Whether staying in a new floating lodge on the Norwegian fjords or learning Arctic survival skills, these Arctic travel experiences are simply breathtaking.
The range of Arctic travel experiences also includes joining a photography course with the same photographer used by world-famous celebrities; staying in a comfortable cabin made of ice bricks, or even staying in a hand-built igloo at the new Igloo Lodge – the Arctic has it all for those looking for northern lights, adventure and luxury.
VOLDA floating lodge, Tromso, Norway
Moored off the coast of Tromso Island, you can now stay on a Norwegian fjord, with nothing but the night sky, mountains and the water of the fjord lapping against the side of the floating lodge. Built on a ferry from the 1960s, the VOLDA floating lodge was rebuilt into a modern luxury accommodation using Scandinavian design to relax in while looking for the Northern Lights.
The new floating lodge is perfectly located to use as a base for a wide range of local activities on land, and the water, and on free evenings, makes the perfect spot to sit back and hunt for the northern lights.
Apukka Resort, Rovaniemi, Finland
First launched in December 2017, the Apukka Resort has created a new opportunity to stay in individually made ice cabins located in the wilderness surrounding Rovaniemi, Finland. Each cabin is made using bricks that are 100% pure ice all topped off with a solid wooden roof. The temperature in the Ice Cabin stays between 0 and -5 ºC – and with plenty of specialist bedding to keep you warm.
The new resort also includes Aurora Cabins so you can look out onto the night sky from your bed; Aurora Wagons where you stay the night in a bespoke caravan style accommodation with windows looking up to the night sky.
Combine this with a range of classic Arctic and Northern Lights activities, including an Aurora Hunt on a Snow Train.
Igloo Lodge, Ilulissat, Greenland
Now you can stay in a traditional hand-built igloo village, named the Igloo Lodge. The Igloo Lodge is made up of five spacious igloos, each with room for two people, and complete with warm winter sleeping bags. This adventure strips back the luxury and gets guests back to nature, spending a night in the Arctic tundra like the Innuits have done years before.
On-site is a cozy wooden cabin containing bathroom facilities and a communal area where meals are served. Although outside temperatures can drop well below freezing, the igloos remain around 0ºC – making sleeping in the specialist outdoor equipment more than comfortable.
Skaret Lodge, Tromso, Norway
Having opened its doors for the first time to travellers visiting Tromso this Easter 2018, Skaret Lodge has created a new luxury experience on Ringvassøya, Norway’s 6th biggest island. The new lodge is bringing indulgence, comfort and a taste of Scandinavian culture for those looking to experience the Northern Lights from the local fjords to experiencing the aurora dancing over the summit of the local mountains.
A luxurious master lodge includes five bedrooms, and with a further 3 adjacent cabins, the property can sleep up to 35 people, all of which have picture windows to hunt for the Northern Lights. With comfortable living areas, sauna, jacuzzi, kitchen, and dining facilities, the lodge has everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Combined with a wide range of Arctic activities on offer, you can do everything from dogsledding to joining an accredited Aurora professor and astronomy expert on a Northern Lights hunt.
Lyngen Experience, Tromso, Norway
The new Lyngen Experience lodge brings more luxury to Tromso. With one side of the new lodge fully glazed, giving a 180º view looking north onto the fjord and mountains beyond, the new lodge is not only well appointed but perfectly situated for the Northern Lights. You can enjoy the long evenings in the lodge hunting for the Northern Lights from the comfort of a chair whilst sipping some of the produce from the local Aurora Distillery.
Join the world-famous aurora photographer, Kjetil Skogli for an aurora photography experience. Kjetil is not only a world-renowned Northern Lights photographer and one of the pioneers in Northern Lights tours but he was also Joanna Lumley’s personal guide when she filmed her famous documentary hunting for the Aurora back in 2009.
Deplar Farm, Troll Peninsula, Iceland
Deplar Farm in northern Iceland is as close to a complete luxury Arctic travel adventure as you can possibly get. Together with your stay, you also have access to a huge range of tours and experiences from surfing (yes winter surfing) to fat biking; whale watching to hot spring tours; and a Seagull Brewery tour to the Kaldi beer spa.
All the Arctic gear necessary for activities, chef prepared breakfast, lunch, après and dinner by an in-house executive chef, organic fresh food mini bar, house alcoholic, and non-alcoholic drinks and transfers are also all included.
Arctic Masterclass, Lulea, Sweden
Why not learn core winter skills required to survive in the Arctic on your adventure?
From the moment you arrive, you will learn the essentials from a leading Arctic guide from preparation through Arctic clothing, building and cooking over an open fire, ice fishing, how to embark on a snowshoe trek, dogsled and snowmobile safari – all whilst exploring the local relationship with the Northern Lights.
Want to hunt for the Aurora 24 hours of the day in Svalbard for your Arctic travel adventure? The new experience is available from November to late January when the winter sun is more than 6º below the horizon giving you dark skies throughout the day, doubling the chance of experiencing the Aurora.
Combined with the comforts of the new Funken Lodge; with spectacular dining and once in a lifetime Northern Lights experiences, you will also indulge in the finer side of Arctic life.
For more information on tailor-made travel itineraries visit the Arctic travel experts www.offthemap.travel