Enjoy a holiday that combines the unique joys of the Arctic wilderness in Lapland with the Arctic city of Tromso – Norway’s celebrated capital of cool. This twin-centre holiday allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds. A departure on 11 January 2015 begins with four nights in the Lapland wilderness which is followed by a journey through the Lyngen Alps and three nights in Tromso. A departure on 18 January 2015 begins with three nights in Tromso and finishes with four nights in Lapland. Flights are to/from Kiruna in Swedish Lapland or Tromso, depending on where your holiday starts and ends.
Situated some 270km from the most northern point of the Northern Lights Route, Karesuando is a small village of just a hundred people straddling the border between Finland and Sweden. A river (completely frozen during the winter months) runs through the centre of the village, effectively forming the border between the two countries. From here, you can get a full sense of being in the Arctic wilderness, as the plains of snow stretch out for as far as the eye can see. This is an ideal place to come to see the Northern Lights, since there is no light pollution from any nearby city to impair the intensity of the Aurora. Of course, we can never guarantee that the Lights will make an appearance, but the activities included in this holiday will ensure you have a great, memorable time anyway: snowmobiling, mushing husky sleds, reindeer sleigh rides…and more!
Tromso is city set on an island in the very northern parts of Norway. Located at the most northern part of the Northern Lights route, Tromso is an excellent location to start of finish an Arctic adventure. A usual starting point for polar explorers, Tromso has a rich history steeped in exploration of the northern seas and the lands beyond. Aside from an array of boutique shops and eateries, attractions include the Polar museum, the Polaris (don’t forget to catch the seal show!), Mack’s Brewery, and the Botanical Gardens. A defining part of the Tromo skyline if the Arctic cathedral, which is just a short walk over the bridge linking the city to the mainland. Perhaps you may also wish to take a cable car to the cliff tops which overlook the city and capture the panoramic views of the city beneath (opening hours should be confirmed locally).
Click on the hotels below to see more about the accommodation which is available on this tour. We have selected small and cosy hotels to offer – appropriate for the winter location. Your stay at the Arctic Star in Lapland will be on a full-board basis, whereas the hotels in Tromso include breakfast and an evening meal, offering you the chance to sample the restaurants and eateries of the city during the day.
The Arctic Star Hotel is based on the Swedish side of Karesuando and is a modern friendly hotel of 25 rooms. A 20-minute walk from the Finnish border, the location feels genuinely remote and offers superb views over both a lake and Muonio River. A good location from which to explore Karesuando by foot, Sweden's most northerly church and the local museum are just a short walk away. The hotel boasts a good range of facilities, including a bar and restaurant which offers hearty local dishes. Our holidays are on a full-board basis and meals are buffet style. Rooms are relatively simple and cosy and there are three standards to choose from:
The standard rooms are basic but comfortable and provide everything you need for a stay in the Arctic and a good night’s sleep. Rooms are doubles or twins and can sleep 2-3.
These twin and double rooms enjoy a view from the front of the hotel towards Kaarevaara Hill and the nearby lake. The en-suite rooms have recently been refurbished.
The premium rooms have recently been refurbished in the summer of 2012. These double rooms feature underfloor heating, glass panels between the rain shower room and the bedroom, and feature mirrors.
The Rica Ishavshotel has been voted the fifth best hotel in Norway – and it is not too difficult to see why! With a unique location on the waterfront, the hotel stretches out over the quay, and so offers excellent views of the harbour. The hotel underwent some refurbishment in the summer of 2014 and is now furbished to a very high standard. Situated in the city centre, most attractions and sights are conveniently just a short walk away. Your stay at the Rica includes breakfast and evening meal for your three-night stay.
Rooms are comfortable, furnished to a high standard, and most offer superb views overlooking the waterfront. All rooms are equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer and en-suite shower room.
With its subtle nautical theme running throughout, the Clarion With is a comfortable hotel boasting an excellent location on the waterfront of the Skansen area. Conveniently located in the centre of the city, Tromso’s sights and attractions are just a short walk away; the Polar Museum, Mack’s Brewery and the Arctic cathedral are all nearby. The hotel has excellent facilities, including an in-hotel sauna. All stays at the Clarion With include an organic breakfast and a light evening meal.
Hotel rooms are comfortable and well-furnished, offering a convenient base from which to explore the city. Some have views overlooking the harbour. All rooms have satellite TV and an en-suite shower room.
Drive your snowmobile down a wide open frozen river, over the peaks of the Arctic tundra, and through woodland, bowing under the weight of the snow. This two-hour evening safari may be made even more special should the Aurora make an appearance overhead. Two adults share a snowmobile.
Feel the adrenaline pulse as you are pulled by your very own team of eager huskies through the deep Lapland snow. Take in the amazing snow scenes as you mush your team of dogs through the postcard-picture landscapes. Two adults share a sled. Includes hot drink.
Try your hand at lassoing and herding reindeer during this excursion to a nearby reindeer camp. Reindeer remain integral to the local economy and this tour includes a talk from a local Sami who will introduce you to their cluture and way of life. Includes reindeer sleigh ride.
Catching the Northern Lights is a highlight of most people’s visit to Lapland. This easy trek through the woodland of Karesuando will take you to a vantage point overlooking the spectacular panorama of the Arctic, high above the snow-capped forest below. Includes hot drink.
Return flights; transfers; 3 nights' half-board accommodation in Tromso; journey through the Lyngen Alps; 4 nights' full-board accommodation in Lapland; snowmobile safari; husky safari; forest trek; reindeer camp.
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