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Three Countries – Aurora Short Break

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Embark on an epic Aurora tour spanning across three Nordic countries. This 4-night trip takes you into the Northern Lights territories of Norway, Finland and Sweden, with an Aurora hunt by boat or dog sled, 3-borders snowmobiling, a night in a Glass Igloo and a stay at the world-famous ICEHOTEL® all included.

From the Arctic fjords of Norway to the stunning wilderness of Finland and the incredible ICEHOTEL® carvings of Sweden, this short-break Northern Lights adventure packs in three Nordic countries, while also giving you the chance to stay in some of the most exceptional accommodation we offer: Glass Igloos and Ice Rooms!

In Norway, you'll discover the wonderful city of Tromso. Known as the capital of the Arctic, it provides a brilliant introduction to the north, with plenty of time to explore the vibrant centre. As night falls, you'll embark on either a Northern Lights cruise or if you choose you can upgrade to an invigorating husky safari search for the Aurora (please see the Personalise section for full details and cost). In either case, you will leave the lights of the city behind and have the best chance of seeing the lights from a unique vantage point.

Next, you'll journey into Finland and embark on an unbelievable snowmobiling adventure, visiting the borders of each country featured on this trip. As darkness descends, you'll have the opportunity to stay in a Glass Igloo where you can hunt for the Northern Lights as you lay tucked up in your cosy bed! The igloos are situated on a reindeer ranch, so you may even have the added Lappish touch of seeing the herd walk by.

In Sweden, you'll finish your holiday in style with a night in the world's original ICEHOTEL®. This famous structure is made completely of frozen material, for one of the coolest nights you can experience. This is all metaphorical, of course, as you will be wrapped up warm in your Arctic-grade sleeping bag.

With the opportunity to Aurora hunt in three superb locations and the chance to stay in some of the most sought-after accommodation in the Arctic, this break may be short but it packs in some extremely bucket list-worthy moments.

Itinerary

You’ll arrive in the capital of the Arctic to begin your three-country Aurora adventure. After a transfer to your city centre hotel, you’ll have time to get settled into your Nordic surroundings.

Make use of the onsite facilities such as the gym or take in the brilliant views from the hotel’s sky bar. Alternatively, if you would like to add on a Northern Lights dog sledding activity tonight, please see our Extras section for more information.

Included Meals:  None

[TOS] Langnes Airport, Norway To Clarion Hotel The Edge
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Clarion Hotel The Edge - Check In
Address : Tromso, Troms County, Norway

Breakfast will be served in the hotel then you have a free day to explore the city. The hotel’s ideal location means you’re only a short distance away from the ‘Paris of the North’ as well as some exceptional Arctic experiences such as dog sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. See our Extras section for more information.

Tonight you will head out on the open water in search of the Northern Lights. You’ll cruise away from areas of light pollution to the very best Aurora viewpoints, determined by your guide who will use the most up-to-date forecasts. Warm clothing (if required), hot drinks are included in this activity. You will be out for around 3 hours. The starting point for this activity is a short walk away from your hotel.

If you are looking for a real taste of adventure as well as the chance to see the Aurora why not upgrade to a husky safari? In the late afternoon, you’ll be collected a short distance from your hotel and then transfer to the husky camp, where you’ll have the chance to meet the friendly huskies and be shown how to control your sled and team of dogs. Riding 2 people per sled, you’ll then set off on a safari lasting approximately 2 hours. When you return to the camp, you can relax around a campfire with warm drinks and snacks. You will be out for around 6 hours in total tonight.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Clarion Hotel The Edge - Stay
Address : Tromso, Troms County, Norway

Today is an early start (approximately 7am) as you travel to Finland. Make sure to ask the hotel reception for a boxed breakfast this morning for you to take on your journey.

The scheduled bus transfer from Tromsø to Kilpisjärvi takes around 3 hours and you’ll be accompanied by an English-speaking driver who will show you points of interest along the way. There are also hot drinks and snacks to enjoy on-board. The bus stop is only 100m from your hotel in Tromsø and if you prefer, we can arrange a private transfer to your accommodation in Finland for a supplement.

You will arrive in Kilpisjärvi, Finland at approximately 11am where you will meet your local guides and transfer to a nearby safari house to drop your luggage. You’ll have time to get changed ahead of your snowmobiling adventure. After full instructions and a safety briefing, you’ll take to the trails to explore the Finnish wilderness, on the edge of the breath-taking Malla Nature Reserve. Travelling across frozen Lake Kilpisjärvi, you’ll journey to where the borders of Finland, Sweden and Norway meet. You’ll travel 2 people per snowmobile, with a chance to swap drivers along the way, however, if you prefer, you can ride in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile. Please note, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.

You’ll return to Kilpisjärvi at approximately 2pm. After changing, you’ll be dropped off in the village at a local restaurant for lunch (which is not included and is payable locally). There is also a supermarket nearby. You’ll have approximately 1.5hrs to explore the village before being transferred a short 20-minute drive south to Vasara Reindeer Ranch where your Glass Igloo accommodation awaits.

