Our most popular independent itinerary, the Nordic Winter Odyssey is designed to optimise the chances to see the Aurora Borealis. It travels from Oslo, over the North Cape, through the Lyngen Alps, to Tromsø, and Swedish Lapland and down to Stockholm.
You stay at boutique hotels such as the ICEHOTEL and Lyngen Lodge, and use various modes of transport taking you through a fairytale winter landscape. During this 'odyssey' you have access to all the activities that make chasing the Aurora Borelis so wonderful; snowmobile rides, husky safaris, reindeer sledding and various Northern Lights excursions.
|Tour Provider||50 Degrees North|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
|25 Feb 2019||12 Mar 2019||Limited availability||AUD $11,035|
|01 Mar 2019||15 Mar 2019||Limited availability||AUD $3,888|
On arrival in Oslo make your own way to your hotel.
Oslo is the perfect winter town, compact with lots of convenient public transport. The town is cozy and inviting with lots of winter lights and coffee shops to visit. Ice skating in the centre, snow skiing on the fringes, Oslo has lots of winter activities to enjoy.
After breakfast enjoy a free day in Oslo. We recommend a trip out to the island of Bygdøy to see the Viking Ship Museum and the Folklore Museum. Thereafter walk through the Vigeland Statue Park, before heading up to Holmenkollen and Frognerseteren to enjoy panoramic view of Oslo and the fjord beyond.
In the afternoon we recommend a walk through the city centre to view the Parliament, the Castle and the Harbour area, which is well worth it. The new Oslo Opera just nearby the hotel is a must see, and you may even book tickets for a concert if this is on.
We have included an Oslo Card valid for 24 hours. The easiest way to appreciate Oslo is by using this card with free entrance to museums and free public transportation.
In the morning make your way to the Oslo airport, Gardermn for a 2-hour flight to Kirkenes.
Upon arrival in Kirkenes, in the early afternoon make your own way to the hotel in the centre for the city for check in.
In the morning make your way to the pier and board the Hurtigruten ship for an overnight voyage over the top of Norway rounding the North Cape and the beautiful North Norwegian coast. Ports visited today: Mehamn, Kjøllefjord, Honningsvåg, Havøysund, Hammerfest, Øksfjord, Skjervøy, Tromsø.
In the middle of the night, you will dock at Mehamn, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe's most extreme and exciting natural areas during winter time.
At Honningsvåg you can join an excursion that features breakfast at North Cape and the discovery of hidden parts of Finnmark along the way between May and October. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an 'energy coffee' and short introduction to Melkøya - the world´s northernmost natural gas terminal'. Hammerfest was founded in 1789, and over time became Norway's polar capital, serving as a base for hunting expeditions into the High Arctic. Here you can see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise geographic measurement of the globe. In winter, you can also join a mini-mountain expedition to experience the Arctic outdoors and learn about local polar hero and cook, Adolf Henrik Lindstrøm.
Continuing south to Øksfjord, in winter, the crew will teach you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, you will arrive at the old trading post of Skjervøy and depart the ship. Transfer to Lyngen Lodge, your base in the Lyngen Alps.
Lyngen Lodge sits in a natural forest clearing above a fjord with a striking mountain backdrop. High in the Arctic Circle, it's as remote a spot as you could hope to find, in Europe at least. It is a place to enjoy nature, dogsledding, skiing and other snow activities. Or you can just laze around with breathtaking views across the fjord and the Alps. And, if you're there from November to March, you can gasp at the Northern Lights.
Co-owner Graham Austick, who grew up in the north of England before defecting to St Anton to become a ski instructor and mountain guide, spotted the site when hiking through a nearby forest. He wanted to create a place which complemented rather than offended the nature around it, so he used a traditional Norwegian "lafting" pine timber frame with a thick grass roof, which also insulates the property. For the skiing enthusiasts, fast boats transport you direct to the snow, where you can ski down from spectacular summits to snow-covered beaches – potentially basking in the midnight sun if you're there in May.
Optional activities on offer:
You have two or three full days here to enjoy the beauty of Lyngen Lodge. Skiing, snowshing, gazing at the Northern Lights... whatever is your pleasure.
Your lodge sits in a natural forest clearing above a fjord with a striking mountain backdrop. High in the Arctic Circle, it's as remote a spot as you could hope to find. It is a place to enjoy nature, dogsledding, snowmobiling and other snow activities. Or you can just laze around with breathtaking views across the fjord and the Alps.
After breakfast the owners of the lodge will transfer you by road to Tromsø, where you have the rest of the day free to explore the city. Tromsø is the main town in northern Norway and home to the Polar Institute, which is Norway’s national institution for polar research. The Polar Museum, also located in Tromsø, is well worth a visit. Another great morning activity is taking the cable car up the mountains above Tromsø to go for a walk to enjoy the views.
