Land Of The Northern Lights

Escorted Tour, Santa Claus Holiday, Northern Lights, Husky Safari, and Reindeer SafariNorway and Finland

From $6,699 USD
December 28, 2018 - March 8, 2019
16 Days / 15 Nights

Journey to Northern Norway and Lapland. Cruise Harstad to Svolvær, visit Tromsø, Alta, Saariselkä and Rovaniemi, stay in Glass Igloo, see Northern Lights.


Unique guided journey to Lapland with first class travel and fascinating winter activities. Enjoy a guided tour in Tromsø, search for the Aurora, and taste the delicacies of the North in Kirkenes on a King Crab Safari. Visit Saariselkä, ideal for ski adventures, and Rovaniemi with Santa Claus Village. Sleep in an Arctic Glass Igloo, from where you might see the mystical Northern Lights. Cruise on Sampo Icebreaker in Kemi, take a swim in Arctic waters.


December 28, 2018 - March 8, 2019


Guaranteed departures
December 28, 2018
January 25
February 8, 22
March 1, 8


  • from $6,699 per person in double room
  • from $8,500 single room
  • from $6,165 for 3rd adult in extra bed sharing double/twin room
  • from $5,675 child* (7-12 years) when sharing room with parents

*Due to the nature of the tours and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on this tour.


  • 15 nights in First Class hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 15 x breakfasts, buffet style
  • 3 x dinners, 4 x lunches and 1 picnic as per program
  • Bi-lingual Tour Escort from Day 1 to Day 16 inclusive
  • 3-hour guided city tour of Tromso
  • Flight from Oslo to Harstad
  • Regular departure transfer from Harstad Airport
  • Regular transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
  • Arrival transfer in Tromso by public service Flybussen
  • Departure transfer to Rovaniemi Airport
  • The long-distance coach from day 2 – 15 offers WIFI
  • All tours and transportation as per program
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
  • Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village
  • Sampo Icebreaker cruise
  • Arctic swim from 
  • Sampo Icebreaker cruise
  • Outdoor clothing for winter activities as per program

Not Included

  • International Airfare
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Optional Excursions
  • Beverages or any extras
  • Porter service
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please Note

  • This is an escorted tour!
  • Due to the nature of the tours and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on these programs.
  • Children between 7-12 years, when sharing room with adults, receive a reduction.
  • Arrival transfer in Tromsø is by a regular (public) airport bus service Flybussen.
  • Departure Regular Transfer Service included in the program is only available for transfers to Rovaniemi Airport and only on the published official date of end of the tour.
  • The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from BDM and is shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.
  • This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved
  • It is important to note that in all our winter programs can be physically demanding and the passenger may be exposed to different kinds of physical strain. Uneven grounds during walking tours, snow and ice are common surface in our destinations.
  • We reserve the right to amend the itinerary and/or included entrances without notice due to extreme weather conditions. The weather conditions in the Norwegian and Finnish Lapland can vary and road closures are sometimes enforced by local authorities, which is out of the control of Five Stars of Scandinavia and its handling suppliers/partners.

Tour Options

  • All optional tours must be pre-booked and pre-paid and are always subject to availability and confirmation.

    List of included Hotels


Arrival to Gardermoen Airport in Oslo and transfer to the hotel on your own for check-in (not included).
Please consult the Via Hansa & Borealis welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your Tour Director.

*Group 1 will be accommodated at Hotel Bristol Oslo

Evening walking tour of Oslo, 19.30 – 20.30

Get ready for a walking tour of the Norwegian capital. You begin your visit outside with a walk around the new Opera House, which opened in April 2008. From the spectacular outdoor terrace, you will be able to enjoy stunning views across the Oslo fjord. During the tour you will walk through the cosy Karl Johan walking Street where you can see the Royal Palace and the end. The tour will pass by Aker Brygge where you can admire the modern architecture of Oslo and perhaps enjoy dinner in one of the many cosy restaurants of this popular area of the capital. Return to the hotel by your own.

