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8 Day Small-Group Escorted Tour of Northern Norway

Away from Crowds in Norway:

A Lofoten & Alta Experience

Embark on a beautiful guided tour of the Norwegian Arctic with a small group of like-minded travelers and explore the highlights and hidden gems of Lofoten and Alta.

Journey Overview

  • Experience one of the most stunning regions of Norway from the Arctic wilderness in Alta to the majestic mountains and blue sea in Lofoten.
  • Explore the outdoors on scenic hikes, ride along white sandy beaches on horseback, and adventure into the sea on a RIB tour.
  • Connect with the vibrant culture with visits to local farms, fishing villages, museums, and art galleries.
  • Witness the magical Northern Lights in Alta and Lofoten, where reflections in the dramatic landscape make for an experience out of the ordinary.
  • Stay in dreamy and luxurious accommodations with sauna & spa experiences.
  • Enjoy authentic, high-quality dining experiences featuring hyper-local, seasonal menus.

Included In This Guided Tour of Northern Norway

7 nights at premium accommodations with magnificent views 

Guidance of an experienced Tour Director throughout the entire program

16 authentic, high-quality dining experiences (7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners)

13 guided activities offering a cultural and immersive experience in the region

3 internal flights and luxury transportation connecting your locations in Norway

All of our services to plan and implement your trip, and support while traveling

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TIMELINE

Day 1

Arrival in Oslo & Welcome Dinner

Begin your Lofoten Islands & Alta tour in Oslo. Explore the vibrant city, strolling through the iconic streets and soaking in its culture. As the sun sets, indulge in a delightful welcome dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travelers. Cheers to the start of your Norwegian adventure!

Meals Included

Dinner

Accommodation

The Thief

Day 2

Journey to Norway's High Arctic

After breakfast, depart for Oslo Airport for your flight to Alta. A short drive takes you from the airport to the Arctic wilderness lodge situated on the bank of the Alta River. Along the way, you will be greeted by a real Sami reindeer herder and learn about the rich history and traditions of the Sami people. Feed and interact with the reindeer, gaining insight into their integral role in Sami culture. Gather around the bonfire in a traditional Lavvu, and warm up with coffee and Siida cake, a local delicacy. Then continue to the lodge for check-in and a welcome drink in the panoramic lounge. Settle into your room, unwind and soak in the magnificent views over the river. Dinner this evening will be at the lodge’s onsite restaurant featuring locally sourced ingredients and authentic Nordic cuisine.

Meals Included

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge

Day 3

Discover the Arctic Wilderness

Today, you will venture to the harbor where you will search for King Crab. Your experienced guide will let you in on local fishing secrets and tell stories about the prized delicacy and the history of the area. Return to the lodge’s restaurant for a delicious King Crab lunch. This afternoon is all yours to relax and enjoy the lodge amenities, like the sauna and jacuzzi, after being out in the Arctic wilderness. Later this evening join an expert guide to hunt for the Northern Lights. Drive along the coast or up onto the inland plateau in search for the best view of the Aurora Borealis. Your guide will tell you all there is to know about the natural phenomenon and select viewing locations with the highest possible chance of spotting the aurora.

Meals Included

Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation

Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge

Day 4

Explore the Alta River & Arrival in Ballstad

This morning, experience the thrill of driving a cart (or sled) pulled by Alaskan huskies along the river. The ride takes you through the Arctic countryside as fall turns to winter in a display of colors across the landscape. Return to the kennel and interact with the huskies as an expert musher shares stories. This afternoon, bid farewell to your time in Alta as you make the short transfer to the airport and continue your journey to Lofoten. You are in for a treat this evening as you make a quick stop in Tromsø in time for dinner. Grab a seat at one of Tromsø’s top restaurants serving local, seasonal ingredients. Upon arrival in Leknes, you will make a short transfer from the airport to the small fishing village in the heart of Lofoten. Settle into your hillside cabin situated between the mountains and sea.

Meals Included

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

Hattvika Lodge

Day 5

Horseback Riding with Vikings in Lofoten

After breakfast, experience Lofoten by horse on a tour that offers a slow-paced, scenic ride along Gimsøya Island’s coastline. You’ll ride over an Arctic beach, before heading towards the fishing village of Hovsund. After a gentle climb and spectacular views, catch a glimpse of the traditional Lofoten fish-drying racks while riding past ancient remnants from the Viking age before heading back to the stable. Enjoy a fresh local lunch served in the barn-turned-cozy restaurant and coffee shop on the wild northern coast of Lofoten. Late afternoon, travel 1,000 years back in time at the Viking museum. Learn about life in the Viking Age and wander along old paths down to the harbor where the Vikings sailed with their ships. Back at the lodge, the evening is all yours to relax in the sauna or hot tub, or take a short walk into town to mingle with the locals, and enjoy a delicious meal.

