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 or a visit to the husky centre and Aurora Camp** (the order of activities is 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, not least the rooftop hot tub at the hotel!
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.Read more
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 change this to a whale watching tour instead as the migration season should bring them to this area.
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 08th September and 31st 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 watching tour. Please be aware that the whale safari will require a 6.30am departure.
** Aurora husky hike will operate until the 20th October and the husky centre and Aurora Camp will operate from the 21st October onwards
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. 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.
Guided RIB Adventure and Overnight in a Crystal Lavvo
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.
For those travelling in November, it may also be an opportunity to spot various whale species. The whale safari will begin at 6.30am 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. For more information, please speak to one of our travel experts.
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 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.
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 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.
If travelling from the 21st 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 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.
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
Personalise this tour
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.
Available until the 30th September
Visit a husky centre outside of Tromsø and meet the sled dogs which are synonymous with the Arctic. A tour of the centre will introduce you to the lives of the mushers and their dogs both historically and during the present day. You will be given an insight into dogsledding and how it has become an important part of the Arctic culture. This will include a film from Iditarod, the world’s greatest sled race, where the owner actually participated in 2006 and won “most inspirational musher” award.Read more about this activity
Obviously, no visit to the husky centre would be complete without meeting the dogs themselves and on arrival, you will no doubt be greeted with a chorus of barks. They will be eager to meet you and there are usually puppies as well so have your camera ready. You can cuddle as many of the dogs as you want during this 3-hour tour and you will leave with a greater knowledge of their lives north of the Arctic Circle.
Departure transfers will take place at 2.30pm from the Radisson Blu Hotel. Hot drinks and biscuits are included.
Availability: Every day from 08 Sept to 30 November
Minimum numbers: 2 people
Duration: 3 hours
Northern Lights Adventure with Tesla
You’ll be picked up in central Tromsø by your own exclusive Tesla Model X with certified driver and guide. What better way to search for one of nature’s greatest wonders than in a zero-emission, eco-friendly and environmentally clean car equipped with a glass roof.
You will be given an introductory talk where you’ll receive your warm suits for the night, followed by a short lesson in Northern Lights forecasting and photography. You’ll then have a brief introduction to our Tesla Model X. This powerful performance car can cruise the winter conditions with ease, taking you to locations out of the light pollution and on the road to the Northern Lights.
Our professional guides know the area well and will explain the science and history behind the Aurora so you get the true insider knowledge. They’ll also help you with your camera settings so you can capture the adventures of the night.
You’ll enjoy a meal at one of our favourite local restaurants as well as drinks and snacks throughout the evening.
With so many ways to try and see the Aurora in Tromsø, the Tesla tour gives you the option to have a more private and environmentally-friendly experience of the magical display.
Availability: 15th September – 31st March
Image Credit: Pukka Travel
Northern Lights 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 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.
Northern Lights hunt via minibus
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.
Image credit: Ricardo Torres
Dates & Prices
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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 of £350pp is due by 01 April 2019 or at the time of us confirming the trip details to you, whichever is sooner. 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 15 people
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.
Travelling in the Autumn requires a degree of flexibility. This period is a time of change in the far North and the arrival of the first snowfall can be very unpredictable.
Autumn activities: The daytime activities included in this holiday may be amended to accommodate the arrival of winter's first snows (an unpredictable science!). Walks may become snowshoe treks and guests may need to be flexible in their approach. This is unlikely to be the case in September but changes become more likely in October and November. Your Aurora hunting activities should be unaffected.
If cold weather clothing is required and will make your stay more comfortable then this will be included and issued to you upon arrival. If you would like to borrow any additional equipment then please just speak to one of the local guides. For more information please see the trip dossier.
The 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.
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!