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VISITING: Finland, Sweden, Norway BROCHURE CODE: 2009
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This really is it, the ultimate Northern Lights grand tour! Combining unique highlights of Sweden, Finland and Norway, this 7-night holiday allows you to tick off a huge array of bucket-list experiences. A night at the ICEHOTEL®, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and searching for the Northern Lights in unforgettable locations are just some of the experiences you’ll have.

What's included?

ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • Flights: flights are included from London to Kiruna (via Stockholm) returning from Tromsø to London (via Oslo). Regional and Non-UK flights on request. Flight routes are subject to change
  • Transfers: all airport and destination transfers are included
  • Accommodation: 1 night in a warm room and 1 night in an ice room at the ICEHOTEL®, 3 nights en-suite sauna cottage at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm, 2 nights en-suite double/twin room at Scandic Ishavshotel
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: 17km husky safari, 25-30km snowmobile safari, Aurora horse sled, Aurora reindeer, Arctic sauna, Northern Lights hunt by minibus in Tromsø (order of activities is subject to change)
  • Experienced guides and instructors for all activities
  • Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay in Torassieppi

This holiday has so many highlights spanning across three countries, it’s really no overstatement to call it grand! In its simple form, it is a fabulous experience but, we also give you plenty of chances to upgrade to some incredible optional extras and holiday extensions should you wish.  

Arriving in Swedish Lapland, this tour starts in the coolest way possible, literally, as you visit the original ICEHOTEL®. There will be plenty of time to explore this world-famous hotel including its chapel and icebar before spending one night in a warm room and one night in an ice room, where you will be tucked up cosy in your Arctic-grade sleeping bag for a unique night's sleep. What a way to start! You can, however, choose to start your holiday the day before, in the south of Lapland, at the exceptional Treehotel, for a night in one of the unforgettable tree-rooms there.

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On your third day you will travel through the wilds of Swedish Lapland and transfer to one of our most popular winter destinations in Finnish Lapland.

Here you will meet the hotel's huskies and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you travel into the wilderness pulled by a team of eager dogs. Furthermore, you’ll enjoy a thrilling snowmobile safari of approximately 25-30km.

Of course, we also include two wonderful Northern Lights activities for you here, as you are in the very heart of the Aurora Zone.

After your Finnish adventures, you head even further above the Arctic Circle to the vibrant city of Tromsø, in Norway’s stunning North. This city is where many of the world’s greatest adventurers set off on their expeditions and the heritage is wonderful. It is also a remarkably cosmopolitan place and there’s a wealth of shops and some fabulous restaurants to enjoy.

You'll have time to explore but we have also included a dedicated Northern Lights hunt here, which leads you far from the city lights in search of an Aurora display.

Should you wish to extend your stay then we can arrange additional nights and activities in Tromso or some of the surrounding islands. You may also like to take advantage of the fact that the Hurtigruten ferry runs from here, providing access to the whole Norwegian coast should you wish to continue your adventures.

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Duration:7 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • Your adventure begins straight away as you are collected from Kiruna Airport and transferred to the small village of Jukkasjärvi, home to the world-famous ICEHOTEL®.

    At the ICEHOTEL® you relax in your warm room tonight and dine in one the restaurants (bookable and payable locally).The population of Jukkasjärvi is tiny so there is very minimal light pollution so just a short walk from the hotel you can find yourself in incredible Aurora viewing locations.

    If you want to also enjoy the delights of the spectacular Treehotel in the Lulea region of Sweden, then we can arrange a wonderful pre-tour before you head to Kiruna, details can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

    Included Meals:  None
  • Today is free for you to enjoy all that is on offer at this famous hotel. You can tour the site and visit attractions such as the ice suites, ice bar and ice chapel and there is even the ice store and factory here which are quite fascinating. It is hard to believe that all of the main hotel building simply melts away in the spring when you see how much work has gone into making it!

    There are also activities available for you to enjoy and the details of these can be found in the ‘personalise’ section of the holiday page.

    Tonight, you will have the unforgettable experience of spending the night in one of the ice rooms at the hotel. Alternatively, we can arrange for you to upgrade to one of the Deluxe or Art Suites if you want to experience the ultimate in ice accommodation (subject to availability). The details of the options can be found in the accommodation section of the holiday page and our travel experts will happily provide you with a quote. 

    Please note: Due to availability, your first night might be in an ice room and your second night in a warm room.

