Discover Norway's Arctic Wildlife under the Northern Lights

Discover life as marine biologist in Norway, from whale-watching to dog sledding under the Northern Lights. 4 days off work.

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Discover Norway's Arctic Wildlife under the Northern Lights

Discover life as marine biologist in Norway, from whale-watching to dog sledding under the Northern Lights. 4 days off work.

This Tromsø adventure lets you get up close and personal with the Arctic wildlife of Norway, as you try your hand as a marine biologist, enjoy an evening dog sledding and check out the fascinating marine life at the Polaria Aquarium. If that’s not enough, you will be able to go on three expeditions to search out the Northern Lights, before relaxing in the luxurious 4-star Clarion Hotel The Edge when you are back. This wildlife adventure includes:

  • 5 days of activities
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • Local, professional English-speaking guide
  • All meals during the trek
  • All equipment
  • Three whale research safaris
  • Entrance to Polaria Aquarium
  • Dogsledding
  • One five-course dinner

Perfect for: Anyone who wants to seek out the rare arctic wildlife and elusive Northern Lights, but wants the luxury of a 4-star hotel.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and Five-Course Dinner

As you arrive at Tromsø, you’ll either be picked up from the airport or you make your own way to the Scandic Ishashotel, which is right on the waterfront.

Check into your hotel and unwind in the beautiful surroundings of Tromsø city.

On your first night, you’ll be able to enjoy a 5-course dinner in one of Norway’s most highly acclaimed restaurants. The food is a fusion of traditional Norwegian dishes influenced by French cuisine and international dining trends.

Settle into your hotel as the real adventure starts tomorrow.

Day 2: Polaria Aquarium and Tromsø

After breakfast at your hotel, head to the Polaria Aquarium where you can discover an array of fascinating marine life, as well as learning about Norway’s nature and the Northern Lights.

From here, you’ll head straight for lunch before continuing onto Tromsø to check out the city’s most popular sites.

In the evening, you will board one of the elegant, antique vessels for dinner. This ship has been sailing through the Norwegian sea since the late 1800’s, and tonight it will take you to view the Northern Lights over the ocean.

2-3h Polaria Aquarium, 2h Tromso Tour, 4h Dinner Cruise

Day 3: Sommarøy Whale Research Programme

Pack your bags, because today you will set sail for Sommarøy or “Summer Island” where you will spend the next few days with the whale research programme.

Firstly, our marine mammal scientist will introduce you to the whales of Norway and the research program through an engaging presentation. Then, you can take part in the research and become a marine biologist for the day, setting sail for the whales.

Participation in this voluntary, so those who simply want to enjoy the show are welcomed too.

In the evening, check into the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel and relax. Your hotel is a 2-minute walk from the beach, should you want to explore.

4-5h on the boat

Day 4: Sommarøy and Northern Lights

You will spend the day searching for whales, sea eagles and other incredible wildlife as you explore some of the most beautiful fjords which look over the pristine, dramatic landscape.

In the evening, you will spend your dinner beneath the stars in the Aurora camp next to the beach as you seek out the phenomenal Northern Lights.

4-5h on the boat, Aurora Camp from 18:00 onwards

Day 5: Tromsø and Dog Sledding

As you leave Sommarøy, you’ll be able to enjoy one last day watching the whales before you head to Tromsø for the last adventure.

In the evening, you will set off dog sledding into the mountains as you search out the Northern Lights, one more time.

Enjoy your final dinner in Tromsø.

4h dog sledding

Day 6: Departure

Sleep in, relax and enjoy your last morning in Tromsø before checking out and continuing on to the airport.

If you decide that this isn’t enough, you can always book on for an extra night with additional activities.

Accommodation

On days 1, 2 and 5, you will stay at the 4-star Scandic Ishashotel. Located on the picturesque waterside in downtown Tromsø, this hotel offers spectacular views of the harbour, city and Northern lights. The hotel’s restaurant and bar offer views of the Tromsø Bridge and the famous Arctic Cathedral. All of the rooms have flatscreen TVs in a seating area, as well as en suite bathrooms and free WiFi. There is also a free breakfast buffet.

On days 3 and 4, you will stay in the 4-star Sommarøy Arctic Hotel. Amenities include a relaxed restaurant and a cozy fireside bar, as well as a seaside bathhouse with a wood-fired sauna and a hot tub. The en-suite rooms feature free WiFi, TVs and desks.

Dates & Prices

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

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

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.

Single Room Supplement Payable Before Departure
Single Room Supplement £190.00
Airport Transfers Payable Before Departure
Airport Transfer (1 way) £20.00 Per Person

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Location

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Located in the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is known as the Paris of the North. It is one of the northernmost cities 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.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Tromsø Aiport where your host will pick you up and take you to your hotel on the Tromsø waterfront, about a 20-minute drive away. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land at 19:00 or earlier.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Tromsø or transfer you to the airport for your flight home. You are free to book any flight that departs on Sunday.

Getting there and away?
Tromsø Airport, Langnes (TOS) is served by frequent, inexpensive flights with Norwegian Air International and SAS Scandinavian Airlines. You’re free to book any flights you choose that coincide with the transfer times.

If you would rather book flights in your own time, the hotel is a 10-minute taxi ride from the airport. Your host can arrange the transfer for you.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Tromsø
  • Taxi to/from Tromsø airport
  • Breakfast and lunch on arrival day, and lunch and dinner on departure day
  • Beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides (optional)
  • Additional nights
  • Additional activities

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

You’ll be treated to high-quality food made with fresh, local ingredients where possible. On your first night in Tromsø you’ll enjoy a 5-course meal at an outstanding restaurant that serves Norwegian fusion food with international influence. On your Northern Lights dinner cruise you’ll be served a delicious meal prepared by one of Tromsø’s best restaurants in an incomparable setting.

There’s a diversity of food, so most diets can be accommodated. Please let us know in advance.

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

This trip is open to anyone, you do not need any particular experience.

Yes, of course. We work with some of the best leaders in the industry.

Our adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Winters 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. Tromso is above the Arctic Circle, so expect little daylight (approx. 3-4h) to no daylight during your stay.

No, unfortunately the Northern Lights are notoriously unpredictable so it is impossible to say that you will definitely see them. The chances are highly dependent on the weather and visibility, as you will need clear skies to view them properly.

However, this trip will definitely increase your chances as you will be staying in a remote location, away from light pollution and in an Norwegian hotspot for Aurora spotting.

You will be provided with a flotation suit during the exursions, but that’s about it.

Your host recommends that you bring:

  • Camera and binoculars (optional)
  • Wool under layers
  • Wool socks
  • Winter suit
  • Winter boots
  • Gloves, scarf & hat

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