Price: USD 110 | Min 4 persons

This exclusive and delicious gourmet tour will show you a totally different side of the city to what you have seen during your city sightseeing tour. If you would love to experience the new style of the Norwegian cuisine, this tour is something for you. You will have around 4 to 5 different tastings on your tour, which makes up for a whole meal. The tour will be directed by an English-speaking guide taking you through Oslo city by foot. The tour will be a two-kilometer walk. Requires Pre-Booking!

Thon Opera Hotel ****


Early breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the Oslo airport, from where you will take a direct flight to Harstad (included). Your private bus is waiting for you at Harstad/Narvik Evenes Airport and will drive you to Harstad. The trip to Harstad city is approximately an hour ride during which you will get many beautiful impressions on the way. Check in at the hotel.

*Group 1 will be accommodated at Thon Hotel Harstad

Price: USD 300 pp | Minimum 4 persons
Includes: transfers, snacks, Norwegian stew and a beverage

On this Aurora Borealis tour, you will go to Solli mountain, where you will visit the Aurora Summit Lodge on the top of the mountain, which is 535 meters above sea level. You are transported to the summit by snowmobiles and sleds, dressed in a warm snowsuit, shoes, gloves and helmets. On the top of the mountain you have the chance to experience the dancing Aurora Borealis and inside the summit lounge you can keep warm by the big bonfire. You are served Aurora Cocktails in glasses made of ice and you can have a taste of the very typical Norwegian dried reindeer meat chips. An Aurora film on the snow will be shown while you are sitting around the fire. Transfer back to the hotel. Requires Pre-Booking!

Scandic Harstad ***+


Early breakfast at the hotel. Your luggage will be transferred on land by your private bus for you to enjoy your time on the Hurtigruten even more. The pier from where the Hurtigruten departs is within walking distance from your hotel.


Since 1893 the Hurtigruten ships been very well-known in the northern coast of Norway. Experience Norway's most beautiful fjords, nice harbor and amazing sceneries on your way! From the panoramic lounge you will be able to see the magnificent nature of Norway. During your time on deck you will have time to enjoy lunch at your own. Upon arrival in Svolvær you will check in to your hotel located right next to the Hurtigruten Terminal in Svolvær. Evening at leisure.

Thon Hotel Lofoten ****

Day 4 SVOLVÆR (B, D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. Make yourself ready to meet in Svolvaer centrum at 11.00 where your RIB safari will start.

TROLLFJORD & SEA EAGLE RIB SAFARI, 11:30 – 13:30 (included)

Experience the magnificent Lofoten Islands by sea! With a bit of luck, you can see both eagles and seals, and a great variation of bird life on a trip to the Trollfjord. You will drive up the strait of Oyhellsundet and to the spectacular Trollfjord. Here you find historic sites, sandy white beaches (when there is no snow) and one of the most dramatic fjords of Norway. You also visit the whaling island Skrova with its charming harbour. All passengers will be outfitted with flotation suits. We recommend warm clothes as a base layer underneath as well as practical footwear.

FISHING VILLAGE WALK & DINNER AT BORSEN SPISERI, 17:00-20:00 (dinner included)

Svinøya is the oldest part of Svolvær, and has been a thriving, vibrant fishing village since 1828. You will experience a living fishing village and learn about the culture. Your guide will talk about how the fishermen lived 100 years ago and what happened in the Trollfjord in 1890. Hear all the stories, ask all the questions and smell and taste the stockfish. Remember warm clothes, sensible footwear and your camera to be able to capture the memories. You finish your evening with a 3-course dinner at Borsen Spiseri – the most distinctive restaurant in the Lofoten Islands. The restaurant is housed in a venerable quayside warehouse dating back to 1828. The dishes you will be served are all made with unique, fresh and local ingredients from Lofoten.

