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VISITING: Norway BROCHURE CODE: 28008
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Explore Northern Norway at your own pace on this self-drive autumn holiday beginning in Tromsø, the ‘Capital of the Arctic’. This short break provides a taste of Norway’s diverse and vibrant landscapes during the day and dedicated Aurora hunting at night. You will visit the small fishing community of Sommarøy, the mesmerizing island of Senja and the spectacular, fjord landscapes surrounding the Lyngen Alps. You will search for the Aurora via minibus, enjoy an aurora camp, and look out for the lights in the

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ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

  • 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 Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, 1 night in a Crystal Lavvo
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 light evening meal* and 3 dinners
  • The following activities and equipment are included in the price: Northern Lights minibus hunt, Aurora Camp, Northern Lights workshop, hot tub and sauna (the order of activities is subject to change)
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This four-night Autumn self-drive holiday takes you to some of Northern Norway’s most spectacular spots. You will go from one of the liveliest cities in the Arctic to quieter island communities with stunning backdrops, all of which offer a warm welcome and unforgettable experiences. Given the time of year and the fact that the places you will visit are ideally located for watching the Northern Lights, we have included Aurora activities 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 history tied to Arctic exploration, which is documented in a selection of museums. There are also cosmopolitan shops and restaurants to enjoy and our Travel experts will happily provide some recommendations. The mountain views surrounding this mainly island-based city are spectacular.

From Tromsø, you will head to the peace and calm of Sommarøy, an island with quaint fishing villages and pristine white sandy beaches. You will spend a night here, before continuing to the island of Senja where you will stay in a small hotel, right on the water’s edge. Senja offers an idyllic setting, particularly when bathed in the colours of autumn and your trip here will include a relaxed outdoor hot tub and sauna experience amidst the spectacular mountain backdrop.

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Your final stop before heading back to Tromsø will be the Lyngen Peninsula. The fjordic landscapes are breath-taking and during your time here you will spend an evening in a Crystal Lavvo (a traditional cabin with a glass Aurora viewing roof). The cabins are heated by a cosy fireplace and are set in the heart of the stunning natural surroundings of the Lyngen Alps.

To maximise your chances of viewing the Northern Lights, your holiday will include three Aurora activities. To begin, you will search for the lights from Tromsø, using a minibus to reach dark skies and hopefully outrun any localised cloud cover - if you travel in November then you can upgrade this to a Northern Lights dinner cruise - please see our 'Personalise' section for further details. Following this, you will enjoy a visit to an Aurora camp in Sommarøy and an Aurora workshop in the Lyngen Alps. Both areas have very little light pollution and are known for some spectacular Autumn Aurora displays.  

In short, this self-drive autumn holiday offers the perfect introduction to the jaw-dropping and varied landscapes of Northern Norway whilst also providing plenty of opportunities to hopefully witness the Aurora Borealis.


©Hamn i Senja, Ricardo Torrescredit, Francisco Damm & Tromsø Adventure
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Key facts

Duration:4 nights
Pace:Relaxed
Suitable for: 18 years and above
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  • 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.


    *Please note: to arrive in time for your light evening meal (which is served until 9 pm) and your Aurora activity, you will need to book flights which arrive into Tromso earlier in the day. Please speak to our Travel Experts for a quote.

  • After breakfast, you will make the scenic hour-long drive (drive time may vary depending on photo stops and weather conditions) to the beautiful island of Sommarøy which offers a mix of white sandy beaches, charming fisherman’s cottages and rugged hills and mountains. The small fishing community here keeps local traditions alive and the small bustling harbour is often a hive of activity.

    The beaches are breath-taking, and the white sand and turquoise water would not look out of place in the Caribbean, the temperatures are just a bit different!

    In the evening, you will enjoy dinner before setting off with your guide to an Aurora camp which offers panoramic views out across the water. From here that you can sometimes witness the most spectacular Aurora displays. The lights can appear from above the mountains before being reflected off the sea and giving you two displays for the price of one. Hot drinks and snacks are included, and the tour will last for approximately two and a half hours.

  • Following breakfast, you will drive from Sommarøy to the island of Senja, which is one of Norway’s hidden delights, away from the usual tourist trail. The drive to Senja is spectacular and will introduce you to some magnificent stretches of coast with steep mountains plunging into the ocean and white coral beaches. The drive time is approximately four hours.

