Swirling and morphing the Northern Lights paint the sky, a palate of improbable color that shifts on a whim. On this Arctic highlights tour, you watch the night’s sky on a coastal cruise, admire the dancing aurora from a glass igloo, and search the nighttime scenes on a reindeer safari. Handcrafted for the ultimate aurora opportunities and most iconic Arctic experiences, these seven days reveal a landscape that’s alive every moment of day and night. Consider reading about the best Norway...
Tromso – Welcome to the Arctic
Tromso lures you in, the City of Lights in the Arctic Circle. Centuries-old wooden houses stretch out beneath the stained-glass windows of the Arctic Cathedral. Mountains provide the unerring backdrop and fjords extend in multiple directions. The setting is majestic and the urban landscape is far livelier than you might expect. There’s a buzz to the streets, especially when lights shine after dark, and the restaurants beckon you in with cozy fires. Land in Tromso and you’re transferred to a hotel on the waterfront, a comfortable base for walking to most of Tromso’s attractions. Settle into the city and see why some call it the Paris of the Arctic, especially the number of superb restaurants to be found close to your hotel. Consider Fjellstua for dinner; the food is good, and the view of the nighttime sky is outstanding.
Kirkenes – Endless Views, Beautiful Landscapes and Cruising Beneath the Night Sky
Kjollefjord – Wonders of the North Cape Plateau as the Cruise Continues
Kirkenes – Arctic King Crab and Snowmobile Safari
Kaksluattanen – A Glass Igloo Beneath the Northern Lights
Kaksluattanen – Husky Safari and Searching the Aurora by Reindeer
Ivalo – Departure
- Lie back and admire the nighttime sky with two nights in a Finnish glass igloo, the warmest and most comfortable way to watch the Northern Lights
- Cruise through Norwegian fjords after dark, rugged rocks silhouetted and the aurora shimmering above
- Hop onto a snowmobile sleigh and explore the wilderness on an adventure across pine forests and frozen lakes
- Connect with nature on a husky safari, a serene journey across the whitened Arctic
- Search for the Northern Lights on the back of a reindeer sleigh, another supreme connection with nature
- Go fishing in the ice for Arctic king crab, a local delicacy that’s later enjoyed beside a cozy fire
- Start the tour in Tromso, where there’s always another view over the mountains and fjords
- Discover the North Cape Plateau, where seabirds nest and the fresh winter air is ideal for seeing the Northern Lights
- Spend the night in a snow igloo, a surprisingly warm night that’s so different from any other hotel you will have been in
Green, purple, and yellow, colors dance through the sky. They swirl and shift like a phantom ballet with grace to every moment. Like the ballet, the nighttime sky has you transfixed. Sometimes it appears that nothing is moving. When you look away the stage has changed, the sky evolving into its next phantom dance. Perhaps nothing in the world is as phantasmagorical, the artistic dance appearing like a dream where the images are real. This is no work of fiction. This is the Arctic Circle. Those that venture north are rewarded with an evening show of lights.
No two nights are the same. In northern Norway and Finland, the aurora plays 150 nights a year. The weeks immediately after the fall equinox, or before the spring equinox are premier times to view the lights. Gases are intensified, and the nighttime sky remains dark. Come earlier or later, and you must stay up late to get a glimpse. Throughout winter you can expect to see the Northern Lights every other night, up to three out of every four nights when the climate is good. Mostly all you need is a clear sky and a good place to watch the show.
This handcrafted aurora borealis tour can’t predict the weather, however, it can give you the best places to experience the northern lights. Tailored for travel from September to April, it offers the three most iconic viewing platforms. Cruise through Norway’s fjords on a Hurtigruten, with cliffs and valleys silhouetted as the gases dance above. Sleep in an ice igloo, where you lay back in warmth and savor the show. Travel through the wilderness on a reindeer sleigh, stopping to view the aurora from frozen lakes and swathes of snowy nothingness.
There’s more to the Arctic Circle than the night sky. When you travel this far north you enter a rare world where nothing is quite as it seems. Tromso is a delightful city on the fjords, backdropped by mountains, and enveloped by snowy landscapes through winter. Spend two nights on the Hurtigruten cruise, stopping at the North Cape Plateau, where 250,000 seabirds show that there is great life in the Arctic. Pass sacred rocks and have a chance to meet the Sami, travel through immense fjords, and discover the colorful fishing villages that dot Norway’s coast.
Disembark in Kirkenes and go hunting for Arctic king crab, learning how to catch them through a hole in the ice. Travel onwards by snowmobile sleigh and spend the night in a snow igloo, where it’s much warmer than you think yet just as inimitable as it sounds. Appreciate the wilderness as you cross into Finland and two nights in a glass igloo, a wonderfully comfortable place for watching the sky. You will head out on a husky safari to track the aurora. With six nights in the Arctic Circle, you should witness the aurora on multiple occasions.
$2,949 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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