Thon Hotel Lofoten ****


Breakfast at the hotel. Your journey continues by bus to your next destination Tromsø. Your bus trip from Svolvær to Tromsø will take around 10 hours (400 km). On your way you will take a stop at the famous Polar Park which is the world’s northernmost animal park. There you will have the unique opportunity to meet the wolves, bears, deer, elk and reindeer. A local guide will show you the park and tell you everything you want to know about the animals. If you feel hungry after the guided tour you can enjoy a delicious traditional Norwegian meal (not included) indoors in the cozy restaurant. After the visit at the Polar Park you will continue your journey to Tromsø. Check in at your hotel. Evening at leisure.

Radisson Blu Tromso ****

Day 6 TROMSØ (B, L)

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to Tromsø where you will visit the world's most northern Botanical gardens. Here you can enjoy the views of the mountains to the east and south. Tromsø enjoys a subarctic climate, its location corresponding to the northern coast of Alaska. Visit the Tromsø University Museum where you will learn fascinating facts on nature and culture in northern Norway. Learn about the indigenous Sami people, their traditional culture and recent history. Following this, you will continue on a tour around the island, passing Lake Prestvatn where the Meteorological Institute is situated. Travel across the bridge to the Arctic Cathedral for a visit to this masterpiece by Jan Inge Hovig. Built in 1965, the cathedral reflects north Norwegian nature, culture, and faith with a monumental stained-glass window.

AURORA CAMP EXCURSION, 18:30-23:00 (included)

Be ready for a pick-up right outside your hotel at 18:30 where you will be met by a representative from Tromso Villmarkssenter and taken on a 25-minute bus ride to the Aurora Camp. At the camp you will be equipped with thermal overalls and boots to keep you nice and warm all evening. 300 friendly Alaskan huskies are waiting to greet you and enjoy some cuddles, followed by an affectionate and playful visit to the puppy enclosure. Once you have filled up on puppy love, it is time to enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner in our cosy Gamme-hut (turf home). You will be served Norwegian Bacalao, prepared with locally sourced cod and tomato sauce, and for dessert their savoury signature chocolate cake.

As it is impossible to predict when the Aurora will appear during the evening, your guide will keep a close eye on the sky for you and the program will be adjusted accordingly. For those of you who wish to sit outside and wait for it to appear, a bonfire will set the mood and keep you toasty.

Radisson Blu Tromso ****


Breakfast at the hotel. The ride from Alta to Tromsø is breath-taking regardless of the time of year. Stunning scenery and magnificent nature. This trip will be something that stay with you just a little longer. The distance between Tromsø and Alta is about 300 km, the journey takes approximately 9 hours and include two ferry crossings. The tour will make a stop to enjoy lunch (not included) at the Bios Cafe in Storslett. Arrival in Alta and check in at your hotel. Evening at leisure.

OPTIONAL: NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR - Storytelling, 19:30– 23:30
Price: USD 195 pp | Min 2 persons/max 15 persons
Includes: transfers between Alta and Sorrisniva, guide, sweets and hot drink during the trip

This adventure begins with a pick up from the Scandic Hotel and a 20-minute bus ride into the countryside. The family owned Sorrisniva adventure facility is perfectly located to maximize your chances of seeing the magnificent Aurora Borealis in the time between September and March. In the company of a knowledgeable local guide you will take on the Northern Lights chase. Along the way you will have an excellent opportunity to learn more about the natural phenomenon as well as the local history of Alta. Your guide will also be very happy to help you catch some beautiful images with your own camera. During the trip you will be served sweets and a warm drink. You will return to Scandic Hotel around midnight. Requires Pre-Booking!

Thon Alta ***+

Day 8 ALTA (B)

Breakfast at the hotel before departing for the prestigious EMYA award-winning Alta museum. The museum is situated at the site of early settlement of Finnmark dating from around 11,000 years ago and presents exhibitions on local culture and historic industries. A must-see for anyone visiting the area. Afterwards we will pay a visit to the modern Northern Lights Cathedral located in the central part of town.