    You will spend the night at Hamn I Senja, located in a quiet fishing village looking out towards the Arctic waters. Your stay here will include a relaxing hot tub and sauna session for 2 hours. The outdoor hot tub is in a converted fishing boat and the water is heated to 38 °C and you can admire the majestic scenery whilst enjoying a soak.

    Dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant.

  • Following breakfast, you will enjoy another scenic drive towards the Lyngen Alps. The Lyngen Peninsula contains some of Norway’s most dramatic scenery with high mountain peaks, glacial rivers and deep ravines. The drive is spectacular and showcases the diversity of the landscapes in Northern Norway. The journey will take approximately three and a half hours.

    You will be spending the evening in a glass roofed Crystal Lavvo (traditional cabin located in the heart of the Lyngen Alps. The glass roof offers unobstructed views of the night sky whilst the fireplace ensures that you will have a cosy evening surrounded by stunning nature.

    You will enjoy a home cooked meal before an Aurora workshop tonight. Your hosts will give you an insight into the Aurora and a lesson on how to capture them effectively on camera. There is very little light pollution in this area so hopefully you can put your skills to the test and capture an autumn display.

  • After breakfast, you will complete your autumn tour of Northern Norway and return the car to Tromsø airport. The drive is approximately two and a half hours.

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Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora, Tromsø

Nights: 1

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.

Hotel Facilities

  • 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

Guest rooms

Twin/Double Rooms: 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

Nights: 2

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.

Hotel facilities

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, Christina sonvilla

Malangen Brygger

Nights: 3

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.

Hotel Facilities

  • 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

Room types

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 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.

Apartment facilities

  • 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 Wi-Fi internet access
  • All apartments have private bathroom and shower facilities

Green Gold Villa and Crystal Lavvos

Nights: 4

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

From £15pp

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

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Activities

Northern Lights Husky Hike

From: £125pp

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.

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Duration: Around 5 hours

Available: 1st September until the 22nd October

Puppy training

From: £112pp

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

Husky visit

From: £78pp

Visit a husky centre outside of Tromsø and meet the sled dogs which are synonymous with the Arctic. A tour of the centre will introduce you to the lives of the mushers and their dogs both historically and during the present day. You will be given an insight into dogsledding and how it has become an important part of the Arctic culture. This will include a film from Iditarod, the world’s greatest sled race, where the owner actually participated in 2006 and won “most inspirational musher” award.

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Obviously, no visit to the husky centre would be complete without meeting the dogs themselves and on arrival, you will no doubt be greeted with a chorus of barks. They will be eager to meet you and there are usually puppies as well so have your camera ready. You can cuddle as many of the dogs as you want during this 3-hour tour and you will leave with a greater knowledge of their lives north of the Arctic Circle.

Departure transfers will take place at 2.30pm from the Radisson Blu Hotel. Hot drinks and biscuits are included.

Availability: Every day from 08 Sept to 30 November

Minimum numbers: 2 people

Duration: 3 hours

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On each of our holidays, you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Departure dates between
Sat 01 Sep 2018
to Fri 30 Nov 2018
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Adults£ 1,015 Single Adult£ 1,360

Next season's provisional dates and prices

To secure places for next season, you can make a provisional booking and fix the cost of your holiday at the provisional package price displayed online. Simply by paying a deposit, you will protect yourself from any package price increases. The departure dates and itineraries remain subject to change and we will contact you when the final dates and itineraries are confirmed. You will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit. 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
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to Sat 30 Nov 2019
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Adults£ 1,085 Single Adult£ 1,455

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 2 people

Group sizes and minimum numbers

Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Order of activities

The order of activities is always subject to change and you will be provided with your final itinerary upon arrival at your destination

Medical History and advice

If you or any member of your party is pregnant or has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if you become pregnant or any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Experience and fitness

We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's lever and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
See our booking conditions for further information.

Guides and safety

It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.

If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

See our booking conditions for further information.

Booking activities locally

In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Minimum age

The minimum age for participation in our itineraries is 15 years old, however, for some activities and shared transfers, our guests may be joined by others and these may include those of a younger age. Any younger participants will be fully supervised by an adult and the guides will ensure that they are only able to participate if there will be no effect on the activity experience. None of the hotels we feature has a minimum age and so there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods.

To drive a snowmobile you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.

 



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