Combining two countries – Norway and Finland - you'll stay in new boutique hotel Cahkal, situated in Finnish Lapland in a prime northern lights location.
Aurora Across the Border
The trip will start off with a night in Norway’s ‘Paris of the North’ where you will begin your hunt for the aurora before journeying across the border to the new boutique hotel Cahkal in Finland.
This is a fantastic location in Kilpisjärvi and you will be based here taking part in various activities and enjoying the stunning views that surround you. The location is perfect for aurora spotting as it is located just north east of Abisko, which is known as one of the best aurora spots in Europe.
- 4 Night Break staying in Tromso and Cahkal Boutique Hotel
- A Night in Norway’s Paris of the North
- Mixing activities and relaxation in the this new boutique hotel
- Spot the aurora from the doorstep of your property
- Option to extend your stay in Tromso and travel across another border to Sweden
- All transfers incldued
- 1 Night in Tromso on a Breakfast Basis
- 3 Nights package at Cahkal Boutique Hotel on a Full Board Basis
- Mix of excursions and relaxation (4 excursions included)
- Option to extend your stay
A note on flights
While flights are not included in the holiday price, our team will happily provide a quote and arrange them for you. Simply ask one of our Travel Experts for details of the available options.
Day by Day Itinerary
Arrive into Tromso and depending on what you flight you get you might be able to squeeze in an evening excursion to kick-start your northern lights hunting.
Spend the morning exploring a bit more of Tromso before getting your shared transfer to the stunning new boutique hotel Cahkal, a 2.5-hour transfer from Tromso to Kilpisjarvi. Upon arrival, take the time to relax and enjoy your brand new surroundings.
During the day you can get used to your new surroundings and exploring the area. There is a sauna you can book onsite which can be upgraded to a private option. Then in the evening you can get ready for an exhilarating night in the enchanting Kilpisjärvi village, where the stunning northern lights take center stage when the night sky is at its clearest and most vibrant!
Nestled at the crossroads of maritime and continental climates, Kilpisjärvi boasts a unique meteorological advantage that gifts us with frequent, crystal-clear skies – the perfect canvas for the breathtaking spectacle of the northern lights.
Picture this: you’ll embark on a thrilling adventure through the pristine snowy forests, a magical realm where every step is a journey into wonder. As you traverse this winter wonderland, your senses will be tantalized by the alluring aroma of hot beverages, lovingly brewed to warm your heart and hands.
Today you will take part in an epic snowmobile trip that takes you to the three borders of Scandinavia. You will snowmobile across to the three corners of Scandinavia as you discover the northernmost points of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Brace yourself for some incredible scenery in this highly sought-after activity.
In the evening enjoy a delicious 3-course meal before potentially catching the aurora from outside your hotel.
Where You'll Stay
Cahkal Hotel is nestled in the heart of Finnish Lapland, seamlessly blending modern design with Nordic hospitality. With five distinct room types across two buildings, each space offers breathtaking mountain views through expansive windows that bring the outdoors into your room.
Every room at Cahkal Hotel is thoughtfully equipped with drying cabinets, hair dryers, and complimentary Wi-Fi. To enhance your comfort, blackout curtains, air conditioning, and soundproofing acoustics ensure a peaceful retreat by minimizing external noise. This boutique hotel is strategically located 400 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, marking the northwesternmost point of Finland near the Arctic Ocean. Ideal for experiential travelers, we offer unforgettable experiences and relaxed luxury in a truly unique and pristine arctic wilderness setting.
Enjoy the local delicacies at Aika Kitchen & Bar and unwind on the terrace, taking in the view while listening to the soothing sounds of the Cahkal River. Relax in the sauna and steam room with views overlooking the breathtaking Saana moutain. The arctic ambiance pervades every corner of the hotel, offering the perfect spot for solo travelers, romantic getaways, or group trips with friends.
Scandic Ishavshotel Tromso
The Scandic Ishavshotel is on a picturesque waterside location in Tromsø, which is often referred to as the Paris of the North, and offers stunning views of the harbour and city. It is located only 50 metres from the Hurtigruten ferry and 4 minutes from the Polar Museum. It has easy access to the pier where most boating trips depart from.
