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4.8
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Sail, Hike and Chase the Northern Lights

3 nights
Easy

Journey into the Arctic Circle for an action-packed long weekend exploring fjords and hunting the incredible aurora borealis

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with local, certified guides and skipper

Hotel

3 nights in a 4-star hotel in Tromso

Meals

3 breakfasts and 2 lunches

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 59 reviews
Words cannot express how wonderful
March 2024
Deborah W.
Words cannot express how wonderful
March 2024
Deborah W.
Words cannot express how wonderful
March 2024
Deborah W.
Words cannot express how wonderful
March 2024
Deborah W.
Words cannot express how wonderful
March 2024
Deborah W.
Words cannot express how wonderful
March 2024
Deborah W.
Words cannot express how wonderful
March 2024
Deborah W.
Words cannot express how wonderful
March 2024
Deborah W.
Words cannot express how wonderful
March 2024
Deborah W.
Words cannot express how wonderful
March 2024
Deborah W.
An awesome adventure
March 2024
Carly R.
This trip far exceeded our expectations. Ou...
March 2023
Jo
This trip far exceeded our expectations. Ou...
March 2023
Jo
This trip far exceeded our expectations. Ou...
March 2023
Jo
Good trip overall, lovely guide who still k...
March 2023
Claire
Good trip overall, lovely guide who still k...
March 2023
Claire
Good trip overall, lovely guide who still k...
March 2023
Claire
Good trip overall, lovely guide who still k...
March 2023
Claire
Good trip overall, lovely guide who still k...
March 2023
Claire
Fantastic, well organised trip with amazing...
February 2023
Nikki
Fantastic, well organised trip with amazing...
February 2023
Nikki
Fabulous trip. Well organised , brilliant l...
February 2023
Sian
Fabulous trip. Well organised , brilliant l...
February 2023
Sian
Fabulous trip. Well organised , brilliant l...
February 2023
Sian
Fabulous trip. Well organised , brilliant l...
February 2023
Sian
This was an incredible trip with amazing ho...
February 2023
Ioanna
This was an incredible trip with amazing ho...
February 2023
Ioanna
This was an incredible trip with amazing ho...
February 2023
Ioanna
This was an incredible trip with amazing ho...
February 2023
Ioanna
This was an incredible trip with amazing ho...
February 2023
Ioanna

Experience a magical adventure in the Arctic Circle, designed to maximise your chances of seeing the aurora in all its glory

Hike into the mountains, explore Tromsø 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

Bed down in a sleek, Nordic hotel on the waterfront and enjoy some of the best views in Tromsø from its rooftop bar

Key Information

Day 1

The adventure begins

Check in, and explore Tromsø if you have time – stroll around the small town, have a coffee at a cosy café and take a moment to breathe in the fresh Arctic air. If you arrive early, you are welcome to pop into your host's Base Camp for a hot drink and get some recommendations for exploring locally. In the evening, head to Base Camp to meet the rest of your team, learn about the adventure ahead and have a quick workshop about the northern lights. At 21:30 you'll get wrapped up, 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, you can explore the many local bars and restaurants. Alternatively, to really make the most of your time, your host can book these optional extras for you on request:

Additional Northern Lights Minibus Chase: 18:00-01:00
Night Reindeer Sledding & Sami Camp Dinner: 18:00-22:00

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 yours 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
Daytime Reindeer Sledding & Sami Experience: 10:00-14:00

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfast in the hotel is a large buffet using a wide range of produce from the local area, with choices of cereal, 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 food on both evening tours, we recommend you eat a light dinner beforehand as the meals are served very 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 at the Clarion Hotel The Edge, a sleek, ultra-modern 4-star hotel in a high-rise location overlooking Tromsø's waterfront. There is an amazing view over both the harbour and the mountains from the only rooftop bar in Tromsø. A breakfast buffet is served in the hotel's trendy international restaurant.

You'll stay in same-sex twin-share rooms as standard. Couples can request a double room at no extra charge. Solo travellers wanting their own room can upgrade to a private room, see further details below. Additional nights in Tromso can also be booked through your host - please enquire with your host for prices.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge. Please enquire at the time of booking for a quote (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Host's Base Camp, central Tromsø

21:00

Ends

Clarion Hotel The Edge, 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 250 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. It is just a 10 minute walk from the hotel to the host's base.

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.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

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
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Additional Northern Lights Minibus Chase, From...

Payable Before Departure

Additional Northern Lights Minibus Chase, From...

Per Person

Daytime Reindeer Sledding & Sami Experience, From...

Payable Before Departure

Daytime Reindeer Sledding & Sami Experience, From...

