Journey beginning and ending at Tromsø, Norway tours
Fully booked: 2019-12-28 to 2020-01-02 starting from $6483 AUD
Available: 2020-12-28 to 2021-01-02 starting from $7203 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 un-spoilt nature lies at the doorstep.
Lyngen Lodge caters for 16 guests in 8 en-suite twin and double bedrooms. 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.
50 Degrees North has the exclusive use of Lyngen Lodge for this 5-night all-inclusive New Years program, and packed it full of adventures, relaxation, hearty local cuisine, fishing, dog sledding, fireworks display and if nature permits; the spectacle of the Northern Lights.
Join us for a New Year’s Eve celebration to remember.
Day 1 – 28 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). 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 16 guests in 8 en-suite twin and double bedrooms. 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 compliment 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 standards with fine local produce being prepared by in house chefs resulting in delicious cuisine with a focus on Norwegian coastal culture.
After dinner on the first evening, your hosts will do a short presentation about their area (flora, fauna, culture etc) and an in-depth explanation as to what the natural phenomena of the Aurora actually is. Guests are also offered tips on how to be able to capture the Northern Lights on camera, and our in-house photographer will be at hand during your stay should you need further help with the settings on your camera. Tripods can be borrowed free of charge.
Day 2 – 29 Dec: Dogsledding in the Lyngsfjord region
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 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.
Day 3 – 30 Dec: Snowmobiles & Snowshoeing
Today, access the high mountain terrain via snowmobile. Once on the mountain plateau you will 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 there is the option to go icefishing. Head out from camp for snowshoeing in the surrounding area before a hot lunch by the fire.
You will also be able to explore the surrounding area on snowmobiles in between activities.
Day 4 – 31 Dec: Sea Safari and New Years Eve
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.
Venturing 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 the weather conditions on the fjord. It is offered only when favourable conditions can be guaranteed while at the lodge.
Day 5 – 01 Jan: Sleep in and then enjoy reindeer sledding through snow-covered forests and mountains.
Sleep in and enjoy the last day at the lodge. After a leisurely breakfast, get some fresh air by joining your last included activity. There is a choice between cross country skiing and reindeer sledding included a Sami-culture presentation. Reindeer sledding is a peaceful way to traverse the snow-covered landscape with the quiet sounds of the forest and the Sami herdsman. After a 20 minute sled, you can then feed these magnificent animals before entering the gamme gathering around the fire to listen to Sami history, stories and joiking (singing).
Day 6 – 02 Jan: 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)
New Years Eve dinner and firework display
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 returns to Tromsø at the latest 12.30. If there are no corresponding flights we recommend staying a night in Tromsø, and your hosts will gladly drop-off/pick-up guests at any hotel in central Tromsø. Arranging a private transfer outside of this shared transfer, particulary in winter, can be difficult and expensive.
4 activities as described (Dogsledding, Frozen Lakes, Sea Safari. The fourth activity is a choice between Cross country skiing or Reindeer Safari)