A Scandinavian Winter Adventure
Viking Oslo, arctic Tromso, magical Lapland and chic Stockholm
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury accommodation throughout including two nights at the Treehotel and three nights at the Icehotel
- Northern lights viewing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, spa boat, ice dining and forest sauna experiences
- Privately guided tours in Oslo, Tromso and Stockholm
- Internal flights and private transfers
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
Begin in Norway’s cool capital, Oslo, where you’ll spend two nights in a handpicked luxury hotel, with a privately guided tour to introduce you to the city and plenty of time to do your own thing. Winter is a great time of year to visit as the locals can be found making the most of the season ice skating, skiing, sledding or snuggling up in a cosy café.
Next fly north to Tromso, the last major settlement before the wilds of the Arctic Ocean, and vibrant centre for a string of historic fishing villages. Snow shoe across the icy tundra on the lookout for reindeer and take a cruise aboard an old whaling boat that has been converted into a spa, perhaps fishing and taking a bracing swim before warming up inside with a gourmet meal. Tromso is a great place for watching the Aurora Borealis dance across the sky at night.
Journey a short way south into the vast snow-blanketed forests of Swedish Lapland. Split your time here between an incredible tree-house at the Treehotel and the famous Icehotel, trying your hand at dog sledding, ice fishing, hunting the northern lights on a snowmobile, sweating it out in a sauna and meeting members of the indigenous Sami Tribe, as well as enjoying some unforgettable dining experiences.
End your adventure in stylish Stockholm with its world-class museums, great restaurants and beautiful architecture. Once again, a private guide will introduce you to the capital on a tour that can be tailored to your interests, with time to relax and explore before your flight home.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Oslo
- 119 guestrooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Rooftop terrace
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
With enough avant-garde design to make the most discerning art collector turn green, impressive views steal your attention every way you turn at The Thief. From inspiring contemporary art gracing guestrooms to Julian Opie animations playing in the elevators and an Andy Warhol piece sitting in the restaurant – and not forgetting those fjord panoramas – this is Oslo’s exciting, cutting-edge design hotel. Facing the water’s edge in the Tjuvholmen district, now deemed a hotspot for innovative design, with the Astrup Fearnely Museum of Modern Art next door and superb restaurants scattered among pedestrianised streets and squares, this boutique bolt-hole fits perfectly into its creative environment. Closely tied to its Norwegian setting, The Thief is adorned with local designers’ furniture while the restaurant’s seasonal menu is peppered with regional accents. Drinks and views then come hand in hand up at the gorgeous roof terrace, though each room and suite also offers private vistas from floor-to-ceiling windows and French balconies. Scenery isn’t the only thing your room provides either. Infused with gadgets, carefully chosen artwork and luxuries including rainforest showers, bespoke woollen blankets, slippers and bathrobes, the accommodation here is superb.
- 131 rooms and 23 suites
- Five bars and restaurants
Hotel Continental Oslo’s location is as central as it gets, directly across from the National Theatre, and a stone’s throw from the parliamentary building and royal palace. A beacon of luxury since its opening in 1900, the hotel is the country’s only five-star hotel, with 155 individually designed rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy fine dining at Restaurant Eik Annen Etage while the historic Theatercaféen has been the Oslo’s most popular dining and meeting place for over 100 years. Drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at the maritime-style Steamen Café, or at the popular Dagligstuen bar which homes a privately owned collection of graphic works by Edvard Munch.
- 292 rooms (including a dedicated ladies' floor)
- Two restaurants and bars
- Swimming pool
- Spa with treatment rooms, sauna and steam room
First opening its doors in 1874, the Grand Hotel is steeped in classic history and regarded as the original landmark hotel of Oslo. Sitting on the city’s main street, Karl Johans Gate, the Grand strikes a palatial pose with its timeless elegant design. While the city lies at your doorstep, you can relax in utter luxury within. Traditional and modern indulgences come together to create a first-class service, from handsomely furnished rooms and suites to a complete spa experience and numerous dining choices. Tuck into delicious meals and afternoon tea at the Grand Cafe and Palmen Restaurant, before taking in the cityscape from the top floor bar and rooftop terrace.
Sitting at the head of a fjord, with the forests behind it, the Norwegian Capital is gifted with a unique combination of vibrant city life and easy access to the outdoors. Although the most populous city in Norway, Oslo is the perfect size for exploring on foot. You'll be drawn in by an eclectic mix of old and new architecture, world-class museums, animated nightlife and plenty of outdoor activities. The trading roots of this ancient Viking city are reflected in the importance of the buildings surrounding its harbours. It's here that you'll find the Town Hall, The Nobel Peace Centre, the medieval Akershus Fortress and the National Opera House.
