Tromsø – Northern Lights in Autumn
- Duration:4 nights
- Suitable for: 18 years and above
- Rental Car: Based on two people sharing an Economy Class car
- Accommodation: 1 night at Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora, 1 night at Hamn i Senja, 1 night at Malangen Brygger, 1 night at Sommarøy Arctic Hotel.
- Meals: 4 breakfasts and 1 light evening meal*
- Activities: Northern Lights Minibus Hunt, Northern Lights Excursion and Photo Tour, Northern Lights Watch, Northern Lights Hot Tub and Sauna** (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Roadmap and route description
*Please note: The hotel's restaurant closes at 9 pm. On your arrival night, if you arrive before 9 pm, a light evening meal will be included at the hotel. Alternatively, and for those arriving after 9 pm, you can explore the delights of this city's culinary scene. The hotel staff will be happy to recommend some local restaurants (payable locally).
**Please note:, if you are travelling before 01/10/17, your agenda will include the Northern Lights Hot Tub and Sauna on Day 3. For those travelling from 01/10/17 onwards, your agenda will include the Northern Lights watch instead.
This four-night self-drive holiday takes you to some of the best spots in Northern Norway, which is a wonderful autumn destination. You will go from one of the liveliest cities in this part of the world to quieter island communities, all offering a warm welcome. Given the time of year and the fact that the places you will visit are well-located for watching the Northern Lights, we have included Aurora hunts to improve your chances of seeing a display.
Your first stop will be the city of Tromsø, widely referred to as the ‘Capital of the Arctic’. It is an excellent place to get a dose of culture, with impressive 19th-century architecture and a fine selection of museums. From here, you will head to the splendid island of Senja, which is a little off the beaten track and well worth the visit. A scenic route will then take you to the modern Malangen Brygger hotel, after which your last destination will be the fishing village of Sommaroy, with its fresh seafood.
At night, you will be taken out to hunt the Northern Lights. You will search for them around Tromso by minibus – travel after October and you can upgrade this to a lovely Northern Lights dinner cruise - please see our 'Personalise' section for further details. Your stay on Senja features an Aurora photography tour by minibus, while your time at Malangen involves a Northern Lights Watch on foot to an outdoor camp or by car (depending on the forecast).
Should you wish to stay on further in Tromsø and try more activities, please speak to our Travel Experts for more information. Additional activities are detailed in the ‘Personalise’ tab and include a Northern Lights husky hike, whale watching on the waters around Tromsø, and seeing how husky puppies are trained for dog sledding.
©Hamn i Senja, Ricardo Torrescredit, Francisco Damm & Tromsø Adventure
Day 1 Arrival in Tromsø and Northern Lights minibus hunt
The buzzing city of Tromsø is popularly held to be the ‘Capital of the Arctic’. Located on the scenic island of Tromsøya, it has stylish architecture, excellent museums, and a good selection of eateries. Having landed here, you will pick up your car at the airport and drive to the Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora, which is where you will overnight.
The hotel’s restaurant closes at 9 pm. If you arrive before this time, you can tuck into a light evening meal at the hotel restaurant. Alternatively – and for those arriving after 9 pm – you can head out to try one of the local restaurants (payable locally).
At night, you will be taken out on a minibus hunt for the Northern Lights. Travelling this way enables you to get past regions of light pollution to the very best Aurora viewpoints. Your guide will use the most up-to-date forecasts of solar activity and weather to determine the best places to visit. They will also provide tips on how best to photograph the Northern Lights. Warm clothing (if required) and hot drinks are included for this activity. You will be out for around five hours, and it is important to take your passport along, should the hunt take you over the Finnish or Swedish borders.
Visit from October onwards and you can upgrade this minibus hunt to a splendid Northern Lights dinner cruise – please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more details.
Day 2 Tromsø to Senja, Northern Lights excursion and photo tour
After breakfast, you will drive to the beautiful island of Senja – one of Norway’s hidden delights, away from the usual tourist trail. Your drive will feature travelling along magnificent stretches of coast, promising spectacular views.
Your accommodation for tonight is Hamn i Senja, located in a quiet fishing village looking out towards the Arctic waters. After checking in, you might like to get refreshed in the on-site sauna and try the hotel restaurant before the evening’s activity. You will be taken out by minibus to photograph the Northern Lights. You guide will be a professional photographer and will be able to advise you on the best techniques for capturing the Aurora on camera. Cold-weather clothing is provided (if required), but we recommend you still wear plenty of warm layers and good shoes. You will have to bring you own camera, and a tripod is also recommended.
Day 3 Senja to Malangen, Northern Lights Watch
Finishing breakfast, you will drive from Senja to Malangen Brygger, a welcoming hotel on the coast. Enjoy the panoramas of woods, mountains, and fjord waters as you make your way here. The hotel is a very modern place to stay – why not settle down for a meal in the restaurant before moving outside to take in the scenery?
