North Cape & Northern Lights *NEW ITINERARY FOR 2021*

Glass or Snow Igloos , Escorted, Northern Lights
Explore the Northern regions of Finland and Norway, including 1 overnight in a Seaside Glass Villa and 2 overnights in an Aurora Cabin at Northern Lights Village, Saariselka
11 days
Jan - Mar 2021
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Experience the Northern Lights in the outermost regions of Norway and Finland - Saariselka to Tromso including an expedition to the North Cape Plateau. This small group escorted tour starts in Helsinki then travels north to give you the best chances of hunting the Northern Lights in many different locations. Along the way enjoy some winter activities including a cruise on board the Icebreaker Sampo, a husky safari, visit to an Aurora Camp in Saariselka and Northern Lights Safari in Tromso. Stay 1 night in a Seaside Glass Villa in Kemi and 2 nights in an Aurora Cabin at the Northern Lights Village in Saariselka. Also enjoy some great fun with a variety of optional winter activities including an overnight in a Snow Igloo, snowmobiling and more.  

Day 1  Arrival in Helsinki
Upon arrival in Helsinki, make your own way to the hotel. Time at leisure. This evening meet your tour director and fellow travelling companions for a welcome drink. 2 nights at the Sokos Hotel Vaakuna or similar.

Day 2  Helsinki: City Sightseeing
This morning during the 3 hour city guided sightseeing tour of the Finnish capital see Senate Square with Helsinki Cathedral, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Olympic Stadium, Parliament and the Sibelius monument, one of Helsinki's most famous statues dedicated to the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Then visit the unique Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the "Church in the Rock". Afternoon and evening at leisure. 2nd overnight at the Sokos Hotel Vaakuna or similar.  

Day 3  Helsinki - Kemi
This morning make your own way to Helsinki Central Station and board your northbound train towards Kemi. Journey through magical landscapes with endless snow-covered forests and lakes covered with ice. Late afternoon arrival into Kemi and transfer to your accommodation. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in a Seaside Glass Villa, with a view of the northern sky.

Day 4  Kemi - Rovaniemi - Saariselka
Morning at leisure in Kemi or perhaps take an optional snowmobile safari or husky safari. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the port of Kemi and board the majestic Arctic Icebreaker Sampo vessel which will take you on a truly unique cruise, crushing through the thick ice on the Gulf of Bothnia. Later continue further north towards the Arctic Circle, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Rovaniemi before continuing to Saariselka. 2 nights in an Aurora Cabin at the Northern Lights Village.

Day 5  Saariselka: Husky Safari and Evening Northern Lights Hunt 
Today a Husky Safari through the snowy forests and fells. This evening after dinner, you will visit an Aurora Camp by one of the local lakes and enjoy a hunt for the Northern Lights. Warm up in a cosy hut by the fire, enjoy a warm drink and prepare a traditional Lappish midnight snack, and if the sky is clear you might see the fabled lights!  2nd overnight at the Northern Lights Village. 

Day 6  Saariselka - Inari - Karasjok: Sami Culture
Morning departure by private coach to Inari, where we stop for a visit to the Siida Musuem (entrance included). The museum is the National Museum of Sami Culture, and proudly showcases the spiritual and material culture of the Finnish Sámi in its collections. Then we continue Northwest, crossing the border into Norway, before arriving at Karasjok, the Norwegian Sami capital, home to the Sami Parliament and library, Sami Radio and the wonderful Sami Museum and theme park. Dinner and overnight at Scandic Karasjok or similar. 

Day 7  Karasjok - Honningsvag - North Cape
Today we continue north, bound for the famed North Cape. Travelling via the North Cape Tunnel, we reach Mageroya Island on which the Cape is situated, before visiting the Cape itself (weather permitting) From the Cape's large, flat plateau, on top of a 307 metre high cliff, you can stand and take in the spectacular vista of the Barents Sea to the north. You can also explore the visitor centre with it's panoramic views, café, restaurant, post office, souvenir shop, and cinema. Continue to Honningsvag. Dinner at the hotel and overnight at the Scandic Nordkapp or similar. 

Day 8  Honningsvag - Alta; Optional overnight in Snow Igloo
Today we head south, travelling along the Porsanger Fjord to Alta, the "Northern Lights city of Norway”. In the afternoon, visit Alta Museum to see the expositions about the local industry, culture and Northern Lights history. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at the Scandic Alta or similar.  