This privately guided tour of Norway's capital will be structured with your interests in mind. Your local guide will introduce you to some of the city's most important and interesting sites. You could take a tour of the Viking Ship Museum and learn all about the Scandinavians who explored Europe by its seas and rivers. Stop in at the open-air Norwegian Folk Museum, the country's largest museum of cultural history, where there are a variety of exhibitions of folk art, costumes, toys and Sami culture. Or spend some time in the Vigeland Sculpture Park which boasts more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron, all crafted by Gustav Vigeland. You can also take a turn past Holmenkollen ski jump hill and the Ski Museum below it. The museum's exhibitions outline 4000 years of ski history.
Private transfer to Oslo airport
Flight from Oslo to Tromso
Private transfer to your lodge in Tromso
Accommodation in Tromso
- 214 guestrooms
- Two restaurants
- Conference facilities
Perfectly placed along the waterside, Scandic Ishavshotel enjoys a fantastic setting just two minutes from the city’s shops and restaurants and is surrounded by beautiful mountain and Straits of Tromso views. Soak up these vistas from your room – or balcony if you opt for a suite. Modern facilities are strewn throughout the property, from well appointed rooms to heated bathroom floors to excellent restaurants. Breakfast is an utter feast here, while traditional Norwegian specialties provide tasty meals during the rest of the day. If you’re after a glimpse of the Northern Lights, ask reception for an Aurora wake-up call to ensure you don’t miss a second of the magical sight.
As you arrive in Tromso, ‘the arctic capital’, you experience a sudden rush of excitement: you're at the last outpost of civilisation before the wild icy sweeps of the Arctic Ocean. But while the streets and harbor may reflect a past of polar adventure, Tromsø is more than just a dropping off point for Arctic expeditions - it's a vibrant cultural centre for a region of small fishing villages.
Located on an island connected by bridges to the mainland, the center is famous for its charming, old wooden houses, cathedral and ancient cinema. The atmosphere is as lively as you'd expect of a bustling port town, which is also the site of the most northerly university on the planet, and you'll find many fine restaurants, cafes and bars here.
This morning head into Tromso to acquaint yourself with the vibrant city and visit some of its best museums. During the tour you will see the Polar museum and Polaria, the world's most northerly aquarium.
Today you will be driven with your guide to windswept alpine tundra landscapes outside of the city. You will use snowshoes to discover the secrets of the boreal forests, perhaps spotting wildlife such as reindeer as you learn about this incredible arctic landscape.
Board an old whaling boat and embark on a cruise to discover the mountains around the Arctic city of Tromso. The boat has a sauna and hamman so guests can relax while watching the epic scenery glide by. There is also the option to fish from the boat and swim in the sea and, if you are lucky, you might just catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. The on-board chef will also prepare a delicious three-course meal for you to enjoy as you sail through this majestic landscape.
Private transfer to Oslo airport
Flight from Oslo to Luleå Airport
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Swedish Lapland
- Seven unique treehouses
- Relaxation area
More than simply cabins tucked away in a forest, the rooms at this contemporary tree house hotel in Harads are marvels of engineering and works of art. Whether you’re relaxing on the net patio of the Seventh Room, or gazing out over the forest from the Dragonfly, your stay will be unique, luxurious and truly memorable. The seven unique rooms are situated above ground in a pine forest, a celebration of design, taste and nature. The Seventh Room is located ten metres up in the trees, boasting panoramic windows which offer views of the Lule River, and skylights in the bedrooms – the ideal place from which to admire the Northern Lights. The patio level is a net, stretched around the trunk of a pine tree. Lie back and listen to the sounds of the forest all around you. The room itself is luxuriously modern with Scandinavian wood and fine textures. The other vastly different rooms include The Cabin, The UFO, The Bird’s Nest, The Mirror Cube, The Blue Cone and the Dragonfly. Britta’s Pensionat, a short walk from the rooms, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a 1930s-50s setting. The menu changes daily according to what fresh produce is available. Guests can enjoy the bar, television area, sauna and relaxation area. There are a variety of activities for guests to participate in depending on the season, including hiking, mountain biking, moose safaris, fishing and photography.
Discover magical Lapland with two nights at the Treehotel. Reindeer stand proud beneath snow heavy trees, the night skies dance with iridescent shades of green and purple and locals and visitors alike share stories over fika, the traditional Swedish coffee and pastry. Swedish Lapland is a magical place filled with natural wonder, folklore and a rich cultural heritage.
