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A six-night sojourn into the Arctic Circle for an iconic polar adventure, with fantastic excursions throughout – breakfast and all travel included
Arctic adventures don’t get much more epic than this Nordic jaunt. Kicking off in Sweden, you’ll start with adventurous spirits high, as you head out in an Icebreaker to crash through the ice. Guided by your inner Bear Grylls, you’ll get the chance to float among the ice floes in a survival suit (yes, really!) and test the strength of this frozen terrain with a walk on the ice.
Next, you’ll cross the border into Finland as you head to Rovaniemi. En route, you’ll stop for a tour of a reindeer farm, where you’ll get to feed these gentle creatures and experience a short reindeer sled ride. You’ll cross the Arctic Circle next, for some time in Saariselkä. Here, you’ll have a great chance of spotting the Northern Lights as, over winter, they can dance in the sky for up to 200 days of the year. Then, you’ll move on to the small Norwegian town of Kirkenes, where a king crab excursion will see you fishing for, and dining on, these underwater oddities.
Good to know
Please note that should the listed hotels be unavailable, you will stay in another of similar standard.
Please be aware that the Northern Lights are a naturally occurring phenomenon, so whilst we hope you'll get to see them, we can't guarantee they'll oblige.
Day 1: Arrive in Stockholm, where you’ll overnight at Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport (or similar). Day 2: Meet your tour leader in the hotel lobby and take a short flight to Luleå. Upon arrival, check-in to Elite Stadshotellet Luleå (or similar) before heading out on a two-hour Icebreaker excursion, where you’ll head through the icy waters on a Polar Explorer boat. You’ll get the chance to swim among the ice floes in a survival suit and walk on the ice (extra warm clothes, shoes and equipment are provided). Return to the hotel to spend the rest of your time in Luleå at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch) Day 3: Crossing the border into Finland, you’ll head to Rovaniemi, taking a guided tour of a reindeer farm en route, where you’ll get to experience a short reindeer sled ride. Check in to Scandic Rovaniemi City (or similar). (Breakfast) Day 4: You’ll have some free time in Rovaniemi this morning. In the afternoon, cross the Arctic Circle as you make your way to Saariselkä. Check-in to Holiday Club Saariselkä (or similar), and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Here, you’ll have a great chance of spotting the Northern Lights as, over winter, they can dance in the sky for up to 200 days of the year. (Breakfast) Day 5: Head to the small Norwegian town of Kirkenes where, upon arrival, you’ll take a king crab excursion (special waterproof clothing, soft drinks and a crab lunch are provided). Check into Thon Hotel Kirkenes (or similar) for an overnight stay. (Breakfast, Lunch) Day 6: Transfer to Kirkenes Airport to fly back to Oslo, where you’ll check-in to Scandic Holberg (or similar) and have the rest of the day at leisure. (Breakfast) Day 7: Transfer to the airport to catch your flight home. (Breakfast)
Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport, Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden (or similar; one night)
The brainchild of Björkén Architects, this modern hotel is set within Arlanda Airport, elevating the ‘fly and flop’ notion to a way more accessible level. Head up to the 12th floor to find food, drinks and great vistas at Kitchen & Table, while more views can be enjoyed from the outdoor pool, which is heated to a comfortable 27–29°C all year round. There’s also a gym on site, with a relaxation area and a sauna, and you’ll find the Living Room on the third floor – a communal space designed for home-from-home relaxation.
Elite Stadshotellet Luleå, Sweden (or similar; one night)
This elegant hotel dates back to 1903, and offers spacious and sophisticated interiors, from the French Renaissance-style banquet hall to the attractive guest rooms. Situated in close proximity to Luleå’s shopping and entertainment draws, Elite Stadshotellet comes complete with an atmospheric gastropub – The Bishops Arms – and a fully equipped gym. Breakfast is served daily in the Hall of Festivities, whilst Tallkotten restaurant is on hand for a relaxing lunch, from Monday to Friday.
