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Huskies and the Northern Lights

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6 days From £1,995 per person

Explore the magical Arctic by rail on this short tour chasing the Northern Lights through Norway and Swedish Lapland

Operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries

Mobility Rating 2

2025 Tour code: 25NHW

About the tour

Uncover the delights of Arctic Norway and Sweden on a captivating journey from Tromsø to Narvik and Kiruna. Discover the lives of Sámi people and their reindeers and travel across the wilderness into Swedish Lapland on board the Ofoten Railway.

Enjoy a fantastic sled ride through a winter wonderland hauled by enthusiastic huskies - one of the best ways to experience this snow-clad landscape - and marvel at the breathtaking Ice Hotel, constructed afresh each year. Throughout this magical journey, look out for the gorgeous Northern Lights putting on an enchanting spectacle.

Unforgettable Experiences

Seek the breathtaking Northern Lights
Seek the breathtaking Northern Lights
Chase the Northern Lights with local experts, enjoying at least two fantastic chances to get a sighting of the spellbinding natural phenomenon as colours dance in the sky above a captivating winter landscape.
Cross into Swedish Lapland on the ‘Arctic Train’
Cross into Swedish Lapland on the ‘Arctic Train’
Journey from Narvik in Norway to Kiruna – Sweden’s northernmost city – on the incredible Ofoten Railway. Enroute, view frozen landscapes, plunging valleys and wide-open wilderness.
Glide through the snow on a husky-hauled sleigh ride
Glide through the snow on a husky-hauled sleigh ride
Visit a husky camp in Swedish Lapland and enjoy a delightful sled ride through a snow-laden landscape. Along the way, stop to take part in a traditional Swedish ‘fika’ – a warming coffee break.
Admire the astonishing Ice Hotel in Kiruna
Admire the astonishing Ice Hotel in Kiruna
Built from scratch each year, the Ice Hotel has become world renowned due to its intricate and innovative design using blocks of ice carved from a nearby frozen river.
Enjoy a traditional Sámi experience
Enjoy a traditional Sámi experience
Join Scandinavia’s indigenous peoples and their reindeers to gain an intriguing insight into their history and culture, and enjoy a wilderness dinner in a ‘lavvu’ tent.
Tour the ‘polar capital’ of Tromsø
Tour the ‘polar capital’ of Tromsø
Explore the charming Norwegian city to uncover life above the Arctic Circle, visiting a fascinating aquarium and the Polar Museum as well as viewing the impressive, 1960s Arctic Cathedral.

What’s included


Day 1 - Arrival in the Arctic city of Tromsø

Your journey begins at London Heathrow, as you meet your fellow travellers and Tour Manager ahead of your flight to Oslo. In the Norwegian capital, your group connects with an onward northern flight to Tromsø. Situated in the Arctic Circle, Tromsø stands on its own forest-covered island and is known as the 'polar capital of Norway'. Surrounded by impressive nature, Tromsø is the largest city on northern Norway and, as home to the world's northernmost university, is a vibrant cultural hub.

At this time of the year, the attractive city is characterised by its polar nights, where the sun only briefly breaks over the horizon. Your hotel for two nights overlooks the harbour - which remains ice-free year-round due to the warming Gulf Stream. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the picturesque old streets lined with wooden buildings or to pop into one of the city's many museums, including the Troll Museum or the North Norwegian Art Museum.

This evening, you gather back at the hotel to get to know one another better over your first dinner together.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Exploring Tromsø and learning about the indigenous Sámi

Discover more of Tromsø on a guided tour after breakfast at the hotel. Your group visits the Arctic Cathedral, known officially as Tromsdalen Church. Consecrated in 1965, this striking church is notable for its design, believed to reference a nearby twin-peaked island. Afterwards, you enter the Polaria aquarium to view life below the chilly waters and encounter charming seals. At the Polar Museum, housed in the city's former Customs House on the quayside, you hear the story of numerous polar expeditions that took place from Tromsø, as well as getting an insight into the hardy wildlife that populates this region.