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, can be seen here in Lapland when the sky is clear combined with solar activity where charged particles from the sun's solar waves collide with gases in the Earth's magnetic field, creating an incredible light show. Head to nearby Bodträskån which lies in the middle of the forest. Here you can experience silence and darkness, a good place to see the Aurora and discover Arctic winter at night. Together with a photographer, you will be set you up with a tripod and a DSLR camera. Step by step you are given instructions how to capture the night sky and you will have beautiful pictures with you home on your memory card.
Head out on a privately guided ice fishing tour where you will learn all the skills you need before you try to catch some fish. Warm up afterward with some time in the sauna or Jacuzzi.
You will be taken by snowmobile and sled down to the river for a wonderful evening. The evening is lit by torches and candles while you are served a three-course dinner in a heated tipi tent on an ice covered lake. You sit on reindeer skins while enjoying a fantastic meal over two and a half hours with a chance of watching the Northern Lights.
Private transfer to the Icehotel
Accommodation in Swedish Lapland
- Mix of cold and warm rooms
- Two restaurants
- Ice bar
When it comes to finding rooms with that little something extra, the Icehotel is hard to beat. This hotel and art exhibition was first built in 1989 and has been redesigned and built from scratch every year since. Water from the River Torne provides ice for the hotel and a team of skilled and hardy workers chip, carve and chisel until the building is complete. There is a mix of warm and cold rooms in which to sleep, the latter lingering between -5 and -8°C on the thermometer. The highlight for most guests is the chance to bed down in one of the cold rooms, where a thick mattress covered in reindeer skins sits on top of a huge bed of ice. Snuggle up in your thermal sleeping bag then wake up in the morning to a steaming cup of lingonberry juice before jumping in the sauna before breakfast. New for 2016 is the Icehotel 365, a permanent structure that is kept cool in summer by solar panels. Inside are luxury suites, each with their own bathroom as well as art suites designed and hand carved by artists from around the world. Despite its frosty nature, there are plenty of cosy corners in which to warm your fingers and toes. Set up camp in front of the crackling fire in the Jukkasjärvi Homestead, a timbered building that dates back to 1768. Here you can enjoy beef and salmon steaks hot out the charcoal-fired oven, or head to the hotel restaurant to sample traditional Scandinavian fare with locally sourced fish, game and berries. Then there is the ice bar, where everything from the glasses to the tables, chairs and bar itself is made from ice. Enjoy the totally unique surroundings and sip on what is likely to be the crispest glass of champagne or cocktail you’ll ever drink.
Enjoy another three nights in Swedish Lapland, this time exploring a more northerly swathe of arctic wilderness from the iconic Icehotel.
You'll ride as a passenger in the sled and experience the dogs' tremendous desire to run as they pull you though the beautiful landscape of northern Lapland. As part of the experience, you'll enjoy coffee and cake served by an open fire.
The Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, can be seen in Jukkasjärvi between September and March. The best place to see it is out in the wilderness, away from artificial light and the snowmobile is a great way to get around. Your guide explains how the northern lights appear, what causes it and the folklore around the phenomenon. They'll be a few photo stops along the way and a warming dinner at a wilderness camp.
You have a table booked for you to enjoy the Icehotel's exclusive Ice Menu. This involves fives courses of fantastic local cuisine, some of which are served on beds of pure ice.
The Sámi people inhabitated northern Scandinavia long before the city of Kiruna was founded. For thousands of years, they’ve lived in harmony with nature and their reindeer, constantly moving in search of food for the herd. Nils Nutti is Sámi and through his business Nutti Sámi Siida, he lets curious visitors get a close encounter with his culture. Meet the reindeer, tast the food and try driving the reindeer sled.
Join your Sámi guide to the reindeer camp for an encounter with the reindeer and Sámi culture. Try a reindeer sled ride around a short track and hand-feed the curious calves. Get a brief insight into the Sámi lifestyle and culture over a hot coffee and delicious “souvas”, the Sámi signature dish, around the roaring fire in the traditional tent. Transfers are included in the price.
Saunas are an important part of Arctic culture, especially along the Torne River. Take a short walk through the snow out to where the Icehotel has converted an historic cabin into a sauna and relaxation area. Your sauna guide will explain the "sauna master's" ten-step sauna ritual, which includes an icy river plunge and a cleansing of the mind and body.