For those who are travelling between 05 - 30th September, your evening will include a relaxed and nourishing Northern Lights hot tub and sauna session. Seek out the northern lights from the comfort of a steaming jacuzzi as your hosts turn down the artificial lights in order to make the most of the dark night skies. Witnessing this natural phenomenon whilst enjoying a soak in a hot tub is a truly magical experience.
For those travelling after 30th September, your evening will take a slightly different route. At night, you will be taken on a Northern Lights watch, setting off by foot to a local Aurora-spotting camp. If conditions are cloudy here, you will be driven out in search of clearer areas to catch a display. This allows you to venture further into the wilderness in the hope of catching the green lady as she dances in the night skies.
Day 4 Malangen to Sommarøy
With breakfast done, you will make the journey to Sommarøy, which has a small local population that has kept its heritage very much alive to this day. As Sommarøy is a fishing community, there is plenty of freshly caught seafood to be had here. Be sure to sample some at the restaurant of the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, where you will be staying tonight.
Day 5 Sommarøy to Tromsø Airport
After breakfast in Norway, you will drive from Sommarøy to Tromsø Airport. Make the most of the fjord and mountain vistas as you travel back. Dropping off your car at the airport, you can then catch your flights home.
Included in price
Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora
This hotel is well-located in the harbour area of the cosmopolitan city of Tromsø. The hotel has a lovely modern design with free Wi-Fi and stunning panoramic views of the mountains surrounding Tromsø and the Tromsøysund Strait. The hotel has a small gym and an outdoor hot tub set on the rooftop which is one of our favourite places to spend an evening in the city.
There is a bar area which is quite popular in the evenings. If you would like to take the opportunity to explore this vibrant city, then your location in the heart of Tromsø couldn't be better for visiting the highlights on foot.
- The location is this hotel's real selling point - just 500 metres from the famous Polar Museum, with the Polaria Aquarium just a 10-minute walk away
- This hotel offers a wonderful afternoon tea for guests which includes coffee and fresh waffles - delicious!
- A light evening buffet is included for all guests to enjoy
- There is a gym, a sauna and an exceptional outdoor hot tub on the roof of the hotel
- The friendly reception desk is open 24 hours to help you with anything you may need
The hotel offers 121 hotel rooms each equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and work desk. All rooms are very clean, comfortable and welcoming. Some of the hotel rooms have a lovely view towards the harbour and many guests enjoy watching the Hurtigruten ships sail into port whilst en route north or south.
Hamn i Senja
Hamn i Senja can be found on the island of Senja - an idyllic Norwegian fishing village, surrounded by dramatic mountainous scenery. This perfect, peaceful location is an absolute must for those with a genuine appreciation of natural beauty. As Norway’s second largest island after Hinnøya, Senja can be found midway between Tromsø and Harstad and offers its guests a beautiful array of diverse island scenery with spectacular views of the surrounding fjords, islets and mountains.
The name of ‘Hamn’ means harbour and the location that Hamn i Senja resides within has roots dating back to the 1880s as a traditional and plentiful fishing village. There is a wonderful historical feel as well as a perfect peaceful location directly on the harbour front.
The hotel was recently refurbished so offers a high standard of modern facilities for its guests.
- A stylish restaurant where you will enjoy a delicious range of home-cooked meals (including freshly caught local fish)
- The Cognac Saloon is the hotel's on-site bar which is open during reception/restaurant hours so guests can enjoy a coffee and chat with friends or relax and wind down with a cognac later on in the evening
- For those moments where you wish to relax you can enjoy the sauna and sauna chamber
- Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the public areas and in all the bedrooms
- You will have the opportunity to enjoy the hotel's Lighthouse and the very quirky hot tub made from a converted fishing boat (see 'What's included' for details). The Lighthouse (a short walk from your room) offers a spectacular vantage point of the harbour and north facing views of the sky, which means that you can enjoy a wonderful view should the Northern Lights make an appearance.
A range of activities can be added onto your trip via the hotel such as fishing, body rafting, boat trips and whale watching trips.
Guest bedroom types
apartment-style Standard Rooms
The standard rooms are either double or twin en-suite bedrooms. All rooms are apartment-style and come with a hairdryer, fully equipped kitchen, lounge including a television and a view of the harbour. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi and towels.
apartment-style Large suites
The large suites are located in three buildings.
Each suite has two bedrooms with two beds (which can be made up as either twins or doubles). Facilities in the suites include a kitchen area, a living room, dining area, a shower room, a hairdryer and a television.
Image credits: Hamn i Senja
You'll find Malangen Brygger on the banks of the Malangen Fjord around 90 minutes away from Tromsø by car. This is a truly spectacular location with fjord views from all the apartment accommodation. When we say that these apartments are on the water's edge we really mean it; the water laps under their balconies at full tide!
Each apartment is individually owned so there's no standardised decor here, just typical Scandinavian design flair.
The apartments are all built within a very short walk to the main building where your meals will be served in the excellent restaurant.
There's also a couple of rather special features here that you may want to use during your stay; a glass-fronted sauna and an outdoor hot tub both of which have great views of the night sky - the ideal Aurora viewpoint.
