ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 2 nights at Clarion Hotel The Edge and 1 night in a Crystal Lavvo
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 light lunch (November departures only), 1 dinner and 1 light dinner
- The following activities are included in the holiday price: guided RIB adventure*, overnight in a Crystal Lavvo and guided Aurora husky hike or a visit to the husky centre and Aurora Camp** (order subject to change)
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
Travelling to Tromsø and the Lyngen Peninsula during autumn, not only provides the chance to witness the stunning colours of autumn but also provides exceptional Aurora viewing opportunities. This short break combines two nights in cosmopolitan Tromsø with a night in a glass-roofed Crystal Lavvo (traditional tepee) and provides some unforgettable autumn Aurora hunting experiences. You’ll also take to the fjords for a wildlife watching safari which, for those travelling in November, may provide the chance to do some whale watching too.
Your first and final nights in Norway are spent in Tromsø, which is a vibrant Arctic city, surrounded by islands, fjords and mountains. There is so much to do here (we can help you extend your holiday of course) but we strongly recommend a trip in the Storsteinen cable car to take in the incredible views. The city is alive with bars, cafes and restaurants and it is awash with Arctic history and heritage so there is much to see and enjoy during your stay.
The second night of your stay will see you sleeping in one of the remarkable Crystal Lavvos, located amid the stunning Lyngen Alps. Far from light pollution, these glass-roofed tepees, offer stunning views of the night sky and are ideal for some duvet-based Aurora hunting!
From Tromso, we also take you out of the city lights in search of the Aurora, but we combine this with a wonderful husky encounter. Depending on your departure date you’ll either meet the eager huskies for an Aurora hike or will enjoy a visit to the sled dogs before a Northern Lights campfire. We also offer several Northern Lights activity upgrades, including an Aurora husky sledding experience (on wheels or snow, depending on your departure date), Northern Lights cruise and Northern Lights camp - please see our 'Personalise' section for further details.
Of course, we also show off this area’s surroundings during the day, and an ideal way to soak up the landscape is from the water. As standard, this holiday offers an exceptional RIB wildlife boat tour which is an unforgettable and very exciting way to see marine life and enjoy the views. If you travel in November, then it may also be possible to see whales, as the migration season should bring them to this area, although this can never be guaranteed.
This three-night short break offers an incredible array of experiences in a short space of time. You’ll enjoy a cosmopolitan city, wildlife encounters, amazing Aurora accommodation and the chance to hopefully see the Northern Lights in all their glory.
* For those travelling between the 10th September and 29th October, you will enjoy a guided RIB wildlife safari as part of your agenda. For those travelling in November, you will enjoy a guided RIB whale & wildlife watching tour. Please be aware that the November whale & wildlife safari will require a 6 am departure and will be longer in duration. Whale activity and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
** Aurora husky hike will operate until the 20th October and the husky centre and Aurora Camp will operate from the 25th October onwards. Both activities are subject to availability.
Credit: Green Gold of Norway and Francisco Damm, Tromsø Adventure, Tromsø Villmarkssenter & Ricardo Torres
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. For dinner tonight, why not head into town to try some of the local cafés, bars and restaurants, there are plenty of fantastic options close by; it'll give you a great chance to explore the city, which despite its location north of the Arctic Circle, comes alive during the evening.Included Meals: None
Guided RIB Adventure and Overnight in a Crystal Lavvo
For those travelling in September and October, after breakfast, you will join your local guide for a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) wildlife adventure exploring the archipelago of islands around Tromsø. The boat is able to pick up great speed as it takes you out to sea. 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. There is a variety of wildlife in this area, including seals and various seabirds. Your trip will include a stop at Hella, where you will enjoy hot drinks and snacks. The pick-up point for this activity is a short walk away from your hotel and the activity will last for approximately 3 hours, including transfers. You will return to Tromsø at approximately 2 pm and you will have some free time to explore the city until your transfer to the Crystal Lavvos this afternoon at 5:30 pm. Your luggage can be left securely at your hotel, after you have checked out this morning and you can pick it up later this afternoon, prior to your transfer.
For those travelling in November, it may also be an opportunity to spot various whale species, however, this can never be guaranteed. The whale safari in November will begin at 6 am and will need to cover greater distances to hopefully find the migration route of these majestic animals. It is certainly worth the journey. Orcas and humpbacks are common in Norwegian waters, so, hopefully, you will be in luck today. The pick-up point for this activity is a short walk away from your hotel and the activity will last for approximately 6-8 hours, including transfers. Following a light lunch, you will transfer straight to the Crystal Lavvo after your activity today, so please bring your luggage with you this morning. You may choose to pack a light overnight bag and leave the rest of your luggage in Tromsø at the hotel, if you wish.
