This 5-day trip to the northern city of Tromsø gives you great chances of seeing the Northern Lights while also introducing you to the Sami culture.
Already on the trip's first night, you'll have good opportunities to see the Northern Lights on our planned Northern Lights Safari, and in addition, the planned excursions also include a visit to the Sami, reindeer sledding and a ride with the cable car up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen where you can enjoy the magnificent view from 421 metres above sea level. The planned programme gives you several opportunities to experience the Northern Lights during the trip while also giving you free time to explore the city of Tromsø on your own – and if you wish, you can also go on a Whale Safari (extra, not included).
With exciting excursions included:
Northern Lights Safari incl. hot soup
The Northern Lights Safari starts early in the evening with a bus ride to one of the area's Northern Lights base stations. From here an experienced local English-speaking guide will lead you in the hunt for the Northern Lights. Based on experience, wind direction and the latest weather forecasts, the base with the greatest likelihood of clear skies is chosen, thereby giving you the best chances of seeing the Northern Lights. At the base there are warm shelters, toilet facilities, tripods and thermal winter suits for use if your own attire is insufficient to keep you warm.
At the base you will also be served a hot soup made according to local food traditions, as well as hot cocoa, coffee, tea and the sweet traditional, local cake "lefse".
If the weather should change and it gets cloudy during the evening, we'll finish our soup and drinks and move on to another place in search of clear skies. Because the focus of this trip is always to experience the Northern Lights!
Northern Lights Evening with Reindeer Sledding and Sami Culture
This evening will be a true winter wonderland adventure. You'll visit the Sami, the native population who has lived in the area for thousands of years, where you will get an exciting insight into the Sami culture – what it once was, what it is today and what expectations the Sami have for the future. You'll learn about the Sami and their traditions by listening to storytelling and the traditional Sami folk song "joik", and by tasting a warm traditional Sami meal (bidos). During the evening we've also arranged a reindeer sled ride through the beautiful winter landscape, and if we're lucky, we'll see the Northern Lights dancing in the sky above us during the ride. Reindeer sledding is the oldest form of transport in the North and it still makes up an important part of the Sami culture today, meaning that the reindeer have always been a very appreciated animal among the Sami people. During the evening you will also have the chance to get up close and personal with these celebrated animals when it's feeding time for the reindeer calves.
It's possible to borrow thermal winter suits if your own attire is insufficient to keep you warm.
Cable car ride - spectacular views and a chance to see the Northern Lights
We have included a cable car ride up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen where you can enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Tromsø and the surrounding islands, mountains and fjords. Storsteinen is also a great place to see the Northern Lights during winter.
The cable car runs from Solliveien, approx. 45 minutes’ walk or 15 minutes by bus from Tromsø city centre, between 10.00-23.00h. Up on Storsteinen you will find the Fjellstua restaurant which serves delicious dishes based on local produce, and it's a great place to enjoy a meal or snack while you take in the view.
NB: On the excursions where food is served, a vegetarian option is available on request. The vegetarian option must be requested at the time of booking.
Whale Safari (extra excursion for purchase)
Go on a Whale Safari and experience these big marine mammals in their element. From October to February, the coast outside Tromsø is visited by both Humpback whales, Killer whales, Harbour porpoise and sometimes even Fin whales who come to these waters to feed on herring. You are invited on board for an unforgettable experience. On board, a knowledgeable guide will show films about the whales and provide information about the scenic surroundings you see along the way. With the fast-sailing catamaran, we aim to spend around 90 minutes out on the waters with the whales. On board, it is possible to purchase hot meals, snacks and cold drinks.