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What’s included

  • The services of qualified local guides to lead the winter activities.
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport.
  • Escorted transfers to and from airport, and between activities. Please note that if you arrive/depart outside of the specified airport transfer times, transfers are available at an additional cost.
  • Accommodation as detailed.
  • Meals as shown.
  • Sleeping bags/duvets.
  • Warm overalls, boots, socks, gloves, hat and balaclava provided for snow-shoe, husky sledding and reindeer sledding activities.
  • A Mountain Kingdoms kit bag.
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.

Husky Sledding & Northern Lights Adventure

Tour

Norway | Tour

New for 2018
Husky Sledding & Northern Lights Adventure

Duration:  5 days from the UK  Activities on: 3 days

Flight inclusive from £2,325,
Land only from £1,995

Book now or call 01453 844400

An unforgettable Arctic experience exploring Norway’s Finnmark wilderness, with a magical night in the Igloo Ice Hotel.

Highlights

  • Snow shoeing through the beautiful Arctic landscape.
  • Learn to drive your own husky dog-sled team.
  • Take a reindeer sleigh ride to meet traditional Sami herders.
  • Hunt for the northern lights with four nights on which you may see them.
  • Snuggle up for a spectacular night at the Igloo Ice Hotel.

Reviews

Northern Norway in winter truly is a magical winter wonderland. I was lucky enough to see the northern lights three nights running and they really do dance across the sky! Driving my own husky team was the icing on the cake.
Seraphina Berry, Mountain Kingdoms

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Follow the call of the wild and hunt for the aurora borealis by dog-sled, reindeer sleigh and also on foot on this long weekend in the far north of Norway. We will experience the silent beauty of the Finnmark plateau, a vast, untouched wilderness with pristine forest and centuries of tradition, home to the indigenous Sami people and their reindeer herds. Here the Arctic winter is all about snow, ice and wide open skies which offer spectacular viewing when the northern lights dance across them.

The highlight of the trip is undoubtedly the husky sledding, and after learning the basics of mushing, we’ll be off into the dazzling Arctic wilderness driving our dog teams up onto the beautiful Finnmarksvidda. Here we spend the night in a simple but cosy wilderness hut whilst, with luck, the northern lights glow overhead.

A stay in the Igloo Ice Hotel, and an evening spent around the fire with Sami herders and their reindeer brings our Arctic adventure to a close.


At a glance

Duration:  5 days from the UK  Activities on: 3 days

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 10

Land only joining city: Alta

Accommodation types: Hotel, Wilderness Hut, Ice Hotel

Meal arrangements: All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5 are included.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Fly London to Alta. Transfer to your hotel. Evening northern lights hunt.
2
Snow shoeing and ice fishing with arctic lunch. Transfer to Stengelsengarden.
3
Husky sledding across the Finnmark plateau to a remote wilderness hut.
4
Husky sledding. Afternoon transfer to Igloo Ice Hotel. Evening reindeer sledding to meet Sami herders, and northern lights hunt.
5
Transfer to Alta airport for your the flight home.

Husky Sledding & Northern Lights Adventure Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly From London To Alta, Norway

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to the Scandic Hotel in Alta.

    Alta in mid-winter is permanently snow-covered and it is fascinating to see how this remote settlement, the largest in Finnmark, functions. After an afternoon sightseeing including visiting the ultra modern Northern Lights Cathedral, and an early dinner in town, you set off for your first northern lights hunt on foot. By early February the days of permanent darkness are over, and it is the perfect time to see the aurora borealis. You will walk about 3 miles down to the edge of the 24 mile long fjord to an excellent viewpoint. Here there will be time to aurora gaze, weather permitting, and then enjoy a snack around the fire before returning to your hotel around midnight.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Scandic Hotel Or Similar, Alta
  2. Day 2 - Snow shoeing and ice fishing.