Almost all rooms at the Scandic Ishavshotel are located at the very end of the quay and provide panoramic views whilst there are excellent Restaurant and Bar facilities.
For a relaxing drink visit the Roast Bar, located right by the water and offering views of the Tromsø Bridge and a famous architectural landmark, the Arctic Cathedral.
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See what our clients say
We had five fantastic days in beautiful Iceland, as we had never been before Aurora Nights helped with everything and made the holiday so easy and stress free. We stayed at Hotel Ranga which was amazing, we very much enjoyed the tours and the guides were brilliant, very knowledgable and friendly. We will certainly be returning to Iceland and wouldn’t hesitate to book through Aurora Nights again, special thanks to Abigail as her experience and reccommendations made the trip even better.
This vacation has without without doubt, has been the best experience we have ever had. The organisation from the minute we landed in Kiruna until we departed at the close of our trip was second to none. The transition between hotels was always seamless and punctual. Everywhere we stayed was beautifully clean and the meals were top quality. Every driver was polite, entertaining and very knowledgeable, furnishing us with invaluable information about Sweden and the activities in which we were to participate. The snowmobiling was wonderful giving access via our guide, to stunning panoramic views of the mountain whilst viewing reindeer in their natural habitat.
Our guide demonstrated how to use the snowmobile safely he was pleasant and informative. When visiting the reindeer on the Sami reservation; we found the brother and sister team who hosted lovely. Again they were so hospitable and helpful and feeding the reindeer up close was a wonderful experience.
They provided additional activities for us to try and we were treated to a traditional Sami lunch in their hut. They provided us with invaluable information appertaining to their culture and caring for their reindeer. The reindeer were in superb condition and happy in their environment. Similarly, when out with the dog sleds the experience was magical. Two hours of beautiful scenery, and frozen lakes, finishing with a one-on-one experience massaging the dogs. Magic! We were so impressed with the care that was placed upon ensuring the dogs were comfortable, well-nourished and so loved by their owners/handlers.
Now to the photographic experience. A large group of us were treated to a demonstration of how to operate some serious camera equipment with tripod. Each of us was loaned the camera and given assistance setting up the camera on a frozen lake in preparation for the appearance of the Northern Lights. We were taken to this lake on large wooden sleighs pulled by a snowmobile. We cannot speak too highly of the two young men who accompanied us on this experience. They could not do enough for us. They were there to offer assistance with our cameras throughout the two-plus hours we were on this beautiful lake.
They advised where to position the camera and when the Lights appeared, what a performance. We had a two-hour display of this most breathtaking phenomenon. We were so fortunate to be able to experience this once-in-a-lifetime occurrence for which we are so grateful. We will never forget this memorable holiday and cannot thank you and everyone who assisted in making a lifetime dream come true. Karen & Andrew Adamson
A fantastic short break which fulfilled all expectations. Well organised with a polished delivery, we could not have asked for more. The accommodation was perfect for us and the guides knowledgeable and helpful. Every day was packed with adventure, each lasting longer than scheduled but we were never rushed; the guides took pride in showing and explaining their beautiful country. We would certainly use Weekend a la carte again and recommend them to others.
We had a fantastic 4 nights that included glaciers, waterfalls, geysers, the aurora borealis and more! Lovely hotels, especially Hotel Ranga. We filled every moment and felt thoroughly invigorated on our return.
Thank you for arranging a fabulous holiday, we had a really enjoyable time and would love to return in the future. Hotel Ranga is a lovely place to stay and the owner greeted guests in the restaurant, which was an unexpected welcoming touch. We didn’t see the Northern Lights due to the weather and the trip to the Eyjafjallajokull glacier and volcano was substituted by an excursion to Thorsmork, also due to the weather, which we thoroughly enjoyed; the brochure description doesn’t do it justice. We found Iceland and the people there really charismatic. Although the wind and snow cut short the amount of travelling we could do, we still covered a reasonable amount of what we wanted to see and our appetites are whetted for a return, perhaps in Spring or Summer. We found a couple of great places to eat near the Hotel in Reykjavik. Messin does tasty fish dishes and the Icelandic Street Food restaurant was excellent, offering simple but hearty soups with refills included in the price – great value.
