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Northern Lights & Snow Hotel

Norway

Winter adventures and northern lights hunt

This exciting 7-day tour gives you a full week of winter adventures in the remote and wild northern Norway. Enjoy the spectacular nature of the wilderness centre Camp Tamok, the scenic destinations of Tromsø and Kirkenes, as well as action-packed arctic activities like dog-sledding. You will also have a chance to stay at the famous Snow Hotel and have many opportunities to view the northern lights!

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Tromsø & Norterhn Lights Hunt

Upon arrival at Tromsø Airport, meet the driver to take a transfer to the cosy hotel in the city centre. We recommend spending the rest of the day exploring the charming city of the "capital of Northern Norway". There are many restaurants in the city centre for an early dinner to start the holiday with a taste of a true arctic meal. Overnight in Tromsø.

Day 2: Dog Sledding & Aurora Borealis

After breakfast at the hotel, spend the first half of the day at leisure in Tromsø exploring many attractions such as the Polar Museum, Arctic Cathedral and the Fjellheisen cable car. In the late afternoon, you will be taken to the wilderness centre, Camp Tamok. There you will join a thrilling dog sledding tour into the white landscapes, through an uninhabited forest landscape surrounded by majestic mountains. After the tour, you will have another opportunity to look for northern lights while enjoying dinner in a lavvu, a traditional Sami tent, at Camp Tamok, before being transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Tromsø.

Day 3: Experience Tromsø

After breakfast, explore Tromsø at your leisure today. You can choose one of the optional tours or stroll around the city. Notable city attractions include the Art Museum of Northern Norway and Polaria. For a fantastic bird’s eye view over the city, you can take a ride up the Fjellheisen cable car to Mt. Storsteinen (421 m / 1382 ft.). Another alternative is booking an optional activity such as a reindeer sledding tour. Overnight in Tromsø.

Day 4: Journey to Kirkenes

After breakfast, meet the driver and take a transfer to the airport to take a domestic flight further north to Kirkenes. Kirkenes is located about 400 km (240 miles) above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. With just over 3,000 inhabitants, including the native Sami people, this is a remote, scenic slice of Norway. Surrounded by fjords, mountains, forests and lakes, this area is a heaven for nature lovers, especially winter sport enthusiasts. On the arrival at Kirkenes meet the driver and take a transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight in Kirkenes.

Day 5: The Snow Hotel Experience

After breakfast at the hotel, spend the morning at leisure exploring Kirkenes including the Border Country Museum (Grenselandsmuseet), which tells the story of war and peace along the border, or the Andersgrotta Cave, a vast underground bunker that sheltered the town's residents during WWII. In the afternoon, meet the driver and take a transfer to the one-and-only Snow Hotel. There you will enjoy a drink at the Snow Bar and feast on a 3-course meal by the fireplace at the Høyloftet Restaurant before preparing for an amazing night in your special suite made of snow and ice*! Spend the night at the Snow Hotel. *Please note that we offer the option of choosing to stay in a private cabin instead of in an ice room at the Snow Hotel.

Day 6: The Arctic North & Kirkenes

Spend the morning warming up in the Snow Hotel’s sauna and enjoy a hearty breakfast. Visit the hotel‘s on-site friendly reindeers and meet some happy Huskies before travelling back to Kirkenes. Overnight in Kirkenes.

Day 7: Departure from the North

After breakfast, meet the driver and take a transfer to the airport in Kirkenes.

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Reindeer Sledding & Camp Tamok

You’ll start the morning with a transfer from Tromsø to Camp Tamok, where you’ll meet the reindeer herd. For the reindeer sledding, you’ll be provided with warm clothes before taking your seat in the sleigh. You will be driving in pairs with one reindeer pulling each sleigh. All you need to do is make yourself comfortable, sit back and enjoy the magical scenery. You’ll then have time to enjoy the cabins, tents and facilities at the camp. Warm-up over a bonfire in the cosy lavvo (Sami tent), where you will learn more about Sami people, their culture and history, feed the reindeer, and try the lasso-throwing method that Sami people use to catch reindeer when they are rounded up for marking. You’ll then enjoy a hot meal by the open fire of a cosy dining lavvu (Sami tent) before joining the evening dog sledding tour, as per your schedule. Please note this is a full-day program where you join both the snowmobiling tour and, as scheduled, the dog sledding & northern lights tour. Pickup in the morning is at 9:00 and you’ll return to Tromsø around 24:00 (midnight).

