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Sail, Hike and Chase the Northern Lights

Journey into the Arctic Circle for an action-packed weekend exploring fjords and hunting the incredible Aurora Borealis

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Sail, Hike and Chase the Northern Lights

Journey into the Arctic Circle for an action-packed weekend exploring fjords and hunting the incredible Aurora Borealis

DURATION
3 nights
LOCATION
Norway
ANNUAL LEAVE
1 day off work
SEASON
Sep, Nov—Mar
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Tromsø Airport, Norway
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel
DIFFICULTY
Easy

No experience needed, just the ability to hike over relatively steep terrain for a few hours at a time.

COVID-19 Information

Our local host has provided some important information about any changes to the trip, and additional safety measures in place, as a result of COVID-19.

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Experience a magical long weekend in the Arctic Circle that's designed to maximise your chances of seeing the Aurora in all its glory

Hike into the mountains, explore Tromso and relax on the deck of a modern catamaran beneath a star-filled sky

Spot eagles and seals and fish for your lunch in the clearest, cleanest water imaginable

Included

Guides

Local, certified guides and skipper

Accommodation

3 nights in a local hotel

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

Travel to and from the start point

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Host's Base Camp, central Tromsø

20:15

Ends

Smart Hotel, central Tromsø

Catch any flight

Transfers

Start Point: You can book any flight to Tromsø and easily get to your hotel to check-in via a 10-minute taxi or regular shuttle bus. The best way to get from the airport to the hotel is to take a taxi and the price for this is about 2-300 NOK. There are taxi cars waiting right outside the arrival hall. There is also a shuttle bus running several times per hour and the price is around NOK 100 per way. You will meet your local guides and fellow adventurers at the hosts lounge on the first evening located in central Tromsø.

End of Trip: The final day is free for you to do as you please and return home on any flight which suits you.

Travel options

There are regular direct and indriect flights to Tromsø from major airports across the UK and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Hotel · Single bed

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Single bed

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Hotel · Single bed

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfast in the hotel is a large buffet with choices of cereals, fruit, cheese and meats, pastries, toast, hot cooked options, juices, tea and coffee.

During the activities, the food provided is home-cooked by a local chef and prepared that day. Expect fresh fish soups from the days catch, a light picnic and warm drinks while hiking and a warm meal on the minibus Northern Lights trip. While we serve meals on both evening tours, you may want a light dinner beforehand as the meals are served rather late (dependent on the conditions for the night).

Vegetarian, vegan and other dietary requirements can be catered to, please request this on your passenger information form after booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Tromsø

You’ll be staying in a single room in the modern and popular Smart Hotel in central Tromsø. Highly rated by customers, the rooms are compact and it's the best pick for budget yet comfortable accommodation. An extensive buffet breakfast is served in the downstairs cafe, which also serves light bites through the rest of the day.

Travellers are given a single room as standard. However double rooms for couples are available on request for those wanting to share - please just ask your host the time of booking. Please note twin rooms are not available at this hotel. So if you are booking with a friend please confirm whether you want single or double rooms at the time of booking.

Upgrades

For those looking to upgrade and have a bit more comfort during their trip we can also highly recommend Clarion Hotel The Edge. Thanks to its interesting architecture this hotel certainly stands out on the skyline of Tromsø. There is an amazing view over both the harbour and the mountains, with the only rooftop bar existing in Tromsø. No single rooms are available, but doubles or twin rooms are available: see Optional Extras for prices.

Day 1

The adventure begins

Check-in, and hopefully have some time to explore the town. You are welcome to pop into Base Camp earlier for a hot drink and to get some recommendations for exploring locally. Hopefully you'll have a few hours to stroll around the small town, have a coffee at some of the cozy cafés and take a moment to breathe in the fresh air - we are in the Arctic!

In the evening head to Base Camp to meet the rest of your team and learn about the adventure ahead. Wrap up warm, board a comfortable, modern catamaran and head out into the wilderness far from any light pollution, for your first chance to witness the legendary Aurora Borealis.

Day 2

Hike the Fjords and enjoy a night in Tromsø

Return to the wilderness, this time on a snowshoe trek into the mountains in search of the perfect viewing point over the fjords. Stop for a picnic and a hot drink in a suitably scenic location, then head back to Tromsø where you’ll be free to relax or explore the town. A trip up the cable car is a must for some spectacular, panoramic views of the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. In the evening explore the many local bars and restaurants.

Day 3

Sail the fjords, chase the lights

Jump back on the catamaran and spend the morning discovering the thriving winter wildlife found around the fjord, including seabirds, eagles and seals. Drop a hook for lunch at a favourite local fishing spot and relax in the warm salon, sail the boat or practice Arctic navigation as your host whips up a tasty lunch. In the evening, grab your camera and chase the northern lights. Hopefully, you’ll capture some winners of your own, but professional pictures taken over your trip will be your afterwards as well.

Day 4

Say your goodbyes or keep exploring

Check out after breakfast ready to return to reality. For keen explorers looking to max out your time, you can also squeeze in any of these optional extra trips to complete the Arctic experience. Your host can book these for you on request.

Dog Sledding: 09:00-13:00, 11:00-15:00 & 13:00-17:00
Day-time Reindeer & Sami Experience: 10:00-14:00
Northern Lights Tesla Experience: 20:00-00:00 (3-5 h)
Additional Northern Lights Minibus Chase: 18:00-01:00
Evening Reindeer & Sami Experience: 18:00-22:00

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

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Kit List

Bag

  • A small bag (hand luggage size) for your time onboard the boat
  • A small day pack

Clothes

  • 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 hiking boots
  • Trainers
  • A hat that covers your ears
  • Scarf or neck gaiter
  • Insulated or Gore-tex gloves
  • Wool socks

Other

  • Camera (and a tripod if you'd like)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Swimming costume
  • Hand lotion & lip balm
  • Spikes for hiking boots (can be purchased in Tromsø)
  • Spare batteries or power pack - the cold means that devices run out much quicker than normal

The hiking is an easy to moderate walk in the hills, tailored to the average fitness level of the group and conditions on the day. Including a scenic drive through the fjords, the whole trip will be about 5 hours.

No snowshoe experience is necessary - they are simply large rackets or paddles attached at your boots that make it easier to walk without sinking.

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, October to February are also excellent times to see them. 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.

While we can never guarantee that you'll see the spectacular Northern Lights if you're travelling from September to March we have an 88% success rate.

Yes! Tromsø is a fantastic Arctic destination and there's a whole host of other adventures that you can enjoy if you have a little more time, including dog sledding and reindeer sledding - just ask your host for more information.

You will likely spot eagles soaring overhead in search of prey and large flocks of migratory seabirds, along with seals, dolphins, and if you're very very lucky - whales.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Arctic weather can be unpredictable, but 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 Tromsø 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! The snow tends to arrive in December.

Anything you're not using can be safely left in your room.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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