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VISITING: Finland, Sweden, Norway BROCHURE CODE: 2009
All prices include: flights, transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
This really is it, the ultimate grand tour in search of the Northern Lights! This tour combines the unique highlights of Sweden, Finland and Norway in a handcrafted itinerary. This holiday will allow you to tick off a huge array of experiences including a night at the ICEHOTEL®, dog sledding and snowmobiling adventures, exploring the wilds of Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian Lapland and searching for the Northern Lights in a variety of unforgettable locations.

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 ice room at the ICEHOTEL®, 3 nights en-suite double/ twin room at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm, 2 nights en-suite double/twin room at Clarion Collection Aurora and 2 nights at Malangen Resort
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners and 2 light buffet dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included: 17km husky safari, 25-30km snowmobile safari, Lappish Foodie experience, Northern Lights campfire, reindeer crafts, Northern Lights hunt at Malangen, Northern Lights hunt in Tromsø (order of activities is subject to change)
  • Experienced guides and instructors for all activities
  • Thermal overalls are provided during the husky safari, snowmobile safari and Northern Lights hunt in Malangen and Tromsø. Depending on availability it can be requested for the duration of your stay at each hotel

This holiday has so many highlights we basically can't fit them all in the overview! In its simple form, it is a fabulous experience but, we also give you plenty of chances to upgrade to some serious optional extras if you want to really push the boat out.

After arrival in Swedish Lapland, this tour starts in the coolest way possible, literally, as you spend the night in the original ICEHOTEL®. There will be plenty of time to explore this world famous hotel including its chapel and icebar before getting 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.

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

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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 have thrown in a wonderful Northern Lights activity for you here, as you are at 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, often described as the 'Paris of the North' due to its bustling shops, cafés and truly outstanding restaurants.

You'll have a night here in order to explore the city but we have included a dedicated Northern Lights hunt here, on your second night in Tromsø, which leads you far from the city lights in search of an Aurora display.

It's then onto the stunning fjord landscape that surrounds Tromsø and you will stay at the marvellous Malangen Brygger, a boutique style fjord-side property with a wonderful atmosphere. You can spend a couple of days chilling out, enjoying the friendly Norwegian hospitality and doing some final winter activities before transferring back for a final night in Tromsø and to catch your return flights home. Wow – we are jealous just talking about this once-in-a-lifetime trip!


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Key facts

Duration:8 nights
Pace:Balanced
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  • Your adventure begins straight away as you are collected from Kiruna Airport by a representative from the ICEHOTEL® and transferred the short distance to the small village of Jukkasjärvi, home to this world famous hotel. If you want to also enjoy the delights of the spectacular Treehotel then details can be found in the 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

    At the ICEHOTEL® there will be plenty of time to explore and take lots of pictures once you have checked in before enjoying an evening meal (bookable and payable locally) and settling in for the night. The population of Jukkasjärvi is tiny so there is very minimal light pollution so keep glancing skywards as the Northern Lights may well appear to welcome you to Lapland.

    You will spend the night in one of the delightful ice rooms at the hotel or 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 'Personalise' section of the holiday page.

  • 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! You will then have some free time to explore the area and take another look around the magnificent ICEHOTEL®.

    It is now time to wave farewell to Sweden as you are collected for the next section of your grand tour. Your driver will take you through the wilds of Sweden as you cover the distance between Sweden and Muonio in Finland (the drive takes between three and three and a half hours). Upon arrival at Torassieppi, you will check into your room, pick up your cold weather clothing and then it’s straight on to your first activity. You will try your hand at making some Finnish handicrafts. Your guide will show you the techniques that you will need to create some traditional pieces to take home as souvenirs.

    Following this, your evening meal will be served in the hotel restaurant, then you will be met by an expert local guide in the hotel who will lead you to an optimal Northern Lights viewpoint. The guide will light a fire which you can gather around to keep warm and toast marshmallows as you await the Aurora. Hopefully, it will put on a dazzling display for you, as your guide answers any questions you have about this natural phenomenon.

  • This morning you will have some free time to spend as you wish. After breakfast, you can take a stroll along the riverbank, or curling up with a good book is also a popular option. If you would like a bit more action in your morning, why not rent some snowshoes or cross-country skis (available for an additional fee) from the hotel reception?

    Following a hearty lunch in the hotel restaurant, you will visit the nearby Arctic Sled Dog Centre, home to over 400 dogs 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 team 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 last around two and a half hours and led by the guide in front you 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.