Tromsø is a charming and intimate old town with the largest number of wooden houses in Norway - the oldest one from 1789. The landmark of Tromsø is the Arctic Cathedral (Ishavskatedralen), which stands tall and proud on the mainland at the bridgehead going out to the island on which Tromsø is situated.
The Clarion Collection With includes a small evening buffet in the lobby each evening.
In the morning you will make your way to the port and board the express service along the coast south to Harstad. On arrival in Harstad in the morning you will be picked up by our friends for a 3-4 hour drive through winter landscapes to Björkliden in Sweden. Upon arrival check in at Björkliden Fjällby.
Björkliden, in the middle of the Aurora zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. With its fresh, clean air and its practically permanent cloud-free sky the prerequisites in Björkliden are optimal. More or less active Northern Lights can be seen almost every night, however, can never be guaranteed.
In the evening you are transferred to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko. You take the ski lift up the mountain to see the Northern Lights and view the exhibition. Included is also an exclusive Nordic dinner at the Aurora Sky Station this evening. The excursion includes warm clothes, ticket, warm drink and biscuits.
The morning is free in Björkliden to enjoy the winter landscape, or just to laze around and enjoy the warmth of the Scandinavian indoors in winter.
The day is free in Björkliden to enjoy optional activities such as snowmobiling, ice climbing, dogsledding or skiing.
In the morning walk to the train station for a 1-hour train ride to Kiruna. On arrival in Kiruna you are transferred to the village of Jukkasjärvi, where the ICEHOTEL is situated.
At ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi you can choose between several different types of accommodation. The ideal is to combine one cold night in ICEHOTEL with a warm night in the hotel. Inside ICEHOTEL, the temperature is never colder than -5 °C to -8 °C, regardless of how cold it may be outside. Dress in warm thermal underwear, put on a hat and slip into the cozy sleeping bag. You are awakened in the morning with a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. The Ice rooms are comfortably furnished with furniture made from ice. Unique artwork decorates the rooms. You sleep in a thermal sleeping bag on a special bed built of snow and ice, on reindeer skins.
Breakfast buffet, morning sauna and towels are included in your stay.
Dinner is served a-la-carte in the ICEHOTEL Restaurant. A table reservation is made, but you pay this direct. Enjoy your 4-course degustation menu served on ice. Be sure to enjoy a drink in the ICEBAR afterwards and perhaps a dance on the ice disco floor.
NOTE: Please talk to our Destination Specialists about upgrading to an ART Suite at the ICEHOTEL.
In the morning you are woken with a nice glass of lingon berry juice before you can enjoy a hot sauna. The rest of the morning is free to enjoy the ICEHOTEL and its surrounding area.
Today we have organised an excursion where you get an insight in a dog musher's exciting everyday life. The journey will take you by dog sled through the snow covered, arctic landscape to a wilderness camp far from the civilisation. While the dogs rest and drink in order to cope with the rest of this exciting journey you will be served a generous lunch in a traditional manner with local ingredients. Throughout the journey your experienced guide will answer all your questions about dogs, equipment, expeditions and competitions. The tour departs at 11:00 am and lasts for about 4 to 4.5 hours (approx. 25-30 km).
In the evening (7 pm-11 pm) we depart on a guided snowmobile excursion (2 persons per snowmobile, additional cost if you wish to drive your own) in search of the Northern Lights. During the excursion, trained guides will tell you truths and tales about the mythical celestial phenomenon. A two-course dinner with local ingredients served in a wilderness camp is included (in a warm room). Also includes; safety instruction, dinner, guide, information about the Northern lights. Approx. 1 hour stop at a camp and 3 h snowmobile driving. The tour starts/stops at ICEHOTEL.
Enjoy a free morning at the ICEHOTEL. In the mid morning transfer to the airport for your flight south to Stockholm (approx. 2 hours). On arrival at Stockholm airport make your own way to hotel. Afternoon/evening free in Stockholm.
Stockholm is built on 14 islands all part of an archipelago. Sweden's Capital is charming, vibrant and surrounded by beauty and water - hence its nickname, Venice of the North! Stockholm offers interesting museums and castles; the city offers a warm atmosphere and the old town, charming small alley ways boasting several famous restaurants.
The day is free to enjoy Stockholm, and you can spend it for a stroll through the Swedish capital, and/or join an optional city tour of Stockholm visiting the Royal Palace, the Parliament Buildings and the Old Town (Gamla Stan), with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops.
There are many great guided walks to do in Stockholm - ABBA walking tour, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, ghost walks, Viking walks and even a walk that guides you to the best places to take photos. Let us know if any of these whet your fancy.
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