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Tromso Northern Lights Holiday

A wonderful short break to Tromsø in search of those ethereal and elusive Northern Lights.

Tromsø is the largest city in the Scandinavian Arctic. For many years it has been a popular and logical place to start Polar expeditions due to its accessibility by the coastline, however, it was our very own ‘explorer’ Joanna Lumley who really propelled Tromsø into the spotlight during her search for the Northern Lights.

Tromsø is a rather sophisticated little city with a beautiful modern Arctic Cathedral, quality shops, an excellent selection of good quality restaurants, cafes and bars and a stunning location overlooked by the Lyngen Alps and the Arctic Ocean.

Tromso Northern Lights winter holiday

Day 1 | Arrive in Tromsø

Fly from the UK to Tromsø via Oslo. Transfer by airport bus to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore Tromsø.

3 nights TROMSØ - Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora (3*) or Scandic Ishavshotel (4*)
Meals included today:  Complimentary evening buffet (Aurora only)


Day 2 | Tromsø - Aurora Safari

A full day to explore Tromsø. Luckily much of the city’s old wooden architecture is preserved and contrasts well with the modern Arctic Cathedral - you will find a busy centre of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Well worth a visit is Polaria, an Arctic themed experience centre with the fascinating Ivo Caprino film ‘Svalbard - Arctic Wilderness’ and the Polar Museum which provides an insight into how polar explorers of yesterday and today really were/are amongst the most daring and adventurous men and women on the planet!

Alternatively, why not join one of our outdoor optional activities? Explore your magnificent surroundings by dog sled or snowmobile; learn more about the Sámi culture or join an amazing seabird safari and experience the glory of your surroundings and nature from the Arctic sea.

At 1915 you will be picked up for your Northern Lights activity. With a broad knowledge of the local area your guides do their utmost to find the best spots for viewing the Northern Lights. They will search for clear skies, and this may mean driving all the way to Finland, so take your passport! Your guide will provide guidance on adjusting your camera settings and also take their own photos of you (if you wish!) with the Northern Lights so that you may have a copy to keep as a memory of your time in Arctic Norway (these are available for download from their Flickr account).

You may also visit their lavvu (modern Sami shelter) and sit around the bonfire, roasting marshmallows (if within reasonable driving distance from their base camp). Return to your hotel around half-past Midnight.

Meals included today:  Breakfast, Complimentary buffet dinner (Aurora only)


Day 3 | Explore Tromsø - Optional Activities

Another free day to try one of our optional outdoor activities. Perhaps you would like to celebrate your final night in Arctic Norway with a fabulous dinner at Emma’s Drømmekjokken? Their 5-course Gourmet Arctic Menu is certainly memorable!

Meals included today:  Breakfast, Complimentary buffet dinner (Aurora only)


Day 4 - Homeward bound

Transfer from your hotel by airport bus or taxi to Tromsø Langsnes Airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included today:  Breakfast

Days: Daily from Heathrow Airport (alternative departure airports are available on request, please just ask for details).
Departure Dates: 1 December 2019 – 31 March 2020
Duration: 3 nights (additional nights possible)

Prices from: prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room. Single supplement as detailed.

 

CLARION COLLECTION HOTEL AURORA *** – standard room
Dep. Dates Price from
per person
Single supp.
per night
1 – 31 Dec 2019 £995 £47
1 Jan – 31 Mar 2020 £1025 £62
Additional nights
1 – 31 Dec 2019 £88 £47
1 Jan – 31 Mar 2020 £112 £62

 

SCANDIC ISHAVSHOTELL **** superior, sea-view room
Dep. Dates Price from
per person
Single supp.
per night
1 Dec 2019 – 31 Mar 2020 £1125 £80
Additional nights
1 Dec 2019 – 31 Mar 2020 £127 £80

It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled return flights with SAS in SAS Go class from London Heathrow Airport to Tromsø (via Oslo) including 23kgs of checked luggage and one piece of hand-luggage per person. Taxes included.
    Alternative departure airports available, please ask for schedules and prices.
  • Return airport bus transfers.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Tromsø as detailed based on either a standard double/twin room at the 3* plus Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora including daily buffet breakfast and complimentary light evening meal or a superior sea-view double/twin room at the 4′ Scandic Ishavshotell including daily buffet breakfast.
  • Guided Northern Lights excursion as detailed on Day 2 including pick-up and drop-off from the centre of Tromsø, assistance with camera settings, photo of yourself with the Northern Lights (available to download from Flickr account), coffee/tea, cake and thermal overalls (maximum 16 passengers).
  • Scandinavia Only travel document wallet and luggage labels.
  • 24-hour emergency telephone assistance.
  • ATOL Protection.

Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora (3* plus) – Tromsø

Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora, Tromsø - Norway

At Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora you can experience Tromsø’s beautiful surroundings. The hotel boasts stunning views, overlooking the Arctic Cathedral and Tromsø’s mighty nature. All rooms are modern, spacious and equipped with en suite shower and WC, TV, WiFi, writing desk, and breakfast. The hotel include a free evening meal for all their guests which is served from 1800.

Scandic Ishavhotel (4*) – Tromsø

Scandic Ishavshotel

This hotel is something of a landmark, located directly in the harbour, with a view across the sound. This is the very heart of Tromsø and is situated amongst the city’s shops, restaurants, bars and within close proximity to the airport bus stop and the Tourist Information Office. The hotel has a lovely modern restaurant, Roast Restaurant, serving delicacies from the sea and local meat. There is also cosy bar and lounge area on the first floor. All rooms are equipped with high quality beds, TV, telephone, mini-bar, trouser-press and hairdryer and all our clients receive a superior sea-view room as standard. All rooms have free WiFi. Lift to all floors. A truly fabulous buffet breakfast is served with a made-to-order omelette station, cold cuts of meat to raw fish, a cooked breakfast and fruit and muesli.

Arctic Clothing Package from Tromsø

We recognise that not everyone has the sort of warm, winter, outer layers which are necessary for Arctic conditions, therefore we are happy to be able to offer rental of Arctic winter outer clothing.  This includes: down jacket, thermal trousers, double insulated boots, mittens and a cap with ear flaps.  Please note that you still need to bring your own warm inner layer of clothing and underwear – for that we recommend something woollen or fleece.  Clothing is delivered to your hotel and is waiting for you upon arrival.

Price for 4 days:  £85 per adult, £55 per child up to 15 years
Price for 5 days:  £90 per person, £60 per child  ”  ”  ”
Price for 6 days:  £95 per person, £65 per child  ”  ”  ”
Price for 7 days:  £100 per person, £70 per child  ”  ”  “

Winter Clothing Package / CH - Visit Norway

Guided Snowshoe Hike on Tromsøya from Tromsø

Description:  A great way to start your day! Enjoy a short snow-shoeing trip in easy terrain. This tour is designed for people with little experience and for those who have never tried snowshoeing. It is also perfect for families with children from 8 years and older.

After a short 10-minute drive to the top of the Tromsø island, you will first learn how to use snowshoes before starting your guided walk into the forest. Your guide will lead you through flat and slightly hilly terrain, stopping several times for photos and to provide you with information about Tromsø and the Arctic environment. The area is wonderfully scenic with birch and spruce forests and provides the opportunity to enjoy the incredible views of the surrounding island landscapes. A longer stop is also included so you can enjoy lefse (a delicious local snack) and a hot drink to warm up.
Operates:  1 Nov – 31 Mar
Duration:  2 hours
Depart:  1000
Price:  £75 per adult, £45 per child (8-11)
Price includes:  Transfer, guide, snowshoes and poles, hot drink and lefse
Good to know:  This activity does not include specialist thermal clothing in addition to your own clothing. You should be fine without it for this activity, however it can be arranged locally should you wish (supplement payable locally).

Dog Sledding – Husky Sled Ride, Daytime or Evening Ride from Tromsø

Description:  Make friends with top trained dogs and enjoy the Arctic coastal nature with a fantastic view over Tromsø, surrounded by white covered mountains and long fjords. Each participant will sit on the sled with an experienced guide mushing the dog team (maximum two passengers per sled). There’s a good chance of spotting some wildlife on the way through the snow covered landscape. After about 45-60 minutes of dog sledding (depending on weather conditions) you’ll return to the ranch where you will meet some gorgeous puppies, before being served a Sami meal (Bidos) with coffee and cake for dessert inside a warm sami tent (lavvo). Vegetarian option is also available.  Please note: evening activity includes Bacalao meal made with stockfish and tomatoes. Evening excursion includes the opportunity to view the Northern Lights (weather permitting).
Operates:  1 December – mid-April
Duration:  4 hours (45-60 minutes of dog sledding, depending on weather conditions). This includes the transfers of 25 minutes in each direction to and from Tromsø.
Departures:  Daytime 0745, 0845, 0945 and 1015 or Evening 1815.
Price:  £190 per adult, £100 (child 4-12).
Includes:  Transfer to and from Tromsø, guided dog-sledding activity with 2 passengers per sled (guide mushing the dog team), thermal overalls, boots, hat and gloves, and lunch of Bidos with coffee/tea and cake.
Good to know: Read our simple guide to prepare for your dog sledding trip.