    Then, it is time for a food-inspired afternoon. You will spend two to three hours cooking several local dishes over an open fire. Then, you will try your mouth-watering creations at dinner this evening.

     

  • After a free morning to relax after a busy day yesterday, and a delicious lunch in the hotel restaurant, you will take part in a thrilling snowmobile safari, during which you will cover approximately 25-30 km. Following this, 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.

    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, if you want to keep busy while you wait, you can book a Northern Lights reindeer safari, detailed in the ‘Personalise’ tab. Our friendly Travel Experts will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about any additional activities.

  • 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 in Kilpisjärvi, the northernmost town in Finland and a real outpost, 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 will have some free time to check into your hotel and enjoy the light evening buffet which is included. We would then suggest heading out to enjoy the sights and sounds of Tromsø, it may be a bit of a shock compared to the wilderness of the last few days, but it is certainly worth exploring.

    Tonight you may like to add in an additional Northern Lights hunt and we can arrange for you to enjoy a very special Aurora dinner cruise from the harbour.

  • Today you will gain an insight into the traditions and heritage of the Sámi people of Lapland as you visit a local family. This is also a chance for you to encounter the reindeer, whose importance to the Sámi cannot be underestimated. The herds roam freely but there will hopefully be animals for you to greet. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious lunch to see you through the rest of your journey.

    Following on from your visit your journey continues on to Malangen Brygger, your base for the next two nights.

    You will be able to appreciate the stunning scenery as soon as you arrive at the hotel's wonderful location. After some time to relax and settle into your new surroundings, your evening meal will be served in the hotel restaurant. Following this, your guide will lead you on a Northern Lights chase in the local area to try and see a spectacular show of the Aurora in all of its glory.

  • Malangen is a wonderful place to unwind, relax and savour the stunning scenery. Today you can enjoy the local area, or perhaps add in an exciting husky safari – please see our 'Personalise' section for further details. This afternoon relax in the hotel's panoramic sauna, which will be heated for you to truly unwind and enjoy your idyllic and peaceful surroundings.

    Your evening meal will be served in the hotel restaurant, after which we recommend a short stroll to watch the skies for an Aurora display.

  • This morning is free to relax and enjoy your wonderful surroundings.

    This afternoon, you will catch the transfer back to the same centrally-located hotel in Tromsø for your final night in Scandinavia.

    After the evening buffet at the hotel, you will meet one of the Northern Lights hunts heading out into the darkness around the city to try and find a clear sky and enjoy one final Aurora viewing opportunity.

  • 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.

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The ICEHOTEL®

Nights: 1

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.


Image credits: ICEHOTEL, Jose Carlos, Cabello Millan, Javier Alvaro, Colomino Matassa & Asaf Kliger, Tjasa Gusfors, David Andren, AnnaSofia Maag, Anna Katrin Kraus, Hans Aesch, Rob Harding, Timsam Harding, Luc Voisin, Mathieu Brison, Petros Dermatas, Ellie Souti, Nicolas Triboulot, Cedric Alizard, Sebastian Scheller,Kristina Mockel, Jose Carlos, Cabello Millan, Javier Alvaro, Colomino Matassa, Peter Grant & Magnus Skoglöf & Martin Jakobsson & Imagebank.sweden.se

Torassieppi Reindeer Farm

Nights: 2-4

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.

Torassieppi Reindeer Farm is also listed by National Geographic Travel as one of the places to visit in 2017.

Here they offer guests a choice of accommodation, in winter cottage rooms or in detached winter cottages.

Facilities

  • Torassieppi has a central restaurant and reception building which is a short walk from the rooms and 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.
  • During the winter months, the nearby Torassieppi Winter Village is carved out of snow and you can personalise your stay by adding an overnight in one of the amazing snow igloos. You may also choose to add a night of Arctic glamping in one of the famous Aurora Domes, which are only a short walk away from the main building and available all year round. Please see our personalise section for further details of both options.
  • 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

DOUBLE/TWIN ROOMS: Torassieppi has only eight rooms which are located a short walk from the main building. There are two rooms to each small cabin building. Each room is completely independent with their own en-suite bathroom and entrance but some rooms can be interconnecting at the guest's request. The rooms can be made up as either twin or double bedded rooms and are really cosy with all the facilities you will need to enjoy your stay including tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryers.