Brilliant short break. Hotel Ranga was lovely, excellent food. Managed to see the Northern Lights as well! Iceland on the whole was quite expensive but a lovely place to visit, the people were very friendly.
We did the aurora nights break and had a great time overall. Everything related to flights, hire car, and hotels ran smoothly. There were a few issues largely relating to the weather and driving conditions (we travelled in mid March), but what we did manage to do was amazing.
The blue lagoon was easy to access from the airport and was a brilliant experience. We booked the standard package and it came with a free drink and face mask. Facilities were clean and organised with free toiletries in the shower rooms, which helps if you’ve gone there straight from the airport.
The drive to Hotel Ranga afterwards was long but fine (check out the road on google streetview to know what to expect). The hotel and staff were great. We were limited to one option as vegetarians on the bar and a la carte menus, but the food was lovely and if you are a meat eater you will see options of unusual dishes like puffin and reindeer.
Our northern lights super jeep trip was cancelled on both nights due to a poor forecast, but we were lucky enough to get an aurora wake up call from Hotel Ranga the first night. We couldn’t use the hottubs as there are only a few and they were always taken in the limited time we spent at the hotel, so don’t go expecting to get lots of time in one and you won’t be disappointed. View them as an add on if you can time it right. We were travelling with an 11 year old, so we didn’t stay up really late. If you are a couple you probably have a better chance of getting one later on.
The glacier/volcano super jeep trip was outstanding. Our driver, Íbí was excellent. She went above and beyond and gave us such an awesome experience. We were also super lucky with the weather the first two days and had great views across Iceland.
The ice cave tour was also incredible and the guides running it were excellent. The group size was much bigger than expected (especially after the more exclusive volcano super jeep tour), but it was broken down into smaller groups that were managed well, with plenty of time factored in for photographs. There were several unexplained delays getting to the cave during the tour that meant we weren’t able to ‘mini tour’ the rest of the South Coast afterwards, so if you plan to do the ice cave don’t overplan for the afternoon as you may not have much time. Not a huge disappointment for us as we got to experience the cave, but I imagine someone who planned a full itinerary afterwards might be frustrated by the estamiated timings not always being right and subject to change with the weather (which was wicked that day).
Driving around Reykjavik was a horrible experience as we arrived around rush hour and weren’t prepared for all the traffic, having only experienced quiet roads along the south coast. It was difficult finding a parking space, so be prepared to drive around a little when you arrive. If you haven’t driven on the right before and are not a confident driver this could leave you feeling stressed. Again, check out the roads into Reykjavik on Google maps to get a sense of what awaits if you aren’t used to self-driving.
We didn’t get to tour the golden circle because of road conditions/ice/road closures, so we spent the day in Reykjavik instead. This turned out okay for us as we did some of the attractions (Lava Centre and Fly Over Iceland – both hughly recommended), but it ended up being an extra expense and we missed out on the golden attractions. Again, not a big issue if you are aware this could happen. The weather is so changeable that having a plan B is a good approach.
Weekend a la Carte sent us a text warning us about the bad weather conditions, which we’d already seen on the Safe Iceland app, but we were grateful for anyway. It was good to know they were looking out for us!
All in all, a remarkable trip, with some unique experiences. If you book this in the knowledge that nature will have her own way, and you may not see everything you want (especially in winter), you will have a great time. Ranga is definitely the best place to maximise your chances of seeing the lights.
Hotel Ranga was perfect, with amazing food. It is in the middle of nowhere, very quiet and with the weather being bad there wasn’t the possibility of leaving the hotel in the evening so mightn’t suit all for that reason. Super Jeep tour we thoroughly enjoyed with 2 lovely guides.
Hotel Borg was in the perfect location. For us, one night in Reykjavik would be ample.
Blue Lagoon was a wonderful experience only heightened by the appearance of the northern lights on our walk home from dinner. All in all we had the best holiday and we plan to return to Iceland hopefully sooner rather than later.