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6 days - Celebrate Christmas under the Northern Lights.
High above the Arctic Circle of Northern Norway, Lyngen Lodge is an exclusive luxury lodge with top quality cuisine and a fantastic location above the Lyngen Fjord. This is where the mountains meet the fjords and un-spoilt nature lies at the doorstep.
Lyngen Lodge caters for 18 guests in 8 en-suite twin and double bedrooms with triple and single options. The lodge provides full board accommodation and amenities include a fully licensed bar (drinks not included), dining room, lounge stua with large open fireplace, library/seminar room, sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi.
We have a small group at Lyngen Lodge for this exclusive Christmas program, and packed it full of adventures, relaxation, hearty local cuisine, fishing, dog sledding, Christmas traditions and if nature permits; the spectacle of the Northern Lights. Join us for a Christmas celebration to remember.
- Day 1
- 23 Dec: Arrive at Lyngen Lodge - wander onto the decks at night to search for the Northern Lights
- Day 2
- 24 Dec: Christmas Eve - Dogsledding in the Lyngsfjord region & Christmas dinner
- Day 3
- 25 Dec: Christmas Day at the Lodge - choice of X-country skiing, snow shoeing or being lazy in the Jacuzzi.
- Day 4
- 26 Dec: Sea Safari or Snowshoeing
- Day 5
- 27 Dec: Snowmobiles & Ice Fishing
- Day 6
- 28 Dec: Departure day
- Start/End Place
- Tromsø, Norway
- Country Visited
- 6 Days
Return transfers Tromsø/Skjervøy to Lyngen Lodge
- All accommodation in a shared double/twin room, single supplement available
- Full board at Lyngen Lodge from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 6 (drinks and alcohol is not included)
- Return transfers Tromsø/Skjervøy to Lyngen Lodge
- All activities as described
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
International flight tickets, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature & helicopter skiing (naturally).
Today is arrival day, and a transfer is included from Tromsø (2.5 hours) or Skjervøy (30 mins). Check in, relax and get to know your fellow travellers over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner of local produce.
Lyngen Lodge is located in secluded woodland above the Lyngen Fjord, quoted by guests as "the most dramatic and spectacular coastal scenery ever seen" here the mountains meet the fjords and the unspoilt nature simply awaits to entertain you.
Lyngen Lodge caters for 18 guests in 8 en-suite twin and double bedrooms with triple and single options. The lodge provides full board accommodation and amenities include a fully licensed bar, dining room, lounge stua with large open fireplace, library/seminar room, sauna and outdoor jacuzzi.
Traditionally constructed from Norwegian "lafting" pine timber frame in close partnership with the environment, geothermic heating provides the warmth while a thick grass roof provides insulation. The interior wears shades of pastel colours and furnishings chosen to compliment the surrounding natural environment. Large panoramic windows in the centre of the lodge provide guests with commanding views over the spectacular Lyngen Alps; while the large open stone fire place creates a relaxed, peaceful and welcoming atmosphere.
Catering and hosting is of the highest standards with fine local produce being prepared by in house chefs resulting in delicious cuisine with a focus on Norwegian coastal culture.
Today, you will have the opportunity to mush your own team of 8 dogs under the full guidance and instruction of our professional sled guides. Alternatively you can sit in the sled, be driven and simply sit back and enjoy the experience.
The sleds hold one musher and one passenger; the dogs are friendly, nimble and extremely strong. The sleds comfort and manoeuvrability ensuring a magical day.
Our dog sledding venue is located in a peaceful wilderness, combining pine forests, open tundra and high mountains. Before the tour begins you'll meet the dogs, help prepare the sleds and be briefed on safety. Lunch will be served en route, outdoors over an open fire under the impressive and dramatic mountain scenery truly unique to Northern Norway.
This evening you will enjoy a Christmas Dinner to celebrate Christmas Eve together with the other guests. If nature permits; wander onto the decks to experience the Christmas magic under the spectacles of the Northern Lights.
This day is free at the lodge. You may just relax in the Jacuzzi or go cross country skiing or snow shoeing. The day is yours.
Activities this day are optional (not included).
