Programme details

This is a short 5-day, 4-night programme, to give you an exciting insight into the lifestyle of the Sami people.

Day 1 – Welcome to Finnmark

Arrival at Alta Airport, where you are met and transferred to your Hotel.

After checking in, experience a unique evening in the old centre of Alta including an outdoor hot tub and a gourmet meal. Start with a dip in the outdoor hot tub with temperatures of +40 degrees Celsius and a sauna in our spa. Maybe you'll see the Northern Lights while you bathe. After the bath you visit the Restaurant Haldde, where the menu consists of Kamchatka (King) Crab, grilled fish or lavvu gourmet dishes of reindeer and mountain cranberries and blueberry sorbet or cloudberries for desert.

Overnight in the Alta Hotel

Day 2 – Karasjok

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast and morning before departure from Alta.

Departure to Karasjok

14:30 Bus leaves from the bus station in Alta and takes 4:50 hours
Take the bus over the tundra from Alta to Karasjok
On the way you will see the "moon landscape" of the Finnmark Tundra and enjoy the view as the bus drives inland almost to the Finnish border.

19:10 Arrival Karasjok. Check in at the Engholm Lodges in the middle of the wilderness just outside Karasjok. This is a place to get to know the locals and live in the wilderness but comfortable during your stay in Karasjok.

Enjoy a nice dinner before going to bed.

Day 3 – Husky Tour/Northern Lights Safari

Wake up to homemade breakfast and get ready for the adventures of the day.

Engholm Husky 4-5 hour adventure tour
Drive your very own dog-sled with top trained dogs, or take the trip as a passenger on cosy reindeer skins in the sledge. From Sápmi Park, we drive to Engholm Husky - a unique setting. The trip takes you through varied landscapes and is an interesting dog sledding adventure. Daytrip including barbeque lunch round an open fire.
Dinner in the evening before the tour to Halde.

Pick up at 20:00
Northern Lights safari to Halde
As far up from the River Karasjoka as you can get, hear a dog barking on the Haldečohkka. From this holy mountain you have a 360 degree view of the sky. A perfect place to experience the magical Northern Lights. We use snow shoes on the 1.5 km hike to the Halde top, from where you can enjoy the full view while your guide tells you about the Northern Lights in Sámi and Norwegian culture. Sit by the fire on a reindeer skin or by yourself in the darkness with a nice hot drink.

Day 4 – Sapmi Park and return to Alta

10:00 - transport to Rica Hotel Karasjok and Sapmi Park
The Magical Theatre and the Siida (Sami camp)
This unique multimedia presentation in eight languages provides you with an insight into Sami culture, history and mythology. Learn about the lives of the Sami over the generations. Duration: 30 minutes. Afterwards, you can walk around the siida (Sami camp) in Sápmi Park.

13:50 Departure to Alta by bus from Rica hotel.

18:40 Arrival in Alta Bus station

Day 5 – Return home

Breakfast at the Hotel, before you transfer to the Airport for your departure.

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