Witness the extraordinary phenomena of the ‘Northern Lights’ from Tromsø– the self-styled ‘capital of the Arctic’. Situated in the heart of the Aurora Zone this destination offers city comforts and plenty of wilderness excursions. Join the search for the Northern Lights, steer your own husky sled, go reindeer spotting or cross mountain landscapes on a snowmobile safari.The city’s attraction’s also includes museums, award winning restaurants, the Arctic Cathedral and Fjellheisen – a cable car journey offering panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Sail around the top of the Norwegian peninsula for a special adventure. As your journey is entirely inside the Arctic Circle you maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights. Navigate the fjords of the Norwegian coast, journey to NordKapp, the most northerly point of mainland Europe, snowmobile across Arctic tundra and sleep on ice in the world’s most northerly snow hotel. Mush huskies, or fish for King Crabs, cook reindeer over an open fire in a Sami Lavvu and much more besides.
Perched at the top of the world is the SnowHotel Kirkenes. Now in its 10th year this is a firm favourite with our guests. An enthusiastic welcome starts with 110 howling huskies; the resident reindeer are a little more nonchalant, but no less friendly. You can then savour a cocktail of adventures. Catch a King Crab, Ice Fish with the experts, dash across frozen fjords or go in search of the Northern Lights, before you kick-sled your way to dinner and then retire to your snow room or designer aurora cabin.
Fly to Alta in Northern Norway and discover the intimate charm and intricate ice architecture of the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel. Alta enjoys a quieter reputation than neighbouring Tromsø, but delivers no less of a thrill. You can snowmobile across the frozen tundra, mush you own husky team, and delight in the chase for the Aurora Borealis, ‘sleep on ice’ and enjoy gourmet dining at Sorrisniva’s delectable restaurant.
The Bergensbanen is one of the great rail journeys of the world: the highest line in Europe it climbs up to 4000 feet across the barren, snow flecked Hardangervidda mountain plateau before descending through lush valleys to the coast. You can enjoy it in a single day; stop off in the mountains or take the Flam mountain spur down to the Sognefjord.