You could club the gorgeous Norwegian Lofoten islands, Bergen, Senja, Kirkenes,Svalbard to your itinerary. This itinerary is focussed on the Northern Lights experience in Tromso, known to be the best sight for Northern Lights viewing. One could cover the Norwegian coastline on board luxury cruises. Connect with Team Travel Engineers for more in depth details on luxury cruises, experience on board and beautiful Nowergian coastline.
The price includes 4 nights stay at The Radisson Blu Hotel or equivalent centrally located hotel with breakfast and the following activities with transfers:
Please see the detailed itinerary below.
Please note this itinerary can also be clubbed with any other Scandinavian country. Travel Engineers recommend adding 3 nights in Copenhagen or Stockholm with Norway. There are daily flights from Copenhagen and Stockholm to Tromso and other cities of Norway. Hence an ideal itinerary would be a combination of all three for a complete Scandinavian experience. Look up our Capitals of Scandinavia itinerary under Scandinavia in the Destination (Europe) section for more details.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL TROMSØ
Arrival to Tromsø and private transfer with English speaking driver to your hotel. If your flight arrives early you have a full day at leisure to explore the city.
Overnight: Radisson Blu (or similar).
Most of this can be done on foot as the main museums are within a short distance of all the centrally located hotels. Depending on your interest here are some of the highlights Travel Engineers recommend can be visited in Tromsø:
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DAY 2: TROMSØ - Evening Snowmobile Safari with an opportunity to spot Northern Lights
Spend your day at leisure and explore the beautiful scenic city of Tromso. Gear up for the exciting Snowmobile Safari this evening.
17:00-24:00 Snowmobile Safari (in regular with English-speaking guide)/ 2 persons per snowmobile- The exciting Snowmobile safari gives you the opportunity to venture far into the wilderness. Experience the mountains of the far north. Upon arrival at the wilderness centre of Camp Tamok, you will be provided with all the warm clothes and shoes necessary. You will begin the adventure with a thorough safety introduction and practical demonstration.
You don't need any previous skills to drive a snowmobile, all you need is normal physical condition. You will be driving in pairs, one driver and one passenger on each snowmobile, with the opportunity to switch places during the trip. You will embark upon a tour that will bring you past scenic mountains and through the dramatic snow-covered Finn valley, starting at 250m above sea level and climbing up to 900m. The trail is 15 km each way, 30 km in total, and you'll be on the snowmobile for approximately 2-2.5 hours. Due to the dramatic topography, a reduced speed is maintained during parts of the tour. The top point of the trail is the ice-covered lake of Finn, where you can relax and admire the scenery of Finndalen. If time and weather permit, you can try out ice fishing on this lake. At the end of the trip, you will be served a hot meal and coffee in a cozy dining lavvu (Sami tent), surrounding the bonfire. Evening trips give you a good opportunity to experience the Northern Lights.
Pick-up by bus or minibus in the city centre of Tromso, outside the Scandic Ishavshotel / Radisson Blu by the harbour. Transfer time is 75-minutes to Camp Tamok: the starting and ending point for your excursion 17:00 outside The Scandic Ishavshotel by the harbour, Tromso town centre. Return 24:00 4.5 hours + transport (total 7 hours)
Transportation by bus/minibus; a hot meal (vegetarian food will be provided if advanced notice is given); insulated body suit, boots, gloves, headwear, and helmet; English-speaking guide
DAY 3: TROMSØ - Discover Northern Lights from Aurora Camp & Husky Visit
Morning to relax and explore further the city.
Optional Whale Watching Tour
If you are traveling anytime from December to end of January, Travel Engineers recommend experiencing the exclusive whale watching and fjord cruise where you will cruise through the amazing winter fjords of Northern Norway admiring the beautiful Arctic landscapes and fjords with a chance to spot the humpback whale, killer whale (orca), harbour porpoise and sometime even the fin whale. Its by far the most ethereal experience to witness these dive in and out of the water with picture perfect backdrop of snowcapped fjords.
This excursion is not a part of this package and is payable addtional over and above the package cost. However is highly recomended by Travel Engineers for passengers traveling in the month of December & January.
Please note that just like Northern Lights, whale sightings cannot be guaranteed, as a consequence of weather conditions and whales natural behaviour. The arctic weather forces are an unpredictable and can change quickly and wild animals behaviors are affected by weather, food recourses, temperature and undiscovered causes.