The Crystal Lavvos are situated on the majestic Lyngen Peninsula. The region is characterised by steep-sided mountains which slope sharply down to the enchanting fjords offering a new panorama around every corner. You will be spending the night in a Crystal Lavvo, located right in the heart of these stunning natural surroundings. The glass roof offers unobstructed views of the night sky whilst the warming fire will keep you cosy during your stay (you will be shown how to keep this fire going during the night, if you prefer to stay in a nearby bedroom then this can be arranged at the time of booking).
Before you head to bed, you will enjoy a home-cooked dinner, before an informative Aurora workshop and some tips on how to capture the lights on camera. The lengthening nights and the remote location of the Crystal Lavvos are a recipe for captivating Aurora displays. Hopefully, you’ll have the opportunity to put your photography skills to the test.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Explore Tromsø and Aurora Husky Hike or Visit to Husky Centre and Aurora Camp
Enjoy a special breakfast overlooking the untouched nature of the Lyngen Peninsula. It is a final opportunity to embrace the captivating fjord 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 fascinating 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 also 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 traditional, 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 sense of anticipation that the Northern Lights may appear and we hope that your efforts will be rewarded. The pick-up point for this activity is a short walk from your hotel. You will be out for approximately 5 hours, including transfers.
If travelling from the 25th October onwards your trip will include a tour of the wilderness centre rather than the walk as there is a strong chance that there will be snow on the ground. The tour includes meeting any delightful puppies before enjoying a traditional 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. The pick-up point for this activity is a short walk from your hotel. You will be out for approximately 4 hours, including transfers.
If you would like to upgrade your activity tonight, you can instead choose to take part in a Northern Lights husky sledding experience, by cart or sled, depending on your departure date. We also offer a Northern Lights cruise and Northern Lights camp activities - please see our 'Personalise' section for full details.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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 Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Northern Lights Sailing
Chase the Northern Lights from a unique vantage point at sea onboard a catamaran.
You will set sail from Kirkegata 1 in Tromsø and pass through the stunning fjords, away from the city lights and in search of the Aurora. A professional skipper will help you in your quest, advising you on what to look out for in the dark sky. If the Northern Lights start to appear, you will have one of the best viewpoints in the city.
The catamaran is well-equipped with a comfortable heated saloon, toilets and safety suits so you will stay dry and warm. You can enjoy drinks and a homemade fish soup from the day’s fresh catch. You will return to Tromsø at approximately 12:30am.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours, including transfers
Note: The from price is based on upgrading your included evening activity on day 3.
Image Credit: Pukka Travels
Northern Lights Husky Sledding on Wheels (Sept-Oct)
Today you will get to meet the friendly dog sledding team, located at their camp just 35 minutes away. As the deep snow hasn’t settled yet, you can enjoy the dog sledding experience on wheels as you travel into the Arctic night. Each buggy has space for two people and you will have the opportunity to switch drivers during the activity.
After meeting the dogs and receiving full instructions, you will set off into the wilderness to a prime lookout location. You will stop along the way to enjoy warm drinks and snacks by the campfire as you keep an eye on the starry sky for the Auroras. Your knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the lives of the dogs, as well as his experience in dog sledding while you wait in hope for the Northern Lights to make their appearance.
You will then ride back to the camp and have time to thank your loyal team before you are transferred back to Tromsø at approximately 12am.
Duration: Approximately 6 hours, including transfers.
Note: The from price is based on upgrading your included evening activity on day 3.
Credit Active Tromso
Northern Lights Dog Sledding on Snow (Nov)
Dog sledding and Northern Lights hunting are two of the most-loved Arctic experience and tonight, you will experience both in one trip (if the Aurora conditions are favourable).
Your evening starts with a transfer to the dog sledding camp, around 35 minutes away from where you will meet with your expert guide and loyal team of dogs.
After receiving full instructions on how to mush, you will set off into the night, keeping an eye on the sky at all times in search of the Aurora. You will travel two people per sled, with the chance to swap drivers during the activity. The sled ride will last approximately two hours and upon your return to the camp, you will have time to thank your dogs before enjoying warm drinks and snacks around the campfire. As you swap stories of the night’s adventure, your guide will also be helping you search the skies for the Northern Lights. You will return to Tromsø at approximately 11 pm.
