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Hamn i Senja Northern Lights Break

Norway's awe-inspiring north-west coast
Holiday information
Nights: 3
Accommodation: renovated former fishing village
Meals: 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches
Start: Mon, Tue or Fri
Included extras: guided ‘Aurora Borealis' snowshoe excursion

From Tromsø, you hop aboard the Express Boat for a thrilling journey (1h20) through the dramatic channels that divide the mainland from myriad rocky islands.

Arriving at Finnsnes, you are collected for the short drive (0h30) across the island of Senja – Norway's second largest island – to a tiny coastal hamlet set on a narrow spit of land. This is Hamn i Senja, once a bustling fishing village dating back to the 1880s, though today the refurbished buildings house beautiful accommodation where you can relax and admire your spellbinding surroundings.

Northern Lights

During your stay, we include a Northen Lights snowshoe excursion. This far north, the air has a purity and clarity that creates magical light throughout the day, giving keen photographers the chance to capture that perfect early morning stillness or the shimmering Aurora Borealis at night. You will first be given expert tips on how to capture this elusive phenomenon on camera, whether you choose to head out on our included excursion, or to settle in to the more cosy surroundings of a restored lighthouse, enjoying coffee and hot waffles, in high hopes that the Lights will put on a good show.

They are, however, elusive and hard to predict (although there are certain conditions that make it more likely), so seeing them in all their glory is such an exciting and tantalising prospect. When – and if – you do, it is an experience never to be forgotten: explosions of iridescent greens, pinks, yellows and blues flash and soar across the night sky in an incredible – almost surreal – display of celestial pyrotechnics.


To discover your immediate area, you could also hire snowshoes for a hike into the nearby coastal pine forests and mountains which rewards with spectacular views across this alluring island. Alternatively, you can take to the water and try ocean body rafting (floating in the current in an insulated survival suit).  Another option not to be missed is to join a wildlife boat safari out into the ice cold waters off Senja which are home to white-tailed sea eagles and dolphins. (Pay locally in all cases.)

Back to TROMSØ

All too soon, it's time to take the Express Boat back to Tromsø to catch your flight home, your mind hopefully filled with images of the Northern Lights soaring across the sky above these magical snowy landscapes.

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