Huskies and the Northern Lights

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Visiting: Norway, Sweden


Tour Operator: Rail Discoveries


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Tour Overview

Explore the mysterious Arctic and discover the magic of Norway and Sweden as husky dogs lead you through the snow, you chase the incomparable Northern Lights, and ride the most northerly railway in the world.

Highlights

  • iconTour Kiruna’s annual Ice Hotel and enjoy a drink in the ice bar
  • iconJourney on the Ofoten Railway through the frozen landscapes of Lapland and Sweden
  • iconVisit a Swedish husky camp and enjoy a sleigh ride through the snow
  • iconChase the Northern Lights with local experts, enjoying at least three chances to get a sighting

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 - London & Tromsø

Your journey begins at London Heathrow, as you meet your Tour Manager ahead of your flight to Oslo. In the Norwegian capital, connect with your onward flight to Tromsø. Situated in the Arctic Circle, Tromsø stands on its own forest-covered island and is known as the 'polar capital of Norway'.

At this time of the year, the attractive city is characterised by its polar nights, where the sun only briefly breaks over the horizon. After transferring to your hotel for two nights, you're free to begin your explorations.

icon Day 2 - Tromsø & Sami experience

Discover more of Tromsø on this morning's guided tour and visit the Arctic Cathedral, Polaria Museum and the charming Polar Museum. Housed in the city's former Customs House on the quayside, it tells the story of numerous polar expeditions that took place from Tromsø, as well as giving an insight into the hardy wildlife that populates this region.

This evening, enjoy an authentic and fascinating Sami experience in a nearby village, learning about the lives and culture of Scandinavia's indigenous people. During your visit meet reindeer before a wilderness dinner in a 'lavvu' tent. While you eat, you're regaled with local folk tales.

Then, you spread out around the campfire to try and view the captivating Northern Lights - the world's most spectacular natural phenomenon. Officially called Aurora Borealis, seeing this magical dance across the night sky is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

icon Day 3 - Narvik

Drive to Narvik, a journey filled with Norway's dramatic scenery as you travel down steep valleys to the striking fjords below. On arrival, enjoy a free afternoon in Narvik. Perhaps make your way to the Red Cross War Memorial Museum, which documents the occupation of the city in WWII and the bitter air and sea battles that took place. The Ofoten Museum is also worth a visit, featuring exhibits documenting the life of the Narvik population over the previous centuries.

This evening, you embark on a drive by coach with a local guide to try and track down the Northern Lights again.

icon Day 4 - The Ofoten Railway

Enjoy a wonderful journey on the Ofoten Railway, also known as the Arctic Circle Express. This line, which at the time of construction was the most northern railway in the world, travels through the wild, beautiful landscapes of Lapland, passing breathtaking mountains, crossing barren plateaus, and traversing steep mountainsides as it approaches Sweden.

On arrival in Kiruna, check into your hotel for a two-night stay and enjoy an afternoon to explore. The Kiruna Church, built in 1912, is particularly impressive and is one of Sweden's largest wooden buildings.

icon Day 5 - Husky safari & Ice Hotel

Travel to a nearby husky camp for an informative tour of the kennels and a thrilling husky-hauled sled journey through the snow-covered countryside.

This afternoon, make a visit to Kiruna's famous Ice Hotel, the first and largest hotel made of ice and snow in the world. There have been 29 versions of this building since its first iteration in 1990 as it needs to be re-constructed at the beginning of each cold season. Enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular frozen structure followed by a drink in the ice bar. Here, everything, including the glasses, is made from ice.

Tonight, attempt to spot the Northern Lights once again. The countryside around Kiruna is one of the world's best places to get a sighting, so hopefully a clear night will permit a good show.

icon Day 6 - Kiruna & London

Bid Kiruna farewell as you transfer to the airport, flying via Stockholm to London Heathrow, where your holiday comes to an end.

What's Included

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    Flights from London Heathrow to Tromsø, via Oslo, and from Kiruna to London Heathrow via Stockholm

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    Standard Class Rail

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    Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish

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    Heritage Rail Excursion

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    3-4* Accommodation

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    All rail and coach travel throughout your tour

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    5 nights’ hotel accommodation

Accommodation

  • Scandic Ferrum, Kiruna
  • Thon Hotel Narvik, Narvik
  • Clarion Edge, Tromsø
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