Northern Lights activity and your host will consult solar activity and weather charts prior to commencing the chase, in order to choose the best possible route for your journey this evening.
You will be given an insight into how the Northern Lights are caused during a brief overview of the science behind them as you travel deep into the wilds. With a little luck, the Aurora will shine and welcome you to Norway in style. This activity lasts around four hours in total.Included Meals: None
Snowmobile Safari, Igloo Hotel (Optional Overnight) and Evening Reindeer Safari
Today we get you straight out and exploring the wilderness with a thrilling snowmobile safari to a wonderful viewpoint. You will travel in pairs and as the trail is around 10km each way, you will have the chance to swap drivers at the midpoint (assuming both have a full driving license). During the safari, your guide will serve some hot drinks and a snack in a traditional Lavvo (a traditional tent) before heading back to Alta on the specially marked snowmobile trails. Including transfers from the city, you will be out for around 3 hours in total.
Full instruction will be provided before you set off. Please note that in order to drive a snowmobile you should be over 18 years old and have a full driving licence.
You will have a couple of hours to yourself this afternoon and so you can explore at leisure and enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants or cafes in town.
Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Sorrisniva, home of the famous Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Upon arrival, you will have the chance to explore the hotel's rooms and suites, admiring the ice art and sculptures as you go.
You are then in for a culinary treat in the warm restaurant here as you enjoy a delicious three-course meal. The menus typically feature many fine local delicacies which are chosen from the rich variety of seafood and wild produce available in the region. The chefs here have won awards for their innovation and use of traditional ingredients with some added modern flair.
After dinner, you will enjoy a wonderful taste of Sámi culture and the chance to enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride whilst keeping watch for the Northern Lights. Your Sámi hosts will provide an insight into their traditions, history and what they feel the future holds. You will meet some of their reindeer and travel in a reindeer-pulled sleigh under the night sky. Warm drinks and snacks will top off the evening and will be served around the fire in a traditional Sámi tent or lavvo.
You then have a choice of whether you would like to return to Sorrisniva for an unforgettable stay in a snow room or whether you would prefer to head back to your hotel. For details of the overnight stay experience please see the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Snowshoeing, Ice Fishing and Evening Husky Safari (Optional Overnight at Husky Centre)
Today you will be heading out for a trio of wonderful activities as you enjoy some of the most traditional Lappish pastimes.
First on the agenda for today is a snowshoe hike in the forests around Alta. Your guide will show you how to strap on the snowshoes before you set out on a leisurely hike. Throughout your exploration, in the deep snow, you will be shown any animal tracks as well as some of the local flora and fauna.
At the midway point, you will stop to enjoy a spot of ice fishing. Here you will start by drilling a hole through the thick ice, before dropping a line down and waiting for the fish to bite. As you patiently fish, your guide will prepare a campfire lunch before you head back on your snowshoes to the hotel.
To top off an already exciting day, this evening you will get to experience one of the real highlights of any active visit to Norway, a dog sled safari.
At a local husky farm, you will meet with the musher and be introduced to the dogs. A full briefing will follow, and you will be shown how to handle a team and the sled. The dogs will make their desire for the trail apparent as they eagerly bark in anticipation. As soon as you release the brake on the sled, however, they do fall silent and focus on the task at hand. Travelling in pairs you will each take turns standing and sitting on the sled as you travel along the Alta River Valley. As any remaining light begins to fade, your head torches will help you to navigate along the route behind your guide. You will cover around 15km during the safari.
Back at the base, you have the choice of once again heading back to your hotel or spending a remarkable night at the husky farm in their 'glamping' accommodation. At the farm you can enjoy dinner in the dining room, relax with fellow travellers and take a dip in the hot tub before snuggling up in your insulated and heated lavvo. For more information, please speak to one of our Travel Experts.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Free Day and Aurora Boat Safari on Alta Fjord
After breakfast, today has been left free for you to tailor your time. Browse our extensive list of unbelievable experiences in the ‘Personalise’ section. You could enjoy a RIB safari to see more of the Altafjord, try skiing, or spend some time learning all about Alta with a guided walking tour.
This evening you are in for a final Aurora hunting treat as you head out onto the waters of Alta Fjord for a boat tour. Setting off in the evening in a small boat, you have the chance of witnessing the Northern Lights from a unique perspective (warm suits are included (excludes boots)). You will be on the boat for around two hours in total, if you would like to spend more time on the water then it is possible to upgrade to a four-hour cruise, please ask our travel experts for more information.Included Meals: Breakfast
Sadly, today you must bid farewell to Norway and head home. You will be transferred to the airport in good time for your return flights.
If you would like to extend your time here in Norway or would like to perhaps spend a night or two in Oslo on your way home then either can be arranged, simply talk to one of our Travel Experts for further details.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Overnight stay at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
What better way to experience the Arctic than by spending a night at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in a unique hotel room which is constructed completely from snow and ice. Our guests can choose to remain at the hotel for an overnight stay following their snowmobile safari and evening meal and we cannot recommend the experience highly enough.Read more
You will have the opportunity to spend the night in one of the bedrooms at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, there are typically around 30 of these rooms but this does vary year on year.
Tucked up in an Arctic grade sleeping bag to keep you warm through the night and sleeping on an insulating mattress and reindeer hides, you will be well protected from the low temperatures which are around -5°C, regardless of the weather outside.