18:45-23:00 Northern Lights from Aurora camp & husky visit (in regular with English-speaking guide)- Discover the Northern Lights along with our 300 Husky friends. You will be take to the Aurora camp along where our professional guides who will host you for the evening. Aurora Camp is a fantastic vantage point for the Aurora Borealis at our centre, only 25 minutes outside of Tromsø. You will get to visit 300 Huskiea and our puppies.
Relax outside by the camp fire in and keep warm in the Arctic as we wait for the Northern Lights to dance across the sky. Should you wish to photograph them Travel Engineers would recommend using a tripod. Make sure you've made all necessary settings in your camera to capture the lights in the dark.
During the visit you will be provided with a warm meal of Norwegian still Bacalao, local Stock fish (cod) prepared with tomato sauce (vegetarian meal available upon request) served in a traditional roundhouse.
You will be provided with transport to and from town. Duration: 4 hours
Pickup/Drop off: Radisson Blu Hotel: 18:45/23:00
Guiding, transport (25 minute each way), dinner, hot drinks, warm clothes
DAY 4: TROMSØ - Reindeer Sledding , Reindeer Feeding and exploring the Sami- Culture
After a hearty breakfast at your hotel , you will set out for an exciting day ahead.
10:00-14:00 Reindeer Sledding, Reindeer Feeding and Sami Culture (in regular with English-speaking guide)
Pickup in the city centre before you can enjoy a short, seaside drive (around 25 minutes from the city) to where the reindeer and sleds are waiting. Join Sami guides for an unforgettable experience of reindeer sledding (approx. 35 minutes) and Sami culture. After the sledding you will visit their camp and have a chance to feed the herd of around 200 reindeer. Then you will gather inside the lavuu (Sami tent) for a hot traditional Sami meal and listen to stories about Sami culture around the camp fire. The guide will also Joik for the guests (traditional Sami song). At the camp, you will also be able to participate in the daily feeding and tending of the animals. The herder and his family will tell you about their culture and history, and how their way of life fits in around the reindeer.
Pick up from Radisson Blu Hotel in Tromsø City Centre at 10 am and 25 min drive to Reindeer Camp
35 minute Reindeer Sledding
Feeding of wild Reindeer
Guests can test lasso throwing (but not on real reindeer)
Warm drinks inside a warm gamme cabin (Traditional Sami Building).
Warm lunch of bidos (a traditional Sami soup) with more coffee and cake (vegetarian option possible) Storytelling of Sami Culture
A Joik performance (traditional Sami folk song)
25 min bus ride back to Tromsø City Centre. Back in Tromsø at around 2pm
Upon arrival back in Tromso, rest it out and explore the city at leisure before an exciting Northern Lights safari in the evening.
18:45-00:45 Aurora Safari Minibus (in regular with English-speaking guide)
Aurora Safari Minibus is a personal Northern Lights Safari by minibus with local knowledge and 15 years’ experience to the best places to search for and photograph the Northern Lights. This trip is in a small group by minibus (max. 15 guests), making it a more personal experience. Based on our experience of more than 4,000 Northern Lights Safaris and a hit rate of more than 90%, the latest weather forecast, wind direction and a wide network of knowledgeable locals and guides, we take you to the best spots to view the magical Northern Lights. We use the minibus as our base for shelter and to find thermal winter suits, hot drinks and lefse, a local sweet snack. This is a fascinating way of searching for the Northern Lights and enjoying the beautiful landscape, even in dark of the Polar Night.
There is a high focus on night-time and Northern Lights photography, so remember to bring your camera. After this exciting tour, we promise that you will be a more skilled photographer. A winter or Aurora portrait is included in the price.
WHAT TO BRING: Warm boots, hat, scarf and mittens
MEETING POINT: Radisson Blu, Tromsø Safari Hospitality Desk 18:45
DAY 5: TROMSØ
Private transfer with English speaking driver to Tromsø airport and departure.
As mentioned earlier this itinerary can be clubbed with other Scandinavian countries for a complete Scandic experience. Our Travel Engineers recommend including Copenhagen and Stockholm to this itinerary. Look up our Scandinavia itineraries in Scandinavia under the Destination (Europe) options above for more details.