The town of Tromsø, famously used as the Gateway to the Arctic by all the famous Polar explorers, is the perfect base point for accessing all the Arctic has to offer. This journey packs in the Northern Lights, an action-adventure, reindeer, as well as the magnificent new Ice Domes! If you really want to do it all, you can even add in a second action-packed adventure. All this can be done from the comfort of your stay in Tromsø, with transfers through magnificent Arctic landscapes! Once back in Tromsø, you can enjoy tasty delights in the many excellent restaurants and cafes in Tromsø or simply wander along the quay and enjoy the vibe in what the Financial Times recently called “The New Reykjavik!”.
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Gatwick direct flight departures: Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
Suitable for all ages, basic to medium fitness level.
(Norwegian Airlines direct from Gatwick lands 18:45)
This trip corresponds perfectly with Norwegian Airlines’ direct flight departure from Gatwick on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, but we have also coordinated itineraries with SAS flights running via Oslo. If you want to combine the trip with other flights or additional nights, please contact us and we will help accommodate your trip.
The Airport Express transfer service easily gets your hotel, Clarion The Edge in Tromsø, for check-in. An optional alternative is a taxi from the service desk at the arrivals hall.
Overnight stay at Clarion The Edge Hotel
08:30 Transfer from Tromsø
10:00 Ice Domes & Reindeer
The snow and ice art reflect the unique bond between man and nature in a unique and breath-taking manner. The ice bars, our ice cinema, the ice hotel suites, and ice restaurant have varied themes every year. These are conveyed through beautiful coloured lighting and wondrous ice sculptures. In our guided tours, we paint a detailed description of arctic history. Tromsø Ice Hotel is much more than just an ice art exhibition or a regular ice hotel.
On arrival, you will be greeted by your guide, who will first direct you either to the Ice Domes or your action-adventure. 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 complimentary. There will also be time to admire the reindeer surrounding the Ice Domes, who eat right out of your hand!
Option 1: Dog Sledding (ages 10+)
Drive your own team of happy huskies! Upon arrival at our dog yard, you will receive outdoor clothes and shoes to keep you warm during your stay. You will get instructions on how to drive a dog sledding team by experienced mushers. You will be driving in pairs, one driver and one passenger on each sled, with the opportunity to switch places halfway.
Drive through magnificent untouched landscapes, your trusty team of huskies leading the way into the Arctic wilderness. Depending on the weather, you will be on the sled for about 1,5-2 hours. At the end of the trail, you will return to the kennel where you will be served hot drinks and a bowl of warm soup, with a vegetarian option on request (please write this in comments when booking!).
Option 2: Snowmobile Safari (Passengers ages 14+, must be 18+ and hold a valid driver’s license to drive the snowmobile)
Upon arrival at the wilderness centre, we provide you with all the warm clothes and shoes necessary. We 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 to be in an adequate 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. 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. You will be on the snowmobiling track for approximately 2 hours, depending on the weather and snow conditions.
Due to the dramatic topography, a reduced speed is maintained during parts of the tour.
15:00 Transfer back to Tromsø
16:30 Arrive back in Tromsø, free time to eat & sightsee
19:00 Northern Lights Safari
NB: If you are doing 3 nights, this will be on the second night
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, they will be spotted 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.
NB: Northern lights sightings cannot be guaranteed due to weather and solar conditions, but we will do our very best!
Overnight stay at Clarion 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.
OPTIONAL EXTRAS (must be added when booking):
19:30-19:40: Flight departs from Tromsø Airport to Gatwick, London
Make the best of your trip and stay a third night! You can add any of the additional activities mentioned, and a second Northern Lights activity. The Northern Lights Chase will be on Night 3 to space out your included activities, but you are welcome to add another Northern Lights activity on Night 2.
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
*Norwegian Airlines flies direct from Gatwick and lands in Tromsø Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 18:45, returning Saturdays and Mondays at 19:30 or 19:40. Scandinavian Airlines flies to Tromsø daily via Oslo from Heathrow and other UK airports. If you want to combine the trip with other flights, please check flights when booking or contact us if you cannot find your preferred departure airport and we will accommodate your transfers.
**Bring a warm hat, gloves and scarf, thermal wool or similar long johns and underwear as well as warm winter boots and socks. We recommend you also bring Gortex trousers and a Gortex or down jacket.
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