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6 days - Tromsø and Coastal Norwegian Northern Lights tour
Experience the incredible wilderness of Norway and take in the amazing beauty of Norwegian coast. Considered the best season by locals for visiting Scandinavia, autumn delivers up the first Auroras of the new season. Without snow on the ground, you can enjoy this quieter, milder season for hiking, berry picking & beach foraging and in the evening, wait patiently for the streaks of Northern Lights against the pale blue, not quite dark, Arctic sky.
Spend time in the high Arctic Norwegian town of Tromsø before heading out of town to a small traditional Norwegian fishing village. Fingers crossed, you can watch the Northern lights in a new custom-built glass pavilion on the water's edge. This is an independent tour, that can be modified to suit your requirements.
- Guided day tour in Tromsø and in the evening, a guided Aurora Chase by minibus, led by an experienced local guide.
- Instruction on camera settings and use of a tripod during the Aurora Chase plus a link to download guide images.
- Stay in a remote fishing village away from articifical light
- Beach comb during the day along pristine white beaches, enjoyed included dinners and meet the locals with a guided walk through this small village
- Day 1
- Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of Arctic
- Day 2
- Tromsø & Northern Lights
- Day 3
- Transfer from Tromsø to Sommarøy
- Day 4
- Guided local walk and exploration of this fishing village
- Day 5
- Lighthouses, boating, hiking and then an evening Northern Lights Hunt
- Day 6
- Transfer back to Tromsø
- Start/End Place
- Tromsø, Scandinavia
- Destinations Visited
- 6 Days
- Easy independent holiday suitable for singles & couples
Return transfer from Tromsø - Sommarøy
- All accommodation in a shared double/twin room, single supplement available
- Daily breakfast and dinner
- Private guided Tromsø city walk
- Private guided village walk
- Two included Aurora Chases - 5 - 7 hrs
- Return transfer from Tromsø - Sommarøy
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
International flight tickets, meals other than described, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, travel insurance, visas, gratitudes and any items of personal nature.
Lunch can be organised through the hotel, otherwise head to the local restaurant and supermarket.
Day 1 - Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of Arctic
Tromsø is a city packed with culture, polar history and fresh locally sourced food in its numerous restaurants. Mountains, fjords and islands also surround it, making it a great base for exploring the winter landscape.
If it is a clear day, experience Tromsø’s best view! On the outskirts of Tromsø (it is a very small town) a cable car runs from Solliveien in Tromsdalen up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen (421 m above sea level) in just four minutes. From the viewing platform at the upper station, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. At the fully licensed Fjellstua restaurant, you can enjoy a delicious dinner based on local produce or select light meals from the café menu, while you take pleasure in the view. In winter, it's an ideal place for hunting the magical Northern Lights.
Day 2 - Tromsø & Northern Lights
After breakfast, explore Tromsø on a walking tour including a visit to the Polar Museum. In the evening join a guided Aurora Chase by minibus, led by an experienced local guide. This trip is in a small group, with a minibus (15-16 seats), which makes it a more personal experience. The guides use the weather forecast, current weather reports from the district around Tromsø, and their experience to bring you to the best spots to view the magic Northern Lights.
Duration: 5 - 7 hours, inclusions: transport by comfortable minibus, knowledgable English speaking Northern Lights guide/driver, thermal suits, tripods and advice about camera settings and how to take Aurora photos, free access to link to download pictures (if) taken that night, local sweet snack and hot drink.
Day 3 - Transfer from Tromsø to Sommarøy
With beaches reminiscent of the Riviera, fantastic coastal views and vibrant fishing villages, the islands of Sommarøy is a great getaway destination from Tromsø, a short transfer away.
With its 300 inhabitants, Sommarøy is one of the busiest fishing villages in the county of Troms. The main produce here is herring, which is processed and packed in a state-of-the art processing plant where it is frozen for global export. This fishing community is thus an important contributor to the national economy, and the export value per capita is substantial.
On arrival, check into your room and explore the village. Dinner is included tonight at this friendly hotel.
