Programme details

This is a short 6-day, 5-night programme, to give you an exciting insight into the lifestyle of the Sami people. It includes a night in the Alta Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel.

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 – Alta and Igloo Hotel

You have the morning and early afternoon to enjoy Alta. Try Alta Museum which is located in Hjemmeluft, near the biggest concentration of rock carvings, for which Alta is known. In the winter, the area is covered in snow, so it is only possible to see the exhibitions inside the museum.

17:00 Pick up and transfer to the Igloo Hotel
Overnight in the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel sleeps around 80, with suites, an ice bar and several lounges.
All exterior and interior is made from snow and ice: the rooms, beds, even the glasses in the bar! The hotel is decorated with ice sculptures - beautiful pieces of art created by talented sculptors - creating in harmony with the pure white snow a fairytale like atmosphere. The indoor temperature in the igloo hotel varies between -4 and -7 degrees Celsius. The restaurant, cloakroom, sauna and lounge are located in the heated services building beside the igloo hotel. A fantastic dinner is served in the restaurant during the visit, skillfully prepared using local ingredients by the "Norwegian chef of the year 2009". Before going to bed, enjoy the outdoor hot tub and sauna in Sorrisniva. Sit in the warm bubbles with a hat on your head and enjoy the relaxing and refreshing arctic air.
Maybe if you are lucky the Northern Lights will light up the sky above you.

Day 3 – Karasjok

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast and sauna in Sorrisniva 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – Return home

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

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