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5 days - Stay in an Aurora Glass Cabin with all private inclusions and transport

Visit one of the northernmost inhabited areas in the world and experience a unique Sami culture, amazing scenery and exhilarating winter activities with this short private highlights tour. Spend a night in the magical Kirkenes Snow Hotel, and try your hand at dog-sledding, arctic king crab fishing and reindeer sledding. If conditions are right — be dazzled by the northern lights, preferably on the night you are sleeping in an Aurora Glass Cabin in Northern Finland.

This tour can also be done in reverse, starting in Kirkenes.

Highlights include

  • Catch some Arctic King Crab and enjoy the feast afterwards by the fire
  • Dress warmly and go Aurora Borealis hunting by snow mobile
  • Stay in two unique Northern Lapland hotels, Aurora Village and the Gamme Cabins or a snow room in Kirkenes
  • Opportunity for spotting the Northern Lights
Day 1
Arrive and private transfer to the Aurora Village
Day 2
Private Husky Safari including lunch in the wilderness
Day 3
Visit to a local Sámi reindeer herder and Northern Lights by Snowmobile in the evening
Day 4
Transfer to Kirkenes via Sami Siida Museum and explore the Snowhotel with King Crab Safari
Day 5
Departure day or join a Norwegian Coastal Cruise
Start Place
Ivalo, Finland tours
End Place
Kirkenes, Norway tours
Destinations Visited
Finland tours
Norway tours
5 Days
Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families



Private transfers

  • All hotel accommodation in shared double/twin room with private facilities, single supplement available
  • 3 nights in an Aurora Glass Cabin, breakfast and dinner included
  • Kirkenes Stay: Gamme cabins or a snow room option available 20DEC to 20APR, dinner included
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private transfers between Kirkenes and Ivalo
  • Included Activities: Private Arctic King Crab Safari, Private Husky safari (4 hrs), Private Northern Lights snow mobile safari, Reindeer Farm Visit and Museum Visit
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities/safaris (winter boots, balaclavas, woolen socks, mittens, overalls, tube scarf) at the Aurora Cabins
  • Sparkling piccolo bottle, water bottle, tea, coffee and sweets as complimentary arrival treats in your room at Aurora Cabins
  • Toboggans, sleds, sliders, ice-skates, cross-country skis, kick-sledges and outdoor games are available complimentary at the Aurora Glass Cabin.
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included

Flights, meals other than specified, winter clothing (thermal overall & boots) for the entire stay, items of personal nature, beverages, additional activities such as icefishing, horse riding or overnight safaris.

Please note that additional nights can be added either in Kirkenes or Ivalo.

A Norwegian coastal cruise between Kirkenes and Tromsø can be added where possible.


Day 1 - Arrive and private transfer to the Aurora Village

On arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly team and private transfer and check in to your Aurora Glass Cabin where you will be spending the next three nights!

Dinner at the hotel then get ready for your night in under the stars - and hopefully the Northern Lights.

Finnish Aurora Glass Cabins provides 'one-of-a kind' opportunities to admire the Northern Lights and millions of stars in the crystal clear sky while enjoying a comfortable room temperature. Built with a massive special thermal glass window facing sky wards, the temperature inside the cabin always stays at a normal level. It also prevents the glass from not getting white frosted, hence keeping the view clear even when the temperature outside drops to under -30°C.

1 Dinner
Aurora Village

Day 2 - Private Husky Safari including lunch in the wilderness

After breakfast, get ready for today's four-hour husky safari - an unforgettable journey through breathtaking winter scenery.

On arrival to the husky farm we will provide you with a warm outer thermal suit, gloves and hat and then we will present your very own husky team. You will be given a lesson on how to drive the sledge and how to observe important hand signals given by your leader.

Each team consists of about six dogs, you, the driver, and your passenger, who is comfortably seated in the wooden sledge. The driver and the passenger can change places during the safari.

You stop half-way for a lunch in the wilderness and you can learn a lot about huskies from your guide, a professional musher.