Flight from Kiruna to Stockholm
Private transfer to your hotel in Stockholm
Accommodation in Stockholm
- 12 rooms and suites
- Courtyard garden
- Gym and spa area
Built in 1910, this beautiful townhouse has been transformed into a luxurious hotel, full of personality and Scandinavian design elements. It has been lovingly crafted into a home away from home where guests are seen as family. The 12 rooms and suites combine beauty and functionality and feature a carefully curated collection of furniture and Scandinavian antiques. The rooms are comfortable and light in summer, and cast iron stoves turn them into cosy havens in the colder months. Enjoy breakfast or an evening glass of wine in the lush courtyard garden, and allow the chef’s team to surprise you with a meal created using fresh, locally-sourced produce. You can dine in the kitchen, in the library, or in the Greenhouse. In keeping with the family home feel of the hotel, you’re also welcome to help yourself to snacks and drinks from the kitchen as you like.
- 201 rooms
- Two restaurants
- Two bars
- Fitness centre and sauna
This luxury hotel in the heart of Stockholm offers guests a relaxed and elegant base from which to explore the city. There are 201 rooms and suites to choose from. Whether original panelling and stucco from the 1800s appeals to you, or you want to wake up to sunlight spilling through wide windows, Nobis seamlessly combines style and comfort. Some of the rooms offer views out over the city centre, the beautiful Berzelii Park or tranquil inner courtyard. Interior design is focussed on contemporary timelessness, and the aesthetics are refined, calming and discreet, to match the 19th century stone architecture of the building. The furniture and artworks were designed specifically for the hotel, incorporating natural materials like stone, ceramics, wood and natural textiles. Dine on dishes inspired by traditional Italian rustic cuisine at Caina’s Bakficka. The menu takes you on a journey through Italy from the mountains of Piedmont and the valleys of Tuscany, to the southern coast of Sicily. As the sun goes down, enjoy a glass of champagne or a signature cocktail at The Gold Bar. Fresh ingredients and hand-picked spirits make for inspired seasonal drinks.
- 78 rooms
- Tennis court
On a peaceful island connected to Stockholm’s main peninsula, the Hotel Skeppsholmen occupies two long buildings that were originally built in 1699 to house Sweden’s Royal Marines. Stylishly reinvigorated by celebrated local architect and design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, today it is a modern, calm eco-friendly retreat that is still just a short walk from the city centre. The contemporary updates and modern Scandinavian design flourishes can be found in all 78 rooms. Art abounds throughout the hotel with exhibitions hosted in partnership with the neighbouring Museum of Modern Art and the food too is at the cutting edge of Swedish creativity with the restaurant, Långa Raden, serving up fresh takes on traditional dishes with seasonal ingredients. This is a place where you can expect to dine with locals as much as guests and brunch here is a real treat. Outside you’ll find Sweden’s first outdoor tennis court, built by King Oscar II in 1882, a collection of nearby museums including the architectural museum, many waterfront restaurants, historic ships, and castle on the islet of Kastellholmen.
- 94 rooms
- Wine cellar
- Gym and sauna
Find yourself feeling truly welcome and at home at Hotel Kungsträdgården in central Stockholm. The team at the privately-owned family hotel not only cherishes their guests, but also the hotel’s history. The building dates back to the 18th century, and preserved woodwork and details combine beautifully with modern design touches. The 94 rooms are each individually decorated in classic Gustavian style. Sit down to a leisurely breakfast beneath one of Europe’s largest chandeliers – it is made up of more than 11,000 hand-bound prisms and weighs more than 400kg. The courtyard is also the ideal place to enjoy a glass of champagne, or you could choose to dine on French cuisine at Brasserie Makalös. Take some time off from exploring the busy city, and relax in the wine bar, study or private wine cellar. There is also a gym and sauna available for guests.
Enjoy your days exploring Stockholm, Sweden's beautiful capital. Set over 14 islands, it's a place of water and greenery as much as the urban, a place where centuries of history meet the constant forward thinking nature of its near 1 million inhabitants. As well as fine museums, trend-setting restaurants and vibrant nightclubs, a short cruise out of the city will find you among the thousands of beautiful islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago, making this a city that feels surprisingly outdoorsy.
On this tour, you'll get to see some of the city's most popular highlights, including the Vasa Museum, the Royal Palace and the City Hall. At Vasa Museum you will get to marvel at the remnants of a wreck which lay at the bottom of the ocean for some 333 years. Next, you'll breathe in the fresh air as you wander down hidden alleyways between medieval buildings in Gamla Stan (the old town). Pop into the Royal Palace of Stockholm and see the state apartments. Have a proper introduction to the Swedish Royal family, pass by the cathedral, and discover the historic Stortorget and Mårten Trotzigs Gränd alleyways. Then you end the tour with glimpses of some of Stockholm's city districts, like Södermalm, Djurgården, Norrmalm and Östermalm.
Private transfer to the airport
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