This tour offers a wonderful guided experience focusing on Swedish and Norwegian Lapland area including the beautiful Lofoten Islands. Starting in Stockholm the tour continues to Lulea, Kiruna, Abisko, Jukkasjarvi, Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands and ends in Tromso. Highlights include an evening walking tour of Stockholm, visit to the Abisko Sky Station, guided tour of the Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi, panoramic train trip from Riksgransen to Narvik, visits to Viking Lofotr Museum, famous fishing village of Henningsvaer, Polar Park to see the Arctic animals and an evening Husky farm visit. Plus you can add some great optional activities.
On arrival in Stockholm, transfer to your hotel. Remain day at leisure. Tonight at 18:00hrs meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers at the hotel for a short welcome meeting. At 19:45hrs, again join your Tour Director for an evening walking tour of the beautiful Swedish capital. Overnight at the Scandic Anglais or similar.
This morning enjoy a three hour city sightseeing tour. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Malaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago, with its 30,000 islands awaits exploration. The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Stockholm is proudly called “Beauty on Water” and a sightseeing tour, which includes a walk in the Old Town makes for a memorable morning tour. Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through its narrow streets. The 700-year-old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the Archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. At the end of the tour you will be transfererd to Arlanda Airport for your flight to Lulea (1hr 20mins). Transfer from Lulea Airport to the hotel. The city of Lulea, the largest city in Swedish Lapland located at the mouth of the Lule River. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Clarion Hotel Sense or similar.
Mid-morning departure from Lulea as we continue to Kiruna.The scenic ride across the top of Sweden gives you time to relax while taking in the beauty of nature. There will be a stop for lunch (not included) along the way. Arrive in Kiruna and check-in to your accommodation. Time at leisure. Meet your Tour Director in the hotel lobby at 19:15hrs then travel by bus to Abisko. From 21:00-01:00hrs, the unique Aurora Sky Station offers the possibility to gaze at the Northern Lights and stars from a large, outdoor terrace and lookout tower. Inside you find a Northern Lights exhibition with a comprehensive presentation of the Aurora Borealis. Perhaps in the warm cosy café you might treat yourself to fika (coffee break) and cake, or browse for a souvenir? Two overnights at Camp Ripan or similar.
Today travel to Jukkasjarvi where you will enjoy a guided tour of the world's most well-known IceHotel, the first in the world dating back to the late 1980s. Learn the history of the impressive ice construction rising out of the snow and ice, in a new form every year. Afterwards, continue to Jukkasjarvi Church with some parts dating back to 1608, making it the oldest surviving church in Lapland. See the richly decorated altarpiece by Uppsala artist Bror Hjorth, depicting the revivalist preacher Lars Levi Laestadius, alongside the woman who inspired him to rid Lapland of alcohol, Maria of Aasele. The organ above the door is made from reindeer horn and birch wood, and the artwork in the centre of the organ, suspended over the pipes, symbolises the sun rising over Lapporten, the two U-shaped mountain-tops near Abisko which are one of Lapland's most enduring images. Then head next door to the Nutti Sami Siida where reindeer graze alongside the Torne River's banks and outdoor exhibitions show nomadic and modern Sami life. A traditional Sami lunch will be served. Return to the hotel mid-afternoon. 2nd overnight in Kiruna.
Morning departure aboard the Arctic Circle Train for the 3.5hr journey to Narvik. Sit back and enjoy this beautiful journey on part of the Iron Ore Line, which played a central role during WWII, supplying the Germans with iron critical for wartime production of steel. Disembark with time for a casual lunch (not included) before continuing on by coach to Svolvaer, with its age-old history as a fishing village – a tradition which remains as one of the town's most important economical foundations. There is also magnificent nature, a great cultural scene with many galleries, plus the Lofoten War Memorial Museum. Tonight offers an optional Fishing Village Walk with dinner at Børsen Spiseri. Svinoya is the oldest part of Svolvaer and has thrived as a fishing village since 1828. Hear of the area's culture, stories of how the fishermen lived 100 years ago and what happened in Trollfjord in 1890. You will also be able to taste the stockfish. Please wear warm clothes and sensible footwear, also bring your camera. The evening moves along with a 3-course dinner at Børsen Spiseri– the most distinctive restaurant in the Lofoten Islands. Housed in a venerable quayside warehouse dating back to 1828, you will be served dishes made with unique, fresh, local ingredients from the Lofoten Islands. Three overnights at Svinøya Rorbuer or similar.
Morning departure by coach to the Viking Lofotr Museum, where you can see the excavation of the largest known Viking house and take a guided tour of the museum, complete with several permanent exhibitions including audio guides. Then travel through idyllic, Leknes village, before reaching Reine where we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, continue via Nusfjord before returning to Svolvaer early in the evening. Time at leisure.
Today we head towards Henningsvaer, one of the most famous fishing villages in the Lofotens, inhabited by only 1,300 people. Time at leisure to explore on your own, before continuing to Kabelvaag, (another important fishing village) with a stop at the North Museum (Nord Museum). See a history of the local fishing industry, presented in one of the best-preserved squire farms in the Lofotens. In Northern Norway's first medieval city, you will find the main stately building (1815), authentic fishing huts and boathouses, while the Museum offers exhibitions on Lofoten fishing history, ports, lighthouses and traditional crafts. Return to Svolvaer mid-afternoon. Tonight offers an optional Northern Lights Search by bus. Travel past frozen lakes, silent forests, beaches and small fishing villages as you prepare to hunt for the Northern Lights. As it is impossible to predict when the Aurora will appear, your guide will keep a close eye on the sky.
Continue by coach from Svolvaer to Tromso stopping en route at the famous Polar Park. This is the world's northern most animal park and your guided tour passes many Arctic animals including wolves, bears, deer, elk and reindeer. Onwards to Tromso where the evening is at leisure. Tonight at 19:45hrs you can join an optional cable car ride up Mount Storsteinen. After a short transfer from the hotel to the cable car station, you will board a gondola which will transport you to 421m above sea level to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromso and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. If you are lucky, the Northern Lights may even make an appearance! Two overnights at Clarion Hotel The Edge or similar.
Start today with a 3hr city sightseeing tour, where we learn about the nature and culture of northern Norway, and the indigenous Sami people. Next we travel around the island, passing Lake Prestvatn and crossing the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral, a masterpiece built by Jan Inge Hovig in 1965. It reflects northern Norwegian nature, culture and faith, and has a monumental stained-glass window. Afternoon at leisure. Or perhaps join an optional tour to the Polaria Museum and Tromso University Museum. The tour starts with a visit to the Arctic experience Polaria, where the co-dependency of sea and land life is both seen and felt. The next stop is at at the Arctic University Museum of Tromso which offers diverse and insightful exhibitions from northern culture, including everything from Norway’s oldest chewing gum to the northern lights and Vikings. Located in Tromsø, a city Nylund describes as The Port to the Arctic Ocean, the museum is a place for cutting-edge research in subjects ranging from mosquitos and Vikings to fossils, Polar exploration, and the indigenous Sami people. The museum offers three different attractions: Tromsø Museum, the Polar Museum and the Arctic-Alpine Botanic Garden.
At 18:30hrs, we head out to the Aurora Camp, where over 300 friendly huskies are waiting to greet you. A visit to the puppy enclosure is also possible! Enjoy a traditional light Norwegian dinner in a cosy Gamme Hut and prepare to search for the Aurora, while a warm fire outside sets the mood and keeps you toasty. Late evening return to the hotel.
Transfer to Tromso Airport by regular bus and end of arrangements.
Maximum Group Size: 32 persons
All optional excursions must be pre-booked.