ALTA MUSEUM (included)

Experience the Northern Europe's largest and richest rock carving site, inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Here you can walk on pathways arranged around the rock carving area while having a fantastic view over the Alta Fjord. The 2000 to 6200 years old rock carvings show the life of hunters and fishermen. You will have a guided tour at the museum with some free time afterwards to walk around in your own pace.


The impressive Nordlyskatedralen is a result of an architectural competition launched in 2001. Designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects in collaboration with architect Kolbjorn Jenssen of Link Arkitektur, the elegant and modern construction features concrete and wood with external cladding of titanium sheets. The central feature being the towering spiral with belfry. Inside the church you will find art work by Danish artist Peter Brandes.

Price: USD 270 | Min 2 persons/Max 8 persons

Includes: Transfer, traditional dinner including dried meat chips w/dip, reindeer meat, lingonberry sauce, homemade cinnamon rolls, bonfire-coffee and glogg Dinner included

This tour offers you an evening of cozy adventure. You will be picked up in Alta and driven to a farm in the nearby countryside where you will climb aboard a sleigh and get bundled up in warm blankets. Your sleigh is then pulled by a Norwegian Fjord Horse through the forest and along the Alta River, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the peace and beauty all around you. Near the end of the ride, you will stop at a wilderness shelter where a light dinner will be served around a warm fire. Under the right conditions you might also be able to captures some beautiful images of the Northern Lights. Requires Pre-Booking!

Thon Alta ***+


Breakfast at the hotel before departure. In the comforts of our coach you will make your way south from Alta to Saariselka. The journey takes approximately 6 hours, during which you will have the opportunity to take in the breath-taking beauty of the changing Nordic landscape. The tour will make a stop along the way to enjoy lunch (not included).

Santa's Tunturi Hotel****


Breakfast at the hotel followed by an early departure. You will be traveling the 270 km north to Kirkenes by coach, an approximately 4-hour journey transporting you through the beautiful northern Lapland. Your eyes will feast on breathtaking nature as you make your way up north. The tour makes a stop along the way to enjoy lunch. After check-in at Thon Hotel Kirkenes you will enjoy the amazing experience of the "KING CRAB SAFARI", departing from your hotel at 13.00 hours.

Duration: approx 3-4 hours

"Rated one of the best 25 excursions in the World by National Geographic"
One of the highlights of Northern Norway with the chance to taste one of the local delicacies known worldwide. Heading out on the Kirkenes Fjord you will come face to face with this giant of the sea on the King Crab safari. The red king crab found in the Barents Sea can reach up to two meters from claw to claw and weigh up to 15 kilos. Depending on the weather and ice the trip might be by boat or snowmobile drawn sleigh. Once your king crab has been caught, you are transferred to a remote cabin where the crab will be prepared for a delicious lunch. All equipment and clothing will be provided. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Thon Hotel Kirkenes ****


Depart Kirkenes traveling south through the northern Lapland landscape to the centre of Sami world at Inari, the capital of Lapland. Here we visit the Sami culture centre and parliament set in the heart of Sapmi in a unique natural landscape on the shore of Lake Inari, serving as a centre for Sami self-governance, culture, education and know-how. Modern conference premises, facilities and technology go hand in hand with authentic, living Sami culture. Lunch is included.
After the visit we continue onto the tiny village of Saariselka, the centre of Finland's winter sports. Check-in to the hotel and the rest of your day is at leisure.

Price: USD 248 pp
Includes: Transfer, traditional Lappish dinner incl. fresh bread & butter, water & berry juice, berry pie, coffee/tea (Dinner included)

Come and experience an exotic Arctic evening by driving through snow-covered forests and over treeless fells. With a little luck, if the sky is clear, the moon, stars and even the Northern Lights may show you the way. The safari is heading to the Igloo site, where you have the possibility to roam around the forest nearby and watch the Northern Lights video inside the igloo. A Northern Lights dinner will be served at the traditional Lappish wooden Kammi. Return to the hotel in bus. Requires Pre-Booking!

