In Search of the Northern Lights

A wilderness adventure from Tromsø
Tromso, Norway © Pixabay

Tromsø sits in northern Norway, above the Arctic Circle and is famous as a viewing point for the Northern Lights. The city's historic centre, on the island of Tromsø, has charming centuries-old wooden houses and the Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline. Enjoy time in Tromsø itself, then travel to a fantastic Wilderness Camp for an overnight stay. Out here, away from the city, no light pollution interrupts your views of the Northern Lights. At the camp search for the Northern Lights by snowmobile or reindeer sled and try dog-sledding in the valleys - a true winter adventure!

"Went to Camp Tamok with my daughter to do the dog sledding and visit the ice dome, we had a brilliant experience. The guide on the dog sledding was great, the sledding was brilliant fun, hard work but a great way to experience the beautiful scenery. The Husky dogs were gorgeous and made you realise how valuable they have been in expeditions. The ice dome was beautiful, we had a light lunch of reindeer stew and a Norwegian desert Lefse with tea and coffee. Great short film of how they built the dome, really amazing work." - Jackie, London 2018.

Itinerary

Day 1 Tromsø Arrival

On arrival in Tromsø make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this university town with it's lively atmosphere. Perhaps visit 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. Overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel Tromsø or similar.

Day 2 Tromsø – Wilderness Camp: Reindeer Sledding or Snowmobile Safari

Day at leisure, before your 17:00hrs pick up outside the Scandic Ishavshotel in downtown Tromsø, and transfer to the wilderness camp, around 75 minutes drive away. 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!

On arrival at the camp you will be provided with warm outer clothing (boots, socks, gloves, hat and thermal overalls) for use during your stay, then get ready for your evening Northern Lights excursion - you can choose between a Snowmobile Safari* or a Reindeer Sled ride.

Snowmobile Safari: This exhilarating and exciting tour takes you through the dramatic, snow covered Finn valley, past scenic mountains starting at 250m above sea level and soaring to 900m. You'll spend about 90 minutes on the snowmobile. 2 persons share each snowmobile, but you can drive solo for a supplement. Valid driver's licence required.

Reindeer Sledding: the oldest form of transport in the north and an ancient part of Sami culture. Driving in pairs, with one sled per reindeer, sit tucked cosily with blankets around you as you travel comfortably across the valley of Tamok. About 90 minutes is spent on the safari.

After your chosen excursion, return to the camp for the tasty but simple traditional Norwegian evening meal, which is served at around 21:15hrs. Then enjoy a stroll around the Camp grounds, looking up at the night skies and searching for the Aurora, before retiring for the night.

Day 3 Husky Safari and return to Tromsø

This morning enjoy a hearty breakfast then your team of eager huskies is waiting to take you dog-sledding. Begin with a safety and driving instruction session about how to be a musher, then set off, driving your own 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). After your safari return to the Camp, then at approxiamtely 14:30 transfer back to Tromsø, arriving at the downtown drop off point at around 16:00hrs. Overnight at Radisson Blu Hotel Tromsø or similar.

Day 4 Tromsø Departure

Your tour arrangements conclude this morning after check out.


2020-2021 departures: daily 01 December - 31 March (except 23-26 December)

Notes:

Minimum 2 persons

The order of the excursions may change

There are 4 accommodation options at Camp Tamok:
Wilderness Cabin (shared) for up to 10 guests in bunk beds in 4 bedrooms + 2 lofts + fireplace
Char Cabin (private) 100m from the main camp with sleeping loft for 2-4 people + fireplace
Aurora Chalet (private) for 2 guests. Chalet is heated, with Aurora viewing window above bed
Arctic Dome (private) for 2 guests. Dome is heated, with Aurora viewing window above bed

The camp facilities are cosy but there is no running water. Toilets and showers are in seperate blocks. There are 2 dining lavvus or tents, 2 dressing rooms, and the Bivrost Bar with an amazing view of the river. The camp is about 75 minutes drive from Tromsø.

Add extra hotel nights and optional excursions in Tromsø including Northern Lights Hunting, Northern Lights Dinner Cruise, Snowshoeing, Ice Fishing, Fjellheisen cable car and more. Please enquire.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    A wilderness adventure from Tromsø
  • Tour Category

    Independent, Glass or Snow Igloos, Northern Lights
  • Duration

    4 days

    Departures

    Dec - Mar

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for shared Wilderness Cabin accommodation

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: 2 hotel nights, standard rooms including breakfast; return transfers Tromsø/Wilderness Camp; 1 night at Wilderness Camp including dinner and breakfast, use of outer thermal clothing & other equipment, Evening Northern Lights tour with choice of Reindeer Safari OR Snowmobile Adventure, Morning Husky Safari. 

      EXCLUDES: solo snowmobile driving supplement; accommodation upgrades; optionals.

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