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11 days - Escorted small group - visiting Norway, Sweden and Finland | ICEHOTEL & Glass Igloos
Join us for our special small group tour of Lapland, a magical place of pristine Arctic landscapes and snow-dusted woodlands. In this winter wonderland, the cold air is cut only by the sound of rushing rivers and panting huskies as they prepare to rush across this impossibly vast, white wilderness. Witness a beautiful part of the world where Christmas feels always close and learn how people in the North cope with extreme temperatures. This tour includes a evening at the ICEHOTEL and three nights in a glass igloo.
The trip runs from Kittilä, Finland with 4 departures. With a maximum of only 12 fellow passengers, spend less time waiting and more time enjoying! Getting on and off the bus, hotel check-ins, comfort stops, meals - with a small group everything is easier and quicker, giving you more time to enjoy your holiday.
- Stay at the ICEHOTEL, Sweden
- The aurora borealis is the best lightshow on Earth, so stay up late to see the Northern sky dance with green light
- Be pulled across the landscape at high speed on the back of a dog sled
- Escorted by a local experienced guide
- Day 1
- Welcome to Lapland and transfer to your glass igloo accommodation
- Day 2
- Experience the rush of a real dog-sled
- Day 3
- Snowmobiling to a forest lake with ice fishing and lunch.
- Day 4
- Travel to Kilpisjärvi and stay at boutique hotel Cahkal
- Day 5
- Visit a local reindeer farm and enjoy a Northern Lights tour
- Day 6
- Snowshoe adventure and sauna experience in the evening
- Day 7
- Travel to Tromsø - the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone
- Day 8
- Guided walk in Tromsø with polar museum and Northern Lights Silent Evening Cruise
- Day 9
- Travel to Kiruna and then check into the famous ICEHOTEL
- Day 10
- Ice sculpting and farewell dinner
- Day 11
- After breakfast, transfer back to Kiruna for your departure.
- Start Place
- Kittilä, Finland, Finland tours
- End Place
- Kiruna, Sweden tours
- Destinations Visited
- Finland tours
- Norway tours
- Sweden tours
- 11 Days
- Group Size
- 6 - 12
- Escorted Tour
- Easy escorted voyage & tour suitable for singles and couples
- Carbon Footprint
- 300Kg of CO₂e Average carbon footprint per person?
- Transfers to and from airports to accommodation
- Private transfer Levi - Kilpisjärvi - Tromsø
- Express boat Tromsø to Harstad
- Private transfer Harstad to Kiruna
- Transfer to ICEHOTEL and transfers back to Kiruna
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- All accommodation in a shared double/twin room, single supplement available
- Experienced Tour Escort
- 1 night in ice room at ICEHOTEL
- 3 nights in a glass igloo
- Daily breakfast and 6 dinners
- 4 lunches
- Airport transfers days 1 and 11
- Snowmobile safari w/ice fishing and Husky Safari in Finland
- Tromsø city walk
- Northern Lights Cruise
- Ice sculpting at the ICEHOTEL
- Snowshoe Experience
- Reindeer Experience
- Northern Lights Tour
- All transport between destinations, private mini-bus between Levi - Tromsø, express boat to Harstad, mini-bus to Kiruna.
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- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
- Gratuities and items of personal nature
- Travel insurance
Portage is not included - you will be responsible for carrying all your luggage.
Day 1 - Welcome to Lapland and transfer to your glass igloo accommodation
Arrive into the small airport of Kittilä and transfer to your accommodation, check in from 4pm. This evening you will meet your tour leader and group.
Each glass igloo has a kitchenette, shower and toilet. The windows are insulated and electrically heated to keep them from frosting. The kitchenette is equipped with a breakfast set for two, electric stove, microwave, coffee maker and kettle, toaster and fridge. In addition, the igloos have a radio/CD player, a hair dryer and a socket for car engine heaters.
At the centre of the igloo is a motorised double bed that can be converted into twin beds.
This evening, enjoy a group dinner at the accommodation restaurant, Restaurant Aurora Sky - open from 6pm.
