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7 day - Tromsø and the Reindeer Ranch glass igloos independent tour

This 7-day tour combines Tromsø with the Reindeer Ranch glass igloos in Kilpisjärvi, right on the border of Finland and Norway. Spacious glass igloos in Kilpisjärvi, the northwesternmost corner of Finland, are a phenomenal way to experience the beauty of Arctic nature. What makes this experience extra special is that it is located at an authentic and secluded Sámi reindeer herding ranch with only four glass igloos available on the shores of the lake. This is as exclusive, remote, and authentic as you can get!

Highlights include

  • ‘Live like a local’ Reindeer Ranch visit
  • Discover and eat Traditional Lappish food
  • Stay at one of the best locations in Kilpisjärvi, offering views of the majestic Saana Mountain
  • Sleep in one of only 4 high-quality glass igloos in the Arctic Wilderness
  • Spend the day with a Sami Reindeer herder and his reindeers
Day 1
Arrive Tromsø
Day 2
Spend a day in Tromsø with evening Northern Lights cruise
Day 3
Dogsledding in the Tamok Valley and transfer to Reindeer Ranch
Day 4
Visit Sweden, Norway and Finland in a minute! Snowmobile along the border
Day 5
Day in the life of a Sami Reindeer Herder
Day 6
Transfer back to Tromsø
Day 7
Departure Day
Start/End Place
Tromsø, Norway tours
Destinations Visited
Norway tours
Finland tours
Duration
7 Days
Type
Self Guided
Suitability
Active independent tour suitable for singles, couples & groupsEasy
Code
50DN0045

Details

Transportation

Private transfers

Included
  • 3 nights standard room in comfortable 4 star hotel on Tromsø harbour
  • 3 nights Reindeer Ranch glass igloo
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Private transfer to Kilpisjärvi, return to Tromsø
  • Private City tour of Tromsø
  • Northern Lights Evening Cruise in Tromsø
  • Half board (breakfast & dinner) at Reindeer Ranch
  • Husky safari in Tamok Valley
  • Private Arctic Sauna and Hot tub session
  • Snowmobiling by the border of the 3 countries
  • Sami Reindeer Experience
Not Included

International flight tickets, meals other than described, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Tromsø

Arrive into Tromsø and private transfer to your hotel. You can arrive at any time as no activities are planned for today.

Accommodation
Clarion Hotel The Edge
Restaurants
Restaurant options in Tromsø
Skarven
Optional Add Ons
Vulkana - Luxury Spa Boat

Day 2 - Spend a day in Tromsø with evening Northern Lights cruise

After breakfast, you are met by our guide at your hotel and brought outdoors on a historical and cultural city walk through Tromsø city. During this walk you visit the Polar Museum with your guide. This museum contains the history of the Arctic explorers Amundsen, Nansen and Scott. The walk ends at the Polaria aquarium and environmental centre.

In the evening, join an Electric Northern Lights Cruise and try to spot the Northern Lights from the dark and silent fjords of Tromsø.

Set off on an adventure into the total darkness of the Arctic fjords and Polar nights. Depart Tromsø and set sail for the direction where the clearest weather conditions for the night has been predicted. This can be north towards the areas of Kvaløyvågen or south to Ramfjorden or west along the southern part of Kvaløya island. The captain and crew will work together and keep their eyes out for clear skies or a gap in the cloud layer. While you wait for the northern lights to appear, you can stay warm and comfortable in heated lounges.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Clarion Hotel The Edge

Day 3 - Dogsledding in the Tamok Valley and transfer to Reindeer Ranch

After breakfast, check-out and transfer from Tromsø to the Tamok Valley. Upon arrival, you will be provided with warm winter clothing and begin dog sledding with thorough safety instructions and a practical demonstration. Two people share each sled and dog team. One is the “musher” (driver) and the other can sit back and enjoy the ride. You can switch places midway during the 12 km dog sledding trail. Depending on snow conditions, you will spend approx. 1 hr 30 min to complete the trail.

After the dog sledding adventure, you will be served a hot meal in a traditional North Norwegian setting around the open fire in a reindeer herder’s tent. After relaxing and warming up, you will continue on to tonight's accommodation, the Reindeer Range Glass Igloos.