Duration: Approximately 6 hours, including transfers
Please note this trip is suitable for those with good fitness levels.
Note: The from price is based on upgrading your included evening activity on day 3.
Image Credit: Active Tromso
Northern Lights Chase
Tonight takes you out of the city lights in search of an incredible Northern Lights display.
Your evening will start with a visit to the Tromsø historical centre, the oldest part of town, where your knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the Auroras.
Then, in your small group, you will drive out of the city in a minibus as your guide uses the weather forecast and their expert knowledge to determine the best location.
Upon arrival at your chosen spot, you will keep warm by the campfire and enjoy warm drinks and a local meal as your guide helps you look for the lights. If conditions are favourable and they do make an appearance, you can also get tips on how to capture the moment on camera. Your guide will also be taking photos which will be provided to you. The activity starts at 6pm.
Duration: Between 6 and 9 hours depending on weather conditions and including transfers.
Note: The from price is based on upgrading your included evening activity on day 3.
Image Credit: Ricardo Torres
Dates & Prices
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Please note that the prices below are based on our allocated rooms. If these rooms are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Next season’s pre-sale dates and prices
To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-sale booking and fix the price of your trip at the pre-sale price displayed below. Simply by paying an initial deposit of £50pp, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain preliminary and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed, you will then have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. A further deposit payment will be due at the time of us confirming the trip details to you. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your full deposit payment. We reserve the right to charge supplements where there are significant changes to an itinerary or increases in flight costs. Any non-package rates remain subject to change.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 1 person; maximum 25 (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.
Minimum and maximum age
If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.
Unless otherwise stated in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Aurora Zone holiday is typically 12 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival. The trip dossier is standard to the holiday and does not account for any amends, additions or personalisation to an itinerary. Clients should refer to their booking documents for this information.
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final itinerary will be provided on arrival.
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.
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.
The UK Foreign Office Advice
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.
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
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.
Brexit information for British Passport holders
We have no reason to believe that our holidays will be impacted after Brexit and so it is business as usual for us. The European Commission has stated that no aircraft will be grounded, even if no deal is reached between the EU and the UK.
However, the Foreign Office is advising people take the following steps so please review this information and take any necessary action.
The relevant points include:
- check your passport
- get travel insurance which covers your healthcare
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.
Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of travel. If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. Any extra months on an adult passport will not count towards the validity requirement, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel.
You will also need to double-check your travel insurance as after Brexit there is no guarantee your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be accepted.
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.
Terms and Conditions
Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.theaurorazone.com/booking-conditions
Please note that the cancellation terms below supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our booking terms and conditions:
- More than 63 days prior to departure - Loss of deposit (including the full cost of flights or other services where paid at the time of booking)
- 63 to 43 days prior to departure - 40%
- 42 to 31 days prior to departure – 60%
- 30 or less days – 100%
Overall excellent. All arrangements flawless - everyone was expecting us and we saw amazing things. We were very lucky with the Aurora and whales! A bit more info on the coach transfers and the flow of the days would have been welcome. Whale safari slightly less perfunctory.
This was one of the best vacations I have ever had! The choice of accommodations was excellent and the customer service throughout was phenomenal. But the best part were the local guides and companies that they partnered with. Green Gold of Norway was especially fantastic. We had the most magical day, whale watching (saw so many orcas and grey whales!) during the day, and watching the breathtaking Northern Lights at night. Cannot say enough about what an amazing trip this was. Thank you!
We were very lucky and had a clear sunny day for this trip and saw many whales close up.
Thoroughly enjoyed all the excursions and especially the night at the Crystal Lavvos on the Lyngen peninsula. We were so fortunate to see the Aurora on a number of nights and the local guides provided great information and photographic advice. The Clarion Hotel The Edge was excellent and the breakfast kept us going throughout the day. Many thanks to the whole Aurora Zone team and their local guides.
Crystal Lavvos (Lyngen) was a superb area to view the Aurora and Franciso and Norbert of Green Gold were excellent guides. Francisco's advice on camera set-up was invaluable and overall he made us so welcome at his home. Have to add that we were extremely fortunate with the weather and Aurora conditions.
The crystal lavvo overnight. Francisco is an interesting and communicative host. It is a great experience sleeping under the night sky but still having the comfort of a real bed.
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!