Multi-Day Tour | Independent

Lapland Circle (11 days)

50 Degrees North

Muonio, Finland To Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Valid for Departures: 03 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Muonio, Finland
Harriniva Hotel and Hotel Jeris Dinner

Day 1: Welcome to Lapland


Arrival to Kittilä airport and transfer to Harriniva Hotel. Harriniva Hotel is located 230kms north of the Arctic Circle in the Finnish part of Lapland and offers a great range of winter activities. A comfortable Scandinavian style accommodation is combined with a wellness centre with a wide range of therapies and treatments.


Accommodation can be either in cosy double rooms with shower and toilet or you can decide on a private cabin. Dinner in the restaurant.

Day 2
Muonio, Finland
Harriniva Hotel and Hotel Jeris Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2: Huskies & Aurora workshop


After breakfast it is time to meet your own dogsledding team of eager huskies and head into the snowy wilderness. You will visit the Harriniva Arctic Sleddog Centre with nearly 400 huskies and hear of the life of these arctic dogs. The husky guide will teach you how to handle the sled and you will meet your team of 4-5 dogs that accompany you for your safari, each person drives his own sled.


In the evening, join an informative workshop covering the fascinating phenomenon of the northern lights, and the science behind it.

Day 3
Muonio, Finland
Harriniva Hotel and Hotel Jeris Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Reindeers & Snowmobiles


Breakfast and transfer to reindeer farm (20 minutes). Today you will visit a 100 years old, traditional reindeer farm of Torassieppi. You will get information about reindeer and reindeer husbandry, as well as the old way of living in Lapland in a museum and old Lappish farm house. You learn how to throw the Lappish lasso, and finally test your reindeer driving skills on an approx. 7km long reindeer safari through the forest (1-2 persons per sled). Lunch will be served around an open fire during the safari.


Return to Harriniva in the afternoon, where a warm sauna is waiting.


In the evening start your snowmobile engines and head to the top of a nearby fell in search of the Northern Lights. Feel how the sky is closer and stars are brighter!

Day 4
Tromso, Norway
Clarion Collection With Breakfast

Day 4: Minibus to Tromsø - the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone


After breakfast, board your mini bus to travel to Tromsø 6-hours north across the Norwegian border to Tromsø. Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic and one of the best and most cosmopolitan places to observe the spectacle that is called the Northern Lights. Tromsø is located in the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone, and following the planet’s rotation, Tromsø moves into the aurora zone around 6 pm to midnight.

Day 5
Tromso, Norway
Clarion Collection With Breakfast

Day 5: Visit the Polar Museum and city walk


After breakfast, you are met by our guide at your hotel and brought outdoors on a historical and cultural city walk through Tromso city. During this walk you visit the Polar Museum with your guide. This museum contain the history of the Arctic explorers Amundsen, Nansen and Scott. The walk ends at the Polaria aquarium and environmental centre.


The rest of the day is free to wander this Arctic capital.

Day 6
Tromso, Norway
Clarion Collection With Breakfast

Day 6: Whale-watching Safari (Nov to Jan)


During the months of November, December and January, join a whale watching tour with excellent opportunities to observe orcas, humpback and fin whales. In the afternoon return to Tromsø.  


Note that during the February departures whale-watching may be changed with another great activity, as whale sightings are less frequent from earlyt February onwards.  

Day 7
Abisko, Sweden
Abisko Mountain Station Breakfast

Day 7: Travel to Abisko by express boat along Norwegian coast


In the mid morning you will make your way to the port and board the express service along the coast south to Harstad. On arrival in Harstad you will be picked up by our local friends for a 3-4 hour minibus transfer through winter landscapes to Abisko in Sweden. Upon arrival check in at Abisko Mountain Station.


Abisko, in the middle of the Aurora zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. With its fresh, clean air and its practically permanent cloud-free sky the prerequisites in Abisko are optimal. More or less active northern lights can be seen almost every night, however, can never be guaranteed.

Day 8
Abisko, Sweden
Abisko Mountain Station Breakfast

Day 8: Abisko Sky Station Evening visit


You have the day free in Abisko to enjoy the tranquility of this small village. We highly recommend to participate in some of the many optional activities on offer, which may include dog sledding, snow-shoeing, skiing or taking part in a traditional Sami experience.


In the evening visit the Aurora Sky Station.  If you wish to enjoy dinner at the sky station, (not included in tour), we would recommend booking beforehand. We can do this for you if you would like.

Day 9
Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
ICEHOTEL Breakfast

Day 9: Travel to ICEHOTEL & stay in an Ice room


Take the local train to Kiruna and transfer to ICEHOTEL. Wander around the ICEHOTEL - check out all the different art suites.


Enjoy a drink in the uber-cool icebar before settling into your snow room at the ICEHOTEL. Choose between two restaurants - the ICE Restaurant with an "Ice Menu" or the Old Homestead with a more traditional feel.


