Norway tour: Adventures in Alta

Glass and Snow Igloos , Independent Touring, Northern Lights & Winter Fun
Experience winter fun & Northern Lights in Norway’s far North
4 or 6 days
Dec - Apr
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"Wonderful sleigh ride with reindeer. Quiet and nice weather, with snow on the trip, it was like a fairy tale. Great reindeer. The visit in the Sami tent was a memorable experience. Stories about how Sami and reindeer have lived in the wild for many centuries was wonderfully interesting. Lunch at Sorrisniva and visit the Igloo Hotel was a wonderful and memorable day." -Norunn, Norway 2017.

Experience Norway’s far north from the town of Alta, where the blue light of winter glows over the landscape. Around 1–2 o’clock each afternoon, the residual light of day is reflected off the blue of the sea and the white snow, and the landscape is bathed in a glassy deep blue colour. Here in the heart of the land of the ancient Sami peoples, enjoy a truly wonderful arctic adventure. Search for the fabled Northern Lights, try your hand at dog-sledding and go on a snowshoe trek through the forest to a secret spot for ice fishing. You might also like to add an optional night at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel!  

The 6 day itinerary is shown below. If you have less time to spend in Alta we also have a shorter 4 day/ 3 night tour which includes Day 1 Hunt for the Northern Lights, Day 2 Husky Safari, and Day 3 Snowmobile Safari to the Sorrisniva Iglo Hotel. Please ask us for details.

Day 1 Alta Arrival
Upon arrival, make your own way to your hotel. Time at leisure - visit Alta's fantastic new Northern Lights Cathedral, with its amazing architecture inspired by the Aurora Borealis. The swirling waves of the Northern Lights was the inspiration for the spiral design of the titanium clad building. In the evenings concerts are held in the Cathedral where you can enjoy the acoustics and remarkable shapes of the interior. 

Day 2 Alta: Dog-sledding and Hunt for the Northern Lights
Set off this morning for an exciting dog sledding safari along the Alta riverbanks, or into the Alta valley up to the Finnmarksvidda mountain plains. 2 persons share the driving of each sled. As you glide along, you'll be delighted with the smooth power of the enthusiatic dogs and the tranquility and beauty of the natural environment. Then take a well earned break for a homemade lunch around an open fire, before returning to Alta. The afternoon is free for you to relax and rest, then in the evening it’s time to chase the Northern Lights. From your hotel travel by car to the best viewpoints, far away from any sources of light pollution in the town.  Your guides are keen photographers and they will help you capture get the best photos possible. Then return to your hotel.

Day 3 Alta: Snowshoe Hike and Ice Fishing 
Today strap on your snowshoes and head out into the forest, along with a trusty husky dog who will pull a sled with the fishing gear. Enjoy the crisp air and the snowy landscapes on the way to the secret fishing spot. Drill into the frozen ice and wait to see what you might catch! The enjoy a hot lunch around an open fire in a traditional Sami tent or lavvo, before snowshoeing back.

Day 4 Alta: Snowmobiling Safari & Visit to Igloo Hotel
This morning enjoy a snowmobile safari which includes a visit to the fabulous Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Set in beautiful natural surroundings by the banks of the Alta river, the extraordinary Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel is a luxurious hotel where the entire interior and exterior is made anew each year of snow. The hotel opens its doors in January each year and melts away again in the spring. 2 persons share the driving of each snowmobile, so you can both enjoy the thrill of driving, and the view as a passenger. There is time to explore the Igloo Hotel and perhaps enjoy lunch (please note lunch is NOT included). After your visit, return to Alta. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can add an overnight stay tonight at the Igloo Hotel.

Day 5 Alta: Sami Reindeer Sled tour from Sorrisniva Day or Evening
Transfer to the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel to meet your guide. Before you start your adventure, you'll be provided with warm outerwear if needed, then you'll head out to the surrounding forest in a traditional Sami reindeer sled. The sled ride is at a slow pace for approx. 3km, so you can enjoy the natural surroundings. Warm drinks and a snack inside a traditional Sami Lavvo (tipi) around a bonfire. Your guide will tell you about their experience as reindeer herders and about the Sami way of life. If you choose to start your tour in daytime, watch the wild and beautiful scenery pass by or start in the evening and enjoy the shadowy darkness and keep an eye on the sky overhead – maybe the Northern Lights will appear! Optional: visit the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel for lunch after the day tour or for dinner before the night tour.

Day 6 Alta: Departure
Following breakfast, your tour arrangements conclude.

Departures: Daily from 15 December - 15 April

Includes: 5 nights accommodation with daily breakfast; meals, transfers for included excursions, excursions as shown being Dog-sledding and Hunt for the Northern Lights, Snowshoe Hike and Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling Safari & Visit to Igloo Hotel and Sami Reindeer Sled tour. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Excludes: Optional additional excursions, optional overnight at Snow Hotel, transfers to/from your hotel to the airport, supplement for solo snowmobile driving

The 6 day itinerary is shown above. If you have less time to spend in Alta we also have a shorter 4 day/ 3 night tour which includes Day 1 Hunt for the Northern Lights, Day 2 Husky Safari, and Day 3 Snowmobile Safari to the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Please ask us for details.

You can choose to add an optional night at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, on the banks of the Alta River, where everything is carved from snow and ice – the 25 rooms, the beds, even the glasses in the ice bar – but you’ll be warm overnight in your sleeping bags and reindeer hides. Your overnight adventure includes transport from/to Alta, accommodation, a morning sauna and breakfast. The Northern Lights may even dance overhead. The adventure starts with your departure from Alta at 4pm and finishes with your return at 10:30am the next day. Available from December 15 to April 07 - please enquire. 

Additional optionals: choose from many, such as: King Crab Hunt, Fatbiking, Horse Sleigh Ride, Alta Museum Visit, Arctic Walking, Adventure Cruise on Alta fjord - please enquire.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2608.00
Single AUD$ 3401.00

Includes: 6 day/5 night tour: 5 nights accommodation with daily breakfast; guided excursions being Dog-sledding Safari and Hunt for the Northern Lights, Snowshoe Hike and Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling Safari & Visit to Igloo Hotel and Sami Reindeer Sled Tour.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel. Order of excursions may vary depending on availability.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1550.00
Single AUD$ 2039.00

Includes: 4 day/3 night tour: 3 nights accommodation with daily breakfast; guided excursions being Dog-sledding Safari 2.5hrs, Hunt for the Northern Lights 3hrs, Snowmobile Safari to Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel. Order of excursions may vary depending on availability.

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