Norway: Tromso Northern Lights City Break
See the Northern Lights over Tromso
Tromsø is one of Norway’s most charming cities. With a location high above the Arctic Circle, it claims to be the last major settlement on the way to the North Pole. This makes it an ideal place for a Northern Lights city break as the phenomena are frequently spotted at these high latitudes. Every year between October and March, the dark skies are often illuminated by swirling curtains of multicoloured light, creating a spectacular ethereal display. If you are witnessing the Aurora Borealis for the first time on a Northern Lights city break, it will be an experience you will never forget. During the daytime, there are various sightseeing tours and excursions that you can choose to go on such as guided city walks, husky dog sledding, snowmobiling and Northern Lights bus tours. Due to Tromso’s northerly location, it has been used as a base for Arctic expeditionists many times in the past, and you can learn all about the history of polar exploration from local guides and in the various museums. See the selection below for more details about the excursions that are available, and if there is something that you want to include in your Northern Lights city break that is not on the list, our tour advisors will be only too happy to help.
***PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FULL ON NORTHERN LIGHTS CHASE IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE FOR THE SECOND EVENING***
Day 1 - Arrive in Tromso
Arriving Saturday via a direct flight from London Gatwick, you will check into your harbour front accommodation. Other departure days are available but may not offer direct flights. After dinner at the hotel, you may wish to start your Northern Lights city break with a walking tour, or watch the skies for appearances of the amazing Aurora Borealis.
Please note, for an extra charge you can upgrade your accommodation and stay at the Rica Ishavshotel which boasts great views.Meals included:Dinner
Day 2 - Full on Northern Lights Chase
With the daytime to enjoy some of the optional (chargeable) activities shown on day three, today's highlight on your Northern Lights city break is a six hour trip to see and photograph the Northern Lights. Each trip is thoroughly researched over the 48 hours leading up to departure to ensure you are taken to the best places to see the Aurora. The professional photographers accompanying you will capture your trip and you can even have your photograph taken with the Aurora (should it appear) as a backdrop.Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Choose your Activities and Excursions
Pick and choose which tours and excursions you would like to go on during your Northern Lights city break. Below are just some of the options, speak to your travel advisor when booking for a more extensive list.
Northern Lights Bus Tour
Led by an expert guide, travel by minibus to some well-known spots for seeing the beautiful Aurora Borealis. Make sure you take your camera with you for some fantastic shots to show friends and family back home.
Husky Dog Sledding
Meet your guide and a team of friendly dogs at the husky farm, set up the sled and speed off into the snowy wilderness. Travel over Norway’s snowy plains, past dense forest and scenic fells, and warm up afterwards with a delicious hot meal.
Lyngen Snowmobile Safari
Zoom over snow dusted trails at the foothills of the beautiful snow-capped Lyngen Alps. This is a fantastic way to get the adrenaline pumping and lets you appreciate the breathtaking landscapes of Norway. A driving licence is needed for this excursion.
Cable Car Ride
Take the cable car from Tromso up to the top of Mount Storsteinen, 421 metres above sea level. Up there you will be treated to stunning panoramic views of the city and the surrounding scenery, and there is a café at the top where you can enjoy cake and hot chocolate.
Arctic City Walk
Take a guided walking tour of Tromso where a guide will impart their knowledge about the city’s intriguing history and culture, in particular regarding its importance for polar exploration. See many of the city’s landmarks such as the old wooden Tromso Cathedral and the contemporary Arctic Cathedral. The tour also includes entry to the fascinating Polar Museum.
Take an excursion to the farm situated on Whale Island. It is a perfect place from which to see the Northern Lights as it is away from the bright lights of the city. Here you can learn about the Samí way of life and enjoy hot coffee in front of a roaring open fire as you listen to tales of old folklore.Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Departure
Today your Northern Lights city break comes to an end. Your flight departs in the afternoon back to the UK.Meals included:Breakfast
- Flights to Tromso From London Gatwick or Heathrow via Oslo. Regional departure on request.
- Three nights half board accommodation at the Clarion Hotel With, upgrades available to the Rica Ishavshotel based on two sharing.
- Full on Northern Lights Chase
- Travel Insurance.
- Transfers from the airport to the hotel and return.
- Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing
- Prices are per person