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2019 Arctic Circle and Auroras

Picture yourself standing awe-struck, under a crisp night-sky where the mesmerizing and enchanting lights of the spectacular aurora borealis dance in the heavens above you.

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Tour Overview

Picture yourself standing awe-struck under a crisp night-sky, where the mesmerizing and enchanting lights of the spectacular Aurora Borealis dance in the heavens above you.

Picture also harnessing and preparing your very own sled-dog team then leading them out (or them leading you!) on an exciting sled-journey through the pristine snow-covered fields and forests of northern-most Norway. What about the thrill of an exhilarating snow-mobile ride into the snowy plateaus high sbove the Arctic Circle. Or journeying by sleigh out onto a large frozen lake in northern Finland for some traditional ice-fishing. Getting up-close-and-personal with reindeer then having the local Sami people take you on a fun reindeer-led sleigh-ride followed by a traditional meal in their “lavvu” tent. All the while during the evenings, being on the lookout for the captivating and enchanting Northern Lights.

Welcome to the spectacular Arctic Circle and beyond of Finland and Norway during the winter! Northern-most Finland and Norway are famous not just for the mesmerising Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis but also for the wide range of exciting winter activities available during this wondrous time of the year. To see the Northern Lights is truly to watch one of the greatest spectacles that our Earth puts on!

Come join us in 2019 for our 9, 12 or 14-day, “Arctic Circle and Auroras” winter holidays in this beautiful part of the world. See for yourselves why northern Scandinavia is considered one of the the most stunning places in the world for a winter holiday! Start in Stockholm or Helsinki and finish in Alta or Tromsø.

Highlights (3 day Stockholm Pre-Tour Extension)

  • Guided tour including Town Hall and Old Town in Stockholm
  • Wasa Galleon Museum visit in Stockholm
  • Stockholm highlight “Viking Dinner” in Old Town
  • Upgraded “City/Old Town” Rooms in Hilton Slussen Hotel
  • Overnight cruise through spectacular Stockholm Archipelago to Helsinki

Highlights (9 days Helsinki to Alta)

  • Internal flight Helsinki to Rovaniemi
  • Helsinki city tour with local guide
  • Reindeer farm visit with Lapp dinner in Rovaniemi
  • Santa’s Village visit in Rovaniemi plus reindeer sleigh-ride
  • Arktikum Polar Museum visit in Rovaniemi
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort 1 Night in iconic Glass Igloos
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort 1 night in log cabin
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort guided tour with drink
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort 2hr Snow-mobiling Adventure
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Traditional Smoke Sauna and Ice Pool plunge
  • Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort “Snow-Tank” adventure* (This may be substituted with another excursion)
  • Kakslauttanen visit to Glass Igloo Tower
  • 3.5hr Ice-fishing adventure Lake Inari incl lunch
  • Sami Park visit in Karasjok
  • 1 Night stay in Sorrisniva Ice-Hotel
  • 2.5hr Snow-mobiling adventure in Sorrisniva, Alta
  • 2.5hr husky center visit and sledding w/ lunch in Alta
  • Sami Reindeer herding family visit in Alta

Other Inclusions

  • Welcome drink in Stockholm or Helsinki
  • Scenic drives through Finnish and Norwegian countryside
  • Drink in Ice-Bar in Norway’s Sorrisniva Ice-Hotel
  • Northern Lights photography instruction
  • Group photo (one per couple/single)
  • Hotel porterage (not included in Kakslauttanen resort)
  • All tips to Tour Director, Tour Driver and hotels

Highlights (3 day Tromso Extension)

  • Hurtigruten cruise from Oksfjord to Tromsø (8hrs)
  • Tromsø city tour with local guide and coach
  • Solliveien Cable-Car ride with Highlight Dinner on mountain

Tour Pace

Guests joining the 3-night Optional Stockholm and Cruise Extension will get to see many of Stockholm’s main sights and with our local expert guide as well as have plenty of free-time to explore this stunning city. From the beautiful Old Town “Gamla Stan”, the mighty Wasa Ship Museum, Town Hall or perhaps even visit the new ABBA museum! We take the overnight cruise to Helsinki on a Silja line luxury Cruise ship out through the spectacular Stockholm archipelago.

For the rest of the trip we don’t muck around! We ensure we fill our time with plenty of exciting local winter Scandi activities such as snow-mobiling, ice-fishing on frozen lakes, Sami reindeer center vists and exciting husky sled-dog and reindeer sleigh-rides. We make sure that later in our evenings we have plenty of free-time to maximise our chances of seeing the mesmerising Northern Lights!