Day 4 - Guided local walk and exploration of this fishing village
After breakfast, meander around the white beaches, exploring the many shallow coves on Sommarøy. The water temperature can't exactly be called inviting, so it is much more common to take long, pleasant walks along the beach, picking up shells and just taking in the scenery.
Get to know this small fishing village with a guided tour through the community, visiting the local museum, the handicraft society and the art studio. Be sure to ask directions at the end of the tour for climbing the Hillesøya peak. Be on the look out for late autumn berries during your walk.
Day 5 - Lighthouses, boating, hiking and then an evening Northern Lights Hunt
Today is free to enjoy optional activities, depending on what is available, bearing in mind that this is a quieter time of year in this region. Bikes can be hired or you can join a kayak tour. Just let us know what you are into! Be on the look-out for the magnificent Sea Eagles, above the cliffs to the south as you explore the area.
In the evening, you will join a Northern Lights Hunt which includes transport, hot drinks and snacks plus a local guide. Open seas to the west, this region is famous for the Northern Lights images that have the lights reflecting on to the sea before speading across the sky. No high mountains are close, so nothing hides the experience, only the small mountains, Haaja, Kvaloy and Senja, framing the shots.
Day 6 - Transfer back to Tromsø
After breakfast, transfer back to Tromsø.
All prices listed are per person and based on Director's Choice hotel categories.
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Late November on the coast of Arctic Norway may not have snow (traditionally the stormy season). Activities included will change according to what is available. Ask us for further details.
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Practical information about Scandinavian Hotels
- Hotel rooms in Scandinavia are normally furnished with twin beds, which can be moved together to form a double bed or placed separately. Please note that single rooms are generally smaller than doubles, and are often equipped with a shower instead of a bath. Purpose-built triple or family rooms are likewise unusual in Scandinavian hotels. Whilst it is possible for 3 persons to share a room, this will normally be a double room with an extra bed, with correspondingly less space to move about in.
- It is also unusual to have a porter at hotels to carry your luggage.
- There is free wi-fi in many hotels in Scandinavia.
- Unexpectedly, all forms of Scandinavian accommodation rarely provide tea and coffee facilities in their rooms. If you are lucky, a kettle will be supplied but nothing else. Please ask at reception for some provisions when you arrive or just carry a small selection from home.
- Please also note that in Scandinavia - in particular, during winter - the included lunch will often be a hearty warm soup with bread.
- More remote hotels in Lapland will offer dinner at an additional cost. In some spots, there will be limited choices else where. Generally, you get a very nice home-cooked Scandinavian dinner. However, you may sometimes find only one or two choices only for your main course.
- In Scandinavia, it is normal for washing and laundry facilities to be in the basement. If you are staying in apartment type accommodation, check downstairs or ask for assistance.
Practical budgeting information before your departure to Norway
Norway has a few items that typically surprise travellers when visiting Norway for the first time. Alcohol and luxury items are heavily taxed and therefore prices are higher than you would expect. On the other hand, necessities such as bread and milk, are taxed low and therefore are great value.
We recommend that you bring all the alcohol you’re allowed to bring into the country when you arrive. There are many lovely parks and balconies where you can enjoy your duty free. However, be sure not to bring more than you’re allowed!
As of May 2014, the allowances according to Visit Norway are:
Minimum age: 18/ 20*
1 litre of beverages with more than 22% up to and including 60% alcohol per volume as well as 1½ litre with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume or three litres with more than 2.5% up to and including 22% alcohol per volume
2 litres of beer with more than 2.5 % or other beverages with more than 2.5% up to and including 4.7% alcohol per volume.
This means that you may for example bring with you five litres of beer provided you do not have any other alcoholic beverages with you.
*For importing alcoholic beverages with more than 22% alcohol per volume the minimum age is 20.
It’s illegal to bring extra alcohol into Norway and can end up costing you. Another thing you should bring and not buy in Norway is razor blades. Good razor blades in Norway are expensive.