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Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora, Tromsø

Nights: 5,8

This hotel is well-located in the harbour area of the cosmopolitan city of Tromsø. The hotel has a lovely modern design with free Wi-Fi and stunning panoramic views of the mountains surrounding Tromsø and the Tromsøysund Strait. The hotel has a small gym and an outdoor hot tub set on the rooftop which is one of our favourite places to spend an evening in the city.

There is a bar area which is quite popular in the evenings. If you would like to take the opportunity to explore this vibrant city, then your location in the heart of Tromsø couldn't be better for visiting the highlights on foot.

Hotel Facilities

  • The location is this hotel's real selling point - just 500 metres from the famous Polar Museum, with the Polaria Aquarium just a 10-minute walk away
  • This hotel offers a wonderful afternoon tea for guests which includes coffee and fresh waffles - delicious!
  • A light evening buffet is included for all guests to enjoy
  • There is a gym, a sauna and an exceptional outdoor hot tub on the roof of the hotel
  • The friendly reception desk is open 24 hours to help you with anything you may need
  • NB: The hotel is cash-free. They take payment by credit or debit card and accept all major international cards including American Express and Diners. They can accept cash payment if needed but offer no change if you do not have the correct money.

Guest Rooms

TWIN/DOUBLE ROOMS: the hotel offers 121 hotel rooms each equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and work desk. All rooms are very clean, comfortable and welcoming. 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.

Malangen Brygger

Nights: 6-7

You'll find Malangen Brygger on the banks of the Malangen Fjord around 90 minutes away from Tromsø by car. This is a truly spectacular location with fjord views from all the apartment accommodation. When we say that these apartments are on the water's edge we really mean it; the water laps under their balconies at full tide!

Each apartment is individually owned so there's no standardised decor here, just typical Scandinavian design flair.

The apartments are all built within a very short walk to the main building where your meals will be served in the excellent restaurant.

There's also a couple of rather special features here that you may want to use during your stay; a glass-fronted sauna and an outdoor hot tub both of which have great views of the night sky - the ideal Aurora viewpoint.

Malangen is very definitely a place for rest, relaxation and downtime. There's wireless internet access but other than that, evening entertainment is about looking for the Northern Lights or simply unwinding with a good book or a sauna....or both.

Hotel Facilities

  • The hotel has a fantastic restaurant with the head chef creating a magical fusion of Norwegian ingredients and traditions combined with French cooking styles. Given the hotel's location right on the fjord, there is a wealth of seafood on the menu which also features ingredients such lamb, moose and reindeer too
  • The glass-fronted sauna which looks out across the fjord is highly recommended during your stay. The sauna is located so that if you use it during the hours of darkness it is possible to witness the Northern Lights in a very Nordic way
  • The hotel has a bar area with a reasonable choice of wines and beer. Being in Norway however drinks can be a little pricey so please keep this in mind when budgeting for your trip
  • Wi-Fi is free of charge in the public areas and some of the rooms do have access

Room types

Standard double room: These rooms are all individually decorated featuring photographs of the surrounding nature and scenery captured by a local photographer. All of the rooms have en-suite bathroom facilities. These 18 m² rooms all boast a Hästens double bed and tea and coffee making facilities.

Apartment with sea view: The apartments are located a very short walk from the main hotel building right down on the frozen water's edge. The apartments are larger than the other room types at 45 m². The apartment's main attraction is the spectacular panoramic views across the Fjord. There is also a fully fitted kitchen in the apartments however due to the remote location we would recommend stocking up on any supplies either before leaving home or during your time in Tromsø.

Apartment facilities

  • The apartments each have two separate bedrooms one with a double bed and one with bunk beds
  • There is a comfortable lounge area to relax outside of planned activities
  • The apartments have Wi-Fi internet access
  • All apartments have private bathroom and shower facilities

Special Nights

A night at Torassieppi Winter Village

From: £50pp

Torassieppi Winter Village is a marvellous construction of ice and snow, crafted from scratch every winter. During your holiday, we can arrange for you to spend the night in one of the snow rooms here and enjoy this unique accommodation.

You will enjoy dinner at your hotel before transferring to check into your snow room (details below).

After your stay, you will be served breakfast at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm, before continuing back to your hotel to continue your holiday. If you choose to spend the last night of your holiday at the winter village then you may have some time to explore the delightful surroundings before you head directly to the airport for your return flights home.