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What's included

Accommodation

Accommodation (3*/4*) for 5 nights

Accommodation (1 night) at the Snow Hotel in Kirkenes

Meals

Daily Breakfast except Day 1

Dinner: Day 2, Day 5

Guided tours

Northern Lights Tour in Tromsø

Dog Sledding

Transportation

Transfers to and from the Snow hotel

Domestic Flight (Tromsø to Kirkenes)

Support

Norway Travel Guide

24/7 phone support line

Not Included

Flights to/from Norway

Domestic Flight (Kirkenes to Oslo) on departure

Transfers to/from all airports

Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Personal travel insurance

Visa fees

Optional tours and activities

Personal expenses

Highlights

Watch the fascinating Aurora Borealis

Experience a dog sledding tour

Stay overnight at the Snow Hotel

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Our reviews

Andrew Weifler

Australia

I decided to use the Tour Service of the World Cup after some extensive research into the tour alternatives. These guys seemed to differentiate its tour Service by providing a more culturally based service with a healthy dose of Football and Fun. My experience was that it as well run ie they delivered on their promises. They have a health mix of local staff and Australian staff. The Russian staff had a great empathy for the challenges for us Aussies traveling in a country where you had no language skills they bridged that gap with there wonderful help. I know there are many alternative tours but this one certainly lived up to its name. I felt I discovered part of Russia but there’s plenty more to go!’ Overall just a great experience

Stacey Filrose

Australia

Me and my family just returned from an Easter break to Moscow. I found the tour very good value for money and the company's assistance with the visa application was also helpful. Reservations, payment, visa letter, and pre-departure correspondence prior to trip (via email) was prompt and well explained with no problems. Final arrangements information were detailed. We knew exactly what to expect, who will be waiting for us, time and venue to meet even with any guides with us. Transport transfers and driver were punctual.

Chris Balogh

Australia

These guys has made my World Cup dream a reality and also provided a spectecular tour of Kazan, Samara & Sochi along the way! The team who made it happen were fantastic, organised, attentive and even fulfilled requests like having window seats on all 3 of my domestic flights not to mention the smooth transportations to and from airports. If you ever want to visit FIFA World Cup, “World of Dsicoveries” is the best way to go!!!!

Alison Danesh

Iran / USA

We just returned from the World Cup in Russia where we followed Team Iran. This involved travel to three different stadiums many miles apart. Thank goodness we booked through World of Discoveries (Discovery Russia branch)! They arranged our lodging and transport. They even set us up with local English speaking guides to take us to see the interesting and historical sights of this beautiful land. We had a blast. We met new friends, ate great food, drank great vodka and cheered our team on. It was a trip of a lifetime.

Katherine Ratcliff

Australia

CENTRAL ASIA, I’LL BE BACK! Central Asia was on my bucket list for years but I was reluctant to travel alone and my partner did not want to go. I found World of Discoveries most helpful in arranging my age/gender travel companion in our small group tour in October 2019. Everything run smooth from inquiry to farewell dinner in Nur-Sultan The tour was good value for money. Most meals included and great. Lots of local experiences. Great people on tour, helpful guides. I would love to return to explore more of Uzbekistan and would love to visit Tajikistan (that was not part of the tour). Yurt experience was just amazing. Such a great scenery and heartily people.

William Watt

Australia

I am a Sydney-based journalist who travelled to the 2018 World Cup with Discovery Russia, the sister company of World of Discoveries. Following is my review of that fabulous experience ... What a trip ... the World Cup, five cities, amazing camaraderie, and great tour leadership against the background of one of the globe’s most amazing countries ... Russia. My World Cup tour with Discovery Russia was one of the great experiences of my travel life. The Discovery Russia team provided a wonderful platform with an itinerary both practical and flexible. The local tours in each of the venue cities - Moscow, Kazan, Samara, Sochi and St Petersburg were informative and, importantly, fun. Considering the accommodation pressures created by the huge influx of Cup tourists, the hotels selected by Discovery Russia were more than adequate. Special mention goes to the Grand Hotel Tchaikovsky In St Petersburg. The tour leadership provided by the company was both expert and considerate. Importantly each traveller’s individual enjoyment and safety appeared to be the paramount consideration. This World Cup holiday was meant to be a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience for me but I am now planning for the next Cup. Bring on 2022 in Qatar!

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