VIP Astronaut Challenge
in the Arctic Circle,
with Guest Astronaut Scott Kelly

1st - 7th April 2018


Join ISSET’s VIP Astronaut Challenge with guest of honour Astronaut Scott Kelly, as he moves his exploration from Space to one of the most rugged, desolate and unchartered regions on Earth.

"I have never seen the Aurora from Earth before and you can join me in that experience." - Astronaut Scott Kelly

Challenge yourself and battle the elements with the first Astronaut to spend a year in Space and one of the greatest Astronauts of the current era...

On this unique experience at the very tip of Norway, deep in the Arctic Circle you will encounter glacial scenery, spectacular wildlife and the indigenous Sami tribes.

Add an adrenaline-raising RIB boat tour, dog sled and snowmobile ride, through the Arctic wilderness in pursuit of the jewel-bright colours of the Northern Lights; teamed with ice fishing, and cross-country skiing this Arctic adventure will deliver the richest travel experience you will ever have.






Cost: £9,250 (Approx $12,500), includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Scheduled excursions and activities
  • Experienced guides

*Only 26 Places Available*

Top Attractions (no experience needed)

  • Stay in an Ice Hotel
  • Dog Sledding
  • VIP Presentation from Scott Kelly
  • Snowmobile Safari
  • Chasing the Northern Lights
  • Glacier trek
  • RIB boat tour
  • Flat bike ride
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Ice Fishing



Activities


Alaskan Husky Sledding
Drive your own sled pulled by huskies! Spend the day interacting, cuddling and playing with the fantastic Alaskan huskies and learn the commands of the Norwegian mushers. Make your way across the Arctic Wilderness in a dog sled, two guests per dog sleigh. Throughout the sledding expedition, guests can switch places. You can alternate between being driver and passenger taking in the environment.

Dogsledding is popular and important in the Alta area and the city is the host for the world's second-longest dogsled race. Different kennels will give you their stories and show you where they are training and preparing their dogs for the race.

RIB boat Tour
A RIB boat tour to the glacier in Jøkelfjord. Experience the remote Jøkelfjord and Arctic waters travelling at high-speed on RIB boats. Surrounded by crystal clear azure water, and the spectacular mountain ranges of the Fjords. View white-tailed eagles, seals, porpoises and many more Arctic species. We will also be looking out for humpback whales!

Reindeer and Sami Tribe Experience
We will take a Snowmobile expedition to meet the indigenous Sami tribe people as they are herding their reindeers, preparing them for seasonal migration. Sami people are the indigenous people who inhabit and roam the Arctic.

Snowmobile Safari
Learn how to snowmobile and take a safari across the beautiful Finnmark Plateau wilderness. The expedition will involve crossing the enormous frozen Iešjávri lake, staying in a traditional Sami Lavvu Camp, the remote but excellent Jergul Astu mountain cabin lodges and finishing at the amazing Ice & Igloo hotel.


Glacial Experience
Our RIB boat safari takes us to the Jøkelfjord glacier, the only glacier in Europe that carves directly into the sea.

The glacier rises some 900m above the sea, creating an awesome site from the RIB boats. The glacier covers around 42 Square Kilometres (16 Square Miles) and rises to a height of 1,200 Metres (almost 4000 Feet).

Flat Biking & Cross-country Skiing
Have great fun cycling across the snow in the specially designed flat bikes. Most people find this easier than normal cycling. Enjoy the magnificent Fjords of Norway from your saddle. The terrain here is incredibly scenic and, with the right know how, easily accessible.

Learn to cross-country ski with some of Norway’s best. The impressive ski networks stretch for mile upon mile and cater for all levels. In Norway cross-country skiing is almost a national past-time. The trails are superbly organised and there is a particularly convivial atmosphere among skiers.

Ice Fishing
There will be several opportunities for ice-fishing in remote frozen lakes that you’ll reach by snowmobile. In the breath taking peaceful surroundings, we will break the ice and everyone can try their luck fishing through the ice. Successful fisher folk will be able to cook their catch over an open fire, while enjoying a hot drink in the wilderness surroundings.

