Tromsø – Northern Lights City Break

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Travel on a city break that gives you the best of both worlds. From exploring Tromsøs 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 or taking part in an Aurora dog sledding safari (if you choose to upgrade to this more active option; please see our Personalise page for further details). If conditions are favourable, both options give you some of the best Northern Lights vantage points in the area. 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. Tromsoøs 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 a 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 15th September and 14th November, your activities will include an Aurora husky visit and a Northern Lights cruise. If you are travelling between 15th November and 29th March, your activities will include a reindeer camp dinner and a Northern Lights cruise with the option to upgrade to a more active Aurora dog-sledding activity, please speak with one of our Travel Experts for further information).


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

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 for more details.

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.

If you are travelling between 15th September and 14th November 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.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Clarion Hotel The Edge - 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. Depending on your departure date, you will either head out for a cruise or a dog sledding safari. For those travelling up until 10th March (approximate date, depending on weather conditions), you will set sail from Kirkegata 1 in Tromsø in search of the Aurora. As you travel through the breathtaking fjords, the professional skipper will tell you what to look out for in the dark night sky. If conditions are favourable and the Northern Lights do start to dance overhead, you will have one of the best vantage points in the city.

The boat comes equipped with toilets, a comfortable heated saloon and safety suits to keep you dry and warm. You will be out for approximately 3 hours including transfers.

Subject to availability and a supplement (please see Personalise tab) you can also elect to take part in Aurora dog sledding rather than the sailing if you wish.

Departing at 4:45pm, you’ll be collected a short distance from your hotel and transferred to the husky camp where you can meet the friendly huskies and be given full tuition on how to control your sled and handle your team of dogs. You’ll then set out on a safari which will last approximately 2 hours, riding 2 people per sled. After the safari, you will return to the camp, where you can warm up around a campfire with hot drinks and snacks. You will be out for approximately 6 hours in total tonight. We include a light meal prepared at the hotel for you with this activity as otherwise just snacks and hot drinks are available.

Included Meals:  Breakfast

Clarion Hotel The Edge - 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
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 – a taxi transfer may be required should this fall outside
  • 3 nights at Clarion Hotel The Edge in a standard double/twin room
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Northern Lights cruise or (if you would prefer to replace the cruise with Aurora dog-sledding you can upgrade to this subject to availability and additional cost
  • Reindeer camp dinner with Northern Lights watch or Aurora Husky visit
  • Cold weather clothing during activities
  • Fully qualified guides and instructors during activities


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 (open Thurs-Sat)
  • 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 a delicious meal at your culinary home from home, The Living Room

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 Balanced
Holiday Type Land Only
Max Group Size NA
Cities / Destinations Norway, Tromso
Brochure Code 26030
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£1,045 pp
4 days

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