ALL OF THE ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES LISTED BELOW ARE INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE
- Rental Car: based on two people sharing an intermediate car (Volvo V40, Ford Focus, VW Golf/Polo or similar). Includes unlimited mileage and CDW. (Please note: hotel parking charges will apply and need to be paid for locally)
- Accommodation: 1 night at Clarion Hotel Edge (standard room), 1 night at Sommarøy Arctic Hotel (superior double room), 1 night at Hamn i Senja (suite/1-bedroom apartment), 1 night in a Crystal Lavvo
- Meals: 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners
- Activities and equipment: Northern Lights catamaran cruise, Aurora Camp, hot tub and sauna, Northern Lights workshop (order subject to change)
- Roadmap and route description
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 relaxing outdoor hot tub and sauna experience amidst the spectacular mountain backdrop.
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, setting sail aboard a catamaran to reach dark skies and hopefully outrun any localised cloud cover - you can choose to upgrade this to a Northern Lights minibus hunt if you would prefer - 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 Torres, Francisco Damm & Tromsø Adventure, Green Gold of Norway, Visit Norway & Foto CH
Arrival in Tromsø and Northern Lights Catamaran Cruise
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 restaurants. Having landed here*, you will pick up your car at the airport and drive to the Clarion Hotel The Edge, which is where you will overnight. There are several public car parks within 300-500m walking distance of the hotel; all charges are to be paid for locally.
Later this evening, you will be taken out on a catamaran cruise in search of the Northern Lights. Travelling this way enables you to sail away from areas 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 route to take. Warm clothing (if required), soup and hot drinks are included for this activity. Starting at approximately 9 pm, you will be out for around 3.5 hours. The starting point for this activity is a short walk away from your hotel.
Alternatively, you may prefer to hunt for the Northern Lights via minibus; this can be arranged for a small upgrade cost – please see the ‘Personalise’ section for more details.
*Please note: to arrive in time for 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.Included Meals: None
Tromsø to Sommarøy (Approx.1hr Drive) and Aurora Camp
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 breathtaking, 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 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, starting at 8 pm.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sommarøy to Senja (Approx. 4hr Drive), Hot Tub and Sauna
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 this evening. 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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Senja to the Lyngen Alps (Approx. 4hr Drive), Aurora Workshop and Overnight in a Crystal Lavvo
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 four hours.
You can check-in to this evening's accommodation from 7:15 pm onwards, which leaves you with plenty of time to stop for photos at the many scenic viewpoints along the way. Alternatively, why not add-on an activity this morning before you leave Senja, such as a wildlife safari by boat, searching for sea eagles, cormorants and seals - please see the 'Personalise' section for more details.
Tonight, 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.Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lyngen Alps to Tromsø Airport (Approx. 3hr Drive)
After breakfast, you will complete your autumn tour of Northern Norway and return the car to Tromsø airport. The drive is approximately three hours.Included Meals: Breakfast
Included in price
Personalise this tour
Northern Lights Minibus Hunt Upgrade - Tromsø
If you would prefer to upgrade your included Northern Lights catamaran cruise on day 1 to a land-based, Northern Lights minibus hunt, we can arrange this for you.
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 6 pm, a short walk away from your hotel, therefore your arrival flight will need to take account of this.
Duration: Between 6 and 9 hours depending on weather conditions and including transfers.
Credits: Tromsø Adventure
Wildlife Safari by Boat - Senja
Superlatives just fail to describe the dramatic scenery of the Arctic Norwegian Coastline. Hamn I Senja is set right in the heart of one of our very favourite parts and today you will be able to discover a different perspective during your wildlife boat safari.
Your guide will take you out to some of the completely unspoilt beaches and coves located a short cruise from the hotel where you are most likely to be able to enjoy some of the wonderful bird life and also seals who call this special part of the world home. You will be out on the water for approximately an hour and a half and hot drinks will be served during the trip. You will travel by small boat or RIB.
This activity is available on the morning of day 4, prior to your journey to the Lyngen Alps.
Dates & Prices
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Holiday group size (approximate)
Minimum 2 people; max group size 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 is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival. The trip dossier is standard to the holiday and does not account for any amends, additions or personalisation to an itinerary. Clients should refer to their booking documents for this information.
The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final itinerary will be provided on 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
We have no reason to believe that our holidays will be impacted after Brexit and so it is business as usual for us. The European Commission has stated that no aircraft will be grounded, even if no deal is reached between the EU and the UK.
However, the Foreign Office is advising people take the following steps so please review this information and take any necessary action.
The relevant points include:
- check your passport
- get travel insurance which covers your healthcare
If the UK leaves the EU with no deal, the rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change. If your adult passport was issued over 9 years ago, you may be affected. You should use this tool to check your passport is still valid for your trip before booking travel.
Adult and child passports should have at least 6 months’ validity remaining on your date of travel. If you renewed your passport early, extra months would have been added to your new passport. Any extra months on an adult passport will not count towards the validity requirement, so some passport holders will need to have more than 6 months remaining in order to travel.
You will also need to double-check your travel insurance as after Brexit there is no guarantee your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will be accepted.
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
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We had a great time thanks. We were so lucky. We literally had 2 short windows of clear sky, maybe 1 he each time, quite late c12pm, when the clouds cleared and rain stopped and we were treated to fantastic autos both times (nights 3 and 4). The photo by the way was taken by Francisco at Crystal Lavos.