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This three-night trip is the perfect mix of city exploration and wilderness adventure. You’ll discover the bustling city of Tromsø, before heading into the Arctic mountains to spend a night in your Aurora Dome in search of the Northern Lights. With a choice of snowmobiling or a reindeer safari and Sámi culture day, you can decide the pace of your trip.

What's included?

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 an Aurora Dome at Camp Tamok
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • The following activities are included in the holiday price: Aurora Watch, overnight in an Aurora Dome, snowmobiling OR reindeer safari with Sámi culture (order subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing during activities
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

The city of Tromsø sits 350 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, in between mountains, sea and stunning wilderness. During this trip, you’ll have time to explore the bustling city, as well as enjoying the unspoilt wilderness, deep in the Arctic mountains, at Camp Tamok where you will stay in an Aurora Dome.

Tromsø is full of culture and history and it is a fascinating place to explore. Often described as the ‘Paris of the North’, the city has many attractions, such as the Arctic Cathedral, or the Fjellheisen Cable Car, which takes you to the top of Storsteinen Mountain for stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

There are many restaurants and cafes where you can sample fresh, local cuisine, as well as an Arctic aquarium, cultural museum and the world’s northernmost Botanical Garden, which is full of interesting Alpine plants and shrubs.

Once you’ve had time to enjoy the city, you’ll be taken deep into the Norwegian wilderness to Camp Tamok, which lies between towering mountains and glacial valleys. This inspiring setting is where you will spend the night in your Aurora Dome, with its clear roof giving fantastic views of the sky above and hopefully the Northern Lights!

You’ll enjoy an evening searching for the Aurora from Camp Tamok’s ideal setting, far from any light pollution. The following day, you will get to choose between two activities, opting for either a snowmobile safari through the Arctic landscape or a day spent meeting the indigenous Sámi people, hearing about their culture and way of life and enjoying an authentic reindeer sledding experience.

Returning to Tromso in the afternoon, you will have the evening free to enjoy as you please. We offer several extra Northern Lights activities, such as a catamaran cruise, or Aurora minibus hunt, should you wish to spend another evening searching for the lights. Please see the ‘Personalise’ tab for further details.

Image credits: Bjørn Jørgensen - Visitnorway.com, Konrad Konieczny, Gaute Bruvik & www.Nordnorge.com,Tromsø Adventure

 

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  • Upon arrival at Tromsø Airport, you will be met and transferred to your city centre hotel, which sits by the waterfront.

    You’ll be within easy walking distance of many cafés and restaurants, and there are plenty of places to enjoy an evening meal out. The hotel’s restaurant also has a fantastic reputation for its local cuisine.

    If you would like to add a Northern Lights activity this evening, please see our ‘Personalise’ section for full details.

    Included Meals:  None
  • Following breakfast at the hotel, you have a free day to explore Tromsø and try some Arctic activities in the surrounding landscape.

    You could venture to the Arctic Cathedral, with its impressive stained-glass window, or maybe you would prefer to take the cable car up to Storsteinen Mountain where you can savour the views of the snow-covered city, mountains and sea.

    We also offer several day time activities, such as dog sledding, snowshoeing and a fjord cruise. See our ‘Personalise’ tab for more details

    Later this afternoon, at approximately 5pm, you will transfer south, following Balsfjord and into the Arctic mountains beyond. The transfer will take roughly 1.5 hours and, upon arrival at Camp Tamok, you will enjoy a short presentation on the Northern Lights, including the optimal photography settings used to capture the Aurora, should they make an appearance.

    The camp is perfectly situated for Aurora hunting, far away from any light pollution, with nothing but the dark sky directly above. During this evening’s Aurora Watch, you’ll search the skies for a sign of the lights and a hot meal will be served in the camp’s traditional reindeer herder’s tent, with a crackling fire to keep you warm.

    Later this evening, at approximately 10:30pm, you will check-in to your Aurora Dome for a night of glamping in your comfortable, heated dome. Here you can lie back and search the skies from the comfort of your own bed; hopefully, the Northern Lights will make an appearance for you tonight. Toilet and bathroom facilities are only a short walk away from your dome.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • After enjoying breakfast at the camp, you will have some free time to enjoy your surroundings, which will surely look very different in the daylight!