Dog sledding from Tromso

Dog Sledding – Self Drive from Tromsø

Description:  Drive your own sled along with a friend, switching around during your adventure. With about four kilometres (45-60 minutes, depending on weather conditions) of dog-sledding you also get to meet 300 four legged friends up close and spend some time with the puppies. Two guests share a sled with 5-7 dogs. Professional guides will lead the group in a separate sled. After a ride out in the Norwegian winter a meal of Bidos is prepared with reindeer meat, broth and vegetables – a hearty way to end your trip! Vegetarian meal is available upon request. Good physical condition is required. Minimum age of 16 years.
Operates:  1 December – mid April
Duration:  4 hours (45-60 minutes of dog sledding, depending on weather conditions). This includes the transfers of 25 minutes in each direction to and from Tromsø.
Departures:  0745, 0845, 0945 and 1015
Price:  £190 per person
Price includes:  Transfer to and from Tromsø, guided dog-sledding activity with 2 per sled, thermal overalls, boots, hat and gloves, and lunch of Bidos with coffee/tea.
Good to know: Read our simple guide to prepare for your dog sledding trip.

Husky dogs running with sled

Reindeer Sledding & Sami Culture from Tromsø

Description:  Join a real Sami guide for an unforgettable experience with reindeer sledding (3 km) and Sami culture in Tromsø. Your guides are from Sami reindeer herding families and are eager to share their stories with you; how the Sami lived in times gone past, how they live today. Just remember NOT to ask them how many reindeer they have! During your visit you will experience: reindeer sledding, lasso throwing, sightseeing at the camp, traditional Sami food, storytelling, display of cultural artefacts and joik (traditional Sami song). The trip departs at 1000 and returns at 1400. Warm clothes, guide, hot meal, hot drink and return transfer (30 mins one way) are included.
Operates:  Daily, 1 Nov to 31 Mar
Duration:  4 hours, departs 1000
Price: £165 per adult, £155 per child (13-17), £85 per child (4-12)
Price includes:  transfers (45 mins one way), guide, warm clothes, traditional Sami meal of Bidos (reindeer stew), storytelling and Joik (Sami chant), and hot drink
Group Size:  4 – 48

Want to know more about your guides? Meet the people Tromsø Lapland.

Reindeer Sledding, Tromso

Northern Lights Dinner Cruise from Tromsø

Description:  This is a lovely trip which departs directly from the harbour in Tromsø on board an authentic fishing catamaran. The catamaran is certified to carry 12 passengers and a crew of four which makes for a nice cosy atmosphere on board. As you pull out of the harbour you have a lovely view of Tromsø by night with the majestic Arctic Cathedral, then gradually the city lights fade and you are shrouded in darkness out at sea. It has to be said that most of the staff at Scandinavia Only have taken this trip and two of them, both terrible sailors, had NO PROBLEM at all which came as a surprise. The trip is in sheltered waters which makes it very comfortable and there is a cosy warm heated lounge where you can relax in between trips to the viewing deck to look for the lights. A delicious homemade fish dinner is served though vegetarian and other special diets are catered for if we know in advance.
Operates:  1 October – 31 March
Duration: 2030 – 2330
Price: £150 per person
Price includes:  Boat cruise, guiding, traditional Norwegian fish dinner (boiled cod with potatoes, bacon, onions, vegetables, flatbread and butter. For dessert chocolate/biscuits/fruit and hot drinks), hiring of poncho and tripod.

Want to know more about your hosts? Meet the people at Sørøya Havcruise

Northern Lights dinner cruise from Tromso

Snowmobile Safari from Tromsø

Description:  Mini-bus transfer to Camp Tamok for thorough safety introduction and driving techniques. Your snowmobile safari adventure travels through the valley of Finn to the lake of Tamok, a distance of 15 km one-way (30 km in total). At the lake you can try out ice fishing. You will drive in pairs, one driver and one passenger on each snowmobile, with the opportunity to switch places half-way. Due to the dramatic topography reduced speed is held during parts of the tour however on flat land and frozen lakes you can speed up! A hot meal is served during the trip.
Operates:  1 December – 31 March  NB! Risk of cancellation of excursions in December due to insufficient snow.
Duration:  7 hrs (4.5 hrs plus transfer). Departs: 0900 or 1700
Price:  £190 per person (2 per snowmobile), supplement for solo snowmobile £75 per person
Price includes:  Price includes: transfers (75 minutes each way), a light meal of reindeer stew with vegetables, flatbread and a hot drink, thermal clothing, helmet and head lamp (evening trip), guide.
Good to know: Read our simple guide to prepare for your snowmobiling trip.

