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Tromsø – Northern Lights City Break

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Travel on a city break that gives you the best of both worlds. From exploring Tromsø’s cultural centre to journeying into its breathtaking natural surroundings for unforgettable Aurora hunts.
 
 

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. 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 boat in the dark fjords surrounding Tromsø - an ideal and peaceful way to hunt for the Lights. On another evening, you will visit a local reindeer or husky camp (depending on departure date). At both camps, 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 animals and enjoy a traditional evening meal.

We have left your days free to tailor however you please. Tromsø'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 are 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.

*If you are travelling between 1st September and 31st October, your activities will include an Aurora husky visit and Northern Lights cruise. If you are travelling between 1st November and 29th March, your activities will include a reindeer camp dinner and Northern Lights cruise. These dates may vary and are subject to availability, please speak with one of our Travel Experts for further information. 


Image credits:Gaute Bruvik & Visitnorway.com, Baard Loeken and NordNorge, Credit Tromso Villmarkscamp, Ole C Salomonsen, Gaute Bruvik and NordNorge & Knut Hansvold and NordNorge 

 

Important Information

*If you are travelling between the 1st of September 2024 to the 31st of October 2024 the activities included are Northern Lights Husky Visit with Northern Lights Watch and Northern Lights Sailing.  If you are travelling from the 1st of November to the end of March instead of the Husky Farm Visit you will have the Reindeer Camp Dinner included as standard. Please speak to your travel experts if you have any questions. 
 
Itinerary
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 will be emailed to you around a week prior to departure), or upon arrival.
 
Pricing
Please note that the prices below are subject to change due to availability at the respective hotels; supplements may apply.
 
Accommodation
Due to the pressure on hotel rooms that can arise in the Winter season, we may offer a range of hotel options to guests in Tromso (and this may occasionally have some impact on the price of your trip although this will of course be highlighted to you in any quote you receive). 
 
Activities
Please note that if you are travelling early in the winter season and there is not enough snowfall, then some activities may be adapted by the local team, or alternatives provided, to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. For more information on this, please see our booking terms and conditions.

Itinerary

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

[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
Clarion Collection Hotel With - Check In
Address : Tromso, Troms County, Norway
Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora - Check In
Address : Tromso, Troms County, Norway

*If you are travelling between the 1st of September 2024 to the 31st of October 2024 the activities included are Northern Lights Husky Visit with Northern Lights Watch and Northern Lights Sailing.  If you are travelling from the 1st of November to the end of March instead of the Husky Farm Visit you will have the Reindeer Camp Dinner included as standard. Please speak to your travel experts if you have any questions. 

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 above for more details.

If you are travelling in either September or October then this evening you will take part in an Aurora husky visit instead of the reindeer camp. You’ll be collected a short distance from your hotel and transferred to the husky camp where you will be given a tour of the facilities and the opportunity to meet the friendly huskies. As you pet and play with the dogs, you will be on the lookout for the Northern Lights which could appear at any time. Stay warm by the campfire and enjoy a traditional dinner this evening. You will be out for approximately 4.5 hours in total tonight.

If you are travelling from November onwards then 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

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

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. Departing Tromsø you will set sail in pursuit of the darkest skies and clearest weather and the best chance of seeing the Aurora dancing above you. This can be north towards the areas of Kvaløyvågen or south to Ramfjorden or west along the southern part of Kvaløya island. While you wait for the northern lights to appear, you can stay warm and comfortable in your vessel’s heated lounges. Drinks and snacks are available on board for an additional fee.

Throughout the evening our guides will share their knowledge and personal stories of the Northern Lights. From mythical stories from around the world to the scientific explanation of the Northern Lights. On the way back, you get a fantastic view of the Arctic city of Tromsø and it’s skyline and the famous Arctic Cathedral visible from the water.

Subject to availability and a supplement (please see Personalise tab) you can choose to upgrade to an Aurora Dinner cruise if you wish or for a more adventurous at heart, you can try Aurora dog sledding (although please note this activity requires a good level of fitness).