AccommodationLevi Golden Crown Igloos
Day 2 - Experience the rush of a real dog-sled
After breakfast, start your arctic experience with huskies! After the safety instructions and winter clothing being handed out, start your 8km safari and enjoy the silence and beautiful winter scenery of Levi. Everyone will get a chance to mush their own husky team (one driving, one is sitting on a sledge). After the trip warm drinks will be served by the open fire. Includes: Transfer, hot beverages, 8 km safari, professional guide.
Afterwards, why not spend the afternoon in Levi where you can enjoy the local restaurants and cafes or join more optional activities. Downhill Skiing is also an afternoon option!
Day 3 - Snowmobiling to a forest lake with ice fishing and lunch.
Today you will drive by snowmobiles to a snow white forest lake full of fish. Try to catch your meal, a rainbow-trout, by ice fishing! In case you are not lucky, the host of the lake has promised to cook delicious soup by the fire of his wooden hut. After the lunch the snowmobile safari continues round the fells to the summit of Levi and back to the centre. Duration 4-5 hours.
Return to your glass igloo.
Day 4 - Travel to Kilpisjärvi and stay at boutique hotel Cahkal
After breakfast, board your bus to travel to Kilpisjärvi. The place is located just over 3 hours north towards the Norwegian border, the very northwesternmost point of Finland, near the Arctic Ocean. Here you will stay at boutique hotel Cahkal for the next 3 nights.
After check-in, enjoy a 3-course lunch and relax with the mountain views from your stylish room.
This evening, enjoy a group dinner at the accommodation restaurant, Aika.
Day 5 - Visit a local reindeer farm and enjoy a Northern Lights tour
After breakfast, visit a local reindeer farm which is located nearby. A short walk to the farm where you meet the local reindeer herder who tell a bit about reindeer herding, a traditional local livelihood. You will also get to feed the reindeers and take photos before finishing with a short reindeer ride together with the herder. Head back to the hotel for a 3-course lunch and enjoy some free time in the afternoon.
After dinner, head into the surrounding nature for a late evening adventure to seek for the northern lights. At a nice spot we enjoy hot local berry juice and snacks and enjoy the silence around us. If we are lucky the experience will be fullfilled by the dancing northern lights and stars in the sky.
Day 6 - Snowshoe adventure and sauna experience in the evening
After breakfast you will go on a snowshow adventure. It is an easy way to get in to the beautiful surrounding snowy landscape.
With local guides you will get most knowledge about the unique surrounding nature and it’s rich history. During the trip we build a small shelter in the snow together and enjoy delicious light lunch and admire the views.
After dinner, it is time to experience the famous Finnish sauna. The large window of the steam room lets you admire the astonishing Saana mountain. Cool off on the terrace and enjoy the view while listening to the calming sound of the Cahkal River.
Day 7 - Travel to Tromsø - the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone
After breakfast, board your bus to travel to Tromsø, 2.5 hours north across the Norwegian border. Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic and one of the best and most cosmopolitan places to observe the spectacle that is called the Northern Lights. Tromsø is located in the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone, and following the planet’s rotation, Tromsø moves into the aurora zone from 6pm to midnight.
Day 8 - Guided walk in Tromsø with polar museum and Northern Lights Silent Evening 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.
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.
In the evening, join a Northern Lights Cruise in complete silence around the Arctic capital and enjoy the city from the sea. Take in the atmospheric arctic night over a local and seasonal tasting menu. Buy the drinks from the bar and enjoy the panoramic view of the well-known sights around Tromsø.
Sailing on board the electric catamaran away from the light pollution of the city you might see the Northern Lights from deck, or from the panoramic saloon on the second floor. The darkness of the ocean will reflect the stars and Northern Lights as the snow-covered peaks offer a majestic backdrop. The experienced guide will share knowledge from life in the arctic, the coastal culture of Norway and the Nordic cuisine. Arrival back in Tromsø 22.30
Day 9 - Travel to Kiruna and then check into the famous ICEHOTEL
In the mid-morning you will make your way to the port and board the express service along the coast south to Harstad. On arrival in Harstad you will be picked up by our local friends for a minibus transfer through winter landscapes to Kiruna in Sweden and check-in to ICEHOTEL.
