Capitals of Northern Lights

Escorted, Northern Lights
Best of Norwegian Lapland, from Tromso to Alta
5 Days
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This compact escorted tour takes you from Tromso to Alta in Norwegian Lapland. Highlights include a Tromso city tour including the Botanical Gardens & Arctic Cathedral. Also visit the award-winning Alta Museum and Northern Lights Cathedral and take a wonderful Husky Safari. You can also add some great optional activities.

Day 1:   Tromso Arrival
On arrival in Tromso take the airport coach to your hotel. Time at leisure - this university town has a lively atmosphere and friendly locals. Perhaps visit Polaria Aquarium (don’t miss the Northern Lights & Spitsbergen Arctic Wilderness films), the Polar Museum to learn about the role Tromsø has played in Arctic exploration, and MS Polstjerna, a well preserved sailing vessel from 1949. Or visit one of the several excellent art museums, or sample some local beer at Mack Brewery, the world's northernmost brewery. Overnight at Radisson Blu Tromso, Scandic Ishavshotel Tromso or similar.

Tonight at 19:45hrs you can join an optional cable car ride up to Mount Storsteinen. After a short transfer from the hotel to the cable car station, you will board a gondola which will transport you to 421 metres above sea level. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromso and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords.  If you are lucky, the Northern Lights may make an appearance! 

Day 2   Tromso City Sightseeing incl. Arctic Cathedral & Aurora Camp Visit  
This morning enjoy a 3hr city sightseeing tour starting with the world’s Northernmost botanical gardens, then Tromso University Museum, where we learn about nature and culture in northern Norway, and the indigenous Sami people. Next we travel around the island, passing Lake Prestvatn and cross the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral. This masterpiece, built by Jan Inge Hovig in 1965, reflects north Norwegian nature, culture and faith, with a monumental stained-glass window.

The afternoon is at leisure. Then tonight at 18:30hrs leave town and head to the Aurora Camp, where more than 300 friendly huskies are waiting to greet you, and you can pay a visit to the puppy enclosure! Then enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner in a cosy Gamme Hut, and get ready to search for the Northern Lights - a warm fire outside will set the mood and keep you toasty. Return late to the hotel for your 2nd overnight in Tromso.

Day 3:   Tromso – Alta and Optional: Sleigh Ride under the Northern Lights
Today we travel from Tromso to Alta, a trip with stunning scenery that includes 2 ferry crossings. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views! Lunch included en route. On arrival in Alta, check in at your hotel and evening at leisure. Overnight at Thon Hotel Alta or similar.

Tonight offers an optional horse drawn sleigh ride, at a farm in the nearby countryside. Your sleigh is pulled by a charming Norwegian Fjord horse through the forest and along the Alta River, so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the peace and beauty all around you, snuggled warmly in blankets. Along the way, stop for a light supper served around a warm fire. Maybe the Northern Lights will appear!

Day 4:   Alta Museum & Northern Lights Cathedral + Optional: Sorrisniva Ice Hotel & Northern Lights Search
Today visit the award-winning Alta Museum, on the site of the early settlement dating from 11,000 years ago, with exhibitions on local culture and history. This is Northern Europe’s largest and richest rock carving site; here, you can walk on pathways arranged around 2000 to 6200 year old rock carvings, showing the life of hunters and fishermen. After a guided tour of the museum we visit the modern Northern Lights Cathedral, an elegant and modern construction with architecture inspired by the Aurora. 2nd overnight in Alta.

Tonight offers an optional visit to the Sorrisniva Ice Hotel and a search for the Northern Lights. Travel by bus into the countryside to the family owned Sorrisniva adventure facility which is perfectly located to maximise your chances of seeing the magnificent Aurora Borealis. Experience the Ice Hotel - the world's northernmost ice hotel, built from the ground every year with different themes. Enjoy the serenity and silence of the Ice Hotel. Wander amongst the handcrafted ice sculptures or perhaps visit the ice bar for a drink. Later a knowledgeable local guide will take you on a Northern Lights search, where you will learn more about the natural phenomenon as well as the local history of Alta.  Your guide will also be happy to help you catch some beautiful images with your own camera.

Day 5:   Alta Departure
Transfer to Alta Airport and end of arrangements.

2019 departures: 12 December

2020 departures:  16, 23, 30 January; 06, 13, 20, 27 February; 05; 12, 19 March 

Maximim group size: 32 persons

Includes: 4 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities and breakfast daily, 1 x dinner (Day 2); coach transfer Tromso Airport-hotel (Day 1 only); 3hr guided city tour Tromso and 4hr Aurora Husky Visit (Day 2); Alta Museum and 1 x Northern Lights Cathedral visit (Day 4); transfer hotel-Alta Airport (Day 5 only); services of an English-speaking guide; modern coach transport (Days 2-4) with WiFi onboard; entrance fees for included excursions; use of outer winterwear during included activities and safaris. 

Excludes: optional excursions being: 2hr Tromso Cable Car excursion (Day 1), 4hr Horse-drawn sleigh ride (Day 3); 3-4hr visit to Sorrisniva Ice Hotel and Northern Lights search (Day 4); all other meals and drinks; departure transfer hotel-Alta Airport any day other than Day 5; gratuities; luggage service at hotels.

All optional excursions must be pre-booked.

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1900.00
Single AUD$ 2529.00

Includes:  4 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities and daily breakfast; coach transfer Tromso Airport – hotel Day 1; 3hr guided city tour Tromso Day 2 ; 4.5hr Aurora Husky Visit Day 2; Alta Museum and Northern Lights Cathedral visit Day 4; transfer hotel – Alta Airport Day 6;  1 dinner Day 2; services of English speaking guide; transport in modern coach Days 2-4 with WiFi on board the coach; entrance fees for included excursions; use of outer winter clothing during included activities and safaris. 

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

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