NORTHERN LIGHTS

LOFOTEN ISLANDS & SWEDISH LAPLAND

MAIN CONFERECE

30 JANUARY 2019 - 10 FEBRUARY 2019

Seeing the Northern Lights, is on many a bucket list.

We have put together a unique program with 7 nights high in the Arctic Circle to give you an excellent chance of witnessing the mesmerising swirl of the Aurora Borealis.

First we stay in the Lofoten Islands, a place of staggering beauty, with peaceful fjords and handsome mountains and minimal human habitation. Then the Arctic Express train takes us on a scenic journey to Swedish Lapland, an intensely beautiful landscape of snow-bound forests, frozen lakes and vast expanses of tundra.

In these northern reaches of the world, each day can bring an almost magical stillness, and though the sun barely skims the horizon, for a few hours a day the sky glows deep blue and the snow seems almost luminous in the oblique light. After dark, with luck, you will be awed by the green and pink radiance arcing above you.


Wednesday 30 January 2019 -  Australia - Dubai - Olso

Depart Australia in the evening for a flight via Dubai with Emirates 


Thursday 31 January 2019 -  Olso

Arrive in Oslo from Australia and stay overnight at the airport hotel.


Friday 1 February 2019 - Lofoten Islands

This morning we join delegates from the optional pre-conference tour in Oslo to fly to Svolvær, in the Lofoten Islands.  This spectacular archipelago is draped across the Norwegian Sea, west of mainland Norway. This rare wilderness outpost offers an untrammelled landscape of majestic mountains and deep fjords and long, surf-swept beaches. For the next three nights stay in traditional fishermen’s cabins by the sea with snow-covered mountains forming the perfect backdrop. This evening join fellow delegates for a special local dinner and your first chance to see the northern lights, with tips on photography techniques from a local professional.

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Saturday 2 February 2019 - Lofoten Islands

Morning conference session.

This afternoon don some snow shoes and set out with our guides to experience the silent beauty of nature. Enjoy stories about the Vikings and other local legends. Take in the mountain vistas and breathe in the pure air that can only be found in the Arctic. Return to the hotel for a warming hot tub and sauna before dinner – you don’t have to dive into the ocean like the crazy Norwegians do!

Snow Shoe Walking

This evening, after dinner, watch out for the splendour of the Aurora Borealis right from the hotel.


Sunday 3 February 2019 - Lofoten Islands

Morning conference session.

Travel the short distance to Solvaer for some free time for lunch, then travel by zodiacs into some of the Lofoten Islands’ most dramatic fjords. Be awed by the largest Sea Eagles in the world circling above you. Return to the hotel and then you have free time to walk to the nearby town to visit the museum, aquarium and art gallery.

Lofoten Fjords

Enjoy a special dinner at the hotel restaurant finishing with a drink up on deck to see the skyline of Lofoten luminous with nature’s spectacular light show (hopefully).

Lofoten Lights

Monday 4 February 2019 - Narvik      

Today our coach takes us on a scenic route through mountains, fjords, picturesque fishing villages and bridges to Narvik, on the Norwegian mainland. Arrive at our hotel in time for lunch, while admiring the spectacular views - islands to the west and mountains in every other direction, while spectacular fjords stretch north and south.

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Afternoon conference session.

This evening, a special treat as we take a cable car ride to a luxurious mountain top lodge for a delightful dinner followed by Aurora viewing and photography opportunities.

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Tuesday 5 February 2019 - Ice Hotel, Kiruna

This morning we board the Arctic Circle Express, the world’s northern-most train ride. Zig-zag out of Narvik and then relax as you pass by spectacular scenery and pop in and out of tunnels. Arrive in Kiruna and transfer to the small village of Jukkasjarvi, next to the mighty glacial River Torne, and arrive at the original ICE HOTEL. The hotel is crafted into a unique incarnation each winter, and filled with imaginative art works created by artists from around the world.

After lunch enjoy a guided tour of this extraordinary hotel, finishing with a drink in the fabulously sculpted ICE BAR. Of course, your drink will be nice and cold – served up in a glass made of ice!

This evening, meet your team of huskies who will whisk you across the snowy tundra in your sled. Be on the look out for the northern lights! This is a fast and exhilarating way to travel; you will be every bit as excited as your canine friends whose happy barks ring across the white landscape. Arrive at Väkkäräjärvi Wilderness Lodge where your cockles are warmed by a drink of mulled wine around an open fire. Enjoy a very special dinner before returning to the hotel.


Wednesday 6 February 2019 - Ice Hotel, Kiruna

This morning channel your own artistic talents, creating your own ice sculpture under the guidance of an expert. You never know, you may be able to give up your day job.

Afternoon conference session.

This evening dinner is at the Old Homestead, a cosy timber building which was once a school. After dinner, spend the night in an individually themed and hand carved ice room, snuggled up on reindeer hide – a surreal experience.


Thursday 7 February 2019 - Ice Hotel, Kiruna      

Wake up early with a hot chocolate, coffee or tea before having a warm sauna – Scandinavians are crazy about saunas, but you don’t have to roll in the snow first.

Then travel to a small village to meet the Sami people, the indigenous inhabitants of the Scandinavian Arctic. Learn of their traditional way of life - coastal fishing, fur trapping and sheep herding. Let them teach you how to throw a lasso. The Sami are renowned as reindeer herders and they will take you on a reindeer sled ride, the quietest and most magical way to enjoy the forest and snowscape. Look out Rudolf. Have a traditional lunch in a Tipi – don’t be surprised if there is reindeer on the menu.

Afternoon conference session.

Tonight enjoy your final night in Lapland with a special farewell dinner.

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Friday 8 February 2019 - Stockholm

Today begin your homeward journey, flying from Kiruna to Stockholm where you will stay in the airport hotel overnight.


Saturday 9 February 2019 - Stockholm OR Australia       

Fly from Stockholm in the afternoon, arriving in Australia on Sunday 10 February

OR

JOIN THE OPTIONAL POST CONFERENCE TOUR OF STOCKHOLM


End of arrangements or join one of the post conference tour arrangements

Please note that this itinerary and costs may be subject to change.