Nestled between the Arctic tundra and the Arctic Ocean in the northern part of Norway, you will find Gargia, the perfect place to start your Arctic adventure. Surrounded by unspoilt nature, this historical site was once used by the Sami people as a place to give their herds a rest.
BY: BIANCA WESSEL
Today, reindeer roam on the tundra nearby, and the cosy hotel, Gargia Lodge, is the perfect base for walks, snow mobile safaris, ice-fishing and dog sledding tours. The main attraction, however, is the spectacular northern lights.
The earth’s natural display of colourful, dancing lights is only visible during the winter months, and in only a handful of locations. From early September to late April, Gargia Lodge is the place to observe the aurora borealis, as it is situated far north, with no light pollution from nearby cities.
Guided tours and activities are all offered exclusively for small groups, providing guests with the opportunity to tailor their own authentic Norwegian experience.
Gargia Lodge is truly a hidden gem, with 11 en-suite rooms and a cosy lounge area complete with an open fireplace, as well as an in-house restaurant serving local specialities, and a fully licensed bar. There is also a traditional sauna and outdoor hot tub, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscape.
How to get there?
Fly to Alta, Norway, with SAS or Norwegian. Gargia Lodge is a 30-minute drive from Alta, and airport transfer is available upon request.