    A note regarding cold rooms: Between 10 am and 6 pm, the ICEHOTEL is open to the public; for day visitors and guests to enjoy the art. This means overnight guests get their rooms at 6 pm and the wake-up call is around 7:30 am when staying in a cold room.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • We highly recommend a warming sauna this morning before enjoying a hot shower and some delicious breakfast - it really sets you up for the day ahead!

    It is now time to wave farewell to Sweden as you are collected for the next section of your tour. Your driver will take you through the wilds of Sweden as you cover the distance between Sweden and Torassieppi in Finland, your base for the next three nights (approximately 3.5 hours). Upon arrival at Torassieppi, you will check into your room and pick up your cold weather clothing.

    Your evening meal will be served in the hotel’s restaurant, then you will be met by an expert local guide in the hotel who will take you on a horse-drawn sleigh ride in search of the Northern Lights. The guide will lead the horse further into the surrounding wilderness as you sit in an open sleigh and keep an eye on the sky for the Aurora. You will be out for approximately 1 hour.

    Torassieppi’s location is ideally situated for Northern Lights viewing, so be sure to keep an eye on the sky when you are not out on your evening activities too.

     

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Today’s activities will see you encounter two of Lapland’s most famous animals.

    Firstly, you will visit the nearby Arctic Sled Dog Centre, home to over 400 huskies who are expertly taken care of and trained by the dedicated staff.

    You can feel the dogs' excitement as soon as the mushers take the chosen dogs out of their kennels and begin to get them harnessed up to the sledge ready for your safari. You will be given full instruction and a safety briefing before hitting the trails and will travel two people per sledge, with one person standing on the back driving and the other sitting in the sleigh (there will be the chance for you to swap drivers en route).

    The safari will cover around 15 - 17km and led by the guide will explore the picture-perfect Olosvuoma Forest. The trail winds its way between the snow-covered trees and all that you can hear is the sound of the dogs’ paws on snow.

    During your free time today you can also arrange additional activities locally and there are also snowshoes and cross-country skis available to rent on site should you wish to explore independently.

    After dinner, you will be back in a sleigh for another Aurora hunt but this time, you will be pulled by reindeer for a true Lappish experience. Accompanied by a local reindeer herder, you will travel into the forest and search the skies for a Northern Lights display. The sleigh ride will last approximately 45 minutes.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Following breakfast, you will have a free morning to relax or enjoy additional activities (bookable locally) and then you can enjoy a delicious lunch in the hotel restaurant before your thrilling snowmobile safari. After a full safety briefing and instructions, you will follow your guide into the wilderness, covering approximately 25-30 km. Following your adventure, you will head back to Torassieppi through snow-clad forests. Two people will share a snowmobile during this activity, which will last for around two hours overall. Please note, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

    This afternoon you will transfer to Jeris to use the lakeside sauna facilities on site. There is a traditional smoke sauna here and, if you’re feeling brave, you can also take a dip in the ice pool (you must be in excellent health to try this)

    Your evening meal will be served in the hotel restaurant and following this, you will have a free evening. Why not head outside and await the magical Aurora, hoping that it will make an appearance tonight? Alternatively, additional Northern Lights activities may be available to book locally.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • After a leisurely breakfast, you will check out of your hotel room ready for the next stage in your journey.

    Today you will be driven from Finnish Lapland to the city of Tromsø in Northern Norway! The journey time is around five hours in total. You will enjoy some stunning scenery as you travel north and the landscape around you will be constantly changing. You will stop en-route, where you can get some lunch (payable locally), before heading over the mountains into Norway and down to the coast.

    Upon arrival in Tromsø you can check in to central hotel and relax. We would then suggest heading out to enjoy the restaurants in Tromsø, it may be a bit of a shock compared to the wilderness of the last few days, but this city deserves its reputation.

    Your time in this city has been left so it can be tailored to suit you and so there is plenty of time for independent exploration as well as additional activities in this remarkable place.

    Tonight you may like to add in an additional Northern Lights hunt so please see the personalise section for details.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • Following breakfast, you will have a free day to spend as you please. We have a large selection of optional activities which can be added in to your holiday so you can tailor your time here. They can all be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page.

    There are many incredible sights and attractions to visit here such as the Polar Museum, Polaria, the mountain top cable car and many more. The shops and cafes are also very much worth exploring.

