Tromsø - Auroras over Sommarøy
- Duration:6 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 18+. Please see our terms for further information
ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Return airport transfers included from Tromsø Airport
- 4 nights en-suite hotel room in Tromsø, 2 nights Sommarøy Arctic Hotel
- Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 light buffet dinners*, 2 dinners
- The following activities are included: Tromsø city tour, two Northern Lights hunts by bus, entrance to Polaria, Sámi culture and reindeer encounter, Northern Lights dinner cruise, husky safari, Northern Lights camp, whale watching, Northern Lights hunt
- Cold weather clothing during your time at Sommarøy and in Tromsø during the following activities: Northern Lights hunts by bus, dinner cruise and dogsledding
*The hotel's restaurant closes at 9pm. On your arrival night, if you arrive before 9pm, a light evening meal will be included at the hotel. Alternatively, and for those arriving after 9pm, you can explore the delights of this city's culinary scene. The hotel staff will be happy to recommend some local restaurants.
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.
Tromsø is one of the most well known Aurora hunting destinations in the North. This vibrant city is located ideally within the Aurora Zone and has much to offer visitors. This holiday allows you to experience the best that this city has to offer during the day before you head out at night and leave the city lights behind in search of the Aurora Borealis.
During your time in Tromsø you can explore its heritage and learn about the local region and its people. You will also head out into the wilds to meet a Sámi family and enjoy a thrilling husky safari.
In the evenings, you will be guided by experts on Northern Lights hunts which take you deep into the wilds and away from light pollution. The guides will use the latest weather and Aurora forecasts to determine the best routes each night.
Following your time in Tromsø you will be taken to the Island of Sommarøy for the last nights of your holiday. Based on a stunning waterfront location, your hotel is ideally situated to allow you to experience all that this island has to offer.
Sommarøy is renowned as being an excellent location from which to spot whales as they follow herring shoals and between December and January guests will enjoy a cruise in search of them. After January, guests will be treated to a wildlife cruise instead.
Your evenings are again filled with Northern Lights hunting trips but the beauty of Sommarøy is that you have a great opportunity to witness the Aurora just outside of the hotel.
Image credits: Sommarøy Arctic hotel
Day 1 Arrival in Tromsø
Upon arrival in Tromsø you will be collected and driven to your centrally-located hotel. This will be your base for the next four nights and is an excellent hotel for anyone wanting to really experience this city and all it has to offer.
The hotel's restaurant closes at 9pm. If you arrive before 9pm you can either enjoy a light evening meal at the hotel or alternatively, and for those arriving after 9pm, you may choose to explore the delights of this city's culinary scene. The hotel staff will be happy to recommend some local restaurants.
Tromsø itself is a vibrant place but is surrounded by the Norwegian wilderness, making it a fascinating base for any holiday.
Day 2 Tromsø city tour and Northern Lights hunt
After breakfast, your local guide will meet you at the hotel to show the delights of the city. Tromsø's key sights can all be accessed on foot and so this walking tour will provide you with an excellent introduction so you can explore further on your own. The trip will be tailored to best cater for the group's interests and so this is sure to be an informative experience for all. Your walking tour will take roughly two hours so why not head back to the hotel and take advantage of the free waffles and hot drinks on offer in the lobby. The afternoon has been left free for you to further explore the city before this evening's tour.
After a light buffet, you will be collected for your inaugural Northern Lights hunt. Travelling by bus you can cover greater distances and escape from any light pollution. The tour will be led by an expert guide who will use the latest solar and weather forecasts to take you to the most suitable vantage point. If you are lucky enough to catch a display then your guide will be on hand to help provide photography tips for you. Warm clothing is provided and hot drinks will be served during the activity and you will be out for around five to six hours. The guides also request you take your passports in case the chase takes you across the Finnish or Swedish borders!
Day 3 Time at leisure, Polaria and Northern Lights hunt
Polaria is a unique attraction and one of Tromsø's most popular. It is an interactive visitor centre which offers guests close encounters with some Arctic sea life as well as informative displays and films on the Northern Lights and Svalbard. It gives guests an excellent overview of the region's natural environment.
Your entry to Polaria is included in your stay and it is only around 15 minutes' walk (or a 5-minute taxi ride from the hotel). Your visit is self-guided so you can spend as much or as little time as you like exploring.
During the rest of your time in Tromsø we also strongly recommend that you visit the Arctic Cathedral and the Polar Museum, where tales of famous explorers' travels are documented. Alternatively, the hotel's hot tub is often a popular spot for guests to unwind and take in the views.
