Unsure where to go or what to do during the October Half Term? Why not treat yourself to a memorable and once-in-a-lifetime experience to see some of the Arctic’s ‘best bits’. Watch and listen to the sounds of humpbacks and killer whales as they swim through the fjords of Norway before meeting the incredible predators such as the wolves, lynx and brown bears at Polar Park. Heading through to Kiruna you will learn all about the sami culture and experience life in Swedish Lapland. Not just a memorable trip with lots of exciting activities but also fascinating for both adults and children keen to learn more about the Arctic and all its history, culture, sights and lifestyle.
This trip combines 3 very different destinations and is the perfect getaway this October Half Term! An amazing trip for both adults and children you will start your trip in Tromso, the ‘Paris of the North’ staying in your contemporary apartment to give you maximum flexibility while you are here.
Moving through to Narvik by private transfer you will get to see the very best of this pretty town including the amazing Polar Park and also enjoy a spectacular Northern Lights hunt in the mountains above the fjords.
Finish your trip by taking a train ride across the border into Swedish Lapland to Kiruna. You will see some of the Arctic’s most glorious scenery on the way and remember to keep an eye out for reindeer and elk too!
This trip runs every October Half Term.
These comfortable and spacious apartments make getting into the city centre very easy as they are so central and convenient. You are very close-by to all the restaurants and the Tourist Information centre. Available in 1 – 4 bedroom options you can also upgrade to a Deluxe apartment if you wish which include a sauna, jacuzzi and a private balcony.
The Scandic Hotel is the newest of the hotels in the town and it is nearby to all the shops and restaurants. This 4 star hotel with modern and spacious rooms with stunning views of the surrounding nature is the perfect base for your stay in Narvik. Enjoy some time in the sky bar or on the roof terrace both of which enjoy panoramic views of the fjords and mountains. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, TV, wifi, hairdryer and minibar.
The Giron cabins at Camp Ripan are spacious and light with 2 rooms and a kitchenette sleeping up to 4 people. All Giron cabins include microwave oven, TV, telephone, wifi and a bathroom with a WC and shower.
There are a wide range of activities on offer including:
In this fascinating RiB boat tour with a marine biologist you will get the chance to get up close and personal to these amazing creatures. Not only will you get the chance to see the whales and learn all about them from the experts but also hear them using the hydrophone on board!
Guided City Walk
Enjoy a guided trip around the city with your expert guide. You will finish your tour at the Polaria Museum, one of the best in Tromso with it’s Aquarium where you can watch the seals being fed!
Northern Lights Chase
On this trip your experienced guide will do everything they can to assure that you get the best experience of the Aurora and will take you as far and as wide as necessary for the right location to spot the lights. They will also help you with trying to capture the lights on camera if you need any help!
Enjoy wandering through the worlds most northerly animal park to see the bears, lynx, elk, reindeer and other Arctic animals including their most famous residents, the wolves! A fascinating place to explore. If you are over 18 you can even get up close and personal with these incredible animals. After a safety talk with your guide you will enter the wolf enclosure and enjoy the special 'wolf kiss'.
Lights at the Lodge
Located on the outskirts of the city high up in the mountains by cable car you will be transported up to a beautiful wooden lodge where you can enjoy some welcoming Norwegian hospitality and take in the spectacular views over the city and fjords.
Northern Lights Hunt
Head up high to the beautiful sami lavvu high up above the town in the mountains where there is no artificial light to search for the Aurora with your experienced guides who are still traditional reindeer herders. Enjoy a warm drink and a snack around the fire while you listen to the stories about the area and its history and even try your hand at lasso-throwing as you wait for the lights to appear!
A Taste of Sami Culture
A special and inspiring experience in the land of the Sami. In the Sami Lavvu, under the stars and hopefully the Northern Lights, you will get a chance to learn about the Aurora and also make your own Sami traditional bread named Gahkku over an open pit.
Northern Lights Photography
While waiting for the Northern Lights to appear in the sky your guides will show you how to set up your cameras using either their equipment or your own if you have one. Spend the evening taking beautiful photos of the Aurora and enjoying hot drinks by the open fire.
An Autumn Visit to Jukasjarvi
Visit the pretty village of Jukkasjarvi just East of Kiruna. You will visit the site of the infamous ICEHOTEL which will be being built using the giant ice blocks harvested from the Torne River ready to open from December. You will then visit one of the oldest wooden churches in the area before heading to the reindeer enclosure before meeting these beautiful creatures face to face and feeding them!
Off the Map Travel do not sell flights as part of our packages however we are able to help you get a quote and decide on the flights we believe best suit your itinerary. If after that you prefer to book independently and use your choice of carrier or use your air miles then that is equally fine.
There are a number of extras that we can offer to complement or extend your trip.
No.1 Traveller Lounges
From selected airports you could choose to begin your holiday off in style with a visit to the No1Traveller airport lounges. These award-winning airport lounges offer a little bit of luxury and all that you may need before your holiday from freshly prepared food and drink to wifi. You could even enjoy a spa treatment or two! Contact us today to arrange your access.
The perfect extension to this trip would be either Stockholm or Oslo. Why not add on a night or two in either (or both!) of these amazing cities and experience the capitals as part of your holiday experience!
We tailor our holidays to your exact requirement so our example itineraries are exactly that – an example! If you like the sound of this trip but would prefer to reduce or increase the number of nights or change any of the accommodation or activities included then please let us know. This example package is based on a trip for 5 nights for 2 adults and 2 children (under 16) sharing on a Self-Catering/B&B basis including all activities and transfers mentioned but excluding flights and prices start from £1475 per adult and £1325 per child.
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Listening to Orcas underwater as they hunt for herring or hearing the Wolves howling in Polar Park!
*Please note you have to be over 18 to go inside the enclosure with the wolves.
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