Departures can be arranged at anytime to suit you between mid January and end of March
Tailor made vacation
This trip can be tailor made to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. Sites and accommodations can be arranged to suit you and your budget. This is a comfortable trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in characterful local accommodation!
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 vacation 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!
Reviews of Northern lights winter vacation, Norway
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 03 Mar 2016 by Sylvia Darigala
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
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 travelers booking this vacation?
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 vacation 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 vacation overall?