    Tonight you will leave the city lights behind and travel via minibus in the company of an expert local guide to search for the Northern Lights. Using the latest weather and solar forecasts, your route will be carefully selected to help provide the best possible chance to witness the Northern Lights. Snacks and hot drinks will be served around a campfire. You will be out for approximately 5-7 hours.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • A taxi transfer to the airport will be arranged to meet your return flight home.

    If you would like to extend your stay either using the world famous Hurtigruten coastal ferry service or by flying on to a range of other destinations please speak to our Travel Experts for a personalised quotation.

    We can also arrange for you to extend your time in Tromsø in order to take in more of its rich Arctic heritage.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

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The ICEHOTEL®

Nights: 1-2

The original

The ICEHOTEL® at Jukkasjärvi has the impressive claim of being the world’s first ice hotel and was developed from a concept beginning in 1989. A local entrepreneur by the name of Yngve Bergqvist who ran a thriving tourism business in the summer decided to attract tourists in the winter by offering ice carving workshops and creating a small ice igloo as a gallery to showcase these designs.

This igloo grew in scale each year until one night a group of guests, equipped with reindeer skins and sleeping bags asked to spend the night, creating the concept of the ice hotel in the process!

Although Ice and snow hotels can be found across Lapland, the ICEHOTEL® remains the original.

What’s more, 2018 saw the ICEHOTEL® become the first ever Nordic Swan Ecolabel hotel made completely of ice and snow.

The certification process looks at all areas, from energy and water consumption to waste management; understandably, this presented many challenges when measuring a hotel whose rooms melt away at the end of each winter season!

The eco-label adds to a growing list of certifications for the ICEHOTEL® who is also certified a Sustainable Arctic Destination. Certification ensures guests are choosing environmentally conscious products and the ICEHOTEL® are – rightly so - very proud to receive such recognition.

ICEHOTEL 365

The hotel now boasts ICEHOTEL 365, a permanent structure, allowing it to be a year-round destination to visitors who travel the world to sleep in a room of ice and snow. Containing deluxe rooms, art suites, an ice bar and a sculpture hall, this environmentally sustainable building is a construct of glass, metal and concrete, but with the same incredible standard and visual design of snow and ice on the inside, with cooling tubes to keep it at a temperature of around -5 at all times.

Alongside this is the classic ICEHOTEL® building, constructed purely of ice and snow and carefully crafted each December, utilising blocks from the nearby Torne River.

Home to ice rooms, winter suites and a chapel the structure is a marvel to see and, come summer, simply melts back into the river from which it came. Each year, architects, designers and artists submit designs for the hotel's features and a handful are chosen to go forward with their theme.

The hotel consists of several buildings including the main ice building and ICEHOTEL 365. We cannot guarantee which area our guests will stay in.

The rooms which are contained within the ice and snow building will not be available until after the 14th of December. Check-in time for the cold rooms is usually around 6 pm and for the warm rooms, it is approximately 3 pm. The ICEHOTEL® is open to members of the public for viewing between 10 am and 6 pm. You will check out after breakfast.

Hotel facilities

  • The reception is in the main warm building which also houses the lounge area, warm bar, dressing room, luggage room, restaurant and gift shop which sells a selection of ICEHOTEL® themed gifts and locally sourced handicrafts
  • Guests who are on a guided tour of the ICEHOTEL® will also visit the large warehouse where you can learn about how the hotel is constructed each season
  • The restaurant serves breakfast lunch and dinner which include some wonderful Swedish favourites. The restaurant operates fixed dinner seating times and we highly recommend that you make a reservation in advance with us
  • As an alternative, guests can eat at the Homestead Restaurant which is a smaller, rustic restaurant a short walk from the hotel
  • The classic ICEHOTEL® building is connected to a warm building which houses the toilets, showers and sauna. There are also lockers in here in which to store your valuables and clothes overnight
  • The warm building also has a small number of bunk beds in case you decide your ice room is not for you

Guest room types

The Cold Rooms: the inside of the cold rooms is kept at around -5°C but you will be equipped with arctic grade thermal sleeping bags so you will stay surprisingly warm!

Please take note that the cold rooms are accommodated in two separate buildings. ICEHOTEL 365 is a permanent building constructed of metal, glass and concrete with an ice and snow interior kept cool via cooling tubes. Some rooms are also in the classic ice building which is made wholly of ice and snow and constructed afresh each winter season. We cannot guarantee which area you will stay in.