Today's program depends on the weather conditions. If the conditions are good we will join a Sea Safari on the Lyngen Fjord. If the conditions are not suitable, we will go snowshoeing and enjoy the views from high above the fjord instead.
Aboard the Spirit of Lyngen boat you will head north on a sea journey to visit the historic “Stock Fish” port of Havnnes, while passing the Spakenes nature reserve we may spot whales and sea eagles. Crossing the fjord to the east side the boat leads you under the gigantic cliffs of the Lyngen Alps and here you’ll drop a line for some deep sea fishing and perhaps catch a cod or a halibut for dinner.
Snowshoeing is the perfect way to walk and gain access to the snow covered forests and mountains directly behind the lodge. There are numerous walks that lead to wonderful view points high above the Lyngen Fjord. After learning the simple techniques, you will be lead on a historical and natural journey that provides deeper appreciation to this spectacular region.
NOTE: Winter Sea Safari (with deep sea fishing) is subject to the weather conditions on the fjord. It is offered only when favourable conditions can be guaranteed while at the lodge.
In the morning we jump on snowmobiles to reach the high frozen mountain lakes of the Rotsund. Once on the lake you will learn to drill ice holes through the thick ice and fish for large mountain trout and cook them over an open fire inside a large tipi style tent.
The afternoon is free at the lodge.
Optional Add Ons
In the midmorning, after a traditional Norwegian breakfast, say good-bye and continue to your next destination. We will transfer you back to Tromsø, the airport or to Skjervøy if you are continuing on a Hurtigruten voyage.
Dates & Prices
All prices listed are per person. Early indicative price & date for 2018.
28 Dec 2017
28 Dec 2017
28 Dec 2018
28 Dec 2018
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Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
Practical budgeting information before your departure to Norway
Norway has a few items that typically surprise travellers when visiting Norway for the first time. Alcohol and luxury items are heavily taxed and therefore prices are higher than you would expect. On the other hand, necessities such as bread and milk, are taxed low and therefore are great value.
We recommend that you bring all the alcohol you’re allowed to bring into the country when you arrive. There are many lovely parks and balconies where you can enjoy your duty free. However, be sure not to bring more than you’re allowed!
As of May 2014, the allowances according to Visit Norway are:
Minimum age: 18/ 20*
1 litre of beverages with more than 22% up to and including 60% alcohol per volume as well as 1½ litre with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume or three litres with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume
2 litres of beer with more than 2.5 % or other beverages with more than 2.5% up to and including 4.7% alcohol per volume.
This means that you may for example bring with you five litres of beer provided you do not have any other alcoholic beverages with you.
*For importing alcoholic beverages with more than 22% alcohol per volume the minimum age is 20.
It’s illegal to bring extra alcohol into Norway and can end up costing you. Another thing you should bring and not buy in Norway is razor blades. Good razor blades in Norway are expensive.
Practical Information for travelling and packing for Scandinavian Winter
- Warm wind and water proof jacket and trousers large enough to fit thick woollen jumper/clothing underneath
- Rain trousers – waterproof and breathable material
- Warm windproof cap/hat
- Warm gloves or mittens. Mittens where all fingers except the thumb are together are often warmer than gloves.
- Windproof gloves or mittens, which you can pull over the warm gloves
- Warm scarf
- 2 pairs of long woollen underwear (Merino wool in a few different thicknesses is perfect)
- 1-2 warm woollen jumper(s), or one jumper and a warm fleece
- Woollen or fleece trousers
- 2-3 pairs of warm woollen socks
- Warm & sturdy footwear with good grip
- Clothes for indoors, i.e. a shirt, T-shirts and jeans or cotton trousers
- Back pack for day trips (approx. 30 litre)
- Light footwear/trainers (mainly for indoors)
- Sun screen & Lip salve (the sun reflects off the snow and the air is dry)
- Hand warmers
- Nordic Grip anti-slip soles for walking on ice
- Personal medication
- Water bottle - thermo, or include a cover to keep warm (or you can stick it into a warm sock)
- Travel documents (including insurance)
- Photo ID
- Note book and pencil
- Camera, memory cards and charger
- Chargers for other gadgets
- Extra batteries for your cameras as they are used fast in cold conditions.