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Northern Lights Safari in Arctic Norway

Northern Lights Safari in Arctic Norway | Photo: Visit Norway | Scandinavian American World Tours


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Alta | Tromsø 

Departures: Jan 16, Feb 18, & Mar 2, 2017
Full Tour: Norway's North Cape: The Northern Lights Tour

SMALL GROUP TOUR: This 20-person max short trip within northern Norway gives you the chance to experience the unique atmosphere of the Northern Lights and pack in some great excursions at the same time! Winter activities are plentiful in both Alta and Tromsø, and they’re also ideal cities for chasing the Northern Lights—included twice in this tour!


Day 01: Arrive Alta - Northern Lights Safari

Arrive today in Alta and transfer on your own to your hotel for check in. You may have some brief time free to explore this stunning ‘Northern Lights City of Norway’, a cultural and historical phenomenon of northern Norway, before meeting up with your small group and tour leader this evening.

Get to know your fellow travelers and guide in a brief orientation meeting, and then embark on your first Northern Lights Safari in and around Alta!

Accommodations tonight are in a four-star hotel located a few minutes’ walk from the famous Cathedral of the Northern Lights in the heart of town.

Scandic Alta

Day 02: Alta - Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel (Optional)

Today after your first Scandinavian breakfast you’ll tour the Alta Museum, which houses expositions on the local history of the Northern Lights as well as the famous Alta petroglyphs: 7,000-year-old rock art drawings from hunting-fishing societies living in and traveling through the region, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The remainder of the day is free to explore Alta on your own, or to take an optional tour of the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel close by.

Accommodations tonight are at your four-star hotel, or upgrade to a night in the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel!

Scandic Alta

NOTE: Tonight you’ll have the option to stay overnight in the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, a fabulous and unique hotel made from pure ice and snow about 12 miles from Norway’s northern city of Alta. The entire hotel—from the exterior and interior to the rooms, beds, and glasses at the Icebar—is made from ice, and hosts a variety of enchanting features such as the ice chapel and ice gallery. You’ll stay in a Snow Igloo room, enjoying a morning sauna and breakfast buffet with a complimentary return transfer to Alta. Price: $298 p.p. (double/twin share or single). Rate includes reduction for unused hotel in Alta.

Day 03: Alta - Tromsø - Northern Lights Safari (Kvaløya Island)

After breakfast today, travel along the Arctic fjords to Tromsø—the starting point for many former North Pole expeditions and host to Norway’s famous Arctic Cathedral! Today you’ll have some free time in this fascinating city about 217 miles above the Arctic Circle before you embark on another Northern Lights Safari on Kvaløya Island.

Accommodations in Tromsø are in a four-star hotel set on the harbor’s quayside.

Clarion Hotel The Edge

Day 04: Tromsø - Optional Excursions

Enjoy a filling Scandinavian breakfast, after which you’ll be able to tour Tromsø on your own for the entire day. Explore the beautiful city, engage in optional safaris or tours available for pre-book or booking on-site—such as the reindeer safari below—and enjoy the atmosphere of this prime Northern Lights location. Though the weather may be colder at this time of year, it’s usually milder here than in other Arctic locations due to the Gulf Stream, and you can take advantage of the location to participate in some truly unique and memorable excursions.

Overnight in your four-star hotel.

Clarion Hotel The Edge

NOTE:  Today’s optional excursion sees you joining a Sámi guide and experiencing the joy of reindeer sledding through Tromsø’s wilderness! You’ll enjoy both the local culture and the magic of the local wildlife as you travel through the forest with a guide who is part of an authentic Sámi reindeer herding family. Encounter lasso throwing, sightseeing in the Sámi camp, Sámi cuisine, storytelling and the traditional Sámi song (joik), a display of cultural artifacts, and of course the main event: reindeer sledding! Warm clothes, hot meal, hot drink, and transfers are included. Price: $244 p.p. (min. 2 persons).

Day 05: Depart Tromsø

After breakfast this morning, you’ll transfer to the airport on your own and depart Tromsø.


Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Fully-escorted, 5-day tour program with English-speaking guide days 1-4
  • 4 nights’ accommodations in four-star hotels with 4 breakfasts in standard rooms with private facilities
  • 2 Northern Lights Safari excursions
  • Entrances and activities as mentioned in the program
  • Transportation by first-class modern coach for transfers and sightseeing per program
  • Road tolls and local taxes

NOTE: Price does not include arrival or departure transfers, flights, optional tours, porter service, travel insurance, and meals/services/items not mentioned in the itinerary above.

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Departure Dates and Information
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Tour rates per 5/30/2017. All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a 20-person max. land-only tour. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.

Land Only



$1240 p.p. double



$1240 p.p. double



$1240 p.p. double


2017 Optional Excursions

All available excursions not outlined in the itinerary above are listed below by location.

Alta - Snowmobile Safari

Participate in a short snowmobile safari in Alta, which includes a visit to and tour of the unique Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel! Price: $250 p.p. (min. 2 persons).

Alta - Husky Safari

You’ll have the opportunity to meet the huskies of Northern Norway on this short husky safari! Set off on an exciting run through the forest in pairs, your husky companions churning up snow as you travel together. Price: $228 p.p. (min. 2 persons).

Tour Information

Tour Type:Escorted Tour / Winter and Northern Lights Tour / Small Group Tour
Price: from $1240
Duration:5 days
Cities Visited:Alta - Tromsø
Departures: January - February - March

Tour Map

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