Sea Birds, Culture and Scenery Tour by RIB Boat from Tromsø

Description:  We pick you up in Tromsø by bus and drive to the local community Kvaløyvågen. During the drive you can sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery while our expert guide informs you about the adventure that awaits and what to look for once you are on the boat.

This is a great opportunity to see the village which has survived on fishing and farming for several generations, and also to hear about the coastal culture. The small community with 270 inhabitants has a local fish factory that is 100 years old, and the fish racks and the small fishing boats will give you an insight into how people have lived their lives here. Midway through our tour we will go ashore on the small island; Gåsvær, a small island with a white traditional church that was founded and built by the local community. We have been allowed access inside, and you will be able to see for yourself what a traditional church of these parts looks like. We will also enjoy a warm cup of coffee/tea on the church steps while telling you about the culture and history of the island and surrounding area.

This tour is recommended for nature photographers, bird watchers and people that love to see the rural coastal landscape and we want you to keep your eyes open for all the wildlife that can be found in the area; such as white-tailed eagles, king eider, shags, guillemots and little auks. We also have a big population of seals in our area and from time to time we see them pop their heads out from the water to look at us.

You will be provided with an extra layer of clothing and survival suits before the tour. Small group activity – maximum 12 people per RIB boat, total of 30 people per tour. Not suitable for children under 12 years of age
Operates:  1 November – 31 March, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Duration:  Approximately 5 hours including transfers
Departures:  0900
Price: £120 per person
Price includes:  Transfers, guided bus tour and RIB boat safari, thermal outer clothing, coffee/tea and biscuits
Good to know: Read our simple guide to prepare for your RIB Boat Safari

5-course Arctic gourmet dinner at Emma’s Drommekjokken from Tromsø

Description:   What can we say – delicious, delightful, scrumptious, divine……..all of them at the same time! Emma’s is truly a treat. You will begin your gourmet delight with an aperitif…to set the tone…this is then followed by a 5-course gourmet dinner based on local produce – perhaps King Crab, perhaps reindeer, perhaps both, but don’t worry they are also very well equipped for serving vegetarians and those with special diets too. Each course is presented by your waiter/waitress so you know where it is from and how it has been cooked, but don’t ask for the menu in advance, these products are fresh and the chef will base the menu on what looks good on the day. Perfect for a special occasion or just to celebrate the first night of your holiday.
Price:  £90 per person (5-course dinner), wine menu to accompany the dinner £75 per person.

Want to know more about your hosts?  Meet the people at Emma’s Drømmekjøkken

Emma's Dream Kitchen in Tromso

This holiday is aimed at those who enjoy a city break i.e. a city centre with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars and the general hustle and bustle that goes with a city. As all the activities we have offered include a pick-up and drop-off in the city centre it means that this holiday offers the best of both worlds - city and wilderness.

If you are joining a dog-sledding or snowmobiling activity then you will be provided with special thermal overalls to wear during your activity. However, for the remainder of your stay you will need your own warm, winter clothing. Bear in mind that the Arctic coast of Norway is warmed by the Gulf Stream therefore temperatures do not drop here they way they can further inland. You will be fine with the same sort of clothing you would wear in the UK during a cold spell i.e. follow the layering principal - base layer (thermals), mid layer (fleece or jumper), outer layer (warm, waterproof coat). Gloves, scarf and hat are definitely recommended along with warm socks - in our opinion NOTHING is better than wool for your feet. Snow boots or good hiking boots and you are raring to go! Please bear in mind that Norwegians are used to the ground being icy and therefore slippy. We strongly recommend you invest in a pair of grippers for your boots, something like Yaktrax or similar.

NB! If you really do not have decent cold weather clothing and do not want to invest in it for this one holiday, we can arrange full winter thermal clothing for you locally, with delivery of all items to your hotel ready for your stay. Please note, clothing is rented and not purchased, therefore it will need to be left in your hotel on departure. See the Excursions tab for more information and prices.

Absolutely, as long as you let us know in advance so that we can ensure our suppliers provide you with delicious alternatives.

The Norwegian arctic coastline is warmed by the Gulf Stream, which means it never freezes over. Temperatures are therefore slightly 'warmer' here than in other parts of the Arctic. Expect anything from 0 to minus 15. It is important to factor in wind chill however...this can make it feel much colder.

Tromsø Airport is just 15 minutes from Tromsø city airport by car/bus. This makes it extremely handy for a short break as you waste little time getting to and from your hotel once you arrive.

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