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, 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 evening 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.
Today you will travel by coach to Abisko. 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. Overnight at Hotell Riksgransen or similar. Meet your Tour Director in the hotel lobby at 20:15hrs 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 the 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 may treat yourself to “fika” (coffee break) and cake or browse around for a souvenir.
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 '80s and learn the history of the impressive ice construction rising out of the snow and ice - every year in a new form. Following the visit to the ICEHOTEL continue to Jukkasjarvi Church. Parts of the church date back from 1608, making it the oldest surviving church in Lapland. You will 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; the artwork in the centre of the organ, suspended over the pipes, symbolises the sun rising over the Lapporten, the two U-shaped mountain-tops near Abisko which are one of Lapland's most enduring images. Afterwards, head next door to the Nutti Sami Siida. Here you will find reindeers grazing at the banks of mighty river Torne and outdoor exhibitions covering nomadic and modern Sami life. A traditional Sami lunch will be served. Return to the hotel mid-afternoon. 2nd overnight in Abisko.
Morning at leisure. At midday board the Arctic Circle Train for the journey to Narvik. Sit back and enjoy a most beautiful train ride in this region. This trainline, part of the Iron Ore Line, played a central role during WWII, supplying the Germans with iron critical for wartime production of steel. Disembark in Narvik and time for a casual lunch (not included) before continuing towards Svolvaer by coach. The town of Svolvaer has an age-old history as a fishing village and the fishing tradition remains one of the most important economical foundations of the town. Asides from the proud fishing culture, Svolvaer offers magnificent nature, a culture scene with many galleries and the well-known Lofoten War Memorial Museum. Overnight at Svinøya Rorbuer or similar. Tonight offers an optional Fishing Village Walk & Dinner at Borspen Spiseri. Svinoya is the oldest part of Svolvaer, and has been a thriving, vibrant fishing village since 1828. You will experience a living fishing village and learn about the culture. Your guide will tell stories of how the fishermen lived 100 years ago and what happened in the Trollfjord in 1890. Hear all the stories, ask all the questions and smell and taste the stockfish. Remember warm clothes, sensible footwear and your camera to be able to capture the memories. You finish your evening with a 3-course dinner at Borsen Spiseri – the most distinctive restaurant in the Lofoten Islands. The restaurant is housed in a venerable quayside warehouse dating back to 1828. The dishes you will be served are all made with unique, fresh and local ingredients from the Lofoten Islands.
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. This museum offers several permanent exhibitions with audio guides, the state of the art in museum technology. Then travel through the idyllic village of Leknes, before reaching Reine where you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we continue via Nusfjord before returning to Svolvaer early evening. Evening at leisure. 2nd overnight in Svolvaer.
Today we head torwards Henningsvaer, one of the most famous fishing villages in the Lofoten Islands, inhabited by only 1,300 people. Time at leisure to explore on your own. Then continue to Kabelvaag, another important fishing village with stop at the North Museum (Nord Museum) with its history of the local fishing industry is presented in one of the best preserved squire farms in the Lofotens. On site in this medieval city you will find the main stately building of 1815, authentic fishing huts and boathouses. The museum also offers exhibitions on Lofoten fishing history, ports, lighthouses and traditional crafts. Return to Svolvaer mid-afternoon. Tonight offers an optional Northern Lights Search - the Aurora Borealis! Travel by coach through frozen lakes, silent forests, beaches and small fishing villages as your hunt for the Northern Lights. As it is impossible to predict when the Aurora will appear during the evening, your guide will keep a close eye on the sky for you looking for the Aurora. This is an evening tour for lovers of adventure, photography and knowledge. 3rd overnight in Svolvaer.
Our journey continues by coach from Svolvaer to Tromso. On the way we stop at the famous Polar Park, the world's northern most animal park. Here you can see many Arctic animals including wolves, bears, deer, elk and reindeer, on a guided tour of the Park. Then on to Tromso where the evening is at leisure. 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 421m 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! Overnight at Scandic Ishavshotel, Radisson Blu Tromso or similar.
This morning enjoy a three hour city sightseeing tour, starting with Tromso University Museum, 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 cross the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral, a masterpiece built by Jan Inge Hovig in 1965. The cathedral reflects north Norwegian nature, culture and faith, with a monumental stained-glass window. The tour ends with a visit to the Arctic experience Polaria, where the co-dependency of sea and land life is both seen and felt. Note: Polaria is located within walking distance of the hotel should you wish to extend your visit. 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 prepare 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.
Transfer to Tromso Airport by regular bus and end of arrangements.
Maximum Group Size: 32 persons
All optional excursions must be pre-booked.