Malangen is very definitely a place for rest, relaxation and downtime. There's wireless internet access but other than that, evening entertainment is about looking for the Northern Lights or simply unwinding with a good book or a sauna....or both.
- The hotel has a fantastic restaurant with the head chef creating a magical fusion of Norwegian ingredients and traditions combined with French cooking styles. Given the hotel's location right on the fjord, there is a wealth of seafood on the menu which also features ingredients such lamb, moose and reindeer too
- The glass-fronted sauna which looks out across the fjord is highly recommended during your stay. The sauna is located so that if you use it during the hours of darkness it is possible to witness the Northern Lights in a very Nordic way
- The hotel has a bar area with a reasonable choice of wines and beer. Being in Norway however drinks can be a little pricey so please keep this in mind when budgeting for your trip
- Wi-Fi is free of charge in the public areas and some of the rooms do have access
Standard double room: These rooms are all individually decorated featuring photographs of the surrounding nature and scenery captured by a local photographer. All of the rooms have en-suite bathroom facilities. These 18 m² rooms all boast a Hästens double bed, flat screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities.
Apartment with sea view: The apartments are located a very short walk from the main hotel building right down on the frozen water's edge. The apartments are larger than the other room types at 45 m². The apartment's main attraction is the spectacular panoramic views across the Fjord. There is also a fully fitted kitchen in the apartments however due to the remote location we would recommend stocking up on any supplies either before leaving home or during your time in Tromsø.
- The apartments each have two separate bedrooms one with a double bed and one with bunk beds
- There is a comfortable lounge area to relax outside of planned activities
- The apartments have flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi internet access
- All apartments have private bathroom and shower facilities
Sommarøy Arctic Hotel
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and located within the picturesque coastal town of Sommarøy, your stay here allows you to witness the Norwegian coastline at its best.
The Sommarøy Arctic Hotel is located within a traditional fishing community and this means that you will get to sample some of the fruits of the sea in the hotel menus.
The hotel has been almost completely renovated to a lovely standard during the winter of 2016/17.
- You may like to relax with a pre or post dinner drink in the hotel's bar area. You can enjoy the views out towards the shoreline as you relax and admire the scenery
- Relax in the hotel's wood-fired sauna or take a dip in the outdoor hot tub and enjoy the views of the sea
- Your meals will be served in the hotel's lobby restaurant. The breakfast buffer will typically include a range of cold meats and fish as well as more typical continental favourites. The evening menus are designed to showcase local produce as much as possible and really give guests a taste of Northern Norway
During your stay, you will be based in standard double or twin rooms, all of which are en-suite. Each room is equipped with internet, television, a desk and seat and a hairdryer.
Please note that the hotel is currently undergoing some expansion and improvement work, due for completion in Spring 2017. The majority of the external work has been completed and a few internal projects remain. Working hours will be limited to the daytime only and the hotel will aim to locate guests as far away from the work as possible. If there are any issues during your stay, the hotel staff will be more than happy to help.
Personalise this tour
Tromsø – Northern Lights Dinner CruiseFrom £25pp
Leave the shore and light pollution behind to search for the Aurora on the waters around Tromsø. Take in views of the city and look to the skies for the Northern Lights as friendly guides share their knowledge of the region and the Aurora. 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. You can upgrade to do this instead of the Northern Lights minibus hunt on Day 1 or add it as an additional excursion if you choose to extend your stay in Tromsø.
Image credit: Francisco Damm
Northern Lights Husky HikeFrom: £116pp
You will be transferred to a local husky farm, where you will be introduced to its many furry residents. Following that, you will take some of the dogs for a walk, wandering through the outdoors and admiring the surrounding nature. Be prepared, as the Northern Lights might make an appearance at any time!
You will reach a campfire where you can sit and wait for a display. A traditional Sámi meal will be served inside a comfy tent, and you will have a chance to watch short films - one about the Northern Lights, the other about how the huskies from this farm have participated in the 1000-mile Iditarod, the longest dogsledding race on earth.
Duration: Around 5 hours
Available: 5th September until the 31st October
Whale WatchingFrom: £140pp
From the end of October to around the middle of February, the waters around Tromsø are visited by a variety of cetaceans, attracted by the chance to feed on shoals of herring. Species that can be seen here include humpback and pilot whales, harbour porpoises, and killer whales (actually a type of dolphin).
You will be taken out on the water for anywhere between three to six hours to head to follow the different groups of marine mammals as they feed. A lifejacket and cold-weather suits, as well as hot drinks and biscuits, are included.
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
Private Northern Lights Hot Tub and Sauna
Enjoy a relaxing and nourishing hot tub and sauna whilst gazing over Malangen fjord, during the darkened evening. This is an opportunity to potentially seek out the Northern Lights from the comfort of a steaming hot tub or a glass fronted sauna, as your hosts turn down any artificial light in order to allow you to make the most of the dark night sky. To witness this natural phenomenon dance over the stunning fjord landscapes from an outdoor hot tub is a truly magical experience.
Duration: 2 hours
Price per group: £170 (Min 1 and Max 10 people)
Image credit: malangen.com.
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