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VISITING: Norway BROCHURE CODE: 26031
All prices include: transfers, accommodation, meals, guided activities and cold weather clothing; all as listed.
From exploring Tromsø’s bustling centre to travelling into its surrounding wilderness for a night of Aurora searching in a Crystal Lavvo, this 3-night trip ticks all the boxes. Add in the adventurous RIB wildlife safari and a visit to a husky Aurora camp and you have everything you need to really experience the ‘gateway to the Arctic’.

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 in a standard twin/double room and 1 night in a Crystal Lavvo
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch (December & January 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 visit to the husky centre and Aurora Camp (order subject to change)
  • Cold weather clothing during activities
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

 


There are few places that give you such a brilliant mix of cultural city life with untouched nature and unforgettable activities but Tromsø is definitely one of them.

This itinerary makes the most of your ideal location with plenty of free time to explore the vibrant city. Visit the museums and attractions before trying some of the fresh Arctic produce on offer at the local restaurants. Then discover why Tromsø is known for its lively nightlife.

We’ve also included a RIB boat safari that allows you to get closer to the stunning fjords and potentially spot some of the incredible Arctic wildlife found here.

Though the city is known for its Northern Lights potential, here at the Aurora Zone we know the best displays are seen away from the bright city lights. That’s why we’ve included an unbelievable night stay in a glass-roofed Crystal Lavvo, situated in the pristine wilderness of the Lyngen Peninsula region. Here, you can spend the night Aurora hunting from the comfort of your bed!

Another one of your evenings will be spent outside of the city at a husky farm where the wildlife experiences continue. You will meet the loveable sled dogs and find out all about their lives before making use of the onsite Aurora camp, away from artificial light pollution.

Located 350kms north of the Arctic Circle and surrounded by steep mountains and dramatic fjords, Tromsø may be a bustling city but it holds a strong connection with nature. The people here are committed to sustainable tourism and preserving the natural surroundings and vibrant cultures here.

This short break to Tromsø has been carefully crafted to give you a brilliant mix of lively city, Arctic wildlife and incredible Aurora opportunities.


Image credits: Francisco Damm, Green Gold of Norway, Gaute Bruvik - Nord Norge, Tromso Villmarkscamp

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  • Located in Northern Norway, Tromsø is a vibrant city offering local restaurants and attractions surrounded by stunning landscapes. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, which is ideally located so that you can easily explore the cosmopolitan city. We recommend booking an early flight to maximise your time here.

    For dinner tonight, you could head into town to try some of the local cuisine as well as the bustling bars and restaurants.

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

    Included Meals:  None
  • For those travelling from December until 29th January, after breakfast, you will meet with your local guide for a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) safari. You will depart at 6am for your wildlife adventure – this activity will last approximately 6-8 hours, including transfers. The departure point for the tour is a short walk away from your hotel.

    The December and January RIB safari will take you in search of wildlife and whales, hopefully you will be lucky enough to spot these majestic animals on their migration route, although this can never be guaranteed. After the tour, you will enjoy a light lunch before heading straight to the Crystal Lavvo for your overnight accommodation, 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.

    For those travelling from February onwards, you will depart at approximately 11am. 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 activity will last for approximately 3 hours, including transfers. You will then return to Tromsø at approximately 2 pm and you will have some free time to explore the city until your transfer to the Crystal Lavvo this afternoon at 5:30 pm (timings may change). 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.

    Tonight you will spend the night in a Crystal Lavvo, located in the midst of the breathtaking Lyngen Peninsula, with its steep mountains and dramatic fjords. The impeccable design makes the most of the nature here, as the glass roof means you can spend your evening gazing out at the landscape and if conditions are favourable, at the Northern Lights. There is also a fire to keep you warm and cosy all night.

    Before you retire to bed, enjoy a home-cooked dinner and an informative workshop which will give you tips on how to capture the Aurora on camera. Hopefully, you will get the chance to use these new skills tonight.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • After waking up to the captivating natural surroundings, enjoy breakfast and a final look at the Lyngen Peninsula before returning to Tromsø at approximately 11am. Your luggage can be left securely at the hotel, prior to check-in this afternoon.

    You will have the day to explore the bustling city and its fascinating attractions. There’s the Arctic Cathedral with an impressive architectural design, array of exquisite local cuisine and the aerial tram ride up to the breathtaking vantage point at Storsteinen.

    This evening, you will be transferred to the Tromsø Wilderness Centre to meet with expert guides and their playful huskies. After spending some time with the dogs and touring the facility, you will enjoy a traditional dinner by a roaring fire.

    Then you will move to the centre’s Aurora camp - ideally situated away from the city lights, making it a perfect location to gaze up at the night sky in hopes of seeing the Northern Lights.

    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 drive, a Northern Lights catamaran cruise, dog sledding or a reindeer camp experience - please see our 'Personalise' section for full details.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
  • Today it is unfortunately time for your Norwegian adventure to come to an end. Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before we transfer you back to Tromsø airport for your flight 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.

 

Green Gold Villa and Crystal Lavvos

Nights: 2

Green Gold Villa is located amongst the Lyngen Alps, meaning that the views from the villa are spectacular. It provides an ideal base for Northern Lights 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.

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

Room Type

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 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

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Our pick

Northern Lights Chase

From £51pp

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


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Activities

Northern Lights Sailing

From: £29pp

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

Reindeer Camp Dinner with Northern Lights Watch

From: £35pp

Go in search of the Northern Lights whilst gaining an authentic insight into the Sámi people - the only indigenous people of Europe.

Your evening starts with a transfer to a local reindeer camp where you will meet with traditional herders who will tell you all about their lives here. The Sámi reindeer herders will introduce you to their animals and you will have the chance to feed them.

You will then be invited inside the Gamme (a Sámi hut) to warm up by the fire and enjoy a traditional three-course Sámi meal.

Following your dining experience, you will be invited to a Lavu (Sámi tent) to gather around the fire and listen to stories about the culture and life as a herder. Your guide will also perform a traditional song, called a joik, as you wait in hopes for a Northern Lights display. You will be out for approximately 4 hours tonight, including transfers.

A minimum of 2 people is required for this activity to run.

Please note: The from price is based on upgrading your included evening activity on day 3.

Northern Lights Dog Sledding Safari

From: £62pp

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

Please note: The from price is based on upgrading your included evening activity on day 3.

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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 £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
Wed 01 Dec 2021
to Sat 29 Jan 2022
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Adults£ 965
Tue 01 Feb 2022
to Sat 19 Mar 2022
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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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