Northern Spirits – Chasing Aurora Borealis

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6 Days of touring and arctic activities

$6495 USD

per person based on double occupancy

2021 Dates:

February 4 – 9

February 9 – 14

February 14 – 19

Deposit: $2000  Meeting Place: Tromso, Norway or Stockholm, Sweden  Age Range: 13-80

Of all the natural phenomena, the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, might be the most fascinating. When the night sky fills with green rays of light in a magical dance, which feels close enough to touch, yet so infinitely distant, you quickly lose the sense of time and place. Experiencing the Northern Lights for the first time is something you will remember for the rest of your life.

Join ROAM on this inaugural Nordic Adventure in search of the Aurora Borealis. This unique program explores Norway, Finland and Sweden in one unparalleled week of adventures and travels to remote locations away from the bright lights of the cities. While chasing the Northern lights is an integral part to this adventure, so too are the incredible activities. Try your hand at dog sledding, embark on a snowmobile safari, or ice fishing while immersing yourself the ways of the Sami culture. Sleep in a treehouse and a hotel made completely of ice. Sample whisky from the world’s most northern distillery. This magical adventure is one you’ll be sure to remember!

 


 

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Explore Lapland in all her glory, spanning Norway, Finland and Sweden in just one week
  • Visit Tromso, the cultural capital of Norway’s north high above the Arctic Circle
  • Wine & dine and enjoy Tromso’s legendary nightlife
  • Watch the Northern Lights at every opportunity throughout the trip
  • Explore Norway’s Lyngen Alps, sample whisky from the world’s most northern distillery
  • Stay at Sweden’s famous Ice Hotel and spend one night on a bed of ice, with reindeer skins and a very warm sleeping bag!
  • Stay in the warm Kamos Guest Suites, resting up for your non-stop adventures chasing the Aurora Borealis
  • Learn how to mush and control your own dog sled
  • Skate, sled, X-country ski, snowmobile or ice fish
  • Immerse yourself in Sami culture
  • Sleep in Tree House Overlooking the Lule River

 

What’s Included:

  • Experienced professional guides
  • Chartered transportation between destinations
  • Expedition equipment
  • All meals and accommodations
  • Taxes and permits

 


What to Expect on the Northern Lights Adventure

Sample Itinerary

We operate this adventure in both directions, Norway to Sweden or Sweden to Norway. Check with our office to get the appropriate start and finish point for your tour. We pride ourselves in running a relaxed and flexible schedule. The itinerary is subject to change as it is dependent on weather and participants’ ability. Our daily distances can fluctuate depending on weather, activities, and National Park notices. The following is a sample of what your trip might be like:

Day One

Our journey begins in the city of Tromso in northern Norway. Situated above the Arctic Circle, surrounded by steep mountains and beautiful fjords, it’s the perfect indoctrination to our week of adventure. Tromso is right in the middle of the planet’s Northern Lights belt, so any flare of solar storms on the surface of the sun will be spotted here.

A ROAM representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our deluxe waterfront hotel for welcome drinks and the first of many culinary delights. For those arriving early, Tromso is the North’s major cultural hub with lots of interesting activities close by. The city’s historic centre, Tromso Island, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses and a sky line dominated by the distinctive peaked-roof and soaring stained-glass windows of the Arctic Cathedral.

Overnight Tromso: The Edge

Day Two

After a delicious breakfast, we will take a scenic ride to the Lyngen Alps for a night in the fjords and a visit to the world’s most northern whisky distillery, Aurora Spirits. Built on an abandoned NATO Base, the distillery is a phenomenon of its own. We’ll be guided through the process of distilling various types of spirits such as vodka, aquavit and gin but the main focus will be on whisky. You’ll get a glimpse into the mysterious past of Viking age drinking customs and learn about hi-tech alcohol production on the top of the world. You will see, feel and smell Arctic ingredients all used in their production. After dinner, and far away from light pollution, we’ll bunk down to experience the north-Norwegian elements in warm and cozy waterfront cabins featuring gorgeous fjord views. With floor to ceiling windows, you will go to bed and wake up to spectacular scenery.