Chase the Aurora Borealis (Northern lights)
Spend your evening chasing the Aurora and gazing at the world’s greatest natural-phenomena, the Northern Lights!
*Please note the Northern Lights are a natural-phenomena and cannot be guaranteed.

Astronaut Scott Kelly




Scott Kelly is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired Astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. A veteran of four space flights, Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions and was a member of the yearlong mission to the ISS. In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, the single longest space mission by an American Astronaut.

Commander Kelly became a household name after he appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, received tweets from President Obama and launched one of the coolest Instagram & Twitter accounts on earth, or off it as the case may be. You can follow him @stationcdrkelly

After spending a 11 months on the ISS the US Astronaut will be joining the VIP Astronaut Challenge in The Arctic Circle for the full 6 day programme, included in the programme Scott will be talking about shaving 13 milliseconds off his Earth age in the process, spacewalking, recovery and the scientific value in sending an identical twin into space.

Itinerary

Sunday 1st April

Arrive in Alta in Arctic Circle in the very North of Norway

Monday 2nd April

Visit to a glacier

Boat tour with RIB boats to the glacier in Jøkelfjord

Tuesday 3rd April

Post breakfast sauna at Sorrisniva

Flat-biking and learn cross-country skiing. Flat Bicycles are designed for the snow.

Wednesday 4th April

Dog Sledding

Travel to wilderness, learn to snowmobile. Snowmobile tour – lavvo-camp (tents), ice fishing, bonfire, look at the stars and maybe the northern lights (but it is in the end of the northern lights season), dinner, stay in traditional Sami tent.

Thursday 5th April

Snowmobile excursion to mountain cabins

Friday 6th April

Scooter safari to the Finnish border to witness Sami herders’ preparations for their reindeer migration.

Stay in Igloo hotel, made by snow and ice. Extreme sleeping bag and pillow. Inside it is -2 to – 4 degrees. Gourmet dinner at Restaurant Sorrisniva with 5-course menu with local ingredients

Saturday 7th April

Departure

(May be subject to change)

Location - Alta, Norway


Alta is the largest city in the Finnmark county of Norway. It is one of the most northerly cities in the world. Tucked well inside the Arctic Circle, at 69.56℃ North, the locals will tell you it's as far north of Oslo as Rome is to the south. The city has a lot to offer its visitors, from museums, restaurants and historical sites, to being one of the best places in Norway to see the Northern Lights.

Alta is known as 'the city of the Northern Lights'. Given the stable climate and minimal light pollution, particularly when heading out into the surrounding wilderness, the Aurora has been known to be seen here for up to 200 nights a year. The area is of such importance when it comes to the Northern lights that one of the world's first Northern Lights Observatories was built here by scientist Kristian Birkeland in 1859.


Accommodation


  • 3 nights at Scandic Hotel Alta in dbl. room

  • 1 night in tent shaped like lavvo, a traditional Sami tent

  • 1 night at a Mountain Lodge, Jergul Asstu Lodge

  • 1 night in the northern most ice & snow hotel in the world, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in dbl. and morning sauna
*Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided.

Scandic Hotel

The Scandic Alta, is an excellent Hotel for anyone wishing to explore this exciting destination and enjoy the spectacular, world-class experiences on offer. With access to a swimming pool and sauna, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a busy day out in the Arctic wilderness. The hotel is located about 4 km from the airport, or 10 minutes by car.

Lavvu Tents

The large octagonal tepee-like building (Lavvu Tent) is the centre point of camp. The fire is warm and stories come alive here. Sitting in a tepee is a democratic way of spending time together. Everyone is as important as each other. It’s a great way to get to know the Sami Tribe.

Ice and Snow, Igloo Hotel

Explore the contrast between staying in the cold, while cosy sleeping bags keeps you nice and warm during the night. The quiet surroundings along with the white snow create a magical and silent feeling. Just stop for a while and listen, it’s a wonderful experience.

The igloo Hotel covers 2,500 square meters, made from 250 tons of ice and 7,000 cubic meters of snow. The meticulous step-by-step process takes just over 5 weeks from start to completion; local workers and artists make everything using water sourced from a nearby river, making this one of the most economical hotels in the world.

*Please contact our office if you require single person accommodation.