About This Trip

Hunt the Northern lights, experience the North Cape in winter and sleep in traditional log cabins in Finland

A self-drive tour where time is your own to experience this authentic north itinerary. You will start and end in Tromsø - the arctic capital combined with a cruise to hunt for the Northern lights, the North Cape in winter, a nature paradise in Karasjok, continue to Finnish Lapland and overnight in traditional log cabins. This itinerary offers the best of what these two Scandinavian countries have to offer during the winter season.

Dates & Prices

  • Daily Departures Between:
    Dec 1 2017 to Mar 31 2018
  • Land Only from: $3695 per person Based on Double Occupancy
  • Single Room Supplement: $1415

Tour Information

Tour/Price Includes

  • 1 night on Hurtigruten in unspecified outside cabin with private shower/WC, incl. dinner, breakfast and car reservation (max. 6 meters)
  • Excursion to the North Cape
  • 1 night in a hotel room with private shower/WC in Honningsvåg, breakfast included
  • 2 nights in log cabin with private bathroom at Engholms’ Husky Lodge, incl. fullboard (breakfast, lunch and dinner), bed linen and towels
  • Husky tour incl. lunch
  • 2 nights in small log cabin at Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, incl. dinner and breakfast
  • 2 hours snowmobile safari (2 people sharing one snowmobile)
  • 1 night in a hotel room with private shower/WC in Rovaniemi, breakfast included
  • 2 nights incl. breakfast at Harriniva Holiday Centre
  • 1 night in a hotel room with private shower/WC in Tromsø, breakfast included

Disclaimer

NOTES:
• Car rental is not included. Please contact us for prices.
• In case of cancellation from 60 days prior to departure 100% cancellation fees will apply for Hurtigruten services.
• All services/activities are subject to weather conditions.
• A valid driving license is necessary for driving a snowmobile.
• The first and last week of validity is on request, depending on the opening and closing date of the Ice Hotel.
• The price is based on accommodation in tourism class hotels (3-4 stars). If any of the hotels are fully booked we reserve the right to find alternatives of equal standard.
• Prices for departures over Christmas/New Year are on request. Some services might not be available during those days or have special rates.

All rates are per person. Rates and schedules subject to availability and change without notice. Price does NOT include international and domestic flights (please inquire about current pricing) or any additional optional activities. For triple and child rates, please contact our office.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Tromsø - Coastal Voyage

Arrival in Tromsø where you pick-up your rental car (not included in price) to drive to the city center. After your arrival you may wish to explore this Arctic city known as “Paris of the North”. Tromsø is the largest city in the Nordic countries north of the Arctic Circle and is home to the world’s northernmost university, brewery and cathedral. At 6:30pm you depart Tromsø sailing north to Honningsvåg. Dinner and overnight on board Hurtigruten in an unspecified outside cabin, car on board included.

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Day 2: Arrival in Honningsvåg and North Cape

Breakfast on board the Hurtigruten, arrival in Honningsvåg at 11:45am. Upon arrival in Honningsvåg, join an excursion to mainland Europe’s most northern point, the North Cape. This is a wild and windswept headland where the cliffs rise dramatically 300 meters from the sea, and you gaze out with nothing but water between you and the frozen wastes surrounding the North Pole. Overnight at Scandic Hotel Bryggen or similar.

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Day 3: Honningsvåg – Karasjok

Breakfast at the hotel and departure. Today you will drive south to the area known as the capital of the Sami, Karasjok. Your day is at leisure to discover Karasjok. Tonight you will stay at Engholm's Husky Lodge situated next to Karasjohka river, 6 km outside of Karasjok. The designed log houses were built by Sven – the owner himself – and have a special charm. Sven has made all the interior furnishing and decoration in order to create a unique and personal atmosphere in each house. Enjoy the wood heated sauna and the very popular outdoor hot tub (not included). Dinner and overnight in the cosy and authentic Engholm’s Husky Lodge in your own private cabin with private bathroom.

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Day 4: Dog Sledding Excursion

Breakfast at the lodge and time for one of the tour’s highlights! Drive your "own" dog team during this magical daytrip. This excursion includes a barbeque lunch on an open fire. The tour goes far off the beaten track and provides an interesting and unique dog sledding experience. Sven’s farm consists of 40-50 highly trained sled dogs for long-distance racing and tours. The tour will last approximately four hours and the actual ride will be about one hour. Afterward, relax at the lodge or enjoy the wood heated sauna and the very popular outdoor hot tub.

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Day 5: Karasjok – Saariselkä

Breakfast at the lodge. Today you will leave Norway and enter Finland. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be at Kakslauttanen. Overnight in traditional log cabins with your own fireplace and sauna. The snow and igloo village also offers an opportunity for guests to overnight in ice or glass igloos (please advise upon registration if you wish to upgrade to a glass igloo). At Kakslauttanen you can enjoy a variety of winter activities. Dinner and overnight in a traditional log cabin at Kaksaluttanen Igloo Village.

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Day 6: Snowmobile Safari

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast enjoy a two hour snowmobile safari. The snowmobile safari takes you to the small ski village of Saariselkä situated approximately 10 km away. Transfer by private vehicle from the hotel to the safari office. At the safari office you will receive full equipment, including thermal suit, boots, socks, gloves, balaclava and helmet. An all-important lesson follows. When everybody is ready the safari trail begins with a drive up to the beautiful Kaunispää fell, 436 m above sea level. At the top of this fell you can enjoy the magnificent views of the area below. The trail then continues through the beautiful, mystical forest. This safari excursion is two hours long and includes an en-route coffee break. Two persons can share one snowmobile and take turns in driving or you can request one for sole occupancy at a supplementary cost. This safari provides an everlasting memory of true excitement in Finnish Lapland! Return to Kakslauttanen for dinner and overnight in traditional log cabin.

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Day 7: Saariselkä – Rovaniemi

Breakfast at the hotel and drive to the capital of Finnish Lapland – Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi is the “official” home of Santa Claus and here you will find Santa’s village, with a post office to send your letters to Santa himself. Rovaniemi is also a city offering a variety of restaurants and shopping possibilities. All your winter wishes can be made a reality in Rovaniemi. Overnight at Scandic Rovaniemi or similar.

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Day 8: Rovaniemi – Muonio

Breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards you will head back North to Muonio. Harriniva Holiday Centre is a family run business which provides unforgettable safari programs in the beautiful and unspoiled nature of Northern Lapland. Harriniva is located in Western-Lapland, next to the Muonio River. You will find there endless possibilities for different activities. Overnight at Harriniva Hotel and Safaris for the next wo nights.

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Day 9: Muonio

After breakfast, your day is at leisure to simply enjoy your surroundings or book an activity as per your preference (please ask us for an activity list with applicable prices).

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Day 10: Muonio – Tromsø

Breakfast at the hotel. Then you will leave Finland behind and travel back to Norway and the capital arctic city of Tromsø. We hope that you have enjoyed all the highlights and the accommodation in this itinerary. Overnight at Clarion Collection Aurora Hotel or similar.

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Day 11: Tromsø – Depart

Breakfast at the hotel and self-drive to the airport, return your rental vehicle and departure according to your own itinerary.

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