ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Transfers: return group airport transfers and transfers to and from activities
- Accommodation: 2 nights at the Scandic Ishavshotel and 2 nights at the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners (including New Year’s Eve Dinner)
- Included activities: RIB wildlife and local culture safari, Northern Lights hunt by minibus, reindeer feeding and sleigh ride with Sámi culture, Aurora Camp, guided walk on Sommarøy, New Year’s Eve dinner and fireworks celebrations (order subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing is provided for the duration of your stay at Sommarøy, but during the activities only in Tromsø
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
Celebrate the New Year with an escape to Northern Norway on this four-night holiday combining both the vibrant city of Tromsø and the island of Sommarøy. Northern Norway is prime Aurora hunting territory and if conditions are favourable, festive fireworks might not be the only lights you will witness in the Northern sky.
Tromsø is 350km north of the Arctic Circle and away from the city there is very little light pollution. During your stay, you will enjoy a Northern Lights hunt by minibus which will take you out into the Norwegian countryside to the best possible viewpoint. On Sommarøy, you will visit a nearby Aurora camp and watch for the lights by a cosy campfire. Both activities are run by expert guides who have a vast amount of local knowledge and experience when it comes to seeking out the Aurora Borealis.
The Sámi people have inhabited the northern parts of Scandinavia for generations and they have a fascinating culture which is entwined with reindeer herding. We have included a reindeer feeding and Sámi culture activity which will allow you to see these iconic animals up close whilst also learning about the lives of the herding families. A short sleigh ride is also included.Read more
You will also gain an appreciation for Nordic wildlife, with a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) tour on the Arctic waters. Northern Norway has a diverse marine life and there are numerous species of whale which you may be lucky enough to spot at this time of year. The whale season usually runs between November and January and species include the humpback whale and the orca. You may also spot white-tailed eagles, seals and various species of seabird. You will also make a stop at a local island to learn about the culture of the area.
The tranquil island of Sommarøy has approximately 400 residents and a strong history in fishing. A guided walk will show you the local community and the thriving harbour.
You will also celebrate New Year on Sommarøy and the celebrations include a festive buffet, live music and fireworks. If you are lucky, the Northern Lights may make an appearance too!
Image credits: Sommaroy Arctic Hotel, Ole C Salomonsen, Konrad Konieczny, www.Nordnorge.com
Arrival and Welcome
Once you have arrived at Tromsø Airport*, you will be transferred to the Scandic Ishavshotel in the heart of the city.
After checking in, you can venture out into the city of Tromsø, the self-proclaimed ‘Capital of the North’, where there are many restaurants and cafes to enjoy.
*A note on flights: flights are not included in the holiday price; however, our Travel Experts will happily provide a quotation and book them on your behalf.Included Meals: None
RIB Wildlife and Local Culture Safari and Northern Lights Hunt by Minibus
Following breakfast, you will be transferred out to your departure point (approximately 50 minutes away) where you will be taken out on the Arctic waters for a wildlife and local culture safari. Large numbers of herring move into these parts for the winter, attracting a rich range of wildlife from October to March. This includes seabirds, seals, dolphins and, sometimes, whales. The whale season usually runs between early November to the end of January and the species of whales you might be lucky enough to spot include humpback, fin whales and orcas. Your tour will be on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) which takes you on a fast-paced ride out to sea. You will stop at the island of Gåsvaer where you will visit a small church and learn about the local culture. Hot drinks and snacks will be served and the tour lasts for approximately five hours, including transfers.
After a free afternoon and early dinner in Tromsø, you will be collected for your inaugural Northern Lights hunt. The pick-up point for this tour is a short walk away from your hotel. 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. Warm clothing is provided and hot drinks will be served during the activity. You will be out for around six to eight hours.Included Meals: Breakfast
Reindeer Feeding and Sleigh Ride with Sámi Culture and Aurora Camp
After breakfast, you will check out of your room (your bags can be left at reception for collection later) and then 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, you can learn a little about the Sámi people, their heritage, their culture, their past and perhaps what lies in their future. You will be able to feed the reindeer and enjoy a sleigh ride. A hot lunch is included and you will be out for approximately four to five hours, including transfers. The pick-up point for this activity is a short walk away from your hotel.
Returning to Tromsø, you will have some free time before your transfer to Sommarøy later this afternoon. You can wait in the hotel's lounge, or perhaps you'll want to explore more of Tromsø. At approximately 4.30 pm, you will be transferred to the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, which is an hour away. Once here, you will be kitted out with cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay on the island.
After a delicious dinner at the hotel, you will accompany a local guide to a nearby Aurora camp. Sommarøy is a very small community of around 400 people and therefore there is very little in the way of light pollution. You don’t generally have to travel far to escape any light pollution and, if conditions are favourable, you have an excellent chance of witnessing the Northern lights. You will be out for approximately three to five hours and hot drinks and snacks are provided.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Guided Walk on Sommarøy, New Year's Eve Dinner and Fireworks
Following breakfast, you will enjoy a guided walk on Sommarøy. which will give you an insight into the local community. You will stop at the museum and handicraft shop, before making your way to the local church and the King's Park. The duration of the walk is approximately one hour. A well-deserved lunch will be enjoyed back at the hotel.
During the evening, you will welcome in the New Year, enjoying live music and a festive buffet, featuring all kinds of Norwegian specialities. There will, of course, be fireworks to add a sparkle to your celebrations and with a bit of luck, the Northern Lights may grace you with their presence.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sadly, it is time to say goodbye to Sommarøy and Northern Norway. Following breakfast, you will be transferred* to Tromsø Airport for your flights home.
*Please note: depending on your flight time, you will depart Sommarøy at either 9 am or 2.30 pm; these are set, scheduled times. If you require an earlier or later transfer, supplements will apply. Please contact one of our Travel Experts for more information.Included Meals: Breakfast
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Northern Lights dinner cruise
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 a viewing deck and a 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
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 of the Northern Lights, will make for a very memorable experience.
Cold weather clothes are provided.
Image credit: Patin
Dates & Prices
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 people; maximum 15 people (approximately)
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOLIDAY TO OPERATE
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
Medical History and advice
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this, we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
Experience and fitness
We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
See our booking conditions for further information.
Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.
If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
See our booking conditions for further information.
Booking activities locally
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern. In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time.
You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
The recommended minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 12 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.
Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.
To drive a snowmobile, you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.