Staying at Lyngen Lodge means an immersive experience in the surrounding snowy landscapes, where the comfortable hotel becomes your gateway to cultural activities, outdoor fun, Northern Light hunting and lots of time spent in the winter wonderland of Norway.
We’d recommend spending four nights here, which means you’ll be able to do three activities, as each experience often takes up to four or five hours as you delve deep into the wilds of the Arctic. Dog sledding is a thrilling way to enjoy the great outdoors whilst learning about this traditional mode of transport. Taking place in the scenic Reisa Valley, you’ll meet the friendly dogs who will pull you into the forests and tundra of northern Norway, illuminated by the low Arctic sun which hangs above the jagged peaks that frame the valley. Learn how to drive your canine team with an encouraging ‘mush’ and enjoy lunch cooked over an open fire.
Exploring the frozen lakes is another must while you’re here. Arriving by speedy snowmobile to Rotsund lake is an exciting start, then you’ll have the chance to walk on the frozen lake before trying your hand at ice fishing. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to cook your freshly caught trout over a fire on the ice. Depending on conditions, another activity might see you at sea exploring the fjords, sea caves and towering rocks by boat, dolphin-spotting in the Spåkenesenroute national reserve and leaning about the historic stock fish drying process on the island of Uløya.
Back at the lodge, it is comfort personified, which is exactly what you’ll need after a day in the icy wilds. Food is fabulous here – sample lots of regional ingredients at dinner such as king crab, smoked fish and reindeer, and do as the locals do by fuelling up on fruit, nuts and cheese and meat platters for lunch. Don’t forget to head out Aurora-hunting in the evening – sometimes you can see them from the lodge, or a short walk takes you to unpolluted skies, and a photography teacher is on hand to help you capture this extraordinary natural phenomenon.
As night closes in, head to your bedroom – a warm and cosy space, decorated in pared-back Scandi style with lots of natural materials: blond woods, sheepskin throws and woollen blankets. Pick between mountain or fjord views, where you can gaze at the landscapes that will set the scene for your next day’s adventure.