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6 days - Independent tour, visiting Tromsø and new boutique Cahkal hotel in Finland

Join a special independent Northern Lights tour 400 kilometres above Arctic Circle in Kilpisjärvi. This is a relaxed luxurious winter holiday in a totally unique and pure arctic wilderness setting at the new boutique hotel Cahkal.

As well as snowmobiling, reindeer experience and a Northern Lights cruise, sit back in a traditional Finnish Sauna experience. Finish the trip in the Arctic capital, Tromsø.

Highlights include

  • Stay at the boutique hotel Cahkal, Finland
  • The aurora borealis is the best lightshow on Earth, so stay up late to see the Northern sky dance with green light
Day 1
Arrive in Tromsø and transfer to Kilpisjärvi
Day 2
Snowmobiling Tour to the border of Finland, Sweden, Norway and an evening Reindeer Farm Visit.
Day 3
Wilderness and sauna experience
Day 4
Travel to Tromsø - the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone
Day 5
Private Guided walk in Tromsø with polar museum and Northern Lights Cruise
Day 6
Departure this morning in Tromsø
Start/End Place
Tromsø, Norway
Destinations Visited
Norway
Finland
Duration
6 Days
Type
Self Guided
Code
50DN1095

Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

Details

Transportation

Private transfers Tromsø - Kilpisjärvi - Tromsø

Included
  • All accommodation in a shared double/twin room, single supplement available
  • 3 nights at boutique hotel Cahkal
  • 2 nights standard room in Tromsø
  • Daily breakfast, 3 dinners and 2 lunches
  • Snowmobile Experience
  • Reindeer Experience
  • Snowshoe Experience
  • Sauna Experience
    ( If the Cahkal activities don't match your days, choose freely from the weekly programme)
  • Tromsø city walk
  • Northern Lights Cruise
  • All transport between destinations
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fees
Not Included
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Gratuities and items of personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Portage is not included - you will be responsible for carrying all your luggage.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Tromsø and transfer to Kilpisjärvi

Arrive Tromsø and transfer to Kilpisjärvi. The place is located just over 2.5 hours, 160 km from Tromsø and is the very northwesternmost point of Finland, near the Arctic Ocean. Here you will stay at boutique hotel Cahkal for the next 3 nights.

Relax with the mountain views from your stylish room before enjoying a 3-course dinner at the accommodation restaurant, Aika.

Meals
1 Dinner

Day 2 - Snowmobiling Tour to the border of Finland, Sweden, Norway and an evening Reindeer Farm Visit.

After breakfast, experience the surrounding nature and views and learn to drive snowmobile while sightseeing the snowy mountains and lakes. The tour will introduce you to the sights around Kilpisjärvi village and takes you to a tundra lake surrounded by the mighty Saana and Jehkas mountains. The tour will make stop at the three country cairn, at the border of Finland, Sweden and Norway. This visit is in top 3 on many visitors bucket list.

Head back to the hotel for a 3-course lunch and enjoy some free time in the afternoon.

In the evening you can join the Visit to the Local Reindeer Farm - where a local reindeer herder talks about their livelihood by an open fire. You will also get to feed the reindeers and take photos for memories. Afterwards he will take you on a ride with the reindeer sledge.

A 3-course dinner will be serves at the accommodation restaurant, Aika.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 3 - Wilderness and sauna experience

After breakfast,  Experience Käsivarsi- wilderness area with experienced local guides. Start the journey from the hotel with snowmobile pulled sleigh and head into deep wilderness area. After reaching the destination, conquer one of the majestic mountains by snowshoes. During the experience enjoy tasty hot lunch.

After spending the day outside it’s perfect time to enjoy the Sauna Experience, relax in the steam. The large window of the steam room lets you admire the astonishing Saana mountain. Cool off on the terrace and enjoy the view while listening to the calming sound of the Cahkal River.

Finish the day with a delicious dinner at AIKA Restaurant.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
1 Dinner

Day 4 - Travel to Tromsø - the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone

After breakfast, board your transfer and travel to Tromsø, 2.5 hours north across the Norwegian border. Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic and one of the best and most cosmopolitan places to observe the spectacle that is called the Northern Lights.

Tromsø is located in the middle of the Aurora Borealis zone, and following the planet’s rotation, Tromsø moves into the aurora zone from 6pm to midnight.

Meals
1 Breakfast

Day 5 - Private Guided walk in Tromsø with polar museum and Northern Lights Cruise

After breakfast, you are met by our private guide at your hotel and brought outdoors on a historical and cultural city walk through Tromsø city. During this walk you visit the Polar Museum with your guide. This museum contains the history of the Arctic explorers Amundsen, Nansen and Scott. The walk ends at the Polaria aquarium and environmental centre.

The rest of the day is free to wander around in this Arctic capital - if it is a bit fresh outside, explore the lovely cafes & galleries.

In the evening, set off on an adventure into the total darkness of the Arctic fjords and Polar nights. Depart Tromsø and set sail for the direction where the clearest weather conditions for the night has been predicted. This can be north towards the areas of Kvaløyvågen or south to Ramfjorden or west along the southern part of Kvaløya island. The captain and crew will work together and keep their eyes out for clear skies or a gap in the cloud layer. While you wait for the northern lights to appear, you can stay warm and comfortable in our heated lounges. Grab a beverage and a snackcfrom the cafe.

Throughout the evening the guides will share their knowledge and personal stories of the Northern Lights. From mythical stories from around the world to the scientific explanation of the Northern Lights. Some nights she shines bright in the sky and dances with different colours, while on other nights she's a bit shy and is only faintly visible or not visible at all. The guides can help you take pictures during the tour.

Meals
1 Breakfast

Day 6 - Departure this morning in Tromsø

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart Tromsø.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Please note all prices are per person in double/twin share.

For Christmas period 23-28 Dec 2023 please see Christmas in the Arctic

Dates
Start Date
End Date
From Price
Status
Accommodation
1 Dec 2023
22 Dec 2023
1 Dec 2023
22 Dec 2023
AUD 7,057
On request
Standard
29 Dec 2023
3 Jan 2024
29 Dec 2023
3 Jan 2024
AUD 7,652
On request
Standard
4 Jan 2024
5 May 2024
4 Jan 2024
5 May 2024
AUD 7,057
On request
Standard

Important Information

Activities are subject to change due to updated schedules and weather.

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL:

Light pollution affects the ecosystem and among other things, it disrupts the ability of birds to navigate by moonlight and starlight, and the ability of nocturnal animals to hide from predators. As such they utilize as much natural light as possible, and only keep the lights on when they are needed. Customers are encouraged to do the same – this way marvelling the northern sky becomes easier.

Cahkal Hotel uses geothermal heating and solar panels (make sense in summer when the sun does not set). It is totally built of wood, a sustainable material in Lapland. Cahkal Hotel’s AIKA restaurant uses local ingredients as much as possible, including white fish from the nearby lakes (fished by the local fisherman), reindeer meat from the local herder (the one you meet) and wild berries from the surrounding wilderness.

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