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Sollia Northern Lights Break

By the Norwegian-Russian border
 
Set amid the beautiful wilderness of Arctic Norway, Sollia feels otherworldly. Your welcoming guesthouse boasts its own ‘aurora borealis base camp’, where you spend an evening. By day, there are opportunities for dog-sledding and snowmobiling.
Sollia Northern Lights Break. 3 nights
Sollia Northern Lights Break. 3 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A Northern Lights break in Arctic Norway

Set amid the beautiful wilderness that covers the furthest reaches of Arctic Norway, only some 50 metres or so from the Russian border, Sollia feels otherworldly, particularly on winter nights when the colourful ribbons of the Northern Lights swoop and twirl across the inky sky.

Feeling so far removed from everyday life, the Sollia Gjestegård is a place where you can easily relax. Should you wish to venture further afield, you can join a nearby dog-sled or snowmobile excursion to explore the snowy borderland.
 
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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you, or simply relax and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the surrounding wilderness. 
  • Thrilling excursions you're unlikely to forget
    If you’d like to see this borderland region up close, the obvious choice is to explore by dog-sled from a nearby husky farm. You can either – after a short lesson in the basics of driving a sled – take charge of your own team of dogs, or ride as a passenger, watching out for wildlife as you glide through the dense forest and over frozen lakes. Alternatively – or additionally – you can arrange snowmobiling trips into this winter wonderland. (Pay locally for both options. Please note that in high season it is advisable to pre-book these activities to avoid disappointment.)
  • Spend an evening in the wilderness
    One of your evenings is spent at your hosts’ ‘aurora borealis base camp’, to which you are taken on a large sledge towed by a snowmobile. The northerly location of the camp and the complete absence of light pollution mean you stand a good chance of witnessing the Northern Lights from here, but it’s just a case of wrapping your hands around a steaming mug of tea or coffee and gazing at the sky, hoping that they will show themselves in all their glory… If/when they do put in an appearance, it’s an exhilarating experience.
 

Where you stay

The guesthouse in which you stay is set by itself, 15 kilometres from Kirkenes. We include dinner every night in the lakeside restaurant.
Sollia Gjestegård

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 

A Slow film on Sollia in Arctic Norway

 
Prices & travel
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  • 3 nights: 17 November - 18 December 2019, 05 January - 06 February 2020 & 07 February - 01 April 2020

    Start Thursday*, Friday or Sunday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    17 Nov - 15 Dec £980
    05 Jan - 19 Jan £1035
    24 Jan - 01 Mar £995
    05 Mar - 29 Mar £1035

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    *Thursday start not possible 9 Jan-6 Feb

    Included travel: SAS Heathrow-Kirkenes via Oslo (8h45) (out dep 1020, home arr 1625; hold luggage included) & connecting transfer (0h10)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Sollia Gjestegård
    Aurora chalet: 17 Nov - 01 Apr 2020 £98
    Single room: 17 Nov - 18 Dec 2019 £40
    Single room: 05 Jan - 23 Jan 2020 £40
    Single room: 24 Jan - 04 Mar 2020 £40
    Single room: 05 Mar - 01 Apr 2020 £40

    Extra nights

    Sollia Gjestegård (with dinner) Double room Single room
    17 Nov - 18 Dec 2019 £88 £128
    05 Jan - 23 Jan 2020 £95 £135
    24 Jan - 04 Mar 2020 £90 £130
    05 Mar - 01 Apr 2020 £95 £135
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Kirkenes (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Kirkenes (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Kirkenes (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Kirkenes (via Copenhagen & Oslo) SAS 
    Manchester - Kirkenes (via Oslo (Gardermoen) ) SAS 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 3 dinners
    3 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • evening at aurora borealis base camp
  • flights from Heathrow (regional flights available)
  • transfers from/to Kirkenes Airport
 
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FAQs

  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least three months' validity to travel to Norway, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The most widely spoken language is Norwegian. The currency is the Kroner. Norwegian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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