Ice Rooms (in classic ice building) (only available after 14 December): the ice rooms are the simplest designed rooms which are usually booked as standard. These are made of ice and snow and each contains a mattress topped with reindeer skins and also some ice furniture and carvings. They are closed off from the corridors via thick curtains as opposed to doors, but the thick walls of ice and snow allow for great sound insulation. There are usually around 15 rooms available for guests.

Art Suites (in classic ice building) (only available after 14 December): these are uniquely and beautifully designed by chosen artists around the world each year and offer a wide variety of themes and include intricate sculptures and carvings to reflect this. As with the ice rooms, these have curtains instead of doors and there are around 15 in total for guests to book.

Deluxe Suites (in permanent ICEHOTEL 365 building): the unique and enchanting Deluxe Suites 365 are individually themed and hand carved by artists commissioned throughout the world, with the designs changing each year. To spend a night amidst the lifelike and exquisite carvings is a surreal and magical experience. You are awoken by sparkling colours which reflect from the ice and cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside table. A sauna session then awaits you before you enjoy a delicious breakfast. The Deluxe Suites are part of the new concept ICEHOTEL 365, available all year round thanks to a new specially designed building which is run on solar power. There are three different types of Deluxe suite available.

Deluxe Suite Hilla: the Hilla Suites are beautifully decorated suites available throughout the year. They contain a bathroom, two comfortable armchairs, a shower and a sauna, which is directly connected to the bedroom. A comfortable bed decorated with reindeer hides and inclusive of a thermal sleeping bag lies at the centre. The design is a mixture of local culture and history created by Marjolein Vonk and Pia Sandgren. A heated relaxation area is available which provides storage for your belongings and the suite has doors which lock for your privacy.

Deluxe Suite Jáuvre: these majestic suites are furnished with comfortable Carpe Diem beds covered in reindeer hides and inclusive of a thermal sleeping bag. Inside the room, there is a bathroom, two comfortable armchairs, a shower, sauna and a bathtub. Similarly, to the other suites, the Jáuvre suites are designed with a combination of local culture and history by Marjolein Vonk and Pia Sandgren and they have a heated relaxation area from where you can store all your belongings and the suite has doors which lock for your privacy.

Deluxe Suite Johka: this spacious suite contains a comfortable double bed, a connecting bathroom, two comfortable armchairs and double waterfall showers, which are directly connected to the room. The design features a combination of local culture and history and was created by Marjolein Vonk and Pia Sandgren. A heated relaxation area provides storage for your belongings and the suite has doors which lock for your privacy.

Art Suites 365 (in permanent ICEHOTEL 365 building): these offer the same amenities as the art suites in the classic ice building but being part of the permanent building allows them to have a proper door. Each is independently and artistically designed by chosen artists and architects to reflect new carefully chosen themes each year. There are 12 art 365 suites in total.

The Warm Rooms: for those less keen on sleeping in low temperatures, the ICEHOTEL® also has a number of warm accommodation options:

Kaamos Hotel Room (standard): light and airy, these en-suite rooms have modern décor and furnishings. Each has a double bed or twin beds and TV.

Kaamos Hotel Room (superior): these rooms have the same amenities as the standard Kaamos rooms, however, they have recently been updated and decorated in a contemporary style.

Nordic Hotel Chalet: these are designed to accommodate up to four people. Each has one double/twin bedroom and one room with bunk beds, making them ideal for families or small groups of friends. Each has an ensuite bathroom with shower, small living room with a fridge and kettle and TV.

Arctic Chalet: these have a double and a single room so are best suited to three people. Each chalet is en-suite and has a shower room, small living area, fridge, kettle, TV and telephone.

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.


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Torassieppi Sauna Winter Cottage

Nights: 3-5

Located on the edge of Lake Torasjarvi,  and bordering the Pallas Ylläs National Park, Torassieppi Reindeer Farm is situated in one of the most picturesque wilderness areas in Finland.

The farm building dates back to 1847 making it one of the oldest in the area.  Today it has been lovingly renovated and accommodation has been added nearby so that guests can stay in this spectacular spot.

