The ultimate winter break in the Norwegian town of Alta, deep within the Arctic Circle
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Activity adventure | City | Natural world | Northern Lights | Short break | Winter
Discover the ultimate winter break on this tailor-made itinerary where you'll stay in three of Norway's most spectacular accommodations, from an intimate, ice-carved hotel to a cosy log cabin tucked among the snow-dusted forest – your base for five thrilling included excursions. There's everything from snowmobiling and husky safaris to Sami experiences and reindeer sledding, fuelled by traditional, all-inclusive meals. Return to saunas and outdoor Jacuzzis before venturing out to spot, luck depending, the psychedelic ballet of the Northern Lights.
Day by day itinerary
UK to Alta
Board your flight from the UK to Alta and, on arrival, transfer to your cosy mountain cabin that's hidden in northern Norway's thick snow blanket. Take the chance to relax in the spa house with its sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi (this must be rented out in advance – contact us to book). Later, it's time for your first included activity – a two-course dinner in the wilderness, cooked over the mountain-side bonfire and accompanied by, with luck, the dazzling tendrils of the Northern Lights. Keep snug with reindeer skins as you listen in awe to fabled aurora stories before culminating your evening with a thrilling sledding trip down the mountain.
Stay: Bjornfell Lodge
Husky sledding & Holmen Husky Lodge
After breakfast, myriad activities await; perhaps rent a fat bike, glide through the forest on snowshoes or even go winter zip lining – a truly spectacular activity as you speed over the dense, snow-dusted scenery. Transfer to the next lodge before enjoying a thrilling dogsledding tour where you'll mush your very own team of eager huskies – a perfect prelude to a relaxing hot tub and sauna session alongside glorious mountain vistas. Enjoy another included dinner in your cosy lavvo with stunning views from the glass roof before snuggling up with your wood-burning stove and heated blankets – or head out into the winter night to catch a glimpse of the aurora.
Stay: Holmen Husky Lodge
Meals: B L D
The Igloo Hotel & Northern Lights watch
After breakfast, it's time to head to the spectacular expanse that is the Finnmark Plateau via snowmobile, stunningly shrouded in pale blue Arctic light. Come back to freshly-baked bread and fish soup before checking in to the Igloo Hotel and enjoying a guided tour of what is the world's northernmost ice hotel, constructed by local Alta snow artists and builders. Make use of the complimentary walking route maps, head torches and snowshoes before your final Northern Lights watch tonight, venturing into the wilderness to catch sight of that revered aurora dancing in the sky.
Stay: The Igloo Hotel
Meals: B L D
Alta to UK
Start the morning with a sauna before a locally-sourced breakfast buffet and your final included activity, a Sami adventure and reindeer sledding tour. Enjoy stories from your Sami guides about their culture, customs and way of life with hot drinks before the reindeer guide you through the ice-slicked forest. Then, enjoy a final lunch before your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Meals: B L
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
4-day tailor-made holiday from £2,085 pp incl. flights
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