Overnight Aurora Fjords: Cabins

Days Three & Four

After breakfast, we‘ll take scenic transfer from Norway into Finland to enjoy a traditional lunch, with our final destination being the Ice Hotel in Sweden. Here, we will spend two glorious nights so if sleeping in a room and bed made out of ice is not enough of a frosty “bucket list” experience, there’s a plethora of other activities to explore this wintery landscape both day and night. Hunt the northern lights by snowmobile, horseback ride on a moose safari, learn to carve ice sculptures with the Ice Hotel’s resident artists, cross country ski (lessons and gear included) or learn how to run your own team of huskies on a dog sledding lesson. Get a massage, visit the Ice Bar and then indulge in great food as ROAM has organized two outrageous and special dining events during our stay!

Overnight Kiruna: Ice Hotel

Day Five

Today, we will take a scenic train ride from Kiruna to Boden and a 30-minute shuttle to the incredible Tree Hotel, where we will check you into your “one-of-a-kind” tree house. Suspended 4-10 metres above the ground, the tree rooms are accessible by ramp, bridge, or electric stairs. From each unit, you can see and hear the Lule river’s powerful yet sublime waters flowing nearby. Otherwise there is only the sound of silence and your thoughts, or the conversations you have with your loved ones and friends. Once settled, we have a variety of activities ranging from sledding, sliding, skating and snowmobiling to guided night safaris or photography classes. Tonight, we’ll have a gourmet dinner as our grand finale to an incredible week of Scandinavian adventure and to toast the magical Northern Lights!

Overnight Hardas: Tree Hotel

Day Six

After breakfast we’ll transfer you approximately 1hour to the Lulea Airport for flights to Stockholm, where you can connect for flights home or other adventures in Scandinavia.

 


Accommodations

 

Tree Hotel

Located in Harads, a quaint village with a population of just 600 people, the Tree House Hotel is situated in tall pine forest with spectacular views of the Lule River. The tree rooms are found on a sunny southern ridge after a short journey on foot from the reception and into the mystical forest. All of the Tree Hotel tree rooms have: incinerating toilet, electricity, underfloor heating, air conditioning, coffee maker and kettle, fresh drinking water, refrigerators and WiFi. Dragonfly and The 7th Room also have their own showers.

Ice Hotel

This is the world’s first and largest hotel built out of snow and ice. Every year, for the last three decades, the hotel is reincarnated in a new rendition of stunning art and workmanship. Each winter, talented artists carve new building and art out of ice and for five months, select guests from all over the world experience it first hand before it melts in spring, returning the water to the Torne River. One of our two nights here will be spent in a room and bed carved entirely out of ice. Guests are provided all the necessary equipment to be very comfortable during this superlative event experience.

Kaamos Suites

The other night in Kiruna will be spent in a warm and comfortable suite made of natural materials. The interiors are complemented by organic shades of white, grey and brown, complete with en suites, and overlook a spruce and birch grove.

Aurora Fjords Cabins

Located on the waterfront of a spectacular fjord and surrounded by mountains, all of the cabins are facing the fjord with expansive views. The cabins have floor to ceiling windows to capture the views and are walking distance to the distillery or wonderful hiking trails.

The Edge

Clarion Hotel The Edge is a luxurious 4-star property conveniently located near the centre of Tromso. Large waterfront rooms are complimented by an upbeat lobby and restaurant, 24-hour gym, and proximity to local tourist attractions such as Art Museum of Northern Norway and Tromso Cathedral (Tromso Domkirke). Also, easily within reach are Mack Brewery, Polar Museum and Polaria.


About the Northern Lights

Like with many natural phenomena, the Northern Lights are changeable and unpredictable: When and where you can experience them is a question that all aurora lovers and chasers want to know. Turning your dream of seeing the Northern Lights into reality requires a combination of knowledge, time and patience.