Facilities:

  • Torassieppi has a central restaurant and reception building which is a short walk from the winter cottages.  A roaring fire accompanies the evening meals which include as much local produce as possible. Typically they are served in a buffet format and include traditional Finnish ingredients such as reindeer (of course dietary requirements are also catered for).
  • There is no bar but alcohol can be purchased from the restaurant so it can be enjoyed with your evening meal.
  • The reception building also has a small gift shop area which sells a variety of local crafts, including reindeer hides and traditional carved Kuksa cups.
  • There are two lakeside saunas at Torassieppi which are both heated in the evenings for guests to use. Separate facilities are provided for both men and women.
  • There is free Wi-Fi in the main restaurant building.
  • A perfect spot to search for the Aurora, there are also a few wooden benches on the edge of the frozen lake, which are ideal for enjoying the expansive wilderness and hopefully a Northern Lights display or two.

Room types:

Sauna Winter Cottage

The cottages are ideal for those who want more space or for larger groups of people. Located close to the main restaurant, they are only a short walk away through the snow-laden trees and close to the frozen lake beyond.

The cottages offer a sauna, fireplace, a living room area, toilet, shower, hairdryer and kitchenette with a kettle. They have two bedrooms which have twin beds and a sleeping alcove with bunk beds. Whilst they can sleep up to 6 people, we feel that they are most suited to 4 or 5 adults.

 

Scandic Ishavshotel

Nights: 6-8

Situated right by the quayside, you’ll only have to walk approximately 50 metres from the Hurtigruten ferry to reach this hotel with fantastic views. The Ishavshotel has a lovely modern design with free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and bar area.

Hotel Facilities

  • The location is this hotel's real selling point - just a 4-minute walk from the famous Polar Museum and close to other attractions in the city.
  • The hotel’s restaurant uses delicious local ingredients and the breakfast buffet is award-winning.
  • There is free WiFi available throughout the hotel.
  • The Scandic shop on site is open 24 hours.

Guest Rooms

TWIN/DOUBLE ROOMS: the hotel offers 214 hotel rooms each equipped with a TV, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. Some of the hotel rooms have a lovely view of the harbour and many guests enjoy watching the Hurtigruten ships sail into port whilst en route north or south.

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Snowmobile Experience (ICEHOTEL®)

From £82pp

Snowmobiling is a thrilling way to explore the frozen landscape and this shorter tour is perfect for those who want a taster experience of this activity.  

After full safety instructions, you will follow your guide across the frozen Torne River and into the snowy woodlands. You will also stop along the way to take photos of the stunning scenery.

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You will travel two per snowmobile with the opportunity to swap drivers. Please note, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile. You can drive your own snowmobile for a supplement.


Duration: 2 hours

Available: Daily 4pm-6pm December 1 – April 13

 


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Wildlife and nature photography (ICEHOTEL®)

From: £143pp

Photography enthusiasts or those who simply want to see more of the stunning landscape and wildlife will love this nature photography tour into the surrounding wilderness.

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You can bring your own camera or borrow one that comes equipped with a 300mm tele lens. The tour will start with a minivan transfer and your first stop will be all about familiarising yourself with the camera and your surroundings.

Once you’re comfortable with getting a great shot, the tour will move on to find the most photogenic locations and hopefully, some Arctic animals will make an appearance too.

Please note that a SD memory card is not included in the price.


Duration: 4 hours

Available: Year-round (except the 24th and 31st December)

Moose safari on horseback (ICEHOTEL®)

From: £185pp

What better way to look for wildlife in the snowy forest than during a peaceful horseback ride?

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After a short transfer to the Ofelaš Icelandic horse farm, you will meet the animals and prepare your horse. Then you will follow your guide into the moose’s grazing land, with spectacular views of Sweden’s highest mountain range Kebnekaise. You will be on the lookout for moose, reindeers, birds, hare and foxes who all live in the wonderful wilderness here.

After the ride, you will be served a traditional three-course lunch.


Duration: 6 hours (including transfers and lunch)

Available: Daily 9am – 3pm Dec 10 – Mar 31

Cross-country skiing (ICEHOTEL®)

From: £65pp

Cross-country skiing is incredibly popular in this region and you’ll soon see why when you strap on a pair of skis and follow your guide to explore more the snowy surroundings.

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After full instructions, you will ski upstream of the Torne River to reach the island of Rimisaari where you will enjoy drinks and snacks over an open fire. You don’t need any previous experience of skiing as the guide will teach you the best techniques. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for wild animals.

For those who love the experience, you can keep your skis for the rest of the day for some independent exploration.


