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Aurora Camping and Dog Sledding in Norway

Drive a dog sled across the tundra and camp in a cozy Sami tent beneath Northern Lights.

I'M UP FOR
Aurora Hunting
DURATION
1 Night
DIFFICULTY
Open-To-All
COMFORT
Comfortable
LOCATION
Norway
SEASON
November—April
NEAREST AIRPORT

Play with over 300 huskies (including puppies!) then relax around a campfire, fill up on a dinner of traditional Sami foods, and wait for the Northern Lights to appear overhead. You’ll spend the night in a warm, communal Sami tent before waking the next morning to a delicious breakfast. Embark on a dog sled ride across the tundra, then return for lunch before heading back to Tromso. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • Guided, hands-on tour of the sled dog yard
  • Guided dog sled tour either as a passenger or driver
  • 1 night in a cozy, traditional Sami tent
  • Sleeping bag and reindeer hides
  • Delicious Sami dinner, breakfast and lunch
  • Northern Lights viewing by campfire
  • Round-trip transportation between Tromso and the dog center
  • Knowledgeable English-speaking guides

Perfect for:
This is the perfect overnight adventure for dog lovers and active travellers who want to experience the thrill of dog sledding.

Need To Know

The best time to do this trip and to see the Northern lights is between mid-December and February/early March. Known as the “Polar Night” this is when nights are longest and days shortest, giving you the very best chances to witness the unforgettable Aurora Borealis.

Driving a dog sled is doable for most active travellers, or you can relax as a passenger.

Winter temperatures in Norway are cold, but due to the warm Gulf Stream current it’s much more pleasant than other countries at the same latitude. Daytime temperatures average just below freezing, but can drop to -20 °C, even when it’s sunny out.

Warm and waterproof work clothes are provided for meeting the dogs and sledding so you don’t mess up your own outdoor clothing. Sleeping bags and reindeer hides are provided for your cozy night in the tent, which has an indoor fire to keep you nice and warm.

Your host recommends you pack the following:

  • Warm footwear
  • Thermal underwear top and bottom
  • Thermal fleece
  • Down or synthetic down jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Winter gloves
  • All your usual overnight luggage
  • Sunglasses / ski goggles
  • Camera

Traditional Sami cuisine is based on a diet of fish, reindeer and berries. It includes such foods as reindeer sausage, bread, cloudberry jam, salted fish, and bidos, a hearty reindeer stew with vegetables. Coffee and cake will also be provided.

Vegetarian options are easy to arrange, along with other dietary requirements. Please let your host know these when booking.

Yes!
Throughout the winter season there will be puppies aged 6 months that are very playful, while the newest additions will appear from around February onwards.

Yes! As long as your children are comfortable around large numbers of dogs they are more than welcome on this experience.
Your local hosts classify children as aged 4-12.
(Under 4’s can do this experience free-of-charge)

Yes! Your local host for this Northern Lights experience recommends the Smarthotel Tromso for anyone looking to extend their stay before or after this aurora and dog sledding adventure.

Airport transfers and pre-trip accommodation are not included in the price of this experience. However, airport transfers can be easily arranged with The Flybussen (Airport Express Coach) that runs between the airport and Tromsø city centre.

Unfortunately not. This trip is designed to be a 1-night-only overnight experience.

The following are not included in the price:

  • Flights to and from Tromso
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips for your guides
  • Travel insurance

If weather conditions do not allow dog-sledding to take place you will be offered a number of alternative activity options. In the event of a change of activity, you will receive a part-refund.

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Location

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Located in the Arctic Circle, Tromso is known as the Paris of the North. It is the northernmost city in the world with a population just over 70,000. The contrast of modern city with old wooden buildings backed with views of the fjords and the Northern Lights are sure to captivate you. The Husky centre is located half an hour outside town.

Start point

Radison Blu Hotel, Tromsø - 18:15

Your adventure begins outside the Radison Blu Hotel at 18:15, where you’ll be picked up by your host. You can book any flight to Tromsø and easily get to the start point via a 10 minute taxi or shuttle bus.

Finish point

Tromsø city centre - 13:00-14:00

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back in Tromsø between 13:00 - 14:00. If you’re heading back to Tromsø Airport, you’re free to book any flight that departs after 16:00.

What to Expect

Day 1: Pickup, Husky Meeting and Northern Lights

You’ll be picked up in Tromso at 18:15 from the Radison Blu Hotel, and taken half an hour away to meet the dogs.

A knowledgeable guide will introduce you to the experienced sled dogs as well as the brand new puppies, and answer all your questions about training sled dogs. Don’t worry about getting messy: warm clothing is provided so you can play with the dogs as much as you like!

Afterwards, head to camp to relax on reindeer hides around a campfire. Hot drinks and a traditional Sami dinner will be provided while you keep an eye out for the magnificent Northern Lights to begin their show. When you’re tired, head to bed in a warm and cozy Sami tent.

Day 2: Breakfast, Dog Sledding and Return to Tromso

A hot breakfast will tempt you out of bed in the morning.

Learn how to gear up a dog sled, then head out across the tundra either as the passenger in a sled, or as the driver of your own team. Your guide will escort you across the arctic landscape and help you out along the way.

Back at the camp you’ll warm up over lunch before heading back to Tromso in the afternoon.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in a traditional communal Sami tent. The tent is a peaked wooden structure, nicely heated by a wood-burning stove, with room to sleep 10-12 people. Sleeping bags and reindeer hides are provided to keep you extra warm. Toilets are in an adjacent building. A private tent that sleeps up to 4 people can be arranged at additional cost. Enquire at booking.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

Accommodation · Equipment · Guide · Local Transport · Meals As Described · Happiness Guaranteed · 100% Financial Protection

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Private 4-person Tent Payable Before Departure
Private 4-person tent · · ·