Norway Northern Lights holiday, Senja Island

“Stay on Senja, among the best places in Norway for viewing Aurora Borealis, and take the iconic Hurtigruten coastal steamer cruise to Tromsø on a sublime Norway Northern Lights holiday.”

Highlights

Senja | Norway Northern Lights | Ersfjorden | Wildlife boat safari | Snowshoeing | Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer | Tromsø |

Description of Norway Northern Lights holiday, Senja Island

If you want to see the magnificent Northern Lights while in Norway, there can be few better locations to base yourself than on the beautiful island of Senja. You’ll spend three nights in a charming hotel set just back from the harbour of a picturesque bay, where the Aurora Borealis can frequently be clearly seen. There is raised ground directly above the hotel, with superb views over the fjords and Arctic sky, a ‘lighthouse’ that offers you the perfect chance to appreciate this spectacular natural phenomenon.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to get out and about in the island’s immaculate scenery. Accompanied by an expert local guide, you’ll drive along one of Norway’s few ‘National Tourist Routes’ – renowned for the splendour of the landscapes they pass through, to remote sandy beaches and other viewpoints. Leaving the road behind for a while, you’ll also explore the beautiful Arctic coastline on a boat trip, and snowshoe across a wintery wonderland in search of the local wildlife. And to unwind afterwards? How about a unique outdoor hot tub, constructed on the deck of an old fishing boat – keeping you toasty and warm even in the wildest of blizzards.

The trip comes to an end in the city of Tromsø, and to get there you’ll take the Hurtigruten coastal steamer. Operating since the late 19th century, this company operates on what many consider the most dramatic route in the world. Make sure you wrap up warm and get a good seat on deck!

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2020: 2 Jan, 9 Jan, 16 Jan, 23 Jan, 30 Jan, 6 Feb, 13 Feb, 20 Feb, 27 Feb, 5 Mar, 12 Mar, 20 Mar, 26 Mar, 2 Apr
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Responsible tourism: Norway Northern Lights holiday, Senja Island

Environment

Hamn i Senja encourages environmental sustainability firstly through its commitment to preserving the cultural heritage of the area and supporting the local economy. Senja has existed as a fishing base and location for tin mining since 1800s, but this was to decline by the 1980s. In creating accommodation here, the owner of Hamn I Senja not only utilised and recycled old buildings but encouraged tourism to the area and thus boosted the local economy. Whilst its original buildings were sadly destroyed by fire in 2005, the newly renovated Hamn I Senja was designed to be unobtrusive and in keeping with the local harbour front. The hotel promoted excellent environmental policies, encouraging guests to use water responsibly, using renewable lighting and encouraging recycling. Its dedication to environmental responsibility is also shown through its respect of local wildlife. On whale and wildlife safaris, guests are encouraged to respect local wildlife and see them in their natural environment also.

Community

Hamn I Senja supports the local community in encouraging responsible tourism and supporting the local economy. As a year-round destination it is encouraging people to visit in seasons that in the past have been a time which is quiet for the region. With its guided tours, it also helps to promote the history and culture of the region and guests will visit local communities and fishing villages. The hotel restaurant strives to promote local food and dishes and supports local fisherman in serving freshly caught fish. The staff that work at the hotel are international, but there is a focus on hiring local and Norwegian guides who are trained to be knowledgeable about the region and wildlife. The hotel offers good working conditions and a fair wage also.

Overall the hotel strives to create good relationships between tourists and the local community and promote a region of the world which showcases natural and untouched beauty.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the Northern Lights.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go slightly later in the year than we did to ensure longer daylight hours After Jan 21st is when sun rises above the horizon. Don't expect to see whales, they haven't been seen in the seas around Senja for some years.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Employment of drivers, hotel staff and guide.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Interesting and unique experience, travel arrangements were faultless, hotels were excellent and staff were courteous and caring.

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