    After breakfast it is time for your snow-shoeing adventure. All equipment is provided for you, and after some instruction you will set off into the wilderness with your guide, at a gentle pace. After a morning walking through the tranquil winter woodland along the banks of the Alta river, you will stop for lunch. For anyone who wishes to, there is the chance to try ice fishing. After returning to base, you will transfer to the dog sledding centre and meet the huskies who will lead you into the wilderness tomorrow.

    Your accommodation overnight is in Stengelsengarden, a newly re-furbished fishing lodge with an open fire and sauna, run by an award-winning Norwegian chef. Set on the banks of the Alta river, there are lovely views out over the water from the lodge, and no streetlights to disturb the night skies. The perfect place to relax, watch for the northern lights and enjoy the silence before your next big adventure.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Trasti & Trine's Lodge, Stengelsengarden
  3. Day 3 - Husky sledding.

    This morning you will meet your guide who will give a short introduction and then go to the equipment store to be fitted and issued with your warm overalls and boots. You then greet your own dog team, the sleds will be packed and you will be taught how to drive the dogs and handle the sled.

    The route today will take you through the beautiful forest scenery, initially along the river before climbing onto the Finnmark mountain plateau. Your trusted dogs will do most of the work although you will occasionally have to help them up hill. Your route now takes you more gently over frozen lakes and you can thoroughly enjoy the arctic landscape. Lunch will be prepared en route by your guide. On arrival at the wilderness hut in the late afternoon you will be shown how to de-harness, and tend to your dog team. You will then have time to relax, and perhaps enjoy a sauna, before dinner in the cosy dining room.

    Your wilderness hut, Jotka Fjellstue, was established in the early 19th century as one of a series of lodges built to provide shelter for the officials of the region, sheriff, doctor, priest, as they travelled between the far-flung Finnmark communities they tended. Some buildings from the original lodge remain, dating back to 1878. The lodge is managed by an oppsitter, a position which is inherited, and the oppsitters' family also live in the lodge.

    After dinner you are in the perfect spot to enjoy the northern lights, weather permitting.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Jotka Fjellstue Wilderness Hut
  4. Day 4 - Husky sledding. Transfer to the Igloo Ice Hotel.

    After another delicious breakfast you will attend to the dogs, pack up the sleds, tidy the hut and set off for another day sledding. Depending on weather conditions, your guide will decide the route and again you will be sledding through forests and over frozen lakes with lunch prepared over an open fire. After sledding back to base, you will say a sad farewell to your dog team.

    It's a short transfer to the Igloo Ice Hotel. This remarkable structure is re-built every autumn and different artists are invited to create amazing ice-sculptures inside the hotel. Warm sleeping bags and reindeer hides are provided to keep you warm overnight and the hotel also has an ice bar. After dinner you will have your final chance to search for the northern lights on an exciting reindeer ride through the frozen forest. Local Sami reindeer herders will welcome you to their lavvo (tent), where you will have the chance to sit around the fire and to talk to them about their traditional way of life. As you sled back to the hotel, lie back and gaze up at the Arctic night sky for the last time.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Igloo Ice Hotel, Sorrisniva
  5. Day 5 - Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    After a warming sauna and breakfast, you transfer to Alta for your flight home.


2018

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Thu 1 Feb - Mon 5 Feb 2018Available£1995 Book£2325 Book

2019

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Thu 31 Jan - Mon 4 Feb 2019AvailableContact usContact us

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  • Single Room Supplement
    From £150
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £55
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What’s included

  • The services of qualified local guides to lead the winter activities.
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport.
  • Escorted transfers to and from airport, and between activities. Please note that if you arrive/depart outside of the specified airport transfer times, transfers are available at an additional cost.
  • Accommodation as detailed.
  • Meals as shown.
  • Sleeping bags/duvets.
  • Warm overalls, boots, socks, gloves, hat and balaclava provided for snow-shoe, husky sledding and reindeer sledding activities.
  • A Mountain Kingdoms kit bag.
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Warm outdoor clothes for the northern lights hunt on Day 1


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Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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