1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Aurora Village

Day 3 - Visit to a local Sámi reindeer herder and Northern Lights by Snowmobile in the evening

Nature connected visit to a local Sámi reindeer herder family home. They live by a lake side surrounded by forest and hills. Meet the family reindeer, feed them and photograph them up close. Together walk a short distance in the forest near by. You will hear stories about how important nature diversity is for the reindeer and for the local nature.

Then you can visit the Sámi home, a traditional log house. You get to see their family´s traditional Sámi dresses as you hear stories about Sámi culture and about the Inari Sámi language revitalization.

Return to the Aurora Village for lunch and free afternoon to explore. This evening, discover Lappish food with a traditional local meal before heading out on a Northern Lights tour by snowmobile.

Meet your guide at Aurora Village reception and then watch for the Northern Lights dancing on the sky during your snow mobile drive through the frozen lakes and rugged snowy forests. Once reaching the special custom made aurora camp spot, a campfire will be started and you can start focusing your eyes and cameras towards the Northern sky. If the sky is clear there is a great chance to witness the most beautiful show the nature has to offer.

Hot drinks and snacks are served by the campfire.

1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Aurora Village

Day 4 - Transfer to Kirkenes via Sami Siida Museum and explore the Snowhotel with King Crab Safari

Transfer by private vehicle, door to door from Ivalo to Kirkenes (3.4 - 4 hrs). Along the way, stop in Inari for a simple local lunch and a guided tour at Sami Siida Museum - the national museum of the Sámi and a national special museum in Finland. The guide will help you to have an in-depth view of Siida’s permanent exhibitions. Siida’s exhibition tours cover the permanent exhibitions of the house.

Every room in Kirkenes Snowhotel is like a small treasure. The rooms are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable night in the somewhat extreme conditions. The pictures look like you are sleeping on ice, but that would be too cold and too hard for your back. The beds are framed with ice blocks and the beds have comfortable mattresses with thermal insulation on top. You sleep inside a sleeping bag graded for -35 degrees celcius. However, snow is a very good insulator, so even when it's -35 degrees outside, the Snowhotel remains a stable -4 degrees.

Upon entering the gates of the Snowhotel, you will receive a welcome drink at the snowbar, made from berries collected from surrounding hills. It will then be time to make the ‘coolest’ hotel check-in around!

At 5pm, you will do a King Crab Safari - a very popular highlight for our travellers north. There is an option to do this safari on the departure morning too.

The Arctic King Crab is a sought after delicacy and you will learn how to catch, prepare and eat them. Your guide takes you out and you can lend a hand in sawing through the ice before your guide attempts to land you a few of these massive crustaceans. Enjoy the day's catch for lunch seated by a cosy fire in a small local farmhouse by the lake. You will travel to the lake by snowmobile sleigh.

After dinner you will have the opportunity to walk around the snowhotel and say hello to our resident reindeers, and with any luck, catch a glimpse of the northern lights.

1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Gamme Cabins Kirkenes
Kirkenes Snow Hotel

Day 5 - Departure day or join a Norwegian Coastal Cruise

Transfer to the Kirkenes airport after breakfast. If you are interested in continuing down the coast of Norway on the Kystruten route, all the way to Bergen, we can arrange this for you.

1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Price per person, twin share. Please note that this tour differs from our other Northern Lights tours as activities are only with your own party, not small group tours which are more typical at all Lapland resorts. Early indicative price for 2023/2024.

Valid From
Valid To
From Price
1 Dec 2023
31 Mar 2024
1 Dec 2023
31 Mar 2024
NZD 7,869
Limited availability
1 Apr 2023
15 Apr 2023
1 Apr 2023
15 Apr 2023
NZD 6,556
On request

Important Information

Please note that this tour can also be run in reserve, starting in Kirkenes.


Your glass igloo hosts in Ivalo were the first accommodation in Northern Lapland to receive the Green Key award, the leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. This prestigious eco-label represents a commitment by businesses that their premises adhere to the strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Some examples of how they carry this out include offering recycling facilities in all cabins and no longer offering plastic bottles in accommodations, along with protecting the diversity of the surrounding nature, i.e., bird house and insect hotels. Hiking, biking, and skiing tracks are direct from the hotel and as such they encourage low carbon activities such as snowshoeing and toboggans.


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