Tromsø - Autumn Auroras and the Crystal Lavvos
- Duration:3 nights
- Suitable for: Ages 15+. See our terms for further information
ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 2 nights at the Clarion Collection Aurora Hotel and 1 night in a Crystal Lavvo
- Meals: 3 Breakfast, 2 dinners and 1 light buffet dinner
- The following activities are included in the holiday price: guided RIB adventure, overnight in a Crystal Lavvo and guided Aurora husky hike (until October 13th) or a visit to the husky centre and Aurora Camp (from 14th October onwards) (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
The main purpose of any trip to Tromsø and the Lyngen Peninsula during the autumn is to witness the Aurora Borealis. As the skies become darker and the Arctic prepares for the long winter ahead, the landscape surrounding this region undergoes a dramatic change with an array of stunning colours and vibrancy. It creates an ethereal contrast as the dancing lights of night replace the autumn shades of daytime.
This holiday is sure to provide plenty of opportunities to potentially witness an autumn display. A night in a Crystal Lavvo (traditional cabin) set amidst the backdrop of remote Norwegian landscapes is the ideal place to take advantage of any Northern Lights activity. There is very little light pollution and your host will provide you with a photography workshop to maximise your chances of catching this natural phenomenon on your camera. The lavvos have a glass roof and therefore offer unobstructed views of the night sky. In theory, you could well be watching the Northern Lights from the comfort of your bed!
An Aurora husky hike or a visit to the husky centre and its Aurora Camp are an enticing combination of Northern Lights hunts and an opportunity to meet the Arctic’s working dogs. Dog sledding has become synonymous with holidays in the Arctic and you will undoubtedly be greeted with a chorus of eager and excitable barks. There’s unlikely to be any snow until the end of October but these dogs just love to be out and about and on the Aurora hike they will accompany you as you venture away from the lights of the city. The atmosphere as you sit around a campfire and await the arrival of the Northern Lights is unlike anything you will have experienced before. Imagine how you will feel should you witness a captivating autumn display!
Your holiday will begin in the cosmopolitan city of Tromsø. This charming and vibrant city north of the Arctic Circle is set amidst breathtaking surroundings of islands, mountains and fjords. The very best way to see it all is to take a short cable car ride to Storsteinen at a height of 421m above sea level. We could try and describe the view but we honestly don’t have the words. You’ve just got to and experience it for yourself.
There are many things to see and do in Tromso. Being a university city, there is a great range of shops, bars and restaurants but you may also want to visit the world’s most northerly aquarium and the Arctic Cathedral. One slightly unusual suggestion is that you might just choose to enjoy the fabulous views from the hotel’s hot tub. After all, travel can be terribly stressful and we all need to unwind from time to time.
An exciting way to explore the stunning islands and fjords surrounding Tromsø is on a RIB boat tour. The dramatic archipelago landscapes are particularly breathtaking when drenched in autumn colours and it’s worth noting that October signals the start of the whale migration season.
To conclude, Tromsø is an ideal base for a Northern Lights holiday. The city comes alive as the dark nights return and this autumn trip offers the perfect combination of Aurora hunting opportunities, fjord landscapes and Arctic city sights. It is also an opportunity to visit the Lyngen Peninsula and spend a night in a Crystal Lavvo. The lavvos are a fantastic concept and a particular highlight of this holiday.
Credit: Green Gold of Norway and Francisco Damm
Day 1 Arrival and welcome
Tromsø is a cosmopolitan city located in Northern Norway. It has a vibrant mix of local restaurants, interesting attractions and picturesque Norwegian landscapes. We would recommend booking an early flight in order to maximise your time here for there is simply loads to enjoy.
After arriving at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel which has stunning views of the harbour and is ideally located for exploring the city. A light evening buffet is included should you wish to dine at the hotel but we’d strongly recommend trying some of the local cafés, bars and restaurants during your stay. At very least, take a walk out into the city, which despite its location north of the Arctic Circle, comes alive during the evening. Alternatively, you can simply relax in the hotel’s hot tub or sauna and prepare for your autumn adventure.
Day 2 Guided RIB adventure and overnight in a Crystal Lavvo
After breakfast, you will join your local guide for a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) adventure exploring the archipelago of islands that surround Tromsø. You will be taken out to sea and treated to some truly dramatic and breath-taking scenery with incredible views of not just the islands but the city and the mountainous Arctic landscapes. For those travelling in October, it may also be an opportunity to spot various whale species as they generally return to these waters between October and February.
During the afternoon, you will leave the city behind and head for the majestic Lyngen Peninsula. The region is characterised by steep-sided mountains which slope sharply down to the enchanting fjords creating a new and spectacular panorama around every corner. You will be spending the evening in a Crystal Lavvo located right in the heart of these stunning natural surroundings. The glass roof offers unobstructed views of the night sky while the fireplace ensures that you spend a cosy evening in the midst of the vibrant autumn nature.
Following a home-cooked dinner, you will be given an insight into the Aurora and a lesson on how to capture them effectively on camera. The lengthening nights and the remote location of the Crystal Lavvos are a recipe for captivating Aurora displays. This is especially the case in autumn when the weather is generally better and winter’s snow clouds are yet to arrive and obscure the view. Hopefully, you’ll have the opportunity to put your photography skills to the test.
