Journey beginning and ending at Tromsø, Scandinavia
Available: 2019-12-23 to 2019-12-28 starting from $5830 AUD
High above the Arctic Circle of Northern Norway, Lyngen Lodge is an exclusive luxury lodge with top quality cuisine and a fantastic location above the Lyngen Fjord. This is where the mountains meet the fjords and unspoilt nature lies at the doorstep.
Lyngen Lodge caters for 18 guests in 8 ensuite twin and double bedrooms with triple and single options. The lodge provides full board accommodation and amenities include a fully licensed bar (drinks not included), dining room, lounge stua with large open fireplace, library/seminar room, sauna and outdoor Jacuzzi.
We have a small group at Lyngen Lodge for this exclusive Christmas program, which we’ve packed full of adventures, relaxation, hearty local cuisine, fishing, dog sledding, Christmas traditions and, if nature permits, the spectacle of the Northern Lights. Join us for a Christmas celebration to remember.
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Day 1 – 23 Dec: Arrive at Lyngen Lodge – wander onto the decks at night to search for the Northern Lights
Today is arrival day, and a transfer is included from Tromsø (2.5 hours) or Skjervøy (30 mins). Check in, relax and get to know your fellow travellers over a cup of tea or a glass of wine. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner of local produce.
Lyngen Lodge is located in secluded woodland above the Lyngen Fjord, quoted by guests as "the most dramatic and spectacular coastal scenery ever seen". Here the mountains meet the fjords and the unspoilt nature simply awaits to entertain you.
Lyngen Lodge caters for 18 guests in 8 ensuite twin and double bedrooms with triple and single options. The lodge provides full board accommodation and amenities include a fully licensed bar, dining room, lounge stua with large open fireplace, library/seminar room, sauna and outdoor jacuzzi.
Traditionally constructed from Norwegian "lafting" pine timber frame in close partnership with the environment, geothermic heating provides the warmth while a thick grass roof provides insulation. The interior wears shades of pastel colours and furnishings chosen to complement the surrounding natural environment. Large panoramic windows in the centre of the lodge provide guests with commanding views over the spectacular Lyngen Alps, while the large open stone fire place creates a relaxed, peaceful and welcoming atmosphere.
Catering and hosting is of the highest standard with fine local produce being prepared by in-house chefs resulting in delicious cuisine with a focus on Norwegian coastal culture.
Day 2 – 24 Dec: Christmas Eve – Dogsledding in the Lyngsfjord region & Christmas dinner
Today, you will have the opportunity to mush your own team of 8 dogs under the full guidance and instruction of our professional sled guides. Alternatively you can sit in the sled, be driven and simply sit back and enjoy the experience.
The sleds hold one musher and one passenger; the dogs are friendly, nimble and extremely strong. The sleds provide comfort and manoeuvrability ensuring a magical day.
Our dog sledding venue is located in a peaceful wilderness, combining pine forests, open tundra and high mountains. Before the tour begins you’ll meet the dogs, help prepare the sleds and be briefed on safety. Lunch will be served en route, outdoors over an open fire under the impressive and dramatic mountain scenery truly unique to Northern Norway.
This evening you will enjoy a Christmas Dinner to celebrate Christmas Eve together with the other guests. If nature permits, wander onto the decks to experience the Christmas magic beneath the incredible spectacle of the Northern Lights.
Day 3 – 25 Dec: Christmas Day at the Lodge – snow mobile and ice fishing
Merry Christmas! Today, access the high mountain terrain via snowmobile. Once on the mountain plateau you will experience ice fishing on the frozen lakes for mountain trout and visit spectacular view points over the Lyngen Alps. During this activity you are passengers during the snowmobile transport to the high mountain plateau.
The journey to the high lake via snow mobile takes 30 minutes through snow covered birch tree forests. Once at the lake, a shelter camp is made and ice holes drilled through the ice so fishing can begin. The ice is so thick that it is possible to make a fire on the ice and cook the fresh fish directly at the camp.
You will also be able to explore the surrounding area on snowmobiles in between fishing sessions.
Day 4 – 26 Dec: Snowshoeing to the snow covered forests and mountains directly behind the lodge
After a leisurely breakfast, get some fresh air by snowshoeing. It is the perfect way to walk and gain access to the snow covered forests and mountains directly behind the lodge. There are numerous walks that lead to wonderful view points high above the Lyngen Fjord. After learning the simple techniques, you will be lead on a historical and natural journey that provides deeper appreciation of this spectacular region.
Day 5 – 27 Dec: Sea Safari out into the fjords
Norwegian culture is spilt equally between the land and the sea, and on board the Spirit of Lyngen boat you will experience a wide diversity of fjord life. The journey begins with dolphin spotting along the nature reserve at Spåkenes en route to visit the historic stockfish drying process on the island of Uløya.
Travel over by boat to the Lyngen Alps east coast to visit the ice cave and the sheer towering rock walls that plunge into the ocean. Europe’s largest eagle, the Havn Ørn, is regularly seen hunting for fish.
This evening we celebrate the last day of the year with a gourmet dinner, and welcome the New Year with a private fireworks display.
NOTE: Winter Sea Safari is subject to weather conditions on the fjord. It is offered only when favourable conditions can be guaranteed while at the lodge.
Day 6 – 28 Dec: Departure day
In the midmorning, after a traditional Norwegian breakfast, say good-bye and continue to your next destination. We will transfer you back to Tromsø, the airport, or to Skjervøy if you are continuing on a Hurtigruten voyage.
- All accommodation in a shared double/twin room, single supplement available
- Full board at Lyngen Lodge from dinner day 1 to breakfast day 6 (drinks and alcohol is not included)
- Return transfers Tromsø to Lyngen Lodge (The shared arrival transport is available for flights with arrival in Tromsø no later than 15.00 and return transfer at no later than 09.30 and will be in Tromsø for latest 13.00)
- 4 activities as described (Dogsledding, Frozen Lakes, Sea Safari. The fourth activity is a choice between Cross country skiing or Snowshoeing)
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
International flight tickets, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature & helicopter skiing (naturally).
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!