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5 days - Mountain Lodge and winter adventures under the Northern Lights
Just east of Tromsø lies the Lyngen Alps where you will stay in a traditional Norwegian timber lodge, Lyngen Lodge, beautifully situated on the fjord. This is a perfect and tranquil place to observe the Northern Lights, combined with daytime activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling, sea safaris skiing or snowshoeing. In-house Northern Lights photography assistance and a Northern Lights fact seminar enhance your understanding and experience.
With 8 en-suite bedrooms and a maximum of 16 guests, the lodge is the perfect place for a secluded, luxurious holiday with many guided adventures organised by owners Graham Austick and Elisabeth Braathen, both avid skiers and mountaineers. Personalised, exclusive experiences are complemented with great attention to detail from world-class food and roaring fires to candles, fresh flowers, and gorgeous fabrics.
One of our favourite and most popular lodges, Lyngen Lodge comes highly recommended by all 50 Degrees North travellers who have stayed here - availability is limited, so be quick!
- Day 1
- Arrive Tromsø and transfer to Lyngen Lodge
- Day 2
- Dogsledding through the winter wonderland
- Day 3
- Frozen Lakes Adventure on snow mobiles - Snow mobiling, ice-fishing and snow shoeing
- Day 4
- Cross country skiing or Sea Safari into the Fjord
- Day 5
- Return to Tromsø
- Start/End Place
- Tromsø, Norway tours
- Country Visited
- Norway tours
- 5 Days
- Easy independent holiday suitable for singles & couples
Transfer to/from Tromsø
- 3 - 4 nights at the remote wilderness lodge in the Lyngen Alps (depending on your choice of package)
- Full board at Lyngen Alps including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea buffet including home made cakes and dinner (alcohol is not included).
- Transfer from Tromsø to Lyngen (shared transfer at a specific time)
- Northern Lights presentation and photography tips
- Two or three activities depending on how many nights you are staying: Dogsledding, Frozen Lakes Adventure on snowmobiles and Snowshoes or cross country skiing. Sea Safari comes at an additional cost if you wish to head out by speed boat into the Lyngen Fjord.
- Sauna and outdoor jacuzzi
- Arctic Overalls and warm winter boots available during all activities
- 24-hour emergency service- 50 Degrees North has a full service Nordic office based in Lillehammer
- Taxes and service fees
International flight tickets, meals other than described, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
Day 1 - Arrive Tromsø and transfer to Lyngen Lodge
Lyngen Lodge sits in a natural forest clearing above a fjord with a striking mountain backdrop. High in the Arctic Circle, it's as remote a spot as you could hope to find, in Europe at least. It is a place to enjoy nature, dog sledding, skiing and other snow activities. Or you can just laze around with breathtaking views across the fjord and the Alps. And, if you're there from November to March, you can gasp at the northern lights.
Co-owner Graham Austick, who grew up in the north of England before defecting to St Anton to become a ski instructor and mountain guide, spotted the site when hiking through a nearby forest. He wanted to create a place which complemented rather than offended the nature around it, so he used a traditional Norwegian "lafting" pine timber frame with a thick grass roof, which also insulates the property.
Transfer from Tromsø in the late afternoon by mini bus. Dinner is served at 19.30, followed by Northern Lights presentation and photography tips.
Day 2 - Dogsledding through the winter wonderland
A leisurely breakfast between 8.00 - 10.00 then you head out on the first activity, dogsledding into the wilderness. After a scenic drive of 30 mins, you will reach the Reisa Valley and meet your dogsledding hosts. Meet the huskies and get changed into the warm outfits provided for this activity.
'Mush' your own team of dogs under the careful supervision and guidence of the professionals. Two guests per sled take turns in driving while following a guide in front. The trail winds through open valleys that capture the low Arctic sun between the high jagged peaks of the region. Half way round the trail lunch is cooked over an open fire in large tents. Mid way through the afternoon, you will return to Lyngen Lodge for freshly baked cakes and afternoon tea.
Day 3 - Frozen Lakes Adventure on snow mobiles - Snow mobiling, ice-fishing and snow shoeing
Today's activity will focus on accessing the high mountain terrain via snowmobile. Once on the mountain plateau, you will experience ice fishing on the frozen lakes for mountain trout and visit spectacular view points over the Lyngen Alps. During this activity, you will be passengers on the snow mobiles.
The journey to the high lake via snowmobile takes 30 mins through snow covered birch tree forests. Once at the lake, a shelter camp is made and ice holes drilled through the ice so fishing can beging. The ice is so thick that it is possible to make a fire on the ice and cook the fresh fish directly at the camp! Cool!
Explore the surrounding area driving the snowmobiles in between fishing sessions.
Again, return back to Lyngen Lodge mid afternoon for a cup of tea or a champagne in the hot tub.
Day 4 - Cross country skiing or Sea Safari into the Fjord
After breakfast, your final day at Lyngen Lodge can be spent cross country skiing, snow shoeing or you can pay an additional surcharge to head out into the Lyngen Fjord for a Sea Safari.
You can enjoy machine groomed cross country ski trails through the valleys and forest of Djupvik, Rotsund or Storslett. Your guide will teach you the technique and assist you with the trails.
If you enjoy deep sea fishing and sea life spotting, opt in for a journey on the 'Spirit of Lyngen'. Weather dependent, of course. On this adventure, you can visit an ice cave, travel close to the sheer towering rock walls that plunge into the ocean and see the Havn Ørn, Europe's largest eagle, seen regularly hunting for fish.
Day 5 - Return to Tromsø
After breakfast, time to depart the Lodge for your onwards flight or extend your stay with a visit to Tromsø or further afield along the Norwegian Coast.
All prices listed are per person based on double/twin share. Single supplement on request.
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Return transfers Tromsø to Lyngen Lodge. The shared arrival transport is available for flights with arrival in Tromsø no later than 15.00 and return transfer returns to Tromsø at the latest 12.30. If there are no corresponding flights we recommend staying a night in Tromsø, and your hosts will gladly drop-off/pick-up guests at any hotel in central Tromsø. Arranging a private transfer outside of this shared transfer, particulary in winter, can be difficult and expensive.
Some activities are more weather dependent than others. In case of bad weather an alternative activity will be offered. If you choose not to participate in the daily activity, no refund will be made.
Note that Lyngen Lodge no longer accommodates families with younger(4-12 years) children during the Northern Lights period.
You are provided with full board during your stay at Lyngen Lodge:
Full buffet breakfast
• Bread and cereals
• Milk and yoghurts
• Fruit and vegetables
• Meats and cheese
• Hot food like boiled, fried eggs and bacon
• Self-made packed sandwiches for the mountain or served lunch
• Warm drink for your thermos
Afternoon tea, cakes, fruit and snacks
Dinner (three course meal or buffet served ca. 19.30). Wine, beer, spirits and bottled softdrinks at additional costs. Menus consist of the finest local produce available in the area. These include fresh fish, king crab, reindeer, lamb and beef.
Special dietary requirements need to be made known upon booking and the lodge caters to all types of diets.
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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.
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.
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/