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11 days - Independent tour - Staying at ICEHOTEL, Tromsø and 3 nights in Glass Igloos.
Scandinavian Lapland offers a great range of comfortable Nordic style accommodations and activities with an added bonus of the mesmerising Northern Lights. During the day, you get to know huskies and reindeers, and at night, our guides will take you out on snowshoes and snowmobiles to ‘hunt’ for the Aurora Borealis. Travelling on a premium mini-coach between remote Northern locations, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Experience the vastness of Finnish Lapland, a stay in glass igloos, the incredible wild scenery of coastal Norway and the original ICEHOTEL located in the little village of Jukkasjärvi.
The trip runs weekly from January 2022 to March 2022 and January 2023 to March 2023 with fixed departures from Kittilä every Wednesday.
This isn't a group tour as such, but for a few days during this itinerary, everyone shares the same minibus and transfers so can make friends and enjoy the company of our local bus driver!
- Enjoy staying at boutique lodges and travel between destinations in a minibus/transfer depending on size of group
- ICEHOTEL stay, discover silence, Northern Lights, glistening snow clad forests, reindeer, cloudberries, kettle coffee and much more
- 3 nights in a Glass Igloo in Finland
- Visit Tromsø, Norway's Northern Lights hub
- Cruise along the Norwegian Coast
- Visit Finland, Norway and Sweden in 11 days, all above the Arctic Circle
- Day 1
- Welcome to Lapland and transfer to your glass igloo accommodation
- Day 2
- Husky Safari
- Day 3
- Snowmobiling tour with ice fishing and lunch by the fire
- Day 4
- Travel to Tromsø - the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone
- Day 5
- Visit the Polar Museum and city walk
- Day 6
- Encounter with a local reindeer and Sámi culture, then Northern Lights Silent Evening Cruise with five-course tasting dinner
- Day 7
- Travel to Abisko by express boat along Norwegian coast, minibus into Sweden
- Day 8
- Shoeshoe hike and then Abisko Sky Station Evening visit
- Day 9
- Travel to ICEHOTEL & stay in an Ice room
- Day 10
- Ice sculpting and exploring the ICEHOTEL
- Day 11
- Departure day
- Start Place
- Kittilä, Finland, Finland tours
- End Place
- Kiruna, Sweden tours
- Destinations Visited
- Finland tours
- Norway tours
- Sweden tours
- 11 Days
- Group Size
- 2 - 16
- Transfers to and from airports to accommodation
- Bus Levi - Tromsø
- Express boat Tromsø to Harstad
- Private transfer Harstad to Abisko
- Train from Abisko 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
- 1 night in ice room at ICEHOTEL
- 3 nights in a glass igloo
- Daily breakfast
- Airport transfers days 1 and 11
- Snowmobile safari w/ice fishing and Husky Safari in Finland
- Tromsø city walk
- Northern Lights Cuisine Cruise
- Snowshoe walk and ice sculpting in Sweden
- Night visit to the Aurora Sky Station
- Sami and Reindeer experience near Tromsø
- All transport between destinations, 50 Degrees North mini coach/scheduled transfer between Kittilä - Tromsø and Harstad to Abisko.
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
- Gratuities and items of personal nature
- Travel insurance
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.
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, dine at your accommodation restaurant, Restaurant Aurora Sky - open from 6pm.
AccommodationLevi Glass Igloos
Day 2 - Husky Safari
After breakfast, start your arctic experience with huskies! After the safety instructions start your 15km 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.
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!
AccommodationLevi Glass Igloos
Day 3 - Snowmobiling tour with ice fishing and lunch by the fire
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 center. Children under 15yrs are seated in the sledge pulled by snowmobile. Duration 4-5 hours.
Return to your glass igloo.
AccommodationLevi Glass Igloos
Day 4 - Travel to Tromsø - the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone
After breakfast, board your bus to travel to Tromsø, 6-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 5 - Visit the Polar Museum and city walk
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.
Clear night - be sure to head up to the cable car and observatory to look for the Northern Lights!