There is free time to explore Tromsø at leisure before a highlight of your holiday. This evening you learn about the lives of Sámi reindeer herders, enjoying an authentic and fascinating experience in a nearby village. As Scandinavia's indigenous people, the Sámi have lived in this terrain for centuries. You learn about their lives and rich culture - and meet their delightful reindeer - before a wilderness dinner in a 'lavvu' tent. While you eat, you're regaled with local folk tales.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Scenic drive to Narvik and searching for the Northern Lights

After breakfast, you embark on a journey through Norway's dramatic scenery as you travel down steep valleys to the striking fjords below. Once in Narvik, there is a free afternoon to spend at your leisure. You could make your way to the Red Cross War Memorial Museum, which documents the occupation of the city in World War Two and the bitter air and sea battles that took place. The Ofoten Museum is also worth a visit, featuring exhibits documenting the life of the Narvik population over the previous centuries.

Narvik is an important port and excels in seafood which you could enjoy over lunch or dinner independently. There is a range of restaurants offering international cuisine as well as local game such as reindeer.

This evening, you embark on a drive by coach with a local guide to try to track down the captivating Northern Lights - the world's most spectacular natural phenomenon. Officially called Aurora Borealis, seeing this magical dance across the night sky is a truly unforgettable experience.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Crossing to Swedish Lapland on the Ofoten Railway

Over breakfast at your at hotel, your group can look forward to a wonderful journey on the Ofoten Railway today. With your luggage travelling on ahead, you board the 'Arctic Train' for an incredible trip across the border into Sweden. Built to transport iron ore to the port at Narvik, this line was the most northern railway in the world at the time of its construction in 1902.

Passing through isolated, rugged wilderness, the route provides fantastic views of plunging valleys, tranquil lakes and rolling hills as it traverses steep mountainsides through the vast taiga into Sweden. On arrival in Kiruna, you transfer to your accommodation in Camp Ripan. Surrounded by forests and rolling hills, you spend two nights in individual cabins. Not only is there chance of seeing wildlife strolling by, but it's also an excellent place to view the Northern Lights. There is free time this afternoon to relax or enjoy the spa facilities before dinner.

Kiruna is Sweden's northernmost city and this winter wonderland is a popular destination with people seeking the Northern Lights and winter pursuits.

  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Delightful husky safari and the jaw-dropping Ice Hotel

Travelling to a nearby husky camp after breakfast, you enjoy a highlight of your time in Sweden. After an informative tour of the kennels, your group embarks on a joyous husky-hauled sled journey through the snow-covered countryside. Led by enthusiastic huskies, you glide through spectacular winter scenery. During the tour, you stop for coffee and a bite to eat - a tradition the Swedish call 'fika'.

In the afternoon, make a visit to Kiruna's famous Ice Hotel, the first and largest hotel made of ice and snow in the world. First formed in 1989, it needs to be reconstructed at the beginning of each cold season, meaning each year is different. Explore the spectacular frozen structure and perhaps enjoy a drink in the ice bar, where everything, including the glasses, is made from ice.

There is free time before you head out after dark to try to spot the Northern Lights once again. The countryside around Kiruna is one of the world's best places to get a sighting, so hopefully a clear night will permit a good show.

  • Breakfast
Day 6 - Homeward bound

Your Nordic adventure concludes today as you transfer to the airport after an early breakfast. Flying from Kiruna to Stockholm, you connect to flight to London Heathrow.

Enroute, you can look back on the unforgettable experiences you have enjoyed during the tour. From touring Tromsø and learning about the lives and culture of Sámi reindeer herders to travelling across the incredible wilderness on the amazing Ofoten Railway, Norway showcased breathtaking scenery and warm hospitality. Arriving in the winter wonderland of Kiruna, gliding through the snow guided by huskies and viewing the astonishing Ice Hotel created some lifelong memories. And of course, hopefully the magical Northern Lights put on a stunning display.

Landing back at London Heathrow, you say farewell to your fellow travellers and Tour Manager with whom you have shared these incredible moments.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Camp Ripan

Camp Ripan, Kiruna

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Scandic Narvik Hotel, Narvik

Scandic Narvik Hotel, Narvik

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Clarion Aurora Hotel

Clarion Aurora Hotel, Tromsø

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Ofoten Railway

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