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  • New tour 2020

11 days - Small group tour visiting Norway, Sweden and Finland

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 6 departures: 9 Dec 2020, 7 Jan 2021, 20 Jan 2021, 3 Feb 2021, 3 Mar 2021 and 17 Mar 2021. 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.

Highlights include

  • 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 Scandinavian 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 Tromsø - the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone
Day 5
Guided walk in Tromsø with polar museum and observatory
Day 6
Northern Lights Silent Evening Cruise with five-course tasting dinner
Day 7
Express boat along the Norwegian Coast and arrive in Abisko
Day 8
Reindeer Visit, Sami experience and Abisko Sky Station Evening visit
Day 9
Short train ride to Kiruna and then check into the famous ICEHOTEL
Day 10
Ice sculpting & snowmobile excursion in search of Northern Lights
Day 11
After breakfast, transfer back to Kiruna for your departure.
Start Place
Kittilä, Finland tours
End Place
Kiruna, Sweden tours
Destinations Visited
Finland tours
Norway tours
Sweden tours
Duration
11 Days
Group Size
5 - 12
Suitability
Easy escorted voyage & tour suitable for singles and couples

Details

Transportation
  • Transfers to and from airports to accommodation
  • Minibus Levi - Tromsø
  • Express boat Tromsø to Harstad
  • Private transfer Harstad to Björkliden/Abisko
  • Train from Björkliden/Abisko to Kiruna
  • Transfer to ICEHOTEL and transfers back to Kiruna
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Included
  • All accommodation in a shared double/twin room, single supplement available
  • 50 Degrees North Scandinavian Escort
  • 1 night in ice room at ICEHOTEL
  • 3 nights in a glass igloo
  • Daily breakfast and 2 dinners
  • Airport transfers days 1 and 11
  • Snowmobile safari w/ice fishing and Husky Safari in Finland
  • Tromsø city walk
  • Northern Lights Cuisine Cruise
  • Northern Lights Snowmobile ride and ice sculpting in Sweden
  • Night visit to the Aurora Sky Station
  • Sami and Reindeer experience in Sweden
  • All transport between destinations, 50 Degrees North mini bus/scheduled transfer between Kittilä - Tromsø and Harstad to Björkliden/Abisko.
Not Included
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Gratuities and items of personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary

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.

Meals
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Levi 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!

Meals
1 Breakfast

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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch

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, a city in northern Norway, is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colourful Northern Lights that sometime light up the night time sky. The city’s historic centre, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Clarion Hotel The Edge

Day 5 - Guided walk in Tromsø with polar museum and observatory

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!

Meals
1 Breakfast

Day 6 - Northern Lights Silent Evening Cruise with five-course tasting dinner

After breakfast enjoy a free day in Tromsø city.

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

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner

Day 7 - Express boat along the Norwegian Coast and arrive in Abisko

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 and Björkliden in Sweden.

Dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Björkliden Lodge, Abisko Mountain Lodge or similar

Day 8 - Reindeer Visit, Sami experience and Abisko Sky Station Evening visit

Björkliden is situated in an area which is a part of Sápmi, where the Sami people live and have been living for decades. How they herd the reindeers is one of the things you will get to know more of during the visit to a Sami village. During the activity, learn about Sami history and how they are living. It will be possible to feed the reindeers and be close to them. It will also be possible to ride behind them in a sled. Visit a traditional lavvu where your hosts will serve traditional food in front of an open fire. Then head back to Björkliden, with the afternoon all yours to hit the ski slopes or make snow angels around your accommodation.

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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Björkliden Lodge, Abisko Mountain Lodge or similar

Day 9 - Short train ride to Kiruna and then check into the famous ICEHOTEL

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.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
ICEHOTEL

Day 10 - Ice sculpting & snowmobile excursion in search of Northern Lights

Today, led by local artists and using the ice from Torne River, let yourself be guided into the magical world of ice sculpting.

In the evening, dress warmly for a snowmobile excursion in search of Northern Lights. Dinner included at a wilderness camp.

This evening you will stay in a warm room, i.e. a normal hotel room and enjoy a good long sleep.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner

Day 11 - After breakfast, transfer back to Kiruna for your departure.

After breakfast, transfer back to Kiruna (20 - 30 mins) for your departure.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Superior includes superior room in Tromsø and Deluxe Art Suite in ICEHOTEL.

Please note all prices are per person in double/twin share.

Dates
Start Date
End Date
From Price
Status
Accommodation
9 Dec 2020
19 Dec 2020
9 Dec 2020
19 Dec 2020
EUR 5,625
Available
Standard
9 Dec 2020
19 Dec 2020
9 Dec 2020
19 Dec 2020
EUR 2,500
Available
Extra for Single
7 Jan 2021
17 Jan 2021
7 Jan 2021
17 Jan 2021
EUR 5,450
Available
Standard
7 Jan 2021
17 Jan 2021
7 Jan 2021
17 Jan 2021
EUR 2,500
Available
Extra for Single
20 Jan 2021
30 Jan 2021
20 Jan 2021
30 Jan 2021
EUR 5,450
Available
Standard
20 Jan 2021
30 Jan 2021
20 Jan 2021
30 Jan 2021
EUR 2,500
Available
Extra for Single
3 Feb 2021
13 Feb 2021
3 Feb 2021
13 Feb 2021
EUR 5,575
Available
Standard
3 Feb 2021
13 Feb 2021
3 Feb 2021
13 Feb 2021
EUR 2,500
Available
Extra for Single
3 Mar 2021
13 Mar 2021
3 Mar 2021
13 Mar 2021
EUR 5,575
Available
Standard
3 Mar 2021
13 Mar 2021
3 Mar 2021
13 Mar 2021
EUR 2,500
Available
Extra for Single
17 Mar 2021
27 Mar 2021
17 Mar 2021
27 Mar 2021
EUR 5,575
Available
Standard
17 Mar 2021
27 Mar 2021
17 Mar 2021
27 Mar 2021
EUR 2,500
Available
Extra for Single

Important Information

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.

Read about staying overnight at the ICEHOTEL here.

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