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5 days - Aurora Glass Cabin stay and Northern Lights - Ivalo to Kirkenes

Visit one of the northernmost inhabited areas in the world and experience a unique Sami culture, amazing scenery and exhilarating outdoor activities with this short highlights tour in autumn or spring. Spend a night in the Northern Norwegian town of Kirkenes, where you can go Arctic King Crab fishing and see reindeers from your log cabin. Discover Northern Finland where you can try your hand at husky wagon driving, go hiking or fishing and pack rafting across wild open lakes.

Without snow on the ground, you can enjoy this quieter, milder season for hiking, berry picking & exploring by day and in the evening, wait patiently for the streaks of Northern Lights against the pale blue, not quite dark, Arctic sky around campfires or if the conditions are right, be dazzled by them as you sleep in an Aurora Glass Igloo.

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Highlights include

  • Catch some Arctic King Crab and sit with others to enjoy the feast afterwards by the fire
  • Dress warmly and go Aurora Borealis hunting in autumn and spring
  • Stay in two unique Northern hotels, Aurora Village and the Gamme Cabins
Day 1
Arrive in Ivalo and settle into your Aurora Glass Cabin
Day 2
Husky Safari and then Aurora Hunting by car in the evening
Day 3
Packrafting, fatbiking and picnic lunch by the lake
Day 4
Transfer to Kirkenes and explore the Snowhotel
Day 5
Arctic King Crab Safari and depart
Start Place
Ivalo, Finland tours
End Place
Kirkenes, Norway tours
Destinations Visited
Finland tours
Norway tours
Duration
5 Days
Suitability
Easy independent holiday suitable for singles, couples & families

Details

Transportation

Bus transfers

Included
  • 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, dinner included
  • Daily breakfast, 4 dinners and 2 lunches
  • Bus transfers between Kirkenes and Ivalo
  • Included Activities: Arctic King Crab Safari, Husky wagon ride safari (2 hrs), Pack Rafting with Fatbiking and Aurora Hunting
  • Sparkling piccolo bottle, water bottle, tea, coffee and sweets as complimentary arrival treats in your room at Aurora Cabins
  • 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, items of personal nature, beverages, additional activities such as fishing, hiking, rafting, private saunas or overnight safaris.

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

If you would prefer a private transfer between Kirkenes and Ivalo, we can do this for an additional cost. A Norwegian Coastal Cruise between Kirkenes and Tromsø or all the way down to Bergen can be added where possible.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Ivalo and settle into your Aurora Glass Cabin

Transfer to your hotel 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.

Meals
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Aurora Village

Day 2 - Husky Safari and then Aurora Hunting by car in the evening

After breakfast, get ready for today's husky safari - an unforgettable journey through autumn scenery.

Your husky musher will pick you up from the Aurora Village reception and take you to the husky farm nearby. You will get to greet the dogs and you’ll get to know details of the life of Alaskan Husky dogs. A team of huskies will take you on a 20-minute ride on a customized summer wagon. You’ll be served coffee in a traditional wooden Kota-building at the husky farm.

In the evening, join a Northern Lights search. After some research on the weather forecast, your guides will take a car and drive it to places where the sky is most clear and the probability of seeing the Northern Lights is highest. Your experienced guide, a professional Aurora Hunter has some interesting stories to tell as you drink hot drinks and snacks along the way. Photographs taken will be delivered to you after the safari.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Aurora Village

Day 3 - Packrafting, fatbiking and picnic lunch by the lake

Get ready for a lovely outdoors day in the wilderness. Straight from the hotel, set off with lunch and packrafts. You will ride small roads to a large wilderness lake where your guide will give you the safety instructions for the paddling while you wait your packraft to fill up with air.

Leisurely, paddle to the other side of the lake where the guide will prepare your lunch by the open fire. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful nature on the land and on the water! You can upgrade to an electric fatbike or change this activity to just biking, fishing, hiking or relaxing in a woodfire sauna.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Aurora Village

Day 4 - Transfer to Kirkenes and explore the Snowhotel

Transfer by shuttle bus door to door from Ivalo to Kirkenes (3.4 - 4 hrs). Along the way, stop in Inari for 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.

Your evening will then progress to a delicious 3 course dinner. The food served is charmingly traditional and locally sourced. Your guide will be available to help you prepare for the evening ahead, making sure you are as comfortable as possible. 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.

There are two options for your accommodation - either a snowroom (depending on your travel date) or a gamme cabin.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
Kirkenes Snowhotel

Day 5 - Arctic King Crab Safari and depart

Today you will join an Arctic King Crab Safari - a very popular highlight for our travellers north. *Note - this tour can be either Day 4 or Day 5 depending on availability.

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 by boat and 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.

Depart after the King Crab Safari, transfers included to the airport. Alternatively, consider a cruise down the Norwegian coast on an express boat.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
Dates & Prices

Price per person, twin share. Spring 2023 prices based on included activities being snowmobile safari, dogsledding on snow and reindeer visit depending on snow conditions.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
From Price
Status
Accommodation
1 Sep 2022
12 Nov 2022
1 Sep 2022
12 Nov 2022
USD 1,802
Available
Standard
1 Mar 2023
30 Apr 2023
1 Mar 2023
30 Apr 2023
USD 2,308
Available
Standard

Important Information

Please note that this tour can also be run in reserve, starting in Kirkenes. Activities included can be changed depending on your fitness levels, time of year and interests. They are also weather dependent, as autumn and spring conditions can change drastically each year. There might be snow on the ground, either in early spring or late autumn. Some activities run for a limited time over autumn and spring but there are other alternatives available. Your local hosts will be sure you are happy and enjoying yourselves, regardless!

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL:

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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