Duration: 3 hours

Available: Daily 9am – 12pm Dec 1 – Apr 13

Wilderness Dinner (ICEHOTEL®)

From: £214pp

Enjoy an authentic three-course wilderness dinner inspired by the season. You will head out in a minibus to a secluded camp with a guide who will tell you all about the characteristics of Sweden’s eight seasons and the inspiration behind your meal tonight. You will also keep an eye on the sky as you enjoy your food, as the Northern Lights could make an appearance to really make your wilderness experience extra special.

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Duration: 4 hours including transfers

Available: 7pm – 11pm Dec 1 – Apr 13

Make your own ice sculpture (ICEHOTEL®)

From: £65pp

You’ve seen the impressive ice sculptures at the ICEHOTEL®, now is your chance to have a go at creating a masterpiece.

Using crystal-clear ice that has come directly from the Torne River, your guide will teach you how to use your carving tools and then you can let your creativity take over.

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Duration: 2.5 hours

Available: 9am – 11:30am Nov 1 – Apr 13

Driving Your Own Dog Sled – The Ultimate Adventure (ICEHOTEL®)

From: £337pp

Dog sledding is a true Arctic highlight. Nothing compares to the feeling of getting back to nature as you and your dogs travel through the snowy wilderness.

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You will first transfer over the frozen Torne River on a snowmobile-pulled sled to the husky centre where you will meet the dogs. After a full safety briefing and instructions, you will step into the role of musher as you and your loyal team of sled dogs set off on the trails for a mini-expedition. Your dogs may be making a lot of noise to begin with but they will soon quieten down as they settle into their pace.

Halfway through the tour, you will stop at a cosy wilderness cabin for a traditional lunch.


Duration: 4 hours (incl. transfers and lunch)

Available: Daily 11:15am – 3:15pm Dec 1 – Apr 15

Sled Dog Ride in Winter Wonderland (ICEHOTEL®)

From: £126pp

Experience dog sledding from the comfort of the passenger seat where all you have to worry about is looking around at the beautiful surroundings as they pass.

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Dog sledding is a much-loved pastime and this tour gives you the chance to enjoy it from the cosy sled as the dogs ride in front and the musher steers behind you.

Along the way, you will stop to enjoy drinks and snacks around an open fire. The sled takes up to 4 people.


Duration: 1.5 hours

Available: Daily 9:30am – 11am and 1pm – 2.30pm Nov 16 – Apr 13

Arctic Wildlife Safari (ICEHOTEL®)

From: £244pp

Learn about the wildlife native to the area as you travel on snowmobiles through the stunning scenery.

After a full safety briefing, you will follow your guide into the wilderness to track moose, reindeer and grouse.

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The length of the tour will be determined by the season and weather conditions and after the ride, you will be served a three-course lunch made using local ingredients.

You will travel two per snowmobile with the opportunity to swap drivers. Please note, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile. You can drive your own snowmobile for a single supplement charge.


Duration: 6 hours (approximately) including transfer time

Available: Daily 9am – 3pm (Dec 8 – Apr 7)

Northern Lights Safari on Snowmobile (ICEHOTEL®)

From: £172pp

For an adventurous way to search for the Northern Lights, you can snowmobile out in the wilderness to a prime lookout location.

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After a full safety briefing, you will travel away from light pollution, following your guide through the dark winter landscape. Your guide will make short stops to tell you more about the Northern Lights as you watch the skies in hope for their appearance. You will then reach a warm wilderness cabin to enjoy a two-course dinner.

You will travel two per snowmobile with the opportunity to swap drivers. Please note, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile. You can drive your own snowmobile for a single supplement charge.


Duration: 4 hours

Available: Daily 7-11pm (Dec 15 – Mar 25) and 8pm – midnight (Mar 26 – Apr 13)

Snowmobile Adventure (ICEHOTEL®)

From: £114pp

See more of Sweden’s superb winter landscape when you drive a snowmobile further into the wilderness.

After a full safety briefing, you will follow the guide across the frozen Torne River, over snowy hills and along icy lakes. You will reach amazing viewpoints where you could see animal tracks and some of the Arctic wildlife before stopping for a traditional Swedish Fika to warm by an open fire.

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You will travel two per snowmobile with the opportunity to swap drivers. Please note, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile. You can drive your own snowmobile for a single supplement charge.