Your accommodation is on the edge of a frozen lake, with rolling mountains in the background and it sits right in the heart of the reindeer ranch, so you may well see the iconic Lappish animals wandering around during your time here.

You’ll have a free afternoon so you could add on an authentic reindeer experience where you can meet and feed the animals. See our Extras section for more information.

Enjoy dinner in the Kota restaurant and then as night falls, you can retire to your Glass Igloo for a night of Aurora hunting from the comfort of your cosy bed.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Clarion Hotel The Edge To Vasara Reindeer Ranch Glass Igloos
Transfer
Duration
00:00
Clarion Hotel The Edge - Stay
Address : Tromso, Troms County, Norway
Vasara Reindeer Ranch Glass Igloos - Stay
Address : Kilpisjarvi, Lapland Regional State, Finland

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before your 4-hour transfer to Sweden for the grand finale of your holiday. There will be a rest stop along the way at a local café and supermarket, where you can break for a coffee or snack, should you wish.

You’ll arrive at the ICEHOTEL® mid-afternoon and have plenty of time to admire the intricate details of the ice and snow sculptures. A guided tour is included as part of your overnight experience here. You can also add on a wilderness dinner tonight if you’d like to head out into the wintery landscape for a chance to see the Northern Lights. See our Extras section for more information.

Your Ice Room will be available to check-in from approximately 6pm onwards. You’ll be provided with an Arctic-grade sleeping bag to keep you nice and warm as you sleep in this unbelievable structure. This really is the most fitting way to complete your winter adventure.

We can also arrange room upgrades if you wish to spend your last night in Sweden in one of the suites, please see the ‘Accommodation’ section for details.

Although lunch and dinner are not included at the ICEHOTEL®, we can arrange a table reservation for you at one of the nearby restaurants, please see the ‘Accommodation’ section for details, or speak to one of our Travel Experts.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Vasara Reindeer Ranch Glass Igloos To The ICEHOTEL®
Transfer
Duration
00:00
Vasara Reindeer Ranch Glass Igloos - Stay
Address : Kilpisjarvi, Lapland Regional State, Finland
The ICEHOTEL® - Stay
Address : Jukkasjarvi, Norrbotten County, Sweden

Following breakfast, you will transfer to Kiruna Airport for your flight home or to the train station if you plan any onward travel.

Alternatively, if you would like to add-on extra nights at the ICEHOTEL® or perhaps even journey south to the famous Treehotel, this can be arranged too. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts for further information.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

The ICEHOTEL® To [KRN] Kiruna Airport, Sweden
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
The ICEHOTEL® - Check Out
Address : Jukkasjarvi, Norrbotten County, Sweden

What's included?

  • All airport and destination transfers are included
  • 2 nights in an en-suite double/twin hotel room, 1 night in a Glass Igloo and 1 night in an ice room at the ICEHOTEL®
  • 4 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Northern Lights Cruise
  • 3-border snowmobiling tour
  • Experienced guides and instructors for all activities
  • Cold weather clothing during activities only

Excluded

  • While flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our Travel Experts for details of the available options

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Expertise and knowledge are key to witnessing the Northern Lights. We’ve been running Aurora hunting holidays longer than any company in the UK and with no lead in prices, no hidden costs and more included, we’re confident our tours will come out on top.

Prices are based on 2 people sharing. Please note that flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with a quote and arrange flights on your behalf.

Accommodation

Clarion Hotel The Edge
     
 

Situated right in the centre of Tromsø, the Clarion Hotel The Edge puts you in a prime location to explore the ‘Paris of the North’ and is an excellent base to transfer to your memorable activities. 

Hotel Facilities

  • Enjoy great views of the brilliant architecture of the city as it reflects in the waters just outside the hotel or head to the 11th-floor sky bar – the only one of its kind in the city – for a vista like no other
  • The hotel puts great emphasis on being eco-friendly and is built with an environmental classification A.
  • Keep up with your fitness in the onsite gym with stunning sea views
  • Enjoy tastes of Manhattan made using Arctic ingredients in the ‘Kitchen and Table’ restaurant

NB: The hotel is cash-free. They take payment by credit or debit card and accept all major international cards

Vasara Reindeer Ranch Glass Igloos
     
 

Get the full Lappish experience in the presence of the much-loved native reindeer when you stay on the Vasara Reindeer Ranch.

The ranch, situated in the heart of Sámiland, gives you an authentic insight into the local culture and the importance of reindeer herding.

Surrounded by vast wilderness, complete with a rolling mountain and a stunning lake, you’ll also be away from light pollution and in prime Northern Lights territory. Your accommodation in the onsite Glass Igloos makes the most of this opportunity with their half-glass roof providing brilliant views of the Arctic and if conditions are favourable, the Auroras may appear overhead.

Hotel facilities

  • The Kota restaurant serves traditional breakfast and dinners in a relaxing setting
  • Relax in the onsite sauna and hot tub, with views of the surrounding mountains and lake (charges apply)
The ICEHOTEL®
     
 

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

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Key Facts

Pace Active
Holiday Type Land Only
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Finland, Sweden, Norway, Tromso, Levi, Jukkasjarvi
Brochure Code 20032
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£2,705 pp
5 days

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