Departure Dates:

  1. Sunday 10th February 2019  (Stockholm start) or Wednesday 13th February (Helsinki start)
  2. Sunday 24th February 2019 (Stockholm start) or Wednesday 27th February (Helsinki start)

QUICK FACTS

DURATION

9, 11, 12 or 14 Days

COUNTRIES

Stockholm, Finland & Norway

DEPARTURES

10th Feb, 2019  (Final TWO places available – BE QUICK!)

24th Feb,2019  (FULLY BOOKED)

Due the extreme popularity in our “Arctic Circle and Auroras” trips both are already fully booked for 2019. Please see our 2020 Tour page and contact us today to reserve your place before they also book out!

PRICING

From AU$6,290 per person twin share (9 day trip)

TOUR MAP

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 / Sun 10/24 Feb 2019 – OPTIONAL 2 NIGHTS STOCKHOLM and OVERNIGHT CRUISE to HELSINKI

Welcome to Stockholm! After our Welcome Drink and Welcome Meeting to meet your fellow travelers, we head down into the heart of the beautiful “Gamla Stan” (Old Town) of Stockholm for a free evening to explore this stunning historical part of the city.              (BB,HD)

ACCOMMODATION: Stockholm 2 Nights – Hilton Slussen “City/Old Town” Rooms

Day 2 / Mon 11/25 Feb 2019 – STOCKHOLM

This morning with local guide, a city tour including visit to the imposing City Hall with its Golden Room where the annual Nobel Prize presentation gala banquet occurs. Then to the medieval heart of the city to see the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Free-time to explore pretty “Gamla Stan” – the old town and it’s shopping streets. Tonight, a unique and fun “Viking Dinner” in the heart of the Old Town. (BB)

Day 3 / Tues 12/26 Feb 2019 – STOCKHOLM to OVERNIGHT CRUISE to HELSINKI

Today we visit the Museum housing the incredible Vasa Galleon, which sunk on its maiden voyage in the 1600’s and not rediscovered in the archipelago until the 20th C. Then free-time to perhaps visit the delightful “Skansen” zoo and open-air museum, ABBA Museum or new “Vikingaliv” Viking Museum. We then visit the Käknas viewing tower for beautiful views over the archipelago before boarding our overnight cruise to Helsinki. Departing in the late afternoon, we cruise out of the world’s most beautiful archipelago on our luxury cruise-ship to Finland. (BB)

ACCOMMODATION: Silja Line Cruise Ship 1 Night, A Class Outside Cabins

Day 4 / Wed 13/27 Feb 2019 – ARRIVE or START HELSINKI

For those on the 3-Day Stockholm and Cruise Optional Extension we arrive around 10am into Finland’s capitol, Helsinki. After a short drive to our tour hotel we meet those guests starting the 9-Day trip and head straight into a city tour with a local expert guide to see this pretty Baltic city. This afternoon, free-time to explore the city-centre and nearby markets. Perhaps even ice-skate in the central square with the locals! (BB)

ACCOMMODATION: Helsinki 1 Night – Scandic Grand Marina

Day 5 / Thurs 14/28 Feb 2019 – HELSINKI to ROVANIEMI(Arctic Circle)

Time to further explore Helsinki prior to our flight north to Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. A quick orientation tour and visit to the fascinating Arkitkum center before settling into our hotel here in the capitol of Lapland. This evening we visit a Sami reindeer farm where we get up-close-and-personal with the “locals” before a traditional dinner at their farm. (BB,HD)

ACCOMMODATION: Rovaniemi 1 Night – Scandic Rovaniemi

Day 6 / Fri 15 Feb / 1 Mar 2019 – ROVANIEMI to SAARISELKA

This morning a visit to nearby “Santa’s Village” considered by many to be his traditional home. Time to explore this Christmas Wonderland and even arrange letters from Santa to be sent to friends back home to arrive for next Christmas! After lunch we continue northward of the Arctic Circle to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort near Saariselkä ski area. After an included orientation of this impressive winter resort, an included drink in the Glass Tower that overlooks the resort. After dinner, explore or settle into your unique, glass-roofed “igloo’s” and fingers-crossed, to watch the Northern Lights from your bed! (BB,D)

ACCOMMODATION: Saariselka 2 Nights – Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (1 night glass igloos, 1 night log cabin)

