My friends were both surprised and astonished when I revealed to them my plans of traveling to the Arctic Circle all by myself. It had always been my dream to see the Northern Lights and after doing a lot of research, I figured out that the Lyngen Lodge would be the perfect place for me to experience not only the Lights, but also other Arctic adventures including dog-sledging, snow-mobile safari and a boat cruise through the Norwegian fjords. The lodge had 100+ positive reviews on Trip Advisor and after my initial communication with them, I felt I would not only be safe there but also well looked after. In fact, the holiday turned out to be much more than what I had expected, giving me memories that I will cherish for years to come.
1. Stunning Location
Located 500 km north of the Arctic Circle at a latitude of nearly 70 degrees (the Arctic Circle runs around the planet at 66.5 degrees latitude), the lodge offers stunning views of the Lyngen fjords and the Arctic sea. You can also walk down to the beach for more breathtaking views of the soul-stirring Arctic scenery.
2. Breathtaking views from the lodge
The social area, the dining room, the private bedrooms and the porch, all afford the most fantastic views of the Lyngen fjords and the sea. What is really special is that the color of light that changes everyday and is so unique to this part of the world. The four nights I stayed at the lodge, I enjoyed awaking early everyday to take pictures of the magnificent sunrise.
Sunset time was also beautiful and made for great pictures!
When I arrived at the lodge, I was personally welcomed by the owner of the lodge, Graham Austick, a Britisher from Newcastle, UK, who used to have a ski-touring company in Austria. After taking my coat, he gave me a pair of warm house-slippers and a short tour of the lodge before bringing me to my room. In the following days the warm hospitality, service and personal care extended to me (and the other guests) by Graham and his wife Veronica (who runs the lodge with him), was quite overwhelming. In fact, the lodge had such a homely atmosphere, that I actually felt sad when I was leaving.
4. Warm & pleasant interiors
The lodge is an environment-friendly pine log structure with geothermic heating that provides warmth and a thick grass roof that helps with insulation. The interiors are luxuriously done in pastel colours and simple but elegant furnishings.
5. Room with a spellbound view
My room had the most stunning view of the fjords and the Arctic sea. In fact, on one night as I lay on my bed to sleep, I could see the glorious Northern Lights rising flickeringly like searchlights above the fjords.
6. Round the clock tea & coffee
I was so grateful that the lodge offered a round the clock tea and coffee service. It was a treat to awake much earlier than the others and sit with a cup of coffee either in the social area of the lodge or in my room, and quietly watch the Lyngen Alps, as the sun rose silently in the sky.
7. Arctic adventures: dog sledging, snow-mobile, northern lights & more
The lodge offers full board ensuite facilities and a variety of Arctic activities conducted by their in house mountain & activity guides. The greatest experience was of course the Northern Lights that I saw on two consecutive nights out of the four nights I was there. I also participated in a variety of Arctic adventures like dog-sledging, snow-mobile safari, boat cruise through the fjords, Arctic fishing and a visit to the historic fishing village of Havnnes.
8. Arctic Spa
I spent my afternoons in a traditional sauna and an outdoor jacuzzi with majestic views of the fjords. It was the perfectly relaxing way to end my morning Arctic adventures and get ready for the evening three course meal and the Northern Lights experience.
9. Delicious & healthy breakfast
Breakfast was delicious and healthy and they always accommodated my need of freshly brewed coffee with cream!
10. Late Afternoon tea
A daily tradition of afternoon tea accompanied with waffles, cakes, cookies and so much more, was just what I needed after my day in the Arctic snow.
While I would drink my tea, other guests would slowly switch over to their drinks. Drinks are not included in the full-board price and have to be paid for separately.
12. Delicious three course dinner
The lodge boasts a world-class cuisine and dinner was a three course ritual prepared fancifully with local ingredients including reindeer, fresh fish from the fjord and local lamb. I also enjoyed the experience of eating with everybody on one table, that my Swedish friend later told me, is a Scandinavian custom.