Snow room
Torassieppi has ten snow rooms inside large snow igloos. Beds are made of snow and ice, which are covered with a mattress and plenty of reindeer skins (both wonderful natural insulators). You will be kitted out with an Arctic-grade sleeping bag so you should stay warm despite the indoor temperature of around -5°C!


NB: Please note that as activity schedules can be subject to change we may be unable to confirm the exact night that you will spend at Torassieppi although every effort will be made to accommodate specific requests they cannot be guaranteed. Your final itinerary including confirmation of the date of your stay at Torassieppi will be confirmed upon arrival in Finland.

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.

Stay in an Aurora Dome

From: £142pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at both Torassieppi and Jeris, a location just a short transfer away, and offer a unique experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and are simple in style, with fantastic views looking out to the frozen lake beyond. The domes have been designed so that one wall is see through and therefore provides views of the night sky and, with luck, the Northern Lights.

The domes are equipped with a double bed and a wood burning stove, as well as an electric heater. Although the stove and heater will keep the dome in a warm state, we do recommend keeping additional layers to hand, in case you find yourself in need of extra warmth should the fire burn out. The toilet, shower and sauna facilities are located a short walk away (50-100m, approximately).

Clients may be allocated to either destination on arrival. Any required transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at your hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8:30/9pm; from early January onwards, you will check-in at approximately 4 pm and have dinner at Torassieppi. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4 pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.

At both locations, you will check-out after breakfast.

Please note: the price shown is based on your spending the first or final night of your stay in a dome and therefore not requiring a hotel room or cottage. Should you wish to spend an alternative night glamping then additional supplements will apply. Please contact one of our team for a quote.


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Northern Lights Adventure with Tesla

From £250pp

You’ll be picked up in central Tromsø by your own exclusive Tesla Model X with certified driver and guide. What better way to search for one of nature’s greatest wonders than in a zero-emission, eco-friendly and environmentally clean car equipped with a glass roof.

You will be given an introductory talk where you’ll receive your warm suits for the night, followed by a short lesson in Northern Lights forecasting and photography. You’ll then have a brief introduction to our Tesla Model X. This powerful performance car can cruise the winter conditions with ease, taking you to locations out of the light pollution and on the road to the Northern Lights.

Our professional guides know the area well and will explain the science and history behind the Aurora so you get the true insider knowledge. They’ll also help you with your camera settings so you can capture the adventures of the night. 

You’ll enjoy a meal at one of our favourite local restaurants as well as drinks and snacks throughout the evening.

With so many ways to try and see the Aurora in Tromsø, the Tesla tour gives you the option to have a more private and environmentally-friendly experience of the magical display. 

Availability: 15th September – 31st March


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Activities

Northern Lights reindeer safari in Torassieppi

From: £109pp

This sleigh-ride through the ethereal surrounding wintry landscape of Torassieppi is a truly magical and special experience.

Your guide will lead you through the silent forests, as you admire the Arctic sky above you. Hopefully, visibility will be good, and you can gaze at the stars and, with any luck, the incredible Northern Lights as they swirl and dance in the sky. As you glide away from the light pollution and into the darkness, your chances will be heightened and, hopefully, this will lead to a successful sighting. If not, you can simply enjoy the relaxing ride, which will last for around two hours.


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Northern Lights dinner cruise in Tromsø

From: £169pp

On your first night in Tromsø you can add in this wonderful Northern Lights cruise as you motor out to sea onboard a Catamaran. Throughout you can be outside on the deck or inside watching from the warmth.

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A hearty traditional meal is included (please note this will typically involve fish) and you can enjoy a relaxing evening onboard as you head out and away from the city lights in search of clear skies and Northern Lights.

During your unique Aurora hunting experience, you will be provided with warm clothing and hot drinks.

Husky safari at Malangen

From: £192pp

Whilst at Malangen Brygger you do have the chance to enjoy an additional dog sled safari.

The safari lasts around three hours and includes a full safety briefing prior to everyone setting off on the trail and driving their own team of dogs.

Food and a hot drink will then be served around an open fire for the group to enjoy.

Additional Northern Lights hunt in Tromsø

From: £157pp

Tromsø is a well-known destination for its Northern Lights viewings and this trip aims to improve your chances all the more by taking your out via bus into the surroundings of Tromsø. Each excursion will have an expert guide on hand on to keep watch and lead you to the most likely destination and the driver will do all they can to hopefully ensure your success.

