We Love —
- Stay in a fantastic harbour side hotel with its award winning architecture, stylish interior, and awe-inspiring mountain views
- The university town of Tromsø, high above the Arctic Circle, is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights
- We've included two excursions – a Northern Lights search and a Whale Watching excursion – and there are opportunities for additional snow adventures
Customer reviews —
Your Destination —
Explore this university town, most of which lies on Tromsöya Island 350 or so miles above the Arctic Circle, an architectural mix of traditional weatherboard buildings and a modern showcase of ideas such as the Arctic Cathedral, with its sharp triangular shape jutting towards the sky and the domino-style Polaria Museum.
Your Hotel —
Perfectly located along the waterfront in downtown Tromsø - Clarion Hotel The Edge impresses with its innovative architecture and superb service. It's the ideal hotel to experience the best of Tromsø - Northern Lights, Tromsø culture and the distinctive northern Norwegian nature. The hotel offers some excellent services, as well as well as all the amenities you'd come to expect from a hotel of this quality.
Your Room —
This offer is based on a Standard Twin Room.
Your Board Basis —
This offer is based on a bed and breakfast stay.
Every morning at Clarion Hotel The Edge, they serve a healthy, delicious and nutritious breakfast with a large selection of organic products. Breakfast is always included, and all food served at Clarion and Kitchen & Table are palm oil free.
Kitchen & Table by Marcus Samuelsson
Kitchen & Table by Marcus Samuelsson is the Clarion Hotel's restaurant concept that combines the tastes of Manhattan with local, northern Norwegian ingredients. Kitchen & Table provides an atmosphere of Fun Dining as opposed to Fine Dining – they make it simpler and more fun to eat out.
Your Experience —
This offer includes a Northern Lights Search and Whale Watching Excursion.
This trip offers the best chance you can get to spot the Aurora. Your local guide picks you up from the centre of Tromso and, depending on the level of cloud cover, you will head north to a spot where the Atlantic is on one side and the Lygen Alps on the other or east, as far as the Finnish border. The emphasis is firmly on hunting the Aurora and where they are more likely to occur, so the trip can last for anything up to 8 hours.
During the evening you will move location two or three times to provide different backdrop settings and to avoid any light pollution. All levels of photographers are welcome and your guide is on hand to help you produce some memorable shots on you camera.
Departs: Daily at 19.00.
Duration: 5-8 hrs this can be any of evening of the trip apart from the first night.
Spend the day on board a comfortable day-cruiser in search of humpback and killer whales. As you sail into the open sea, keep a watchful eye out for sea eagles and seals that also inhabit the area.
Transfer to Ersfjord or Sommaroy, English speaking guide, additional protective clothing, tea/coffee and an Arctic Tapas lunch included.
Departs: Daily at 09.00.
Duration: 3-6 hrs this can be any day of the trip
Choose other optional extra excursions to complete your trip, or simply relax in the comfort of your hotel or explore the town
Optional Excursions —
You may choose to add a number of optional excursions as part of your experience, which can be selected at the next stage of the booking process.
Travel to Camp Tamok, a wilderness camp located a picturesque 75 minute drive from Tromsø and mush your own team of huskies. Enjoy the uninhabited mountains and forests that surround this area. Driving in pairs, you can choose to sit in the sled or mush (you will have the opportunity to swap halfway), whilst heading into the white landscapes and through the beautiful Vass Valley. The trails you follow have a total distance of approximately 15km.
On your return to camp, you will be served a hot meal in a Lavvu (a Sami herdsman tent). If you choose the evening safari you may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Departs: Daily at 09.00 and 17.00
Duration: 7 hrs.
Through the Finn valley along a 15km trail from Camp Tamok (a commune of Sami tents and hospitality cabin) to Lake Tamok where you can try your hand at ice fishing. Driving in pairs you can swap round half way so each person can drive. The contrast between tundra, lake and mogul like terrain provides the ultimate snowmobile experience from speeding to crawling.
A hot meal round an open fire in nomadic Sami style is served en-route.
Departs: Scandic Ishavshotel pick-up at 0930hrs or 1700hrs, transfers to Camp Tamok, protective clothing and ‘Davy’ helmet and hot meal.
Duration: 7 hours (4½ hours at Camp Tamok).
Northern Lights Arctic Cruise
Cruise offshore in the evening blackness on the fishing boat ‘Havcruise’, waiting for the aurora to burst out over the Sound. Homemade fish supper on board.
Departs: Daily at 20.00
Duration: 3 hrs.
Reindeer sledding is the oldest form of transport in the Arctic, and an ancient part of Sami culture. This cultural journey also includes lasso throwing and a visit to a Lavvu (a traditional Sami tent) for lunch, where you will learn about the Sami history and way of life. Daytime trips give you amazing views of the wild mountains, and evening trips will give you a good opportunity to spot the Northern Lights.
Departs: Daily at 09.00 or 17.00
Duration: 7 hrs.
Snow Shoe Trek
Join a guided snow shoe trek. Mastering the art is easy. Just choose the tour most suited to your circumstances. The 'novice' grade is ideal for families including children aged 8 and up. The 'intermediate' grade is best for children aged 12 and up as well as people used to hiking in hilly terrain. In each case you will enjoy trekking through a variety landscapes fortified by a hot drink and 'Lefse', a traditional Norwegian cake. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
Notive departs: Daily at 10.00
Duration: 2 hrs.
Winter Activity Camp
Try snow shoeing, cross country skiing, tobogganing and ice-skating at a winter activity camp just 5 minutes from the city centre. Suitable for adults and children alike, no previous experience is required as a guide is on hand to show you how to use the equipment. Take a break around the bonfire and listen to the stories about living in the Arctic and, if you are lucky, the Northern Lights may dance above your head.
Hot drinks and 'Lefse' included. Winter clothes are not included but can be rented separately.
Departs: Daily Jan-Mar at 18.30
Duration: 2½ hrs.
Your Journey —
Flights: Return flights to Tromso are included.
London Gatwick - with Norwegian Air
Outbound: 14:20 - 18:50
Inbound: 19:20 - 21:50
Manchester via Oslo - with Scandinavian Airlines
Manchester to Oslo: 09:45 - 12:45
Oslo to Tromso: 13:55 - 15:45
Tromso to Oslo: 07:30 - 09:30
Oslo to Manchester: 10:50 - 12:00
All flight times are local.
Transfers: Shared transfers are included. The transfer distance is approximately 5km.
Please note: flight details are given as a guide only and may change. We will however notify you in advance if flights are more than 2 hours outside the time range given. Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable at time of booking.