Dog Sledding, Lapland Winter in Kirkenes, Norway

Ultimate Northern Norway

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

The territory of Lapland, covers the northern most regions of Norway, Sweden and Finland. This region is well known for sightings of the Northern lights. In Lapland, there are various accommodation options.

We are often asked when is the best time to see the Northern Lights is, and while it is never a guarantee that one will see them, the Northern Lights season in Arctic Europe is November through March.  While most people are drawn to Arctic Europe with their dream of chasing the Northern Lights, the region has so much more to offer.  For this reason, we encourage our guests to visit between December and March, when the snow pack is at it’s peak, the days are shorter and the possibility of seeing the lights is at their highest. 

Northern Norway is home to some of the best winter activities in the region. From snowshoeing and hiking, to horse riding and husky safaris, the region has plenty to offer every visitor.

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Day 1
Arrival | Arrival

Upon arrival into Tromsø, you will be greeted just outside of baggage claim and transferred to your hotel.

This evening at 5:00pm, you will be picked up at your hotel via minibus to chase the Northern Lights.

The return time on Northern Lights chases is flexible and depends both on the conditions that night and how far you have to travel. Usual returns are between 1:00am and 4:00am. Maximum participants are 13. You will be provided with thermal suits and boots. A warm dinner and drinks will also be provided during the tour. After the chase, digital photos will be sent to you taken by professional photographers who will be on the tour and available for photography tips and advice.

Exeter Services: Transfer, Evening Northern Lights Tour

Hotel: Radisson Blu Tromsø

Day 2
Tromsø | Tromsø

This morning self-transfer to the pier next to the Clarion Hotel Aurora for your cruise departing at 9:00am.  You will journey through the fjords around Tromsø in search of whales that gather to feed during the winter months.  Herring migrate to this area which in turn attracts killer whales, humpback whales and fin whales.

You will be accompanied by an experienced naturist guide. On the return trip back to the city, you will be served a fish and vegetable soup.

Exeter Services: Whale Watching Cruise (4-6 hours)

Hotel: Radisson Blu Tromsø

Day 3
Tromsø | Tromsø

This morning you will be pick-up in your hotel lobby for a short, seaside drive (around 25 minutes from the city) to the reindeer farm. Join Sami guides for an unforgettable experience of reindeer sledding and Sami culture. This tour is a maximum of 16 participants.

After the sledding, visit a Sami camp and have a chance to feed the herd of reindeer. Gather inside the lavuu (Sami tent) for a hot traditional Sami meal and listen to stories about Sami culture around the camp fire. The guide will also sing traditional Sami Songs. The herder and his family will tell you about their culture and history, and how their way of life fits in around the reindeer. 

Afterwards, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

This evening at 5:00pm, you will be picked up at your hotel via minibus to chase the Northern Lights again. Maximum 13 participants.  Return back to you hotel between 1:00am-4:00am.

Exeter Services: Reindeer Experience (4 hours); Evening Northern Lights Tour

Hotel: Radisson Blu Tromsø

Day 4
Tromsø | Tromsø

Enjoy the day at leisure. We suggest a visit to the Arctic Cathedral. The ultra-modern architecture symbolizes the immense strength of the pack-ice in the Arctic Ocean. The cathedral has Europe’s largest stained-glassed window depicting “The return of Christ”.

Or maybe pop into the Polar Museum where you can learn more about Tromsø's past as a center for Arctic hunting. Tromsø's old Customs House is the setting for the Polar museum devoted to the great Arctic explorers and hunters. Tour the exhibits, which feature vintage equipment and artifacts including skis, tents, scientific instruments and weapons.

This evening enjoy a dog-sledding excursion through pristine snow covered valleys. Self-transfer to the Scandic Isavashotell for a departure at 6:00pm. Tour is a maximum of 16 participants.

You will dress up in Arctic gear to protect you from the cold and wind and then meet your own team of dogs, which will soon start pulling you through snowy landscapes. A driver for the sled will be arranged.

Exeter Services: Dog Sledding Excursion (4 hours)

Hotel: Radisson Blu Tromsø

Day 5
Departure | Departure

Your driver will meet you in your hotel lobby for your transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Exeter Services: Transfer

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