Northern Lights holiday, Norway adventure

“Search for the Northern Lights on land and sea, while discovering Sami culture – and the vibrant Arctic city of Tromsø.”

Highlights

Tromsø | Husky safari | Sami reindeer herder encounter | Northern Lights dinner cruise | Aurora hunts on land | Sommarøy | Whale watching (in season)

Description of Northern Lights holiday, Norway adventure

Tromsø is in the far north of Northern Norway and is a well-known base for Aurora hunting. The city has much to offer, but once you escape the lights and head into the countryside there is a huge potential for witnessing the Northern Lights. Your holiday includes three guided Aurora hunts and the chance to see the lights from the comfort of your own bed, whilst Aurora glamping. During the day you will enjoy a whale and fjord safari, meet a traditional reindeer herder and take part in a 5km dog sled safari.

Tromsø sits approximately 350km above the Arctic Circle. It is known as the ‘Capital of the Arctic’ and has much to offer visitors. There’s a fantastic culinary scene, some fascinating Arctic heritage and many local attractions to enjoy. Whilst the city is at the heart of the Aurora Zone, it is away from the city lights that the best displays are found and, as the city is surrounded by Arctic wilderness, you don’t have to travel far to witness some amazing Aurora displays.

To maximise your Northern Lights viewing potential, we have included three guided Aurora hunts in this five-night break. You split your time between the city, an amazing Aurora Camp and the stunning island of Sommarøy and each offers its own Northern Lights appeal.

From Tromsø you will hunt by minibus, allowing you to cover greater distances and outrun any localised cloud cover to hopefully capture a display.

A real Aurora hunting highlight, however, is a night of luxury glamping in a wilderness camp on the island of Kvaløya, roughly 40 minutes from Tromsø. The camp is set in dramatic natural surroundings and the deluxe tents have panoramic windows so if you are lucky, you may witness the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed! During your stay, you will also enjoy a 5km dogsled safari for yet another unforgettable experience.

You will then also spend two nights hunting the Northern Lights on the stunning island of Sommarøy which has very little light pollution.

This holiday also allows you to explore the Arctic waters surrounding Tromso, search for marine and birdlife whilst enjoying stunning views of the fjords during a cruise. The city is surrounded by mountains and the views back towards the land are spectacular. Whilst seals and seabirds are a prime attraction, for departures between December and the 25th of January, the voyage will focus its attention on whale watching. Orcas and humpbacks are annual visitors and so with a little luck, you may witness these majestic mammals.

The island of Sommaroy will then further introduce you to the dramatic scenery of Northern Norway. This fishing community retains its traditions and charm. We have left your time relatively free on the island so you explore at your own pace. If you would like to include additional activities, you can add a wildlife safari by minibus to your program and search for the likes of moose and white-tailed eagles. See the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page for more details.

Accommodation:
Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora, Tromsø (nights 1-2) - This hotel is well located in the harbour area of the cosmopolitan city of Tromsø. The hotel has a lovely modern design with free Wi-Fi, a light evening buffet included for all guests and stunning panoramic views of the mountains surrounding Tromsø and the Tromsøysund Strait. The hotel has a small gym and an outdoor hot tub set on the rooftop which is one of our favourite places to spend an evening in Tromsø. There is a bar area which is quite popular in the evenings or if you would like to take the opportunity to explore this vibrant city your location in the heart of the city couldn't be better for exploring the highlights on foot.

Wilderness Camp North Tour (night 3) - Wilderness Camp North Tour is an amazing glamping experience, located on the island of Kvaløya, only forty minutes from Tromsø. The tents are pretty luxurious with a large, cosy double or twin beds and they have panoramic windows which provide views of the landscape and of the sky. You can potentially witness the Northern Lights whilst tucked up in bed. The tents are spacious and there is a seating area from which to enjoy the views whilst having a hot drink or some fresh fruit from the minibar. The camp is set in a genuinely wild location, with dramatic mountain peaks surrounding a snow-covered valley. There is a central cabin where you will enjoy home-cooked meals, prepared using fresh ingredients. There are no showers at the camp, but there is a water pump which provides fresh water whenever you need it.

Sommarøy Arctic Hotel (nights 4-5) - Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and located within the picturesque coastal town of Sommarøy, your stay here allows you to witness the Norwegian coastline at its best. The Sommarøy Arctic Hotel is located within a traditional fishing community and this means that you will get to sample some of the fruits of the sea in the hotel menus.


***Departure dates between 1 Dec 2018 - 31 March 2019***

A note on flights: Flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best possible fares and schedule can be found at the time of booking. There are low cost and scheduled flights operating this route and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package.

What's included?

Transfers: return airport transfers
Accommodation: 2 nights at the Clarion Collection Aurora, 1 night at the Arctic Glamping Camp and 2 nights at the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and 2 light evening buffets
The following activities are included in the holiday: whale or fjord wildlife cruise by catamaran, minibus Aurora hunt, Sámi culture and reindeer experience, dog sledding safari, guided drive to Sommarøy, 2 x guided Northern Lights hunts (the order of activities is subject to change)
Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities.
Cold weather clothing for the duration


Image credits: Sommarøy Arctic hotel

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Departure information

Departure dates between 1st Jan 2018 – 31st March 2018
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Northern Lights holiday, Norway adventure

Environment

As a company we have a deep sense of environmental responsibility as we work primarily in pristine wilderness destinations. We work closely with our local guides and suppliers to make sure that they share our ethos.

All of our guides operate a strict leave no trace policy during all activities and ensure that group sizes are managed to limit any effects on the local environment.

Trails which are used are well managed and maintained to limit any erosion and campfires use sustainably sourced wood and generally use maintained fire sites.

The accommodation suppliers we work with all have their own policies to manage waste and recycling. In Tromsø the hotel operates a Room for Responsibility programme which outlines their environmental policies.

They support non-profit organisations in providing food, shelter and clothing to those in need they also support and promote the growth and development of hospitality and tourism industries.

The hotel in Sommarøy measure and report all of their energy, water and waste usage so that they can record any changes. The hotel is also proudly labelled by Nordic Ecolabel, which was established in 1989 with the purpose of providing an environmental labelling scheme that would contribute to a sustainable consumption. To be granted an Ecolabel there are stringent environmental and climate criteria that must be fulfilled. The hotel is constantly aiming to improve and better their environmental policy. Organic food is provided in their restaurants where possible and recycling bins are available throughout.

Community

Tromsø and its surrounding area have benefitted greatly over the past decade from an increase in tourism. This industry has replaced some of the more traditional industries which have seen steady decline. This growth has enabled the region to help slow the migration of young people to the larger economic regions further south.

This holiday ensures that both the modern culture of the region and the traditions of the indigenous Sámi people of Norway are explored. Guests will meet with a traditional reindeer herder and gain an understanding of their way of life here in the far north.

The hotels we use feature a range of local produce where possible and utilise the local suppliers in this remote region (wherever possible). This allows the tourism multiplier effect to spread the benefits of tourist expenditure more widely.

Our hotel in Tromsø also supports a variety of projects supporting underprivileged people as part of their corporate and social responsibility plan.

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