10 days
Level 2 - Moderate

Northern lights small group tour

Experience the Northern Lights with our Northerh Lights small group tour in the outermost regions of Finland and Norway - from Saariselkä to Tromsø, high up in the Arctic circle. This vacation with Odyssey Traveller will give you the best chance of hunting down the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), both by sea and by land. Along the way you also have the opportunity to try a variety of winter activities. These include a reindeer safari, husky dog sledding and snowmobiling.

To have you more prepared for the journey, check out our blog post about Photographing the Northern Lights.

The timing of the January tour enables it to be taken after the Harbin Ice & Snow festival in China on your outbound journey.

If you are interested in Scandinavia and the Nordic countries, take a look at out other tours visiting the area:

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About Odyssey Traveller

We specialise in educational small group tours for seniors, typically groups between six to 12 people from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada  and Britain. Our maximum number of people on a tour is 18 mature aged travellers.We have some 150 tours and offer 300 scheduled departures on offer each year. Odyssey has been offering this style of adventure and educational programs since 1983.

Odyssey Traveller is committed to charitable activities that support the environment and cultural development of Australian and New Zealand communities.

Odyssey Traveller scholarship for Australia & New Zealand University students.

We are also pleased to announce that since 2012, Odyssey has been awarding $10,000 Equity & Merit Cash Scholarships each year. We award scholarships on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. We award at least one scholarship per year. We’re supported through our educational travel programs, and your participation helps Odyssey achieve its goals. Students can apply for the scholarship by clicking on this link to find out more details. 

Join our loyalty program when you join an international small group tour.

Every International small group tour taken typically contributes to your membership level in our Loyalty Program for regular travellers. Membership of the alumni starts when you choose to take your first international small group tour with Odyssey Traveller, discounts in tour pricing for direct bookings accrue from your third tour with Odyssey Traveller. To see the discounts and benefits of being a Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond alumni member with us, please see this page.

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Overview: We make our way individually to the hotel. We meet for a welcome dinner and program orientation this evening.

Accommodation: Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar

Overview: Today, we enjoy a panoramic, half-day tour of Helsinki. Meals: B

Accommodation: Sokos Hotel Presidentti or similar

Overview: Today, after breakfast, we transfer to the airport to fly to Ivalo airport. From there, we transfer to Saariselkä. In the evening, we enjoy a Northern Lights journey by sleigh ride (sledge pulled by snowmobile). We travel to the nearby fell district to see the beautiful fell scenery and, if lucky and the sky is clear, experience the extraordinary and bewitching Northern Lights.

Meals: B

Accommodation: Santa’s Hotel Tunturi Oy or similar

Overview: Today is at own leisure, and during the day you are able to choose from one of the many optional winter safaris on offer. Meals: B/D

Accommodation: Santa’s Hotel Tunturi Oy or similar

Overview: In the morning, after breakfast, we begin our journey to Karasjok. On the way, we stop at Inari and visit the Siida Sami Museum. The Sami are a people indigenous to the area, and the museum showcases their culture and history. We then continue north west, crossing the border into Norway, and shortly afterwards arrive in Karasjok, the Sami Capital. This town has strong ties to Sami culture, and is home to the Sami parliament, “Samediggi”. Meals: B/D

Accommodation: Scandic Karasjok or similar

Overview: After an early breakfast, we depart the hotel and head to North Cape. Travelling through the North Cape tunnel, we reach the Magerøya Island on which the North Cape is situated. Subject to weather conditions, we visit the North Cape cliff itself.  We visit the North Cape Hall, which is a visitor centre at Europe’s northernmost point, mostly inside a cliff, with cinema, bar & restaurant. Meals: B/D

Accommodation: Scandic Honningsvåg or similar

Overview: Today, we head south and travel back along the Porsanger fjord bound for Alta, “The Northern Lights city of Norway”. In the afternoon, we visit the Alta Museum to see the expositions about the local history of northern lights. The remainder of the day is free (optional Northern Lights excursion available). Meals: B

Accommodation: Scandic Alta or similar

Overview: Today, drive along the Arctic fjords bound for Tromsø, former starting point of many North Pole expeditions. We enjoy free time before embarking on an evening Northern Lights safari at the Aurora Camp. Enjoy the convenience or our Northern Lights visit only 25 minutes away from downtown Tromsø. You will be served hot drinks and you can grill sausages over an open  fire in side a Sami Tent (lavvo) while you wait for the lights. Outside you can lay down on reindeer skins or sit on chairs while you scout the dark sky for the lights. Your guide will answer any questions you may have and while there is is no guarantee of the Northern Lights, however visiting the 300 Alaskan huskies is well worth it.

In the evening you will head back to Tromsø and enjoy a traditional sami reindeer stew (Biidos). Meals: B/D

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Polar or similar

Overview: Today we enjoy a day at own leisure in Tromsø, where we have the opportunity to take an optional snowmobile safari, husky safari or many more exciting excursions. We come together in the evening for a farewell dinner. Meals: B/D

Accommodation: Thon Hotel Polar or similar

Overview: After breakfast at the hotel, we say our farewells and the program draws to a close. Meals: B

Experience the aurora borealis (Northern Lights)
Visit Tromso, the capital of the Arctic
Experience seven nights in the Arctic circle
Visit the Royal & Ancient Polar Bear Society Museum
Study the rock art in the UNESCO listed Alta Museum (if weather permits)

What’s included in our Tour

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Flight from Helsinki to Ivalo (near Saariselkä)
  • Transport and field trips as indicated.
  • Tour leader for the duration of the tour.
  • Services of local English speaking guides.
  • Service charges and gratuities.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • International Travel insurance.
  • International Flights.
  • Meals not specified in itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature.
Northern Lights small group tour
Snow in Lapland
Northern Lights, Aurora, Norway

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