Northern lights winter holiday, Norway

“A six day, tailor made trip in the heart of the Sami community of Arctic Norway. Go dog sledding and enjoy a variety of winter wilderness accommodation. Search for Northern Lights on night time snowshoeing expedition.”


Alta | Sorrisniva Ice Hotel | Karasjok | Finnmark tundra | Meet Sami reindeer herder family | Snowshoeing | Expedition up Mount Halde to search for Northern lights | Siida Sami Camp

Description of Northern lights winter holiday, Norway

The Aurora captures the imaginations of those lucky enough to experience it. The Sami people liken the colourful show to the tail of a mystical ‘Fire Fox’ dashing over snow covered fells. This Northern Lights winter holiday in Norway brings you to the Land of the Sami people to discover more about the heritage and traditions of this resilient Arctic community and to search for the Aurora.

You’ll explore the extraordinary legacy and influence of the Sami people and have the opportunity to visit a vast mountainous region indented by fjords and river tributaries. You’ll spend a full day with a Sami family learning about and participating in the rhythms of their everyday life with their reindeer herd. You’ll eat, drink and joik (sing) together and traverse the landscape by snow mobile.

You’ll also enjoy the city of Alta before staying overnight at the wondrous Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel (optional). This is a unique winter adventure to treasure and will be tailored to your requirements and preferred departure dates.

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Departure information

Departures can be arranged at anytime to suit you between mid January and end of March

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Northern lights winter holiday, Norway

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


The dogs and reindeer are reared in local farms or by local herders and we ensure that they are given the appropriate care and living conditions according to the standards set by government and agencies. All our guests are invited to find out more about the animals and to show respect when they are around them. Reindeer herding in particular is a nature friendly way to rear animals for meat and for tourism due to the fact that they roam on the landscapes and are not such a heavy drain on natural resources as modern agriculture.

Our activity providers ensure that all activities such as snow shoeing, skiing and husky dog sledding have minimum environmental impact. We work on a ‘leave no trace’ basis which is essential for all our activities. Guides are trained in order to maintain biodiversity. The use of motorised vehicles is kept to a minimum and when necessary a low fuel consuming snow mobile is used in the winter. Here we believe that snow mobiles offer a more efficient means of transport than sports utility vehicles, and they are very much a part of the local life.

The restaurant at the Snow Hotel sources its produce in the local region carefully selecting ingredients with few food miles. The hotel itself is made completely with a renewable material – snow and ice! Each year it is rebuilt from scratch meaning that it is as natural a building you can find.

We also use a hotel in Alta which have a strong environmental commitment – showing that they can go beyond the basics and really take their environmental impact seriously. The hotel is signed up to the Norwegian eco-label, Eco Lighthouse which outlines an in-depth series of actions throughout the business including waste reduction and environmentally sound waste management, focus on purchasing environmentally sound products, focus on initiatives to improve the working environment and the supply of organic food.


You’ll return from this holiday having completely engrossed yourself in the local community of Alta and the surrounds. You’ll learn by doing and not just observing. You’ll find out how the Sami people of this region live – their work, their struggles, their future. This trip isn’t intended to be a show for tourists. It’s about leaving what you know and really attempting to understand a culture that may be unfamiliar in some ways, but familiar in others. Preconceptions aren’t needed, whereas an open mind and ability to learn is essential. You’ll have fun too, but you’ll see a different side to life. Your money goes to the Sami family as they’ll be your hosts so you’ll be supporting them directly. You’ll also support local businesses and communities in Alta, a small town in the North of Norway. The Snow Hotel is run by local people and supports local artists who create the immensely beautiful sculptures and murals from ice. They also source the food for the restaurant menus from the local area – you’ll enjoy berries, reindeer meat and other Arctic treats!

1 Reviews of Northern lights winter holiday, Norway

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 03 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

All of it, ice hotel, dog sled ride, meeting reindeer and seeing the northern lights 3 nights running.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Book a northern lights photo tour, learn how to spot them and the skills to photograph them. Plenty of layers -29.5degrees centigrade at night.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, camp Ripan is very environmentally aware. The guides on the tour all respected the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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