The town of Tromsø, famously used as the Gateway to the Arctic by all the famous Polar explorers, is the perfect point for accessing all the Arctic has to offer. This journey packs in the Northern Lights, the thrill of a dog sledding ride, as well as the magnificent new Ice Domes! If you want even more action, you can even add in an action-packed snowmobile trip. After all your Arctic Adventures, retreat to the comfort of your hotel in Tromsø, where you can enjoy tasty delights in the many excellent restaurants and cafes Tromsø has to offer or simply wander along the quay and enjoy the vibe in what the Financial Times recently called “The New Reykjavik!”.
Gatwick direct flight departures: Fri – Mon, Wed – Sat
Daily departures via Oslo from all other airports.
Suitable for all ages, basic to medium fitness level.
(Norwegian Airlines direct from Gatwick lands at 6.50PM Fridays, 6.45PM Wednesdays)
This trip corresponds perfectly with Norwegian Airlines direct flight departure from Gatwick on Wednesdays and Fridays, but we have also coordinated itineraries with SAS flights running via Oslo. If you want to combine the trip with other flights, please contact us and we will help accommodate your trip.
The Public Airport transfer service easily gets your hotel, Clarion The Edge in Tromsø, for check-in. Optional alternative is a taxi from outside the terminal building.
OPTIONAL EXTRA: Wine & dine under the Northern Lights with a panoramic view of Tromsø (lunch/dinner, cable car & guiding available on request)
For other fantastic restaurants & sights in Tromsø, ask us for recommendations – they usually require reservations one day in advance during the busy season.
Overnight stay at Clarion The Edge Hotel
OPTIONAL EXTRA: 9.00AM Early morning transfer to Snowmobile Safari (must be added when booking, if you choose to have a lie-in, your transfer to the Ice Domes will depart at 1.00PM)
Your exhilarating snowmobile adventure will start at 10.30AM from the wilderness camp. No previous skills are required to drive a snowmobile. All you need is a regular driving license, and a safety talk will be given before the tour. The starting point is at an altitude of 250 m above sea level, and the guide will bring you up to an elevation of 875 m. Imagine the sunrise colours reflected off the snow-covered mountains! You can practically see ice crystals in the crisp air (check out some of the photos below).
If you choose to do this activity, you will be picked up afterwards by a guide for the Ice Domes visit, a 400-metre walking distance. If you choose to have a lie-in, your transfer to the Ice Domes will depart at 1.00PM
2.30PM: Visit to the brand new Ice Domes
The Ice Domes in Tamok is brand new and much less commercialised than other options. The snow and ice art reflect the unique bond between man and nature in a unique and breath-taking manner. The ice bars, the ice cinema, the ice hotel suites and ice restaurant have changing themes every year. These are conveyed through beautiful coloured lighting and wonderful ice sculptures. Guided tours paint a detailed description of Arctic history. Tromsø Ice Domes is much more than just an ice art exhibition or a regular ice hotel.
On arrival, you will be greeted by your guide. They will start by explaining the construction process of an ice hotel, and the impact on snow for the survival of our arctic animals. A non-alcoholic ice shot at the stunning ice bar is complementary.
6.30PM: Dog Sledding under the Northern Lights
After some free time with a guide and a hot meal, you will receive instructions on how to drive a dog team. When you’re ready, drive the dog sled on your own into the white landscapes. The tour passes through the beautiful Vass Valley, a side valley connected to the great Tamok Valley.
Look out for the Northern Lights above you as you glide through silent snowy landscapes! The area where you lead the sled is totally uninhabited, with a landscape of mountains and forest. Out in the wilderness, these dogs fit in to their environment.
NB: Northern lights sightings cannot be guaranteed due to weather and solar conditions, but we will do our very best!
10.30PM: Transfer back to your hotel, approximate arrival midnight
Overnight stay at Clarion The Edge Hotel
Spend the day exploring Tromsø, exploring all shopping, culture, history, and more, such as Tromsø’s Arctic Cathedral. Ask us for more recommendations. If you want to book other optional activities, this is one of our favourites:
OPTIONAL EXTRA: 10.00AM Reindeer Sledding & Sami Experience (must be added when booking)
Join authentic Sami guides, who come from a Sami family with long reindeer herding traditions, for a sleigh ride like no other. Enjoy an unforgettable experience of pure reindeer sledding as well as an introduction to Sami culture. Known as the only indigenous people in Europe, the Samis have been nomads in the Arctic territories of Russia, Finland, Sweden and Norway for centuries.
7.00PM: Northern Lights Safari
Chase the magical Northern Lights! With 10 years’ experience in Northern Lights tourism, the focus during this safari is on quality, comfort and ensuring that you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Northern Lights coach will take you to a location with the best weather & solar conditions for spotting the Northern Lights. After finding the ideal scenic backdrop and conditions for photos, your professional guides will help you with camera settings and photography to get the best shots of the Northern Lights.
After around two hours, there will be a break at an exclusive Aurora Camp out in the wilderness. These camps have two comfortable lavvos (Sami tents) and toilet facilities. You will be divided into groups of no more than 20 people in each lavvo and served hot drinks. Listen to enchanting Arctic stories while grilling your own supper on an open fire.
Although Northern Lights sightings are never guaranteed, we find them most of the time. Join us for a chase and experience the thrill! When the time comes, we will bring you back to Tromsø and you will get a ride directly to your hotel.
Overnight stay at Clarion Edge Hotel
Pick up your final souvenirs before heading back to reality. We can recommend cool places to go and things to see that you won’t find back home, including:
Flight departs from Tromsø Airport to Gatwick, London: Saturdays 2.05PM or Mondays 7.30PM
NB! For bookings of more than 8 people please contact us via email here
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