Pack your warmest winter clothes and head to the far north to experience the beauty and mystery of the Northern Lights and the snowy communities that bear them witness. Spend your days frolicking in the snow and your nights hunting the aurora borealis from towns and fjords.

Highlights

  • Hunt the aurora borealis across towns and fjords
  • Snowshoe through the powdery white north
  • Try a sample at the world's northernmost distillery
  • Visit a reindeer farm in Kilpisjärvi 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Tromsø Tromsø
Day 2 Huskies and northern lights Kilpisjärvi
Day 3 Reindeer farm visit and aurora night Kilpisjärvi
Day 4 Snowshoeing and northern lights Kilpisjärvi
Day 5 Northernmost distillery and Tromsø Tromsø
Day 6 Departure day  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Tromsø

Snow-dusted Tromsø
Snow-dusted Tromsø

Welcome to Tromsø - one of the most vibrant cities above the Arctic Circle, known for its old historic center (located on an island) full of old timbered houses. Arrive before dinner and enjoy a traditional meal before heading out to search for the northern lights if skies are clear. 

Day 2: Huskies and Northern Lights

Dogsledding in Northern Norway
Dogsledding in Northern Norway

Rise early, dress warmly, and make your way to a series of trails where your team of huskies waits to mush your dog sled through the snow. Before you launch, an experienced musher will teach you how to drive. Then you're off - sledding 6 - 7.5 miles (10 - 12 km) through the powdery white north.

Circle back for a warm meal at a traditional kota (Finnish shelter) before driving to Kilpisjärvi. This small village on the border of Finland, Sweden, and Norway is known for its landscapes and northern lights. Arrive in time for dinner, a talk about the science behind the northern lights, and instructions on how to best capture them by camera before bundling up and heading out into the night to hunt them.

Day 3: Reindeer farm visit and another aurora night

Capturing the Northern Lights
Capturing the Northern Lights

Spend your first full day in Kilpisjärvi visiting a reindeer farm. Stop by during feeding time and help the farmers feed these unique, beautiful northern animals before enjoying a hearty lunch with the farm family and a chance to ask questions about their lives and work.

After dinner, it's time to head out again in search of the aurora. Some nights, the hunt may take you into Norway, to its towering fjords. Other nights, you'll stay close to the village. Sometimes you'll don your snowshoes and make your way off the road. It all depends on where the lights are most likely to appear (don't worry - your guide will know). 

Day 4: Snowshoeing and Northern Lights

Snowshoeing above Kilpisjärvi 
Snowshoeing above Kilpisjärvi 

On day four, get ready for an adventure: snowshoeing to a scenic location above the village. Expect sweeping views of Finland, Sweden, and Norway (don't forget your camera) and about 3 - 4 hours of trekking through snow. Afterward, if you're still feeling adventurous, take an optional snowmobile tour to Kilpisjärvi Lake and the three-countries-border - said to be the most peaceful border in the world. There are no border guards or passport controls here. You can go freely from one Scandinavian country to another (all over the course of a few minutes). The drive back is a scenic one surrounded by Swedish Fells and the Malla Strict Nature Reserve.

Day 5: Northernmost distillery and Tromsø

Tromsø
Tromsø

Pack your bags and hit the road again. Today you're heading to the northernmost distillery in the world - a place where you’ll get a glimpse into the mysterious past of Viking-age drinking customs, moonshine-making practices in Northern Norway, and hi-tech alcohol production on top of the world. After the tour, grab a delicious lunch made with local produce.

Another couple of hours drive along the fjords takes you back to Tromsø city and your hotel. Arrive by early evening and spend some time exploring the interesting local museums (where you can learn about the history of local Polar expeditions) or enjoying some of the city's shopping opportunities.

Day 6: Departure

Bid the Arctic Circle farewell as you board your pre-paid taxi to the airport to fly home. Or extend your holiday in Tromsø and enjoy even more of what the north has to offer!

Map

Map of Northern Lights Trip in Norway and Lapland - 6 Days
Map of Northern Lights Trip in Norway and Lapland - 6 Days