    For today’s activity, you can choose between a snowmobiling adventure and a reindeer safari with Sámi culture experience (choice to be made at the time of booking).

    The snowmobiling excursion will take you through the Arctic landscape, winding between the mountains and up to a frozen lake. Weather-permitting, you may have the opportunity to try your hand at ice fishing and there will be plenty of time to take photos of your scenic surroundings before heading back to the camp for a warming lunch around an open fire. The snowmobile safari will last for approximately 2 hours.

    Prior to the snowmobile adventure, you will be given a full safety briefing and tuition. You will ride two people per snowmobile with the chance to swap drivers along the way. Please note that you must hold a full driver’s licence and be 18 years or older to drive the snowmobile.

    Alternatively, you may decide to take part in a reindeer safari and Sámi culture experience. During this activity, you will be transferred to a nearby Sámi camp, where you will meet with a reindeer herder and learn about their way of life. You’ll be shown the art of lasso throwing and be able to feed the reindeer, before heading out on a short reindeer sledding experience. You will be out for approximately 1.5 hours, before returning to the camp for lunch around an open fire.

    Following lunch, at around 2:30pm, you will depart Camp Tamok, arriving back in Tromsø at approximately 4pm. Your luggage can be left securely at your hotel until your room is available for check-in this afternoon.

    This evening, you may wish to relax in the hotel, or you could add on an extra Northern Lights activity. Please see the ‘Personalise’ tab for full details.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch
  • Today it is, unfortunately, time for your Arctic experience to come to an end. Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before we transfer you back to the airport for your return flights home. If you have an early flight time, we’ll box up breakfast for you to take with you.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast

Included in price

Clarion Hotel - The Edge

Nights: 1,3

Situated right in the centre of Tromsø, the Clarion Hotel The Edge puts you in a prime location to explore the ‘Paris of the North’ and is an excellent base to transfer to your memorable activities.  

Hotel Facilities

  • Enjoy great views of the brilliant architecture of the city as it reflects in the waters just outside the hotel or head to the 11th-floor sky bar – the only one of its kind in the city – for a vista like no other
  • The hotel puts great emphasis on being eco-friendly and is built with an environmental classification A.  
  • Keep up with your fitness in the onsite gym with stunning sea views
  • Enjoy tastes of Manhattan made using Arctic ingredients in the ‘Kitchen and Table’ restaurant

Room Facilities

  • Twin/Double Rooms: the hotel offers standard double rooms as well as a standard twin room (two single beds). All rooms are ensuite and come with WiFi, minibar, iron and ironing board.
  • Deluxe Double/Junior Suite/Family Room: for larger groups, we can offer an upgrade to a deluxe double (sleeps up to 3 persons) or a junior suite or family room for 4 people. 

NB: The hotel is cash-free. They take payment by credit or debit card and accept all major international cards.

 

Wilderness Camp Tamok Aurora Domes

Nights: 2

New for winter 2020!

Wilderness Camp Tamok is situated deep in the Norwegian wilderness. Surrounded by dramatic, snow-covered mountains and deep, glacial valleys.

Only 1.5 hours’ drive from the city of Tromsø, it provides the perfect setting to escape the light pollution of the city and search the dark skies for the Northern Lights.

The camp consists of a collection of buildings, including dining Lavvus (a traditional Norwegian tent-like structure) with warm, open fires, log cabins, shower and toilet facilities, a small activity centre and its own husky farm.

Facilities

  • Meals will be served in the traditional Sámi Lavvus, which are warmed by an open fire and the perfect place to enjoy some hearty local dishes
  • On-site husky farm and small activity centre with changing area
  • Toilet and shower facilities are shared and in their own building, close to the Aurora Domes

Room Type

Aurora Dome

Spending a night sleeping in an Aurora Dome is an experience unlike any other. This ‘glamping’ experience allows you to enjoy the excitement and adventure of camping, but with the added comfort of a cosy bed and heated accommodation. There are 16 domes in total and each one offers a night under the dark skies of the Arctic Circle.

