In Search of the Northern Lights

A wilderness adventure from Tromso
4 or 5 days
Nov - April
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Search for the Northern Lights, as you experience a snowmobile tour into the mountains, take part in a reindeer safari & try dog-sledding in the valleys around Tromso. Enjoy time in Tromso itself, then travel to a fantastic wilderness camp away from the city, where no light pollution interrupts your views of the Northern Lights. A true winter adventure!

The 4 day tour has 2 nights in a hotel in Tromso and 1 night in the wilderness camp whilst the 4 day tour has 2 nights in a hotel in Tromso and 2 nights in the wilderness camp.  The 4 day itinerary is shown below and the 5 day itinerary follows. 

4 day/3 night itinerary

Day 1 Tromsø Arrival
On arrival in Tromso make your own way to your hotel in Tromsø. The remainder of the day at leisure to explore.This university town has a lively atmosphere and friendly locals. If you have time, we recommend the following attractions: the Arctic Cathedral for it’s daring architecture, Polaria Aquarium (don’t miss the Northern Lights & Spitsbergen Arctic Wilderness films), the Polar Museum to learn about the role Tromsø has played in Arctic exploration, and the MS Polstjerna, a well preserved sailing vessel from 1949.

Day 2 Tromsø – Wilderness Camp Tamok and Northern Lights Hunt
Day at leisure in Tromsø, before your late afternoon coach transfer to Camp Tamok. This wilderness camp serves as the start and end point for your various excursions, as well as being your home for the next 2 nights. The first adventure is a Northern Lights tour tonight. The camp is located in a climatic zone of stable, dry weather, with many days of clear skies, and is therefore an excellent place for spotting the Aurora Borealis, and the dark and quiet surroundings hold a genuine Arctic atmosphere. Also, in this uninhabited area, no artificial light will disturb your experience!  Your excursion tonight includes a guided 2 kilometre walk through the valley, and you may also travel by minibus to chase the lights, depending on the weather.  Your guide has a lot of interesting knowledge and stories to share with you by the open fire, where you will relax during the excursion and enjoy a hot meal, sitting in the dining lavvu or traditional Sami tent. Then return to the camp, for overnight in a sleeping lavvu or cabin.

Day 3 Reindeer Safari OR Husky Safari OR Snowmobile Adventure
Today choose from one of the following excursions: 

Reindeer-sledding: the oldest form of transport in the north & an ancient part of Sami culture. Driving in pairs, there is one sled per reindeer and the journey travels across the valley of Tamok;  the safari also includes lassoing and learning about local culture, history & traditional handicrafts, during a visit to a Sami family lavvu.

Husky Safari
A team of eager huskies is waiting to take you dog-sledding today. Begin by learning about training & grooming, then receive in-depth instruction about how to be a musher, driving a dog team. 2 persons share the driving of each sled, and you can swap drivers half way. Head out across white landscapes, through the beautiful Vassdalen valley (an approximate distance of 15km return).

Snowmobile adventure: (2 persons per vehicle). This exhilarating and exciting tour takes you through the dramatic, snow covered Finn valley, past scenic mountains starting at 250m above sea level and climbing up to 900m. The trail has a distance of 15 km each way,or 30 km in total, with about 2-2.5 hours spent on the snowmobile.  Due to the dramatic topography, a reduced speed is held during the initial parts of the tour, but when you reach the top point of the trail at the frozen lake of Finn, you can speed up and get your adrenaline pumping.  

After your safari transfer back to the hotel in Tromsø, arriving at around 16:00hrs. Overnight in your hotel.

Day 4 Tromsø Departure
Your tour arrangements conclude this morning. 

Departures: daily mid November- April

Includes:  2 nights in city hotel in Tromso with breakfast, return coach transfers Tromso-wilderness camp; 1 night in a Lavvu (Sami tent) or Wilderness Cabin with full board during camp stay, use of outer thermal clothing & other equipment during camp stay, Northern Lights tour, choice of Reindeer Safari OR Snowmobile Adventure OR Husky Safari. Please note the snowmobile safaris are only offered after 01 December.

5 day/4 night itinerary

Day 1 Tromsø Arrival
On arrival in Tromso make your own way to your hotel in Tromsø. The remainder of the day at leisure to explore.This university town has a lively atmosphere and friendly locals. If you have time, we recommend the following attractions: the Arctic Cathedral for it’s daring architecture, Polaria Aquarium (don’t miss the Northern Lights & Spitsbergen Arctic Wilderness films), the Polar Museum to learn about the role Tromsø has played in Arctic exploration, and the MS Polstjerna, a well preserved sailing vessel from 1949.

