Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Aurora Highlights I Norway, Finland (8 days)

50 Degrees North

Tromso, Norway To Ivalo, Finland

Valid for Departures Now Through: 20 Apr 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Tromso, Norway
Clarion Hotel The Edge - DC None

Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of Arctic

Tromsø is a city packed with culture, polar history and fresh locally sourced food in its numerous restaurants. Tromsø is often called "Paris of the North" and "City of Lights", and it is rare to have such a lively town located so far past the Arctic Circle. Mountains, fjords and islands surround it, making it a great base for exploring the winter landscape.

Day 2
Tromso, Norway
clarion Hotel The Edge - DC Breakfast

Day in Tromsø to explore the town and its surroundings

This morning, enjoy a guided city walk of Tromsø and then you are free to either try many of the winter activities available in its vicinity or head to the lovely cafes & pubs by the water. Ask us for information about additional dog sledding through the beautiful winter landscape, guided northern light tours and other possible activities.

Or if it is a clear day, experience Tromsø’s best view! On the outskirts of Tromsø (it is a very small town) a cable car runs from Solliveien in Tromsdalen up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen (421 m above sea level) in just four minutes. From the viewing platform at the upper station, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. At the fully licensed Fjellstua restaurant, you can enjoy a delicious dinner based on local produce or select light meals from the café menu, while you take pleasure in the view. In winter, it's an ideal place for hunting the magical Northern Lights.

Day 3
Tromso, Norway
Hurtigruten Norway Breakfast

Hurtigruten Voyage to Kirkenes

At 16.30, embark your coastal ferry for a short northbound Hurtigruten journey. In winter the Captain invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. The ship now sails into the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March, and we gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.

Day 4
Kjollefjord, Norway
Hurtigruten Norway Breakfast, Dinner

Honningsvåg and the North Cape

Ports visited today: Øksfjord, Hammerfest, Havøysund, Honningsvåg, Kjøllefjord, Mehamn, Berlevåg.

Following the scenic sailing through Magerøysund and after an early stop in Hammerfest, you arrive in Honningsvåg. This small port is the gateway to the wonders of the spectacular North Cape which rises 300m from the ocean, and at 71° 10’ 21” north it puts you a mere 2,000 kilometres from the Geographical North Pole.

Standing atop the North Cape Plateau you’ll get the eerie feeling of being at the end of the world. The area is also known for its birdlife, and Gjesværstappan, a bird sanctuary with up to 250,000 seabirds is home to some High Arctic species that can only be observed here on the Norwegian mainland, including the ever cute puffins. In summer, you might see herds of reindeer and campsites belonging to the indigenous Sami people. In winter, experience the snow-clad valleys, the fresh winter air and your best chances to see the mesmerizing Northern Lights.

During winter and spring, if you are lucky, local fishermen from the village of Kjøllefjord visit us to share their catch of the day (King Crab & cod).

This evening, as you approach Kjøllefjord, you pass a rock formation that is sacred to the indigenous Sámi people, Finnkjerka.

Optional Excursions depending on the season: The North Cape, Birdwatching Safari, A Taste of Lapland, Sami Autumn and Snowmobile trip in Lapland.

Day 5
Kirkenes, Norway
Gamme Cabins - DC / Kirkenes Snow Hotel - DC Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive into Kirkenes port, transfer to the Snowhotel with a Arctic King Crab Safari

Disembark in Kirkenes and transfer to the snow hotel. Today you will join an Arctic King Crab Safari - a very popular highlight for our travellers north.

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 and you can lend a hand in sawing through the ice before 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. You will travel to the lake by snowmobile sleigh.

This evening, you can either stay in one of the warm Gamme cabins or sleep in one of the cold snow rooms at the Snowhotel.

Every room in Kirkenes Snowhotel is like a small treasure. The rooms are equipped with everything needed for a comfortable night in the somewhat extreme conditions. The pictures looks like you are sleeping on ice, but that would be to cold and to hard for your back. The beds are framed with ice blocks and the beds have comfortable mattresses with thermal insulation on top. You sleep inside a sleeping bag graded for -35 degrees celcius. However, snow is a very good insulator, so even when it's -35 degrees outside, the Snowhotel remains a stable -4 degrees.

Upon entering the gates of the Snowhotel, you will receive a welcome drink at the snowbar, made from berries collected from surrounding hills. It will then be time to make the ‘coolest’ hotel check-in around!

Day 6
Inari, Finland
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - DC Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort and settle into your Glass Igloo

Private transfer from Kirkenes to Kakslauttanen (3.4 - 4 hrs). Check in to your Glass Igloo where you will be spending the first night of the tour.

Dinner at hotel then get ready for your night in under the stars - and hopefully the Northern Lights.

Finnish Glass Igloos provides 'one of a kind' opportunities to admire the Northern Lights and millions of stars of the crystal clear sky in a comfortable room temperature. Built from a special thermal glass the temperature inside the Igloo 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. Standard igloos are equipped with a toilet, but no shower. There is an upgrade option to a large igloo (KELO).

Day 7
Inari, Finland
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - DC Breakfast, Dinner

Husky Safari and then Aurora Hunting by reindeer in the evening

After breakfast, move to your log cabin and then get ready for today's husky safari - an unforgettable journey through breathtaking winter scenery.

On arrival to the husky farm we will provide you with a warm outer thermal suit, gloves and hat and then we will present your very own husky team. You will be given a lesson on how to drive the sledge and how to observe important hand signals given by your leader.

Each team consists of about six dogs, you, the driver, and your passenger, who is comfortably seated in the wooden sledge. The driver and the passenger can change places during the safari.

This afternoon is free to relax before your evening aurora hunting by reindeer.

Day 8
Ivalo, Finland
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - DC Breakfast

Depart to Ivalo airport for your flight onwards

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Ivalo airport.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Visit one of the northernmost inhabited areas in the world and experience a unique Sami culture, amazing scenery and exhilarating winter activities with this short highlights tour. Spend a night in the magical Kirkenes Snow Hotel, Hurtigruten cruise along the famous fjords around the North Cape and try your hand at dog-sledding, arctic king crab fishing and reindeer sledding. If conditions are right —be dazzled by the northern lights, preferably on the night you are sleeping in the glass igloo at Kakslauttanen, Finland.

Day 1: Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of Arctic

Day 2: Day in Tromsø to explore the town and its surroundings

Day 3: Hurtigruten Voyage to Kirkenes

Day 4: Honningsvåg and the North Cape

Day 5: Arrive into Kirkenes port, transfer to the Snowhotel with a Arctic King Crab Safari

Day 6: Transfer to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort and settle into your Glass Igloo

Day 7: Husky Safari and then Aurora Hunting by reindeer in the evening

Day 8: Depart to Ivalo airport for your flight onwards

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.

Insider Tip

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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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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