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In Search of Norway’s Northern Lights

Tromsø, Norway

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Searching for the incredible aurora borealis…

Be amazed by the electrifying sight of the Northern Lights, one of Mother Nature’s greatest shows, on this half-board visit to Tromsø in Norway, known for its excellent sightings. We’ve included two memorable excursions to increase your odds of seeing this elusive natural phenomenon. Plus, look forward to meeting the local Sami people who will show you how to reindeer sled. You can even join an exhilarating husky-sled ride or cruise the fjords on optional excursions.

Including...

Hands shakingIncluded travel insurance

Bed5 nights in a hotel

Dinner plate11 meals: 5 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 5 dinners (D)

PersonSaga tour manager

Plus...

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Porterage at your hotels
  • Welcome drink and farewell dinner

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Northern Lights cruise
  • Northern Lights safari
  • Sami Cultural Village and reindeer sled ride
  • Fjellheisen cable-car ride

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Day 1 UK-Tromsø

Tromso

Fly to Tromsø, the gateway to Norway's Arctic wilderness, and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Clarion Hotel The Edge (4Q) for a five-night stay on a half-board basis. D


Day 2 Northern Lights Cruise

Northern Lights cruise

For those eager to explore the spectacular coastal scenery, join an optional morning safari that will reveal Tromsø’s magnificent mountains, fjords and islands. This evening, look forward to your first included excursion chasing the Northern Lights on a cruise which will take you to the best places offshore to see this amazing spectacle. Sail away from any light pollution on this boat voyage from downtown Tromsø. Enjoy standing on the viewing platform as you scan the skies for traces of the ethereal ribbons of light before warming up in the heated lounge and perhaps grabbing a bite to eat from the on-board kiosk. A knowledgeable guide will provide a fascinating insight into the Northern Lights and the places visited on this memorable cruise. B, D


Day 3 Northern Lights Safari

Northern Lights

This morning you can head out across the hinterland on an optional husky-sledge ride. After nightfall, join your second included Northern Lights excursion, this time on a safari that will lead you across the tundra to trace the Northern Lights across the night sky. You’ll travel to a private Aurora Base Station where you can sit around a campfire on benches and listen to stories from the local hosts or head into one of the shelters to warm up. There are five stations and the excursion will move on if the weather changes and your odds of sighting the Northern Lights are better at a different one. During your excursion, you’ll be provided with a thermal suits. Tripods will also be available and you’ll be given advice on the best camera settings to use for photographing this event. B, D


Day 4 Panoramic Tromsø

Fjellheisen Cable Car

For 360-degree views of Tromsø, join us on an included Fjellheisen cable-car ride, which will whisk you 421 metres above sea level in just four minutes. At the top, enjoy looking down on Tromsø so you can appreciate its coastal setting in a whole new light before sitting down for an included lunch at the mountainside restaurant. Afterwards, catch the cable car back down before returning to your hotel via the bridge that spans the Tromsø Strait. B, L, D


Day 5 Reindeer sledding and Sami Culture

Sami Cultural Village

Look forward to an included visit to the Sami Cultural Village for a rewarding day experiencing the north’s indigenous culture firsthand. Enjoy tasting some typical Sami foods, learn about Sami artefacts, and listen to storytelling and ‘joik’, traditional Sami song. A highlight will be joining a ‘raid’, the oldest known form of transport in the north and central regions of the Sami culture, where the reindeer and sleds are bound together in a long line headed by the lead reindeer. This afternoon, you may like to join an optional fjord cruise. B, D


Day 6 Tromso-Oslo-UK

Tromso

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home via Oslo. B


Coastal scenery and history safari

Explore the stunning natural scenery west of Tromsø on this sightseeing tour by minibus. You’ll pause in scenic villages and visit the beautiful unspoilt island of Sommarøy. Throughout your journey, you’ll learn about the local heritage and culture, which encompasses 9,000 years of history, giving you a greater insight into the area. End your journey with a visit to Tove’s Glass Art and cafe where you can enjoy waffles (extra charge) and view the colourful glassworks on display.

Sommaroy
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  • Optional on 5 nights itinerary

Fjord cruise

Explore the local people’s relationship with the sea as you set sail on a cruise around Tromsø’s fjords where you can appreciate their outstanding beauty in daylight. A local expert will give a presentation on the area and you may even be lucky enough to spot whales breaching the chilly water. All boats are comfortable and feature a heated lounge and a kiosk where you can buy food and drink.

Fjord cruise
  • Optional on 5 nights itinerary

Husky sled ride

Embark on a memorable Arctic experience as you travel for 40 minutes to the Tromsø Husky Farm which is home to 120 huskies. Listen to the excited yips and yammering as the huskies get revved up for a thrilling sled ride following trails through the wild and snowy Breivikeidet valley. Travelling in pairs, you’ll take turns at being the driver or “musher”. Human and dog have to work together so be prepared to get out and push on the uphill bits! English-speaking guides will lead four teams for the whole experience, which takes about an hour and a half. You’ll be provided with extra warm thermal suits, winter boots and gloves for the duration of the excursion (you’ll need to hand them back at the end).

Husky sled ride
  • Optional on 5 nights itinerary

Excursion Package

Package includes all three excursions: Coastal Scenery and History, Fjord Cruise and Husky Sled Ride.

  • Optional on 5 nights itinerary

Clarion Hotel The Edge

This contemporary 4-star hotel has a central location on Tromsø’s harbour. Featuring a sky bar and rooftop terrace, the hotel boasts views over Tromsø Sound and the Arctic Cathedral. Other facilities include an Arctic-Manhatten fusion restaurant, lounge, and a 24-hour fitness centre. All rooms have a minibar, iron and ironing board, and free Wi-Fi.

Please note: this is a cash-free hotel.

Tromsø has short daylight hours between January and March, and is one of the best times of year to observe the Northern Lights although sightings cannot be guaranteed. At this time of year, the temperature is typically below freezing and can fall to -10°C so Arctic clothing and sturdy footwear are essential.

In Search of Norway’s Northern Lights

Tromsø, Norway