Tonight you can add an optional overnight stay at the amazing Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, which is constructed and decorated each winter entirely with local snow and ice! The Hotel is located at Sorrisniva, about 20 km from Alta, in idyllic surroundings on the banks of the Alta River. The first Igloo Hotel was built in 2000 and every year the theme and construction changes.  Everything is made of snow and ice, the rooms, the beds, even the glasses in the bar. The surfaces are decorated with ice sculptures and friezes, beautiful artwork created by talented local artists. Along with the pure white snow it creates a fairytale atmosphere inside. The hotel has approximately 30 rooms, suites, ice gallery, and an ice-chapel. The temperatures inside the snow igloos remains constant between -4° and -7°. Thanks to natural reindeer-hides, mattresses and sleeping-bags that keep you warm, you will have a very special and comfortable night. Your bags are stored safely during your stay as the ice rooms contain only your beds, while other facilities such as toilets, changing rooms, showers and sauna are in the adjacent warm service building nearby. After this very special experience, rejoin your fellow guests in Alta.

Day 9  Alta - Tromso: Evening Northern Lights Safari by Coach
This morning we leave Alta and drive along the Arctic Fjords to Tromso. This university town has a lively atmosphere, friendly locals and some wonderful attractions - the Arctic Cathedral with daring architecture, the Polaria Aquarium (don’t miss the Northern Lights & Spitsbergen Arctic Wilderness films), the Polar Museum where you can learn about the role Tromso has played in Arctic exploration, and MS Polstjerna, a well preserved sailing vessel from 1949.

Time at leisure to enjoy Tromso before our evening guided Northern Lights Safari. The area we visit (depending on weather) may include Kvaloya Island, with its 1,000 metre high mountain, which protects Tromso from the furious Atlantic Ocean, and its dramatic coastline with stunning alpine peaks and beautiful fjords. A light dinner will be enjoyed tonight as part of the safari. 2 nights at the Clarion Hotel the Edge or similar. 

Day 10  TromsoDay at Leisure
Day at leisure. Today is your chance to experience some fantastic outdoor winter fun with some great optional excursions. Try a Reindeer Safari; reindeer are the earliest form of transport in the land and an essential part of local traditional life and on this safari meet the reindeer herder and learn about the many fascinating aspects of life above the Arctic Circle, before heading off cosily wrapped in blankets on a wooden reindeer drawn sleigh. Or try the Husky Safari, an exhilarating shared dog-sled ride into the valleys and forests. enjoying the thrill of the almost silent whish of the sled as these hard working dogs run across the snow, before a well earned break for a homemade lunch around an open fire. 2nd overnight at the Clarion Hotel the Edge or similar.  

Day 11  Tromso Departure
Following breakfast, your tour arrangements conclude.

2021 departures:  15, 22, 29 January;  05, 12, 19, 26 February;  12 March 

Group size: Maximim 20 persons

Includes: 7 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities; 1 night accommodation in a Seaside Glass Villa, Kemi with private facilities; 2 nights accommodation in an Aurora Cabin with private facilities at Northern Lights Village, Saariselka; daily breakfast; 4 x hotel dinners (Days 3, 5, 6 & 7); 1 x dinner at local restaurant (Day 4); 1 x light dinner (Day 9); train Helsinki-Kemi (2nd class); other transport and excursions as shown, services of English speaking guide.

Excludes: arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Helsinki; departure transfer from hotel in Tromso to airport, optional excursions, optional overnight stay at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 6842.00
Single AUD$ 8733.00

Includes: 7 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities; 1 night accommodation in a Seaside Glass Villa, Kemi with private facilities; 2 nights accommodation in an Aurora Cabin with private facilities at Northern Lights Village, Saariselka; daily breakfast; 4 x hotel dinners (Days 3, 5, 6 & 7); 1 x dinner at local restaurant (Day 4); 1 x light dinner (Day 9); train Helsinki-Kemi (2nd class); other transport and excursions as shown, services of English speaking guide.

Excludes: arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Helsinki; departure transfer from hotel in Tromso to airport, optional excursions, optional overnight stay at Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.

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