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VISITING: Norway BROCHURE CODE: 27006
All prices include: transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
Spend four nights in the ‘City of the Northern Lights’ enjoying a multitude of both Arctic and Aurora activities. This holiday includes Aurora reindeer sleighs and Northern Lights hunting, along with dog sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, a city tour or a chance to try 'fat-biking' on snow (supplement applies). You will also visit the stunning Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel and have the chance to spend the night there.

What's included?

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
  • The following activities and services are included in your holiday: Northern Lights hunt, snowmobile safari, entry to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel and 3-course meal in award-winning restaurant, evening reindeer sleigh ride and Aurora hunt, snowshoeing, ice fishing, evening husky safari, tour of Alta OR 'fatbike' day trip (supplement applies), boat safari on Alta Fjord (the order of activities is 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 a Northern Lights cruise on the Fjord. 

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 choice between either a 'fatbike' mountain bike trip (supplement applies) or a guided tour of Alta's key sights and attractions. An evening dog sled safari is sure to be an activity highlight and a visit to the wonderful Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is the icing on the cake.

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.  


Image credits: Terje RakkeNordic Life & Casper Tybjerg - Visitnorway.com & Innovation Norway, Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Roger Johansen, Jørn Losvar - Sorrisniva Safari, Trygve Nygård/www.glod-alta.no
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Key facts

Duration:4 nights
Pace:Active
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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Today we have given you a choice of two very different activities, a walking tour of Alta or a 'fatbike' day trip (supplement applies).

    Included in your holiday price is an excellent guided walking tour of Alta. With an expert local guide, you will visit some of the town's most famous sights. You will be taken to the famous Northern Lights Cathedral 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 Northern Lights 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.

    If you would prefer to spend more time out exploring then you can upgrade to a fatbike tour. See the ‘Personalise’ section for more details and pricing. Fatbikes are relatively new and are rapidly becoming more popular in snowy climes. They allow you to effectively mountain bike along the dog sled and snowmobile trails as the bikes are fitted with exceptionally fat tyres which can be up to five inches wide.

    The fatbikes take you through some stunning scenery and you will spend around four hours out in the fresh air. It is great exercise, and while you do need a reasonable level of fitness to participate, your efforts will be well-rewarded. During the tour, you will stop at a shelter in the woods and enjoy a snack and some warm drinks around the fire, before continuing on your adventure.

    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.

  • 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 experts for further details.

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Scandic Hotel Alta

Nights: 1-4

Located in the centre of Alta, the Scandic Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore this area of Northern Norway. With a range of visitor attractions quite literally on your doorstep, you will not have to venture too far to enjoy the sights and sounds of this Arctic town.


Just across from the hotel is The Northern Lights Cathedral which we would highly recommend you visit during your trip. Also, just a short walk from the hotel, you will come to the Markedsgata shopping street where you can indulge yourself should you wish.

Hotel facilities

  • The Scandic is modern and comfortable. It offers a stylish and contemporary restaurant which combines both a café and an á la carte restaurant
  • The hotel bar, Nordlys, is ideal for relaxed drinks after a busy day enjoying activities
  • Recharge your batteries and feel the warmth in the hotel's on-site sauna which is available for guests to use on request

Guest room types

Twin/double rooms: You will stay in either a standard double or twin bedroom with an en-suite shower room. The bedrooms come equipped with a table and seating area, wooden floors, TV, hairdryer, telephone and complimentary Wi-Fi.


Image credits: Scandic Hotel Alta

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Overnight stay at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

From £145pp

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. 

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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!

Please note: 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

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Activities

Fatbike adventure on day 4

From: £70pp

If you would prefer to head out and explore the area around Alta in an active way,  then today is the perfect opportunity. A good level of fitness is required for this activity and you should be comfortable riding a  bike.  You do not need to have done so in snowy conditions before though, as you will get full tuition beforehand. The extra-large tyres and small studs ensure it’s not as hard as you may think. Your guide will determine the exact route and duration depending on the fitness and enthusiasm of the group but you will be out for around four hours in total including a car transfer from Alta to the start point.


Credit: Visit Oslo - Tord Baklund

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Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment of £350pp is due by 01 April 2019 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.

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Supplements

Please contact our Travel Experts for single supplement

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 - maximum 20 persons (approximately)

GROUP SIZE

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOLIDAY TO OPERATE

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.

Medical History and advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

PREGNANCY

If you are pregnant at the time of booking your holiday or you discover you are pregnant prior to your departure, firstly – congratulations! Secondly – please tell us as soon as possible. This situation does arise, and we are able to advise you both from our own first-hand experience and from discussing this at length with our expert local partners who have experience in this area. The more notice you can give us the better, in order to suggest any adaptions to the itinerary you have booked which will reduce the risk to both mother and baby. Please contact our customer service team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

INSURANCE

Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

Reduced Mobility

If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.

If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern. In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time.

You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER 

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                    New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                  Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                      The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 10 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.

Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.

To drive a snowmobile, you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.



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