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Alta: Small-Group Guided Northern Lights Tour

1. Alta: Small-Group Guided Northern Lights Tour

Join this tour and get in on the excitement of hunting for Northern Lights in the beautiful landscapes of the Alta Fjord. Meet your experienced guides who can show you how to best spot the Northern Lights. This tour comes with an 80-90% chance of seeing this spectacular natural phenomenon. Cozy up and lie down on a reindeer skin while you try to spot the lights. Hear stories about the Norwegian way of life and learn local history about the Stone Age, Sami culture, reindeer-herding, wildlife, and modern society in Alta and Finnmark. During the tour, enjoy some warm and cold snacks and beverages, including vegan alternatives, before arriving back at the Alta Center just past midnight.

Northern Lights Adventure By Snowmobile

2. Northern Lights Adventure By Snowmobile

The highlight of any trip above the arctic circle: experiencing the magical northern lights dance across the sky. The mystery of light has given us many myths and legends over the years. Everything from heroes who lit up the sky to mysterious fire foxes and warnings of danger. The dry and stable climate in Alta provides the best conditions for seeing the Northern Lights. On this trip we combine the excitement of snowmobiling with experiencing the northern lights dancing across the sky. We take you along the old postal road up to the very edge of Finnmarksvidda to a mountain range called Beskardes. Far away from the lights of the city this trip provides the ideal conditions to see the northern lights in a beautiful winter landscape. If we are lucky we will get to see the magnificent northern lights dancing across the sky on our trip, or be treated with a beautiful arctic night sky. No previous experience is required to drive a snowmobile. All you need is a regular driver’s license, and it’s as simple as it is fun. A thorough safety introduction and driving instruction will be given before the trip starts. You will ride in pairs, a driver and a passenger on each snowmobile, with the opportunity to change seats during the trip. The Tour 17:55 Meet us at our Æverntyr Adventure Store in the city center 5-10 minutes before the start of the Tour. From here we will drive you to Gargia Valley, approx. 25km from Alta. 18:30 We arrive at Gargia Lodge. Here you will meet your guide and get a briefing about today’s trip. You will also receive thermosuits, boots and gloves for the trip. 19:00 After getting dressed you will receive a safety briefing on the snowmobiles. Now we are ready and can start our adventure. 20:00 We will arrive at Beskades. Here we will take a short stop and enjoy the amazing view in all directions before heading back down to Gargia Lodge. 21:15 We arrive back at Gargia Lodge. 22:00 We will drop you off in the city center where we started our trip.

Alta: Guided Snowmobile Safari on Finnmarksvidda With Snacks

3. Alta: Guided Snowmobile Safari on Finnmarksvidda With Snacks

Some people say that being on the mountain plateau of Finnmarksvidda is like reaching the end of the world. And there is where we plan to take you in this adventurous tour. Driving a snowmobile is quite easy and fun and a great way to be in direct contact with the Arctic nature. After the pick-up, we will drive you to our office to provided you with warm outdoor clothes and other required gear. We will explain you more about the plans for the day and give you a safety briefing. At the office you can also leave anything you don’t need to bring on the tour. Then we will drive in our minibus to the place where our snowmobiles are parked (approximately 30 minutes from Alta city). Before the tour starts, you will get instructions and practical demonstrations on how to drive the snowmobile. When you book the activity you have to be aware that we offer two options with two different prices: - Single driver: You drive your snowmobile alone without passenger. - Shared snowmobile: This you choose just if you are coming with a family member or a friend. Then you drive in pairs (one driver and one passenger per snowmobile), with the opportunity to switch places during the tour. Throughout the tour there will be some stops for taking photos of the majestic landscape and our guide will be happy to share with you his knowledge about the history of the area. You will be offered warm beverages and snacks. This is a real experience for truly adventurous people. Important: If you are reserving alone you should book single driver and not shared.

Kirkenes: Snowhotel Entrance Ticket

4. Kirkenes: Snowhotel Entrance Ticket

Whether you are visiting during the white winter, the warm summer or the yellow autumn, the frozen wonder of the Snowhotel will be waiting for you 365 days a year. On arrival, walk past our reindeer grazing peacefully on the one side and visit the dog yard on the other side. The dog yard is home to Alaskan huskies and puppies, and they are very eager to meet every one of our guest and get some cuddles. Continuing your walk, enter the surreal Snowhotel. Marvel at the 14 stunning ice suites, all carved by master ice and snow artists, and order a drink in the jawdropping Icebar which has a new theme every year. You can also pass by the restaurant to get a hot drink, lunch or pastry, and explore the surroundings following the path along the fjord or take a stroll in between our cabins.

Skarsvåg: Aquarium Visit and King Crab Tasting

5. Skarsvåg: Aquarium Visit and King Crab Tasting

Visit us in the tiny, colourful, northern most fishing village in the world, at Skarsvag tourist centre. Arriving in our town, you will see the lively harbour where the fishermen are at work. You will have time to explore this iconic village, as well as our world famous gallery and a local souvenir shop. We will visit our aquarium, which is home to a group of king crabs; the true Vikings of Northern Norway. We will organize a show where you get get to hold the king crab and learn all about them. You have the opportunity to take your photo with these massive crabs. Join us and learn all about how we take care of this animal and how they became the kings of Norway. Afterwards you get to taste this international delicacy in our Laavu or restaurant, to see why this is such a popular dish in the entire world. You will have a beautiful view upon the lively harbour. It is also possible to upgrade to a big king crab menu if you want the full experience, best is to contact us beforehand to make sure we have enough available. We can offer pick up for bigger groups, but  please notify asap after booking  if you need a pickup from Honningvag tourist information. If we hear nothing we assume you come to Skarsvåg. It is possible to upgrade to a larger king crab meal, we charge 750NOK for 200gram king crab in our restaurant. Reservering before is smart to be certain of availability, but ordering in the restauraunt is often fine too.

Learn dogsledding with Pirate Husky

6. Learn dogsledding with Pirate Husky

Fulfill your dream of steering your own dog team. Come into the Arctic wilderness and get closer to nature with this dog sledding tour. Meet the team of Siberian huskies: purebred dogs who are born to pull a sled. Visit the huskies and hear their choir of joy when we start preparing the sled for our trip. Starting at the kennel you will be introduced to our pack of 30 dogs. Grab your gear and get some instructions, and then it´s time to sled away. For the next few hours, submerge yourself in the crisp winter air and enjoy a complimentary hot beverage and snack.

From Kirkenes: 1-Way Transfer to/from Kirkenes City

7. From Kirkenes: 1-Way Transfer to/from Kirkenes City

we warmly welcome you to Kirkenes! Start your holiday with a relaxing trip in our comfortable cars. By booking a taxi in advance, you avoid waiting at the airport on arrival. The capacity is usually small during rush hour, which can mean waiting if you haven't planned your trip. In the arrivals hall, our driver will be ready with a sign showing your name. In the event of a delay or early arrival, we adjust your journey using flight radar. Our drivers are very friendly and happy to answer any questions you may have about Kirkenes on the way into town. Distance to the center is approx. 13 km.

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based on 12 reviews

An unforgettable experience: we were there an hour earlier and were allowed to help prepare the dogs (put on the harness) and tie them to the sled. Then we were each allowed to take turns driving a sledge ourselves. Once we fell over in a curve and once the dogs ran away from us, but that was more fun than anything else and THANK YOU that we were allowed to participate and try it all

Good but if you do the king crab excursion you can do it quietly afterwards without paying