Day 6 - Encounter with a local reindeer and Sámi culture, then Northern Lights Silent Evening Cruise with five-course tasting dinner
After breakfast, start your Sami experience by hand-feeding a herd of 300 reindeer before entering the gamme tent for a hot traditional meal cooked over the fire. Finish the day by gathering around the fire to enjoy joiking (traditional Sami songs), Sami history and stories.
In the evening, join a Northern Lights Cuisine 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. On board the electric catamaran there is served a five-course taste of Northern Norway. 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 7 - Travel to Abisko by express boat along Norwegian coast, minibus into Sweden
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 3-4 hour minibus transfer through winter landscapes to Abisko in Sweden.
Dinner at the hotel's restaurant. This evening, join a snowshoe hike to search for the Northern Lights.
AccommodationAbisko Tourist Station or similar
Day 8 - Shoeshoe hike and then Abisko Sky Station Evening visit
Head out this morning on a guided snow shoe hike around the surrounding lake and mountain areas. Enjoy a free afternoon exploring the small village.
After dinner, visit the Abisko Aurora Sky Station. Abisko, in the middle of the Aurora zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. With its fresh, clean air and its practically permanent cloud-free sky, the prerequisites in Abisko are optimal. More or less active Northern Lights can be seen almost every night over the winter months, however they can never be 100% guaranteed.
If you wish to enjoy dinner at the sky station (not included in tour), we would recommend booking beforehand. We can do this for you if you would like.
AccommodationAbisko Tourist Station or similar
Day 9 - Travel to ICEHOTEL & stay in an Ice room
Take the local train to Kiruna and transfer to the ICEHOTEL. Wander around the ICEHOTEL and check out all the different art suites.
Enjoy a drink in the uber-cool icebar before settling into your snow room at the ICEHOTEL. Choose between two restaurants: The ICE Restaurant with an "Ice Menu" or the Old Homestead with a more traditional feel.
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 exploring the ICEHOTEL
Day 11 - Departure day
After breakfast, transfer back to Kiruna for your departure.
Superior includes superior room in Tromsø and Deluxe Art Suite in ICEHOTEL and private transfer from Levi to Tromsø.
Please note all prices are per person in double/twin share.
Please note the following dates might not be available as independent departure but can be booked with our Lapland Circle Escorted Small Group Tour: 4 Jan, 8 Feb and 8 Mar. Please contact us for further information.
15 Mar 2023
15 Mar 2023
15 Mar 2023
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.
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.
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Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
- Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
- It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
- There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
- Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
- Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
- More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
- In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.
Practical budgeting information before your departure to Norway
Norway has a few items that typically surprise travellers when visiting Norway for the first time. Alcohol and luxury items are heavily taxed and therefore prices are higher than you would expect. On the other hand, necessities such as bread and milk, are taxed low and therefore are great value.
We recommend that you bring all the alcohol you’re allowed to bring into the country when you arrive. There are many lovely parks and balconies where you can enjoy your duty free. However, be sure not to bring more than you’re allowed!
As of May 2014, the allowances according to Visit Norway are:
Minimum age: 18/ 20*
1 litre of beverages with more than 22% up to and including 60% alcohol per volume as well as 1½ litre with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume or three litres with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume
2 litres of beer with more than 2.5 % or other beverages with more than 2.5% up to and including 4.7% alcohol per volume.
This means that you may for example bring with you five litres of beer provided you do not have any other alcoholic beverages with you.
*For importing alcoholic beverages with more than 22% alcohol per volume the minimum age is 20.
It’s illegal to bring extra alcohol into Norway and can end up costing you. Another thing you should bring and not buy in Norway is razor blades. Good razor blades in Norway are expensive.
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.
Optional Excursions at the ICEHOTEL
At 50 Degrees North, we generally include at least one of our favourite activities into your tailor-made itinerary but there will also be extra time when you could add something extra. There are lots of different optional excursions to enjoy during your stay at the ICEHOTEL. Now that it is open 365 days a year, the range is even wider.
During the summer months, enjoy the 24-hour daylight with kayaking, hiking or bike riding. You can rent your own equipment for half or whole day adventures.
