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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!
- ‘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 - the 'Paris of the North'
- 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 and evening Northern Lights Cruise
- Day 7
- Departure Day
- Start/End Place
- Tromsø, Norway tours
- Destinations Visited
- Norway tours
- Finland tours
- 7 Days
- Active independent tour suitable for singles, couples & groupsEasy
- 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
- Half board (breakfast & dinner) at Reindeer Ranch
- Husky safari in Tamok Valley
- Private Arctic Sauna and Hot tub session
- Northern lights Workshop and Silent Snowshowing
- Snowmobiling by the border of the 3 countries
- Northern Lights Evening Cruise in Tromsø with tapas
- Sami Reindeer Experience
International flight tickets, meals other than described, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
Day 1 - Arrive Tromsø
Day 2 - Spend a day in Tromsø - the 'Paris of the North'
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.
Enjoy the rest of your day in the city of Tromsø, high above the Arctic Circle. Tromsø is a city packed with culture, polar history and fresh locally sourced food in its numerous restaurants. Mountains, fjords and islands also surround it; making it a great base for exploring the winter landscape.
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
Laundry and ironing facilities at your disposal
During your stay, a hot tub and sauna session is included. The gentle heat of the sauna and the warmth of the outdoor hot tub soothe your muscle tension and rejuvenate your soul. Relax on the deckchair, enjoy the tranquility and gaze at the arctic sky. The adjacent barbecue hut, the Sávdnigoahti, is at your disposal throughout your sauna session, with comfortable seating around a cozy open wood-burning fire and your choice of refreshments and tasty snacks to savour.
AccommodationReindeer 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.
This evening, you will join a Northern Lights Workshop and Silent Snowshoeing tour.
AccommodationReindeer 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.
Day 6 - Transfer back to Tromsø and evening Northern Lights Cruise
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.
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 - Departure Day
After breakfast, private transfer to the airport.
Price per person, twin share. We can modify this tour slightly to a lower-priced alternative. Early indicative price for December 2022.
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Talk to us about extending this tour to Muonio, Levi, Ylläs or Rovaniemi.