Tromso Northern Lights
Tromsø is a small city with a big reputation as arguably the best location in Europe from which to see the Northern Lights. Your holiday here will be based in a small hotel on the edge of town overlooking parkland and the sea. You need only walk out of your hotel to have a clear view of the northern sky and, hopefully, the dancing lights of the aurora.
With five days in the city, you will be spoilt for choice as to how to spend your time. Some may be content never to leave the city, enjoying the ancient trading areas that today offer stunning paintings, pictures and locally produced arts and crafts. With such a picturesque setting, endless days and nights throughout the calendar and with nature’s own lightshow on their doorstep, it’s not surprising that so many have found inspiration here.
There are plenty of unusual ways to keep you occupied in Tromsø - with reindeer racing, rock music festivals, an International Film Festival and even a Northern Lights festival specifically catering to those specifically seeking them. Thankfully, there are plenty of the usual options as well, including some fantastic restaurants serving local seafood dishes, as well as reindeer, moose or grouse depending on the season. With a cosmopolitan city made up of over 100 nationalities, you will be sure to find something to whet your appetite.
If you’re feeling active, and wish to get out of the city, then the biggest decision is which mode of transport to take. Will you choose snowmobile, 4x4, sled pulled by huskies or even reindeer – or will you choose to simply opt for walking? The area offers unlimited opportunity for those wishing to hike, from scenic coastal hills all the way to the more challenging Lyngen Alps. Why not leave land altogether and opt for a guided sea kayak tour offering a new perspective on the city, and landscapes.
The location of Tromsø means that you will likely also have a decision to make on where to make your observation of the Aurora from. Will you take the Fjellheisen Cable Car to enjoy a view over the city, will you join a local tour or perhaps even simply gaze out of your hotel window relaxing after a day exploring? This trip grants you the freedom not to have to follow the crowd, but blaze a trail and fill your Northern Lights short break with the things that you want to.
Tromso Northern Lights
2012 fixed departure dates
Friday 18th October
2013 fixed departure date
Friday 14th February
If you wish to travel on alternative dates please contact us and we will confirm pricing and availability.
The price is per person sharing a twin room for four nights in Tromso wth a daily breakfast at the hotel.
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
The Tromso Northern lights holiday does not include any of the international flights required or transfers to / from the airport to the hotel. Please contact us if you have any queries.
International flights to join the tour are readily available at very competitive rates with options for various classes of travel, flight times and routes. An international flight package (including all airline charges and taxes) can be arranged from London (subject to availability at the time of booking) from about £200 per person. Should you wish us to book your air travel there is a GBP £25 booking fee.
Reservations can be made by phoning 01276 21709 or by e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your place on the holiday will be held for seven days pending receipt of your deposit.
Deposit and Payment
A deposit of £200 per person is required to confirm your place on the holiday. We will send you a Final Invoice for payment of the balance which is due 12 weeks prior to departure.
The details regarding payments differ depending on what currency you will be paying in:
Please note we can only accept personal cheques drawn on UK banks.
There are no charges for international bank transfers.
British Pounds:There is no charge for paying by UK debit card, by cheque or if you intend to pay via bank transfer. There is a 2.5% charge for paying by credit card.
Watching the Aurora
The aurora is a complex natural phenomena and can only be seen if all conditions are right. It is driven by an outburst on the sun which hits our high atmosphere and interacts with the earth’s magnetic field. We know the sun is now in the active phase of its 11 year cycle but specific outbursts are not predictable. To see the show you need to be in the right place at the right time with at least part of the sky clear.
It is not possible to guarantee all these conditions will be in place during your visit. We have used our best effort to give you the best chance to see the aurora, but you will also need a bit of luck!
Passport and Visa Requirements
Citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden may enter Norway freely without a passport. Citizens of other countries will need a valid passport, but will not need a Visa for stays of less than three months.
We strongly suggest that when travelling abroad you take a comprehensive travel insurance policy, we recommend the below TAGIS policy.
The Norwegian Crown (norske krone) – Exchanging money is easy before you travel, or even at the airport or after you arrive. ATMs are known as 'Mini-Banks', and are very easily accessible in the urban areas of Norway. There will be no problems using major credit cards across the country, but Norway is well-known to be an expensive country and this should be taken into account when budgeting for your trip.
There are a variety of dialects spoken in Denmark, although almost everyone also speaks English to some degree and English-speakers will therefore have no significant problems communicating.
Between GMT +1 and +2 hours.
Tipping in Norway is appreciated by staff and an amount of 6 – 10% of the total bill is normal.
You should experience no significant issues finding potable water in Norway.
Norway can be thought of as an idyll in many ways. The country is often used as a shining example economically for its seemingly perfect blend of free market capitalism and enlightened welfare policies. This careful balancing act is mirrored in the fact that Norway is on a per capita basis the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas outside of the Middle East, but also is held to stringent environmental laws to fit the nation's strong ecological consciousness. Indeed, with such incredible landscapes on their doorstep, it's no wonder Norwegians have developed such a sense of responsibility for protecting what nature has so kindly granted them.
Whether it's the unmistakable Fjords, the vast stretches of sparsely populated wilderness or the Aurora Borealis; Norway is stunning by any standards or comparison. While city-slickers will immediately feel at home in the modern and fun-loving capital of Oslo, the real gems of Norway are found in the natural attractions of the coastal regions and extreme North of the country. Navigating the Fjords with cavernous mountains either side of you, being pulled by enthusiastic huskies and strolling through isolated fishing communities is where the real magic is to be found; that is until the sun sets… What is clear however is that one trip around the varied and breath-taking landscapes of Norway will leave you asking yourself why the Vikings ever chose to leave their homeland in the first place!
Tromsø, the largest city in Northern Norway is known for its colourful, lively and active culture. Indeed, the Fishing, hiking, boat trips and cross-country skiing are all part and parcel of a trip to Norway's winter adventure playground. For an area so far North the area is also satisfyingly mild thanks to the Gulf Stream, which means the temperatures don't drop to the extremes that some places of the same latitude might. Aesthetically, the city is impressive not only for its mountainous backdrop and scenic waterfront location, but also its glorious panorama when viewed from afar. The Fjellheisen Cable Car leading up to the summit of Storsteinen mountain is not only a recommended way of seeing the city, but also leads to many well-travelled hiking routes and has a restaurant and café to really enjoy the view.
Even when you're not out exploring this winter wonderland, a seemingly year-long party atmosphere ensures that you'll never want for something to do. The streets of Tromsø are lined with buskers and cultural events, as well as more pubs per capita than any other city in Norway. To experience even more local culture, you can learn about the fascinating Norse and indigenous Sami history of the area in the University Museum, or perhaps explore further afield on a sled pulled by either dogs or reindeer!