- Canoe: Whole day SEK 395 Half day SEK 295
- XC BIKES (Cross Country bikes): Whole day SEK 395 Half day SEK 295
- SUP (Stand Up Paddle): Whole day SEK 395 Half day SEK 295
- Fishing equipment: Whole day SEK 295 incl. fishing permit
- Meet the Reindeer
- Challenge Park
- Wilderness Skills
- Wilderness Dinner
- Jukkasjärvi Sauna ritual
- Fishing adventures
- Expedition Flow of the Iron ore
- River rafting
- Ice sculpturing
- Reindeer sledding
- Snow mobile adventures
- Dog sledding
- Northern Lights photography
- Horseback moose safari
- Cross country skiing
- Wilderness Skills
- Northern Lights by horseback
- Jukkasjärvi Sauna ritual including ICE PLUNGE - do you dare?
Prices and validity dates vary - we will assist you with up to date information at the time of booking.
The tours always include top quality equipment and our guides are trained in wilderness safety and touring in Arctic climate. Your tour begins with an introduction and safety demonstration by the guide. All outdoor activities are weather dependent and may be cancelled or replaced by more suitable alternatives should the conditions not permit to run the tour as planned. The snow depth at the beginning and end of the season determines start and finish dates for activities.
All tours start and finish at ICEHOTEL Meeting Point, Jukkasjärvi. Please note that there must be a minimum of two adults per tour, as it will otherwise be cancelled.
We also recommend you calculate for some “warm time” between activities, for you to go inside for a couple of hours, change clothing if necessary and re-heat.
Never shower, wash your face or put on water-based creams or make-up before going out on an excursion as this means you remove the skin’s natural protective layer of oil and you are more exposed to the cold.
The activities start and finish at ICEHOTEL meeting point so no transfers to/from the activity are necessary. Our snowmobiles are purchased from contractors who are leading in environmental sustainability. The machines have four stroke engines that are environmentally friendly and not very noisy so good for our guides and our neighbours too. All vehicles are run on unleaded petrol or environmentally friendly diesel. ICEHOTEL staff or our suppliers prepare and maintains the snowmobile and dog sledding tracks so that we can ensure that it is done in a way that is not harmful for our surroundings. ICEHOTEL management works closely with local land-owners and Sámi villages to continuously maintain sustainable levels of land-use in connection with our activities. ICEHOTEL seeks to work with local suppliers of food in order to minimise our carbon footprint and promote local entrepreneurs. ICEHOTEL strives to avoid using disposable items where possible.
We recycle and re-use as much as possible and our guides always bring back wastage from the tours to dispose or recycle at the main hotel facilities. ICEHOTEL has set out a goal to become CO2 negative, which means that we will contribute to producing more energy than we consume.
All our guides are trained and hold the Swedish Transport Board’s permission to work as a snowmobile guide. All snowmobile tours begin with an induction to the vehicle that you will be driving. Should a damage occur during a tour, the snowmobile will be inspected and if necessary taken out of service to be repaired until it can run on tour again. In order to drive a snowmobile on a tour operated by ICEHOTEL, you must be at least 16 years of age and have a driver’s license. If your license has been issued before Jan 1, 2000, you are entitled to drive snowmobile on your own or in connection with a guided tour.
If your license was issued after this date, you are only eligible to drive a snowmobile under the supervision of a certified guide. To attend Ice driving as a driver, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a driver’s license that is valid in Sweden. If you are unsure, please check with our Destination Specialists. Alcohol must not be consumed prior to or in connection with a
snowmobile or ice driving activity. A breath alcohol test may be carried out prior to the tour and ICEHOTEL reserves the right to refuse your participation without refund if levels are found to be too high. All our guides are trained in wilderness safety and to prevent associated dangers such as frost bite. First aid and other health and safety equipment are always brought on the tour and our health and safety policies are developed in collaboration with the local emergency services. ICEHOTEL provides necessary safety equipment for our activities, e.g. helmets for the snowmobile and ráidu tours. Crossing frozen rivers is always done by ICEHOTEL snowmobile guides before customers in order to check the resilience of the ice. Despite this, accidents may still occur.
We recommend that you book your activities at least three weeks prior to your stay, to ensure that there is space for you on the excursions that you are interested in.