Check in and settle into your remote Glass Igloo.

EACH REINDEER RANCH GLASS IGLOO FEATURES:

Bedroom with king-size bed and an extra bed (a sleeper chair) for one person
En-suite shower room & wc
Complimentary set of shower room products (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, lotion)
Bathrobes and slippers
Hair dryer
Minibar
Coffee machine
Laundry and ironing facilities at your disposal

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Reindeer Ranch Glass Igloos

Day 4 - Visit Sweden, Norway and Finland in a minute! Snowmobile along the border

This is the all-time fastest and easiest Scandinavian tour: it takes less than a minute to visit three countries. The yellow border mark of Finland, Sweden and Norway stands about 15 kilometres from Kilpisjärvi village in Koltavuoma. This is called the world´s most peaceful border. You will be following the Snowmobile trail that runs from Kilpisjärvi to Koltavuoma mostly on frozen lake and follows the border of Finland and Sweden, winding by the side of Malla strict Nature Reserve. On the way back you will stop for a coffee break.

After an eventful day in the Finnish Lappish nature, a one-of-a-kind sauna experience is in store for you: The Arctic Land Sauna at Vasara Reindeer Ranch.

The Arctic Land Sauna sits on the shore of Lake Peera, in an exquisite setting at Vasara Reindeer Ranch and offers enjoyment and relaxation all year round. From November to April there are reindeer roaming freely on the grounds, and being inquisitive by nature they may wander up to keep you company while you’re soaking in the hot tub or lounging on the deck in between your bathing sessions. A sauna experience at the Ranch can be equally spellbinding in summer while you marvel at the nightless nights. The darkening evenings from late summer onwards may pamper you with the greatest light show on earth – the Aurora Borealis.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Reindeer Ranch Glass Igloos

Day 5 - Day in the life of a Sami Reindeer Herder

Your host Nils-Matti is a 12th generation Sámi reindeer herder. Very few Sámi people today are full-time reindeer herders, and Nils-Matti is one of those few. His way of life echoes the life his ancestors lived here for 500 years.

Nils-Matti invites you to join him on a rare and exclusive journey which takes you out on the vast, frozen tundra of his home region, the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area of Northwestern Lapland.

The excursion starts with a car transfer from the Village of Kilpisjärvi to Vasara Reindeer Ranch at Lake Peera. There are no roads in the wilderness and therefore there will be a change of vehicles at the Ranch, and the trip continues on snowmobile sledge.

You will be provided warm snowmobiling gear and blankets for your journey out to the tundra. The route is not predefined and Nils-Matti will contact your driver-guide to provide instructions where to find him - and the herd. Nils-Matti spends most of his time out in the wilds, tending to his reindeer herd, but it's the reindeer who determine the whereabouts, and reindeer are led by the wind.

Once at the meeting point, be it a half-hour or an hour away, you can observe Nils-Matti at his chores and help him feed his herd. Close-up encounters with the reindeer are on the agenda, just keep your camera ready! Nils-Matti will share with you stories of his work, his family and his way of life during lunch which is enjoyed out in the open.

Return back for your final night in the Glass Igloos.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 6 - Transfer back to Tromsø

After breakfast, private transfer back to Tromsø (approx. 160 kilometres). The rest of the day is free to wander around in this Arctic capital - if it is a bit fresh outside, explore the lovely cafes & galleries.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Clarion Hotel The Edge

Day 7 - Departure Day

After breakfast, private transfer to the airport.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

All prices listed are per person, based on two people sharing a room. Prices are indicative due to the current uncertainty across Europe with increasing energy and volatile fuel costs. We can modify this tour slightly to a lower-priced alternative.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
From Price
Status
Accommodation
10 Dec 2023
31 Dec 2023
10 Dec 2023
31 Dec 2023
AUD 7,355
On request
Standard
10 Dec 2023
31 Dec 2023
10 Dec 2023
31 Dec 2023
AUD 4,985
On request
Extra for Single
1 Jan 2024
31 Mar 2024
1 Jan 2024
31 Mar 2024
AUD 7,355
Limited availability
Standard
1 Jan 2024
31 Mar 2024
1 Jan 2024
31 Mar 2024
AUD 4,918
On request
Extra for Single

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