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Aurora Borealis and Arctic Adventures

2017 Departures
DailyJanuary 1st to April 15th
Prices From$3150 per Person Double

A fantastic opportunity to see the Northern Lights! Where would be a better place than northern Norway!

Please note that Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon and that although forecasted to be highly active in the winter months no guarantee can be made. All other tours stated in this program are equally conditioned by natural conditions.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Oslo
Accommodation: Thon Hotel Opera

Arrive by flight. Transfer by private car from Oslo Airport Gardermoen (no assistant) to the hotel. Following check-in you have time to relax or explore the Norwegian Capital. Oslo is the Viking city, the culture city, the winter capital, the city of rolling green hills and spectacular fjords and the capital city of Norway. The city is situated at the northernmost point of the 100 kms long Oslo Fiord and here you can soak in the beauty of the Vigeland Park, the Royal Castle, the City Hall, the Parliament Building, the Bygdøy Peninsula with its inspiring museums, the Akerhus Fortress, Aker Brygge and many other interesting sights

 
Day 2     Oslo - Tromso
Accommodation: Scandic Ishavshotel
Meals: Breakfast

Morning begins with breakfast buffet at the hotel. Transfer to Oslo Airport Gardermoen, from where you will board your flight to Tromsø – flight on own (not included). From Tromsø Airport you are transferred by private car (no assistant) to the hotel. Get to know Tromsø, the principal city of Northern Norway and known as the Gateway to the Arctic because of the significance in Norwegian commercial history. There are plenty of museums focusing on regional art, Sami culture and history, and polar science. We recommend a short trip by cable car to Storsteinen Mountain, where you can enjoy the view of Tromsø and surroundings. Also worth a visit is the magnificent Arctic Cathedral, a masterpiece of modern architecture.

 
Day 3     Tromso
Accommodation: Scandic Ishavshotel
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Pick up by coach in front of the meetingpoint (Scandic Ishavshotel) at 09.00 to start your day with a regular Husky Adventure Tour. The dog sledding adventure starts with meeting the dogs and specialized guides to prepare for the trip. Say hello to a bunch of friendly barking huskies that are ready for action and drive the dog sled yourself into the white landscapes, through the beautiful Vass Valley. The trails you follow have a total distance of approximately 15 km and the area where you lead the sled is totally uninhabited, with mountains and forest landscape. You will be driving in pairs, one driver and one passenger on each sled, with opportunity to switch places half way. At the end of your trail you will return to Camp Tamok, where you will be served a hot meal in a lavvu (Sami herdsmen’s tent). The tour terminates at 16.00 at the meetingpoint. Please note that the dog sledding activity is somewhat physically demanding. Evening free for leisure. Please see optional excursions below.

 
Day 4     Tromso
Accommodation: Scandic Ishavshotel
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. This morning we recommend a regular Whale Watching Safari (not included in the package price, please ask about optional tours). Walk to the meeting point at Radisson BLU Hotel to start your tour at 09.00. Depending on where we can spot the whales, we will departure by boat from Tromsø harbor or we have a bus transfer, to give you the best opportunity to spot the whales. We cannot give any guaranty that we will see whales, but the chances are very good as humpbacks and orcas come close to the coastline to feed during the winter season. They often come close to the boat as they are very curious, so be prepared for big splashes. Remember to bring your camera, and you could take the shot of your life, not just of whales, but also of other wildlife like seals or sea eagles. Return to the hotel and rest before next adventure begins In the evening it’s time to chase the northern lights with the Aurora Top Comfort Tour. At 6.00pm you will be picked up at your hotel and drive out looking for a cozy spot. There we will light a bonfire and together we will send a ballon-message to the Auroras. If the weather allows, we have a surprise, we will make some magic with fire! A professional photographer will make all his experience available, for you to learn the best possible photographic techniques to capture the northern lights. Around midnight we will return to your hotel.

 
Day 5     Tromso
Accommodation: Scandic Ishavshotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. The day is free for different activities or shopping in or around the cozy City of Tromsø. Perhaps you may want to include an activity (please ask about options).

In the evening, walk to the meeting point at Kaia Bar (in Tromsø harbor) for departure at 20.00 to start your Northern Lights Dinner Cruise: The catamaran is a very comfortable boat. A viewing deck, heated lounge and delicious traditional fish meal makes this a very civilized and comfortable way to see the Northern Lights. The boat will stay in “protected” areas so you will have not any problems with the wind, water and waves. The view of the Aurora from the sea is special as there will be no light pollution. Return to the harbor around 11.00pm.

 
Day 6     Tromso - Oslo
Accommodation: Park Inn by Radisson Airport Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Transfer to Tromsø airport by private car (no assistant) – flight on own (not included). Arrive in Oslo and walk to your hotel, located in connection with the airport.

 
Day 7     Oslo
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel. Walk (5 minutes) from your hotel to the Oslo Gardermoen Airport.

 

Notes

Optional tours - not included in the package rate:

Private Arctic Jeep Safari 1000-1400

Guests are picked up at the hotel by the local guide and the 4 wheel drive Toyota Rav4. The tour takes you through scenic landscape, mountains and coastline. This is a unique tour opportunity that truly takes you out in the wild.

Reindeer Raid With Hot Meal

Reindeer sledding is the oldest form of transport in the north, and an ancient part of Sami culture. You will be driving in pairs, with one sled for each reindeer. People of all ages can participate on this very “soft” adventure. This cultural adventure includes trying lasso-throwing, the way the Sami people still today catch their reindeers when they are rounded up for marking or slaughter. Also, you will learn about Sami culture and history.

To conclude this excursion, you will be served a hot meal. Daytime trips give you an amazing view of the wild mountains in the area, and evening trips in the period November - March will give you a good chance to experience the Northern Lights

Snowmobile Adventure

You need no previous skills to drive a snowmobile, all you need is normal physical condition. We begin with a thorough safety introduction. The trail has a distance of 15 km each way, 30 km in total. The starting point is at 250 m above sea level, and the guide brings you up to 875 m.  You will be driving in pairs, one driver and one passenger on each snowmobile, with opportunity to switch places during the trip.

Due to the dramatic topography, a reduced speed is held during parts of the tour. The top point of the trail is a frozen lake, where you can speed up. 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 in a lavvu (Sami tent). 

Price Includes
Daily Breakfast
6 Nights in 4* Hotels
Private Transfers to and from Tromso Airport
Private Transfers to and from Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo
Northern Shots, Aurora Borealis Tour Including a Hot Drink and Snacks
Northern Lights Dinner Cruise
Dog Sledding Including a Hot Meal
Price Does Not Include
 Air
 Optional Excursions
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