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Northern Lights Hunting and Whale Watching in Tromso

Northern Lights Hunting and Whale Watching in Tromso

Tromso was the starting point for many polar expeditions. Today it is a lively Arctic city hosting a lot of tourists coming to hunt for northern lights and admire the stunning nature surrounding Tromso. You can see steep mountains and beautiful fjords during your day tours and transfers. Due to the Golf stream the climate on the Norwegian coast is milder, the average winter temperature is only  -4 degrees celcius compared to the Finnish Lapland where the average temperature in January-February is -12,5 degrees celcius. 

Main sights in Tromso: 

Fjellheisen Cable Car runs from Solliveien in Tromsdalen up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen (421 m above sea level) in just four minutes. The two gondolas, known as Seal and Polar bear, each have a capacity of 28 passengers. From the viewing platform at the upper station, you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. There is a restaurant on top. It takes 45min by foot, 15min by bus (number 26 leaving in front of Peppes Pizza in the city cnetre) and 10 min by taxi to get to the ground station

Polaria  was established in connection with the move of the Norwegian Polar Institute to Tromsø. Through knowledge-based exhibitions made in collaboration with researchers from The Fram Centre, Polaria will mirror some of the climate and environmental research that takes place in the Arctic area. They arrange shows using trained seals and for that reason we do not include in in out Responsible Travel tours but you can of course, go and visit it. 

Activities in Tromso: 

Northern Lights hunting tour by car 6-7h  takes you out of the city lights, deep in the darkness to the wilderness. The guide-driver is also a photographer, who will take photograps of you during the tour and will help you with your own devices. Sometimes they need to drive far, even to Finland so please keep your passport with you.The group size is 2-8 people. 

Northern lights cruise 3h  is  a quicker way to get out of the illuminated city. At the same time you get a chance to see Tromso by night form the sea. This tour is taken by a small boat where the owners live themselves during winter. A traditional Norwegian fish dinner will be served onboard. The group size is 2 to 12 people.

Whale safari 6-7h  takes you by a boat out on the sea to Skervoy where the humpback whales and killer whales have arrived to feed on herring. The whales often 
often come close to the boat to check what is happening as they are very curious. You may also get atch a glimpse of other animals on the tour, such as sea eagles and all sorts of birds.  
This is a fantastic trip if you like to explore the beautiful nature around Tromsø while taking great photos. You can enjoy the view from the saloon or the lounge too! The group size is up to 30 people.

Note! There are also reindeer and husky safaris offered from Nov 1st but there is no guarantee there is snow yet during your visit. These activities take place 4-5h so they would fit into your program on 5.11. The reindeer visit costs 1695 Nok/person and starts at 9:45 from Radissson SAS and the self-drive dog-sledding safari costs 1940 Nok/person and starts at 10:00 by a transfer.  Would it be better to book these as close to the tour date as possible?

 

TOUR TO TROMSO, 2 nights

Accommodation: 2 nights in Clarion Xpress Hotel 

Meals:

  • fish dinner onboard on 5.11. (part of the tour)
  • breakfast package on 6.11. (incl. juice, sandwich, fruit, yoghurt, coffee/tea)
  • warm drinks, snacks and light soup on the whale watching trip on 6.11. 

Activities: as described above

Transfers: airport bus two ways

Itinerary: 

Mon 4.11. 

  • 9-13:20 SAS flight via Oslo to Tromso
  • airport bus to the city centre
  • 17:50 departure for a guided northern lights tour in a small group of maximum 8 people taking until 24.00 or more

Tue 5.11.

  • sleep as long as you wan, no breakfast included in the hotel price
  • self-guided day: take a bus the Fjellheisen gondola (ticket included, bus paid on site) up to see the views at least, visit cafeterias
  • 20:30-23:30 aurora cruise by a catamaran incl. home-made fish meal, hot drinks, tripod

Wed 6.11. 

  • breakfast package (incl. juice, sandwich, fruit, yoghurt, coffee/tea)
  • 7:50-13/14:50 whale safari depending on weather 
  • 15:00 airport bus
  • 17:30-21:20 SAS flight back to Copenhagen
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Price 770€/person + admin fee 16€ = 1556€ for two adults, single supplement 89€/person
Prices for children 478€/child sharing a room
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