Scandic Rovaniemi City, Finland (or similar; one night)
Featuring contemporary decor in a central location, just eight kilometres from the airport, Scandic Rovaniemi is the perfect base from which to explore the city. After a refurbishment in autumn 2016, its renovated saunas are particularly blissful after a day of sightseeing, while the Atrium restaurant serves tempting Nordic delights and drinks. Standard rooms offer monochromatic colour schemes with bursts of vibrant orange, and between 17 and 20 square metres of space comprising a desk with chair, a king-size or two twin beds, and an en-suite bathroom with shower. Amenities include Wi-Fi access, FACE Stockholm bath amenities, a safe, air conditioning, minibar and hairdryer.
Holiday Club Saariselkä, Finland (or similar; one night)
Set right in the heart of the resort, this holiday village has everything you need to enjoy Finland’s spectacular landscapes. The modern, spacious bedrooms take their inspiration from local design, and include a television and cosy dressing gowns. And while it may very well be cold outside, bring your swimming costume for a taste of tropical relaxation at the spa. There’s a pool, Jacuzzi and, of course, a traditional Finnish sauna to warm up in before indulging in a muscle-melting massage or skin-soothing facial. There's also an Angry Birds Activity Park, to keep guests of all ages contented.
Thon Hotel Kirkenes, Norway (or similar; one night)
Perched on Kirkenes’ quay and offering impressive views over the fjord, this contemporary hotel will wake you up with a lavish breakfast each day, and offers fine dining from the in-house restaurant over dinner. Modern and bright in style, it also comes with a gym, should you wish to work out during your stay.
Scandic Holberg, Oslo, Norway (or similar; one night)
Thanks to the superb central location of the Scandic Holberg, you can explore the city on foot, with Slottsparken, Bogstadveien, Majorstua and Karl Johans Gate all within walking distance. Head to the hotel's charming restaurant for a buffet breakfast after a comfortable night's sleep in your stylish room, or stop off at the lobby bar for an aperitif before dinner. With shops, restaurants and theatres right on your doorstep, you won't be short of things to explore during your stay.
Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport, Tornvägen 2, 190 45 Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden (your first destination)
Travel is included in this offer - see below for details.
Outbound flights are included from London Gatwick, London Heathrow and Manchester to Stockholm Arlanda Airport, Sweden. Inbound flights are included from Oslo Airport, Norway.
One piece of hand luggage allowance per person (Norwegian - 10kg, Scandinavian Airlines - 8kg, British Airways - 23kg) and one piece of hold luggage allowance per person (Norwegian - 20kg, Scandinavian Airlines and British Airways - 23kg) is included.
Airport Lounge passes are included for flights departing from London Gatwick, Manchester and London Heathrow (Terminals 2,3,4).
Your airport lounge pass benefits include wifi access, fully tended bar, complimentary hot and cold food, power points, flight information screens and additionally express security at London Gatwick. More information about specific airport lounge facilities can be found on our partner site www.no1lounges.com.
Shared airport transfers are included; please note that these are provided just for the inbound flight, as the first hotel of your trip is located at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
From London Gatwick, with Norwegian:
Outbound: departing at 08.00, arriving at 11.20
Inbound: departing 21.40, arriving at 23.00
From London Heathrow, with British Airways:
Outbound: departing between 10.35 and 13.20, arriving between 14.10 and 16.55
Inbound: departing between 11.35 and 16.55, arriving between 13.15 and 18.20
From Manchester, with Scandinavian Airlines:
Outbound: departing at 10.10, arriving at 13.30
Inbound: departing at 09.05, arriving at 10.15
Within seven days of confirming your booking with us, you'll receive an email from Secret Escapes Ltd, with your final booking confirmation detailing the exact flight times confirmed for your specific reservation. The flight time will be within the time parameters and possible airlines detailed in this offer.
When you buy a package with us, you are financially protected under the ATOL scheme.
The flights inclusive offer shown on this page is ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Secret Escapes is acting as an agent for Secret Escapes Limited with ATOL number 11257 and your contract is with that company. Secret Escapes Limited booking conditions are available from
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