*Note: To drive a snowmobile in Finland you must have a valid driver's license from a country of issue which has signed the Road Traffic Convention of Geneva. Borealis Destination Management cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts.

Santa's Tunturi Hotel****


In the morning, get ready for some fresh air activity literally following the footsteps of the Sami.

Duration: 1:30-1:45 hours

Put on your snowshoes and feel the crunch of snow under your feet. Capture the true feeling of winter in the northern woods as you explore the nearby white wilderness of forest and hills and Urho Kekkonen National Park, surrounding Saariselka. The afternoon is at leisure and we recommend trying a Finnish sauna, available at the hotel.

Price: USD 120 | Min 2 persons

Take a guided snow adventure with FatBikes! After receiving your helmet, bike, and instructions on how to handle the bike, the adventure is ready to start and take you through snowy landscapes of Saariselka. During the adventure you will enjoy the silence of the tranquil forests and nature around you. A break will be held for you to stop for a rest, fry sausages, and to enjoy some hot berry juice around an open fire. Requires Pre-Booking!

OPTIONAL: AURORA BOREALIS SLEIGH RIDE, 19:00 – 22:00 (no driving, pulled by Snowmobile)
Price: USD 112 pp  | Min 4 Persons

During this brisk safari you can just sit back and enjoy the view and ride! Your guide will take you up to the fell district to see the beautiful hilltop scenery with unlimited views of the northern sky. Your journey will head towards a beautiful fell cabin where you can enjoy warm berry juice while admiring the nature. If you are lucky, the sky will be clear to see the moon, the stars and even the Northern lights may appear! Requires Pre-Booking!

Santa's Tunturi Hotel****


In the morning after breakfast, the adventure continues as we make our way to Sinetta, located 25 km from Rovaniemi. Along the way, we will visit one of the highlights of the tour. 

Duration: 2:00-2:30 hours, total length of the visit

Meet the traditional Sami farmers who will tell you about the reindeer, the Sami and teach you how to throw Suopunki (Sami lasso). Sitting in a two-person sleigh, pulled by your reindeer, you will experience this traditional and peaceful way of moving through the white landscape over the lake and through the forest, where the only sound you will hear is the melody of reindeer bells. A typical three course lunch is included at the farm.


The journey continues south to Sinetta following the winding roads through the snowy forest and arriving at the unique Arctic Snow Hotel, where you will check-in to your private Glass Igloo. Enjoy the warmth of your Glass Igloo and weather permitting you will have the opportunity to marvel at the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the millions of stars from the comforts of your bed. In the evening, you are invited for a traditional Lappish three course dinner in a magnificent wooden "Kota" where fresh salmon is slowly grilled over the fire on a huge fire pit in the center.

Price: USD 82 pp
Exclusive for BDM guests 

Even the most enthusiastic sauna bathers are deeply impressed by the snow sauna with its walls made of snow and ice. Only the sauna benches are made of wood! The sauna bathing experience is an astonishing combination of thick steam within intimate snow walls. Afterwards jump into the outdoor Jacuzzi and admire the Northern Lights or the spectacular starry night skies of Lapland. Requires Pre-Booking!

Price: USD 140 pp
Overnight includes Snow Sauna & Outdoor Jacuzzi, 22:00 – 23:00
Sauna & Jacuzzi are shared with other BDM guests

Each year the snow hotel is built with local artists designing and creating the ice and wall sculptures that decorate the hotel and Snow suites. Each Snow Suite is different each year and offers a unique arctic experience to spend the night as the Sami once did in a snow igloo. A mattress on an ice bed with special arctic sleeping bags keep you warm in the ambient temperature of 0 and-5 C. Requires Pre-Booking!

Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos****


Depart late in the morning for the next step on the winter adventure. Heading towards Rovaniemi, you stop on the banks of the Kemi-joki river to enjoy one of the most idyllic Husky Safaris of the region.