This evening you will overnight in an ice room. Sleep in thermal sleeping bags laid out on reindeer skins on a special bed made of snow and ice.


Inside ICEHOTEL, the temperature is never colder than -5 °C to -8 °C, regardless of how cold it may be outside. Dress in warm thermal underwear, put on a hat and slip into the cozy sleeping bag. You are awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. Breakfast buffet, morning sauna and towels are included in your stay.  


Note: The ICEHOTEL loans you, free of charge, snow boots and for those who feel cold, onesie snow suits.

Day 10
Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
ICEHOTEL Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Ice sculpting & snowmobile excursion in search of Northern Lights


Led by local artists and using the ice from Torne River, let yourself be guided into the magical world of ice sculpting.


In the evening dress warmly for a snowmobile excursion in search of Northern Lights. Dinner included at a wilderness camp.


This evening you will stay in a warm room, i.e. a normal hotel room and enjoy a good long sleep.

Day 11
Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
None Breakfast

Day 11: Departure day


After breakfast, transfer back to Kiruna for your departure.

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Description


Scandinavian Lapland offers a great range of comfortable Nordic style accommodation and activities with an added bonus of the Northern Lights. During the day you get to know huskies and reindeers, and at night, our guides will take you out on snowshoes and snowmobiles to ‘hunt’ for the Aurora. This short tour is ideal for ’beginners’ and families with kids.


Experience the vastness of Finnish Lapland, the incredible wild scenery of coastal Norway and the original ICEHOTEL located in the little village of Jukkasjärvi.



Day 1: Welcome to Lapland


Day 2: Huskies & Aurora workshop


Day 3: Reindeers & Snowmobiles


Day 4: Minibus to Tromsø - the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone


Day 5: Visit the Polar Museum and city walk


Day 6: Whale-watching Safari (Nov to Jan)


Day 7: Travel to Abisko by express boat along Norwegian coast


Day 8: Abisko Sky Station Evening visit


Day 9: Travel to ICEHOTEL & stay in an Ice room


Day 10: Ice sculpting & snowmobile excursion in search of Northern Lights


Day 11: Departure day

About Us

50 Degrees North is a family owned, boutique destination specialist tour operator for the Nordic region and the Scandinavian Arctic. The company’s entirely Nordic sales staff offers in-depth knowledge of all its destinations. Luxury for us means experiencing something extraordinary beyond your everyday life; immersing yourself into the local culture, nature and people and, when possible, venturing away from the well-trodden paths and into the ‘un-known’. We do things the simple and beautiful Scandinavian way. With offices in Norway, Canada and Australia, 50 Degrees North is able to provide our clients with support 24/7.

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50 Degrees North is an authentic and affordable option for the Nordics. We are NOT your luxury white glove operator. More details at https://www.fiftydegreesnorth.com/info-centre/virtuoso-agents

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Unfamiliar

By: Igofish


Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Given that 59 Deveees North is in Norway, they had no presence in Greenland whatsoever. While they were able to arrange the activities we requested, we had no single point person in Greenland. We felt on our own on a daily basis. This may have been due to a lack of personal experience with Greenland and more specifically the town where we visited. Since this is a national heritage site, I would have expected greater familiarity. However, we were able to fend for ourselves when neededttt
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Great options and fast service when needed

By: patcat


Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2017

Ours was a complex itinerary and they came through. There were a few minor stumbles and one change initiated by us...but all were handled quickly and professionally. Overall a fantastic experience!
Travel Advisor:  Colette Guterson
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50 Degrees North

By: Meryl


Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Did not get what we had hoped for overall on our trip to Iceland. The only part of our trip that was planned for us and we loved was at The Blue Lagoon. Did not get "guided" tours, got pick up and drop off at destinations. Planning done on own and helped put together by our agent was better than what 50 Degrees North did for us.
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Wonderful adventure

By: globetrots


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Terrific service all around offering plenty of options and information. Had to make last minute miodifications and all went smoothly.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott
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Good experience

By: Jensi


Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2018

My travel agent worked directly with 50 North in planning our trip. I can say that all of our tours were professional and fun. Also, when the weather caused restrictions on some of the planned activities, the company was quick to find a suitable alternative. Everything was exactly as described to us and we had a fantastic trip!
Travel Advisor:  Ron Phillips
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Well planned, learned a lot

By: Connerss


Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2018

Hotels were very nice, tour operators were good, private guides were stellar and informative, particularly those with Mountain Guides. Would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. Only complaint was one tour operator (Artic Adventures) had buses that were so compact we all had to turn and leave our legs in the aisle, and I'm not tall. While the sites were beautiful and the tour guide knowledgeable, the long sardine-can bus ride was very difficult. Perhaps they were the only operators sending trips to our desired locations, unsure of that detail.
Travel Advisor:  Irene Quisenberry
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