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6 days - Independent coastal winter tour: Tromsø and Sommarøy
Experience the incredible wilderness of Norway, have fun commanding your own husky team and take in the amazing beauty of Norwegian coast. Spend time at the traditional Norwegian fishing village and watch for the Northern lights in this pristine environment. New renovated rooms in a small coastal hotel beside the backdrop of white beaches and soaring mountains makes this a very special trip.
This is an independent tour which can be modified to suit your requirements.
- Day 1
- Welcome to Tromsø, the capital of Arctic
- Day 2
- Tromsø & Northern Lights
- Day 3
- Dogsledding in the Norwegian Wilderness as you transfer to your coastal accommodation
- Day 4
- Sea and Fjord Safari
- Day 5
- Explore Sommarøy's sandy white beaches and small coastal feel before returning to Tromsø
- Day 6
- Departure Day
- 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
- Private guided Tromsø city walk
- Aurora Chase 5 - 7 hrs
- Dog sledding half day
- Guided village walk in Sommarøy
- Fjord Safari 2 hours
- Return transfer from Tromsø - Sommarøy, Sommarøy - Tromsø airport
- 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.
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 - Dogsledding in the Norwegian Wilderness as you transfer to your coastal accommodation
After breakfast, you will be picked up and taken to a husky farm in a beautiful valley just outside Tromsø. The view of the Lyngen Alps is amazing from this area and the combination with the fjords makes this safari a real North Norwegian Arctic Experience. 120 happy Alaskan huskies are eagerly waiting for you, to run, cuddle and play. After a short explanation about how to handle the dogs and sledges, you will get your equipment and each team (2 people per team) and the huskies will take off for running through the wilderness in the cold, clear air of the beautiful valley of Breivikeidet.
When you return you will have new four-legged friends for life. The husky ride takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes (around 15 km). Every team is doing his own mushing during this fantastic experience! Halfway the safari you can change the “seat” with mushing. Thermal clothing, gloves, hot drinks and cakes included.
Transfer to your coastal accommodation in Sommarøy.
Day 4 - Sea and Fjord Safari
Join our Arctic sea and fjord safari! It’s just the weather that may prevent you from getting an unforgettable nature experience, in the archipelago around Sommaroy. At 10am, head down to the pier to catch the MS Skaaskjær. Enjoy coffee on board, a heated cabin and toilet.
Please note that Mother Nature is unpredictable and there is no way we can guarantee anything when it comes to wild animals.
Day 5 - Explore Sommarøy's sandy white beaches and small coastal feel before returning to Tromsø
Enjoy beach combing in Sommarøy with a local guided tour of this small coastal town before finding a spot to wait for the Northern Lights, finger's crossed.
Day 6 - Departure Day
After breakfast, transfer to the airport.
All prices listed are per person and based on Director's Choice hotel categories.
Early indicative price for winter 2019/2020.
15 Feb 2020
15 Feb 2020
Early November on the coast of Arctic Norway may not have snow. 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.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
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.