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Tromsø Northern Lights Break

Deep within the Arctic Circle
Holiday information
Nights: 3
Meals: breakfast each day
Start: any day
Extras: Northern Lights guided excursion included
Extend your stay
Why not add a couple of nights in Oslo – where we offer a centrally located hotel – if you are flying via Norway's cosmopolitan capital?

Often referred to as the ‘gateway to the Arctic’, the small, friendly city of Tromsø is the perfect setting for a memorable winter break. Nestling on an island against a mountain backdrop, it is unusual in that its old, brightly painted wooden buildings survived WW2. It also boasts the world’s most northerly brewery and university as well as not one, but two cathedrals: the Domkirke, with its tall spire, and the 20th-century Arctic Cathedral, an iconic structure which resembles an iceberg. There are several small but fascinating museums, too, including the Polar Museum, which is well worth a visit, and the Northern Lights Observatory, all within an easy walk of your accommodation, the Hotel With.

To make your break all the more special, we recommend that you take full advantage of the wide range of winter activities that can be arranged locally. For a real thrill, join a dog-sledding excursion across the tundra. For something more sedate, head out on snowshoes or cross-country skis, try your hand at ice-fishing, join a reindeer safari into the forest or take a leisurely horse-drawn sleigh ride round the city. (Pay locally in all cases.)

The highlight of your holiday comes on the second night, when you venture out of the city on an atmospheric six-to-eight-hour excursion in search of the Northern Lights. They are an elusive and completely unpredictable phenomenon, but this makes the experience all the more exciting if you do get to see them. Your experienced and enthusiastic local guide will drive you to where the prevailing conditions for the aurora are most promising – this can sometimes lead you as far as the border with Finland – where, with luck, you can marvel at this colourful miracle of nature.

Add a stay in Oslo

To extend your holiday, why not add a couple of nights in Oslo – where we offer a centrally located hotel – if you are flying via Norway's cosmopolitan capital?

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