Chasing the Northern Lights

Glass or Snow Igloos , Independent , Northern Lights
Seek the Aurora every night a different way. Upgrade to overnight in a Snow Igloo, Aurora Dome or luxury private lodge
8 days
Jan - Mar
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"Lapland is like a stunning enchanted forest, it is just magical. The tour itself was so much more than what we expected. The sights, the beauty, the people, the activities, the accommodation, the food, the everything, so exceeded our expectations!! We could not recommend this tour highly enough." -Steph & Col, Central Coast, N.S.W. 2018

On this great tour, you will have the opportunity in the evenings to go out searching for the Northern Lights in a different way. Take a snowmobile safari, ride on a dog sled with a team of friendly huskies, travel in a reindeer drawn sleigh, walk using snowshoes on trails through the forest and travel in a snow train. With these evening safaris, you have the days to relax or enjoy some great optional activities, and the evenings to chase the lights. Your tour arrangements include accommodation, use of outer winter clothing, airport transfers and guided excursions.

Plus there is the opportunity to upgrade your first or last night's stay with an overnight in a Snow Igloo or an Aurora Dome or at the luxury Arctic Firefox Lodge - please ask us for details.

Day 1 Kittila Arrival
After arriving at Kittila Airport, transfer to your hotel at Harriniva (approximately 1 hour) where you will be issued with your warm outer Winter clothing, for use during your stay, and your Northern Lights alarm application, which will go off to tell you if the lights are spotted during the evening, when you are in your hotel room. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2 Aurora Snowmobile Adventure
Day at leisure to relax or take an optional activity. In the evening, we drive by snowmobile to the best location to look for the Northern Lights.  While enjoying a hot drink you will feel as though you are really close to the stars. Round trip approx. 20km.  2 persons share the driving of each snowmobile, with the chance to swap drivers half way through. Each driver must be over 18 years of age and have a valid drivers licence.

Day 3 Secrets of the Northern Lights and Husky Adventure
Morning at leisure to relax or try another optional activity. This afternoon, meet your guide for an informative workshop about the fascinating phenomenon of the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, and the science behind it. The fun continues tonight with a visit to a local husky farm. After a driving lesson and safety briefing, enjoy a 9km dog sled safari, whilst you keep a look out above. 2 persons share each sled.

Day 4 Aurora Reindeer Safari
Today is a day to explore, relax or maybe take some snowshoes or cross country skiis out? Tonight, you are off to the local reindeer farm, where you will climb into reindeer sleighs, to be pulled through the silent forests, cuddled cosily in the sled with warm blankets, and making sure you keep a lookout in the night skies. After the sleigh ride, enjoy hot drinks around an open fire. 

Day 5 Arctic Sauna World and Shaman
Day at leisure or join an optional activity. Tonight you will visit the Arctic Sauna World, which is located on the shores of Lake Jeris.  Here you will experience 4 different styles of the sauna and learn the history along with the sauna customs.  A local drink will be served and a Shaman will perform a ceremony calling on the powers of the four elements - earth, water, air and fire.

Day 6 Aurora Snowshoeing
Day at leisure.  Tonight, head out into the forest, away from any light pollution, with your snowshoes on. Snowshoeing is one of the oldest and most traditional modes of transport in Lapland and you will be amazed how quietly you can pass along the softly lit paths. Hot drinks will be served during the snowshoe walk.  

Day 7 Farewell Dinner and Aurora Snow Train 
Another day to relax, or perhaps sleep in after your late night adventures.  This evening enjoy a fabulous farewell dinner with Lappish delicacies.  Then for one last hunt we head out on the Aurora Snow Train.  Search for the lights whilst driving around in the heated carriage, a stop will be made for drinks and a snack around the fire. 

Day 8 Kittila Departure
Arrangements end after breakfast with your transfer to Kittilä airport.

2021 departures:  Every Saturday and Sunday from 03 January to 28 March    

Minimum Age: 18 years

Includes: Return transfers from Kittilä Airport to Muonio; 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; Northern lights snowmobile safari, Northern lights workshop; Northern lights husky safari; Northern lights reindeer safari; visit to Arctic Sauna World; Northern lights snowshoe trip; Northern lights snow train; daily hotel sauna; snowshoe and cross country ski equipment hire; use of outer winter clothing during your stay.

Please note the order of the excursions may change subject to weather conditions and other safety reasons. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

Excludes:optional daytime excursions - these include horse riding, dog sledding, snowmobiling, reindeer sleigh rides, ice fishing, ice karting and much more. 

You can upgrade your experience by swapping either your first or last night of hotel accommodation with one of these 3 fantastic stays in unique accommodation:

Snow Igloo: Spend an extraordinary night in a traditional snow igloo! Igloos have been used in the Northern countries for accommodation during centuries. The temperature outside can drop down to minus thirty degrees and your double bed is made of snow, but the inside temperature stays moderate. Soft and warm mattress, thick sleeping bags and hot juice ensure a warm and comfortable night. The night will be memorable! Sleeping bags and hot drinks included.

Aurora Dome Glamping: Try "glamping" or glamour camping under the northern lights! The Aurora Dome is a luxury tent, a very comfortable way to spend a night in the wilderness. The tent has a cozy bed and a fireplace, and see through side walls so you can gaze towards the northern sky with a view over the Torasjärvi Lake. The scenery to the untouched Lappish wilderness is breathtaking even on cloudy nights!  Sauna, toilet and shower facilities are located nearby (50 metres away).  

Arctic Firefox Lodge: spend a night in privacy and luxury in a lodge with it's own private sauna, and panoramic views across Lake Jeris and from your bed. 

Tour Notes: The excursions operate with a minimum of 2 persons - if you are a solo traveller and there is no second person booked on an excursion, you may be required to pay additional fees in order for the excursion to proceed. Please note the order of the excursions may alter according to the day of the week your arrangements start.

Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid driving license and be 18 years of age or over. All single travellers must drive their own snowmobile solo. 

                                   Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2973.00
Single AUD$ 3711.00

Includes: Return transfers from Kittilä Airport to Muonio; 7 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; Northern lights snowmobile safari, Northern lights workshop; Northern lights husky safari; Northern lights reindeer safari; visit to Arctic Sauna World; Northern lights snowshoe trip; Northern lights snow train; daily hotel sauna; snowshoe and cross country ski equipment hire; use of outer winter clothing during your stay.

Please note the order of the excursions may change subject to weather conditions and other safety reasons. For the included excursions you are accompanied by a local, English-speaking guide.

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

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