In the morning we recommend making full use of the hotel's sauna prior to enjoying a filling breakfast in the hotel restaurant next door.
The hotel also has two outdoor hot tubs which can be booked and paid for locally, this is a very special spot to await a Northern Lights display should the conditions be right – just don't forget your woolly hat to keep your head warm as you wait!
Prices are based on you spending the first or last night of your holiday in this unique accommodation and not keeping your original accommodation. If you would like to do this on any other night during your holiday you will need to keep your accommodation and supplements will apply.
Image credits: Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel
Overnight Dog Sledding at Holmen Husky Lodge
Take your dog sledding adventure further into the wilderness with an overnight expedition to the Holmen Husky Lodge.
After a brilliant ride through the pristine winter environment, you’ll reach the lodge for a well-deserved hot shower, sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi. You’ll replenish with a delicious dinner as you talk about the day’s adventure before retiring to your spectacular tipi bungalow for the evening.
The bungalows are made from wood and are based on the traditional Sámi lavvus and the tipis of the North American tribes to create an authentic design – the stand out feature of which is the floor to ceiling window. From this brilliant vantage point, you can keep cosy next to the wood burning stove and look out into the Arctic night, you might even see the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed!
This overnight stay is intended to get you back to nature and so the bungalows are cosy yet simple, with the toilet and shower facilities located a few metres away in a separate building.
Enjoy breakfast in the morning before your transfer back to Alta.
Room type: Double room suitable for 2 persons
Available: Dec 15 - Apr 15
If you like to explore a destination on two wheels then don’t let the snow stop you. Fat bikes have been specifically designed with wider tyres to use in winter destinations like this. During this activity, you will explore SarvesAlta – a winter park overlooking the Alta fjord and valleys. You can either ride around the snowy trails amongst the pine trees or you could take the ski lift up the mountain and fat bike down the alpine slopes.
Duration: 4.5-6.5 hours (approx) including transfers (1 - 1.5 hours cycling time (approximately) depending on group ability and weather/ground conditions)
Available: 15 Dec 2019 – 30 Apr 2020. Wed-Fri 4:30 pm – 9 pm or Sat-Sun at 10.30 am - 5 pm
Credit: Visit Oslo - Tord Baklund
Walking City Tour of Alta
Discover the history, culture and must-see locations in downtown Alta during this guided walking tour. You will visit the Northern Lights Cathedral, the Borealis Alta Northern Lights exhibit, and gain an authentic and factual insight into this Arctic town.
Available: Year round, flexible start times, Mon-Fri between 10 am and 3 pm
Credit: Innovation Norway
Admission to the Northern Lights Cathedral
The Northern Lights Cathedral is a brilliantly-modern design which was opened in 2013 and has become one of the most iconic architectural triumphs in Northern Scandinavia. It is designed to mimic the movement of the Northern Lights with large titanium sheets positioned to look like a spectacular Aurora display. The tour also includes a visit to BorealisAlta which is an interactive scientific exhibition about the Northern Lights located in the cathedral and is a fascinating way to spend an hour or so. Your guides will impart their local knowledge, giving you a real insight into life here in the North.
Try skiing with Pæskatun
If you have never tried the Nordic classic skiing before then this activity is a brilliant introduction. You will start on a flat course to help you get used to the techniques and your guide will give you full tuition. As your confidence grows, the group will journey further into the snowy surroundings for a short ski tour.
Duration: 3.5 hours (approx) including transfers
Available: 02 Jan - 04 April 2020
Explore Inner Altafjord by RIB
A RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) is a fast and thrilling way to get out onto the stunning Altafjord waters. After a full safety briefing and once you have been provided with all the gear to keep you warm, you will board the RIB to start the tour.
Your journey will take you past historical spots and on the lookout for local wildlife including sea eagles, seals and birds. Your guide will tell stories about the early settlement of Alta, and also some facts on life today.
Duration: 2 hours (approximately)
Available: 15 Sept - 15 May at 10 am
Image credit: NORD Ekspedisjon
Winter Zip-Line and Snowshoe
Snowshoeing helps you walk over the deep and soft snowy trails with ease and is a popular way to explore more of the beautiful winter surroundings. This activity begins at 10.30 am with a short transfer (approximately 20 minutes) to SarvesAlta – an outdoor activity centre.
After a scenic snowshoe hike through the forest, over a creek and up a small mountain you will have a break around an open fire with warm drinks (approximately 30 mins snowshoeing time which can be extended). Then it’s time for the exhilarating ride back as you take the 207m zip-line back to the main lodge – travelling at speeds up to 60km/h!
Duration: 2 hours
Available: 15 Dec – 30 Apr 30 at 11 am
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My favourite activity was the snowmobiling and my husbands was the dog sledding, the aurora hunt on the first night was amazing as we had 3 hours of Northern Lights. Overall we had an amazing holiday, an option to do some cross country skiing would be a good addition to the itinerary, in fact a more flexible offer where you choose your activities from a menu would be good.
The help and information provided before the holiday was excellent. The organization of the trip's activities was good. Jon, the North Adventure rep, was professional, courteous, informative and helpful. Activities went smoothly, from pick-up to end (even extending over at times, which was most appreciated). Fantastic holiday, thoroughly enjoyed by all. Hectic, in that there are activities during much of the day. Many thanks for all, both in the UK and Norway.