Day 3 Explore Tromsø and Aurora husky hike
Enjoy a special breakfast overlooking the untouched nature of the Lyngen Peninsula. It is a final opportunity to embrace the captivating fjordic landscapes before returning to Tromsø.
The day is then yours to spend at your leisure. Explore the vibrant Arctic city which has a number of interesting local attractions. Polaria is the world’s most northerly aquarium and a visit here offers a fascinating insight into the marine life which inhabits the Arctic waters. In addition to Polaria you may also wish to visit the Arctic Cathedral which stands out due to its impressive architectural design. Despite its location north of the Arctic Circle, the city has some fantastic restaurants offering exquisite local cuisine. For recommendations please speak to our Travel Experts.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to take the 4-minute aerial tram ride to the spectacular vantage point at Storsteinen. Breathtaking? Jaw-dropping? Spectacular? None do the views justice.
During the evening, you will be taken to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre to meet some playful and eager huskies. The dogs will be just as excited to meet you as you are to make their acquaintance and after the introductions, you will venture into the gathering darkness for a thrilling hike in search of the Aurora.
The dogs will no doubt lead the way as you leave the artificial light of the city behind and locate a suitable site to build a campfire. Once settled you can enjoy a hot meal which has been prepared over the crackling fire and gaze up at the starry night skies. Part of the excitement is in the hunt and the sense of anticipation that the Northern Lights may appear. The squeals of excitement and wondrous gasps come later should they appear. It all makes for a memorable evening.
If travelling from the 14th October onwards your trip will include a tour of the wilderness centre due to the possibility of the first snows of winter. The tour includes meeting any delightful puppies before enjoying dinner by a roaring fire. The centre has its own Aurora camp which is ideally located away from the city lights and following dinner, you will gaze up at the night sky for any flickers of colour.
Day 4 Departure
Following breakfast, it will be time to leave the colourful autumn landscapes of Tromsø behind and you will be transferred to the airport in preparation for your flight home. For those looking to extend their stay and continue the search for the Aurora, then there are a number of Northern Lights-based activities which can be found in our 'Personalise' section.
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 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, then 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
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.
Green Gold Villa and Crystal Lavvos
Green Gold Villa is located amongst the Lyngen Alps, meaning that the views from the villa are spectacular. It provides an ideal base for winter activities due to its rural setting and mountainous surroundings. The owner, Francisco, takes pride in giving his guests the best possible service and also acts as your guide while you are staying in his accommodation. Staying here offers a very intimate experience, as the villa provides for small groups. If you decide to sleep in a Crystal Lavvo, you are still free to use the villa and all of its facilities.
- The villa has fibre internet connection
- Bathroom facilities are shared. There are two bathrooms inside the villa which are shared between four bedrooms and three insulated, outdoor bathrooms for guests staying in the Lavvos
- Breakfasts typically consist of eggs and smoked salmon, while dinner is usually fish or lamb with vegetables. Francisco will try his best to accommodate any other preferences
- The villa’s kitchen has hot drinks facilities and a coffee machine for you to use at your disposal
Option 1: Crystal Lavvo
Sleeping in a Crystal Lavvo is a fantastic and adventurous way to spend the night. This ‘glamping’ experience provides you with the excitement of camping, but with added comfort. The lavvos are located in the snowy forest behind Green Gold Villa and insulated bathrooms with hot water are only a few metres away. The lavvos are wooden constructions but have a glass roof, so that each night you can lie back and admire the Arctic sky and, hopefully, the Aurora. Each lavvo has a double bed or two single beds and a wooden stove, which you will be taught how to use, to ensure that you are warm and comfortable during your stay.
Option 2: Double Room in the villa
Each room in the villa offers a king-sized bed and a wardrobe for clothing storage. Hot drinks and kitchen facilities are all provided in the shared kitchen of the villa. Hairdryers are provided in each bedroom. Two bathrooms are shared between four rooms.
Credit: Green Gold of Norway and Francisco Damm
Personalise this tour
Northern Lights cruiseFrom £160pp
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 Tromsø bridge. A typical Northern Norwegian fish dinner, complete with dessert and hot drinks, is included. Warm clothing is provided, but be sure to still wear plenty of layers.
This excursion is available from October onwards and is available as an option for those wanting to extend their stay in Tromsø. Your host’s knowledge about the city and its surroundings, as well as their many year's experience of the Northern Lights, will make for a very memorable evening.
Puppy trainingFrom: £106pp
The Tromsø Villmarkssenter (Tromsø Wilderness Centre) is an adventure group that invests a lot of time in training huskies for dogsledding. Getting puppies ready to work in a racing team is essential work, and this activity gives you a close-up look at the process. Spend time with the puppies as they are taken through the various steps to becoming seasoned racing dogs – a must for canine-lovers! Lunch is included.
Image credit: Tromsø Adventure
Northern Lights hunt via minibusFrom: £142pp
Seeking out the Northern Lights via minibus allows you to venture further away from artificial light to the best possible Aurora viewpoints. This fantastic Aurora hunt is run by knowledgeable guides who will check the weather and solar activity beforehand and then determine the best possible location for witnessing this spectacular display as it dances over the autumn landscapes. Your guide will also provide instructions on how to capture this natural phenomenon on your camera so you can take away the best possible photographs.
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Every night is special! 03 October 2017 by Leonard & Trixie Velez
Thank you so much for organizing a very good tour for us! We were lucky to see the Northern Lights! Honestly, it was the best trip we've ever had!