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Long weekends in Lapland set to become easier from January 2014

22nd August 2013 Print

Lapland winter experiences specialist The White Circle is working with Sorrisniva igloo hotel in Norway for the first time this winter, pairing up with the world’s northern-most igloo hotel and new London-Alta flights which will begin on 24 January 2014. With 18 new flights from the UK (London City Airport) to Alta in Norway, the new flight route – with the Norwegian-owned airline – will make Norway’s far north more accessible, opening up a new, easy and fast route from the UK in to the depths of the Arctic.

500km north of the Arctic Circle, Alta offers all the essentials for a Lapland break. Now, under four hours’ flight from central London (with a touch-down in Bodø), the city is also a new short-break destination.

Making use of the new flights, The White Circle has introduced this new long weekend trip:

New: Go north for the weekend to Norway

Tick off all the Lapland must-dos on this Arctic weekend in Alta, taking just two days off work. During the three-night break, you’ll navigate the Arctic terrain on a husky-sled, hunt for the Northern Lights in dark, light pollution-free skies, learn to drive a snowmobile across the dramatic frozen landscapes and spend a night in an igloo. Unlike many igloo and snow hotels, Sorrisniva continues to be built by local designers and its facilities include outdoor hot tubs and a restaurant specialising in local and seasonal produce. There’s also time to explore the small city of Alta, with its pre-historic carvings, fascinating exhibition on the Aurora and, newly-opened (in 2013), the Cathedral of the Northern Lights which was inspired by and designed to symbolise the natural phenomenon. 

Departing January-March 2014, ‘An Arctic Weekend in Alta’ costs from £1,545 pp (two sharing) including flights (London City), transfers, three nights’ B&B accommodation (including one night in an igloo hotel), one other meal, all activities, cold-weather clothing and guides.

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