ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 3 nights at Clarion Hotel The Edge in a standard double/twin room
- Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
- The following activities are included in the holiday price: Reindeer camp dinner with Northern Lights watch, Northern Lights catamaran cruise or Aurora dog sledding safari (depending on departure date*) (order subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing during activities
- Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities
*If you are travelling between 12-30th March, the Northern Lights catamaran cruise will be replaced with an Aurora dog sledding safari
Tromsø may be a vibrant and bustling city but its position 350km above the Arctic Circle makes this a city break with a big difference. Not only are you surrounded by stunning nature in the form of steep mountains and dramatic fjords but come nightfall, you’re also in the heart of the Aurora Zone.
Though the city is renowned for being able to observe this awe-inspiring natural wonder, we want your search for the Northern Lights to be memorable ones. That’s why we have filled your itinerary with two dedicated activities to get you out of the bright lights and on an unforgettable Aurora chase. One evening will be spent on board a catamaran or taking part in an Aurora dog sledding safari (depending on departure date). If conditions are favourable, both options give you some of the best Northern Lights vantage points in the area. During another evening, you will visit a local reindeer camp where you will not only use the dark skies to look out for a potential display, but you’ll also gain a unique insight into the lives of the Sámi reindeer herders.
We have left your days free to tailor however you please. Tromso’s city centre most certainly has all the attractions, vibrant cafes and restaurants to keep you entertained. Alternatively, you could add to your winter adventure with a dog sledding experience or a cruise through the nearby fjords to spot an array of Arctic wildlife. See our ‘personalise’ tab for more details.
Though Tromsø is a modern city, nature plays a big role. Being surrounded by such stunning natural landscape, there is a big commitment here to preserve this beauty as well as the local culture and reducing the negative impacts associated with tourism.
There a few places left in the world that offer such an ideal mix of exciting city life with natural wonders. Tromsø gives you both, including the majestic Northern Lights right on its doorstep.
Arrival and Welcome
Upon arrival at Tromsø Airport, you will be met and transferred to your city hotel which is ideally located for exploration.
For dinner tonight, why not head into the vibrant city centre to try some of the local cuisine. Afterwards, you will see how the city comes alive at night with bars and live music.
If you would like to add an extra Northern Lights activity tonight, please see our ‘Personalise’ section for full details.Included Meals: None
Free Day and Reindeer Camp Dinner with Northern Lights Watch
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel ahead of a free day to explore however you please. Tromsø is a vibrant city with a mix of restaurants and attractions all surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes. You could see the Arctic Cathedral or taste some of the local cuisine but one of our top recommendations is taking the 4-minute aerial tram ride up to Storsteinen for unbelievable views.
Alternatively, you could enjoy a winter activity such as dog sledding or cruising through the nearby fjords. See our ‘Personalise’ tab for more details.
Tonight you will move away from the city lights and in search of the Northern Lights in the company of the indigenous Sámi people.
You will start by transferring to a local reindeer camp where darker skies await. Here, you will meet with the herders who will introduce you to their animals. You will have a chance to feed the reindeer as the Sámi herders tell you all about life in the north.
Following your time with the animals, you will be invited inside a Gamme (a Sámi hut) to warm up by the fire and enjoy a traditional three-course Sámi meal. After dinner, you will move to the Lavu (Sámi tent) to gather around the fire and listen to stories about the Sámi culture as well as a traditional song, called a joik. As you spend time here, your guide will keep an eye on the sky where hopefully the Northern Lights will appear. You will be out for approximately 4 hours tonight, including transfers.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Free Day and Northern Lights Sailing or Aurora Dog Sledding Safari
Enjoy breakfast in the hotel ahead of your free day in the city. Our Aurora Travel Experts would be happy to offer any recommendations should you need them. Alternatively, you may wish to add to your winter experiences by taking part in an Arctic activity, such as snowmobiling or snowshoeing - see our ‘Personalise’ tab for more information.
Though you can see the Northern Lights from the city, you can get a much brighter display if you travel into darker skies and so tonight, that’s exactly where you will be going. Depending on your departure date, you will either head out for a catamaran cruise or a dog sledding safari. For those travelling up until 11th March, you will step onboard a catamaran, setting sail from Kirkegata 1 in Tromsø in search of the Aurora. As you travel through the breathtaking fjords, the professional skipper will tell you what you to look out for in the dark night sky. If conditions are favourable and the Northern Lights do start to dance overhead, you will have one of the best vantage points in the city.
The catamaran comes equipped with toilets, a comfortable heated saloon and safety suits to keep you dry and warm. Enjoy drinks and homemade fish soup before returning to Tromsø at approximately 12:30am. You will be out for approximately 3 hours including transfers.
For those travelling from 12th March onwards, you will take part in an Aurora dog sledding safari instead of the catamaran cruise. Departing at 4:45pm, you’ll be collected a short distance from your hotel and transferred to the husky camp where you can meet the friendly huskies and be given full tuition on how to control your sled and handle your team of dogs. You’ll then set out on a safari which will last approximately 2 hours, riding 2 people per sled. After the safari, you will return to the camp, where you can warm up around a campfire with hot drinks and snacks. You will be out for approximately 6 hours in total tonight.Included Meals: Breakfast
Today it is, unfortunately, time for your Northern Lights city break 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
Personalise this tour
Aurora Hunt by Minibus
Travel away from the city lights on an exciting Northern Lights chase with experienced guides.
Local Aurora experts will pick you up from your city centre location and drive you away from any light pollution. The location will be chosen based on the weather and Northern Lights forecast of the evening, to give you the best chance of seeing a display.
Though it is the clear sky that will decide the chosen spot tonight, Tromsø’s surrounding area is extremely scenic and so you will usually head to a natural wilderness area. Upon arrival, you can warm up by the campfire and enjoy traditional food as well as hot drinks. Should the lights appear, the guides will help you with your camera settings and also take professional photos for you - which can be emailed to you afterwards. Please note, sometimes the tour will drive into Finland if necessary so please bring your passport. You will be out for approximately 6-8 hours.
A minimum of 2 people is required for this activity to run.
Image credit - Gaute Bruvik & nordenorge
Daytime dog sledding safari (Tromsø)
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
Northern Lights dog sledding safari (Tromsø)
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).
Minimum 2 participants
Snowmobile safari (Tromsø)
After transferring from Tromsø, this snowmobile safari will take you from the Arctic Sea to the stunning Lyngen Alps, giving you the chance to see some of the most breath-taking mountain scenery in Northern Norway.
Snowmobiles allow you to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time, therefore maximising how much of the landscape you can explore.
Following full tuition, you will set off on a safari lasting approximately 2.5 hours. You will travel two per snowmobile with the opportunity to swap drivers along the way. Please note, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full driving licence to drive a snowmobile.
A light meal and warm drinks are included, along with pictures from the safari.
Duration: 7 hours in total (Approximately, including transfers and ferry ride. 2.5 hours of snowmobiling).
Available: 8:50am or 12:30pm
Minimum 2 participants
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)
Minimum 2 participants
Polar Fjord Cruise (Tromsø)
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 bodysuit 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)
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.
Duration: 4 hours, including transfers (approximately 45-60 minutes of dog sledding)
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 2 persons; 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 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 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
Husky sledding and reindeer camp were both super fun and excellent, Clarion Edge hotel was clean, modern and great food