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Tromsø – Gastronomy and Northern Lights

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Awaken your senses on our Gastronomy and Northern Lights tour, which will take you to the scenic fjords of Tromsø in search of the freshest fish you’ll ever catch and taste. Venture to one of Northern Europe’s most vibrant culinary capitals and experience tastes ranging from Fiskekompaniet’s bold celebrations of seasonal produce to the bidos reindeer stew enjoyed by Sámi herders for centuries. Search for the Northern Lights while enjoying dinner on a small boat cruise and watch the skies from a Sámi reindeer camp in search of the Aurora.
Dubbed 'the Paris of the North', Tromsø's fashion, food, and culture earn the admiration of travellers year after year. This tour will focus on the bustling culinary scene of the city, which prides itself on utilising fresh produce from the fjords and surrounding mountains for a fresh and healthy culinary experience.
 
You'll be staying right in the heart of the city so you're in a prime location to experience all the city has to offer. We're also making the most of the beautiful fjords the town is set in, providing several sailing experiences to make the most of Tromsø's spectacular surrounding nature. You'll enjoy dinner in a renowned local restaurant, famed for its use of fresh, seasonal seafood. Then, the culinary tour continues with a daytime cruise into the fjords around Tromsø with the chance to try your hand at fishing, should conditions permit. We have also included a dedicated Arctic fishing tour, which takes you out towards the Barents Sea where you will try to catch your lunch from the deep, cool waters below - you won't taste fish fresher than this!
 
Tromsø is the perfect place to search the skies for the Northern Lights, which is why we have included two activities to increase your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis. Firstly, you'll enjoy a night at a remote reindeer camp, where you'll get a unique insight into the lives of the Sámi reindeer herders while gazing at the dark skies above. Then, you'll set out to sea for a Northern Lights dinner cruise, where you'll dine aboard the boat and hunt for the Aurora Borealis as you sail through the fjords.
 
This three-night break is your chance to experience the past, present and future of Norwegian cuisine, enjoying the best this culinary capital has to offer.

Image credits: Fiskekompaniet, Truls Iversen, Bjørn Jørgensen - Visitnorway.com, Gaute Bruvik and NordNorge, Ole C Salomonsen and Patin family. 

Itinerary

Arriving at Tromsø Airport, you will be taken to the city via private taxi transfer. We recommend booking an early flight in order to maximise your time here and to ensure that you can enjoy tonight’s culinary experience. 

Dinner tonight will take place in Fiskekompaniet, a restaurant which prides itself on sourcing and elevating the freshest local ingredients Norway has to offer. Although the menu is as seasonal as the ingredients served on it, you can expect dishes featuring freshly-caught fish and rich desserts. With chic Scandinavian interiors and windows framing beautiful views of the harbour, it’s the perfect introduction to the sights, sounds and tastes of Tromsø.

Included Meals:  Dinner

[TOS] Langnes Airport, Norway To Clarion Hotel The Edge
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Clarion Hotel The Edge - Check In
Address : Tromso, Troms County, Norway

After breakfast this morning, you’ll head out on your first adventure: a polar fjord cruise.  The boat is crewed by local fishers who will share tales and traditions that their ancestors have passed on through generations as you sail through the stunning fjords that surround Tromsø. As well as a direct line to the best fishing spots where their forefathers have been fishing for centuries, you will also be able to observe the marine wildlife which teems in the Arctic waters around you. From sea eagles and migratory birds to the several species of whale and dolphin which seek herrings in the winter seas, you have every chance of a magical wildlife encounter. Depending on the conditions, you will have a chance to fish for your lunch, with help from the local fishers. The catch will be served as a light lunch, on board and you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour as you admire the snow-covered mountains surroundingTromsø. You’ll be out for approximately 5 hours.

After a free afternoon enjoying all the modern cuisine, Tromsø has to offer, tonight’s fare will be a lot more traditional. 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, Lunch, Dinner

Clarion Hotel The Edge - Stay
Address : Tromso, Troms County, Norway

According to the locals, it is almost a “must” to do a fishing trip while in Tromsø. Although you will have experienced fishing in the fjords yesterday, your third day will be spent out on the Arctic waters on the MB Havcruise for a dedicated, small-group fishing tour in search of another fresh lunch. The expert guides will teach you the art of sea fishing, as you sail across the wintery seas. Venturing into the fjords and beyond, you will catch your own lunch: catfish, coalfish, pollack, haddock and halibut are all possibilities and if you are really lucky you may catch a cod! The fishing tour ends with a feast of your own catch, prepared and served by the crew. We did promise you the freshest fish meal you’ve ever had! You will be out for approximately 3 hours.

Returning to land, your afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. As darkness falls tonight, you will set back out onto the fjord for a Northern Lights dinner cruise aboard this morning’s boat, the MB Havcruise. As well as providing your meal for the evening, your crew will be on hand to assist with any photography queries you may have as you search the skies for the Northern Lights on this small group tour. Dine on a meal of freshly-caught fish under the stars, miles away from the light pollution which could hamper Northern Lights spotting and hopefully you’ll be lucky enough to watch the Aurora dance overhead. You’ll be out for approximately 3 hours tonight.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Clarion Hotel The Edge - Stay
Address : Tromso, Troms County, Norway

Following breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home. If you have an early flight time, we will box up breakfast for you to take with you.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Clarion Hotel The Edge To [TOS] Langnes Airport, Norway
Airport Transfer
Duration
00:00
Clarion Hotel The Edge - Check Out
Address : Tromso, Troms County, Norway

What's included?

  • Return airport transfers (taxi transfer on arrival, scheduled Flybus transfer on departure). Please speak to one of our Travel Experts if you have an early or late return flight – taxi transfer may be required should it fall outside the Flybus hours)
  • 3 nights at Clarion Hotel The Edge in a standard double/twin room
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Dinner at Fiskekompaniet
  • Polar Fjord Cruise
  • Reindeer Camp Dinner with Northern Lights Watch
  • Arctic Fishing Tour
  • Northern Lights Dinner Cruise
  • Cold weather clothing during activities (except dinner cruise)
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

Accommodation

Clarion Hotel The Edge
     
 

Situated right in the centre of Tromsø, the Clarion Hotel The Edge puts you in a prime location to explore the ‘Paris of the North’ and is an excellent base to transfer to your memorable activities. 

Hotel Facilities

  • Enjoy great views of the brilliant architecture of the city as it reflects in the waters just outside the hotel or head to the 11th-floor sky bar – the only one of its kind in the city – for a vista like no other
  • The hotel puts great emphasis on being eco-friendly and is built with an environmental classification A.
  • Keep up with your fitness in the onsite gym with stunning sea views
  • Enjoy tastes of Manhattan made using Arctic ingredients in the ‘Kitchen and Table’ restaurant

NB: The hotel is cash-free. They take payment by credit or debit card and accept all major international cards

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Pace Relaxed
Holiday Type Land Only
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Tromso, Norway
Brochure Code 26048
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£1,375 pp
4 days

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