Duration: 3 hours

Available: Daily 1pm-4pm December 1 – April 13 

Aurora Husky Visit (Tromsø)

From: £113pp

Have an extra special Aurora evening as you visit a husky camp and learn all about these working dogs, all while keeping an eye on the sky for the Northern Lights to make an appearance.

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The camp is approximately 30 minutes away and upon arrival, you will receive a tour of the facilities and get to meet some of the famous residents. As you pet and play with the dogs, you will be on the lookout for the Northern Lights which could appear at any time.

You will warm by an open fire and enjoy a traditional dinner.


Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours in total

The meeting point for this activity is only a short walk from your hotel.

Available until the 22nd March

RIB Wildlife Safari (Tromsø)

From: £129pp

Cruise over the beautiful waters on a wildlife spotting tour where you could see reindeers, elk, white-tailed and golden eagles, king eider and little auks.

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Your tours starts with a short (approximately 20 minutes) transfer to Kvaløyvågen where you will be given your warm clothes and safety instructions before stepping on board the RIB boat. As well as the wildlife, you will see more of the stunning surroundings.


Duration: Approximately 5 hours

Historical City Walk (Tromsø)

From: £35pp

Uncover the fascinating history of Tromsø during this guided walking tour. You will visit the oldest parts of the city as well as the famous Polar museum with brilliant information on the northern part of Norway. The tour will finish in an authentic pub for more history and fun facts.

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Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours

Available: Wednesdays and Saturdays 

The meeting point is only a short walk from your hotel.

Photography by Konrad Konieczny/Nordnordge

Reindeer sledding and Sámi Culture (Tromsø)

From: £194pp

After a short transfer (approximately 45 minutes) this activity will help you gain an insight into the fascinating culture of the region.

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First, you will meet with a local reindeer herder and their animals. You will hear stories of life in the Arctic as you enjoy a traditional Sámi meal. You will then try your hand at lasso throwing before enjoying a short safari ride (approximately 30 minutes).


Duration: Approximately 5 hours in total (including transfers and lunch)

The meeting point for this activity is only a short walk from your hotel.

Photography by Konrad Konieczny/Nordnorge

 

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Please note: our holiday prices are based on the lowest available airline fares. These fares can sell out quickly and, as a result, prices may increase and supplements may be applicable. We recommend booking at the earliest opportunity to secure the best possible fares and flight times.

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people; maximum 30 people (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.

CANCELLATION TERMS:

Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.

- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)

- 63 to 46 days prior to departure - 40%

- 45 to 29 days prior to departure - 75%

- 28 to 15 days prior to departure - 80%

- 14 or less days prior to departure- 100%

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 12 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.

Traveller Reviews

The Grand Aurora Tour 03 March 2019 by Julie Holmes & Roger McMinn

The holiday was excellent and extremely well organised. I am so impressed by your Company. The transport all turned up when they were supposed to and were friendly and helpful.

A truly wonderful once in a lifetime holiday that was exceptionally organised 01 February 2019 by Andrew & Desleigh McCurley

We enjoyed the husky and reindeer sleding and the snowmobile activities. Actually we just enjoyed it all but the most spectacular part of the holiday was witnessing the aurora almost every night of our stay.

The Aurora Zone facilitated a wonderful holiday for us 02 March 2016 by Marshall & Mary Smith

Overall and without question, The Aurora Zone facilitated a wonderful holiday for us and many, many memories we will cherish! The facilities and personnel in Sweden, Finland, and Norway were professional and top notch. The Northern Lights watch evening at Malangen was probably the singular thing we talk about most, but snowmobiling and dog sledding (Harriniva) and snowshoeing (Malangen) were all
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great times: so hard to pick a favorite. We also benefited from small groups for each of these activities.
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Trip update... 29 February 2016 by Marshall & Mary Smith

At the Melangen viewing camp last night the skies were clear and the Aurora glowed and flowed for nearly three hours. The highlight of the night was only half an hour into the session when a glow in the east suddenly expanded and burst into waving concentric rings in the zenith of the sky: reds and greens and... Wow! In my ear I heard even our guide saying, "Oh my Gott! Oh my Gott!" We still have
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two more days of activities and (hopefully!) more viewing, but so far--from dog sledding to snowmobiling to reindeer feeding to sky watching--our Three Countries tour has been sheer delight! Thanks to all of you at The Aurora Zone!!
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