HUSKY FARM & SAFARI (included)
Duration: 2:00-2:30 hours, total length of the visit | 2 persons per sledge

The barking of enthusiastic dogs will welcome you to the most genuine Husky farm in Rovaniemi. The head musher will talk about the life and training of these Arctic animals and you will also have the chance to take some great photos. After brief instructions and riding in pairs, you embark on a run through the forest behind your pack of huskies. After the trip there is time to visit the farm and enjoy a traditional outdoor lunch of Lappish sausage grilled on the campfire followed by Lappish pancakes.

The day continues with a visit to the world-famous Santa Claus Village, built right on the Arctic Circle and home to Santa Claus. Stop by his busy post office where you can ask Santa to send a letter to your loved ones just before Christmas. Take a step into the magical world of Santa's home and meet Santa himself. No words can describe the emotions of this fairy-tale-like moment. It is something you will always remember. An absolute must for any visit to Lapland. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Price: USD 195 pp | Single supplement: USD 58 | Snack included

This excursion takes you to the Aurora Borealis camp located approximately 10 km away from the city lights with unlimited view to the northern sky. At the resort you will find the Aurora Borealis theatre built inside a massive snow igloo, presenting a film about the myths and facts of this natural phenomenon along with spectacular photos of the Northern lights. You will also have time to roam around the resort, take a brisk sleigh ride in a snowmobile drawn sleigh, or simply lay back by the open fire in the snow observatory and admire the northern sky. Traditional reindeer burgers prepared on an open fire can be enjoyed in the Kota (teepee). And remember to bring your own camera! With a little luck the sky is clear and the moon, stars and even the Northern Lights may show up. Your guide will have tips on how to catch the Auroras with your camera, and tripods are available for you to use! Requires Pre-Booking!

*Note: To drive a snow mobile in Finland you must have a valid driver's license from a country of issue which has signed the Road Traffic Convention of Geneva. BDM cannot accept responsibility for licenses that are not accepted. Please consult if you have any doubts.

Santa's Hotel Santa Claus****


Time for a swim as we head to the town of Kemi for a full day of activities. First a visit to the Snow Castle* with its special snow slide. Enjoy the snow sculptures and complex. Later you will experience one of the highlights of your winter adventure as we board the Sampo Icebreaker and spend 4 hours on this unforgettable vessel breaking though the ice of the northern Gulf of Bothnia. 

* Please note that the construction of the Snow Castle is dependent on the weather conditions and therefore not guaranteed to be open before the 19 January.

Duration: 13:00-17:00 hours

This extraordinary experience includes a guided tour of the ship with its massive engine room, communications room and bridge, ice swimming and a three-course meal at the on-board restaurant. In the middle of the largest ice field in Europe, you have the opportunity to jump in the sea and float! You will of course be fitted with a warm survival suit and those of you who dare will receive a certificate by the ship authorities to attest your courage. An unforgettable experience. Return to Rovaniemi with early evening arrival at your hotel.

Exclusive for BDM guests
Price: USD 145 | Min 6 persons
Includes: Private transfer, guide, typical 3 course dinner incl. fresh bread & cheese, water, coffee/tea.

You are invited to a perfect evening in Snowland, the first and only great Arctic construction in the capital of Lapland. Do not miss this unique opportunity to visit and dine in this idyllic igloo, which only opens its doors for special events. During this evening you will enjoy a dinner with local specialties and then sit on the white patio, around a bonfire, waiting for the Aurora Borealis. Snowland has been built in the vicinity of the city but with the purpose of offering the best conditions to appreciate the dance of the Aurora Borealis when it announces its arrival on the clear nights of Rovaniemi. Requires Pre-Booking!

*This optional will be operated on Thursday or Friday, the day will be advised at destination.

Santa's Hotel Santa Claus****


Breakfast and the rest of your day at leisure until your regular transfer to Rovaniemi airport in good time for your departure flight.