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Northern Lights and Arctic Wildlife Sailing Safari in Tromso

Set sail from Tromsø on the Arctic fjords of Norway in search of the fabled Northern Lights. 2 days. 1 day off work.

I'M UP FOR
Northern Lights
DURATION
1 Night
DIFFICULTY
Active
COMFORT
Comfortable
LOCATION
Norway
SEASON
October, December—March
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Travel through the unforgettable scenery of the Norwegian Fjords as you embark on an Arctic safari onboard a comfortable, modern catamaran. Spot eagles, seals and whales, fish in secret spots and hidden bays, then relax on deck beneath a star-filled sky and the majestic Northern Lights, before spending the night in a warm and cosy double cabin.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • Authentic, small group northern lights chase on a comfortable catamaran
  • Guided “Arctic Sail Safari” incl. Fishing & Wildlife sailing in the Norwegian fjords
  • Local, certified guides and skipper
  • Fishing at the host’s secret spots
  • Accommodation in warm comfortable cabins onboard
  • Homemade Norwegian dinner, breakfast and lunch and snacks
  • Warm Safety Suits
  • Comfortable indoor saloon with large windows and outdoor seating on pillows or the catamaran net to watch the Northern Lights
  • Spotting and learning about marine wildlife
  • Preparation of a warm lunch from your fresh catch
  • Baggage storage
  • Complimentary concierge service for your stay in Tromsø

Perfect for

Travellers who want to experience the unforgettable Northern Lights in comfort and style, away from anyone else.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for your guides (optional)
  • Personal expenses
  • Airport transfers

This trip will run with a minimum of 1 person, and a maximum of 8.

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

While the weather in Tromso can be rather unpredictable, Tromsø is a ‘mild’ Arctic destination due to its position next to the Gulf Stream which brings warmer air to the North. The average winter temperature in Tromso is around -4°C, though if you travel inland it can get as low as -25°C. The weather can be very changeable so you should be prepared for all eventualities!

This trip is only suitable for children age 6 and over. If you’d like to bring the whole family, including children of any age, then a private tour can be arranged.

On this trip you’ll catch your own fish in the Arctic fjords, spot Eagles soaring overhead in search of prey, large flocks of migratory seabirds, along with seals, dolphins, and if you’re lucky - whales.

While we can never guarantee that you’ll see the spectacular Northern Lights, if you’re travelling from September to March we have a 88% success rate in spotting them.

The Northern Lights start appearing above the Arctic circle from the end of August until the end of March. The strongest lights can be seen when the seasons are changing, during September and March, however from October to February are also excellent times to see the Northern Lights. They are unpredictable and can be seen at any time from 18:00 to 06:00, with the most ‘popular’ viewing time between 20:00 and 02:00.

Yes! Tromsø is a fantastic Arctic destination and there’s a whole host of other adventures you can enjoy if you have a little more time, including chasing the Northern Lights by minibus, snowshoe hiking, dog sledding and reindeer sledding - just ask your host for more information.

The weather in the Arctic can be rather unpredictable, so you should be ready for anything. Layers are the best way to keep warm and your host will provide you with safety equipment, warm sailing suits and slippers to wear. Your host recommends that you also bring:

  • A small bag (hand luggage size) for your time onboard the boat. Space is limited, so any larger suitcases can be stored securely at the base camp office in Tromsø.
  • Base layers - thermal leggings and a long-sleeved top
  • First layers - Tracksuit bottoms or hiking trousers, a warm jumper and a soft shell jacket e.g. a fleece or a down jacket (or both if you feel the cold)
  • Top layers - an outer weatherproof jacket and trousers e.g. ski or all-weather hiking clothing
  • Waterproof boots e.g. hiking boots
  • Trainers
  • Small day pack
  • A hat that covers your ears
  • Scarf or Neck Gaiter
  • Insulated or Gore-tex gloves
  • Wool socks
  • Camera (and a tripod if you’d like)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Swimming costume
  • Hand lotion & lip balm
  • Spikes for shoes (can be purchased in Tromsø)
  • Spare batteries - the cold means that devices run out much quicker than normal

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Location

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Situated 400km north of the Arctic Circle, the historic island town of Tromsø has long been Norway’s entrance to the Arctic, famous for its cute wooden houses, its many bridges, the views of the surrounding mountains and easy access to some of the most spectacular fjords in the world, filled with birds and wildlife. The town’s mild, coastal climate and ideal location deep in the Arctic Circle, at the heart of the Northern Lights Oval, make it one of the best spots in the far North to witness the legendary Aurora Borealis.