Per Person

Dog Sledding (4 hours)

Payable Before Departure

Dog Sledding (4 hours)

Per Person

Night Reindeer Sledding & Sami Camp Dinner. From...

Payable Before Departure

Night Reindeer Sledding & Sami Camp Dinner. From...

Per Person

Deborah W.(March 2024)
Words cannot express how wonderful
Words cannot express how wonderful
Words cannot express how wonderful
Words cannot express how wonderful
Words cannot express how wonderful
Words cannot express how wonderful
Words cannot express how wonderful
Words cannot express how wonderful
Words cannot express how wonderful
Words cannot express how wonderful
Words cannot express how wonderful

Words cannot express how wonderful this trip was- beautiful , inspiring scenery, like-minded group . Great hotel and kind and helpful staff. Northern lights were a dream come true ! Tromso was a delight and I’ll be going back to the Arctic for sure! Wonderful dog-sledding where it was authentic , not just for tourists - thank you MBA!!

Carly R.(March 2024)
An awesome adventure
An awesome adventure

This was an awesome adventure from beginning to end! The activities were well well planned, well run, and facilitated by local experts who were passionate about their craft. They were fun, supported the group, and gave us hot food and drinks which were greatly appreciated! The northern lights chase was an amazing experience and we were very lucky, seeing the lights on two nights of our holiday. Our chances were maximised by our hosts, who did everything possible to find the northern lights throughout our trip. Thank you Much Better Adventures and Pukka Travels!

Samantha M.(February 2024)
Norweigian Delights

I loved this adventure, the place was amazing and so much to do in the town and explore. The scenery was incredible, definitely make sure you take a camera! I look back at my photo's and want to do it all again. The guides were so friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable, I really enjoyed their company and great to learn so much about the Norwegian culture.

Anne S.(February 2024)
no northern lights but amazing nevertheless

The staff were absolutely brilliant and were it not for them and their ingenuity in the face of unfavourable weather conditions this score would be much lower.

As it was the night sail turned out as a great opportunity to learn more about sailing. The snowshoeing was excellent and I caught a whopping fish on the day sailing. Even though we did not see the northern lights on the bus chase the staff made it nevertheless an experience with a fire pit, marshmallows roasting on the fire and a meal cooked under the stars.

The illusive Northern Lights would have made this a five but not within the control of MBA or Pukka

Sarah(March 2023)

This was a brilliant trip and Jenka and the rest of the team were fun and knowledgeable guides . We had a good group dynamic and were lucky enough to see the northern lights. The activities were all very enjoyable, including our meal by the campfire near the Finnish border! Tromso is a nice town to explore and the surrounding landscape is stunning.

Jo(March 2023)
This trip far exceeded our expectations. Ou...
This trip far exceeded our expectations. Ou...
This trip far exceeded our expectations. Ou...

This trip far exceeded our expectations. Our local host (& other members of the team) were excellent. We were very lucky with the weather, which made the hike & sailing experiences even more special. We saw fabulous northern lights and reindeer in the wild. Tromso is an interesting town and we had no problem finding things to do in between the experiences. We went on the optional dog sledding tour which was a blast - the dogs were very friendly and well looked after. Our group was a mixture of single travellers, a married couple and siblings; aged from 20-60 years. We'd recommend the trip to everyone!

Claire(March 2023)
Good trip overall, lovely guide who still k...
Good trip overall, lovely guide who still k...
Good trip overall, lovely guide who still k...
Good trip overall, lovely guide who still k...
Good trip overall, lovely guide who still k...

Good trip overall, lovely guide who still kept the trip fun even in our extreme weather! Saw northern lights a couple of times which was great.

Izzy(February 2023)

Absolutely amazing trip which I would recommend to anyone who has a passion for the outdoors. I went as a solo traveller, and I felt so at home. Amazing local hosts that made the weekend flow effortlessly. Great food and warm drinks always available and being in a small group made the holiday personable. Awesome trip, I already want to go back!

Nikki(February 2023)
Fantastic, well organised trip with amazing...
Fantastic, well organised trip with amazing...

Fantastic, well organised trip with amazing hosts and people! What an adventure! Highly recommend it!

Sian(February 2023)
Fabulous trip. Well organised , brilliant l...
Fabulous trip. Well organised , brilliant l...
Fabulous trip. Well organised , brilliant l...
Fabulous trip. Well organised , brilliant l...

Fabulous trip. Well organised , brilliant local hosts and great activities with a lovely group of people. Lucky enough to see the northern lights twice and stayed on an extra day to go Dog Sledding which I definitely recommend. If you want a lot of adventure over a few days this is a perfect trip.

Ioanna(February 2023)
This was an incredible trip with amazing ho...