The half see-through roof provides the perfect opportunity to search for the Northern Lights from the comfort of your warm, electrically-heated dome. Each dome has twin beds and shared bathroom facilities are a short walk away.

Please note: these Aurora Domes are brand new and images will be available soon.

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Northern Lights dog sledding safari (Tromsø)

From £188pp

Search for the Northern Lights as you glide across the snow, with your team of huskies leading the way; this is a true Arctic highlight.

You’ll be collected a short distance from your hotel in Tromsø and transferred to the camp where you’ll meet the friendly huskies and be shown how to control your sled and team of dogs, before heading off on an exciting safari lasting approximately 2 hours.

Returning to the camp, a campfire awaits, along with a warm drink and snacks. You’ll then head back to Tromsø, arriving at approximately 11pm.

Duration: 6 hours in total (Approximately, including transfers and depending on weather conditions. 2 hours of dog sledding).

Available: 4:45pm

Minimum 2 participants


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Activities

Snowshoeing (Tromsø)

From: £88pp

Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to explore the wilderness and appreciate the calm of the Norwegian landscape.

This guided tour will take you through spruce and birch forests, stopping along the way for plenty of photo opportunities of the surrounding area. Designed for beginners, or those with little experience of snowshoeing, the route is relatively flat, with some small hills.

You will be collected from Tromsø and be transferred out of the city to the starting point. Hot drinks and snacks will be served during the activity.

Duration: 2 hours in total (Approximately, including transfers)

Available: 10am

Minimum 2 participants

Daytime dog sledding safari (Tromsø)

From: £215pp

During this safari, you’ll be driven by an expert guide as you sit and relax in the sledge, giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the fantastic mountain scenery that surrounds you.

After being collected in Tromsø, you’ll be driven to the husky camp where you will have the chance to meet the dogs and their puppies. Your expert musher will then take you on a safari lasting between 45-60 minutes, across the wintery landscape. Returning back to the camp, a warm meal around a campfire awaits.

Duration: 4 hours in total (Approximately, including transfers. 45-60 minutes dog sledding)

Available: Morning slots possible

Minimum 2 participants

Polar Fjord Cruise (Tromsø)

From: £138pp

Tour the stunning fjords that surround Tromsø and look out for the Arctic wildlife as you set sail on a classic wooden boat.

This five-hour sightseeing tour begins in Tromsø, as you cruise through the beautiful fjords and travel further out to sea. Your guide will point out any Arctic wildlife such as sea eagles as you admire the views.

Onboard, you can enjoy Arctic fish, snacks and hot drinks. You will also be provided with an insulated jacket and you can also keep warm in the cabins downstairs.

This activity requires a minimum of 6 people to operate.

Duration: 5 hours


Credit - Konrad Konieczny & Nordnorge

Dog Sledding Safari (self-drive)

From: £205pp

A visit to the Arctic wouldn’t be complete without trying one of the most-loved activities of dog sledding.

You will transfer to the dog sledding centre and receive your thermal overalls and boots ahead of your adventure. Your experienced guide will teach you all you need to know about mushing and then it’s time to head out into the wilderness. This is a brilliant way to explore the snowy scenes with your loyal team of dogs out in front. You will ride two per sled, one driving and one as a passenger with the option to swap halfway.

After the safari, you can spend some time with the dogs, hearing all about their lives during a  guided tour of the facilities. Enjoy a traditional Sámi reindeer stew, hot drinks and finish off with a piece of signature chocolate cake before you transfer back to the city.

Please note that to participate in this tour, you must be 16 years or older.

Duration: 4 hours, including transfers (approximately 45-60 minutes of dog sledding)

Northern Lights Chase

From: £177pp

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.


 Image Credit: Ricardo Torres

Northern Lights Sailing

From: £155pp

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


Image Credit: Pukka Travels

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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.

Departure dates between
Sat 14 Nov 2020
to Thu 25 Mar 2021
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Adults£ 875

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 £100pp, 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.

Departure dates between
Sat 13 Nov 2021
to Thu 24 Mar 2022
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Adults£ 945

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 persons; maximum 25 (approximately)

Group Size

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.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon 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

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

For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.

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



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