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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 unspoilt nature lies at the doorstep.
Lyngen Lodge caters for 16 guests in 8 ensuite twin and double bedrooms. 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, which we've packed full of adventures, relaxation, hearty local cuisine, reindeer safari, dog sledding, Christmas traditions and, if nature permits, the spectacle of the Northern Lights. Join us for a Christmas celebration to remember.
- Stay in a little piece of paradise for active travellers wishing to discover the many aspects of the beautiful surrounding nature
- Sit back in the hot tub with a glass of Prosecco, overlooking the fjord
- Enjoy the little things like heavenly soft doonas in cosy bedrooms
- Feast on Norway's finest ingredients, cod, reindeer, king crab and salmon
- 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 - snow mobile and snow shoeing
- Day 4
- 26 Dec: X - country skiing or Reindeer Sledding
- Day 5
- 27 Dec: Sea Safari out into the fjords
- Day 6
- 28 Dec: Departure day
- Start/End Place
- Tromsø, Norway tours
- Country Visited
- Norway tours
- 6 Days
- Group Size
Return transfers Tromsø 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 to Lyngen Lodge. The shared arrival transport is available for flights with arrival in Tromsø no later than 15.00 and return transfer returns to Tromsø at the latest 12.30. If there are no corresponding flights we recommend staying a night in Tromsø, and your hosts will gladly drop-off/pick-up guests at any hotel in central Tromsø. Arranging a private transfer outside of this shared transfer, particulary in winter, can be difficult and expensive.
- 4 activities as described (Dogsledding, Frozen Lakes, Sea Safari. The fourth activity is a choice between Cross country skiing or Reindeer Sledding including a Sami culture presentation)
- 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.
Day 1 - 23 Dec: Arrive at Lyngen Lodge - wander onto the decks at night to search for the Northern Lights
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 16 guests in 8 ensuite twin and double bedrooms. 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 complement 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 standard with fine local produce being prepared by in-house chefs resulting in delicious cuisine with a focus on Norwegian coastal culture.
After dinner on the first evening, your hosts will do a short presentation about their area (flora, fauna, culture etc) and an in-depth explanation as to what the natural phenomena of the Aurora actually is. Guests are also offered tips on how to be able to capture the Northern Lights on camera, and our in-house photographer will be at hand during your stay should you need further help with the settings on your camera. Tripods can be borrowed free of charge.
Day 2 - 24 Dec: Christmas Eve - Dogsledding in the Lyngsfjord region & Christmas dinner
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 provide 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 beneath the incredible spectacle of the Northern Lights.
Day 3 - 25 Dec: Christmas Day at the Lodge - snow mobile and snow shoeing
Merry Christmas! Today, access the high mountain terrain via snowmobile. Once on the mountain plateau you will visit spectacular view points over the Lyngen Alps. During this activity you are passengers during the snowmobile transport to the high mountain plateau.
The journey to the high lake via snow mobile takes 30 minutes through snow covered birch tree forests. Once at the lake, a shelter camp is made and then you can head off on snow shoes for an exploration of the area. There is an option to do some ice fishing as well.
Day 4 - 26 Dec: X - country skiing or Reindeer Sledding
After a leisurely breakfast you can try X - country skiing or go on a scenic drive of 40 min to an area called Hamneidet. Enjoy a 20 minute sleigh ride as the reindeer guide you around the valley and along the coast. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to feed these magnificent animals before entering the gamme gathering around the fire to listen to Sami history, stories and joiking.
Day 5 - 27 Dec: Sea Safari out into the fjords
Norwegian culture is spilt equally between the land and the sea, and on board the Spirit of Lyngen boat you will experience a wide diversity of fjord life. The journey begins with dolphin spotting along the nature reserve at Spåkenes en route to visit the historic stockfish drying process on the island of Uløya.
Travel over by boat to the Lyngen Alps east coast to visit the ice cave and the sheer towering rock walls that plunge into the ocean. Europe’s largest eagle, the Havn Ørn, is regularly seen hunting for fish.
NOTE: Winter Sea Safari is subject to weather conditions on the fjord. It is offered only when favourable conditions can be guaranteed while at the lodge.
Optional Add Ons
Day 6 - 28 Dec: Departure day
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.
All prices listed are per person. Early indicative price for 2020.
28 Dec 2019
28 Dec 2020
Activity groups will be split into two smaller groups.
The shared arrival transport is available for flights with arrival in Tromsø, no later than 15.00. The shared departure transport will leave the lodge no later than 09.30 and will be in Tromsø for latest 13.00.
Private transfer at additional cost is available on request.
Please note that drink prices are state controlled by the Norwegian government, with a high tax rate placed on alcohol consumption within the Scandinavian culture. Wine is typically served by the glass at dinner under the acknowledgment of each guest.
Interactive Tour Map
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.