Enjoy a drink in the uber-cool icebar before settling into your snow room at the ICEHOTEL.
This evening, you will settle into your ice room for the night. Sleep in thermal sleeping bags laid out on reindeer skins on a special bed made of snow and ice.
Inside ICEHOTEL, the temperature is never colder than -5 °C to -8 °C, regardless of how cold it may be outside. Dress in warm thermal underwear, put on a hat and slip into the cozy sleeping bag. You are awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. Breakfast buffet, morning sauna and towels are included in your stay.
Note: The ICEHOTEL loans you snow boots and for those who feel cold, onesie snow suits - both free of charge.
Day 10 - Ice sculpting and farewell dinner
Today, you will try ice sculpting, led by local artists who will guide you into this magical world of art and design. The class starts with the instructor talking about the crystalclear ice, which is harvested from Torne River. After that, you get an introduction on how to use the tools, your own ice block and can let the creativity flow and ice take shape.
This evening you will stay in a warm room, i.e. a normal hotel room and enjoy a good long sleep. A farewell dinner with the group will take place in the restaurant.
Day 11 - After breakfast, transfer back to Kiruna for your departure.
After breakfast, transfer back to Kiruna (20 - 30 mins) for your departure.
Please note all prices are per person in double/twin share. If you would like an upgrade to your room at the ICEHOTEL, please let us know at the time of booking.
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Please note that the itinerary and price is subject to availability. We do our utmost to create an itinerary as close to this published tour as possible. Activities are subject to change due to updated schedules and weather.
Read about staying overnight at the ICEHOTEL here. This tour price includes a night in an ice room in the original hotel. If you would like to upgrade to an ART SUITE in the original ICEHOTEL or a Deluxe Suite 365 in the new 365 section of the ICEHOTEL, please let us know at the time of booking. The Deluxe Suite 365, exclusively designed and made of snow and ice, holds its own private bathroom in warm room temperature, always including a shower and a toilet.
MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION:
All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy group travel. During winter, roads and footpaths can be icey so please consider carefully how much luggage you bring as you will be responsible for carrying all the luggage on these outside paths. There is limited portage service in Scandinavia and your tour escorts cannot help you, beyond reason.
Scandinavia is a fairly accessible destination for people with restricted mobility and other disabilities and is actively working to be more accessible every day. However, please note that our group tours are often not suitable for persons with limited accessibility due to inclusions and pace. 50 Degrees North is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability and we can tailor-make independent itineraries for travellers when needed. Please contact us for further details.
Our premium mini-coach tours are one way in which we are looking at how we can reduce carbon emissions over all styles of travel that we offer, not just on our group tours which by their nature have shared transport, but also on our private options. This tour is a private tour however the transport 'mini-coach' between destinations is shared (but exclusive to our travellers, max 12 pax), therefore reducing the overall carbon footprint for each traveller.
Your glass igloo hosts in Kittila have been awarded the Green Key award in recognition of their environmental actions. The igloos are run on green electricity, geothermal heating, and air-air heat pumps. To reduce plastic no bottled water is sold or provided, Finnish tap water has been scientifically proven to be among the purest in the world, as such it is served in glass as an alternative. Recycled materials are encouraged, an example of this is staff clothes in the restaurant which are all made of recycled materials.
Light pollution affects the ecosystem and among other things, it disrupts the ability of birds to navigate by moonlight and starlight, and the ability of nocturnal animals to hide from predators. As such they utilize as much natural light as possible, and only keep the lights on when they are needed. Customers are encouraged to do the same – this way marvelling the northern sky becomes easier.
The original and famous ICEHOTEL was one of the first accommodations in Kiruna to become ‘Sustainable Arctic Destination’ certified and the hotel’s connection with the environmental cycle is core to everything it does. The hotel is located on the Torne River and ice is harvested every winter to make the hotel, and in the summer, when the hotel is melting, the water returns to its origin. As such waste and emissions are kept to an absolute minimum.
Please note this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 14.
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