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The Arctic Experience

From Tromso, to Narvik, Svolvær and the Lofoten Islands, returning to Tromso
Svolvær, Norway © Johnny Mazzilli/NordNorge

Discover the beauty of winter in Northern Norway. From Tromsø, to Narvik and the Lofoten Islands, returning to Tromsø. Visit Polar Park Arctic Wildlife Centre, Hunt for the Northern Lights, visit a Reindeer Farm for a Sami Cultural Experience and enjoy an Aurora Fjord Cruise. A program with unique activities, created solely to offer you an unforgettable experience.


Day 1 Tromso Arrival, optional Aurora Dinner Cruise

On arrival at Tromso Airport, transfer to your hotel. Located at 69 degrees north - Tromso is 320km above the Arctic Circle. Remainder of the day at leisure. Discover this northern city with its lively cafes, world class seafood restaurants, an active cultural life, exciting nightlife, museums, and captivating art galleries. Meet your tour leader this evening in the hotel lobby at 18.00hrs for a welcome meeting. Alternatively, meet your tour leader at 08.00hrs at breakfast tomorrow morning, if you are unable to attend the meeting this evening. Overnight at Clarion The Edge Hotel or similar.

Optional Aurora Dinner Cruise from Tromso Harbour 3hrs: sail around the Arctic capital and enjoy the city from the sea. The crew will show you how to take the best photographs of the Northern Lights, and with some luck they may appear. A home-made fresh fish dinner will be served dessert during the cruise.

Day 2 Tromso – Narvik: Polar Park

Departure by coach this morning to explore the immaculate landscapes of the Tromso region. Visit Polar Park, the world's northernmost animal park, located halfway between Bardufoss and Bjerkvik. Polar Park is home to Norway's large predators such as bears, wolves, and lynx and wolverine as well as elk, reindeer, musk ox and the arctic fox. Opened in 1994, the park is based on exhibiting animals in their natural surroundings. The landscape around the park is breathtaking, and provides the perfect backdrop for your arctic wildlife experience. Continue to Narvik, the famous port city known for its strategic location during the Second World War. Surrounded with high mountains and deep fjords in the middle of Northern Norway, you will find Narvik located in the heart of the Ofotfjord. Overnight at Scandic Narvik Hotel or similar.

Day 3 Narvik - Svolvær: Sami Reindeer Experience

Departure by coach this morning towards Sortland for a Sami Experience at a Reindeer Farm. You will have an opportunity to meet these majestic docile animals and meet with a reindeer herder. After lunch, continue towards Svolvær through dramatic landscapes and if the weather is right, there will be plenty of photo opportunities along the road. Arrival at the hotel in Svolvær and check-in for two nights stay. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Thon Hotel Lofoten or similar.

Day 4 Svolvær: Hunt for the Northern Lights

Departure by coach this morning to explore the Lofoten area. Along the way you'll see white sandy beaches, mountains and lakes, and iconic fishing villages. This evening you will head out on a Northern Lights Hunt with your guide who will do their best to bring you to the perfect location to witness this fantastic phenomenon. With the right weather conditions and some luck, you may see the magical Aurora. Second overnight at Thon Hotel Lofoten or similar.

Day 5 Svolvær - Harstad - Tromso: Optional Northern Lights Hunt by Bus

Time at leisure in Svolvær. Afternoon departure by coach towards Harstad to catch the fast boat to Tromsø, approximately 3hrs journey. Short walk from the pier to your hotel and check-in for two nights stay. Optional evening Northern Lights Hunt by Bus excursion 6hrs. Overnight at Clarion The Edge Hotel or similar.

Day 6 Tromso: Optional excursions, Aurora Fjord Cruise

Day at leisure for optional activities, which must be pre-booked:

Snowmobile Safari 6-7hrs: explore the majestic Lyngen Alps with a local guide. The Lyngen Alps area is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Northern Norway, a wilderness playground with designated and well-maintained trails. The actual snowmobile tour lasts 60 to 90 minutes of snowmobiling, with time to enjoy the fascinating surroundings of mountains, forest and fjords. Enjoy a hot meal in a lavvu.

Husky Safari 4hrs: ride in beautiful settings surrounded by white mountains and long fjords. After about an hour of sledding through the vast arctic wilderness, you will return to the husky farm where you can meet the puppies. Enjoy a typical Sami dish in a lavvu.

Discover Tromso 5hrs: a slow-paced Arctic scenery tour around the picturesque and breathtaking island of Kvaløya; the fifth biggest island of Norway. Discover Arctic wildlife while enjoying stunning mountain views and endless fjord views. Keep your eyes open for eagles, sea otters, seals, foxes, moose, and reindeer. Enjoy lunch on Sommarøy; an island known for its white beaches and fishing activities.

Ice Fishing 5hrs: not far from Tromsø, in a hidden valley and fjord, you will find an Arctic paradise that remains largely untouched. The tour starts with a scenic drive through valleys, fjords, and mountains. At the fjord, we equip ourselves with an ice drill and ice fishing equipment and head out onto the frozen lake surrounded by wild and breathtaking nature. We drill a hole in the ice and wait patiently for the fish while we look into the hole, remove ice and let our minds wander. This is a great choice for those who want to explore more and experience wild nature, culture, and northern Norwegian elements, on a frozen lake.

Sami and Reindeer 4hrs: the reindeer sleigh is the oldest form of transportation in the north and an inherent part of the Sami culture. People of all ages can participate in this easy adventure. During this experience you will also learn how to throw a lasso. This activity is needed in the traditional Sami lifestyle to catch the reindeer. Learn about Sami culture and history, and discover the joyous ancestral song of Sami. Maybe your Sami guides even reveal some secrets of survival in the Arctic as you prepare hot drinks and a traditional meal over the fire.

This evening, enjoy an Aurora Fjord Cruise from Tromso Harbour. Sail around the Arctic capital and enjoy the city from the sea. Seeing the Aurora from the sea is even more special as light pollution disappears in the dark sea. With some luck on your side, the Northern Lights may shine for you. Second overnight at Clarion The Edge Hotel or similar.

Day 7 Tromso Departure

Transfer from hotel to Tromso airport. End of arrangements. 

2024 departures:
13, 20 January
17, 24 February
09, 16, 23 March


Maximum group size: 35 persons

Extra nights can be added in Tromso

All optional excursions must be pre-booked. Minimum age and height requirements may apply. All snowmobile drivers must hold a valid driver's licence.

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