Included Meals:  Breakfast

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

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

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
Clarion Collection Hotel With - Check Out
Address : Tromso, Troms County, Norway
Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora - Check Out
Address : Tromso, Troms County, Norway

What's included?

  • Transfers: 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, a taxi transfer may be required
  • Accommodation: 3 nights at Clarion Hotel The Edge (or similar) in a standard double/twin room
  • Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Aurora Husky visit or Reindeer camp dinner with Northern Lights watch (depending on departure date)*
  • Northern Lights Sailing
  • Cold weather clothing during activities
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities

Excluded

  • Flights are not included in the cost. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts for a quote

Accommodation

Clarion Hotel The Edge
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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 (open Thursday to Saturday only)
  • 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 refreshments and classic dishes in the Social Bar and Bistro
NB: The hotel is cash-free. They take payment by credit or debit card and accept all major international cards
Clarion Collection Hotel With
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Situated in an enviable quayside location and with views over the sea and mountains, the interior of The With reflects the city’s maritime past with its design based on the historic boathouses that previously dominated the waterfront. The hotel is even named after the first captain of the Tromso steamship. However, even though it has roots in the past the hotel offers all the modern comforts you can wish for. It’s 76 spacious rooms have the latest entertainment amenities including a flatscreen TV and satellite channels and there is free Wifi throughout the property. Many rooms also boast individual climate controls (and hairdryers). In addition to the delicious buffet style breakfast on offer, the hotel offers a complimentary afternoon tea (what the locals call “Fika”) and evening meal. These are usually available 3pm-5pm and 6pm-8pm respectively, although hours may vary so please do confirm this on check in.

Hotel facilities:

  • On site gym and fitness club
  • Relaxation area on the top floor including sauna and steam room
  • Lobby bar serving a selection of refreshments and light snacks
  • There are several restaurants within a very short walking distance
  • The With is a completely smoke free hotel
Clarion Collection Hotel Aurora
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The Aurora has all the advantages of a waterfront location in the heart of the city (it is situated just next door to its sister premises the With). Like the With, the Aurora also offers free Wifi, afternoon tea and an evening meal. With 121 rooms, the Aurora is larger than the With and prides itself on its friendly and accommodating staff and also on being a completely cash free hotel, ensuring added security and convenience for guests.

Hotel facilities:

  • On site gym and fitness club
  • Relaxation area including sauna and outdoor jacuzzi with great views (although complimentary, advanced bookings are required for the jacuzzi)
  • There are several restaurants within a very short walking distance

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Additional Info

Please note: This holiday is a city break and as such operates quite differently to some of our other holidays in more remote locations. Because of your central base in the city, your activities will start at various meeting points (full details and directions will be provided in your final travel documents) which you will need to walk to (or arrange your own taxi unless otherwise stated) in good time for the activity to begin. You will then normally be met by a bus which will either take you directly out on your activity or to a central meeting point from where you will then head out on your adventure.

For environmental reasons and to pass on the cost saving benefit to our clients on some of our holidays based within a city, we may also make use of scheduled shared airport shuttle buses. These will stop near your hotel but there may be a short walk (with your luggage) due to traffic restrictions.  To check what is standard within your itinerary please check the ‘what’s included’ section. We can arrange private taxi transfers if you prefer (upgrade costs will apply). Our travel experts will be happy to provide more information.

Due to the city location, the group sizes for activities and transfers will be larger than some of our other holidays. We have lots of itineraries to suit everyone. So, if you enjoy the buzz of a city and like to explore its sights and sounds in your free time, then this holiday is a great option for you. If you prefer a more remote destination with activities on site, then please ask one of our travel experts who would be very happy to make some suggestions.

Price is based on 2 persons travelling

Group Size: 2 -120 (maximum number applies to Tromso cruise activities)

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Booking conditions click here

Key Facts

Pace Balanced
Holiday Type Land Only
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Norway, Tromso
Brochure Code 26030
Price from
£915 pp
4 days

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