Once again tonight you will be collected for an Aurora hunt by bus, taking you away from the city lights in the hope of catching a glimpse of Mother Nature's very own light show.
If you would like to try a different style of Aurora hunting tonight, then you can upgrade to an Aurora boat cruise or a reindeer sleigh ride under the dark Arctic sky. Please contact us for an upgrade price.
Day 4 Sámi culture and Northern Lights dinner cruise
Today you will head out of Tromsø to meet with a traditional Sámi reindeer herding family. The Sámi culture is of huge importance to the region and in turn, the reindeer are intrinsically linked to the Sámi way of life; today is designed for you to gain an understanding of these all-important ties.
At the Sámi camp learn a little about the Sámi people, their heritage, their culture, their past and their future. You will be taught how to throw a lasso and will listen to stories being told in a traditional lavvu.
After this morning of escape, you will head back to the hotel where you can enjoy complimentary waffles and coffee in the hotel, having been out for around six hours.
This evening you will enjoy a truly special experience as you depart from the harbour area of Tromsø on a catamaran. There is no artificial light pollution on the water and regardless of whether the Northern Lights do appear you will still be able to enjoy Tromsø from a wonderful new perspective. Dinner is served in the boat's warm, indoor area whilst you wait for the Northern Lights to hopefully appear in the dark skies above you.
Day 5 Husky safari and Northern Lights hunt
After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to Tromsø so that you can be really immersed in the wilds of Norway.
Your first activity today will be an unforgettable husky safari, deep in the wilderness. Upon arrival at the camp, you will be provided with your cold weather clothing and will meet with the mushers and their eager dogs.
You will be given full instruction and a safety briefing before taking control of your own team of dogs. Travelling in pairs, one person will sit in the sled and the other will drive, with the chance to swap drivers during the trip. This safari leads you into the Arctic wilds and offers an unforgettable experience. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which will take approximately five to six hours.
After you have completed your safari it is time to continue on to Sommarøy, your final destination in Norway. Lunch will be served on arrival and you will check into your accommodation. Your hotel offers exceptional views of the coastline and is a real delight.
As this region is affected by very little light pollution, it really is prime Aurora territory. Your chances of witnessing a display, should conditions be conducive, are very good indeed. A guide will join you this evening and will use their knowledge of the Island of Sommarøy and its surroundings to help seek out the best possible Northern Lights viewpoint.
Day 6 Whale watching and Northern Lights hunt
Whale watching is a firm favourite with guests in any destination as there is something utterly spectacular in witnessing these giant mammals as they make their way through the water.
Sommarøy is fortunate in that orca, humpback and fin whales frequent its waters between November and January as they follow the herring shoals.
For those travelling between November and January, today's boat trip will be a search for the whales lasting around two hours. Whilst sightings are never guaranteed the chances here are fairly good and there is always an abundance of other sea and bird life to keep visitors entertained.
For those travelling outside the whale season, today will have more of a focus on the wonderful marine and bird life where the likes of white-tailed eagles and seals will be the centre of attention.
This afternoon you have some free time to explore Sommarøy on your own or simply relax and unwind in your room.
Following a delicious dinner at the hotel, you will meet with your guide for a Northern Lights hunt. They will lead you to some of their favourite viewpoints and with luck the Aurora will shine to bid you farewell.
Day 7 Departure and return flights home
After you have enjoyed your final breakfast at the hotel you will be collected for your transfer back to the airport in time for your flights home. If you would like to extend your stay then we can arrange this for you. It is also possible for you to continue your journey by boat and board the Hurtigruten ferry in Tromsø for a journey north or south. Please see the 'Personalise' section for details.
Included in price
Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora
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 the city.
There is a bar area which is quite popular in the evenings. If you would like to take the opportunity to explore this vibrant city your location in the heart of Tromsø couldn't be better for visiting the highlights on foot.
- The location is this hotel's real selling point - just 500 metres from the famous Polar Museum, with the Polaria Aquarium just a 10-minute walk away
- This hotel offers a wonderful afternoon tea for guests which includes coffee and fresh waffles - delicious!
- A light evening buffet is included for all guests to enjoy
- There is a gym, a sauna and an exceptional outdoor hot tub on the roof of the hotel
- The friendly reception desk is open 24 hours to help you with anything you may need
Guest room types
The hotel offers 121 hotel rooms each equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and work desk. All rooms are very clean, comfortable and welcoming. Some of the hotel rooms have a lovely view towards the harbour and many guests enjoy watching the Hurtigruten ships sail into port whilst en route north or south.