Day 7 / Sat 16 Feb / 2 Mar 2019 – SAARISELKA

Today we transfer from our glass-igloos into traditional Finnish log-cabins complete with their very own sauna’s! A day to enjoy some of the activities in the Resort. We include a traditional Finnish “smoke-sauna” and dip into the “ice-pool” for the brave-hearted in the frozen lake. Plus, an exciting 2hr snow-mobiling adventure! Tonight, a Highlight traditional Lappish dinner in the resort before a fun “snow-tank” journey into the Finnish wilderness. (BB,HD)

Day 8 / Sun 17 Feb / 3 Mar 2019 – SAARISELKA to KARASJOK

This morning we depart the Kakslauttanen Resort and head north to Lake Inari where we journey out onto the lake itself to learn about and try, ice-fishing with lunch included by a fire. Later on we travel northwest and cross into Norway and arrive in Karasjok, home to the Sami Parliament which represents the Sami people of Lapland. An included dinner and perhaps a chance to watch and photograph the Northern Lights from the nearby frozen Karasjohka River (BB,L,BD)

ACCOMMODATION: Karasjok 1 Night – Scandic Hotel Karasjok

Day 9 / Mon 18 Feb/ 4 Mar 2019 – KARASJOK to ALTA

This morning, time to visit the Sami Park to experience more of the traditional culture of Lapland. Later, we head northwest to reach the city of Alta at over 70 degrees latitude. We head straight to Sorrisniva Resort where we have a highlight stay for the night in their amazing Ice Hotel. An included drink in the Ice Bar, time to explore the resort and ice-hotel before an included three-course dinner. Try the outdoor spa searching for Northern lights before preparing for a night in ice-rooms (which stay at a constant -5C inside!) complete with -30C rated sleeping bags of course! (BB,HD)

ACCOMMODATION: Alta 3 Nights – 1st Night Sorrisniva Ice Hotel

Day 10 / Tues 19 Feb / 5 Mar 2019 – ALTA

This morning, free-time to explore the resort before an exciting, 2.5hr  snow-mobiling adventure into the beautiful nearby valleys and plateaus. Afterwards, we transfer to our hotel in Alta and time to explore town and visit the striking Northern Lights Cathedral by our hotel. (BB,BD)

ACCOMMODATION: Alta 2 nights – Scandic Alta / Thon Alta

Day 11 / Wed 20 Feb /6 Mar 2019 – ALTA

Today we visit a local Husky sled-dog centre for a truly exhilarating experience. We each learn how to harness a husky and then are taught how to set-up our very own sled-dog team! We then venture out in pairs with our guide for an unforgettable journey through breathtaking winter scenery with included lunch. Later on we visit a local Sami family and meet their reindeer  before tea and coffee fireside in their traditional Sami tent. Fingers-crossed again for Northern Lights! (BB,L)

Day 12 / Thurs 21 Feb / 7 Mar 2019 – END ALTA or OPTIONAL 2 NIGHT TROMSO

Those finishing their holiday here in Alta, we say farewell after breakfast. Guests continuing on the two-day Optional Tromsø Extension, we travel northward to catch the famous Hurtigruten ship, the cruise and transport company that has been in operation since the 1890’s. We cruise along the Norwegian coast past spectacular scenery and eventually a late evening arrival into Tromsø. This is a lively city packed with culture, polar history and fresh locally sourced food in its numerous restaurants and pubs. Tromsø is often called “Paris of the North” and “City of Lights” set amongst mountains, fjords and islands that surround it. (BB)

ACCOMMODATION: TROMSO 2 nights – Scandic Tromso

Day 13 / Fri 22 Feb / 8 Mar 2019 TROMSO

We start the day with a city tour of Tromsø with local guide including time for photos at the striking Tromsø Cathedral. Free-time this afternoon to explore town and perhaps visit the Polar Explorers Museum, the famed Aquarium or shop in the quaint old part of town. This evening for our last night together we take the cable-car up to Solliveien for spectacular views over the city and coastline and enjoy a three course-dinner in the restaurant there. (BB,HD)

Day 14 / Sat 23 Feb  /9 Mar 2019 – END TROMSO

Sadly, our adventure finishes after breakfast. Take the time to further explore Tromsø or continue your journey by flying south. Perhaps re-join the famed Hurtigruten Coastal ship southwards! Bon voyage! (BB)

DEPARTURES

10th/13th Feb, 2019 (9,11,12 or 14 days)

24th/27th Feb, 2019 (9,11,12 or 14 days)

PRICING

From $6,290 per person twin share (9-day Helsinki to Alta)

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