Day 2 Tromsø – Wilderness Camp Tamok and Northern Lights Hunt
Day at leisure in Tromsø, before your late afternoon coach transfer to Camp Tamok. This wilderness camp serves as the start and end point for your various excursions, as well as being your home for the next 2 nights. The first adventure is a Northern Lights tour tonight. The camp is located in a climatic zone of stable, dry weather, with many days of clear skies, and is therefore an excellent place for spotting the Aurora Borealis, and the dark and quiet surroundings hold a genuine Arctic atmosphere. Also, in this uninhabited area, no artificial light will disturb your experience!  Your excursion tonight includes a guided 2 kilometre walk through the valley, and you may also travel by minibus to chase the lights, depending on the weather.  Your guide has a lot of interesting knowledge and stories to share with you by the open fire, where you will relax during the excursion and enjoy a hot meal, sitting in the dining lavvu or traditional Sami tent. Then return to the camp, for overnight in a sleeping lavvu or cabin.

Day 3 Reindeer Safari & Snowmobile Adventure
Today try reindeer-sledding; the oldest form of transport in the north & an ancient part of Sami culture. Driving in pairs, there is one sled per reindeer and the journey travels across the valley of Tamok;  the safari also includes lassoing and learning about local culture, history & traditional handicrafts, during a visit to a Sami family lavvu. Lunch will be served upon your return to the camp. In the late afternoon, you’ll test the elements the modern way... on a snowmobile excursion into the local mountains (2 persons per vehicle). This exhilarating and exciting tour takes you through the dramatic, snow covered Finn valley, past scenic mountains starting at 250m above sea level and climbing up to 900m. The trail has a distance of 15 km each way,or  30 km in total, with about 2-2.5 hours spent on the snowmobile.  Due to the dramatic topography, a reduced speed is held during the initial parts of the tour, but when you reach the top point of the trail at the frozen lake of Finn, you can speed up and get your adrenaline pumping. If time and weather permit, you can also try out ice fishing on this lake. Fingers crossed that Mother Nature ‘flicks the switch’ and lights up the sky with the Aurora Borealis. At the end of the trip, enjoy a hot meal in the dining lavvu, before returning to the camp and retiring for the night. 

Day 4 Husky Safari and return to Tromso
A team of eager huskies is waiting to take you dog-sledding today. Begin by learning about training & grooming, then receive in-depth instruction about how to be a musher, driving a dog team. 2 persons share the driving of each sled, and you can swap drivers half way. Head out across white landscapes, through the beautiful Vassdalen valley (an approximate distance of 15km return). Upon returning to camp, transfer back to the hotel in Tromsø, with time at leisure. Overnight in your hotel.

Day 5 Tromsø Departure
Your tour arrangements conclude this morning. 

Departures daily: mid November-April 

Includes:  2 nights in city hotel in Tromso with breakfast, return coach transfers Tromso-wilderness camp; 2 nights in a Lavvu (Sami tent) or Wilderness Cabin with full board during camp stay, use of outer thermal clothing & other equipment during camp stay, Northern Lights tour, Reindeer Safari, Snowmobile Adventure and Husky Safari. Please note the snowmobile safaris are only offered after 01 December.

Note: The Wilderness Camp is comfortable, but does not have electricity or running water. There are no bathrooms but there are composting toilets. Standard accommodation is in either a shared Wilderness Cabin with four bedrooms and two lofts, sleeping up to 12 guests; or in a shared Lavvu (Sami tent) with up to 12 guests with your own berth, winter sleeping bags, and reindeer skins.

Additional accommodation upgrades subject to availability: Aurora Chalet (for 2 persons); Gamme Tent ( for 2 persons); Char Cabin (for 4 persons with fireplace, couch and sleeping loft).

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1671.00
Single AUD$ 1824.00

The price shown is for the 4 day tour. Please enquire for details  for the 5 day tour price.

Includes: 2 nights in city hotel in Tromso including daily breakfast, return coach transfers Tromso-wilderness camp; 1 night in Lavvu or Wilderness Cabin with full board during camp stay, use of outer thermal clothing & other equipment during camp stay, Northern Lights tour, choice of Reindeer Safari OR Snowmobile Adventure OR  Husky Safari.

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