Start point

Your Host’s Base Camp, Central Tromsø - Start time varies:
You’ll meet your guide at the official starting time, however, you’re welcome to the host’s lounge for a hot beverage an hour before the start if you like.
November 01 - January 15: Meet at 21:00
January 16 - March 30: Meet at 18:00

Your adventure begins at your host’s base camp located at Kirkegata 1, 9008, Tromsø at 18:00/21:00 before walking the 200 metres to the catamaran where your sailing will begin. You can book any flight to Tromsø and easily get to the start point via a 10-minute taxi or shuttle bus. If you arrive earlier in the day, you can leave your luggage at the base camp and explore Tromsø.

Finish point

Your Host’s Base Camp, Kirkegata 1, 9008, Tromsø - End time varies
November 01 - January 15: Ends around 18:30
January 16 - March 30: Ends around 14:00

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at your host’s base camp around 14:00/18:00. If you’re heading back to Tromso Airport, you’re free to book any flight that departs 3 hours later.

What to Expect

Day 1: Set sail on the Arctic Fjords

Meet your guide at base camp in central Tromsø and walk alongside your small group to the town’s harbour, 200 metres away.

Climb onboard your home for the night – a modern and comfortable catamaran and get settled into your lovely double cabin.

Sail out onto the Norwegian Fjords under a starry sky and learn about the adventure ahead from your experienced local guides.

Travel into the wilderness, far from any light pollution, for your first chance to witness the legendary Northern Lights.

Try your hand at night navigation alongside the skipper, before sitting down for a homemade Norwegian meal in the saloon, whilst the crew keeps watch for the aurora.

Relax on the catamaran’s nets, surrounded by warm blankets and comfortable pillows and enjoy the rest of the evening on deck. You’ll have plenty of time to spot the Northern Lights, take photos and enjoy being surrounded by the Arctic wilderness, before settling down in your warm and cosy cabin for a good nights sleep.

Day 2: Travel through the Arctic wilderness

Wake to the sound of lapping waves and the smell of fresh coffee, then start your day with breakfast in a hidden bay.

Experience the beautiful Norwegian Fjords by day, as you spot wildlife, including seals and dolphins and reindeers grazing on the shoreline.

If you’re travelling before mid-January you’re in for a special treat as your chances of spotting Orcas and Humpback whales close-up are especially high.

On the way back to Tromso, try your hand at fishing*, with a 99% success rate, and then learn the basics of sailing and navigation in the far North alongside the crew before taking a spell as captain.

Relax in the saloon while the chef cooks your catch to perfection and taste the freshness of the untouched Arctic wilderness, including a traditional Norwegian fish soup, cooked to the chef’s secret recipe.

Return to Tromsø and say goodbye to the crew, before returning to base camp where your Arctic adventure will end.

  • Depends on the day’s weather conditions

Accommodation

The catamaran comfortably accommodates up to ten people, so it’s nothing like the huge cruise ships. It is spacious and comfortable, and all cabins are doubles with a small en-suite bathroom (an extra bed can be arranged in the cabin for children between 6 and 12). The boat itself has a warm indoor saloon with a fully equipped kitchen where your meals will be prepared, and a partly heated outdoor saloon to keep gear, boots and the warm safety suits which will be provided. A large outside deck has comfortable pillows and blankets to sit on when enjoying the Northern Lights, or to relax while cruising through the mystical fjords of the Arctic.

If you’re a solo traveller, please note that you’ll have to share a double bed (with 2 single duvets) with another solo traveller due to the limited space onboard. Should you not feel comfortable sharing a bed with another solo-traveller, please let your host know when booking. A private cabin can be arranged for a NOK4000 supplement.

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Accommodation · Equipment · Guide · Meals As Described · Happiness Guaranteed · 100% Financial Protection · No Single Supplements

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1–8

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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.

Additional Activities Payable Before Departure
Extra Northern Lights Minibus Chase NOK1700.00 Per Person
Snowshoe Hiking & Tesla Excursion NOK1300.00 Per Person
Dog Sledding NOK1750.00 Per Person
Reindeer Sledding NOK1290.00 Per Person
Northern Lights Chase in a Tesla NOK2200.00 Per Person
Additional Night in Tromso Payable Before Departure
Smart Hotel - Single Room NOK1200.00 Per Night
Smart Hotel - Double Room NOK1300.00 Per Night
Clarion Hotel The Edge. Price from: NOK1000.00 Per Night
Single Occupancy Supplement Payable Before Departure
Single Occupancy Supplement (Double Cabin) NOK2600.00 Per Person, Per Night

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