Sommarøy Arctic Hotel
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.
- You may like to relax with a pre or post dinner drink in the hotel's bar area. You can enjoy the views out towards the shoreline as you relax and admire the scenery.
- Relax in the hotel's wood-fired sauna or take a dip in the outdoor hot tub and enjoy the views of the sea
- Your meals will be served in the hotel's lobby restaurant. The breakfast buffer will typically include a range of cold meats and fish as well as more typical continental favourites. The evening menus are designed to showcase local produce as much as possible and really give guests a taste of Northern Norway.
During your stay you will be based in standard double or twin rooms, all of which are en suite. Each room is equipped with internet, television, a desk and seat and a hairdryer.
Please note that the hotel is currently undergoing some expansion and improvement work, due for completion in Spring 2017. The majority of the external work has been completed and a few internal projects remain. Working hours will be limited to the daytime only and the hotel will aim to locate guests as far away from the work as possible. If there are any issues during your stay, the hotel staff will be more than happy to help.
Personalise this tour
Hurtigruten Cruise Extensions
The world famous Hurtigruten coastal steamer stops at Tromsø on its routes both north and south and this is a very popular way to end your time in Norway.
If you are still looking to discover more of this wonderful country then we can arrange extensions for you to travel north to Kirkenes or south to the Lofoten Islands or Ålesund to name just a few of the options available.
We would be more than happy to work with you to personalise any extension you wish utilising this iconic coastal route so simply contact our Travel Experts for details and a full quotation.
Aurora Reindeer SafariFrom: £165pp
This is a wonderful experience for those who want to further experience some of the traditions of Sámi culture and encounter reindeer up close.
You will travel to a remote camp, deep in the wilderness and in an ideal location from which to watch the Northern Lights should conditions be favourable. Travelling two people per sled you will enjoy a safari by reindeer-pulled sleigh, keeping watch on the skies above and enjoying the magic of the experience.Read more about this activity
Even if the Northern Lights do not appear, this is a delightful way to spend the evening. A hearty meal (typically a reindeer stew) will be served after the sleigh ride and will be followed by traditional Sámi tales and a joik performance (traditional singing).
Cold weather clothes are provided.
Duration: This tour lasts roughly 4 hours
Image credit: Gaute Bruvik - Visitnorway.com, Innovation Norway
Northern Lights dinner cruiseFrom: £135pp
Departing from the harbour area of Tromsø, you will set out across the water via catamaran in search of the Northern Lights. The boat is charmingly comfortable with viewing deck and heated lounge for you to enjoy as you set off slowly across the water. There is no artificial light pollution on the water and regardless of whether the Northern Lights do appear you will still be able to enjoy Tromsø from a wonderful new perspective, and you will be able to see the illuminated Arctic Cathedral and Bridge.Read more about this activity
Dinner is a traditional Norwegian supper (usually fish based), served in the boat's indoor area whilst you wait for the Northern Lights to hopefully appear in the dark skies above you.
Your host’s knowledge about the city and its surroundings, as well as their many years of experience with the Northern Lights, will make for a very memorable experience.
Cold weather clothes are provided.
Image credit: Patin
Extend your stay in TromsøFrom: £85pp
We can offer you the chance to extend your stay in Tromsø either at the beginning or end of your time in Norway. The city has so much to offer visitors that you may feel like you need more time to explore.
We can, of course, arrange additional Northern Lights hunts for you if you wish, along with a host of other activities including snowmobiling and reindeer sleigh ride.Read more about this activity
If you want to enjoy a cruise element at the end of your holiday then we can also look options for you to combine your holiday with a trip on the famous Hurtigruten ships which travel the length of the Norwegian Coast. The boats stop in Tromsø during both their North and Southbound voyages.
Includes light evening buffet & breakfast.
Image credit: Ole C Salomonsen
Dates & Prices
We include more, no hidden costs
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 on this route and our travel experts will happily provide a quotation and arrange the flights as part of the package.
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Wed 28 Dec 2016Enquire
Fri 31 Mar 2017
|Adults£ 1,755||Single Adult£ 2,015||Enquire|
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 people, maximum 24 people (approximately)
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In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).
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The minimum age for participation in our itineraries is 15 years old, however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no effect on the activity experience. None of the hotels we feature have a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.
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