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You will be out for around six to seven hours in total depending on the conditions on the night. Hot drinks and biscuits will be provided and clients are advised to warm clothing and a camera and tripod if they wish to. As the drive may take you into the borders of Finland or Sweden, clients are advised to bring their passport also.

Special Nights

A night at Torassieppi Winter Village

From: £50pp

Torassieppi Winter Village is a marvellous construction of ice and snow, crafted from scratch every winter. During your holiday, we can arrange for you to spend the night in one of the snow rooms here and enjoy this unique accommodation.

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You will enjoy dinner at your hotel before transferring to check into your snow room (details below).

After your stay, you will be served breakfast at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm, before continuing back to your hotel to continue your holiday. If you choose to spend the last night of your holiday at the winter village then you may have some time to explore the delightful surroundings before you head directly to the airport for your return flights home.

Snow room
Torassieppi has ten snow rooms inside large snow igloos. Beds are made of snow and ice, which are covered with a mattress and plenty of reindeer skins (both wonderful natural insulators). You will be kitted out with an Arctic-grade sleeping bag so you should stay warm despite the indoor temperature of around -5°C!


NB: Please note that as activity schedules can be subject to change we may be unable to confirm the exact night that you will spend at Torassieppi although every effort will be made to accommodate specific requests they cannot be guaranteed. Your final itinerary including confirmation of the date of your stay at Torassieppi will be confirmed upon arrival in Finland.

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.

Stay in an Aurora Dome

From: £142pp

The remarkable Aurora Domes are situated at both Torassieppi and Jeris, a location just a short transfer away, and offer a unique experience for overnight guests. These dome-shaped tents are filled with cosy features and are simple in style, with fantastic views looking out to the frozen lake beyond. The domes have been designed so that one wall is see through and therefore provides views of the night sky and, with luck, the Northern Lights.

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The domes are equipped with a double bed and a wood burning stove, as well as an electric heater. Although the stove and heater will keep the dome in a warm state, we do recommend keeping additional layers to hand, in case you find yourself in need of extra warmth should the fire burn out. The toilet, shower and sauna facilities are located a short walk away (50-100m, approximately).

Clients may be allocated to either destination on arrival. Any required transfers and breakfast are included. For December dates at Torassieppi, you will have dinner at your hotel, prior to transferring to your dome at approximately 8:30/9pm; from early January onwards, you will check-in at approximately 4 pm and have dinner at Torassieppi. If you are staying at an Aurora Dome in Jeris, check-in is approximately 4 pm throughout the season and you will have dinner at Jeris as well.

At both locations, you will check-out after breakfast.

Please note: the price shown is based on your spending the first or final night of your stay in a dome and therefore not requiring a hotel room or cottage. Should you wish to spend an alternative night glamping then additional supplements will apply. Please contact one of our team for a quote.


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Trip Extensions

Start the Grand Tour at the Treehotel

From: £585pp

For a really unique way to start your trip and, to give yourself the opportunity to see a little more of Sweden, it is possible for us to arrange a flight into Luleå Airport and a transfer to the truly unique Treehotel before you head North to Abisko.

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The hotel offers treetop rooms which have all been designed by award-winning architects. It was the first of its kind and has won endless awards for its innovation. The hotel is has been highly acclaimed by publications such as Vanity Fair, CNN and Elle.

You can choose to spend the night suspended in the trees in The UFO, keeping a looking out from The Bird's Nest or watching the world go by from The Mirror Cube  - just some of the options. There are only seven rooms here and so all are subject to availability and we recommend booking early to secure your choice.

Some of the rooms are not suitable for those without a head for heights so please speak to our Travel Experts for their advice at the time of booking.

Dinner will be served in the nearby guesthouse and after breakfast there the next day we transfer you to the train station for the three and a half hour journey north to Kiruna and the next stage of your three-country adventure.

Hurtigruten Cruise Extensions

The world famous Hurtigruten coastal steamer stops at Tromsø on its routes both north and south and this is a very popular way to end your time in Norway.

If you are still looking to discover more of this wonderful country then we can arrange extensions for you to travel north to Kirkenes or south to the Lofoten Islands or Ålesund to name just a few of the options available.

We would be more than happy to work with you to personalise any extension you wish utilising this iconic coastal route so simply contact our Travel Experts for details and a full quotation.

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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.

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. Should you wish to proceed, the remaining deposit will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp 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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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 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 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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