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Alta – Aurora Hunting Adventure

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Spend 4 nights in Alta, Norway enjoying a mixture of Arctic and Aurora adventures. Experience different daytime activities including snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing. At night, you’ll take advantage of this ‘City of the Northern Lights’ as you hunt for a display, during dog sledding and reindeer safari.

Alta is a fascinating city and an excellent base from which to explore the fjords and mountains of this corner of Northern Norway. With its own Igloo Hotel and an exceptional Aurora reputation, it's a wonderful base for a short break.

This four-night holiday is packed with experiences that will give you access to remote and beautiful landscapes, an insight into the culture of the Sámi people of Norway and the chance to experience some activity highlights and unforgettable experiences. The focus in the evenings is on searching for the Aurora Borealis and, as Alta is named the 'City of the Northern Lights', you are in a prime location.

One of the key Aurora activities is a Northern Lights hunt on your arrival day in Alta. With a local expert guiding you and using the latest forecasts you will be in the best possible hands. You will also enjoy an Aurora reindeer sleigh ride and an evening husky safari.

A key highlight is a chance to meet some of the local Sámi people and hear something of their culture and traditions before enjoying a short reindeer sleigh ride. Other activities in the itinerary include snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing, as well as a visit to the wonderful Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.

To add the proverbial cherry on top, we can also arrange for you to spend the night in a snow room at the Igloo Hotel and we have also left plenty of free time for you to tailor your trip with activities to suit you.

Itinerary

Upon arrival in Alta, a local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your centrally-located hotel.

After you have had some time to settle in, we recommend you enjoy an early dinner as your Northern Lights hunt will kick off your holiday at around 7 pm. 

You will be picked up by your expert guide for this inaugural Northern Lights activity and your host will consult solar activity and weather charts prior to commencing the chase, in order to choose the best possible route for your journey this evening.

You will be given an insight into how the Northern Lights are caused during a brief overview of the science behind them as you travel deep into the wilds. With a little luck, the Aurora will shine and welcome you to Norway in style. This activity lasts around four hours in total.

Included Meals:  None

[ALF] Alta Airport, Norway To Alta, Finnmark County, Norway
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Scandic Hotel Alta - Check In
Address : Alta, Finnmark County, Norway

Today we get you straight out and exploring the wilderness with a thrilling snowmobile safari to a wonderful viewpoint.  You will travel in pairs and as the trail is around 10km each way, you will have the chance to swap drivers at the midpoint (assuming both have a full driving license). During the safari, your guide will serve some hot drinks and a snack in a traditional Lavvo (a traditional tent) before heading back to Alta on the specially marked snowmobile trails. Including transfers from the city, you will be out for around 3 hours in total.

Full instruction will be provided before you set off. Please note that in order to drive a snowmobile you should be over 18 years old and have a full driving licence.

You will have a couple of hours to yourself this afternoon and so you can explore at leisure and enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants or cafes in town.

Later in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Sorrisniva, home of the famous Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Upon arrival, you will have the chance to explore the hotel’s rooms and suites, admiring the ice art and sculptures as you go.

You are then in for a culinary treat in the warm restaurant here as you enjoy a delicious three-course meal. The menus typically feature many fine local delicacies which are chosen from the rich variety of seafood and wild produce available in the region. The chefs here have won awards for their innovation and use of traditional ingredients with some added modern flair.

After dinner, you will enjoy a wonderful taste of Sámi culture and the chance to enjoy a reindeer sleigh ride whilst keeping watch for the Northern Lights. Your Sámi hosts will provide an insight into their traditions, history and what they feel the future holds. You will meet some of their reindeer and travel in a reindeer-pulled sleigh under the night sky. Warm drinks and snacks will top off the evening and will be served around the fire in a traditional Sámi tent or lavvo.

You then have a choice of whether you would like to return to Sorrisniva for an unforgettable stay in a snow room or whether you would prefer to head back to your hotel. 

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Scandic Hotel Alta - Stay
Address : Alta, Finnmark County, Norway

Today you will be heading out for a trio of wonderful activities as you enjoy some of the most traditional Lappish pastimes.

First on the agenda for today is a snowshoe hike in the forests around Alta. Your guide will show you how to strap on the snowshoes before you set out on a leisurely hike. Throughout your exploration, in the deep snow, you will be shown any animal tracks as well as some of the local flora and fauna.

At the midway point, you will stop to enjoy a spot of ice fishing. Here you will start by drilling a hole through the thick ice, before dropping a line down and waiting for the fish to bite. As you patiently fish, your guide will prepare a campfire lunch before you head back on your snowshoes to the hotel.

To top off an already exciting day, this evening you will get to experience one of the real highlights of any active visit to Norway, a dog sled safari.

At a local husky farm, you will meet with the musher and be introduced to the dogs. A full briefing will follow, and you will be shown how to handle a team and the sled. The dogs will make their desire for the trail apparent as they eagerly bark in anticipation. As soon as you release the brake on the sled, however, they do fall silent and focus on the task at hand. Travelling in pairs you will each take turns standing and sitting on the sled as you travel along the Alta River Valley. As any remaining light begins to fade, your head torches will help you to navigate along the route behind your guide. You will cover around 15km during the safari.

Back at the base, you have the choice of once again heading back to your hotel or spending a remarkable night at the husky farm in their ‘glamping’ accommodation. At the farm you can enjoy dinner in the dining room, relax with fellow travellers and take a dip in the hot tub before snuggling up in your insulated and heated lavvo. For more information, please speak to one of our Travel Experts.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

Scandic Hotel Alta - Stay
Address : Alta, Finnmark County, Norway

After breakfast, enjoy a visit to the Northern Light Cathedral, a brilliantly-modern design which has become one of the most iconic architectural triumphs in Northern Scandinavia. It is designed to mimic the movement of the Northern Lights with large titanium sheets positioned to look like a spectacular Aurora display.?

Following this, today has been left free for you to tailor your time. Browse our extensive list of unbelievable experiences in the ‘Personalise’ section. You could enjoy a boat tour to see more of the Altafjord, try skiing, or spend some time learning all about Alta with a guided walking tour.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Scandic Hotel Alta - Stay
Address : Alta, Finnmark County, Norway

Sadly, today you must bid farewell to Norway and head home. You will be transferred to the airport in good time for your return flights.

If you would like to extend your time here in Norway or would like to perhaps spend a night or two in Oslo on your way home then either can be arranged, simply talk to one of our Travel Experts for further details.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Alta, Finnmark County, Norway To [ALF] Alta Airport, Norway
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Scandic Hotel Alta - Check Out
Address : Alta, Finnmark County, Norway

What's included?

  • Return airport transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation in a double/twin hotel rooms
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Northern Lights hunt
  • Snowmobile Safari, entry to Igloo Hotel and Evening Reindeer Safari
  • Snowshoeing, Ice Fishing and Evening Husky Safari (Optional Overnight at Husky Centre)
  • Entrance to the Northern Lights Cathedral
  • Local expert guides on hand throughout your holiday
  • Cold weather clothing during activities

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Price is based on 2 persons travelling

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Key Facts

Pace Active
Holiday Type Land Only
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Norway, Alta
Brochure Code 27006
Price from
£2,515 pp
5 days

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