Meals Included

Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation

Hattvika Lodge

Day 6

Hike and Northern Lights in Henningsvær

Join an expert local guide on an easy mountain hike at 1,400 feet above sea level. The small peak offers spectacular views of the turquoise bays, rugged mountains, sandy beaches and the Norwegian Sea. Continue to the picturesque fishing village of Henningsvær, which has played a significant role in Lofoten’s fishing history. It is a charming destination with craft shops and art galleries. Spend the afternoon exploring the narrow streets tucked away between piers and inlets, admire the old wooden houses and fishermen’s cabins (rorbuer). Late afternoon, you’ll visit a local organic farm for a cheese tasting and farm walk with friends. Tonight, if the conditions are right, and in the company of a professional photographer, you will have a chance to capture the elusive and strikingly beautiful Northern Lights ensuring you get the photos of a lifetime.

Meals Included

Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation

Hattvika Lodge

Day 7

Fishing Villages of Lofoten

Today promises an enriching full-day tour of the traditional fishing villages of Lofoten. The morning starts with a visit to Glasshytta, Northern Norway’s oldest glassblowing hut in the heart of the rocky mountains. Watch the glassblower at work as he experiments with various glassblowing techniques. Then continue to Nusfjord, one of the oldest and best-preserved fishing villages, and Ramberg Beach, a beautiful chalk white beach. A stop for famous fish burgers topped with shrimp and salmon is a must do, enjoy the local flavors, along with scenic views. Finally, a visit to Reinehalsen, and the southernmost village, Å, before returning to Hattvika Lodge for your final evening and celebratory dinner in the world’s most beautiful islands.

Meals Included

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation

Hattvika Lodge

Day 8

Learning from Locals in Lofoten

This morning, you will experience the beauty of the surroundings and get a unique insight into salmon farming and behind-the-scenes production on an exclusive RIB tour. In addition to the salmon viewing, nature gives you the chance to spot majestic sea eagles soaring above. Then, it’s off to Lofoten Wool, where you are welcomed by the charismatic owner, Ragnhild. She will introduce you to the sheep and lambs, product assortment, and treatment given to different type of products. There is also a design studio and small shop to explore. This afternoon, bid farewell to Lofoten as you make the short transfer to the airport for your return flight to Oslo. Conclude your Norwegian adventure, full of life-long memories, stunning photos, and new friends.

Meals Included

Breakfast and Lunch

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After landing at Keflavík Airport, you will travel to your hotel in Reykjavík. Located in the heart of Iceland’s capital city, Hotel Borg offers the best in both style and comfort. Following check-in, connect with your Tour Director before a visit to the Sky Lagoon. Relax in the warm waters of the geothermal lagoon and soak off your jet lag as your gaze upon incredible views of the North Atlantic. End your day with a gourmet kickoff dinner where you will get to know your fellow travelers and taste delicious Icelandic dishes. Your group tour of Iceland has officially started!

After breakfast, join a driving tour of Iceland’s capital. Notable sights include the famous Hallgrímskirkja Church, Harpa Concert Hall and the unique Sun Voyager sculpture. Following your tour, you will have free time to experience the city on your own. End your day with a delectable dinner and a drive to view the Northern Lights, if the skies are clear that night. If they are not, don’t worry. We will have many other opportunities!

Day 3 is dedicated to Iceland’s Golden Circle, which is made up of three must-see sights: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park. Nearby, at Fridheimar, you will enjoy a beautiful show with Icelanic horses and some organic, tomato-based delicacies as well. Following your guided tour of the Golden Circle, we will drive to Landeyjahöfn harbor and board a ferry to the Westman Islands. The short 45-minute boat ride will give you a new perspective of Iceland’s south coast. When the ferry docks on the main island, Heimaey, you might even spot a brave sheep grazing on the rocky cliffs surrounding you! Enjoy a delectable dinner at Hotel Vestmannaeyjar, your cozy accommodation for the evening.

Our private tours allow travelers to explore Scandinavian destinations with programs offering a great balance between pre-arranged activities and free time to explore. When implementing one of our private programs for you, we handle all the logistics involved, including: hotels, airport transfers, transportation from city to city and all guided activities and excursions. You will not be with a Tour Director throughout the program, but you will enjoy a number of sightseeing experiences led by experienced local guides. We can work with your desired dates, provided that availability exists at the many services involved in your program.
This option is ideal for travelers who enjoy traveling independently and with a higher degree of flexibility to explore each location on their own.

Technically, Scandinavia refers primarily to Norway, Denmark and Sweden. When thinking of Nordic Countries, add to the list Finland and Iceland as well. Discover Scandinavia Tours can take you to any location in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Currently we also offer extensions in Estonia, which is of particularly convenient access when visiting Finland, given that Tallinn – Estonia’s beautiful capital – can be reached by a short ferry ride from Helsinki.

Simple: just call us at 800-936-2814 and talk to one of our Scandinavia specialists. Alternatively, you can email us at
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If you are interested in a group tour, you can book any departure as long as there are seats available (but remember: we have a maximum of 12 seats per departure, so booking early is recommendable). If you want a private tour, you can book as far as 2 years in advance. For last-minute travelers, please keep in mind that we need a minimum of 30 days to implement a private program.

With our group tours of Scandinavia you can choose from a number of fixed departures throughout the year. If you need more flexible dates, our private tours allow us to work with any dates you have in mind, provided that we find adequate availability at all hotels and other services included in your particular program.

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In short, you can typically view the Northern Lights between September and March. But if you really want a memorable Northern Lights vacation, we created an entire blog post dedicated to this question, which you can read RIGHT HERE.

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